February 27th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, February 27, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

Washington Post: In a Crucial State, a Contentious Debate
In their final debate before critical primaries in Ohio and Texas, Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton clashed sharply on familiar ground, arguing over who has the better health-care plan, who has been right about Iraq and who would move most aggressively to rethink trade policy as president.

WSJ: Texas Two-Step Vote Could Trip Up Clinton
Opinion polls show her rival, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, inching up to Sen. Clinton or already passing her in Texas. But it is the complicated delegate nominating system - the Texas two-step - more than popular turnout that could stymie a Clinton victory Tuesday and perhaps cost the New York senator the nomination.

Columbus Dispatch: Huckabee, McCain Keep Rivalry In Motion
The battle for the Republican presidential nomination isn't over "until Ohio says it's over," Mike Huckabee said at a rally yesterday in Columbus. And maybe not even then, the former Arkansas governor hinted later.

NY Times: Ohioans Hear Populist Pleas by Democrats
For as long as anyone in Youngstown, Ohio here can remember, presidential hopefuls have made this scrappy, blue-collar stronghold an obligatory pit stop on the Democratic stump. Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy breezed through when the steel plants still turned the night sky orange; decades later, after the smelters had gone cold, Bill Clinton and John Kerry came by promising jobs to those left idle by the mill closings.

Washington Post: McCain Supporter Ridicules Obama
A supporter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) ridiculed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in an introductory speech at a McCain rally here this morning, repeatedly using Obama's middle name, Hussein, and deriding him as a terrorist sympathizer.

WSJ: Clinton, Obama Ramp Up Their Rhetoric Against China
As the debate between the Democratic candidates shifts focus to the economy and trade, China is emerging as their chief foreign bogeyman.
Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have heightened their antitrade, populist rhetoric as they fight for blue-collar votes in Ohio ahead of the state's March 4 primary. Both candidates have railed against safety lapses that resulted in product recalls of lead paint covered toys and tainted pet food.

Washington Post: Loans Could Paint McCain Into Corner
Sen. John McCain's campaign and a Bethesda bank strongly defended $4 million in loans yesterday, as Democrats questioned their legality and said that the way they were secured requires the Arizona Republican to abide by federal spending restrictions.

WSJ: IRS Probes Church Over Obama Speech
The Internal Revenue Service is investigating the United Church of Christ, saying the denomination may have threatened its tax-free status by allowing Sen. Barack Obama to speak before thousands of members at a church conference in June.

Dayton Daily News: In Local Visit, McCain Seeks To 'Inspire A Generation'
Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican candidate for president, told a crowd of workers at a local defense contractor that the work they do is important because the United States faces a transcendent evil in al-Qaida.

NY Times: Now on the Campaign Trail, a Reined-In Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton is dutifully traveling from state to state and small town to small town on behalf of his wife’s presidential candidacy. But the growling and snapping Bill Clinton the nation saw before the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries has been muzzled and leashed. He is being kept as far from the news media as possible to prevent any more of the red-faced, finger-wagging tirades and freelance political commentary that polls say cost Hillary Rodham Clinton a lot of support, particularly among black voters.


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