February 29th, 2008
09:03 PM ET
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(CNN) - National security has taken center stage just days before Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama go head-to-head in delegate-rich Ohio and Texas. Clinton released a new ad targeting voters' sense of security for themselves and their children. Obama fired back with an ad of his own trumpeting what he asserts is his superior judgment on issues of national security. Jessica Yellin reports from Houston, Texas.

National security was also on John McCain's mind Friday.  The Republican front-runner hammered Clinton and Obama, suggesting their pledge to renegotiate NAFTA might endanger Canada's continued support of the U.S. military effort in Afghanistan.  McCain also battled controversy as a Catholic group challenged McCain to reject the support of an evangelical pastor in Texas.  Dana Bash reports.

Will the nation's largest minority voters make history in 2008 by determining the outcome of the White House race? John Zarella takes a look at Latino voters, an important demographic group in key states on the electoral map.

Finally, Jennifer Mikell brings you this week's Trail Mix - a look at the most memorable moments out on the trail.

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Wayne Peltier from Canada

    A message to John McCain from Canada – NAFTA has nothing to do with Afganistan. For you to imply that it does belittles our intelligence and our mission in Afganistan and makes you look like a moron. News to McCain – Canada opposed the IRAQ war (as did most of the world) – and we didn't join the US in Afganistan – we joined the UN mission in Afganistan! Whatever happens with NAFTA, whether it is renegotiated or not, will NOT impact in the least on our mission in Afganistan because we are not there with you, we are there with leading a UN force and our decision to stay or go will be based on Canadian interests, not ties to NAFTA. Ridiculous!!

    February 29, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  2. Byron in CA

    Mr obama is taking credit for anti war statemets he made that at the same time he made them and after were voiced by a majority of the Democrats including Hillary. He fails to mention he wasn't the first to say them but instead tries to imply he was the only one. He's also stating that he didn't vote to go to war, though fails to mention that he held no public office. He also fails to mention that over 80% of the country supported going to war with Iraq at the time Hillary gave her vote.
    Now he has to figure out a way in the last few days before the elections in Texas of Ohio what to neglect to tell the Latino voters. Most likely all they'll hear will be the same repitition of what he's been saying for the last year. More change and hope without the fine details of what that means is all I've seen and I'm guesing those in Texas and Ohio are feeling the same frustration in him. People are paying attention and waiting for the fine print from obama, who still repeats the same tired old speeches from last year, without filling in the dots.

    February 29, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  3. Susan Norton

    I was against the Iraq war from the very beginning. Does that mean that I have the judgment to be President of the U.S.?

    February 29, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. Paulette

    Barack Obama has much potential and promise and I admire the man However- He is simply NOt experenced enough at this time–We aloos need to know much more about him Currently he has been running an American Idol kind of campaign-

    AND if there are any skeletons in his closet– the Republicans who spent far more years than we want ato count trying to destroy Hillary and Bill Clinton and in the end could not– Will do the number on him and he will be powerless–

    If she is elected ( and she is the best MAN or woman for the job) she can concentate on getting us back to prosperity and have the other countries in the world respecting us again-( and fearing us) as need be!

    The republicans want Obama to be nominated and then they will hit him with all they have– (and i am sure they have alot) or they will have some sort of last minute terror scare come up- and the voters will be so fightened about Obama's too many unknowns ( as to his true strength or abilty to do the right thing under fire) )

    This scare will cause the voters to vote for McCain and all will be lost–
    WE all need to think of what is happening very careafully– there is too much riding on this election ( supreme court nominees) ending the war correctly – getting the eocnmy back on track– getting New Orleans rebuilt– and making surre we all hjave affordable health car and on and on

    Barack go for VP( for now) and let Hillary do her work to get us back to greatness- and then it will be your chance to dothe same thing–

    IF you love america do the right thing and ask to be VP Hillary has the experience and proven track record for fighting for middle america and can beat McCain in any debate with her knowledge!–

    Think of consequenses that Mccain could win if you do not do the Dream team of us having you both God Bless

    February 29, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  5. Sue

    HIllary is right! Please let this war vote go away. If Obama was in a position to vote who knows....he can say whatever he wants but one never knows till they are in a situation. I also feel we only know what we hear in bits and pieces. If we had the opportunity to sit down with Hillary she would have a chance to explain exactly what went on and why. So she wants us out of Iraq, she is ready to get the process started and she can do it. If Obama did not think much of the ad why then did he put out a similar one? He follows Hillarys lead...ALWAYS!!!
    Go Hillary!!! Can we ever have a POSITIVE article JUST about Hillary and what she has done? Asking too much?

    February 29, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  6. Peter Canada Obama 08

    t is right Hillary, Obama was missing in action to chair NATO on Afghanistan. Yes missing in action to produce a better campaign is the right judgment at this point in time.

    Hillary wasn't missing in action that is why she can't manage her campaign. Her campaign money were not well handle and as a result, she has fallen behind.

    Right Judgment matters a lot Hillary and the White House is for a person that will make good judgement on behalf of million of Americans.

    With Hillary's new statements if you really think about it, it favours Obama. Obama has proven that he can produce good result with his time. So, therefor. He did used his time for American service with little sleep and even haven't seen his kids because of his service to the country he loves.

    February 29, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  7. Indiana Bob

    Clinton argues that she would be ready on day one. And she would be. Obama argues that he would be right on day one. Not so fast!! Right because he made a speech against the war as an Illinois state senator? He didn't vote on the war because he was not a U.S, Senator. Hillary was a senator from the state of New York when the vote on the war came up in 2002. One year after 9/11. As a Senator from New York, she could not vote against the war if there was any possibility that Iraq or Sadam Hussein was involved in 9/11. And there were such accusations at that time.

    It is hard to pin Obama's record down on any issue because when he has had the opportubity to vote, he has voted "Present" on too many occasions. He doesn't have the political guts to vote "yea" or "nay" and let his record speak for him. I want a president with the guts to make a decision. I support Hillary Clinton!!

    February 29, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  8. Peter Canada Obama 08

    Yes we can, Democrats make up your mind comes Tuesday to begin new shapter in the race for the whitehouse.

    It will favours Obama at the end of the day, because democrats will like to see someone nominated this Tuesday and if Hillary made gain from this Tuesday context it is bad for democrats. McCain is the nominee for Republican and Democrats don't want to spend their time fighting for nominee when Republicans are campaigning for November General election.

    February 29, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  9. Trev

    Let me get this straight. Canada stops helping the cause in Afghanistan because of NAFTA. I am not going to Canada bash because they have the right to set their foreign policy. Seems to me, however, that Canada is a little more forward-thinking than that.

    BTW, good to see that both sides of Obama's mouth are working well. He calls HRC's ad fear-mongering. Then he runs his own fear-mongering ad. I think his initial response was far more effective. I respect Obama, it is just clear to me that he is not a leader on a variety ot issues. He claims to have been at the vanguard of the anti-war movement when he was not in the Senate (and after he hedged his bets in his book). His universal healthcare plan costs more and is not universal. His economic plan is good, though it is based direclty off material that HRC had out almost a year ago.

    One more thing. I would like to request that Obama supporters stop calling HRC supporters stupid (or any equivalent term). I think both CANDIDATES

    February 29, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  10. Trev

    Sorry. To continue... I think both CANDIDATES are fair game. However, the idea of calling 49% (at this point in the race) of the Democratic electorate idiots is not a good strategy to win the general. Just food for thought.

    Hillary 08 (without the hate)

    February 29, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  11. Judy

    Hillary has experience but yet she is not running her campaign like she has more experience. We have seen her run low on funds, refusing to release tax returns, crying, yelling, showing boxing gloves, focusing in on the smallest thing, backing off of NAFTA, being Pro NAFTA, issuing a 5 point plan, trying to draw attention to herself after McCain and Bush went after Obama instead of her. It's all a little boring. Now her husband is talking about she is for change and experience. Who really is copying who?

    Obama in 2008

    February 29, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  12. Grif

    Your Neighbours are 2 klm's away. Not 8000 Miles away. Sick on Religion... Where are your priorities.

    February 29, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  13. Laurence "Keeping it real"

    The best and most important thing that Barack Obama needs to do now is watch his back. It's getting real nasting, and it's all pointed right at him. Not another '68, please not another.

    February 29, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  14. Allison Marie

    National security hands down Clinton. McCain way too pro-war, Obama, not enough substance, nice words.

    CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT

    WHAT'S RIGHT FOR AMERICA

    CLINTON/08

    GO HILLARY, GO HILLARY!!!!

    February 29, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  15. Bill

    Hillary Clinton = link at top of page in bright blue

    Barack Obama = no link, in fact no mention

    CNN have distorted reports today in favour of Clinton all day long. Perhaps Bill Clinton has made one of his 'phone calls'?

    CNN please contact me by email so that I may lay a list of bias reporting to your chief editors.

    February 29, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  16. Harold

    How you trust Hillary Clinton when she refused to release her Tax recorded.

    February 29, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  17. Indiana Bob

    I see where black superdelegates are being persuaded and threatened by Obama supporters to switch their vote from Clinton to Obama. Not because he has a better stand on policy issues. Not because he would make a better president. But simply because he is black. How racist!! How pathetic!!

    February 29, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  18. CRYSTAL

    HILLARY CLINTON NEEDS TO RETHINK THINGS NOW. SHE THOUGHT THAT SHE HAD THE CAT IN THE BAG WHEN SHE CAME INTO THIS DEMOCRATIC RACE NOW THAT SHE IS BEHIND IN THE RACE SHE IS WILLING TO TRY ANYTHING TO GET AHEAD WHICH I DOUBT (SERIOUSLY) WILL DO HER ANY GOOD.I GUESS THE NEXT THING FOR HER TO DO IS WHAT GEORGE W. DID CHEAT! I FEEL SO SORRY FOR HER, SHE IS STARTING TO FALL APART AT A RAPID PACE. THE TRUE HILLARY IS NOW COMING TO THE SURFACE. I'M GLAD THAT ALL THIS CAME OUT BEFORE THE PEOPLE MADE THE TERRIBLE MISTAKE OF PUTTING HER IN THE WHITE HOUSE. THANK YOU HILLARY FOR LETTING YOUR TRUE COLORS SHINE THROUGH!

    February 29, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    THE STATUE OF LIBERTY WILL GUARD THE BORDERS

    HILLARY IS A GODDESS OF FREEDOM LIKE THE STATUE OF LIBERTY~

    THE STATUE OF LIBERTY IS A WOMAN NOT A MAN! Why is freedom symbolized by a woman?

    IMAGINE THE STATUE OF LIBERTY IN THE LIKENESS OF HILLARY and THE WORLD WILL WITNESS the TRUE POWER OF FREEDOM IN ACTION

    THE STATUE OF LIBERTY IS HILLARY IN ACTION~

    Woman are peacemakers, protectors, caretakers and givers of life, hope and truth.

    Would the statue of liberty have the same power to inspire and liberate if IT WAS A SYMBOL OF A MAN?

    If the statue was a man would it hold the torch of freedom?

    Men are violent by nature. They love to play war games. Men love to fight, mame and kill. Their first natural reaction to conflict is to fight.

    Think about it? Would there be WARS if the world was made up of women? Would there be Wars if the world was runned by women?

    Men love symbols that represent war: war games, guns, knives. blood. They give movie titles names like "THERE WILL BE BLOOD". Men create the wars and women and chidren suffer and die. Unfortunately men die too. Men destroy themselves.

    IF YOU A LOOKING FOR REAL CHANGE HIRE A WOMAN FOR THE NEXT AMERICAN PRESIDENT. HILLARY IS A WOMAN! PEACE WILL NEVER HAPPEN WITH A MAN IN CHARGE – THERE WILL ONLY BE MORE OF THE SAME.

    America grasp this Golden opportunity "To wittness and experience the Statue of Liberty in Action"

    February 29, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  20. Byron in CA

    I just heard Rush Limbaugh say that all republicans in Texas should vote for Clinton instead of obama. My first thought was that it showed how ridiculous the election was in some areas. But then it made me think what many have said on here and have been told was ludicrous by so many about Republicans having an agenda to vote for obama in the primaries to keep Hillary from being the nominee. All of a sudden it starts to look even more feasible and not so ludicrous.

    March 1, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  21. Toby

    "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."–onathan Swift

    VOTE NADER 2008

    March 1, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  22. BNS

    I'm tired of the "I was against the war from the start" argument. When he became a Senator and could actually cast a vote, he voted the same as Clinton.

    I was against the war, too - from the beginning, just like him. But I don't think that makes my judgment better than Clinton's. He claims this superiority on ONE issue – one that he didn't even really vote on.

    Besides, he is good at hearing someone else's idea and then criticizing or building on that idea. Rarely has he developed anything on his own.

    March 1, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  23. Don Fitzgerald, Chicago

    What is Senator Clinton taking a page from Senator McCain's playbook and become a prophetess of fear. Those two would make a great ticket, running under the banner of Fear. Common Democrats, we are better than that! Let's stop with using the cornerstone of the Republican platform: FEAR. Let's champion democratic ideals, not Republican fear-mongering.
    SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, BRING THEM HOME, ALIVE. NOW.

    March 1, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  24. TA

    All i can understand is that. CNN=POLITICS , does'nt seem to be correct any longer,

    bucking under pressure to serve the interests of the Clintons, just coz she whined that the media does not give her attention..wow! what spineless creatures..

    All i saw and heard today was Clinton in some form !..God is unbelievable..now that CNN has to buckle under pressure..

    All in the name of the freedom of the press !

    March 1, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  25. Taruna

    All i can understand is that. CNN=POLITICS , does'nt seem to be correct any longer,

    bucking under pressure to serve the interests of the Clintons, just coz she whined that the media does not give her attention..wow! what spineless creatures..

    All i saw and heard today was Clinton in some form !..God is unbelievable..now that CNN has to buckle under pressure..

    All in the name of the freedom of the press !

    March 1, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
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