February 29th, 2008
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TICKER MORNING EDITION: Friday, February 29, 2008


Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

Washington Post: Bush Assails Democratic Candidates' Foreign Policy Views
President Bush has tried, with varying degrees of success, to avoid playing the role of "pundit in chief" on daily campaign developments. But yesterday he weighed in on some of the foreign policy issues that have cropped up recently on the trail, criticizing the Democratic presidential contenders for their positions on Iraq and trade and, in the case of Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.), for his willingness to meet with U.S. adversaries.

Washington Post: Democrats Blaze Trails In February Fundraising
Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama continued to rewrite fundraising records this month, with Clinton announcing yesterday that she had rebounded from a disappointing showing in January to raise $35 million in February, by far her biggest one-month total of the campaign. Obama (Ill.), who raised $36 million in January, has not yet announced a total for February, but aides said it will be "considerably more" than that raised by his rival for the Democratic nomination.

USA Today: Primaries Turnout Prompts Concerns For Nov.
Record turnout in this year's presidential primaries has election officials worried about possible shortages of machines, ballots and poll workers in November.

NY Times: Nader’s No. 2
The 2008 campaign has its first official vice-presidential candidate, and it is not Mike Huckabee. The candidate, in a selection that will please fans of both his politics and his art, is Matt Gonzalez, aspiring collage artist and former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Ralph Nader, who on Sunday announced his fourth formal campaign for the presidency, as an independent, introduced Mr. Gonzalez as his running mate at a Washington news conference Thursday.

Washington Post: Don't Get Around Much Anymore
In these waning months of the Bush presidency, Congress is increasingly ignoring his ultimatums. Reporters have left him for the campaign trail. And he seems, at times, to be lacking his killer instinct.

WSJ: Many Troops Would Stay In Iraq if a Democrat Wins
Despite the rhetoric of the Democratic presidential candidates, significant numbers of U.S. troops will remain in Iraq regardless who wins in November.

NY Times: Obama Cutting Into Clinton’s Edge Among Superdelegates
Senator Barack Obama has made significant inroads over the last month among the Democratic elected officials and party leaders known as superdelegates who will cast a fifth of the votes at the party’s convention, cutting into Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s long-held advantage with the group.

Washington Post: Not All of the Old Clinton Gang Is Backing Another Clinton
The painful endorsement switch Wednesday by John Lewis, the Democratic congressman from Georgia and civil rights icon, from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) reflects the difficulties some members of former president Bill Clinton's Cabinet have been going through as they decide between the candidates.

NY Times: For Obama, a Taste of What a Long Battle Holds
The shifting tone among Republicans and their allies in recent days offers a glimpse of the party’s playbook as it adapts to the prospect that it will be running against Senator Barack Obama.

USA Today: Smaller Primary States Not So Secondary
Vermont and Rhode Island have been in the shadow of the delegate-rich states Ohio and Texas, but New England could sway the vote.

NY Times: Texas on Pace for Record Voter Turnout
Texans have never seen anything like this stampede to the polls for the March 4 face-off that could prove crucial to the presidential hopes of Mr. Obama’s Democratic opponent, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and provide perhaps the final boost to the all-but-anointed Republican nominee, Senator John McCain.

WSJ: Obama's Fate in Texas Hinges on Volunteers
Sen. Obama's pivotal victories in Iowa and South Carolina were engineered by paid staffers who worked those states for nearly a year. But he's had a late start in Texas and is relying much more on volunteers.

NY Times: Bill Would Remove Doubt on Presidential Eligibility
Senator John McCain said Thursday that he had no concerns about his meeting the constitutional qualifications for the presidency because of his birth in the Panama Canal Zone. A Democratic colleague said she wanted to remove even a trace of doubt.

Washington Post: On the Trail, Spouses' Roles Evolve
Days before crucial primaries in Texas and Ohio that could determine who becomes the Democratic nominee for president, the political arcs of Clinton and Obama have been nearly as surprising as the historic campaigns of their spouses.

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