March 6th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, March 6, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

Washington Post: Both Obama And Clinton Hold Edge Over McCain
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) kicks off his general-election campaign trailing both potential Democratic nominees in hypothetical matchups, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

WSJ: Bush's Embrace Poses Dilemma as Help Poses Both Boon and Bane to Campaign
President Bush embraced one-time rival Sen. John McCain yesterday with a White House lunch and Rose Garden endorsement, but Mr. McCain now must weigh both the benefits and risks of his support.

USA Today: It's Now A Marathon, With Pa. The Big Prize
Pennsylvania is the new New Hampshire. Forget the frenzied cross-country campaign blitzes before Super Tuesday, or even the Ohio-Texas shuttle of the past month. For the next seven weeks, with brief breaks to visit Wyoming and Mississippi, Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton will be focusing on one state: Pennsylvania.

LA Times: Democrats Fear An Ugly End To Race
Leading Democrats scrambled Wednesday to prevent the closest, most riveting presidential contest in decades from tearing the party apart, as the odds rose that neither Hillary Rodham Clinton nor Barack Obama could clinch the nomination without angering large blocs of voters.

Washington Post: Results Refocus Democratic Campaign
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's victories in Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island reinvigorated her once-shaky presidential candidacy and reshaped her debate with Sen. Barack Obama, but those successes yielded only a modest gain in the battle for delegates, underscoring the daunting odds she faces in overtaking Obama before the end of the primary season in early June.

Washington Post: Huckabee Not Ruling Out No. 2 Spot on Ballot
Advisers to Mike Huckabee spent yesterday starting to build a conservative coalition that could propel a future run for the White House, hoping to capitalize on the popularity he gained during his unlikely presidential bid.

NY Times: It’s Official: Party and President Back McCain
Senator John McCain of Arizona was greeted in Washington, D.C. Wednesday as the new standard-bearer of a Republican Party he has sometimes battled, winning the endorsement of a president he has feuded with in the past and the embrace — and financial help — of the Republican National Committee.

Washington Post: How to Read the Buckeye Vote?
As Obama heads toward his next big showdown with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, in Pennsylvania - and as his party contemplates whether he would be a strong general-election candidate in November - Obama aides are being forced to confront the question of whether Ohio is an outlier or whether he has a serious problem with a key constituency.

NY Times: Campaign Sends Its Youngest Clinton to Pennsylvania to Open the Next Round
Fresh off three important victories on Tuesday, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton wasted no time planting her flag in the next big battleground state, sending her daughter, Chelsea, to Philadelphia Wednesday to speak to students.

USA Today: McCain Receives Bush Backing
President Bush's enthusiastic endorsement of John McCain on Wednesday could help the presumptive Republican presidential nominee do two things the Arizona senator must do: raise money and rally conservatives.

Washington Post: Even in Victory, Clinton Team Is Battling Itself
For the bruised and bitter staff around Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Tuesday's death-defying victories in the Democratic presidential primaries in Ohio and Texas proved sweet indeed. They savored their wins yesterday, plotted their next steps and indulged in a moment of optimism. "She won't be stopped," one aide crowed. And then Clinton's advisers turned to their other goal: denying Mark Penn credit.

WSJ: Next Big Primary, Pennsylvania, Plays Up Clinton's Advantages
Sen. Hillary Clinton has more good news to follow her election wins in Texas and Ohio: The next big contest comes in a state where she goes in with several advantages.

Washington Post: This Two-Step Had All the Wrong Moves
Disasters unfolded at many of the 8,000-plus caucuses in Texas. Democratic Party officials struggled to accommodate an estimated 1.1 million voters who participated in the second part of what became known "the Texas two-step" to choose 67 of the 193 delegates the state will send to the Democratic National Convention in August.

WSJ: Clinton, Obama Go on Attack As Superdelegates Hold Key
A day after Hillary Clinton regained her footing in the Democrats' presidential-nominating marathon, she and Barack Obama intensified their attacks on each other, geared up for messy rules fights and wooed the party leaders who could decide the race.

Washington Post: In Ohio, Kucinich Survives Challenge
Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio), a two-time presidential candidate, survived a challenge from several Democrats on Tuesday in his Cleveland-based district, becoming one of several incumbents to defeat primary challengers in Ohio and Texas.

NY Times: Clinton Success Alters Delegate Race’s Dynamic
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s victories in the primaries on Tuesday barely dented Senator Barack Obama’s lead in delegates, but they seemed to slow the Democratic Party establishment’s move in his direction while giving her campaign time to try to turn the race in her favor.

WSJ: Will McCain's Hawkish View Play on National Stage?
John McCain’s resolve will now be tested on a national stage. His record in Congress suggests that a McCain White House could assume a tougher posture overseas than has the current administration, which has itself often been criticized as too bellicose. Sen. McCain has joked about bombing Iran, ruled out talks with North Korea and, earlier this week, condemned the new leader of Russia.

WSJ: Caucus Drives Latest Ruckus
Presidential nominating caucuses are older, cheaper and more citizen-driven than primaries. But Sen. Hillary Clinton is charging that they also are less fair, after her loss to Sen. Barack Obama Tuesday in the Texas caucuses despite winning the state's primary earlier in the day.  The Clinton complaints against the Obama campaign almost assure that the caucus system will be part of the fight between the two Democrats before the August nominating convention - and just as surely will become part of a Democratic Party review of the nominating system after the November elections.


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