March 7th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, March 7, 2008


Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

NY Times: More Money Is Pouring In for Clinton and Obama
The Democratic candidates for president continued to post formidable fund-raising numbers, with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton using her victories in Tuesday’s primaries to raise $4 million through noon on Thursday. Her campaign reported the haul as the Obama campaign said it had raised $55 million in February, confirming earlier reports of its record-breaking month raising money.

AP: Paul Hints at Quitting Republican Race
GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul is hinting to supporters that he is ending his long-shot campaign for the presidency.

Washington Post: Michigan and Florida Have Democrats in a State
As Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama competed through more than 40 contests over the past two months, Michigan and Florida remained on the sidelines, barred from participating in the Democratic presidential nomination process because they violated party rules. Now, with neither candidate likely to win enough delegates to capture the nomination, the question is whether the two states will end up deciding the race by holding do-over contests this spring.

Washington Times: McCain Leads In Crossover Votes
Contrary to conventional wisdom, numbers emerging from polls and primary results show that Sen. John McCain — who has alienated conservatives as he courts independents and moderate Democrats — holds an advantage over Sen. Barack Obama in the race for crossover votes.

LA Times: McCain's Team Forged Loyalty In Collapse
In the second week of July 2007, a pall settled over the half-empty headquarters of John McCain's campaign in an Arlington, Va., skyscraper. They were nearly broke. The top two officials had resigned. Two-thirds of the staff had been fired or left, and those who remained worried the campaign might never recover. With headlines predicting the end, a small band of loyalists coalesced around McCain.

Washington Post: Clinton Strengths Aren't Lost on The Obama Team
Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are mounting campaign efforts in Pennsylvania on a scale not seen since the Iowa caucuses, even as the Obama campaign attempts to cast the April 22 contest as just another in a string of more than a dozen to go.

Washington Times: McCain To Seek Support From Top Conservatives
Sen. John McCain, in his post-victory debut before the conservative movement's top donors and leaders, will address the Council for National Policy's annual winter meeting here today.

WSJ: Who Will Win Nomination? It's Down to a Numbers Game
Here is the bottom line in the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination: Sen. Barack Obama is all but certain to keep his lead in delegates through the last contest in June. He still won't have enough to be nominee. But he'll need a lot fewer superdelegates to put him over the top than Sen. Hillary Clinton. For a brief walk through the numbers, a calculator might help.

NY Times: With Race Unfinished, Attention Turns to Wyoming
Democrats in Wyoming say the feeling here is different. In contrast to all the dismally attended, demoralized Democratic presidential caucuses of past years, the outnumbered Democrats of Wyoming might actually have something to roar about.

USA Today: Democrats Play Hardball - With Risks
As the Democratic nomination race continues in near deadlock, rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are faced with a delicate task: They're trying to hit each other hard enough to win more contests, without turning off the party VIPs likely to make or break their bids.

NY Times: Party Donations Show G.O.P. Edge
For all the success that Democratic presidential candidates have had in raising money — taking in a combined total of over $500 million in the current race — the Republicans are beating them in one crucial area of fund-raising: the money being raised by the parties themselves.

AP: McCain Non-Committal On Veep Choice
Republican John McCain praised Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a potential running mate, as they campaigned together Thursday, although he sidestepped questions about a vice presidential choice.
During his first campaign appearance since clinching the GOP presidential nomination, McCain said he has not even begun looking at vice presidential candidates.

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