March 18th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, March 18, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

CNN: No New Primary For Florida Democrats
After weeks of negotiations, the Florida Democratic Party said Monday it will not hold a second primary in the state.

NY Times: Anniversary Highlights Iraq War’s Role in Campaign
This week’s fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq provoked an intense exchange over the war Monday among the three presidential candidates, illustrating the deep divisions over how to proceed there even as the violence has ebbed. The day left little doubt that the issue would be a major area of difference between the two parties this fall.

LA Times: Economic Turmoil Shakes Up Campaign Strategies
For months, the top presidential candidates have focused on showing a war-weary public that they have what it takes to be the next commander in chief. But on Monday, as the Iraq war entered its sixth year, they faced a test with far more relevance to the everyday lives of Americans: whether they could serve as economist in chief.

NY Times: On Defensive, Obama Plans Talk on Race
Faced with what his advisers acknowledged was a major test to his candidacy, Senator Barack Obama sought on Monday to contain the damage from incendiary comments made by his pastor and prepared to address the issue of race more directly than at any other moment of his presidential campaign.

Washington Post: A Candidate Who Mirrors Their Lives
This mid-20s to mid-40s generation has never questioned Obama's authenticity as a black man, even as their parents voiced doubt before voting began about a biracial candidate who never marched for civil rights. To many young black professionals, Obama was black like them.

NY Times: Bill Clinton Says Critics Distorted Remarks About Obama
Former President Bill Clinton struck back on Monday at critics who have suggested that his remarks in South Carolina in January on behalf of his wife’s campaign were racially insensitive.

USA Today: 'Super Delegate' Win Would Be Unfair, Voters Say
A majority of Democratic voters say it would be unfair for Hillary Rodham Clinton to win the presidential nomination through the support of "super delegates" if she lags among the convention delegates elected in primaries and caucuses, according to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll.

Washington Times: Obama Eyes White Suburbs Of Philadelphia
Sen. Barack Obama's campaign officials say their strategy for notching a surprise primary victory in Pennsylvania focuses on winning over white female voters in the Philadelphia suburbs, a task complicated by the candidate's close ties to a pastor who preaches a radical "black power" worldview.

Washington Post: Wall Street Crisis Forces Candidates to Shift Their
Focus

The contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination raced to inject themselves into the debate over the credit and housing crisis yesterday, slamming the Bush administration's failure to do more to avoid a crisis as the economy once again surged to the forefront of the campaign.

Politico: Obama Camp: HRC Is Taking The Low Road
Is it possible to win the Democratic nomination in such a way as to make winning not worth it? The Barack Obama campaign thinks so. It thinks Hillary Clinton’s campaign is willing to take any road to the White House, including the low road.

Washington Times: Clinton Seeks To End War 'We Cannot Win'
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday called for a U.S. troop pullout from a war that "we cannot win," as Sen. John McCain and Vice President Dick Cheney spent the day in Baghdad, touting security improvements and pledging to maintain a long-term military presence in Iraq.


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