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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, April 2, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

Pittsburg Post-Gazette: Democrats Casting For White Men, State's Prize
The biggest prey this primary season, discussed in countless political dispatches and talk shows, is hiding in plain sight. The species is described - depending on who's talking - as either traditional or old-fashioned, proud or angry, straight-talking or racist/sexist. It is rough-hewn. It is gritty. It is a walking, talking cliché. It is Pennsylvania's voting-age white male and he may be none of the above, but rather as varied and hard to pin down as all 3.86 million of them statewide.

WSJ: McCain Has Yet to Win Over Key Conservatives
On the campaign trail last week, Sen. John McCain declared at least three times that the Republican Party is "united." But is it? Some prominent conservatives say they remain disenchanted with the party's likely nominee. Sen. McCain isn't doing enough to persuade them of his conservative credentials, they say, or win them over to his side. Although the sentiment among conservative leaders is that they will vote for Sen. McCain come November, they aren't thrilled about the prospect.

CNN: Obama, Clinton Invited To Indiana Debate
A consortium of Indiana television stations and newspapers has invited Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to appear at a debate in their state ahead of the May 6 primary. The debate would air live nationally on CNN and PBS and on public television stations statewide, and made available to every commercial broadcast station in Indiana.

AP: Lee Hamilton Tells A.P. He’s Backing Obama
Former Indiana Rep. Lee Hamilton is backing Sen. Barack Obama in an endorsement that could boost the presidential hopeful's national security standing, The Associated Press has learned.

Washington Post: Obama Changes Approach to Reach Blue-Collar Voters in Pennsylvania
A health nut, Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) has consumed hot dogs, french fries and homemade chocolates as he campaigned throughout Pennsylvania. He has sipped a few Yuengling beers. He has largely skipped arena-filling rallies in favor of town-hall-style events and casual visits, delivering populist appeals to the small-town, working-class voters who have proven most resistant to his candidacy.

NY Times: In Fight for Pennsylvania, a Few Heated Rounds
The Democratic presidential candidates hopscotched across eastern Pennsylvania on Tuesday, with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton comparing herself to Rocky Balboa in rebuffing suggestions that she quit the race. Her opponent, Senator Barack Obama, struck into the heart of Clinton territory, courting voters in the Scranton area where Mrs. Clinton has deep family ties.

Washington Post: Economic Slump Underlines Concerns About McCain Advisers
Former senator Phil Gramm, with his aw-shucks Texas drawl, may at first blush have little in common with Carly Fiorina, the telegenic former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard. But they share a bond: Both are leading economic advisers of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the presumptive Republican nominee for president, and both have reputations as the kind of aggressive capitalists that may be sliding from favor as the nation's economy edges toward recession.

WSJ: Business Donors Bypass McCain
John McCain faces a problem as he tries to close a deep fund-raising deficit against the two Democratic candidates for president: Both have been cleaning his clock among business interests that give mainly to Republicans.

LA Times: Clinton, Obama Attack McCain On Economics
Democratic presidential rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama trained their sights Tuesday on presumed Republican nominee John McCain - needling him over his lack of economic expertise and what they said was his failure to understand the financial troubles of average Americans.

Washington Times: Pro-Life Groups Slam Obama
Pro-life activists say Sen. Barack Obama's abysmal record on abortion issues is reflected by his remark that he would not want his daughters to be "punished with a baby" if they were to make a "mistake" as teenagers.

Boston Globe: Foes Target McCain's 100-Year War Remark
Almost daily, Democrats hammer John McCain for supporting a 100-year war in Iraq, putting their spin on McCain's answer months ago to a voter in New Hampshire to draw the starkest distinction possible on one of the defining issues of this year's presidential election. The presumptive Republican nominee says that his Democratic rivals are distorting his views.

NY Times: Democrats’ Turmoil Tests Party’s Low-Key Leader
The turmoil in the Democratic presidential race has presented a sharp test of Howard Dean’s low-profile approach to leading the Democratic National Committee, bringing calls from many Democrats for him to take a more aggressive role in defusing the threat of a protracted and divisive nominating fight.


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