(CNN)— An increasingly firm Howard Dean told CNN again Thursday that he needs superdelegates to say who they’re for – and “I need them to say who they’re for starting now.”
“We cannot give up two or three months of active campaigning and healing time,” the Democratic National Committee Chairman told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “We’ve got to know who our nominee is.”
After facing criticism for a mostly hands-off leadership style during much of the primary season, Dean has been steadily raising the rhetorical pressure on superdelegates. He said Thursday that roughly 65 percent of them have made their preference plain, but that more than 300 have yet to make up their minds.
The national party chair, who has remained neutral throughout the primary process, said again it’s his job to make sure both candidates feel they are treated fairly – but not to tell either of them when to end their run.
NEW YORK (CNN) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday that whoever wins the presidency in November, "at least we'll have an adult in office who can lead and accomplish something."
During a question-and-answer session, Bloomberg said he will not have to agree on all matters with whomever he ultimately endorses for president.
"I'm looking for a candidate that is willing to face reality and say, 'We can't have everything and there are costs and we've got to make choices.'"
Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau
Washington Post: Obama Looks To Turn Debate Into a Victory
A day after undergoing the toughest grilling of the campaign, Sen. Barack Obama attempted to get back on the offensive Thursday, arguing that his candidacy offers a clear departure from the attack politics and trivial issues that he said have dominated presidential campaigns and led to gridlock in Washington.
USA Today: McCain Campaign's Next Stop: 'Forgotten Parts Of America'
John McCain plans to spend next week reaching out to African-Americans, displaced factory workers and people living in poverty — voters not usually associated with the Republican Party.
NY Times: Superdelegates Unswayed by Clinton’s Attacks
Throughout their contentious debate on Wednesday, Senator Hillary Clinton tried again and again to put Senator Barack Obama on the defensive in a pointed attempt, her advisers say, to raise doubts about his electability among a small but powerful audience: the uncommitted superdelegates who will most likely determine the nomination.
WSJ: Clinton's Goal: Win Big in Pennsylvania, Sow Doubts Over Obama
With Sen. Hillary Clinton widely expected to win Pennsylvania's Democratic primary on Tuesday, most of the focus is on the margin. Anything less than a double-digit victory could solidify the perception that Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is the inevitable Democratic nominee, sparking a flow of superdelegates to his side.
Compiled by Jonathan Helman, CNN Washington Bureau
*Hillary Clinton attends a town hall meeting with Rep. Joe Sestak in Radnor, Pennsylvania and participates in a Conversation with Maya Angelou event in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
*John McCain attends the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC.
*Barack Obama attends town hall meetings in Erie and Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He also attends a rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
(CNN)—The Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton continue the battle for their party’s nomination Thursday, and Democratic Committee chairman Howard Dean continues his recent get-tough stance.
As the Democratic nominating process drags on on, Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Thursday, he wants a decision, and he wants it ‘now.’ You’ll see Wolf Blitzer’s interview with Dean.
Meanwhile, the pope isn’t the only important figure visiting Washington D.C. this week – Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown met with President Bush and the presidential candidates Thursday. White House correspondent Elaine Quijano reports on how the president’s meeting went, while Tom Foreman highlights what the candidates hoping to take President Bush’s place discussed with Brown.
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