April 24th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Jon Stewart lines up Reid, Carter, Dean, and Gingrich

(CNN) - Jon Stewart will take on four political heavyweights over the next month, Comedy Central announced Thursday.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Former President Jimmy Carter, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are all scheduled to make appearances on "The Daily Show."

The appearances will be Reid's first, Carter's second, Gingrich's third, and Dean's fourth.

April 24th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
6 years ago

How much is a half-eaten waffle worth?

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Watch Jeanne Moos weigh the value of the Obama waffle.

(CNN) – How much would you pay for a half-eaten waffle? How about: a waffle half-eaten by a White House hopeful?

The price tag eBay bidders settled on for a waffle served to - and half-consumed by - presidential candidate Barack Obama was at least $20,100. The auction was shut down and removed from eBay before anyone could bid any higher.

The waffle in question was the one referenced by Obama on Monday when the senator responded to a reporter’s question about Jimmy Carter’s meeting with Hamas by asking: “Why is it that I can’t just eat my waffle?”

“I guess one of my employees must have taken it and had an idea that they were going to do something with it,” the diner’s owner, Charles LeStrange, told CNN’s Jeanne Moos.

But the Scranton Times-Tribune reported on Wednesday that diner patron John Oakes was the responsible party. “We put it up there because we figured people are nuts and they might go crazy with it. And guess what — they did,” Oakes told the paper.

The bids of the cancelled auction have now been nullified, and the Illinois senator’s breakfast leftovers remain stored in Oakes’ freezer.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
April 24th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
6 years ago

Richardson: Clinton supporters 'clinging to the throne'

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Watch Carville and Richardson square off on Larry King Live.

(CNN) – After weeks of verbal brawling, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and James Carville spoke for the first time on CNN’s Larry King Live Wednesday night. Richardson – now a supporter of Barack Obama – called Hillary Clinton backers like Carville ‘a dynasty’ that is ‘clinging to the throne.’

The CNN contributor defended calling Richardson a ‘Judas’ in a New York Times interview after the governor announced his endorsement of Obama.

“I said it. I was quoted accurately. I was quoted in context. I thought it was an appropriate metaphor,” Carville told King. “If it would have been the Fourth of July, I would have said ‘Benedict Arnold,’” Carville said.

Richardson called Carville’s response “typical of the reaction of Clinton supporters.”

“They feel they’re a dynasty. They’re clinging to the throne,” Richardson added.

Watch Carville and Richardson clash over whether the results in the Florida and Michigan primaries should help determine the Democratic Party’s nominee, whether Obama should agree to more debates before Indiana and North Carolina vote May 6 - and whether the primary race has become so negative it’s hurting the party’s prospects in the general election.

April 24th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Wallace signs on with McCain

(CNN) - Nicole Wallace, the former communications director for President Bush's reelection campaign, has signed on with John McCain.

CNN's Dana Bash reports Wallace will help craft the Arizona senator's message and begin May 1.


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April 24th, 2008
09:30 AM ET
6 years ago

Now and then

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This week's Time Magazine cover conjures up memories of a similar cover image from another memorable presidential race. (Above: The latest issue of Time Magazine and the November 20, 2000 issue of Newsweek) TIME says their cover was inspired by a current NBA television ad promoting the playoffs.

TIME.com: There can only be one

April 24th, 2008
09:20 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama: I have a problem courting seniors

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Watch Obama discuss his Pennsylvania primary loss on CNN Radio Wednesday.

(CNN) - Barack Obama said Wednesday he has a problem appealing to senior voters.

Assessing his loss in Pennsylvania, the Illinois senator said Tuesday's primary result was not primarily due to how working class Democrats voted - a voting bloc that has long supported Clinton over Obama - then with the decisions of older voters.

"I have to say if you look at and I know my staff has talked about this: If you look at the numbers, our problem has less to do with white working class voters, the problem is, to the extent there is a problem is with older voters," Obama told reporters. "They are very loyal to sen Clinton. And I think part of that is they've got a track record of voting for not just Sen. Clinton but also her husband."

"We need to make sure on issues that are important to them - like prescription drugs or pension and retirement security - that I've got a strong track record on those issues and very specific plans to make sure that they are getting the kinds of help that they need," he also said. "And if we do that effectively, which you know we have tried to do it in all the states."

Voters over 65 are among the most reliable members of Clinton's base, though exit polls out of Pennsylvania indicate Obama may be making inroads into this demographic.

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April 24th, 2008
08:45 AM ET
6 years ago

Clinton faces uphill battle in North Carolina

 Sen. Hillary Clinton won big in Pennsylvania, but North Carolina could prove to be tough territory.
Sen. Hillary Clinton won big in Pennsylvania, but North Carolina could prove to be tough territory.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Hillary Clinton emerged from Tuesday's contest in Pennsylvania with a big symbolic victory and a net gain of about a dozen pledged delegates. But those spoils could vanish on May 6 in North Carolina, a delegate-rich contest with a plethora of natural advantages for Barack Obama.

Obama owes his victories throughout the Democratic nomination battle to African-Americans, young voters, upscale whites and independent voters.

In North Carolina, those voters come in bunches, and their ranks are growing.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton
April 24th, 2008
06:01 AM ET
6 years ago

McCain on baptism plans: 'It's a private thing.'

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For the most part, McCain keeps a veil of privacy around his faith.
For the most part, McCain keeps a veil of privacy around his faith.

ABOARD THE STRAIGHT TALK EXPRESS (CNN) - John McCain, who rarely talks about his faith publicly, discussed some of his religious beliefs with reporters Wednesday – including the question of whether he might consider being baptized again.

The presumptive Republican nominee talked with journalists traveling with him from Kentucky to West Virginia about his home congregation, North Phoenix Baptist Church.

"Pastor Dan Yeary has a message I enjoy and appreciate," he said, adding that he and his family have "grown close to [Yeary] over the years" and that he tried to attend services at the church whenever he was home in Arizona.

"The message that Dan Yeary conveys of Christian love and redemption is one that I welcome," said McCain. "And I'm always spiritually helped and assisted when I attend those church services, as I think most Americans are when they attend church services."

The Arizona senator, who was raised an Episcopalian, has attended North Phoenix for nearly two decades, but is not a member because he has not been baptized into the church.
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Filed under: John McCain
April 24th, 2008
05:59 AM ET
6 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, April 24, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

WSJ: Indiana Poses Challenge for Each of the Democrats
After six weeks of trading jabs in Pennsylvania, the Democratic presidential candidates turned to Indiana and the lower-income white voters seen as a test of who is most electable in November.

Washington Post: With New Cash, Clinton Moves to A New Venue
Coming off a convincing win in Pennsylvania, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton recorded her best fundraising day of the campaign, and she will need the money for what is being framed as a do-or-die contest in Indiana two weeks from now.

Washington Post: For McCain: Different Place, Same Message
Sen. John McCain stood before a small crowd in this tiny Appalachian town with the same mission he has had all week: convincing what he calls "forgotten" voters who are traditionally hostile to his party that he is a different kind of Republican.

NY Times: For Indiana Voters, Talk of Change May Fall Flat
With all the talk among the Democratic presidential hopefuls about change, they may wish to consider this as they wander Indiana: People here practically revolted a few years ago when their governor, Mitch Daniels, pushed to change to daylight saving time like most of the country.

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Filed under: Political Hot Topics
April 24th, 2008
05:53 AM ET
6 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Thursday, April 24, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman, CNN Washington Bureau

*Hillary Clinton attends “Solution for America” events in Fayetteville and Asheville, North Carolina.

*John McCain takes a tour of the 9th Ward, holds a media availability, and attends a town hall meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

*Barack Obama has no events scheduled.


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