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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, May 6, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

Washington Post: Two Candidates, Two States and One Big Day
On a final, fevered day of campaigning, Sen. Barack Obama looked to voters in Indiana and North Carolina to reverse a string of defeats in key states, while Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton fought to keep her improbable comeback hopes alive with a pair of strong showings.

Politico: Clinton Fate Hangs In The Balance
If Hillary Clinton wins in either Indiana or North Carolina Tuesday, the primary election terrain suddenly begins to look more favorable to her than at any other point since Super Tuesday Feb. 5.

Washington Post: Paul Campaign Never Ended, Spokesman Says
As the Democratic presidential candidates held pre-primary rallies yesterday in Indiana and North Carolina, and presumptive Republican nominee John McCain spoke to the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, another major-party presidential candidate continued his own quest for nomination, headlining a "Freedom Rally" on a Fort Wayne, Ind., university campus.

NY Times: For Two Primaries, Several Scenarios
It’s almost over. Well, not quite. But the Democratic presidential primaries taking place on Tuesday in North Carolina and Indiana have more delegates up for grabs than any of the remaining contests. For political, demographic and mathematical reasons, those states have the potential to reshape the competition between Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.

Washington Times: McCain Courts Hispanic Voters
Sen. John McCain said yesterday that Republicans have shed support among Hispanic voters because of the party's get-tough approach to illegal immigration, but he predicted that his enforcement-then- legalization approach will rebuild those bridges.

Washington Post: Who's More Red, White and Blue-Collar?
The presidential race has turned into a riveting competition for ordinariness, as both campaigns have concluded that whoever does a better job of winning over voters - an average blue-collar adult in an average American town of 60,000 - is more likely to triumph in Tuesday's primaries in Indiana and North Carolina.

The Hill: Reid Diverges From Pelosi On Superdelegate Decision
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been making statements that appear to benefit Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), despite saying he’s neutral in the Democratic presidential primary. The Nevada Democrat has not come out against the superdelegates voting to overturn the candidate with more pledged delegates, Clinton’s best path to the nomination. Reid is also less concerned about the primary dragging on into June.

NY Times: With Right Props and Stops, Clinton Transforms Into Working-Class Hero
All over North Carolina and Indiana, crowds of teachers and truckers, salespeople and small business owners, have been hailing Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton as one of their own.

USA Today: Young Voters Poised To Flex Voting Muscle
The surge in voters under 30 has changed the composition of the primary electorate and could at last turn young people into political players with clout.

USA Today: Candidates Rely On Family To Help Get Message Out
On the eve of the North Carolina and Indiana primaries, Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton dispatched some of their most powerful surrogates to get out the vote: their relatives.

WSJ: Finding Parallels to Obama's Rise
Democrats are about to determine whether Barack Obama is another Bobby Kennedy - or another Gary Hart. Those two figures seem to offer the best parallels to the compelling Obama story, which continues to unfold, its final chapters still unwritten.

Charlotte Observer: Race For Your Vote
With long lines for early voting and a spike in absentee ballots, the turnout Tuesday is expected to break records in North Carolina because of the tough-fought Democratic presidential primary. Longtime N.C. political observers say voters are so excited by the N.C. presidential primary that as many as 1.5 million of them may vote in the Democratic primary - way beyond the record of 961,000 in 1984.

WSJ: Trade Stances Reframed For Indiana, North Carolina
Weeks after slamming the North American Free Trade Agreement in Ohio, Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have retooled their messages for Indiana and North Carolina, states that have made gains from free trade amid losses elsewhere.

NY Times: As Votes Near, a Fast Pace for Bill Clinton
Former President Bill Clinton had no time on Monday for his usual leisurely hourlong sessions pressing the flesh on the rope line, or for a meandering speech that could run on just as long. “We are doing nine cities today,” said Mr. Clinton, punching out each word as he surveyed the small crowd gathered on an airport tarmac here, just yards from where his private plane had landed minutes before. Less than an hour later, he was back on the plane, headed to Jacksonville, about 35 miles to the southwest.

NY Times: Teamsters Union Defends Its Endorsement of Obama
The Teamsters union vigorously denied on Monday that its decision to endorse Senator Barack Obama in the presidential race was in any way tied to Mr. Obama’s statement that federal supervision of the union had run its course.

WSJ: McCain Speech to Shed Light On Judicial Philosophy
John McCain steps out of his comfort zone Tuesday to address his judicial philosophy, a hot-button matter for social conservatives that encompasses abortion, guns and gay rights - all topics on which Sen. McCain has rankled the right.

WSJ: Will Exams Cost Obama Student Votes?
Barack Obama's campaign has gotten a boost all year by a big youth vote, but in Tuesday's balloting, that powerful force confronts a new challenge: final exams. The latest primaries in North Carolina and Indiana happen to arrive when most college students are in the midst of tests and preparing to exit campus at semester's end.

LA Times: Barack Obama Is Pushing A Regular-Guy Image
Forget the eloquent speeches, the elegant suits and the Ivy League pedigree; Barack Obama is not so different from you, just a regular guy. With an eye to white working-class voters, Obama has recalibrated his image to bat away impressions that he is out of touch, an elitist.

Washington Times: Clinton Campaign Retools Delegate Math
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign yesterday tried to redefine the delegate math for securing the Democratic presidential nomination, signaling its willingness to wage a divisive battle with front-runner Sen. Barack Obama through the summer.


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