May 8th, 2008
08:22 AM ET
6 years ago

Edwards campaign manager to endorse Obama

 Bonior ran John Edwards' campaign.
Bonior ran John Edwards' campaign.

(CNN) - Former Michigan Rep. David Bonior, who served as John Edwards campaign manager, will endorse Barack Obama for president, an Obama spokesman confirms to CNN.

The endorsement was first reported Thursday morning by ABCNews.com.

May 8th, 2008
08:19 AM ET
6 years ago

Huckabee: 'I got to give Hillary some credit'

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(CNN) – Former campaign underdog Mike Huckabee said Thursday that Democrat Hillary Clinton should ignore critics pressuring her to end her presidential run, telling CNN’s John Roberts that “she entered this thing to play to the finish line.”

“It’s easy to play horse race with this and say, ‘Gosh, she ought to drop out,’” he said on CNN’s American Morning. “She’s playing by the rules that the party set, just as I played by the rules that the Republican Party set.

“You know it’s frustrating to those of us who spend all of this time, effort and money - we get our supporters out there, we play by the rules that were handed and then somebody says, ‘It looks like the way this is gonna end is different than we want, so why don’t you go ahead and quit?’”

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May 8th, 2008
08:17 AM ET
6 years ago

Michigan Dems send latest delegate plan to DNC

Michigan Democrats have accepted a new compromise.
Michigan Democrats have accepted a new compromise.

(CNN) – Michigan’s Democrats have accepted a compromise proposal in their latest attempt to ensure their state will be represented at this summer’s Democratic National Convention, CNN has confirmed.

The state party has voted to sign on to a plan devised a week-and-a-half ago by the working group seeking ways to end the impasse, including Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, Sen. Carl Levin, Democratic National Committee Member Debbie Dingell and United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger.

The group urged the Democratic National Committee to seat the Michigan delegation under a formula that would give a 10-delegate edge to Hillary Clinton, and allow all 157 delegates and superdelegates to be seated this summer.

Clinton was the only major candidate to appear on the ballot in the state’s January contest, which she won with 55 percent of the vote. No delegates were awarded because of national party penalties on Michigan Democrats for moving up their primary date. Forty percent of January’s primary voters chose the “uncommitted” option on the ballot; a majority of those “uncommitted” delegates are backing Barack Obama.

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May 8th, 2008
08:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Limbaugh comes out for Obama

 Limbaugh now wants Obama to be the Democratic nominee.
Limbaugh now wants Obama to be the Democratic nominee.

(CNN) – He has publicly urged Republicans to vote for Hillary Clinton to keep the divisive Democratic nomination fight alive, but talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday it's Barack Obama who he really wants to be the party's nominee.

"I now believe he would be the weakest of the Democrat nominees," Limbaugh, among the most powerful voices in conservative radio, said on his program. "I now urge the Democrat supereldegates to make your mind up and publicly go for Obama."

"Barack Obama has shown he cannot get the votes Democrats need to win – blue-collar, working class people," Limbaugh also said. "He can get effete snobs, he can get wealthy academics, he can get the young, and he can get the black vote, but Democrats do not win with that."

For months, Limbaugh has urged his listeners in states with open primaries to cross party lines and support Clinton in an effort he has dubbed "Operation Chaos." The conservative talk show host has said the Republican Party will benefit from a protracted Democratic race that grows more bruising by the week.

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May 8th, 2008
05:24 AM ET
6 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, May 8, 2008

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NY Times: Support for Clinton Wanes as Obama Sees Finish Line
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton struck a publicly defiant posture on Wednesday about continuing her presidential bid despite waning support from Democratic officials and donors. Some of her advisers acknowledged privately that they remained unsure about the future of her candidacy.

WSJ: Campaigns Throw Out Traditional Political Map
This year, both sides are setting their sights on distant targets. The result may be a scrambled battleground map that mixes traditional swing states with those long thought to be in one camp or the other long before November.

Boston Globe: Key Superdelegates Keeping Preferences Strictly Under Wraps
A lot of superdelegates have been working on their secret-keeping skills. Scores of officially uncommitted superdelegates have voted in the Democratic presidential race, including such subjects of ongoing speculation as Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi. While some say that additional factors will affect how they vote at the party's convention, others are just staying silent about their preference. For them, what happens in the voting booth will stay in the voting booth – for now, at least.

Washington Post: Did Rush Limbaugh Tilt Result In Indiana?
Even as Barack Obama's campaign celebrated Tuesday's primary results, aides charged yesterday that they would have had an even stronger showing were it not for meddling by an unlikely booster of Hillary Rodham Clinton: the popular conservative radio host and longtime Clinton family nemesis Rush Limbaugh.

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May 8th, 2008
05:19 AM ET
6 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Thursday, May 8, 2008

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*Hillary Clinton attends rallies in Charleston, West Virginia and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She then travels to Oregon where she holds a fundraiser in Ashland and attends a town hall meeting in Central Point.

*John McCain attends a gala in New York City.

*Barack Obama will spend the day in Washington, DC.


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May 8th, 2008
05:00 AM ET
6 years ago

CNN=Politics Daily

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CNN=Politics Daily is The Best Political Podcast from the Best Political Team.
CNN=Politics Daily is The Best Political Podcast from the Best Political Team.

(CNN)—The Democratic race goes on following the split outcome of the primaries in Indiana and North Carolina.

In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley reports on what’s next for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as one high profile supporter pushes for the New York Democrat to quit. Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider looks at whether or not there is a red-blue division among the Democratic Party, while Chief National Correspondent John King breaks down the delegate numbers.

Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain seems to be focusing more on Barack Obama as a fall opponent than Hillary Clinton. McCain’s aides weigh in as speculation swirls that some of Clinton’s supporters will vote for McCain if she isn’t the Democratic nominee. CNN’s Dana Bash has the details.

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