May 9th, 2008
07:50 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama calls Edwards delegates in South Carolina

 Obama held a conference call with Edwards delegates on Thursday afternoon.
Obama held a conference call with Edwards delegates on Thursday afternoon.

(CNN) - After a morning spent courting superdelegates in Washington, Barack Obama convened a conference call Thursday afternoon to reach out to pledged delegates in South Carolina committed to former candidate John Edwards.

Two Edwards delegates on the call said Obama discussed his vision for the presidency and told the delegation he looks forward to working with them at the Democratic National Convention this summer.

Ed Turlington, an Edwards adviser from North Carolina who committed to Obama in April, participated in the conference call, as did former South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges, an Obama backer.

Obama spokesman Bill Burton said the call was simply an opportunity for the Democratic frontrunner "to give folks an update on the campaign and a chance to ask questions."

Several South Carolina Democrats familiar with the Edwards delegation said a handful of the former senator's eight pledged delegates in the state are considering throwing their support to Obama.

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May 9th, 2008
07:00 AM ET
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Obama picks up two superdelegates, gap narrowed to seven

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 Obama met with several undecided superdelegates on Capitol Hill Thursday.
Obama met with several undecided superdelegates on Capitol Hill Thursday.

(CNN) - Barack Obama won two more superdelegate endorsements Thursday, narrowing his deficit with Hillary Clinton to seven.

North Carolina Rep. Brad Miller and Washington Rep. Rick Larsen both announced they will cast their superdelegate votes for the Illinois senator.

"The decision was not easy," Miller, a two-term congressman, said in a statement. "Senator Clinton has run an impressive campaign, and has spoken eloquently to the concerns to working and middle class American families. She is one of the great leaders of this generation.

"Senator Obama understands that he has the chance not just to win the election this year, but to be a great president," he added.

Miller's district, which includes Raleigh, overwhelmingly voted for Obama Tuesday, 63 percent to 35 percent.

Larsen, a three-term congressman whose district lies in the northwest area of Washington state, praised Obama as the "best candidate to turn our country's hopes for a better future into reality."

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May 9th, 2008
06:27 AM ET
6 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, May 9, 2008

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CNN Washington Bureau

NY Times: Short of Cash, Clinton Is Forced to Cut Spending
The once-formidable fund-raising machine of Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton has begun to sputter at the worst possible moment for Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign, Clinton advisers and donors said Thursday, with spending curtailed on political events and advertising as Mrs. Clinton seeks to compete in the last six nominating contests.

Boston Globe: Infighting Rains On McCain's Party
Senator John McCain is sailing toward his coronation as the Republican presidential nominee while the Democratic candidates battle fiercely. But Republicans also are engaged in some tough infighting that could disrupt the national convention and make it more difficult for him to unite the party in the fall.

USA Today: Obama Takes Superdelegate Fight To The Hill
Democrat Barack Obama took his fight for superdelegates to the House floor Thursday, as his rival Hillary Rodham Clinton rejected calls to abandon her uphill battle for the Democratic presidential nomination.

WSJ: McCain Sets Stage for Fall Run
Sen. McCain received the gift of time to lay the groundwork for his fall campaign, as Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton fought each other for the Democratic nomination. Now that the Democratic fight appears to be nearing an end, the Arizona senator will soon find out how effectively he used the time.

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May 9th, 2008
06:23 AM ET
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ON THE TRAIL: Friday, May 9, 2008

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*Hillary Clinton participates in a roundtable discussion on health care in Portland, Oregon and addresses the Kentucky Democratic Party Dinner in Louisville, Kentucky.

*John McCain holds a press conference in Columbia, South Carolina.

*Barack Obama is in Oregon today. He holds an economic discussion with workers in Beaverton, holds a town hall meeting in Albany, and attends a rally in Eugene.


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May 9th, 2008
06:00 AM ET
6 years ago

CNN=Politics Daily

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) - In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, Wolf Blitzer sits down for an exclusive one-on-one with Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama - the Illinois senator's first interview since the Indiana and North Carolina primaries. You'll hear Obama's plans for the upcoming contests in West Virginia and Kentucky, his plans to overhaul the nation's tax system, and end the war in Iraq - and some tough criticism of presumptive Republican nominee John McCain.

Hillary Clinton is telling her supporters to ignore calls for her to drop out as she heads full force into the upcoming primaries. Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley has the details.

Plus: What would a general election campaign look like between Barack Obama and John McCain? Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider explains why it might be no typical race: Obama and McCain are not your typical Democrat or Republican.

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