May 28th, 2008
11:27 AM ET
7 years ago

Clinton says she expects lead in popular vote, primary delegates

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Clinton is stepping up her argument to superdelegates. (AP Photo)

EN ROUTE TO KYLE, South Dakota (CNN) - In a letter sent to superdelegates Wednesday, Hillary Clinton contends neither she nor Senator Barack Obama will have the required number of delegates to clinch the nomination after Montana and South Dakota vote next Tuesday, leaving it up to party insiders to put one of them over the top.

“When the primaries are finished, I expect to lead in the popular vote and in delegates earned through primaries … I hope you will consider not just the strength of the coalition backing me, but also that more people will have cast their votes for me,” she wrote, as she continued to press her case that the race was far from over.

Read Clinton's letter and memo to the undecided superdelegates [PDFs]

Clinton, who has not fared well in most caucus votes this year, has dismissed results from those states for much of the campaign, saying the method disenfranchises too many voters.

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May 28th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
7 years ago

Florida court throws out DNC suit

A Florida court threw out a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the Democratic Party's decision not to seat delegates from Florida.
A Florida court threw out a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the Democratic Party's decision not to seat delegates from Florida.

(CNN) - A Florida court threw out a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the Democratic Party's decision not to seat delegates from Florida - as litigants prepared to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Political consultant Victor DiMaio and his lawyer Michael Steinberg had compared the party's decision to earlier prohibitions against allowing African-Americans to vote and invoked the trauma of the Florida recount in the 2000 contest between Al Gore and George W. Bush, both arguments also used by Hillary Clinton to support the seating of the state’s delegates.

"This is nuts. This is not right. How can they remove Florida after all the things that Florida has suffered through– hanging chads, through Bush v Gore, and they're sticking it to us again," DiMaio said before the hearing.

Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean says the situations are not comparable.

"You cannot violate the rules of the process and then expect to get forgiven for it," he said.

Judge Richard Lazarra sided with the party, saying political parties have the right to make their own rules.

DiMaio's is the second Florida lawsuit protesting the Democratic Party's decision to be thrown out of court. An earlier one filed by Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Alcee Hastings, both Florida Democrats, was also dismissed.

May 28th, 2008
10:40 AM ET
5 years ago

Roberts: White House says 'not the Scott McClellan we knew'

The contents of McClellan’s book surprised many of his former colleagues.
The contents of McClellan’s book surprised many of his former colleagues.

(CNN) - When Karl Rove was first asked about the incendiary allegations in former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan’s new book ‘What Happened,’ he said it was ‘irresponsible’ for McClellan to assume that a meeting between him and Scooter Libby was about getting their stories straight regarding the Valerie Plame leak.

And when current Press Secretary Dana Perino, who cut her teeth in McClellan’s press shop said the White House was ‘puzzled’ by McClellan’s assertions, and repeated what now appears to be the official White House line on this latest turncoat - “not the Scott McClellan we knew”.

Who is the Scott McClellan I knew? I spent 6 years at the White House for CBS News. I first met Scott as the deputy to Ari Fleischer and got to know him pretty well. He was a good guy, though something of a tightwad with information - always frustrating when your job is to pry tangy little nuggets of news out of the Administration. He was a man of good humor, fair and loyal to a fault. I had never known him to cross anyone in the White House, or break a confidence. I think you would hear the same from my former colleagues.

But something changed when McClellan found out he had been duped by Rove and Libby in his October of 2003 assertion that they had not been involved in the Valerie Plame leak. I talked to him about it in his office one day, and while he didn’t give away outward emotion, I could see in his eyes that something had shifted. He had been hung out to dry and he did not appreciate it one bit. McClellan remained the loyal soldier, but from that day forward, you could see that he no longer believed.

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Filed under: John Roberts
May 28th, 2008
10:30 AM ET
7 years ago

Perino on McClellan

Perino expressed disappointment with McCllelan's new book.
Perino expressed disappointment with McCllelan's new book.

(CNN) - White House Press Secretary Dana Perino just released the following statement on former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan's new book.

"Scott, we now know, is disgruntled about his experience at the White House. For those of us who fully supported him, before, during and after he was press secretary, we are puzzled. It is sad – this is not the Scott we knew.

"The book, as reported by the press, has been described to the President. I do not expect a comment from him on it – he has more pressing matters than to spend time commenting on books by former staffers."

Related: White House 'puzzled' by ex-spokesman's book bashing Bush


Filed under: Uncategorized
May 28th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
7 years ago

McCain, Bush appear together for a minute

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President Bush and John McCain appeared in public for a brief moment Tuesday night (AP Photo)

(CNN) - John McCain was joined by President Bush at a fundraiser in Phoenix Tuesday night, but the two only appeared together in public for a moment on the airport tarmac.

The event reportedly raised an estimated $3 million.

Related: McCain does tricky dance with unpopular Bush


Filed under: John McCain • President Bush
May 28th, 2008
08:45 AM ET
7 years ago

RNC hits Obama over Auschwitz claim, Obama camp responds

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

(CNN) — The Republican National Committee accused Barack Obama Tuesday of a lack of judgment after the Illinois senator mistakenly said that his uncle helped liberate the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz while serving in the American military during World War II.

In fact, that concentration camp was liberated by Soviet soldiers in 1945.

Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton released a statement later Tuesday clarifying the remarks, saying the Illinois senator meant to refer to the Buchenwald camp, which American soldiers did liberate. Obama was also apparently referring to his great uncle, Charles Payne.

“Senator Obama’s family is proud of the service of his grandfather and uncles in World War II – especially the fact that his great uncle was a part of liberating one of the concentration camps at Buchenwald. Yesterday he mistakenly referred to Auschwitz instead of Buchenwald in telling of his personal experience of a soldier in his family who served heroically,” Burton said.

In a statement released earlier Tuesday, Republican National Committee spokesman Alex Conant said Obama's comments "raise questions about his judgment and his readiness to lead as commander in chief."

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
May 28th, 2008
08:30 AM ET
7 years ago

Ex-Bush spokesman: President used 'propaganda' to push war

Former White House spokesman Scott McClellan blasts President Bush and advisers in a new book.
Former White House spokesman Scott McClellan blasts President Bush and advisers in a new book.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The spokesman who defended President Bush's policies through Hurricane Katrina and the early years of the Iraq war is now blasting his former employers, saying the Bush administration became mired in propaganda and political spin and at times played loose with the truth.

In excerpts from a 341-page book to be released Monday, Scott McClellan writes on Iraq that Bush "and his advisers confused the propaganda campaign with the high level of candor and honesty so fundamentally needed to build and then sustain public support during a time of war."

"[I]n this regard, he was terribly ill-served by his top advisers, especially those involved directly in national security," McClellan wrote.

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Filed under: President Bush
May 28th, 2008
07:03 AM ET
7 years ago

Presidential candidates sign joint statement on Darfur

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The three major candidates for president issued a rare joint statement Wednesday, accusing the Sudanese government of “atrocities against civilians in Darfur.”

The statement was provided by the Save Darfur Coalition, which also took out an ad in Wednesday’s edition of the New York Times. The ad shows the statement signed by Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, John McCain and Barack Obama.

“We stand united and demand that the genocide and violence in Darfur be brought to an end,” the ad says.

The statement is largely symbolic and proposes no congressional initiatives. It is meant to pressure the government of Sudanese President Omar Hassan el-Bashir.

May 28th, 2008
07:00 AM ET
7 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, May 28, 2008

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Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas, CNN Washington Bureau

CNN: Ex-Bush spokesman: President used 'propaganda' to push war
The spokesman who defended President Bush's policies through Hurricane Katrina and the early years of the Iraq war is now blasting his former employers, saying the Bush administration became mired in propaganda and political spin and at times played loose with the truth.

CNN: Presidential candidates sign joint statement on Darfur
The three major candidates for president issued a rare joint statement Wednesday, accusing the Sudanese government of "atrocities against civilians in Darfur."

NY Times: McCain Urges New Arms Pact With Moscow
Senator John McCain distanced himself from the Bush administration on Tuesday by vowing to work more closely with Russia on nuclear disarmament and to move toward the elimination of tactical nuclear weapons in Europe.

Washington Post: Late in the Term, an Exodus of Senior Officials
With eight months left in President Bush's term, scores of senior officials already are heading for the exits, leaving nearly half the administration's top political positions vacant or filled by temporary appointees, federal statistics show.

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Filed under: Uncategorized
May 28th, 2008
06:54 AM ET
7 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Wednesday, May 28, 2008

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Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas, CNN Washington Bureau

* Sen. Hillary Clinton campaigns at several events in South Dakota.

* Sen. John McCain holds a town hall meeting in Reno, Nevada.

* Sen. Barack Obama takes a tour and holds a town meeting at an art school in Thornton, Colorado.


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