June 5th, 2008
11:23 AM ET
6 years ago

Polls: Obama, McCain locked in dead heat

Obama and McCain are neck and neck.
Obama and McCain are neck and neck.

(CNN) – One day after the general election officially kicked off, a new CNN "poll of polls" suggests Barack Obama and John McCain are locked in a tight race for the White House.

According to CNN's average of four recent national polls, the-newly minted Democratic presidential nominee holds a narrow 2 point lead over McCain among registered voters, 47 percent to 45 percent. Nearly 10 percent say they are undecided.

The polls included in the sample were conducted between May 21 and June 3, all before Obama officially wrapped up the nomination Tuesday night. The poll of polls included recent surveys from CBS, Gallup, Pew, and Newsweek.

June 5th, 2008
11:15 AM ET
6 years ago

Clinton supporters scrap letter pressuring Obama

(CNN) - Several of Hillary Clinton's congressional supporters have nixed their plan to write a letter to Barack Obama advocating he ask the New York Democrat to serve as his running mate.

According to Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the supporters felt the letter would be misunderstood as them demanding the Illinois senator choose Clinton.

"We've decided to communicate our views informally," Schultz said Thursday.

June 5th, 2008
09:50 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama, McCain talk

(CNN) - One night after Barack Obama officially clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, the Illinois senator had a short conversation with his rival for the presidency, John McCain.

According to Obama Senior Adviser Linda Douglass, the conversation was cordial, and both said they looked forward to a 'civil discussion.'

June 5th, 2008
09:10 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama making imprint on DNC organization

Obama will ask the DNC to stop taking lobbyist and PAC money.
Obama will ask the DNC to stop taking lobbyist and PAC money.

(CNN) - Barack Obama is set to ask the Democratic National Committee to no longer accept money from federal lobbyists or political actions committees, CNN has learned from sources at the DNC and the Obama campaign.

CNN has also learned Obama will ask one of his top operatives, Paul Tewes, to help the DNC with its fundraising operation, which has lagged far behind its Republican counterpart this year.

Tewes will be the Illinois senator's eyes and ears at the DNC and see to it that the party and the candidate are in sync, according to sources.

June 5th, 2008
09:09 AM ET
6 years ago

McConnell willing to stay on as DNI during presidential transition

WASHINGTON (CNN) - CNN has learned that the Director of National Intelligence Admiral (retired) Michael McConnell is letting it be known he is willing to stay for up to six months in the next Administration to help facilitate any transition, if a new president wishes him to.

A source close to McConnell is confirming McConnell will make that offer, but that he has "no desire" to be re-appointed by the new president.

McConnell is the first senior Bush Administration national security official believed to have made such an offer.

This will be the first presidential transition since the massive reorganization of the intelligence community following the 9-11 attacks, and the first time the DNI office has been through a transition.

Administration officials say there is no specific intelligence indicating terrorists are planning an attack. But Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has assembled a military team to be ready to brief a president-elect on potential vulnerabilities to attacks during the transition.


Filed under: Washington
June 5th, 2008
06:48 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama to campaign in Virginia with Webb

Obama's campaign sees Virginia as a 'pivotal' state.
Obama's campaign sees Virginia as a 'pivotal' state.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Newly minted Democratic nominee Barack Obama will kick off his general election campaign on Thursday with a pair of campaign stops in Virginia, signaling that the Illinios senator thinks he can turn the once solidly-red state into a Democratic pick-up this fall.

The day will culminate with an evening rally in northern Virginia, where Sen. Jim Webb, often mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate, will make his first campaign appearance with Obama.

Virginia has not voted for a Democrat in November since Lyndon Johnson took the state in 1964, but for more than a year, Obama's campaign has cited the state's 13 electoral votes as part of their argument that he can re-shuffle the electoral map this fall. Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said the commonwealth will play a "pivotal role" in the general election.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • Virginia
June 5th, 2008
06:47 AM ET
6 years ago

Oprah 'doing the happy dance' over Obama win

Oprah hit the trail for Obama during the primary season.
Oprah hit the trail for Obama during the primary season.

(CNN) - Oprah Winfrey is ecstatic over Barack Obama’s apparent victory in this year’s Democratic presidential race.

"I'm euphoric, I've been doing the happy dance all day,” she said in a statement released Wednesday I'm so proud of Barack and Michelle and what this means for all of us, the new possibilities for our country.”

The talk show host, who campaigned for Obama in several key early primary states, added: “And if he wants me to, I'm ready to go door to door."

June 5th, 2008
06:45 AM ET
6 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, June 5, 2008

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Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas

CNN Washington Bureau

CNN: Clinton to suspend campaign, bucking for VP bid?
Sen. Hillary Clinton on Saturday will officially suspend her campaign for the presidency and "express her support for Senator Obama and party unity," her campaign said Wednesday.

Washington Post: For Obama, No Time to Stop and Savor Victory
To the victor go the headaches. There were no champagne toasts for Barack Obama after he clinched the Democratic nomination Tuesday night.

WSJ: Clinton Unlikely as No. 2
Supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton suggested she would like to be Sen. Barack Obama's running mate, but close advisers to Sen. Obama are signaling that an Obama-Clinton ticket is highly unlikely.

WSJ: Election Won't Lift Economic Clouds
John McCain and Barack Obama, understandably, are focusing mainly on how to win the White House in November. But it's none too soon for the candidates and their economic advisers to contemplate the economy that the next president will inherit in January 2009.

CNN: Some Clinton HQ staffers told jobs end this week
Less than a day after Barack Obama effectively clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, CNN has confirmed that some of the staffers at Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters have been told that Friday is their last day of work.

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Filed under: Political Hot Topics
June 5th, 2008
06:15 AM ET
6 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Thursday, June 5, 2008

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Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas, CNN Washington Bureau

* Sen. Hillary Clinton has no public events planned.

* Sen. John McCain addresses the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors in Lake Buena Vista.

* Sen. Barack Obama sits down with CNN’s Candy Crowley in Virginia after holding a morning town hall meeting. Later tonight, CNN covers his rally in Bristow.


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