August 17th, 2010
08:07 AM ET
4 years ago

Does Obama have a message problem?

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Obama may gave a messaging problem in the wake of his mosque comments. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) - President Obama's comments on a plan to build a mosque in the shadow of ground zero are not only giving opponents an opportunity to attack him but also reveal a messaging problem from the White House, a communications expert said.

"The danger here is an incoherent presidency," said David Morey, vice chairman of the Core Strategy Group, who provided communications advice to Obama's 2008 campaign. "Simpler is better, and rising above these issues and leading by controlling the dialogue is what the presidency is all about. So I think that's the job they have to do more effectively as they have in the past [in the campaign]."

Obama has faced a torrent of criticism for what was called mixed messages on the controversial plan. On Friday, Obama said Muslims "have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country ... That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances."

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August 17th, 2010
07:53 AM ET
4 years ago

Races in Washington state, Wyoming top Tuesday's primaries

 Republican Senate candidate Dino Rossi is expected to emerge victorious from his primary Tuesday in Washington state.
Republican Senate candidate Dino Rossi is expected to emerge victorious from his primary Tuesday in Washington state.

(CNN) - Voters in Washington state and Wyoming hold primaries Tuesday, with the Senate contest in Washington and a battle for the open Wyoming governor's seat the most closely watched races of the day.

In Washington, Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and Republican candidate Dino Rossi are expected to emerge from a crowded primary field, setting up a November showdown. Under the state's system, the two candidates who receive the most votes regardless of party affiliation move on to the general election. Voting has been underway for two weeks, with Washington primarily a mail-in ballot state.

In many ways, Murray and Rossi have already begun their general election campaigns, focusing their attacks on each other. Polls show a close race in the fall if they both advance.


Filed under: Senate Primaries • Washington • Wyoming
August 17th, 2010
05:57 AM ET
4 years ago

POLITIAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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CNN: Races in Washington state, Wyoming top Tuesday's primaries
Voters in Washington state and Wyoming hold primaries Tuesday, with the Senate contest in Washington and a battle for the open Wyoming governor's seat the most closely watched races of the day. In Washington, Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and Republican candidate Dino Rossi are expected to emerge from a crowded primary field, setting up a November showdown. Under the state's system, the two candidates who receive the most votes regardless of party affiliation move on to the general election. Voting has been underway for two weeks, with Washington primarily a mail-in ballot state.

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