Blitzer's Blog: Has Obama lived up to his 2008 priorities?
June 28th, 2011
05:04 PM ET
3 years ago

Blitzer's Blog: Has Obama lived up to his 2008 priorities?

(CNN) - With President Obama back in Iowa today, I went back to look at my interview with then-candidate Obama in Des Moines on October 31, 2008 – only days before his election. He reflected on how far he had come in Iowa.

"There were a bunch of people out here who signed up for our campaign when we had almost no money, very few endorsements," he said. "The polls weren't good for us."

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Win a date with Bill Clinton
June 10th, 2011
04:07 PM ET
3 years ago

Win a date with Bill Clinton

Washington (CNN) – An effort to pay off Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign debt gives two lucky winners the chance to spend a day in the Big Apple with the current secretary of state's husband, former President Bill Clinton.

By contributing as little as $10 online, people are entered to win a trip for two to New York for a day of adventure with the 42nd president. This will be the second time Bill Clinton has raffled off his time to help pay down his wife's 2008 obligations. He made a similar jaunt last year when the debt total was at $700,000.
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Filed under: 2008 Election • Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton
Obama 2008 campaign under scrutiny
April 16th, 2011
04:26 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama 2008 campaign under scrutiny

Washington (CNN) - No one is immune from an audit, including President Barack Obama. The Federal Election Commission has begun an audit of Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, according to Roll Call newspaper.

The campaign, a record-breaking fund-raising machine that brought in nearly $750 million for then-candidate Obama, attributed most of its contributions to small-dollar donors. But the size of the haul almost guaranteed an audit would eventually occur.
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Filed under: 2008 Election • Fundraising • President Obama
Bill Clinton offers Big Apple prize to pay Hillary's campaign debt
December 14th, 2010
12:32 PM ET
3 years ago

Bill Clinton offers Big Apple prize to pay Hillary's campaign debt

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential bid may have ended over two years ago, but one enduring aspect of her campaign remains: the debt.

In an effort to help pay down his wife's remaining campaign debt, former President Bill Clinton is once again lending a hand to bring in donations.
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November 3rd, 2010
02:57 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Voters less pessimistic than 2008, but unhappier than 2006

(CNN) - Voters this year may be more anxious than angry.

Just 35 percent think the country's on the right track, according to exit polls Tuesday night, to 62 percent who think things are heading in the wrong direction.

Voters aren't quite as pessimistic as they were just two years ago, when those numbers were 21 and 74 percent - but they're unhappier than they were back in 2006, when 41 percent felt the nation was on the right track, to 55 percent who said they were headed in the wrong direction.
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Filed under: 2008 Election • 2010
August 9th, 2010
02:05 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama may face trouble with gays after same-sex ruling

Washington (CNN) - Many gays and lesbians supported Barack Obama at the polls in 2008, and they've backed him once he took office. But one topic in particular has created a firestorm among the vocal constituency historically aligned with the Democratic Party.

Gay activists and bloggers and others unleashed a wave of criticism against Obama after a federal judge on Wednesday ruled California's Proposition 8 - which outlawed same-sex marriage - unconstitutional.

The reasoning behind the criticism, they said, is a lukewarm response from the White House on the historic ruling - and Obama's stance against same-sex marriage.

What's the message?

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Filed under: 2008 Election • President Obama
June 18th, 2010
10:18 AM ET
4 years ago

Thompson: My 2008 bid faced 'insurmountable object'

Former presidential candidate Fred Thompson was on Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’ on Thursday.
Former presidential candidate Fred Thompson was on Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’ on Thursday.

(CNN) - Fred Thompson, the actor and former Tennessee Republican senator, says he knows why his failed 2008 presidential campaign didn't make it past the first few primaries.

"I had an insurmountable object to overcome in that presidential bid and that was the wisdom and the inherent good judgment of the American people," Thompson told John Stewart Thursday on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show."

"So it worked out for everybody," Thompson said after the audience's laughter and applause subsided.

The former "Law & Order" actor was on Stewart's show to promote his new book, "Teaching the Pig to Dance."


Filed under: 2008 Election • Fred Thompson
April 23rd, 2010
03:51 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin: E-mail hack was an 'illegal action'

A Tennessee man is accused of hacking into then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s person e-mail account during the 2008 presidential campaign.
A Tennessee man is accused of hacking into then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s person e-mail account during the 2008 presidential campaign.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin, speaking to reporters Friday after testifying against a Tennessee man accused of breaking in to her personal e-mail account, dismissed the defense's argument that the incident was nothing more than "silly prank."

"I don't think an illegal action like this is a prank," Palin said after the courtroom appearance in Knoxville, Tennessee. "Not when you consider how impacting it was on a presidential election. It went beyond a prank."

Palin compared the e-mail hack to an office break-in, with "documents stolen and disclosed to the rest of the world."

Federal prosecutors are presenting their case against University of Tennessee student David Kernell, 22, who is charged with felony identity theft, wire fraud, intentionally accessing Palin's e-mail account in September 2008 without authorization, and obstructing an FBI investigation.

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Filed under: 2008 Election • Sarah Palin
March 22nd, 2010
08:01 AM ET
4 years ago

Health care vitals: Blue state Republicans who voted No

Washington (CNN) – Thirty-two of the 178 House Republicans who voted against the Senate health care reform plan represent districts that President Obama carried in the 2008 presidential election. They are listed below:

Judy Biggert          	IL-13
Brian Bilbray          	CA-50
Mary Bono Mack          	CA-45
Ken Calvert          	CA-44
Dave Camp          	MI-4
John Campbell          	CA-48
Anh "Joseph" Cao		LA-2
Michael Castle*          	DE-AL
Charles Dent          	PA-15
David Dreier          	CA-26
Randy Forbes          	VA-4
Elton Gallegly          	CA-24
Jim Gerlach          	PA-6
Mark Kirk*               	IL-10
Leonard Lance          	NJ-7
Tom Latham          	IA-4
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March 23rd, 2009
03:08 PM ET
5 years ago

Speed, innovation drove 2008 campaign video, insiders say

The Obama campaign used its vast e-mail list to identify supporters who were professional photographers and then asked them to shoot footage for one of the campaign's most prominent videos.
The Obama campaign used its vast e-mail list to identify supporters who were professional photographers and then asked them to shoot footage for one of the campaign's most prominent videos.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – It has been well documented about how then-Sen. Barack Obama used the Internet to organize supporters and help raise an historic amount of contributions for his White House run. But few people know that the Illinois Democrat also tapped his vast e-mail list to help gather video footage that was used by the campaign.

Former Obama political aide Chris Royalty said the campaign drilled down into the data collected from supporters to identify people who listed their occupation as "photographer." Once identified, the campaign asked them to shoot footage of fellow supporters holding up signs that read "hope" and "change," and send it to headquarters.

"We knew that if we just posted something on our Web site [asking for footage], there'd be so many thousands to go through that they're be no way to process it," Royalty said last week during a forum at the Center for American Progress.

And it was a success. Some of the footage was included in a video that aired the night Obama was nominated in Denver and again on election night at Chicago's Grant Park.

Related video: Signs of Hope and Change

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Filed under: 2008 Election
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