(CNN) - With a week to go until Pennsylvania's Democratic primary, all eyes are on Sens. Hillary Clinton and Obama as they continue to battle for their party's nomination.
But, the presidential race had some competition Tuesday when Pope Benedict XVI arrived for his first official visit to the United States, garnering a greeting by President Bush and the first lady when his plane touched down outside of Washington, D.C.
In the latest episdoe of CNN=Politics Daily, Wolf Blitzer provides a quick look at past papal visits. White House Correspondent Ed Henry also reports on the potential impact of the Catholic vote in the 2008 presidential election.
Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley reports on how Sen. Clinton is trying to capitalize on the recent 'bitter' gaffe by Sen. Obama and on Obama's counterattack.
Sen. John McCain rolled out his major economic proposals in a speech Tuesday. Dana Bash reports on what the presumptive GOP nominee is doing to lay the groundwork for his face-off with Clinton or Obama during the general election.
Finally, Jessica Yellin takes a look at a potentially critical demographic in the 2008 presidential race - single women.
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(CNN) - With the recent controversy created by Sen. Barack Obama's comments about residents of America's small towns, issues of faith now loom large over the 2008 White House race.
In the latest episode of CNN=Politics Daily, Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley reports on how Obama is fighting back in the middle of onslaughts from both Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee.
Dana Bash reports on McCain's complex relationship with issues of faith and how McCain is trying to turn the Obama controversy to his advantage.
Jessica Yellin reports on the Democratic Party's efforts to win the votes of religious voters in the 2008 election cycle.
The 'bitter' controversy has raised the possibility that Obama's White House bid may be challenged by issues of socioeconomic class rather than issues of race as many pundits expected. Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider takes a look at how Obama has become ensnared in an issue that has doomed the candidacies of other so-called "New Democrats" like George McGovern.
Finally, check out two memorable moments from Monday's campaign events - watch Sen. Obama deal with an 'Obama'-'Osama' slip-up during an appearance before the Associated Press and watch Sen. McCain make fun of his age.
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–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart
(CNN) - The economy and the Iraq war - the top issues on the minds of voters as the 2008 presidential election approaches - took center stage Thursday in Washington, D.C.
In the latest episode of CNN=Politics Daily, Ed Henry reports on President Bush's address to the nation about his next steps in Iraq.
Sen. John McCain, the GOP's presumptive presidential nominee, was in New York City courting the female vote. Dana Bash reports on McCain's appearance on a popular talk show.
Pennsylvania is the next battleground in the Democratic presidential nomination race. Sen. Barack Obama is getting some help from a prominent union leader. Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider takes a look at Obama's effort to win over blue-collar voters in Pennsylvania.
Finally, on Capitol Hill, efforts are underway to provide some relief from the mortgage crisis that has rocked the nation's financial system. Kate Bolduan explains what lawmakers are considering to calm down the troubled housing market.
(CNN) — Hillary Clinton compares herself to a famous - albeit fictional - Philadelphia resident and challenges Barack Obama to a "bowl off" in the latest CNN=Politics Daily.
Also, CNN's Dana Bash has a sit down interview with John McCain and reports on the Arizona senator's trip back to his high school.
CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider reports on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's latest comments on the role of superdelegates and takes a look back at how they have influenced nomination fights years past.
CNN's Carol Costello takes a look at Chelsea Clinton's role on the campaign trail and her refusal to discuss the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Finally, CNN Election Express Producer Josh Rubin takes an inside look at the issues facing Pennsylvania voters.
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
(CNN) - The economy - issue number one with voters - takes center stage in the latest episode of CNN=Politics Daily.
Allan Chernoff reports on the proposal announced by the Bush administration Monday to change how the federal government regulates the U.S. financial system.
Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley is out on the campaign trail in Pennsylvania and she reports on how Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton responded to the regulatory proposal.
Dana Bash is also out on the trail. She's with presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain. Bash explains McCain's next move in his effort to hold on to the White House for the GOP.
Finally, Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider takes a look at the dynamics of the Democratic nomination race given recent suggestions that Sen. Clinton bow out of the race and cede the nomination to Obama.
(CNN) - As bickering has increased in the Democratic nomination race, Sen. Hillary Clinton faces pressure to drop out and Sen. Barack Obama is working hard to best Clinton in Pennsylvania's upcoming primary.
In the lastest episode of CNN=Politics Daily, Jessica Yellin reports on how Clinton has responded to pressure from high-ranking Obama supporters in the Democratic Party who would like Clinton to end her presidential bid.
Despite Obama's overall lead in the delegate count and in pledged delegates awarded so far, the Illinois senator faces an uphill battle in Pennsylvania. Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider reports on a key endorsement Obama received Friday in Pennsylvania. Schneider explains how the endorsement may help Obama with a demographic he must win over in order to win the next primary.
Obama's front-runner status has brought new scrutiny and a new label - 'liberal.' Randi Kaye reports on Obama's legislative record and on claims that he leans to the left on the political spectrum.
While Obama and Clinton continue to battle it out for their party's nod, Sen. John McCain is seeking to define himself in the eyes of the electorate. Mary Snow reports on McCain's new ad campaign and a multi-state bus tour the Arizona senator will take next week in an effort to style himself as the most attractive option for voters in November.
Finally, it's Friday so it's time for Jennifer Mikell's Trail Mix - a look at this week's most memorable moments in the presidential campaign.
–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart
(CNN)—Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama continue their focus on the economy Thursday. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, Suzanne Malveaux explains the candidates’ stances on economic reform.
Michael Bloomberg introduced Barack Obama at a campaign event, fueling speculation the New York City Mayor may endorse the Illinois senator’s White House bid. CNN’s Mary Snow has the details.
Also, the Jeremiah Wright controversy does not appear to have had a negative effect on Obama’s presidential run. Jessica Yellin reports on new poll findings.
Finally, talk radio host and CNN commentator Glenn Beck compares the looming Social Security and Medicare crisis to a “$53 trillion asteroid headed for earth.”
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–CNN’s Emily Sherman and Alexander Mooney
(CNN) – Facing a media firestorm Tuesday, Hillary Clinton tried to shift the glare of the spotlight back to rival Barack Obama, offering up public criticism of the Illinois senator's relationship with his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, for the first time - a week after Obama addressed the controversy in a major Philadelphia speech.
Will it be enough to push her headline-grabbing misstep over the details of her long-ago Bosnia trip off the front page? In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN's Dan Lothian reports on the latest from Pennsylvania.
After his marathon overseas tour, John McCain is turning to domestic concerns this week, as he continues his fundraising blitz in California and gives his vision for the economy. Dana Bash explains what McCain's package entails and discusses the latest major endorsement he is set to receive Tuesday night.
Plus, Barack Obama's campaign released his tax returns Tuesday and contined their pressure on Clinton to do the same, Suzanne Malveaux reports.
Finally, the state of Pennsylvania is seeing record numbers for voter registration ahead of its April 22 primary. Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider gives his Pennsylvania preview.
–CNN's Emily Sherman
(CNN)—Allies of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are amplifying the tensions already evident between the two presidential candidates, in the most controversial way thus far.
Campaign surrogates are accusing their rivals of biblical betrayal, and a communist witch hunt. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN’s Jim Acosta reports on the escalating fight from the sidelines.
While the Democrats slug it out, presumptive Republican nominee John McCain is trying to regain his fundraising footing. CNN’s Dana Bash reports from the campaign trail in California.
From overseas, a grim new milestone brought Iraq back to the forefront. Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider takes a look at how the rising U.S. death toll in Iraq is affecting candidates on the campaign trail.
But the troubled economy still dominates voter concerns. Mary Snow highlights the Democrats’ economic pitches.
–CNN’s Emily Sherman and Jillian Harding
(CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama did something Tuesday which he had largely avoided so far in his presidential campaign - address issues of race in America as a serious African-American contender for the Democratic Party's nomination. Suzanne Malveaux reports from the campaign trail about Obama's speech.
Overseas, Sen. John McCain continues his tour of the Middle East. Chief National Correspondent John King reports from Jerusalem about McCain's visit to Israel and with the King of Jordan.
The proposal by Florida's Democratic Party to hold a do-over primary was shot down by most of the Florida Congressional delegation almost from the moment it was released. John Zarella explains what happens next now that Florida Democrats have announced that they have given up on pursuing a re-vote.
Finally, Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider reports on a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll on how voters view the three senators vying for the Oval Office.