(CNN) — Events half a world away made waves on the presidential campaign trail this week, as Russia and Georgia battled in South Ossetia.
In the latest episode of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN’s Ed Henry reports on what the escalating conflict means for the presidential candidates here in the U.S. - and how the headlines may give presumptive Republican nominee John McCain the upper hand.
The Democratic National Committee has announced its themes for the party’s nominating convention: four days of events focused on unity, change and the future. Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider explains how these themes will play out in Denver – and how Hillary Clinton will have a starring role.
And as Clinton’s supporters continue to press for her name to be placed in nomination at the Democratic convention, more clues are surfacing in the search for how her presidential bid ended up falling short. Internal e-mails leaked to The Atlantic magazine paint a chaotic portrait of life inside the Clinton campaign. CNN’s Mary Snow has the story.
Finally: The battleground state of Pennsylvania may be leaning towards Barack Obama, but John McCain could be well-poised to claim that electoral vote prize. CNN’s Tom Foreman reports from the Election Express in Pennsylvania.
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(CNN)— As summer draws to a close and both parties get ready for their nominating conventions, the campaign is shifting into high gear — and so is the pace of escalating attacks on the campaign trail.
In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, both John McCain and Barack Obama warn the American public of dire consequences if their opponent is elected. CNN’s Ed Henry has the story.
Indiana is shaping up as a battleground state this cycle, and presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama is making his case to voters in this traditionally red state. Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley reports on Obama’s attempt to court Hoosiers by campaigning with Indiana senator and potential VP Evan Bayh.
Also: Rising gas prices and the state of affairs in Iraq have both been sources of major voter discontent this year. Now a new government report that seems to link both hot-button topics is raising controversy. CNN’s Brianna Keilar explains this new information.
Finally: Barack Obama drew criticism for a decision not to visit wounded U.S. troops in Germany on his recent overseas trip. Today his wife Michelle met with military spouses, as the campaign launches a new outreach effort designed to reach service members. CNN's Jessica Yellin has the details on the campaign’s quest to reach members of the military and their families.
(CNN) — Potentially the oldest candidate ever elected to a first term, Sen. John McCain has faced questions about his ability to maintain his health and handle the nation at the same time. Now, Dana Bash reports on the presumptive Republican nominee latest trip to the doctor.
The worsening economy is issue #1 for voters and will likely be a deciding factor in who becomes the next president. Returning home from overseas, Sen. Barack Obama turns his attention to the struggling market while McCain focuses on the issue of off-shore drilling. Dana Bash and Senior Political Analyst Gloria Borger discuss the two nominees' strategies in the next phase of the general election campaign.
Also: the estimated federal budget deficit for the next fiscal year is a record-setting $482 billion. White House Correspondent Elaine Quijano explains what the projected shortfall means for the Bush administration and how it might affect the White House race.
Finally: the general election is 100 days away and new polls show a sizeable lead by Sen. Obama. But how predictive are summer polls for a November election? Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider takes a look at the historical record of how well summer polls have forecast the general election in past cycles.
(CNN)— The spotlight is on Sen. Barack Obama as he makes his way through the Middle East. The presumptive Democratic nominee talked with top Israeli officials Wednesday and tried to ease some of their worries.
One of the main topics of discussion was the issue of nuclear threats by Iran. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN’s Senior Political Analyst Candy Crowley has the story on how Obama intends to stand by Israel if faced with this situation.
Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain is also vying for the spotlight. In an attempt to keep up with his rival, the senator’s campaign is trying a new tactic: “counter-programming”. CNN’s Dana Bash reports on some of the unusual allegations coming out of the McCain camp.
Meanwhile: President Bush did something out of the ordinary when he changed his mind on a bill that helps homeowners keep their homes. CNN’s Ed Henry has the story on the president’s change of heart and how his new decision might cause some problems in the Senate.
Finally: One lone camera caught a questionable comment made by Bush not meant to be heard at a private event last week. Now this video has made its way onto YouTube. CNN’s Mary Snow has the details on Bush’s controversial criticism about Wall Street.
(CNN) - As John McCain’s apparent gaffe on a familiar topic — the surge - continued to grab headlines, his advisors told reporters that the comment was no flub.
Critics contend that the presumptive Republican nominee had made an error when he argued that “because of the surge we were able to go out and protect [a major Sunni] sheik and others. And it began the Anbar awakening. I mean, that's just a matter of history."
Listen: McCain advisors say his Anbar comment was not a gaffe
In a conference call Wednesday, McCain foreign policy advisor Randy Scheunemann told reporters that the Arizona senator had not misspoken — that he had intended to tell Katie Couric that the troop surge, which began in 2007, had enabled the success of the “Anbar awakening” of major Sunni sheikhs against Al Qaeda, which began in 2006.
(CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama’s highly publicized trip overseas could very well be one of the biggest events during the presidential race.
As the presumptive Democratic nominee prepares to leave for the Middle East and Europe, he is facing questions about his limited experience, especially in the area of foreign policy. Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley has the story on the challenges and high expectations generated by Obama's planned trip abroad.
Meanwhile: Sen. John McCain is questioning Obama’s motives for making the trip and slamming Obama's Iraq policy. Dana Bash reports on the presumptive Republican nominee's efforts to make the most of his rival's much publicized and much anticipated trip.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sits down with Wolf Blitzer and has very harsh words for President Bush. Pelosi also addresses Congress's low approval ratings.
Finally: Obama's ad buys show he is making a play for traditionally Republican states. Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider takes a look at Obama's red state strategy.
(CNN)–An unexpected, off-handed comment by Senator John McCain’s top economic adviser Phil Gramm led to a day of back-tracking by the presumptive Republican nominee. In the latest episode of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN’s Dana Bash reports on Gramm’s controversial statements and the effect they could have on McCain’s presidential run.
Barack Obama is struggling to appeal to women voters, and is looking to former Democratic rival Sen. Hillary Clinton for some help. CNN’s Jessica Yellin reports on the presumptive Democratic nominee’s effort on that front.
Meanwhile: The vice-presidential search continues for the McCain and Obama camps. Senior Political Analyst, Bill Schneider reports on a new poll that shows what members of each each party is looking for in their number two spot.
Finally: Obama votes on a piece of legislation that would make the president happy. White House Correspondent Ed Henry reports on Obama and President Bush’s common ground on the issue of unwarranted wire-tapping.
(CNN) — Last week, Sen. Hillary Clinton urged unity behind Sen. Barack Obama. Monday former President Bill Clinton took the first step to jumping on the Dems’ unity band wagon.
In the latest episode of CNN=Politics Daily, Candy Crowley reports on the private phone conversation between the former Democratic president and the man Democrats hope will retake the White House for them.
Presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain formed a new campaign team to counter attacks during the general election campaign. Dana Bash has the story on McCain’s “Truth Squad.”
Seven years after 9/11 and the threat of another terrorist attack still looms, according to Sen. Joe Lieberman, a McCain supporter. Carol Costello reports on Lieberman’s comments about a possible attack next year.
Obama and McCain will both be traveling abroad soon. Mary Snow explains the reasoning behind these trips beyond U.S. borders.
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(CNN) — For the first time, the U.S. Supreme Court has explicitly defined the Second Amendment right to bear arms as an individual right.
In the latest episode of CNN=Politics Daily, Jessica Yellin reports on the delicate dance Sen. Barack Obama is doing in the wake of the court’s gun ruling.
Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider takes a look at how the ruling may hurt Democrats in November.
Brian Todd explains the impact that the next president could have on the shape of the nation's highest court.
John McCain held a closed-door meeting with conservatives in Cincinnati Thursday. Dana Bash reports on what happened and why it is so important that McCain wins over social conservatives in Ohio.
After battling it out for 17 months, now it’s all about unity for Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton. Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley explains what’s at stake for Clinton as she transitions from competitor to supporter of Obama, the Democrats' new standard bearer.
(CNN)—One of the biggest concerns for voters is having a president who ensures the security of the country. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN’s Brian Todd reports on the McCain campaign’s effort to portray Obama as an unfit commander in chief.
The presumptive Republican nominee also worked to highlight energy differences Tuesday between President Bush and himself. CNN’s Dana Bash has the details on McCain’s plans for off shore drilling and combating rising gas prices.
Meanwhile: Obama visited Michigan Tuesday in hopes of convincing Clinton supporters to unite behind him. Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley reports.
Finally: the latest polls show Independent voters may not have picked a favorite candidate yet. Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider explains how Independent voters could tilt the outcome of the presidential election.