(CNN) - Are Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton going to tackle the general election campaign trail together between now and November? Their upcoming ‘unity tour’ planned for Friday suggests so.
In the latest installment of CNN = Politics Daily, Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley discusses the Clintons' role as the general election campaign heats up.
Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain talked energy Wednesday and the need for America to develop a new policy. CNN’s Dana Bash explains the senator’s plan to reach energy independence by the year 2025.
Not to be overshadowed, Sen. Obama held a press conference attacking McCain’s energy policy as “meaningless.”
Plus: June may mark the start of summer, but analysis of the 2008 White House race has been raging for months. Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider assesses the significance of new June poll results by tracing the predictive accuracy of June poll numbers in previous election cycles.
Finally: Speculation about the vice presidential picks is all over the Web. Internet Reporter Abbi Tatton explains how some individuals might benefit financially from the McCain-Obama veepstakes.
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(CNN)—Politicians and journalists alike paused Wednesday to pay final respects at the funeral of NBC’s Tim Russert. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, Wolf Blitzer talks with CNN Washington Bureau Chief David Bohrman about the unexpected truce between campaign rivals John McCain and Barack Obama at services honoring Russert Wednesday.
But when the pair weren’t paying their last respects, the gloves remained off. CNN’s Dana Bash has the details on the latest foreign policy dust-up involving several campaign surrogates.
New polls show Obama gaining in crucial swing states. Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider does the math.
Plus: CNN made some important changes to its electoral map. You’ll want to see what important state now swings blue.
Finally: Both President Bush and John McCain are calling for Congress to lift the ban on offshore drilling as a way to address the nation’s soaring gas prices. CNN’s Brian Todd has your fact check on what impact that move would really have at the pump.
(CNN) – After eight years of a Bush White House, Will Bower was looking for a Democrat to move into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in January 2009. But not just any Democrat. Bower wanted Hillary Clinton to win the Democratic nomination and move back into the home she left in January 1993.
After a bitter primary battle Clinton conceded the race to Barack Obama last week urging her supporters to back her rival. Bower heard the message, but he is not going to follow it. Instead, he said in an interview he plans to vote for Republican John McCain and has formed “Party Unity My A–,” otherwise known as PUMA to express his frustration at the Democratic Party.
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The initiative he said is “to unite voters who don't want Barack Obama as president.”
The 36 year-old Washington resident said his anger is not just directed at Obama, but the party as a whole.
“[The] Democratic Party has thrown away democratic principles through this primary season," charged Bower, who pointed to the delegate sanctions levied by the DNC against Michigan and Florida. "If parties won't uphold democratic principles; who will?"
The group is predominantly comprised of female Clinton supporters, said Bower. The Clinton-turned-McCain supporter said he has also helped launch the “Just Say No Deal,” a nationwide coalition he estimated has two million voters who are also vowing to ‘say no’ to the Illinois senator come November.
Bower acknowledged Obama will be crowned the Democratic nominee at the party’s August convention, but said he holds out hope that the GOP will uncover potentially harmful information between now and then. At that time, “the party might be desperate for another candidate," he said.
(CNN) – Just over a week after creating a vice presidential selection committee, Barack Obama’s committee head Jim Johnson steps down. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux reports on the most recent development.
John McCain received some tough criticism Wednesday for his comment on the importance of bringing the troops home from Iraq. CNN’s Dana Bash has the details.
Meanwhile, as both candidates head to Pennsylvania Friday, Wolf Blitzer takes you on a overview of that swing state’s voting history.
Finally: Is Obama surpassing McCain’s effort to coalesce Clinton’s core constituency? CNN’s Jessica Yellin tells viewers why female voters are warming up to the presumptive Democratic nominee.
(CNN)– In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN’s Joe Johns reports on Sen. John McCain’s efforts to counter Barack Obama’s charge that his administration would represent a continuation of President Bush’s policies.
Meanwhile, the day after clinching the Democratic nomination, Sen. Barack Obama continues to go head-to-head in the general election battle with McCain over foreign affairs. State Department Correspondent Zain Verjee reports on Obama’s effort to quell some voters’ concerns over his Iran, Iraq policies.
Obama reached the magic delegate number of 2,118 Tuesday night, but Sen. Hillary Clinton has yet to concede the nomination. Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley explains what the New York senator’s next move could be.
Both parties’ presumptive nominees are eyeing Clinton’s strong group of female supporters. CNN’s Carol Costello has the latest details on McCain and Obama’s effort to woo her core constituency, while Internet reporter Abbi Tatton takes you online where Clinton asks her supporters for some help.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - After weeks of planning by unions, women’s rights groups and others supporting Hillary Clinton's push to seat Florida and Michigan delegates at the Democratic convention this summer, supporters of the New York senator's presidential bid arrived in the nation’s capital by the busload Friday in advance of rallies outside Saturday's Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting.
“I’m hoping we restore 100 percent of the delegates from both Michigan and Florida and the popular vote will also be restored,” said Karen Feldman, an organizer of the “Count Every Vote” rally. “...I firmly believe that in Florida that was the purest election we’ve ever had, and I think that those votes should stand where they are and should be counted the way they are.”
Florida Demands Representation, another sponsoring group pushing for the January 29 vote to be recognized by the national party, said Friday it was expecting 400 to 500 supporters to arrive by Saturday. “The Democratic party is in danger in Florida,” said organizer James Hannagan.
The seating of the Florida and Michigan delegations is a priority for Clinton, who won both unsanctioned contests and is currently trailing frontrunner Barack Obama by 202 delegates in the latest CNN count.
Hannagan said that if Clinton is not the Democratic nominee, some members of his forum will vote for McCain, write in Hillary’s name or not vote at all.
The Clinton campaign has tacitly encouraged pressure on RBC members meeting to resolve the controversy, but has denied any role in protests planned for Saturday.