January 14th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, January 14, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

Detroit News: Primary Battle Focuses On Plight Of Auto Industry
Not for decades has the national political spotlight fallen on the auto industry as brightly as it will today. Republican presidential candidates Sen. John McCain, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee will walk through the displays at the North American International Auto Show and meet with executives of an industry struggling to stay afloat and chafing under burdens its leaders say have been unfairly imposed from Washington.

Washington Post: McCain Moves Into Lead; Obama Gains on Clinton
The first contests of the 2008 presidential campaign have led to a dramatic shake-up in public opinion nationally, with Sen. John McCain now leading the Republican field and Sen. Barack Obama all but erasing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's once-overwhelming advantage among Democrats, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Greenville News: Huckabee Says His Focus Is On Issues, Not Religion
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Sunday said that being a former Southern Baptist minister would not make him too intolerant of people of other faiths to be president of a country with people of many religious beliefs and a secular government.

USA Today: Jobs A Top Concern In Michigan
John McCain, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee are looking for votes here in the midst of what the state Republican Party chairman calls a "single-state recession."

Washington Post: Clinton's King Comment 'Ill-Advised,' Obama Says
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton defended her recent remarks on civil rights Sunday, as Sen. Barack Obama weighed in on the controversy for the first time, describing Clinton's earlier comments about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. as "unfortunate" and "ill-advised."

Washington Post: McCain Faces Payback From Old GOP Foes
Over the past decade, Sen. John McCain has annoyed, aggravated and nearly destroyed some of the most powerful members of Washington's Republican establishment. Now, with his victory in the New Hampshire primary putting the Arizonan's quest for the GOP presidential nomination back on track, his old adversaries are mobilizing to keep him out of the White House.

Washington Post: Romney States Case to Auto Industry
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is tying his fate in the presidential primary in Michigan to the survival of the American auto industry, casting himself as the champion of its workers while blaming his rival Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for Washington's indifference to its plight.

Washington Post: Obama Slams Clinton's 'Meet' Appearance
Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) dismissed an appearance made by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) on "Meet the Press" this morning as "political point scoring," condemning his main rival for the Democratic presidential nomination for seeking to recast the events of the last several years.

AP: Independents Help McCain in Michigan
John McCain has an automatic advantage Tuesday when Michigan votes. Not only did the Republican win the state eight years ago, but he also draws his support from across the political spectrum and Michigan voters of all stripes can participate in the GOP primary.

NY Times: Fluidity in G.O.P. Race; Democrats Eye Electability
Republican voters have sharply altered their views of the party’s presidential candidates following the early contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, with Senator John McCain, once widely written off, now viewed more favorably than any of his major competitors, according to the latest nationwide New York Times/CBS News Poll.

The State: Edwards Concentrates On South Carolina
Two weeks before the South Carolina Democratic primary, native son John Edwards crossed the state Saturday, hoping to rally supporters in three towns and looking for his first win.

NY Times: Race and Gender Are Issues in Tense Day for Democrats
After staying on the sidelines in the first year of the campaign, race and to a lesser extent gender have burst into the forefront of the Democratic presidential contest, thrusting Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton into the middle of a sharp-edged social and political debate that transcends their candidacies.

NY Times: Mail-In Voters Become the Latest Prize
The first Tuesday in February, when 22 states hold primaries, may turn out to be the biggest day of the presidential campaign. But for many voters, half or more in some states, the polling place will be the kitchen table, the ballot box will be the mailbox and the choice in many cases will be made weeks before a voting machine lever is pulled.

NY Times: Republican Indecision in South Carolina
In a primary state considered essential to any candidate’s viability in the South, many Republican voters interviewed last week said they were supporting one candidate or another, but with a caveat, often phrased like this: “I’m for McCain, but I’m very undecided,” said Carmen McCaffrey, a teacher. “I feel like I don’t know quite enough as yet.”

NY Times: With Shows Like These, Forget Reruns
I’ve got some bad news for striking Hollywood writers: Election 2008 is a breakaway hit.

NY Times: Romney Embraces His Michigan Roots
Wherever Mitt Romney goes in Michigan, he tells the story of the gift his sons gave him for his 60th birthday last year: a 1962 Rambler.

LA Times: Clinton, Obama Search For Heroes In 'Super Delegates'
Now that no clear Democratic front-runner has emerged from the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, a campaign that had been all about momentum and money has become a furious race for the 2,025 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.

NY Times: In Defending War Vote, Clintons Contradict Record
Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton have repeatedly invoked the name of Senator Chuck Hagel, a longtime critic of the Iraq war, as they defend Mrs. Clinton’s 2002 vote to authorize the war.

USA Today: Poll: Clinton Draws Strong Feelings In Mich.
Michigan may not have political party registration, but come the morning after the Nov. 4 presidential election, it won't be hard to tell the Democrats from Republicans if Hillary Rodham Clinton is elected president.

Washington Times: Hillary: Obama Twisted My Views On King's Legacy
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said yesterday there was "not one shred of truth" to accusations she belittled Martin Luther King's legacy, and suggested Sen. Barack Obama is the one pushing race as an issue in the Democratic presidential primaries.

AP: Obama Unveils $120-Billion Plan To Fuel Economy, Stem Foreclosures
Barack Obama yesterday unveiled an economic stimulus package costing up to $120 billion that his campaign said would put money in the hands of workers and seniors, stem the foreclosure crisis, and cover state budget shortfalls.

NY Sun: Electoral Quirks Are Poser in Nominating Process
For the Republican Party, the Iowa caucus determined nothing. And when Democratic voters head to the polls in Florida later this month, they will bear the same electoral weight: zero.

The State: Republican Campaigns | S.C. 'Salesmen' On The Trail
With South Carolina’s Republican primary less than a week away, members of the GOP establishment have become local salesmen, strategizing, shaking hands and taking the ouch out of attacks made by rival campaigns.


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