February 12th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, February 12, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

Washington Post: Campaigns Cover the Region In Last Effort to Charm Voters
Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama offered himself as "something new" at a pair of spirited, arena-size rallies in Maryland yesterday, while his primary rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, portrayed herself as a "battle-scarred" fighter for the middle class at more intimate events held across the region on the eve of today's primaries.

USA Today: Strategy Plays Big Role In Caucus Wins
Barack Obama's big win Sunday in Maine, a state where demographics and other indicators suggested Hillary Clinton would do well, begs an answer to the question: Why doesn't Hillary Clinton win caucuses?

Washington Times: McCain Opts Out On Funds
Sen. John McCain will not accept public campaign financing for the primary election — freeing him from spending limits through September and giving him a chance to compete with his Democratic opponent.

Washington Times: Youth Enthusiastic For Voice In Primary
Young voters in the D.C. region are eager to cast ballots in the primary today, saying they are excited about the Democratic presidential candidates and participating in a meaningful election.

Washington Post: Tight Race and Deep Interest Augur Big Turnout Today
Election officials in Virginia, Maryland and the District expect a large, perhaps record-breaking, turnout in today's primaries as voters think they can influence one of the closest presidential nominating fights in memory.

NY Times: For Clinton, Bid Hinges on Texas and Ohio
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and her advisers increasingly believe that, after a series of losses, she has been boxed into a must-win position in the Ohio and Texas primaries on March 4, and she has begun reassuring anxious donors and superdelegates that the nomination is not slipping away from her, aides said on Monday.

NY Times: Seeking Unity, Obama Feels Pull of Racial Divide
Barack Obama had hoped his style of politics would lift the country above historic racial tensions, but his campaign has been pulled into them from early on.

Washington Post: Clinton Looks to Trusted Adviser To Re-Energize Flagging Campaign
After five consecutive defeats, a $5 million personal loan and a campaign staff shake-up, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will be a distinct underdog in today's three primaries, the latest challenge in the pursuit of a nomination that even many of her supporters worry could soon begin slipping out of her reach.

WSJ: McCain Gets Praise From Another Bush
Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, endorsed John McCain, one more indication that the Arizona senator is the likely Republican presidential nominee.

Washington Post: Democrats In Race for Edwards's Support
Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are aggressively courting former Democratic presidential rival John Edwards, but their attempts to win his endorsement will be put on hold for at least another day.


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