February 13th, 2008
06:23 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

CNN: Analysis: Obama Runs Table; Mccain Gains With Conservatives
Sen. Barack Obama's wave of momentum got bigger on Tuesday. And while Sen. John McCain might not have turned the corner, he can now peek around it.

Washington Times: Running Mate Guessing Game Begins
With Sen. John McCain quickly becoming the apparent Republican presidential nominee, talk at his Virginia victory party last night was already shifting to whom he would pick — could pick, should pick — as his vice presidential running mate.

Washington Post: Shifting Loyalties
For more than a month, the grand coalitions of Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama battled to a draw: women, rural Democrats and the white working class pairing almost evenly with African-Americans, young voters and affluent, educated whites. Then came Virginia and Maryland.

NY Times: Campaign Correspondence Suggests Giuliani’s Committee Is in a Financial Hole
Winding down a presidential campaign that sputters — like cleaning up after one of those great Hollywood epics that remain unfinished — can be a complicated, joyless task. After the dream dies, there are lots of bills to pay and loose ends to tie up.

WSJ: But Which Democrat Can Win It All in November?
U.S. Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, knotted in the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, are increasingly sniping over who is most capable of defeating Sen. John McCain in the fall.

NY Times: McCain Signs Up a Bush Fund-Raising Organizer
Senator John McCain began tapping into President Bush’s prized political donor base on Tuesday as his campaign announced that Mercer Reynolds, who helped Mr. Bush raise a record $273 million for the 2004 re-election campaign, would be the national finance co-chairman for Mr. McCain.

WSJ: 3 More Big Wins for Obama
Barack Obama notched three more big victories over Hillary Clinton in Democratic presidential-nominating contests in the nation's capital and next-door Virginia and Maryland. John McCain won the Republican primaries, but many conservatives continued to protest the party's presumptive nominee by voting for his remaining rival, Mike Huckabee.

WSJ: Lieberman's Maverick Stance
In 2000, Sen. Joe Lieberman appeared before the Democratic National Convention as the nominee for vice president. Four years later, he competed for his party's presidential nomination. But this summer, he won't be found at the Democratic convention. He will be with the Republicans, working for Sen. John McCain.

WSJ: Big Clinton Fund-Raisers May Run Their Own Ads
As Sen. Hillary Clinton faces a money crunch, several of her top fund-raisers are considering using independent organizations to wage their own campaigns on her behalf.

LA Times: Debate Intensifies Over Role Of Super Delegates In Clinton-Obama Race
Sen. Obama's task Tuesday was not only to carry Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. - which he did in dominating fashion - but to win the argument now emerging among the super delegates over whether and how to use their strength. And that contest is far from producing a winner.

Washington Times: McCain Gets Wins But Not A Mandate
Sen. John McCain last night swept the Potomac primaries, recovering from a disastrous weekend and putting himself within reach of making sure that nobody else can win the nomination.

Washington Times: Clinton Moves On To Texas And Ohio
Lone Star Latinos, Buckeye endorsements and women — these are three factors that must come through for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to reclaim the Democratic Party's presidential nomination that once appeared hers.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. rod frego

    with obama wins he still only 25 votes a head she can wipe this out with 1 win

    February 13, 2008 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  2. Elaine Kurtz

    The rules, for the last debate between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama, included no set time limits for answers. It was highly evident that 'equal time' was not a stipulation for the debate. If Mrs. Clinton uses 5 minutes, then Mr. Obama should be allowed 5 minutes, as well. If Mr. Obama uses 2 minutes, then Mrs. Clinton should be restricted to only 2 minutes.

    February 13, 2008 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  3. Billie

    I'm sick of CNN and the other networks on the air 3 hours before polls close telling people how they are supposed to vote. You are helping Obama in every state. Of course people fall for it, they say they might as well vote for him, he's going to win anyway. You even put up Obama won across the screen before the polls even closed.

    February 13, 2008 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  4. Richard

    The Potomac victories mean that Obama is now reaching members of Clinton's base thus showing that he can unite Democrats in the campaign against the likely Republican candidate John McCain.

    February 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. IND.

    Thanks to CNN for their terrific coverage of this election. Although it took some serious consideration I finally came to my decision - did in fact listen to the speeches of both contestants and had to spend a more time watching TV than usual. Did some serious research on my own. But, considered it time well spent. This election can well be a turning point for all of us - meaning changes in our thinking, daily living and more. If one is not welling to do these things for the sake of our Country and all of it's people for sure you do not want to vote for Obama. If you want politics as usual - vote to HC.

    February 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |