March 11th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, March 11, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

Clarion Ledger: Clinton Or Obama? Mississippi's Time
A close race between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama will draw more voters to the polls today in Mississippi than the last presidential primary, Mississippi state officials predict.

Washington Post: Ticket-Sharing Talk Dominates Day's Campaign Activity
Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama hardly sounded like potential running mates Monday, with Obama accusing his rival of "gamesmanship" and the campaigns sparring over who is more qualified to be commander in chief.

AP: McCain Plans Trio Of Tours For Voters To Re-Examine Him
Sen. John McCain is finding out what the Republican presidential nomination is worth this week. Then he plans to buff his foreign policy credentials, remind the nation of his long military history and try to frame the issues for the November election — in three separate tours while his two Democratic opponents continue to struggle for their party's nomination.

Biloxi Sun Herald: Obama Hopes For Win In Mississippi
Mississippi Democrats are deciding the last in a series of presidential contests between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton before the two rivals settle in for a six-week battle to win Pennsylvania.

LA Times: McCain's Health Is 'Fine'
John McCain declared Monday he has been cancer-free since a bout with skin cancer 7 1/2 years ago, although the presumptive Republican presidential nominee underwent a full medical examination - including a cancer screening - earlier in the day.

NY Times: Obama Rejects Suggestion That He Lower His Sights
At first, the suggestion was a quiet one, raised by their supporters. Soon, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, lent credence to the idea, telling voters in Mississippi and beyond that Senator Barack Obama would make a fine partner — most likely as No. 2 — on the Democratic ticket.

Clarion Ledger: Mississippi Democrats' Enthusiasm High
What did these three things have in common in 1976: gasoline prices, recession fears and the Mississippi Democratic Party? Answer: They all were soaring. And 2008 is beginning to look a little like '76 – especially when it comes to Mississippians' passion in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

NY Times: In Developer’s Trial, E-Mail Note Cites an Obama Role
An e-mail message made public on Monday in the fraud trial of Antoin Rezko, a businessman and political contributor, brought attention to Senator Barack Obama’s role in discussions involving a state health planning board that Mr. Rezko is accused of improperly influencing.

AP: Rep. King Defends Obama Comments
An Iowa Republican congressman on Monday defended his prediction that terrorists would celebrate if Democrat Barack Obama were elected president, despite a rebuke from John McCain, the GOP's apparent presidential nominee.


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