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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, April 28, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

WSJ: Obama Tackles Bread-and-Butter Issues in Indiana
Barack Obama recast his call for change by speaking more directly to voters' economic concerns as polls show him in a dead heat with Hillary Clinton in Indiana. The shift comes amid signs that Sen. Obama's lofty appeals for hope and change may not be resonating with financially insecure voters, and may even be driving them away.

NY Times: McCain Criticizes Remarks by Obama’s Former Pastor
Senator John McCain delved on Sunday into remarks made by Senator Barack Obama’s former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., saying it was “beyond belief” that Mr. Wright had likened the Romans at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion to the Marines and had suggested that the United States was acting like Al Qaeda under a different color flag.

USA Today: McCain Runs Strong As Democrats Battle On
Why is this man smiling? Arizona Sen. John McCain could understandably be scowling: He could face a more difficult political landscape than any presidential candidate in a generation. Only 39% of Americans have a favorable view of the Republican Party he represents, the latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows. A record 63% say the Iraq war he defends was a mistake. The disapproval rating for President Bush, the incumbent McCain has embraced, has hit 69%, the most negative assessment of any president since Gallup began asking the question 70 years ago.

Washington Post: Democrats Registering In Record Numbers
The past seven states to hold primaries registered more than 1 million new Democratic voters; Republican numbers mainly ebbed or stagnated. North Carolina and Indiana, which will hold their presidential primaries on May 6, are reporting a swell of new Democrats that triples the surge in registrations before the 2004 primary.

NY Times: Eyes on Blue-Collar Voters, Obama Shifts Style
Senator Barack Obama is making subtle changes to his campaign style and message in an effort to strengthen his appeal to blue-collar voters and to avoid a defeat in Indiana that aides fear could give Democratic Party leaders further pause about his viability in a general election.

WSJ: As Candidates Quit, Trinkets Pile Up
At the beginning of the year, two dozen men and women were actively running for president. All but three have dropped out, leaving in their wake shattered dreams, saddened supporters - and huge mounds of T-shirts, buttons and signs. Now, the small businesses responsible for the paraphernalia are devising creative ways to unload their excess inventory.

USA Today: Card Fees Cost Campaigns Millions
The explosive growth in online political contributions is helping to make this the most expensive presidential campaign in history.
But lost in the money pipeline is the cost of point-and-click donations. An Arizona Republic analysis of campaign expense records shows that organizations that process credit-card transactions have collected more than $11 million in fees for handling Internet contributions and related services.

WSJ: Candidates' Health-Care Ideas May Not Offer Immediate Cure
Sen. John McCain kicks off a week of health-care pegged events Monday with a simple message: The fundamental problem facing the health-care system is spiraling costs that must be brought under control. It is an idea that Democrats and Republicans agree on. Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are proposing many of the same things that Sen. McCain supports. But health-care experts say it is unclear how many of the candidates' ideas could actually make a dent in the rising cost of care, particularly in the short term.

LA Times: Obama Donor Received A State Grant
After an unsuccessful campaign for Congress in 2000, Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama faced serious financial pressure: numerous debts, limited cash and a law practice he had neglected for a year. Help arrived in early 2001 from a significant new legal client - a longtime political supporter.

Washington Post: Obama Links Broad Ideas to Economic Specifics
Sen. Barack Obama came this past weekend to the factory town of Anderson, Indiana where the loss of hundreds of jobs at the Delphi auto parts plant was only the latest blow, and told 2,000 voters that the way to fix things was not just to vote for him - but to join a bottom-up mass movement to change the way government works.

Washington Times: McCain Backers Combat Age As Issue In Campaign
Even before Democrats have a candidate, the drumbeat of "too old to lead" is being felt from party leaders reminding voters that Sen. John McCain, if elected, would be the oldest person to take office, at 72.


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