May 13th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

WSJ: Obama Braces for West Virginia Setback
Barack Obama has conceded he will likely lose the West Virginia primary Tuesday, but as the Illinois senator shifts his focus to the general election, he must prove he can win over the state's working-class white voters.

LA Times: In West Virginia, Women For Hillary Clinton Haven't (Quite) Given Up The Dream
Women can't get over the irony that Sen. Hillary Clinton seems to have lost her race with Sen. Barack Obama right when she looks to be at the height of her game. Clinton is expected to trounce Obama in West Virginia tonight, after which she'll doubtless bound onto a stage in Charleston to roaring cheers, bobbing signs and a sea of hats. It is sure to look like a victory in every sense, except one: Few people believe that a Clinton victory here would alter the arithmetic that seems to be guiding Obama to their party's presidential nomination.

Politico: For McCain, Distance From Bush Is Key
This year, John McCain is going to have to do what he failed to do in 2000: Beat George W. Bush. But wait, isn’t McCain going to be running against Barack Obama or (possibly) Hillary Clinton this year?

Washington Post: For Obama, the General Election Is Calling
Sen. Barack Obama will make it clear on Tuesday that he has turned his attention to the general election, traveling to the November battleground states of Missouri and Michigan.

NY Times: Clinton Running Hard in Campaign’s Last Laps
Forget the calls for her to quit the presidential race: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is determined to rack up two big primary victories in the next eight days — in West Virginia and Kentucky — as she seeks to prove her continued political viability and claim bargaining chips that might help her exit the race on her terms, her advisers say.

NY Times: Republicans Use Obama as Weapon in House Contest in Mississippi
Hoping to hang on to a Congressional seat in a tight special election in Mississippi on Tuesday, Republicans in this mostly white and very conservative district are trying to make the vote more a referendum on Senator Barack Obama than on the candidates themselves.

Washington Times: Cindy McCain Lags With Public Image
The latest Fox 5/The Washington Times/Rasmussen Reports poll asked Americans which mother has "had the most positive influence on America," and Mrs. McCain trailed the pack, with just 4 percent — well below Mrs. Obama, Mrs. Clinton and top-choice first lady Laura Bush. She even trailed the fictional matriarch from "The Simpsons," who garnered 9 percent.

USA Today: Democrats Say Let The Contest Go On
On the eve of the West Virginia primary, most Democrats nationally say Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton should continue the campaign, but more now say that it's time for Clinton to quit.

NY Times: Confronting Questions, Obama Assures Jews of His Support
Faced with doubts about his support for Israel and American Jews, Senator Barack Obama has stepped up his efforts to reach out to the Jewish community over the past month, giving speeches and granting interviews to confront questions about the militant Palestinian group Hamas and his commitment to Jewish causes and values.

Washington Post: Cheney Makes Appearance for House Hopeful
Vice President Cheney traveled to this Memphis suburb on Monday in an eleventh-hour effort by the Republican Party to hang on to a U.S. House seat that it has long held but that appears at risk of becoming the third Democratic gain this year.

WSJ: Carrying Fight Into Convention Can Bruise Party in November
It was 1976. Gerald Ford, the sitting president, had won 16 of 27 Republican primaries and led in the party's delegate count. But Ronald Reagan carried the nomination battle into the convention anyway. Why won't some candidates concede?

Washington Post: Racist Incidents Give Some Obama Campaigners Pause
For all the hope and excitement Obama's candidacy is generating, some of his field workers, phone-bank volunteers and campaign surrogates are encountering a raw racism and hostility that have gone largely unnoticed - and unreported - this election season.

LA Times: Handwriting Of Hillary Clinton, John McCain And Barack Obama May Speak Volumes
Now that the presidential contest is looking ever more like a two-man race, the country can't help but marvel: John McCain, once a longshot, wouldn't lie down. Barack Obama, the new kid, charmed voters. And Hillary Rodham Clinton, an early favorite, has yet to surrender. But Arlyn J. Imberman would say clues to the nomination fight were in plain sight, every time a candidate wrote a thank-you note, inscribed a memoir or autographed a pair of boxing gloves.

NY Times: Legal but Controversial, It Helped Get Out the Vote
In the threadbare border towns of South Texas, one of the country’s poorest regions, enterprising locals like Candelaria Espinoza have long been paid to round up votes for candidates on Election Day. There is even a name for these electoral soldiers of fortune: politiqueras. So when Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign arrived in South Texas in February seeking an edge in its uphill battle against Senator Barack Obama, Ms. Espinoza was happy to oblige, for a price.

The Hill: Sens. Laugh Off, Ponder, Downplay Veep Chances
More than 20 senators say they would seriously consider an offer to be No. 2 on their party’s presidential ticket, while others claim to have little to no interest, according to a survey conducted by The Hill.

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