June 4th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, June 2, 2008

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Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas

CNN Washington Bureau

CNN: Obama: I will be the Democratic nominee
In what he called a "defining moment for our nation," Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday became the first African-American to head the ticket of a major political party.

CNN: Clinton won't make campaign decision yet
Sen. Hillary Clinton said Tuesday night she would make no immediate decision on her next steps after winning the South Dakota primary but failing to pick up enough delegates to win the Democratic presidential nomination.

CNN: Preston: Top Clinton supporters ready to help Obama
Over the next several days, one of the main questions will be how much help Hillary Clinton will offer Barack Obama in his effort to win back the White House, which has been under Republican control ever since her husband Bill Clinton left office in January 2001.

Washington Post: McCain Mounts Immediate Attack on Obama's Record
Republican Sen. John McCain wasted no time Tuesday night in launching his first general-election broadside against Sen. Barack Obama, casting the Democrat as an out-of-touch liberal who offers a false promise of change.

CNN: McCain, Obama take to Lifetime to court military vote
John McCain and Barack Obama will make indirect pitches to women voters Wednesday, with both presumptive presidential nominees appearing in “salutes” to military families on the Lifetime Network.

Politico: New flick based on McClellan exposé?
Imagine this scene: “Quiet on the set!” shouts the assistant director as doughy actor Jonah Hill tugs uncomfortably on the Brooks Brothers suit he’s wearing to portray Scott McClellan. It’s the first day of shooting on “What Happened,” a big-screen adaptation of the former Bush press secretary’s best-selling exposé, and Hill is being directed by Judd Apatow, who turned the tell-all into a raunchy White House coming-of-age story co-starring Seth Rogan as Vice President Cheney and Michael Cera as President Bush. OK, so maybe that’s not going to happen. But buzz is already beginning to build about a possible docudrama based on the controversial book.

CNN: A flood of superdelegates for Obama
Moments after the polls closed, Barack Obama’s campaign announced the support of 26.5 superdelegates.

Washington Post: Two Words With a Ring Of Possibility
Black president. Two words profound and yet contradictory. Once thought of as an oxymoron, impossible to be placed together in the same sentence, context, country - unless followed by a question mark.

NY Times: Clinton Donor Base Is Obama’s Next Prize
As Senator Barack Obama claims the Democratic presidential nomination, his campaign is gearing up to recruit many of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s top fund-raisers, a move that could provide him with a huge infusion of cash if the two camps can get past the rancor of the primary season.

WSJ: McCain Sets Sights on Voter Blocs Favoring Clinton
As Hillary Clinton's primary campaign winds down, Barack Obama will be waiting with open arms for the support of her ardent backers. So will John McCain.

WSJ: South Dakota Symbolizes Obama's Lingering Woes
Some worrying signs for Barack Obama emerged Tuesday from the final two primaries of the long Democratic presidential-nominating race.

CNN: Schneider: Voters say Clinton is more caring
Hillary Clinton has made her vast experience a central theme of her campaign – and among those voters who said that was the top quality they were looking for in a presidential candidate, she was the undisputed choice in tonight’s exit polls: they chose her over Barack Obama by 93 to 7 percent in South Dakota, and 94 to 4 percent in Montana.

NY Times: Calm in the Swirl of History
He gives the appearance of a strikingly laid-back victor, this presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

WSJ: Democratic Poll Predicts Big Wave in GOP Districts
Democratic pollsters released a survey showing the possibility of a Democratic wave in Republican congressional districts this fall. The poll of 1,600 voters in 45 Republican congressional districts showed on average a 33% approval rating for President Bush, a 38% approval rating for the incumbent Republican and a strong desire for change.

WSJ: Downhill Traverse: Traveling With the Clinton Camp
Last November, when I joined Hillary Clinton's traveling press corps, the campaign possessed an air of inevitability. With name recognition and seemingly bottomless fund-raising coffers, Sen. Clinton operated almost like an incumbent.

Washington Post: On the Fence and in the Spotlight
The first time Hillary Clinton called, Heather Mizeur didn't pick up. Listening to the message, she heard Clinton's voice and assumed it was a campaign robo-call. But then the New York senator and Democratic presidential candidate asked Mizeur to call back - and left her personal cellphone number.

Washington Post: For Clinton, A Following Of 'Marshans'
Blogger Michelle Marshall has a confession to make. She's one die-hard Clintonite who has already moved on. She's ready to vote for Sen. Barack Obama. But don't tell that to the legions of Hillary Clinton fans who have made Marshall their de facto leader.

LA Times: Unity is now key for Democrats
Obama is scarred from the primary battle, but it may have left him more prepared for the clashes to come against McCain.

WSJ: Obama's Boon: Givers Who Keep On Giving
Many of Sen. Barack Obama's small-dollar donors turn out to have big pockets, and data suggest he will have little trouble raising the minimum $200 million political analysts say he will need to fund a general-election campaign in the fall.

Times of London: The Sixties and the presidential race
When David Ifshin died at the age of 47 he had already lived more than one life. And if you want to understand the forthcoming US presidential election and how it can be won, you could do worse than listen to his story.

Politico: Warming bill: Super Bowl for lobbyists
Not interested in the global warming bill? Count yourself among a lucky few in Washington. The climate change legislation being debated now in the Senate is the Super Bowl for lobbyists, roping in everyone from Alaskan Inupiaqs to venture capitalists.

NY Times: Senator Warns of a ‘Crisis’ in Pentagon Cost Overruns
The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday declared that cost overruns for Defense Department weapons had “reached crisis proportions,” after government auditors reported that the projected final cost of the Pentagon’s major programs had ballooned $295 billion over initial budget estimates.

NY Times: Bloomberg Said to Explore Third Term or Albany Bid
As the end of his term nears, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and his senior advisers have been exploring strategies that would allow him to remain in political life, including undertaking a campaign to overturn the city’s term limits law or making a bid for governor, according to two people who have been briefed on the deliberations.

AP: Woman to plead guilty in N.Y. governor call girl scandal
A woman who helped run the prostitution ring in the scandal that brought down former Gov. Eliot Spitzer pleaded guilty to a pair of federal conspiracy charges Tuesday and called her former business "disgusting."


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  1. WDC

    Keep Hillarry off the ticket. What great strides have been made but Hillarry has too much baggage – the adding of her will lose more votes than gain.

    June 4, 2008 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  2. ANDRA M JEFFERSON

    Hillary I USE TO ADMIRE YOU AFTER LAST NIGHT SPEACH. I NOLONGER RESPECT YOU I'M A FLORIDIAN AND I VOTED. IT IS TIME THAT YOU CONSIDER THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND STOP THE FUEL BETWEEN YOUR SUPPORTERS AND OBAMA SUPPORTERS AND UNITE YOUR ACTIONS AND THE ACTIONS OF YOUR SUPORTERS SHOWS THAT YOU ARE NOT READY TO BE THE LEADER OF THIS COUNTY BECAUSE IF YOU WHERE YOU WOULD HAVE SPOKE MORE ABOUT UNITY INSTEAD OF YOU AND WINNING THE POPULAR VOTE .ITS OVER STOP ACTING LIKE A WOMEN WHOM SCORN

    June 4, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  3. Kristen

    Last night was truly exciting. Congrats to Obama, it was truly a great speech and I look forward to supporting him all the way to the White House. And can not wait to go back volunteering for his campaign again. As far as Clinton, I think the media should just ignore her. Maybe if no one mentions her name she will see this charade she is playing is not doing her any favors. There is no decision to make; you lost so acknowledge Obama as the nominee and move on already. Trying to strong-arm Obama into giving her the nomination will not work by no means. I am sure Obama has much more sense then that, he has made it this far with out Clinton and he will do just fine with out her in November.
    Poor McCain, who paid attention to what he was saying. That speech was horrible. He spoke like he was addressing folks at a nursing home. I was literally being put to sleep and with nightmares about that horrific smirk he kept giving. Some say he just needs time to become a better speaker, well at 71 years old I think he has had plenty of time and if he doesn’t have it by now it just aint coming.
    Obama 08!!!!!!!

    June 4, 2008 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  4. Really I mean Really

    Unbelieveable moment in History How sad it was upstaged by some one who can not except the fact that someone ran a better campaign then them.

    June 4, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  5. Joyce

    I watched a lot of the coverage last night and frankly I am one the supporters for Clinton who is not ready to vote for Obama. I honestly cannot get over the church thing and I honestly don't know if I will vote for anyone this November. I am very disappointed. I do feel that the media was horrible to Hillary at the beginning and trust was the issue brought up by many and I don't trust any of them!.

    June 4, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  6. Bob Stephens

    McCain sounded like the village idiot last night in the sad speech he made. He is going to lose in a landslide this fall.

    June 4, 2008 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  7. jason

    Young, clueless, Mr. First-Term Senator Osama may be the Dem nominee, but he will not be President. We are not ready for a President who hasn't even done anything worth noting in the Senate!!

    June 4, 2008 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  8. Gary B

    We need Sen. Clinton to acknowledge her campaign has ended. Her speech last night was self righteous. I never heard the word I used so much. The challenge is to beat the Republicans and not to cry foul. The Clinton Camp got out manuvered by the Obama Camp. He run a strong campaign. Do we need Sen Clinton's help, the answer is yes.?We need a unitied party to win in Nov. She was a strong candidate. However her campaign is now over. We should let her have her time for mourning but we need to move forward quickly. The Republican machine is hard at work. to defeat us.

    June 4, 2008 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  9. Park More, New Orleans

    Histroic season was stlen by DNC rules and as results we will vote for McCain (We are all American)

    June 4, 2008 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  10. donna smith

    This is just like Hillary, to leave everyone hanging. Now for her this is just about making back her money. She's not worried about the Whit House. Its always been about Hillary and always will be.

    June 4, 2008 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  11. russell

    iTis truely a shame that some people who call themselves American
    can constantly spew hate and threats about jumping to the other party to support Mcsame ,REALLY. this is partly the reason our country is in such dire straits, whe will you racist people accept the decision of many Americans that Obama is the nominee , he did not sink to the dirty tricks that HRC stuck to ,and he gives Mcain praise were it's due , this man has run an intelligent and honest campaign , but he does not get credit from that ,all I keep reading on these blogs is were gonna vote for more turmoil if HRC is not the nominee , are you really thinking about the best for this country or is it that a lot of people want American to be the great country that it once was , and because of your racism and your ability to hate and think that no ther race or gender is deserving of this grand position PRES OF US you want to keep that devisive train going ,we need a change in America people wake up , we don't need more lies and more hate trhat's not going to help the poor the elderly and children .........anyone who doesn't support Obama who calls themselves a democrat really needs to do some serious soul searching because you are truely lost and out of touch with the needs of America .

    June 4, 2008 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  12. jeannie

    Excuse me. But on my ballot there has always been a write in box. Why can't Hillary be voted in that way. I will not vote for Obama(if he was a Colon Powell, no problem) and John is just a Bush who has a much better grasp of the english language.

    June 4, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  13. JC

    Congratulations to Presidential Nominee Obama!

    A year ago, who would have thought Obama can defeat the D.C. entitlement Hillary Clinton?

    People want change, real change.
    Established entitlements usually do not want change, because they will lose power if real change is made.

    Congratulations to Senator and Mrs. Obama!!!
    Sorry, I cannot vote for you IF you choose Hillary as your V.P.
    American democracy is much more important than the Obama/Hillary or Obama/Clinton administration.

    Obama – Richardson for 2008!
    Governor RIchardson can bring his years of executive experience and foreign experience at UN. He shares similar values to Obama and he conducts himself well. We really don't want to hear more about the Clintons whatever. Thanks!

    June 4, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  14. ZenNonna

    Obama is the nominee He gets to choose. Everybody else should shut up. He is not holding interviews thru the media.

    Clinton cannot just push her way on the ticket. She should have conceded last night.

    June 4, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  15. TheOutsideLookingIn

    Well well, like I said in a previous post – the world still lives with a little hope and faith (in making Barak Obama the DNC Presidential Nominee).

    Faith is partially restored but the REAL TEST is yet to come.

    Can America embrace change? See the world in an "US AND THEM" light and not "US vs THEM" light? Can America get away from "you're either with us or against us"?

    Now that the USA has their best candidate capable of cleaning your own back yard AND instilling political change and reconcilliation across the world, please American's, make the right choice in November.

    Again I say, the world still lives with a little hope and faith...

    June 4, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  16. Uncle Sam

    What does Barack Obama believe?

    June 4, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  17. Chris, Middletown, CT

    A sad day when Clinton won't admit defeat....and is holding her support for a VP nod....(which I hope will never happen) – I'm a Republican who supports Obama and contributes to him too – if Clinton is anywhere near the ticket...all the independents and Republicans like myself will not support – I am supporting Obama because the US and the world need to heal...with Clinton anywhere near the White House....Obama would need to watch his back....Vince Foster didn't

    June 4, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  18. c

    john mccain is deaf to the people of america when it come to whether or not americans have a say in the war even though he says he answers to the people not the press,..and also.the press is a important part of the community..its people reporting to people whats going on in their world...john mccain measure the success in in iraq by combative strength not by political independence..

    June 4, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  19. WISCONSIN GIRL FOR HILLARY

    IT WOULD HAVE BEEN CLINTON IF THE NEWS MEDIA WOULD HAV E TREATED HER FAIRLY, AND GIVEN OUT HER VERY POSITIVE POINTS INCLUCING HER HUSBANDS BILL ACCOMPLISHMENTS. THEY BOTH ARE VERY ACCOMPLISED PEOPLE AND THAT WAS NEVER TALKED ABOUT MUCH IN THE MEDIA. THEY WERE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR RIDICULOUS THINGS TO TALK ABOUT AND EXAGERATED STORIES. WHAT A SHAME. THE NEWS SHOULD ALWAYS BE UNBIASED, BUT IN THIS DAY AND AGE IT IS ABOUT WHO CAN GET THE BEST SPINNING STORY TO SELL THE NEWS.

    June 4, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  20. zolesh

    I want to know why cnn decides to label John McCain as the presumptive nominee and yet label Barack Obama as the projected nominee.

    I also want to call James Carville on the promise he made on cnn weeks ago to going all out to help Barack win the presidency if he becomes the Democratic nomination.

    I thought i heard a change of tone yesterday when he said he would now support Obama if senator Clinton concedes even though it is now clear that Obama has won the nomination.

    My question is: Is Mr. Carville saying he will not support Senator Obama as the democratic nominee if Senator Clinton does not concede?

    Mr. Carville do the honourable thing.

    June 4, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  21. Go Barak and Michelle Obama!

    YEAHHHH BABBBYY...now let's bring it on McCain!

    June 4, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  22. Nancy

    That was the most pathetic speech of McCain's or anyone else's i have ever seen. And he calls himself a politition? He could have at lease congratulated Obama on his nomination. He had maybe 100 people there to Obama's 30,000. He can't even read a telepromter and what was with the stupid grin? He must have learned that from McBush. He could talk about the thousands who have died in the war and still grin. Very pathetic. McCain. go take a nap and leave the driving to the New America.

    June 4, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  23. Aliou FL

    CLINTON IS ONLY PROLONGING HER OWN AGONY

    June 4, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  24. joe smith

    perhaps the next sitting president, long before they take office, could try to resolve the phenomana of a christian nation seamingly at war all the time; whatever happened to the idea of turning ones spears into pruning hooks, and handing out olive branches instead of foreign aid in the form of tanks..a man of peace, good will; Ron Paul where are you..

    June 4, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  25. Aliou FL

    I WOULD PICK CONDI BEFORE I PICK HER.

    June 4, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
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