June 23rd, 2008
01:49 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama and Clinton to appear in Unity, New Hampshire

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his defeated rival Sen. Hillary Clinton Monday announced the location for their first joint appearance - the town of Unity, New Hampshire.

As if the town's name didn't make the message clear enough, the Obama campaign pointed out in announcing the event that the two candidates got the same number of votes when New Hampshire held its primary in January, 107 each.

The Obama campaign calls the event a "Unite for Change Rally."

June 23rd, 2008
12:23 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama camp hits McCain on offshore drilling

 Barack Obama's campaign is taking aim at McCain's position on offshore drilling.

Barack Obama's campaign is taking aim at McCain's position on offshore drilling.

(CNN) - Barack Obama's campaign launched a broad swipe at rival John McCain's record on energy policy Monday, taking aim at the Arizona senator for appearing to reverse his position on offshore oil drilling.

A memo released by the Obama campaign sharply criticizes McCain for recently expressing support for lifting a decades-old moratorium on offshore drilling, noting he was against lifting the ban while campaigning for president in 1999.

Related: A battle of accused political 'flip-flops'

"The question is whether we are going to offer the American people real answers and genuine relief or the same, tired Washington gimmicks and special interest favors that have failed our families and country for too long," the Obama memo states. "With his proposal to lift the moratorium on offshore drilling that, as even the McCain campaign admits, wouldn’t produce any increase in resources for years and his gas tax gimmick that economists agree wouldn’t significantly reduce the price of gas if at all, John McCain has chosen to offer more of the same instead of change."

Defending McCain's shift on the position Sunday, his economic adviser Carly Fiorina argued that "a good leader is influenced by the facts on the ground."

"We've never before faced a situation where the price of a barrel of oil has doubled in the last 12 months," Fiorina said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "So what John McCain has said is that we now need to take control of our own energy future."

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
June 23rd, 2008
11:45 AM ET
12 years ago

McCain plan: $300 million prize for better car battery

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain is expected Monday to call for a $300 million prize for innovation that would help the U.S. decrease its reliance on oil, a day after his rival for the presidency called for greater oversight for energy traders.

Oil and energy are expected to be on the agenda as McCain campaigns in California and Sen. Barack Obama speaks in New Mexico on Monday.

WATCH John McCain's $300 million incentive

McCain, during a town hall-style meeting at Fresno State University, is expected to propose a $300 million prize for whoever can develop an automobile battery that "has the size, capacity, cost and power to leapfrog the commercially available plug-in hybrids or electric cars."

Full story

Filed under: John McCain
June 23rd, 2008
10:57 AM ET
12 years ago

Biden: I'd say yes to being VP

Joe Biden said he would say yes to being VP.

Joe Biden said he would say yes to being VP.

(CNN) – Delaware Sen. Joe Biden on Sunday appeared to violate a widely unwritten rule among those with a remote shot at becoming a vice presidential nominee: He actually admitted he would take the job.

"The answer I’ve got to say is yes," the former Democratic presidential candidate said on NBC's "Meet the Press" when asked if he'd be willing to serve as Barack Obama's No. 2.

The frank answer is a sharp departure from the responses of many of those in both parties considered to be in the running for the job, most of whom repeatedly say they are not interested in the position and do not expect to be seriously considered for it. Some, such as Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, have even flatly said they will not serve if asked.

Related: Who's on the VP short lists?

Speaking on Sunday, Biden added he did not "want to be asked" to serve as vice president. But the six-term senator with a lengthy foreign policy resume said he would not refuse to help his party's presidential nominee in that capacity.

"Of course [I would say yes]," he said. "If the presidential nominee thought I could help him win - am I going to say to the first African-American candidate about to make history in the world that, 'No, I will not help you out like you want me to'? Of course . . . I'll say yes."

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
June 23rd, 2008
10:45 AM ET
12 years ago

Poll: Obama's candidacy not affected by racial divide


(CNN) — While the issue of race may be front and center this election cycle, a new poll suggests that Americans’ racial attitudes may have little overall impact on Sen. Barack Obama’s historic candidacy.

An ABC/Washington Post poll conducted June 12-15 indicates that roughly three in ten Americans express “less racially sensitive views,” such as having some feelings of prejudice or generally believing that African-Americans in their communities do not experience discrimination. Sen. John McCain holds a 26-point advantage over Obama with this group of voters.

Of the 32 percent of white voters who admit experiencing feelings of racial prejudice, 31 percent think Obama would “do too much” for African-Americans if he is elected president.

WATCH Bill Schneider's analysis of the latest poll

Among the roughly 2 in 10 white voters with “high racial sensitivity,” however, Obama leads McCain by 19 percentage points. (This group of voters is most likely, among other things, to have interracial friendships and/or believe that African-Americans experience discrimination.) Among white voters with a “medium” level of racial sensitivity, McCain leads Obama 18 points.

The overall result? McCain is favored among all white Americans by 12 points (51 to 39 percent). According to CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider, McCain’s edge among white voters is consistent with how well Republicans have done in several of the most recent presidential elections.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
June 23rd, 2008
09:26 AM ET
12 years ago

Presidential candidates all a twitter

 Twitter is hosting a presidential debate.

Twitter is hosting a presidential debate.

(CNN)–The McCain and Obama campaigns are participating in the first ever presidential TWITTER debate.

Twitter.com is a micro-blogging website that allows it’s users to stay in constant communication by sending instant messages known as “tweets”. It’s free, and open to anyone.

Tweets are limited to 140 characters each, so the candidate’s representatives will have to keep their answers short and to the point.

WATCH What is a twitter debate?

Liz Mair, the on-line director for the Republican National Committee will be fielding questions for Senator John McCain.

Mike Nelson, an outside advisor to Senator Barack Obama on technology, media and telecommunications will be answering questions for Obama.

The debate will be moderated by Ana Marie Cox, the founding editor of Wonkette blog, and blogger for Time Magazine’s “Swampland” blog. Cox sometimes uses Twitter to write her blog.

The debate is taking place in conjunction with the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City on June 22 and 23. The forum is being held to discuss how technology is changing politics.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
June 23rd, 2008
06:26 AM ET
12 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, June 23, 2008


Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas

CNN Washington Bureau

CNN: A battle of accused political 'flip-flops'
Days after both men reversed course on major issues, the presidential campaigns of Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain spent much of Sunday's talk-show circuit working to ensure accusations of "flip-flopping" don't stick.

LA Times: An immigration end run around the next president
With neither Obama nor McCain sharing their stance on the issue, advocates of stricter policies are working at the city, state and congressional levels to change the political landscape.

AP: Obama targets 'Enron loophole'
Addressing high oil prices, his campaign says he will discourage speculation and bring oversight to unregulated trading.

Washington Times: GOP courting blue-collar vote; Traditionally Democratic bloc targeted
The Republican Party is going after blue-collar voters and other key blocs that traditionally support Democrats but did not back Sen. Barack Obama in primary contests, a top party official said.

USA Today: Can Congress really lower gas prices?
Will Congress do something to cut gas prices before you drive off to the beach this summer? Not a chance, energy experts say.


Filed under: Political Hot Topics
June 23rd, 2008
06:16 AM ET
12 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Monday, June 23, 2008


Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas, CNN Washington Bureau

* Sen. John McCain holds a town hall meeting and then a media availability in Fresno, CA.

* Sen. Barack Obama holds a “Change that Works for You” discussion with working women at the Flying Star Café in Albuquerque, NM.

Filed under: On the Trail
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