July 1st, 2008
10:08 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama lays out plan for faith-based groups

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(CNN) - One day after defending his patriotism, Sen. Barack Obama is focusing on faith and religion in Zanesville, Ohio.

According to Obama's campaign, the senator from Illinois will lay out his plan to expand Bush's faith-based programs and establish a new "Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships."

The council will strengthen nonprofit religious and community groups by providing funding and making it easier to "access the information and support they need to run that program," according to prepared remarks released by his campaign.

The reason some groups are under-funded, Obama will say, is often because they do not know how to apply for federal dollars.

We rely too much on conferences in Washington, instead of getting technical assistance to the people who need it on the ground. What this means is that what’s stopping many faith-based groups from helping struggling families is simply a lack of knowledge about how the system works, he will say.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
July 1st, 2008
10:05 AM ET
14 years ago

McCain campaign pulls ads from some anti-Obama web sites

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[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/12/art.mccain.6.12.jpg caption="McCain ads appeared on several Web sites run by Hillary Clinton supporters."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - John McCain's campaign will stop advertising on several pro-Hillary Clinton Web sites that have attacked Barack Obama for being unpatriotic and, in one case, compared the Democratic nominee-in-waiting to Adolf Hitler.

A spokesman for McCain said Monday the campaign was not aware their ads were running on the offending Web sites, and has taken steps to block those sites from their online advertising network.

"When we find stuff like this, we take care of it," said McCain spokesman Brian Rogers.

McCain has made it known he is reaching out to former Clinton supporters, and there are nearly two hundred well-trafficked blogs and online communities run by former Clinton supporters who refuse to support Obama. But the three sites on which McCain's ads appeared are particularly hostile to the Illinois senator.

One Web site, called Stop-Obama.org, is a group blog comprised of disaffected Clinton supporters, some of whom are now supporting McCain. Three different banners ads, one of which featured McCain standing side-by-side with Sen. Joseph Lieberman, were running on the site until Monday.

A recent post on the blog outlined the "simple parallels" between Obama and Hitler, and accused Obama's audiences of having the same cult mentality that characterized followers of the German dictator.


Filed under: John McCain
July 1st, 2008
10:00 AM ET
14 years ago

Crime on McCain agenda, while Obama focuses on religion

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McCain is the keynote speaker at the National Sheriffs' Association's 68th annual conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The senator from Arizona is expected to praise those involved with law enforcement and describe action the government has taken to make cities safer. McCain will tell the officers that, as president, he would make sure they are equipped with the resources they need to fight crime, according to his campaign.

Following his address, the presumptive Republican nominee will fly to Cartagena, Colombia, for talks with President Alvaro Uribe and other top officials. After visiting Colombia, McCain on Thursday will head to Mexico, where the focus will be on free trade.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
July 1st, 2008
09:08 AM ET
14 years ago

Your chance to quiz Clark

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/01/art.clark.ap.jpg caption="Clark will be a guest on The Situation Room."]Do you have a question for Wesley Clark? The former democratic presidential candidate and retired army general will be a guest Tuesday in The Situation Room.

He said Sunday, "I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president", referring to John McCain's military service. Sen Obama has rejected the comments but General Clark stands by what he said. What do you think?

Send us your questions on video, and be sure to keep them clear and concise. Your videos could be used on air - and your views a part of the best political team on TV.

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Filed under: iReport • Wesley Clark
July 1st, 2008
07:40 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama takes swipe at MoveOn

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/30/art.obamamove.ap.jpg caption="Obama criticized MoveOn.org over its controversial ad."](CNN) - Barack Obama on Monday seemed to take a direct swipe at MoveOn.org, the powerful liberal group which endorsed the Illinois senator's candidacy earlier this year and was at times instrumental to his organization in several key battleground states.

In a speech designed to combat charges he lacks patriotism, Obama sharply condemned organizations that use "these old, threadbare arguments" to level criticisms and specifically pointed to MoveOn.org's controversial newspaper ad last fall that attacked the top U.S. general in Iraq, David Petraeus.

Watch: Obama talks patriotism

"All too often our politics still seems trapped in these old, threadbare arguments – a fact most evident during our recent debates about the war in Iraq, when those who opposed administration policy were tagged by some as unpatriotic, and a general providing his best counsel on how to move forward in Iraq was accused of betrayal," Obama said.

MoveOn has not responded to Obama's comments.

The full page ad was published in the New York Times to coincide with Petraeus' appearance on the Hill last September to brief Congress on the progress in Iraq. Under a picture of Petraeus, a banner read, "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?"

Watch: New York Times takes heat for ad

The ad went on to allege the general was "cooking the books for the White House," and intentionally painting a rosy picture of the conditions on the ground.

Despite pressure from Republicans, neither Hillary Clinton nor Barack Obama formally repudiated the group for the ad, though both expressed criticisms. Clinton voted against a Senate resolution to formally condemn the group, while Obama specifically avoided voting either way on the resolution.

"The notion that we're wasting time debating about a newspaper ad, makes no sense," he said then. "So I didn't even vote on that vote, I just said I'm not going to vote on this. This is the kind of game playing that the American people are tired of."

MoveOn.org, which endorsed Obama shortly before the crucial Febuary 5 round of primaries, boasts more than 3 million members and has since conducted large-scale get-out-the-vote efforts and fundraising on the Illinois senator's behalf.

July 1st, 2008
07:36 AM ET
14 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas

CNN Washington Bureau

CNN: Obama responds to attacks on his patriotism
Sen. Barack Obama defended his patriotism Monday, telling a crowd in Independence, Missouri, that his "deep and abiding love for this country" is the reason he is running for president.

New York Daily News: Barack Obama has collected nearly twice as much money as John McCain
Wall Street is investing heavily in Barack Obama. Although the Democratic presidential hopeful has vowed to raise capital gains and corporate taxes, financial industry bigs have contributed almost twice as much to Obama as to GOP rival John McCain, a Daily News analysis of campaign records shows.

Financial Times: US candidates’ health plans diverge
The US is unique in tying health insurance for working age adults to their jobs. In countries with social insurance systems such as France and Germany, employers make contributions to the insurance pool. But the cover is not linked to the workplace.

Bloomberg: McCain Touts Coal, Nuclear While Decrying `Playing Favorites'
As a senator, John McCain has condemned policies that pick market winners and losers, aiming particular criticism at government ethanol subsidies as a taxpayer rip-off.

CNNMoney.com: Luck – A president's best jobs plan
A year from now, economists say the economy will be stronger and unemployment lower – regardless of whether John McCain or Barack Obama wins.


Filed under: Political Hot Topics
July 1st, 2008
07:26 AM ET
14 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas, CNN Washington Bureau

* Sen. John McCain speaks at the National Sheriffs' Association's 68th Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN, and then flies to Columbia to meet with government officials.

* Sen. Barack Obama visits Eastside Community Ministry in Zanesville, OH.

Filed under: On the Trail
July 1st, 2008
07:00 AM ET
14 years ago

CNN=Politics Daily

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(CNN) — Last week, Sen. Hillary Clinton urged unity behind Sen. Barack Obama. Monday former President Bill Clinton took the first step to jumping on the Dems’ unity band wagon.

In the latest episode of CNN=Politics Daily, Candy Crowley reports on the private phone conversation between the former Democratic president and the man Democrats hope will retake the White House for them.

Presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain formed a new campaign team to counter attacks during the general election campaign. Dana Bash has the story on McCain’s “Truth Squad.”

Seven years after 9/11 and the threat of another terrorist attack still looms, according to Sen. Joe Lieberman, a McCain supporter. Carol Costello reports on Lieberman’s comments about a possible attack next year.

Obama and McCain will both be traveling abroad soon. Mary Snow explains the reasoning behind these trips beyond U.S. borders.

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