August 7th, 2008
02:13 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain, Obama both want to be the Dark Knight

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(CNN) – They may disagree about a lot of things - but Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama share an affinity for a certain dark superhero.

In an issue of Entertainment Weekly hitting newsstands Friday, both presumptive nominees reveal their pop culture favorites - and it turns out that both men want to be Batman.

“He does justice sometimes against insurmountable odds,” McCain said of the comic book hero. “And he doesn’t make his good works known to a lot of people.”

For his part, Obama told the magazine he would like to be Batman and Spider Man because “they have some inner turmoil.”

“They get knocked around a little bit,” observed Obama.


August 7th, 2008
02:12 PM ET
14 years ago

Cafferty: Does Hillary want Obama to win?

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Hillary Clinton apparently hasn't gotten the message yet that it's over.

She's now trying to find a way for her delegates to be heard at the Convention, saying it will help unify the party. And, she hasn't ruled out having her name placed into nomination.

Clinton told supporters at a California fund-raiser last week that the party will come out stronger if people feel their voices were heard. She spoke of an “incredible pent up desire” on the part of her supporters, saying people want to feel like it’s “a catharsis” and then they’ll get behind Barack Obama. It’s beginning to sound like group therapy.

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Filed under: Cafferty File
August 7th, 2008
02:11 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain: Obama's promises 'don't mean all that much'


Watch Sen. McCain's remarks about Sen. Obama in Ohio Thursday.

LIMA, Ohio (CNN) – John McCain is stepping up his efforts to characterize his rival as a say-anything Washington politician out of touch with the American heartland, particularly on the issues of energy and taxes.

“Behind all the words, Senator Obama’s agenda can be summarized as this: Government is too big, and he wants to grow it,” McCain said at an Ohio town hall meeting Thursday. “Taxes are too high, and he wants to raise them. Congress spends too much, and he proposes more. We need more energy, and he's against producing it. We’re finally winning in Iraq, and he wants to forfeit.”

He added: “The bottom line is that Senator Obama’s words, for all their eloquence and passion, don’t mean all that much.”

McCain read the scripted remarks off a handful of note cards, in line with his campaign’s recent efforts to tightly control the candidate’s message. Throughout the week, the presumptive Republican nominee has kept his distance from the media - a strategy that has allowed the campaign to hammer home contrasts with Obama on energy policy without the off-topic distractions that often spill from McCain’s own mouth.

Today, McCain branded Obama as an obstructionist on offshore drilling, and said the Democrat simply wants “to raise your taxes and spend more of your money.”

“Pretty much anything you can tax, he wants to tax more,” McCain said.

While he looked to tie Obama to Washington, McCain himself tried to tip-toe away from his own party and an unpopular White House. He called himself a maverick — an image his campaign stressed in a new ad earlier this week - and told the audience he has “stood up” to the Bush administration on energy, the Iraq war and spending.

“I don’t work for a party,” he said. “I don’t work for a president. I don’t work for a special interest, and I don’t work for myself. I work for you and the country I love."

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • Ohio
August 7th, 2008
02:10 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama weighs in on racially-charged contest

(CNN) - Barack Obama weighed in Thursday on a contentious Tennessee primary race between a Jewish congressman and an African-American challenger that has been fraught with charges of racism and anti-Semitism.

The contest — between Rep. Steve Cohen and challenger Nikki Tinker — has drawn national attention for incendiary ads from Tinker’s campaign and fliers from her supporters. In one, an announcer says "While he's in our churches, clapping his hands and tapping his feet ... he's the only senator who thought our kids shouldn't be allowed to pray in school."

Another uses an image of the Ku Klux Klan because Cohen did not support the removal of the statue of a Confederate general from a Memphis park.

"These incendiary and personal attacks have no place in our politics, and will do nothing to help the good people of Tennessee. It's time to turn the page on a politics driven by negativity and division so that we can come together to lift up our communities and our country," said Obama.

Tinker also ran against Cohen in the 2006 primary battle to succeed Harold Ford Jr. in representing the majority-black Memphis district.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
August 7th, 2008
02:08 PM ET
14 years ago McCain's nuclear plan: Doable, but risky

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NEW YORK ( - John McCain's call for the nation to make a big push into nuclear power to become more energy independent can certainly be met, if the country is willing to pay more for power and tolerate the safety risks.

Earlier this week McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, said he wants to build 45 more nuclear power plants in this county. That would add significantly to the nation's current fleet of 104 active plants, which produce about 20% of the nation's power.

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Filed under: John McCain
August 7th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Essence editor: Obamas a model for kids, community

(CNN) - The September issue of Essence magazine features an interview with Sen. Barack Obama and his family inside their Chicago home.

Essence editor-in-chief Angela Burt-Murray said it took a year for the magazine to gain access to the Obama's Illinois home for an intimate interview with the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, his wife, Michelle, and their daughters, Sasha and Malia.

Burt-Murray talked Thursday with CNN "American Morning" anchor Kiran Chetry about the interview and the Obama family.


August 7th, 2008
01:33 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain to meet with Ohio residents facing job losses

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LIMA, Ohio (CNN) - Facing questions about his role in a deal that established a DHL shipping hub in Wilmington, Ohio, John McCain has scheduled a meeting on Thursday afternoon with residents of the town to discuss a proposal by the company to shut the air park - a move that would cost Wilmington over 8,000 jobs.

In 2003, McCain and his campaign manager Rick Davis, then a lobbyist, helped push through the senate a merger between foreign-owned DHL and a domestic company that brought the hub, and its many jobs, to Wilmington, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

But now that the company may close the air park as a cost-saving measure, Democrats are calling on McCain to use his past links to the company to help save the thousands of jobs at stake. McCain will undoubtedly try to alleviate those concerns at today’s meeting.


Filed under: John McCain • Ohio
August 7th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Congressman wants to bring up “Paris Hilton plan”

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rep. Michael Burgess things the 'Paris Hilton plan' for energy should be considered."]
CAPITOL HILL (CNN) - The lines between celebrity and politician blurred into a haze Thursday at a Republican news conference, as one congressman began pushing Paris Hilton's “plan” on energy.

"Let's bring up the Paris Hilton plan," goaded Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas.

Burgess and his fellow Republicans are in day five energy speeches on the House floor, despite the fact that the chamber is closed for August recess. They're trying to pressure House Speaker Nancy Pelosi into holding a vote on offshore oil drilling.

As they plan for another week of House protest, those Republicans have found an unlikely ally and publicity magnet in Hilton. The model and actress launched a parody campaign commercial earlier this week, suggesting a hybrid of energy plans from presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain

"We can do limited offshore drilling, with strict environmental oversight," the heiress suggested in an animal print bathing suit, "while creating tax incentives to get Detroit making hybrid and electric cars."


Filed under: Congress
August 7th, 2008
11:27 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama, Clinton issue joint statement over Denver rumors

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Clinton's supporters are organizing for a Denver display."](CNN) – Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton released a joint statement Wednesday night through their presidential campaigns, amid conflicting reports over whether the New York senator will include her name in the delegate roll call at the Democratic National Convention later this month.

"At the Democratic Convention, we will ensure that the voices of everyone who participated in this historic process are respected and our party will be fully unified heading into the November election," Obama spokesman Bill Burton said in the statement.

Clinton has said repeatedly that she will not battle the Illinois senator for the Democratic nomination – but many of her most passionate primary season backers have laid out their intent to disrupt the process if they feel she has not been accorded proper deference. One of the most common demands has been for her name to be entered into contention, and the votes of her delegates officially recorded.

Democrats close to the process have told CNN that they believe Clinton will address the Denver convention in a star slot Tuesday night. It is not yet clear whether or when her husband, former President Bill Clinton, might speak.

Sen. Clinton, who endorsed Obama shortly after suspending her presidential run and has made several joint appearances with him, is scheduled to campaign for the Illinois senator in Nevada later this week.

Related: 'Yell and scream,' then back Obama, Clinton tells supporters

August 7th, 2008
11:22 AM ET
14 years ago

Detroit mayor ordered jailed after unauthorized trip to Canada

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(CNN) - A judge Thursday ordered Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick jailed after determining he violated terms of his bond by taking an unauthorized trip to Canada last month.

Kilpatrick, who is facing felony charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and misconduct of office, has been free on $75,000 bond. He has been snarled in a public scandal since January, when the Detroit Free Press reported that he had exchanged romantic text messages with his former chief of staff, Christine Beatty, indicating the two were involved in an affair. He and
Beatty, testifying last fall in a whistle-blower trial, had denied they had been having an affair.

Kilpatrick attorney Jim Parkman said an immediate appeal is planned. He noted that Kilpatrick's trip "wasn't a personal trip over there to go to Caesar's Palace and play" but a trip on Detroit business.

"He believes it was the right thing to do, and on the spur of the moment, he just went," Parkman told reporters.


Filed under: Kwame Kilpatrick
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