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(CNN) —As the first week of the general election campaign winds down, both camps are sending signals that they’re ready for a long fight.
In the latest episode of CNN=Politics Daily, Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, launched a new website Thursday intended to combat rumors about him and his campaign. Suzanne Malveaux has the story.
A day after the resignation of the head of Obama’s vice presidential search team, Sen. John McCain sets his sights on another Obama adviser. Dana Bash takes a look at the latest salvo from the McCain campaign as well as both nominees’ claims of practicing a different kind of politics.
The Supreme Court dealt another blow Thursday to the Bush administration’s approach to the war on terror. Brian Todd reports on how differently Obama and McCain would battle terrorism if elected.
As the general election battle ramps up, who’s ahead with the American public in terms of personal qualities? Bill Schneider breaks down the latest CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll. The results may surprise you.
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As Hillary Clinton prepares to officially end her 16 month presidential campaign Saturday, a new poll shows the general election will be just as eventful. Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider has the latest numbers showing John McCain and Barack Obamas running neck and neck.
McCain made a visit to the Everglades in Florida Friday in bid to highlight his environmental credentials. CNN’s Susan Candiotti reports from the campaign trail in Florida.
The next president won’t take office until next year, but the pentagon is already getting ready for the new administration. CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr reports on the unprecedented circumstances the next president will face as he assumes control of the war in Iraq.
Finally, in a podcast exclusive, CNN’s Jennifer Mikell serves up your weekly dose of Trail Mix—the most memorable campaign moments in the news this week.
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WASHINGTON (CNN) - After weeks of planning by unions, women’s rights groups and others supporting Hillary Clinton's push to seat Florida and Michigan delegates at the Democratic convention this summer, supporters of the New York senator's presidential bid arrived in the nation’s capital by the busload Friday in advance of rallies outside Saturday's Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting.
“I’m hoping we restore 100 percent of the delegates from both Michigan and Florida and the popular vote will also be restored,” said Karen Feldman, an organizer of the “Count Every Vote” rally. “...I firmly believe that in Florida that was the purest election we’ve ever had, and I think that those votes should stand where they are and should be counted the way they are.”
Florida Demands Representation, another sponsoring group pushing for the January 29 vote to be recognized by the national party, said Friday it was expecting 400 to 500 supporters to arrive by Saturday. “The Democratic party is in danger in Florida,” said organizer James Hannagan.
The seating of the Florida and Michigan delegations is a priority for Clinton, who won both unsanctioned contests and is currently trailing frontrunner Barack Obama by 202 delegates in the latest CNN count.
Hannagan said that if Clinton is not the Democratic nominee, some members of his forum will vote for McCain, write in Hillary’s name or not vote at all.
The Clinton campaign has tacitly encouraged pressure on RBC members meeting to resolve the controversy, but has denied any role in protests planned for Saturday.
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(CNN)—Barack Obama’s campaign has launched a new ad in South Dakota Tuesday aimed at shoring up his support among the working-class and rural voters that dominate Democratic politics in the state.
In the 30-second spot, former Sen. Tom Daschle says that Obama “is rooted in the same values as most South Dakotans. He has an understanding of America - rural and urban alike.”
The ad also makes an economic appeal to blue-collar voters suffering from the rising cost of food and gas: “Obama understands that squeeze,” says Daschle.
The spot also touts the Illinois senator’s support from two of the state’s top Democrats, Sen. Tim Johnson and Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.
On Monday, the campaign also hit the airwaves with “Listening,” a one-minute spot featuring portions of his stump speech that has aired in other states throughout the primary season.
South Dakota voters head to the polls in one week, with 23 delegates at stake.
(CNN)–In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN’s Brian Todd has the exclusive details on John McCain’s official rejection of Pastor John Hagee’s endorsement. The news comes after a recording surfaced of comments that seemed to suggest Adolf Hitler had been carrying out God’s will.
Meanwhile, Barack Obama continues to get a skeptical reception from some Jewish Democrats. CNN’s Jessica Yellin is on the campaign trial in Florida following the Illinois senator’s continued effort to court Jewish voters.
Every potential president needs to find the right running mate to balance his or her ticket. Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley explains the significance of this decision.
Finally: Hillary Clinton continues to argue that she would be a stronger candidate against presumptive Republican nominee John McCain. Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider reports on a new set of polls that seem to support the New York senator’s claim.
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