Barack Obama was in Oregon this past weekend, campaigning in a state he’s certain to win in November. Obama responded to attacks by John McCain on his intention to meet the leaders of Iran without preconditions. He also emphasized his environmental policies, because Oregonian voters are particularly green-friendly.
While the media is going on and on today about the war of words between McCain and Obama over Iran, they missed the not so subtle subtext that McCain is making the same failed experience argument that doomed Hillary Clinton. McCain seems ready dredge up the tired argument that Obama is too reckless and inexperienced to be president.
Late this afternoon Barack Obama picked up his 303.5 and 304.5 superdelegates as Cindy Spanyers and Blake Johnson endorsed Barack Obama. Spanyers and Johnson stressed Obama’s commitment to Alaska issues, “Senator Obama is committed to Alaskans and establishing important ties to the state.
The dean of the Senate, Robert Byrd of West Virginia has endorsed Barack Obama today. Byrd focused on ending the Iraq war, “As people all across this great nation know, I have been one of the most outspoken opponents of the Bush administration’s misguided war in Iraq and its saber rattling around the globe.”
A new Suffolk University poll of Kentucky Democrats reveals that Hillary Clinton holds a 26 point lead over Barack Obama. Clinton leads Obama 51%-25% with 6% for John Edwards, 5% uncommitted, and 11% undecided. While Obama has a 73% approval rating in Oregon, his rating is only 43% in Kentucky.
What had looked it would be a laugher, has turned into a tight primary for Barack Obama in Oregon. Obama now leads Clinton 45%-41% with 8% undecided and 6% refusing to answer. Obama had in recent weeks maintained a steady double digit lead.
Hillary Clinton was on Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer today, and she is starting to sound an awful lot like a team player. Check out her response to a viewer question about why so many of her supporters say they would vote for McCain over Obama if she isn’t the nominee.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Saturday to meet with various U.S. and Iraqi officials, including Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Even though she acknowledged that Iraq has made progress, Pelosi continued to emphasize that the war must be brought to an end.
Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) was on Meet The Press this morning and said not only was he not interested in the Vice President slot, but he would discourage the Democratic nominee from even asking him. Host Tim Russert broached the question asking Webb about the press release his publisher sent out for his new book.
I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and know a few things about Kentucky politics. Kentucky did not jump at the idea of frontloading its primary in 2008. I think this is a smart idea due to what that would have meant for local and statewide office holders.
Click here for the updated story The Boston Globe is reporting that family members have been summoned to Boston after Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) was airlifted to Massachusetts General Hospital from Hyannis Port after he suffered a stroke this morning.
Mike Huckabee put his foot firmly in his mouth today when while speaking before the national convention of the National Rifle Association, when during his speech there was a loud noise backstage, which led Huckabee to joke, “That was Barack Obama. He just tripped off a chair.
The editorial board of the Lexington Herald-Leader endorsed Barack Obama today, just days short of Kentucky’s Democratic primary. “The opportunity for national renewal will be even greater if, as appears almost certain, Sen. Barack Obama is the nominee,” the paper said in its endorsement.
On the Today show this morning John Edwards said that he is not interested in being Barack Obama’s running mate. He also put to rest the speculation that Obama had his endorsement in his back pocket and was waiting until after West Virginia to roll it out.
As much as the GOP needs a wedge issue to energize its base, and have any chance at all of not suffering an embarrassing defeat in November, it looks like yesterday’s California Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage in the state, won’t do the trick.