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Al Gore congratulates but does not endorse Barack Obama:
Al Gore called Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois on Tuesday to congratulate him on earning the Democratic nomination for president. But the former vice president does not want any position in a possible Obama administration, his spokeswoman said Wednesday. Kalee Kreider said in written responses to questions that Gore has not even determined when he will announce his endorsement.FUNNY HOW THAT BE UPDATE: Spokeswoman Kalee Kreider said Gore has been unsuccessful in reaching Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Jun 4, 2008 1:54 PM
Hillary Clinton tells the Jewish Lobby not to fear the black man with the Arab-sounding:
Hillary Rodham Clinton assured thousands of AIPAC activists that Barack Obama will be "a good friend to Israel." Speaking Wednesday before thousands of pro-Israel activists in Washington at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual policy conference, the New York senator stressed the need for a Democratic president in the White House. "I know Senator Obama knows what is at stake here," Clinton said, adding, "Let me be very clear: I know Senator Obama will be a good friend to Israel."
Jun 4, 2008 1:46 PM
Michael Cass notes a certain similarity of vendors between Nashville's progressive mayoral campaigns and the Presidential Campaign of Barack Obama:
According to washingtonpost.com's "The Fix" column, Sen. Barack Obama's general-election presidential campaign will employ Mayor Karl Dean's pollster (Benenson Strategy Group) and media consultant (Murphy Putnam Media) from the 2007 campaign, as well as David Briley's media consultant (Dixon/Davis Media Group). Murphy Putnam and Dixon/Davis both produced some strong TV ads for their candidates, and Benenson's Pete Brodnitz presciently found Dean gaining ground in mid-June, when many people were skeptical about the former Metro law director's chances.Dixon Media part of the team responsible for Bill Purcell's famous 1999 "desk ad' which many credit with causing him to break out of what could been a tough three way race. Congressman Jim Cooper also used the team when he first ran for Congress in Nashville back in 2002.
Jun 4, 2008 1:16 PM
The Tennessee GOP thinks it is bad to endorse a candidate that believes that a gas tax holiday is unnecessary:
“Gov. Bredesen and Chairman Sasser have endorsed a candidate who believes Americans don’t need a tax break at the gas pump and who believes the best way to deal with a troubled economy is a massive tax hike,” Hobbs said. “They have endorsed a candidate who knows the price of arugula at Whole Foods Market but criticizes rural Americans for ‘clinging’ to God and their Second Amendment rights. They have endorsed for president a candidate who is willing to meet unconditionally with the terrorist leader of Iran but refuses to meet with Gen. David Petreaus, the leader of America’s troops in Iraq, and who believes the best way to defeat our enemy is to run from them.What party members and the public to imply about the TNGOP's feelings for Senator Bob Corker after reading this? Senator Corker, you will remember, vehemently opposes the idea of a gas tax holiday just as Obama does. McCain, for his part, fired back at Corker for his declaration that the plan was pandering during an appearance at the Ryman on Monday. Is it not odd that the state party would implicitly back the nominee's play on a position so publicly in conflict with a member of the Tennessee Republican Congressional delegation? What is the TNGOP position on the gas tax, pro or con? Could this be a bit of veiled payback, a covert GOP civil war of words, for calling out the TNGOP on the Michelle Obama video? Or was the line perhaps designed to get back in the good graces of a nominee who no longer wishes to play referee as he did earlier this year over certain press releases the state party was putting out?
Jun 4, 2008 12:43 PM
Article 19 on the superdelegates:
I see where superdelegates are coming out today - including my own Governor - to endorse Obama. Could there be a more useless bunch? Apart from those few who have some other legitimate reason (e.g., Dean, or Gore or congressional leadership) to wait until it's all decided, there are 2 kinds of superdelegates: those who helpfully endorsed someone before today, and those who are complete cowards. Who the hell else were they going to endorse today??
Jun 4, 2008 12:23 PM
Angelia has some info on Barack Obama's general election campaign kickoff just a hop, skip and a jump from Tennessee:
So why is he starting his campaign there, where a large chunk of the tri-cities media market (Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City) goes into a state where Obama has little chance of winning? Because they make two statements by beginning in Bristol. First, it says that Obama will play and play hard for Virginia, a state that hasn't gone in the Dem column since 1964. Obama's camp, aware of their shortcomings in Appalachia and Florida, recognizes the imperative to expand the map. And Virginia, with her 13 electoral votes, a 20% black population and rapdily growing influx of liberal and moderate voters, looks awfully appealing. And, as Democrats in the commonwealth have proven over the decades, the key to winning statewide is to run up the score in Northern Virginia, drive the black turnout downstate and pick off counties in the historically competitive southwest. Obama doesn't need to worry about -- or have attention focused on -- the African-American element of this three-part equation, but he'll drive home the other two with his stop in Bristol and subsequent rally in the fast-growing outer suburbs of Northern Virginia later in the day. Further, Obama's Bristol visit is a strategic move meant to suggest that they won't write off rural America or even Appalachia.SEE ALSO: Nashville21.com
Jun 4, 2008 12:22 PM
Sean Braisted reports that Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bob Tuke is comparing the Democratic Presidential Primary to the fight to unseat Lamar Alexander:
Last night, Bob Tuke attended the Obama watch party at the Flying Saucer and asked supporters to join him in this election, and compared the notion that Lamar Alexander can't be beaten to the naysayers who thought Barack Obama could not win the nomination.
Jun 4, 2008 12:01 PM
Jeff Woods writes up the Kleinfelter situation in this week's Nashville Scene:
The public squabble at least has made the city’s planning czars think twice about firing Kleinfelter. McLean now says Kleinfelter might keep his job if he’s nice to developers, and the entire 10-member commission can decide the planner’s fate in November. Kleinfelter, who at this point hopes to stay employed, isn’t commenting much publicly, except to say that he “isn’t willing to go out on that limb” and accuse anyone of succumbing to political pressure. “I invite my supporters to keep those cards and letters coming,” he says.SEE ALSO: The NashPo coverage. The City Paper
Jun 4, 2008 11:58 AM
Roger Abramson thinks the GOP should shut it up and respect a man did what they could not:
For those who think that Barack Obama isn't man enough to take on our enemies in the world, consider this: the man beat the Clinton Mafia (well, hopefully anyway; I realize they may never die for good). Better than any Republican could do.
Jun 4, 2008 11:15 AM
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