Friday, November 30, 2007
Hillary Clinton speech on health care in Ankeny, IA. News piece from WHO-TV in Des Moines (video 03:13).Howie P.S.: That evening (11/28), NBC news had this coverage, ABC had this and CBS went with this.
CONCORD, N.H. -- ABC correspondent Kate Snow was ready to push through the crowd and ask Hillary Clinton a question until an aide blocked the path of Snow's sound man as he aimed his boom mike in the senator's direction.
"Sorry, we've gotta go," the woman said, though it was clear that Clinton would be shaking hands for some time.
With that, she was off to a waiting plane to South Carolina, while reporters headed for commercial flights to follow her there.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
pbs.org [Streaming video of this program will be available online after broadcast]:
How safe is your right to vote? Former Justice Department official and voting rights lawyer David Becker, who worked under both President George W. Bush and former President Bill Clinton, alleges a systematic effort to deny the vote to hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of Americans. In a revealing interview with NOW's David Brancaccio, Becker openly worries that the 2008 election will not be free and fair. Is our government part of the solution, or part of the problem?Howie P.S.: This NOW segment will air in Seattle on Friday November 30th @8pm.
TIME managing editor Richard Stengel met with Senator Obama in Portsmouth, N.H., for a talk on their flight to New York City. Here are highlights of their conversation:Howie P.S.: In a companion piece in TIME, "Obama Finds His Moment," you can find the "momentum" thread, if you that's what you seek.
You've been engaging with Senator Clinton in a more direct way. Is there a danger of damaging your brand of new politics?Would you say Al Gore is really the catalyst for concern about climate change?
If you look at every public statement I've made over the past two months, you'd be hard-pressed to say that at any point we've been gratuitous, nasty, personal. We've had some policy differences that we described. We're running for the presidency of the United States of America, not for student-council president. This has been a relatively civil campaign.
He has been working on this for decades. The country and the world caught up to him.
Would you offer him a job in an Obama Administration?
In a minute.
What about Bill Clinton?
In a second. There are few more talented people.
In his speeches and often on the Internet, the part of Sen. Barack Obama's biography that gets the most attention is not his race but his connections to the Muslim world.
Since declaring his candidacy for president in February, Obama, a member of a congregation of the United Church of Christ in Chicago, has had to address assertions that he is a Muslim or that he had received training in Islam in Indonesia, where he lived from ages 6 to 10. While his father was an atheist and his mother did not practice religion, Obama's stepfather did occasionally attend services at a mosque there.
Obama's advisers say they are not worried that the candidate will hurt his campaign by invoking his connections to the Islamic world. "He understands that there are scurrilous attack e-mails going on underground that distort his religious affiliation and worse, but his judgment is that he trusts the American people more than that," said David Axelrod, a top Obama strategist. "He genuinely believes. . . . that people want to have a president that the world looks at and says, 'I believe this guy has an understanding of us and how we fit together on the planet.' "
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
For the past few years, Matt Taibbi has delivered something invaluable to Rolling Stone’s one-million-plus subscribers: political reporting that brilliantly explains, exposes, and entertains. A roving national reporter who writes from a left-libertarian perspective, Taibbi has also called a lot of people a lot of nasty names. Ken Lay was “your typically unremarkable mealy-executive type, the kind of person you would expect to be eaten first in any lifeboat situation,” while Christopher Hitchens is “a man who has had his intellectual face lifted so many times, he can’t close his eyes without opening his mouth.” One of Taibbi’s columns was titled simply, “Eat me, Joe Biden.”
Instead of standing up and fighting for those people, the left has gotten bogged down in political correctness and the environment and stuff like that. They’ve lost touch with those people, who are now flocking en masse to the Rush Limbaughs of the world, who are talking directly to them and who are actively courting their support. That’s all I was saying. It’s just a question of emphasis; it’s not that the stuff they stand for is bad.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
This morning, in response to questions from TPM Election Central, Sen. Barack Obama's campaign issued a somewhat hedged statement opposing permanent U.S. bases in Iraq.Barack Obama
The campaign has now followed that up with a new statement offering much more definitive opposition to a permanent U.S. military presence.We're still tracking down positions from other candidates. More soon.
Late Update: Sen. Hillary Clinton has sent a letter to the White House outlining her opposition to permanent U.S. bases in Iraq and saying they would "damage U.S. interests." As we reported yesterday, Sen. Chris Dodd is also opposed. We'll have a statement from former Sen. John Edwards' campaign shortly.
CBS News, with videos:
With the Iowa caucus just over a month away, CBS News anchor Katie Couric sat down for an exclusive interview with Democratic frontrunner Sen. Hillary Clinton.
She’s the woman on everyone’s mind right now. But polls in Iowa are showing the race could shape up to be very close. Couric asked Clinton if she’s lowering her expectations as the primary approaches.
Clearly, she has considered the possibility she won't be the nominee?
"No, I haven't," Clinton said.
Tuesday, November 27, 11:00 AM Eastern Time
The time has come for a fundamental change in the way we manage our nation's foreign policy. Barack Obama is committed to openness, honesty, and restoring America's place in the world.
On Tuesday, November 27th, Senator Obama is hosting a Foreign Policy Forum with leading local and national foreign policy experts. They will discuss the challenges we face and the leadership we need to overcome them.
You can watch it live starting at 11:00 am (Eastern).
Panelists will include:
* Richard Danzig – Former secretary of the Navy under President Clinton
* Tony Lake – National Security Advisor to President Clinton
* Adm. John Hutson (USN Ret.) – Bow, NH resident; Dean of Franklin Pierce Law Center; former U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General and nationally-known expert on detention and interrogation
* Samantha Power – Pulitzer Prize-winning author and renowned professor of human rights and foreign policy
* Susan Rice – Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
* Senator Barack Obama
Monday, November 26, 2007
The Democratic Presidential Candidate Talks Candidly With 'Nightline' Co-Anchor Terry Moran--Nov. 26, 2007—Democratic presidential contender Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., sat down with "Nightline" co-anchor Terry Moran on Nov. 24th, 2007 in Iowa. The following is a transcript of the interview.Barack Obama
Watch the exclusive interview tonight on "Nightline" at 11:35 p.m. EDT
MORAN: So your cousin, Dick Cheney, has got it all wrong?
OBAMA: You know, he's definitely got this one wrong, yes, yes.
OBAMA: Thank you.
With a little more than a month until the Iowa caucuses, Democratic presidential contender Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is out to show voters that he can take a punch -- and throw a few, too.
Winning Republican votes is just one way Obama aims to set himself apart from Clinton. As the Caucuses near, his offensive against Clinton will likely only heat up more, in hopes of knocking the "inevitable" candidate down in Iowa.
The Obama campaign won't have any trouble getting voters' attention during mid-December.Howie P.S.: The NY Times' political blog, The Caucus, continues the punditry.
She'll be in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids on December 8, Columbia and Manchester on December 9.
With Race Close, Obama Stresses His Electability--PERRY, Iowa, Nov. 25 -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), her status as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in jeopardy, stepped up attacks on her closest rival with fewer than six weeks until the first nominating contest.
"I feel that Iowans are taking a second look at other candidates like myself because they're getting tired of the Washington media and the pollsters saying the race is over and Senator Clinton is the victor," Richardson said in an interview Sunday. "There's a real undercurrent here of shopping around."
Sunday, November 25, 2007
NEVADA, Iowa—Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton declared herself "by far" the most electable candidate for the White House among those in her party, citing a history of tempestuous dealings with Republican critics.Howie P.S.: I wish I was as confident about Hillary's ability to unite the Democrats behind her as I am about her ability to unite the Republicans against her.
The New York senator, who has made "experience" a theme of her campaign in challenging the credentials of first-term Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, also said she doesn't take the GOP criticism personally.
"Anybody want to talk?" she asked the audience as she regained her voice. "Iowans have a lot to say."
The Politico (Mike Allen and Carrie Budoff Brown):
DES MOINES — Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) cast himself Sunday as a natural and necessary heir to the civil rights greats, appealing to black worshippers to show the courage of their forerunners and back his candidacy for president.
In an unannounced appearance that startled most in the African-American congregation, Obama cast his campaign in historic and even divine terms.
Beforehand, Clinton stood in the lobby and greeted members of the congregation as they gathered around her and snapped pictures.