Breaking news tonight. The meeting between Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. After a long, tough primary race the former rivals sitting down face-to-face for the first time. What are they talking about? Is this the first step toward a dream ticket? We've got the Best Political Team on Television working all the angles.
Also tonight Candy Crowley's revealing interview with Senator Obama. What he said earlier today about picking Clinton as his running mate.
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Author and COO, Fenton Communications
The news cycle is buzzing with questions about how Obama can woo many of the 18 million Senator Clinton voters who had their hearts broken on Tuesday. It’s important to know that they weren’t just upset for Hillary, they were upset for themselves. Many saw Senator Clinton’s fight as their fight. Many people saw her tenacity and wished they would have had it when they lost a promotion or job because of their gender. Many saw her outcome as theirs. This loss runs deep.
On Saturday, when Senator Clinton suspends her campaign, we need to listen closely to what she says and how she says it. I’m confident that if Senator Clinton fully and sincerely endorses Senator Obama with her heart and her head he’ll not only be able to capture back many of these disillusioned women, but they will become evangelicals for him.
However, he’ll need to take note of some of the truths about women’s lives and the values women hold dearest. Here’s how:
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Bloggees- Greetings from the parking lot of a high school in Bristol, Virginia where we have put up our tent. (This is not a metaphor. See photo.)
Just quick breaking news- because I want you, my peeps, to hear first: The presumptive democratic nominee senator Barack Obama says the Lakers in 6.
Still, he really really likes Kevin Garnett. I'm not fluent in basketball. So Obama explained to me that Kevin is "the tall guy" on the Celtics.
Oh good grief, I know it's a serious election - of course I asked him lots and lots of stuff. So watch.
I’m back on a train again, burning back to DC from NY and pondering the rapidly unfolding battle map for this election. Yes, I love maps. Always have, always will, because if you read them properly they can tell you a lot about a lot of things. And trust me, the campaigns are scrutinizing maps right now like an army of thirty-something paintballers making a last stand in the woods for the regional trophy.
For example, if you look closely, you can see Barack Obama digging trenches in Virginia, and John McCain placing his guns there, too. You can see the mustering of troops by both sides down in alligator alley, Florida. Battle flags are being raised across the south. And in places like Ohio and Pennsylvannia, voters are already recoiling in horror over the carnage that is soon to come.
This is going to be a furious fight for the middle. Most elections are in some ways, but this one may be more so than usual. Obama knocked Hillary Clinton for a loop by running hard in places where Democrats don’t normally do well, racking up delegates one at a time while she was hoping for a big knockout punch in the traditional Democratic strongholds. What that means, is that he’s already done a lot of his planting in fields that McCain might now want to tend.
An update on the food crisis today from the UN food agency. The good news? More than a billion dollars in food aid has been pledged to meet emergency needs. There’s also been a pledge by delegates to invest more in agriculture – the goal is to boost food production by 50 percent by 2030. But while these are important steps, they don’t solve the problem. Find out what else is in the works here.
This story is INSANE. One of our senior producers sent it to me last night, thinking it may be good for today’s blog. Wow. I hope you’re sitting down.
CNN Senior Political Correspondent
Spent 24 hours watching Hillary Clinton not concede, and working at the CNN mothership in NYC. Will need 48 hours to recover. All of you with a mothership know what good times those visits are.
Not sure what made me think of this but is there a cyberspace symbol to denote a sarcastic remark?
Just this very second landing in Bristol, Virginia. (Travel tip: Find Knoxville and move a map smidge Northeast). I'm on the Obama plane–I assume he is with us but as a journalist I am foresworn to tell you I can't say for sure because we emplaned (????) at Laguardia an hour and a half before he allegedly arrived. And he (presumably) is in first class, and I definitely am seated in 21F (all my life's a plane seat).
We're here in very rural Virginia because Obama thinks he can bring this very Republican (on a presidential level) state into play this fall, when we assume Hillary Clinton will be out of the race unless she's on the ticket. This is worthy blogging material but we are now bustling off Air Obama.
Senior Editor, Culture and Media Institute
By leaving his church, has Barack Obama put the Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy behind him?
Not a chance.
The public still has serious questions about the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, even though the media are trying to help him wriggle off the hook.
Sunday’s New York Times sounded almost desperate to see Obama freed from Wright: “Now that Mr. Obama has addressed his ties to the church and pastor in a long speech and fully broken with both, it is not clear what else he can say or do to ameliorate the continued concerns of some voters about those associations.”
The Times may not see it, but in fact it’s clear as day what Obama needs to do. He needs to answer, credibly, the important questions about his values and character that the Wright fiasco has raised.
If only there had been more tears, and fewer promises, including 10-point plans to fix this or that.
One expert says that might have made the difference and saved Hillary Clinton’s campaign. How so? That’s what we wanted to know.
So I went to Atlanta to meet personally with Dr. Drew Westen. He’s an Emory University psychologist and author of the book, “The Political Brain.” He told me, even though we may not realize it, we vote with our gut. We say we want policy but we respond to emotion.
Apparently, Republicans like Ronald Reagan figured that out decades ago. Democrats are just catching on.
Here’s how Westen explains it:
John McCain may be short on cash, but he's making every penny count.
Just take a look at the last couple of days campaigning, when McCain cleverly squeezed out some high value airtime, without paying a dime.
Take Tuesday. The McCain campaign convinced the national media that his prime time speech was gonna be big - I mean really big - a general election kick off speech that would define the next phase of the campaign.
It didn't exactly live up to the hype. McCain went only a little further in breaking from President Bush, and a little further in going after Barack Obama.
But none of that mattered: McCain reached an audience of millions tuning in for the night's main event, and most major newspapers carried stories about the speech that made it sound a little more dramatic than it actually was.