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June 27th, 2008
12:44 PM ET

Can Dems unite? ...And AC360° tonight

Barclay Palmer
AC360° Senior Producer

Unlike the GOP at its best, Democrats have a history of disunity. The party's often been, yes, too democratic for its own good at the polls. So now, after the hard-knuckled primary fight, can Dems pull it together this time? Senators Obama and Clinton are trying, speaking with passion at a meeting of her top fundraisers last night. And they're about to try again today at a "Unite for Change Rally" in New Hampshire, the first time they've appeared publicly together since she conceded the primary fight a couple weeks ago.

It could happen.

But where's Bill, anyway... have you ever seen him so shy?

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Barclay Palmer
June 27th, 2008
12:37 PM ET

John McCain and the Ethics of Taking Weekends Off

Bruce Weinstein
The Ethics Guy, BusinessWeek

In an article entitled, “John McCain Doesn’t Work Weekends," Politico.com reports that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee chooses to spend Saturdays and Sundays with family and friends rather than staying on the campaign trail.

The tone of the article, beginning with its headline, suggests that McCain is committing not just a political sin, but a moral one as well. It’s as though McCain had been found guilty of being cruel to animals or something similarly abominable.

Why?

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Filed under: Bruce Weinstein • John McCain • Raw Politics
June 27th, 2008
12:33 PM ET

Tickets that take you for a ride

Gary Tuchman
360° Correspondent

Anyone who tries to buy tickets to a big sporting event or concert knows how maddening the process is. To the average consumer, it seems as if all the good seats are gone even before the moment they are put on sale.

Well, I am writing this to tell you the whole business practice that makes you have that feeling is likely even worse than you think... FULL POST


Filed under: Gary Tuchman
June 27th, 2008
09:54 AM ET

Obama and Clinton... So happy together

AC360° obtained exclusive cell phone images from inside a meeting between Clinton fundraisers, Sen. Clinton, and Sen. Obama. Candy Crowley discuss Obama's donation to the campaign of his former opponent.
AC360° obtained exclusive cell phone images from inside a meeting between Clinton fundraisers, Sen. Clinton, and Sen. Obama. Candy Crowley discuss Obama's donation to the campaign of his former opponent.

Candy Crowley
Senior Political Corespondent

Bloggees-

We are all aboard the love plane here at national airport.

So far so good for the dynamic duo.

They are seated next to each other exactly 14 rows up. Only now does it occur to me I should have hidden a tape recorder between the seats. But maybe it's more fun to imagine what they're talking about. Her debt? Her husband? His wife?

Are you sitting down?

They kissed while greeting each other on the tarmac.

Just a light brush on the cheek–he to her. Sort of like second cousins once removed who share the same last name but have never met before.

What? You were looking for substance at 9;30 in the morning?

Rolling down the tarmac–on the lookout for substance from Unity.

Wheels up


Filed under: Barack Obama • Candy Crowley • Hillary Clinton • Raw Politics
June 27th, 2008
09:41 AM ET

Notes from inside Zimbabwe

Maurice Gerard
Blogging for The Spectator

Driving to Harare down acacia-lined highways from Zimbabwe's border post at Victoria Falls and the casual visitor could almost mistake the country for being normal albeit with occasional touts peddling black market luxuries like Coke and diesel fuel in rural lay-sides. In the run-up to Friday's poll Zimbabwe has become a hybrid country, oscillating between queasy tranquility and sporadic outbreaks of extreme violence. Some areas, such as Matabeleland, home of the fiercely anti-Mugabe Ndebele people, have almost escaped the political violence altogether. One Bulawayo resident, an Ndebele, reasons as such: "Beating us delivers nothing for the government. We might be bloodied but will not vote Zanu-PF. Bobo [Mugabe] knows that its useless to target areas that have never voted for the government in the first place."

Read the full story...


Filed under: 360° Radar • Zimbabwe
June 27th, 2008
07:40 AM ET

Two cents on the Clintons

Candy Crowley
Senior Political Corespondent

I have office fever. Two weeks at the mother ship is...let me count here...ok, approximately two weeks too long.

So I'm climbing aboard Air Obama.

Do you think he’ll make HRC sit in coach? I mean really-raise your hand if you think they like each other.

All right already – enough with Unity-minus-Bill-week. Let’s get the picture of the two of them with hands above their heads and move it along.

It doesn’t matter. Politics is the art of the practical.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Candy Crowley • Hillary Clinton • Raw Politics
June 27th, 2008
06:23 AM ET

Morning Buzz: It's kumbaya day...oops, I mean "unity" day

Morning folks....

There was a BIG political show last night in Washington DC...Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama took center stage. IT was was one big KUMBATYA moment... Sen. Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle even each donated $2,300 to the campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton,...In addition, Obama's national finance chairman, Penny Pritzker, and her husband donated another $2,300 each...Clinton is MILLIONS of dollars in debt, so every penny helps... We got our hands on a few photos of this closed-door event and even some sound... take a listen..

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/politics/2008/06/26/crowley.obama.clinton.cnn

But TODAY is the MAIN EVENT... Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton hold a 'Unite for Change Rally' in Unity, NH...yes folks, I did say UNITY... This is a place where both candidates received exactly 107 votes in the western New Hampshire town during he primary. Today begins Clinton's full court press to help get Obama elected.... Candy Crowley will have ALL the details from Unity...sorry I just like saying that... AND James Carville joins us for a little analysis tonight on AC360.

So tune in tonight...


Filed under: The Buzz
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