April 21st, 2008
07:11 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks...

It's less than 24 hours until the voting begins in Pennsylvania....Will Obama pull off an unexpected upset? Can Hillary hold on to her small lead and win by just enough to justify staying in the race? Or will we have our Democratic nominee come close of business tomorrow...AC360  will have all the analysis tonight with John King, Candy Crowley, Gloria Borger, TIME magazines Joe Klein and Mark Halperin... Let the games begin....

Most political headlines this morning say it was a weekend of intense campaigning....Barack Obama cast his opponent in one of the most NEGATIVE lights of the entire 16-month campaign, calling her "a compromised Washington insider." Hillary Clinton responded by suggesting that Mr. Obama’s message of hope had given way to old-style politics and asked Democrats to take a harder look at him.

The latest polls show Hillary ahead by about 5 points....and undecided voters normally flock to Hillary - so that could help....but tonight Randi Kaye looks at "unmarried women." They were among the first to oppose the war and the the first to turn on the Bush administration. For a long time this group has been ignored by candidates and stayed home on election day...NOT this year...so far in 2008 primaries, this group of unmarried are driving both the youth and women's vote....

If cash decides the Primary winner, Obama will hands down!!! He has outspent Clinton in PA by millions AND he continues to raise lots of it. In March, Obama raised $41 million and had $42 million available to spend against debt-ridden Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton in April, campaign finance reports filed Sunday show. Clinton reported raising $20 million in March and had $9 million for the primary available at the beginning of April. But she also reported debts of $10.3 million, putting her in the red. And ironically according to the NY TIMES, McCain has always staked his his campaign for the presidency in large part on his reputation as a reformer intent on curbing the influence of money in politics. But an examination by The New York Times of a list of 106 elite fund-raisers who have brought in more than $100,000 each for Mr. McCain found that about a sixth of them were lobbyists...interesting....

AND in other non-political news.... The Texas branch of the American Civil Liberties Union is now involved....Saying it was concerned that the basic rights of the children and mothers connected to a Texas polygamist ranch were violated during a recent raid and custody hearing. At the hearing Friday, Judge Barbara Walther ordered 416 children connected to the YFZ (Yearning For Zion) ranch kept in state custody. TODAY they begin the court ordered DNA testing of ALL the kids....

PLUS...the superintendent of the Chicago Police Department on Sunday blamed an excess of guns and gangs for a rash of 26 shootings over the weekend that killed and wounded victims from 13 to 65 years old. A subject we will continue to report on...

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. CaseyJPS - California

    Now that the ACLU is involved with the hearings in Texas, I'll stop my lingering worries about how the children and mothers were/are being treated. My perception is the polygamists are very crafty about how the present themselves; at the same time I can't help but wonder the extent, if any, of the technical (human rights) blunders that ensued.

    April 21, 2008 at 12:32 pm |
  2. Michelle

    I don't find it surprising the lobbyists
    have found a way to contribute to
    John McCain. They have been playing
    the game too long to not figure out a way
    to beat the system. I think women will play
    a vital role in the election. Women are now
    51 percent of the population. Also, the
    numbers of single college educated females
    just get higher and higher.

    April 21, 2008 at 12:16 pm |
  3. Norma J

    Think of all the homes that could have been saved, with the money the democrats spent on TV ads.

    April 21, 2008 at 11:47 am |
  4. paul v

    according to the Associated Press, only $9 million of that total are funds that are able to be spent in the primary races. The report also showed Clinton owes more than $10 million, meaning the Democratic presidential candidate was in the red even before she heavily stepped up television advertising in Pennsylvania."

    And about Obama:

    "According to the reports, he began the month with over $42 million to spend during the presidential primaries and only carried around $650,000 in debt. Obama has $52 million cash on hand overall."

    this should tell you who should run the country!


    April 21, 2008 at 10:59 am |
  5. JH2 Miami

    RE: 4/21 PM Hillary/Larry King guest “kitchen sink” offset?

    To my view, Barack needs to be able to comment
    on Hillary’s pre-Pennsylvania, last minute attacks on Barack
    Would not a 10:00 PM appearance on AC 360 be a great, and needed follow-up?

    Could you make this happen?


    April 21, 2008 at 10:59 am |
  6. jim in pennsylvania

    Aa a older pennsylvania male voter i am amazed at this presidential race. the only other time i really got involved in politics this much was when john f kennedy was running when i was in my teens
    i remember staying up all night to watch the results of the election.
    that morning i was the happiest teenager in the world because john kennedy won.
    now here it is some 50 years later and i feel the same way about barack obama..
    i have always liked him from the very first time i saw him on tv campaigning.
    i have seen so much negativity on the other side that it totally makes me sick to see such old politics in action.
    this man barack has been thrown to the dogs several times in the past months and still comes up blooming like a rose.
    i think one of the most horrifying negatives in this campaign that just wont leave my mind is the clinton bosnia remarks.
    we all know the story how hilary lied about it and then bill doulble lied.
    now the skiote newspaper in pittsubrgh triple lies the comments
    my question to the pennsylvania voters is this!
    hilary admitted she lied about the bosnia lies but then went on national tv and made jokes about how she almost didnt make it to the show because she had to dodge sniper fire'
    in the meantime since that comment on national television we have lost an additional 39 american women and men in iraq just alone
    five of those unfortunate soldiers were not as fortunate as hilary in dodging sniper fire, those five were from pennsylvania.
    how could anyone in pennsylvania vote for someone who is running for the highest office in the united states make such statements?
    not only did hilary tell lies about the bosnia incident but she also is trying to disengage the democratic party for her own selfish needs.
    my personal opinion is if she wins this nomination it would be a total disaster, much much much worse than her campaign.
    thank you so much

    April 21, 2008 at 10:58 am |
  7. David

    Did anyone hear that flat out lie Hillary Clinton told this morning in Scranton P.A.. She said, " While my opponent say's one thing his campaign does another". wasn't it her on the stump campaigning against NAFTA while her cheif strategist Mark Penn was trying to execute a free trade deal with the Columbia government. Not to mention the millions of dollars Bill Clinton has made giving speeches in foreign governments and Columbia. Also how hard she worked to help pass NAFTA during the Clinton Administration. What a hypocrite. Then she goes on in her speach to say to Pennslyvanians
    " You can count on me, I'll never forget about you" I'ts too bad she didn't think about them when she was fighting hard to pass NAFTA. Then she goes into her bit about when I was a little girl in Scranton, If she cared and relate so much with Pennslyvania than why is she the senator of New York inwhich she never lived until her run for U.S. senate. She is so transparent I can't believe she have anybody voting for her. Think people think. What wrong with you. She doesn't even make sense. We don't even know which Hillary is going to show up tommorrow. I'ts almost like she have several personalities.

    April 21, 2008 at 10:52 am |
  8. Joyce-Houston

    How can illiary say that Obama Message of Hope has given away to old style Politics when she Is the one always attacking Obama taliking about throwing the kitchen Sink, Obama had always respected Hilliary but she was always negative, During the last debate Obama came to Hiliiary rescue and she still was very negative callous and cold toward Obama, She has been in Washington too long and she picked all the bad things washington represent.
    We live in a day and age where it is all about power for oneself and not about the people Obama showed he cares about the people of America. GO OBAMA 08!!!!!

    April 21, 2008 at 9:42 am |
  9. Tim Ramsey

    I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog.

    Tim Ramsey

    April 21, 2008 at 7:15 am |