May 5th, 2008
06:39 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks...Happy Monday!!!

HUGE day out on the campaign trail today. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have less than 24 hour to convince the voters of North Carolina and Indiana that THEY should be the Democratic Presidential nominee....BOTH contests are CRITICAL for each candidate. Sooo can Obama seal the deal? OR will Hillary Clinton capture enough votes to continue to hang on? AC360 will be ALL politics tonight and have ALL the pre-primary analysis with Candy Crowley, Suzanne Malveaux, John King, and TIME magazine's Joe Klein and Mark Halperin....so make sure you tune in at 10 pm...

Looking at the headlines today...POLITICS seems to be dominating the papers, today...take a look:

INDIANAPOLIS STAR: Primary Party Switches Could Aid Incumbents...Voting Republican in Indiana used to be so easy. Grab a ballot, skip the presidential nominees - those races were usually over by now, at least for the past 40 years - and focus on local and state primary races. But this year, Hoosiers have that rare chance to help determine a presidential nominee. Of course, to do so means you have to vote like a Democrat.

NY TIMES: Seeing Grit and Ruthlessness in Clinton’s Love of the Fight....The kind of language and pugilistic imagery Sen. Hillary Clinton uses on the campaign trail evokes the baggage that makes Clinton such a provocative political figure. For as much as a willingness to “do what it takes” and “die hard” are marketable commodities in politics, they can also yield to less flattering qualities, plenty of which have been ascribed to her over the years. Just as supporters praise her “toughness” and “tenacity,” critics also describe her as “divisive,” “a dirty fighter” or “willing to do anything to win.”

WASHINGTON POST: Dueling Appeals On Taxes From Obama, Clinton...Two days before critical primaries in Indiana and North Carolina, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) scolded both Sen. Barack Obama (D) and "elite opinion" Sunday for opposing her proposals to fix the ailing economy, while the senator from Illinois accused her of political pandering.

NY TIMES: In Poll, Obama Survives Furor, but Fall Is the Test...A majority of American voters say that the furor over the relationship between Senator Barack Obama and his former pastor has not affected their opinion of Mr. Obama, but a substantial number say that it could influence voters this fall should he be the Democratic presidential nominee, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll.

WSJ: Obama Is Getting Back To Getting Close to Voters...Sen. Barack Obama has returned to a page in his playbook that served him well during early state nominating contests, ditching arena-style events for thousands in favor of more intimate interaction with potential voters. The strategy shift comes as the Democratic presidential candidates head into the last leg of a grueling race for the nomination with Tuesday contests in Indiana and North Carolina.

LA TIMES: California Superdelegates' Wavering Bodes Ill For Hillary Clinton...Hillary Rodham Clinton, stung last week by the defection of a prominent superdelegate, could lose the backing of more of these Democratic Party leaders and elected officials if she fails to make significant gains in the remaining month of presidential nominating contests, several California superdelegates said this weekend.

WASHINGTON TIMES: 'Tough' Obama Wins Seen...Sen. Barack Obama will win the Indiana and North Carolina primaries tomorrow, a top supporter and former Hillary Rodham Clinton backer declared yesterday, prompting the former first lady's campaign to crow that if he doesn't, she deserves to be the nominee.

WASHINGTON POST: Obama's Chilly Spring...The man who tried to soar above politics has been brought back to earth by the same media organizations that helped fuel his spectacular rise. After more than a year of mostly glowing coverage, Barack Obama is having to defend his relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, his temerity in not sporting a flag pin, even his arugula-loving, bad-bowling, let-me-eat-my-waffle persona that fostered what Newsweek has branded "the Bubba Gap."

That is ALL for now...

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  1. Shana

    During Obama's interview with Tim Russert he said that Hillary Clinton has made outrageous statements like obliterate Iran and the gas tax holiday to win elections. Most Americans find Hillary Clinton untrustworthy and I believe it would hurt her in both Indiana and North Carolina. No economist or foriegn policy expert has supported either idea as real solutions just merely gimmicks to win primaries. Being that Hillary Clinton is running on experience why would she think Bush would sign a gas tax bill. Obviously its clear that Clinton is behind in States won, Popular Vote and pledge delegates maybe a good idea to her benefit ot purpose ridiculous and scrupolous ideas to boost votes. Unfortuantly for her everyone else thinks their nothing more than ploys to rally up votes instead of substantive solutions. Obama was succefull with exposing it and most public figures have based oppinons that suggest Obama is right. Hillary Clinton has a real problem inwhich she's fighting practically everybody on her less substantive ideas which merely means everybody else is wrong and she's right. Is that the kind of presidency Americans want? Hillary Clinton who thinks she right over experts and economist? Is Hillary Clinton a true leader?

    May 5, 2008 at 11:04 am |
  2. Randy M

    I find it funny that Lanny blames the media for the BIG LIE? I cleary remember President Clinton comparing Obama to Jesse Jackson after S. Carolina and his comments in Pennsylvania about the race card being played on him. It seems to me the Clintons are using race far more than Obama. If you think about it, why would Obama use race as an issue? He can't win with just the African-American vote so why would he alienate whites and others. The Clintons know this and want to take middle income whites away from him and after Iowa she realized she had to do it no matter what.

    May 5, 2008 at 11:02 am |
  3. Anna Karina

    You guys do such a great job with the Morning Buzz, thank you for the Headlines! (They save me a lot o time)…anyways I just wanna let Y’all know that I truly appreciate the great job y’all do!

    May 5, 2008 at 11:01 am |
  4. Unbiasedmiddleclass

    Where is the unbiased news reporting that all news media lay claim too. I can't understand how the fact that Hilary Clinton, a major candidate seeking the nomination for president, is named as the defendant in a case dealing with election fraud, has not been mentioned on one single news or political program, nor written about in any news paper. If the media can report on every issue of John McCain and Barack Obama why is Hilary Clinton exempt. Why can't the media report all the issues on ALL the candidates and let the voters decide for themselves or is that too much to ask the media not be slanted to anyone candidate as it claims.

    May 5, 2008 at 10:57 am |
  5. James Rodgers

    On the subject of what the Democratic candidates would do if Iran nuked Israel, both candidates betray an abysmal poverty of any capacity for critical thinking. Between Hillary's stupid "obliteration" and Obama's "retaliation", both overlook that Israel is a nuclear power and more than capable of instant retaliation and obliteration on its own, and would have accomplished it handily before the bedside red phone in the presidential bedroom rings at 3 AM. I hardly believe the strategic planners in Israel want nit-wits like Hillary or Obama doing their thinking for them in such grave matters. Nor does the asking of such stupid questions speak well of the mentality of those media pundits who pose them.

    May 5, 2008 at 10:41 am |
  6. Karen Awad

    The more I think about this and the more I see, I don't think that the Rev. Wright made any mistakes. I think we've all been set up mostly the press. The Rev. Wright is politically Savvy. he wants Obama to win so created the contraversy, naturally Obama had to do what he did and just look at all the publicity!! No one is talking about the issues, no one is talking about other candidates. We are totally focused on B arack and I think its just going exactly the way it was planned to go and everyone fell for it....especially the press. YOu've all been duped, an Obama keeps right on going to the top. Believe me that whole upset was well planned and carried out. What a bunch of suckers we all are!

    May 5, 2008 at 10:40 am |
  7. Marion

    There seems to be absolutely NO end to the lies, distortions and exaggerations that Hillary and Bill will use to get themselves back into the White House. I can't believe the voters in Indiana and elsewhere actually are swayed by the Clinton's renewed onslaught of DIRTY POLITICS! A very sad commentary about the electorate with an even sadder outcome for our country if it works.

    May 5, 2008 at 10:34 am |
  8. Mike in NYC

    Principle to follow in judging NC contest:

    Single-digit BO win = effective BO defeat.

    Obama is guaranteed to win NC, due to # of AA voters. 100% certainty. Any debate about this is a waste of time.

    If his margin is less than 12 percent, this will indicate a demographic shift away from BO. A Single-digit margin will indicate real weakness.

    Should this happen, and Clinton manages to win IN, the dynamics of this race will start to change quickly.

    May 5, 2008 at 10:24 am |
  9. Brian

    I think North Carolina and Indian should have the candidate that is willing to tell them the truth and give honest solutions. I think they should remember Hillary Clinton version of the truth in Bosnia under sniper fire and her flip flop on Nafta inwhich she supported and now running for president she's against it, also Hillary Clinton voted for the war. I think Sen. Obama is best suited to handle our economic and foriegn policy. Regardless what the republican media say to boost Hillary Clinton's ego to stay in this race, Hillary Clinton made a big mistake pandering this gas tax inwhich no economist or congress will support. I think this will hurt Hillary Clinton in Indiana and North Carolina since 60% of Americans don't trust her. The gas tax is a complete contrast of both candidateds that Hillary Clinton is a old Washington siding with John Mccain and Obama is a younger and new politics that going to take this country in a different positive fundamental direction.

    May 5, 2008 at 10:02 am |
  10. Cindy

    I can't wait until tomorrow's primaries. I for one hope that Hillary can pull off a big upset in both states. The pundits all think she has no shot but they all have been wrong before! I think Obama's star is tarnished and getting worse by the second and hopefully the superdelegates will see that. If not McCain will be our next President for sure. He'll mop the floor with Obama.

    May 5, 2008 at 9:39 am |
  11. Chiefpete

    If Senator Clinton thinks Senator Obama should have left his church and pastor, should not she should have left hner huysband

    May 5, 2008 at 9:34 am |
  12. Ilonka

    I can't believe that Senator Clinton used the word OBLITERATE Iran if it attacked Israel. Does she even know what the word OBLITERATE means. Intending to convey this kind of message signals that Clinton is ready to kill every man, woman and child in this ancient civilized country. This kind of foreign policy is reckless, irresponsible and even more dangerous that Bush/McCain. She should be held accountable for using such alarming language. The last time a leader obliterated an entire people was called genocide.

    Ilonka N

    May 5, 2008 at 9:33 am |
  13. Debbie in Texas

    You know IT'S HARD TO GET A GOOD MAN DOWN! Cheers to you CNN – your plan is NOT WORKING? I hope you got the message last night in Obama's speech. Maybe you all were not smart enough to catch his drift!
    Now post this!

    May 5, 2008 at 9:32 am |
  14. Renee

    Something needs to be done about gas prices or we are in big trouble. It's not just the cost to fill up but everything we buy costs more because companies are raising prices to pay for the shipping costs. There is talk of the underground oil supply running out in 40 years. We just don't have the supply to meet the demand. Then you hear stories of selfish gas pig Tom Cruise spending $1,000,000 PER YEAR on gas for his private planes and however many cars. It's not just him, but he is one man sucking up the supply, raising the demand, and raising YOUR prices. Maybe we need to regulate individual use more.

    May 5, 2008 at 9:29 am |
  15. Clinton is pandering

    Last night Clinton spoke down to the people like they were all children.

    Last night Obama had a conversation that treated everyone with dignity and respect.

    Hillary has caught herself in another corner in that last debate and is digging herself in deeper and deeper with respect to destroying Iran if they attacked Israel and protecting all mid-east countries against themselves. BUSH language that is doing a lot of harm around the world.

    May 5, 2008 at 9:20 am |

    About the question of whether Obama would endorse Hillary if she became the nominee....Obama is too arrogant to back Hillary.
    Hillary has said over and over she would back him to ensure a Democratic win in November... I applaud her for that for saying it out in the public, That's the way it should be.
    On another note Obama's campaign made a very costly mistake by not making sure his name was on ballot in Florida & Michigan and his actions after Hillary won both has been very chauvinistic & arrogant.
    Hillary always answers the hard questions, and Obama is only good at speeches.

    May 5, 2008 at 9:19 am |
  17. Jane, Detroit, MI

    No Gas Tax Cuts. Remember that if you vote on Tuesday. Probably the silliest idea from the Clinton camp, along with her health insurance plan that fines you if you can't pay up. All of the economists and intelligent pundits have proven this "gas tax holiday" is no holiday in the pocketbook for average Americans. This is the same person who would "obliterate" one fifth of the world's oil supply!

    May 5, 2008 at 9:02 am |
  18. don

    I watched an interview with Obama today and was taken aback by the commentator's first statement. he said we are not going to talk about Rev. Wright anymore. Isn't that talking about Rev. Wright/ The news stations all ask whether the country is done talking about the Rev., but they keep bringing it up over and over again. I think it is a concerted effort by all cable news to keep Obama from winning. If you want to stop talking rev. Wright DON'T BRING HIM INTO THE CONVERSATION.

    May 5, 2008 at 8:44 am |
  19. Mark, VA

    Anderson, To be fair to Senator Clinton I think that the message that Senator Obama is putting out there is somewhat diluted. Senator Obama is stating that it saves on average $.30/day. That may be true, but that includes all the people that rarely go out: the retired, stay at home moms that do not need to go out. But the people that work for a living are the people that will have the most and actually will feel a lot of relief with a tax Holiday. I know folks that have delivery businesses or are truckers that go through at least a tank a gas a day. I know people that commute into Washington, DC from the suburbs that have round trips of 60 – 75 miles, much of it setting in traffic wasting gas. It is the working class that will actual benefit. It is misleading to say the saving average is $.30 a day because the savings is much more for the working folks. It is the working folks that Senator Obama is excluding. I would like to see the stat re-quoted that only includes the working folks and see what they will save on average. My guess is that it will be much higher.

    May 5, 2008 at 8:36 am |
  20. Michelle

    Take a look at Frank Rich's column in today's NYTimes (White Elephant). He makes the point - a highly valid one, given recent circumstances - that "If we’re to judge black candidates on their most controversial associates we must judge white politicians by the same yardstick." I'd like to see less of the same old Jeremiah Wright excerpts (c'mon, CNN - you guys are better than this), and more of what the other side is getting away with. If the media's going to be the filter through which voters see the candidates (and if attention is to be focused on such trite issues), it should at least be even-handed about it.

    Go get'em!


    May 5, 2008 at 8:32 am |
  21. Michelle

    Sounds like a good show tonight . I look forward to seeing
    Candy Crowley, John King and Suzanne Malveaux. Along
    with TIme Mag's Joe Klein and Mark Halperin. That means
    there will be a good discussion on the issues because these
    people are reporters and not in the spin game trying to tell
    the voters what to think or shape their feelings by using buzz
    words to stir emotions in people. Someday I am hoping for
    political coverage free of the radio talk show hosts, the
    political operatives from the Repubs and Dems and political
    bloggers. At some point the media has to realize it is now
    the 21st century and American broadcast journalism needs
    to move beyond formulas that has been used in tv news for
    almost 30 years.

    May 5, 2008 at 8:30 am |
  22. Peter Esquilin

    Lately not only Senator Clinton is attacking Sen.Obama but also the GOP. The knuckleheads of the famous disaster war Iraq. However the Gop is going to use the Rev.Wright controverasy since the GOP has to attack Senator Obama the only way how. In many requards a vote for Clinton and the GOP is a vote for more tortured and rape victums and more dead soldiers and more dead Iraqis. So when the phone rings at 3:00am in the morning who do you really want to answer the phone.

    May 5, 2008 at 8:17 am |
  23. Jaybrown ny/nj

    This race is exciting and nerve racking at the same time. Hillary is lucky that she has Bill and Chelsea to both draw crowds for her. She complains about being out spent by Obama and gloated about how he out spent her 3 or 4 to one and he still lost. But she was able to be at 3 places at one time. During this primary she's been able to be in Indiana, Oregon and North Carolina at the same time. She is able to cover much more ground than he is. I think Obama is doing pretty good considering. I wish Edwards was on board helping him out, Maybe more people would be able to be reached. I'm glad for now they are finally talking about issues instead of dirt. I think Hillary has gotten a free pass on dirt for the past several months. But just for the record. I don't hate Hillary. I highly respect her.

    May 5, 2008 at 8:10 am |