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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