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June 2nd, 2008
07:24 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning...

A HUGE win yesterday for Hillary Clinton in the Puerto Rico primary...she garnered 68% of the vote to Obama's 32%. AND finally ALL the votes in Florida and Michigan have been divided up...The DNC rules committee came to a compromise on Saturday with regard to the Florida and Michigan votes, with each getting a half-vote to penalize the states for moving their primaries earlier than the party had approved. The committee's ruling gave Clinton 105 pledged delegates from Florida and 69 from Michigan, so half would give her 87 votes. Obama received 67 pledged delegates from Florida and 59 from Michigan, half would give him a total of 63 votes. That tally leaves Obama ahead by the equivalent of 174 delegates. Obama needs 48 delegates to clinch the democratic nomination... Clinton could appeal the decision at the convention in Denver in August...

BUT NOT all are happy about the division of delegates...Clinton backers vowed to fight the Michigan decision, which gave the New York senator Only 10-delegate edge over Obama in a state where Obama's name didn't EVEN appear on the primary ballot. PLUS some voters in Florida are upset, too. John Zarrella will give us the latest from the sunshine state...

It looks like it will come down to the Montana and South Dakota primaries...voters go to the polls Tuesday. Clinton is campaigning heavily today in South Dakota and says "it ain't over till it is over." Obama is in Michigan, today.Why? There isn't a primary there...but he is already moving on to the general election, claiming he will indeed be the nominee by Tuesday or Wednesday....Candy Crowley will have all the happenings from the trail, today...

Bill Clinton spent all day yesterday in Montana and today he will be in South Dakota...and with less than 24 hours left in the primary fight, who knows what punches Bill will pull...Gary Tuchman is along for the ride...

Anderson will be joined tonight in studio by David Gergen, Gloria Borger and the other members of the best political team on TV for all the post Puerto Rico primary/Florida/Michigan decision analysis and the pre-South Dakota/Montana primary analysis....

Looking ahead to tomorrow's votes... Randi Kaye tells us about  the native American vote - Just call him Barack Black Eagle..Yes – that’s the adoptive Indian name he’s been sporting around the state of Montana.. and residents are responding. Nadine Dawes is 54 and a homemaker on the Crow Reservation in Montana. She’s also an Obama supporter. She waited 3 hours to see him recently.. she says “I feel like there’s finally someone paying attention to us.” This is all part of Obama’s general election strategy to bring new voters into the fray.. and these are important ones. The latest census data shows there are about 3 million Native Americans living in the U.S… or about 1 percent of the population. It sounds small but Native Americans make up a crucial vote in both Montana and South Dakota, which hold primaries tomorrow. One undecided Montana superdelegate says the reason Sen John Tester won here in 2004 was because of all his visits to the reservations. Still – Montana voted for George Bush by a wide margin in both 2000 and 2004. What does Obama need to do to win the hearts of Native Americans here.. and can he do so with Hillary trying to do the same thing?

We will also bring you up to speed on Barack Obama "quiting" his church. Obama said Saturday that he has resigned from the church where controversial sermons by his former pastor and other ministers created political headaches for his campaign. "We don't want to have to answer for everything that's stated in the church," the Democratic front-runner said. "We also don't want the church subjected to the scrutiny that a presidential campaign legitimately undergoes." The resignation comes days after the Rev. Michael Pfleger, a visiting Catholic priest, mocked Obama's Democratic rival during a sermon at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois. In the sermon, Pfleger wipes his eyes with a handkerchief and suggests that Sen. Hillary Clinton wept because she thought that as a white person and the wife of a former president, she was entitled to the presidency... Only time will tell if this priest problem is behind him....

And Sen. Edward Kennedy announced earlier that he will undergo surgery to treat a malignant brain tumor. We will keep you posted...


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  1. Gerald E. Mennie

    Concerning Scott McClellan's recent book, it appears that he knowingly promoted – as Press Secretary – the false details on the decision to go to war in Iraq. As such, he is guilty of spreading the falsehoods regarding a conflict of choice by President George Bush versus a necessity. Even after the attack on the Trade Centres, I did not believe that a war situation was deemed to be a justification. I am happy that Canada decided not to participate even though I consider the Americans, British, Israelies, Dutch and Australians to be our friends. There is nothing wrong with a friend constructively criticizing another friend. Gerald

    June 2, 2008 at 9:38 am |
  2. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Clinton, who Obama should offer the Health Ministry Portfolio to, is not ahead in the Popular Vote, when Fair Reflection is used as a criteria. It is totally Dishonest and Inaccurate for her to claim a 1/2 million lead.
    When is she going to stop drinking the soup that Wolfson and Ickes feed her? Check out the charts at the 'real clear politics' web site!
    Even if you use the FALSE measuring stick the Clinton Camp foists on you, 0% for Obama in MI and dismissing, disenfranchising, 4 whole States that Obama won, the biggest False reflection she could claim is 300,000, NOT 1/2 million. Google 'real clear politics'
    When you *add a FAIR allocation for Obama in MI, *add the estimates of the 4 states that don't reveal PV, *add the support for Obama in the 'missing' 17% out of Fla (Clinton 49.8% Obama 33%, ??? 17%), and *add the share of the voters that stayed home in FLA and MI, Obama's PV lead is over 100,000, to which SD and MO will be *added.

    When Ickes can spend all day Saturday, without challenge, pulling the wool over your eyes with a fairy tale 73 delegate count in MI, it only encourages him to make false claims of a 1/2 million lead in PV.
    (73 divided by 128 is 57%. Clinton did NOT get 57% in Mi! Her 55% times 128 is 70! What calculator did Ickes use to get 73 instead of the actual 70? By the way, Obama had to pay a filing fee to remove his name, Clinton avoided that cost!)
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    Someone has to explain to her that Obama's young, as well as independent, supporters will no longer trust his message if he chooses a VP candidate to 'expedient' reasons. They would accept Clinton in as Health Minister.

    June 2, 2008 at 9:05 am |
  3. Michael Henry

    I live in England following the Nomination for the Democratic Party.
    I believe Hilary Clinton wants the party segregated if she is not the nominee ensuring Barack Obama loses to John McCain. However here are the future plans of Hilary Clinton

    1. Try to convince Super delegates she's the better candidate

    2. If not nominated, segregate the party

    3. Hope Barack Obama loses to John McCain in November

    4. Run 2011

    She'll do anything to satisfy her personal ambition and for that reason alone she should not be trusted.

    June 2, 2008 at 9:04 am |
  4. tina

    Why is it that if a white church or even a white person says anything about the blacks than all hell breaks loose. The blacks cry racism about anything and if we say one thing about them we are in big trouble.? If barack gets in the white house than we are in trouble. We will then see all his skeletons and his wife is defenetly not for equality for all. Tina of Indiana

    June 2, 2008 at 8:47 am |
  5. KAB

    I hope the DNC realizes that nothing happens in a vacuum. My son, who is not old enough to vote YET, is really confused and disillusioned with the whole political process. They are not only ruining this election for themselves, they are showing a whole new generation that they are just incapable of controlling the primary. Delegates, Super- Delegates, rules, numbers... its all so confusing to start with, and then to have Sen. Obama gain delegates in a race he wasn't even just baffles one's mind. Our children look to us for examples of behavior and being just. God help the kids that are paying attention. The adults are not giving them a good lesson.

    June 2, 2008 at 8:43 am |
  6. Cindy

    Yesterday was nothing new, Hillary won big again. Just goes to show that people really relate to her and her policies more than they do with Obama's.

    I thought that the DNC's decisions on Fla. and Mich. were pretty shoddy and leaned way towards the favor of Obama. I hope that Hillary takes it all of the way to the convention!! I think that she is the better candidate and if Obama is the nominee then this time next year we will be saying how's it going...President McCain!

    I think Obama quiting his church is nothing but pure politics. He just did it because it was getting in the way of his campaign. He is exactly like all of the other politicians that he swears he is nothing like. He is worse!! At least with them you know they lie and cheat...with Obama he tries to hide it and say he is different and a man of change. The only change he is is the kind that will change what ever necessary and walk over who ever is necessary to get what he wants.

    And I have a bone to pick with the CNN pundits and Anderson on yesterdays primary coverage. One of them said that the reason Obama can't get a majority of white votes in the south is because we are racist!! I think that is slap wrong! I am not nor have I ever been a racist! I think Anderson and the rest owes the south an apology!!! I won't vote for Obama because he is not experienced enough nor has he ever once given a clear cut plan on how he plans to change things. He is all talk and rhetoric and no do! Me not voting for him has NOTHING what so ever to do with his skin color!! I resent being called a racist by your panel and Anderson and the rest agreeing with it! Next time keep ridiculous comments like that off of the air and off of CNN. And I really do think that statement needs to be apologized for!!

    Cindy...Ga.

    June 2, 2008 at 8:31 am |
  7. katrina s

    I am. sick of the whole thing! I voted for Hilary in the Tn primary and already accepted the fact that Obama will be the nominee.
    she should graciously back out of the race or he should offer her the vp position because the whole thing is going to send me voting Mccain, Enough already this is breaking the party apart!
    Happy bitthday tomorrow
    Katrina in Memphis

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    June 2, 2008 at 8:08 am |
  8. TESAP

    I am not sure why, and i do not understand how so many women think this is sexism... I mean come on, HC and the states broke the rules, she said she would abide by the decision made by the rules committee, and now she is back peddling..... WHAT MORE DOES HC SUPPORTERS WANT SHE LOST FAIR AND SQUARE............

    POST THIS CNN

    June 2, 2008 at 8:02 am |
  9. Missy

    Hilary not doing the right thing by bowing out and taking this to the convention is as good as handing over the election over to John McCain.

    June 2, 2008 at 7:28 am |