June 6th, 2008
07:09 AM ET

Morning Buzz


THEY ARE TALKING...Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton met LAST NIGHT for what their campaigns are calling "unity" talks..."unity" talks? what does that mean? No one knows at this point because no one has any great details about the meeting....so Candy Crowley and Suzanne Malveaux will dig on that today for us...

BUT in a "JOINT" statement released by BOTH campaigns "they had a productive discussion about the important work that needs to be done to succeed in November. " A group that is urging Obama to select Clinton as his running mate praised the meeting. "We are thrilled to hear that Senators Obama and Clinton are meeting already," said a statement from VoteBoth. "We hope that Thursday night's conversation is a step toward an Obama-Clinton ticket that will unify the party." Just prior to the meeting, Clinton thanked supporters in an e-mail and pledged to help Obama capture the White House after eight years of Republican control. Clinton will officially "suspend" her campaign tomorrow....

The LA TIMES asks this morning: New question: What does Hillary Clinton want now?

Her next chapter could include a role as Obama's running mate. More likely, it will mean a return to the Senate, where she may well begin preparing for another run for president. Anyone's quess at this point...but even if she runs again in 2012 for President she will be younger than John McCain is now by a few years...so she has plenty of time....

TONIGHT we will look at WHAT WENT WRONG - AC360 producers interviewed David Gergen, Candy Crowley, Roland Martin, Gloria Borger, Carl Bernstein, Jessica Yellin, Suzanne Malveaux, and TIME magazine’s Mark Halperin about the specific turning points during the course of Hillary Clinton’s campaign that may have lead to her downfall…

Randi Kaye also looks at THE UNDERLYING MESSAGE (PSYCHOLOGY OF WORDS): The words a candidate chooses, and the underlying messages they convey will make or break a campaign. Drew Westen, Emory psychologist and author of “The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation,” has studied the power of words and messaging in presidential campaigns. He’s found that voters respond to emotional appeals over rational appeals. So according to Westen, when Hillary Clinton hits voters with her encyclopedic knowledge of policy, they tune out. When Obama delivers an inspiring message with themes like hope and change, but with very little specifics, it actually resonates. Which means people may tend to vote with their heart, not their head. AC360’s Randi Kaye tests the messaging of Clinton, Obama and McCain on a group of undecided voters to see whose winning hearts and whose losing votes.

It is Friday...Thank GOD....

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  1. thasan/ohio

    T o answer the question of why hillary wont "release" her delegates...is because there are claims out there that there is an August/October surprise in the making about Sen Obama.. her hopes are that she can "appear" to campaign for him like crazy, but that when the news drops about him his flood of running scared delgates combined with what she has in her pocket will give her the nomination. She will be fooling the public again when she stands before them and claim that she has his back when in all honesty she, with the assistance of the republicans, are planning to stab him in the back.

    June 6, 2008 at 9:35 am |
  2. Cindy

    I thought that it was EXTREMELY funny that 360 spent the whole show with Tom Foreman at Hillary's house trying to catch a glimpse of Obama leaving and they didn't even have the meeting there! That was classic! I guess Hillary and Obama definitely pulled the wool over the medias eyes this time! LOL

    I don't think that Obama will even consider Hillary for the VP slot. Hopefully he told her that last night or either she told him that she wasn't interested. Maybe they will announce it and the media can stop harping on it.

    And I hope that Anderson makes it safely to Rwanda this weekend and we get to see 360 live from there next week! If not then PLEASE have John King subbing.

    Have a great weekend y'all!


    June 6, 2008 at 8:36 am |
  3. Nadene

    I see the difference between Obama and Hillary is that Obama includes people and Hillary excludes people. If someone has a different opinion/idea from Obama, he listens, considers, and makes people feel that somehow he will incorporate their opinion/idea in his policies if possible. Hillary on the other hand seems to have her mind made up on most issues and any input from the public just falls on deaf ears. HIllary is old school and reminds me of the current administration in their black and white thinking "either you're with me or you're against me" - there is no middle ground to them, where Obama seems to always be looking for the compromise.

    June 6, 2008 at 8:10 am |
  4. Kristen

    Morning AC folks, I am glad they have talked. Now maybe the media and Clinton supporters will chill out about Obama’s VP choice. It is his decision and all the petitions in the world won’t change that. Obama used the right words yesterday; I believe he said "settle down". Maybe we should listen.
    I am interested to hear what Candy and Suzanne find out about this meeting. As a supporter of Obama I will be kind of perturbed to find out he is going to pay off her debt. This was my first time contributing to any campaign. I am in college and my budget it pretty tight, I gave because I believe in Obama and what he plans on doing with this country, my money was not to pay off Clinton’s debt that could have easily been avoided. How about Clinton and her 18million voters she is so proud of pay off her debt.

    June 6, 2008 at 7:39 am |