June 10th, 2008
09:53 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 6/10/08

John McCain and Barack Obama are making the economy the number one issue in the election and we’re keeping them honest tonight.

Sen. Obama’s team has come up with about 20 names of potenial VP candidates including some former military leaders. We’ll have a strategy session with best political team on television.

And, what about Chelsea? Now that her mother’s campaign is over what does the future hold for Chelsea Clinton? Gary Tuchman will have that report.

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Filed under: Live Blog
June 10th, 2008
08:52 PM ET

A code of ethics for politicians

Bruce Weinstein
The Ethics Guy, BusinessWeek

The campaign for the White House, which seems to have been going on forever, still has five months to go, and it’s possible that the nastiness, squabbling, and irrelevancies that have characterized this campaign – and too many before it – will get worse. This isn’t just unpleasant or unfortunate; it’s unethical, because such pettiness detracts from a meaningful debate about the issues that truly matter to the public.

I therefore propose a code of ethics for the candidates to follow. Everyone – we citizens, the political parties, the democratic process, and the candidates themselves—will win if the candidates follow this code.

The proposed guidelines are rooted in the five fundamental principles of ethics:

Filed under: Bruce Weinstein • Ethics • Raw Politics
June 10th, 2008
07:01 PM ET

Candidates getting preachy

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Tom Foreman
AC360° Correspondent

Hold onto your hymnals. The Obama campaign is launching its latest offensive to take religious voters away from the Republicans. It is called the Joshua Generation Project, and it will use the internet, parties, concerts, and fliers to reach out to the church crowd. And with John McCain already treading water with conservative religious types, this could get bumpy.

The power of conservative Christian voters has been so omnipresent (shall we say?) that it has played a critical role in every Republican presidential victory since Ronald Reagan. It is practically a GOP commandment: Thou shalt not win with moderate voters alone.

But for several months now Dems have been making noise about challenging the Repubs claim on this voting block. Why do you think Clinton and Obama were so happy to sit down for those discussions of their faith on TV? The Dems realized that for too long they have retreated from any public admission of their own faith and have essentially given that part of the political battlefield to the opposing party.


Filed under: Raw Politics • Religion • Tom Foreman
June 10th, 2008
05:30 PM ET

"If elected I will not serve"

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John King
CNN National Correspondent

In the early stages of the running mate search, one process is rather private, the other very much public.

The more public approach belongs to the Obama Campaign. Members of his search committee are holding meetings with prominent Democrats to solicit ideas and advice, and, it seems, to float a few names...

Retired Marine Gen. James Jones is one of the names said to have come up during meetings this week with Democratic senators on Capitol Hill.

Those sessions are designed to give party leaders a chance to make suggestions, and to give the Obama campaign a chance to show it is reaching out beyond its inner circle for input. Plus it's a time tested tactic in politics to float a name as a "trial balloon" and watch to see how the political world reacts...


Filed under: Barack Obama • John King • John McCain • Raw Politics
June 10th, 2008
05:01 PM ET

Advice to Obama: Take a break

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David Gergen
CNN Sr. Political Analyst
Fmr. Presidential Adviser

The fight between Barack Obama and John McCain over the economy is warming up so fast that it almost matches the blistering heat up and down the East Coast. Obama seized the initiative yesterday with his speech in North Carolina, while McCain counter-punched right back today when he spoke in Washington, D.C.

On strict debating points, they seemed to be pretty close to a draw. But the recent spate of bad economic news - from rising unemployment to rising gas prices to rising interest rates in Europe - will almost certainly help Obama. Perhaps that is one reason why he has been edging up in the polls against McCain in the past few days: a week ago, an average of the polls (as reported by RealClearPolitics.com), was 1.4 percent; now it is 4.3. Not a huge jump but enough to take notice.

Even so, there is a growing question of whether Obama should keep on campaigning in the way he is. I was surprised when I learned that he was hitting the road for two weeks to advance his economic views in key states. He was smart in one fundamental sense: he needed to seize the initiative from McCain and he needed to frame the national campaign more fully around the economy and less about Iraq. Both will strengthen him. But does he really need to have two straight weeks of more campaigning?


Filed under: Barack Obama • David Gergen • John McCain • Raw Politics
June 10th, 2008
04:43 PM ET

Erica’s News Note: Catching up

Erica Hill
AC360° Correspondent

You’ve seen the pictures of homes being swept from their foundations, broken in half, carried away by the flood waters in the Midwest. Imagine what it must be like for the people who once lived in those houses to see their homes final moments on a continuous TV loop. Some incredible accounts are coming in to us.


I walk by a poster for “Alicia in Africa” almost everyday, and keep forgetting to look it up. Lucky for me, CNN.com put it on the homepage today. A great read from Alicia Keys – it’s a preview of her upcoming documentary about her time in Africa and about AIDS. I can’t wait to see it next month. In the meantime, here’s that preview.

Filed under: Erica Hill • Erica's News Note
June 10th, 2008
02:55 PM ET

Beat 360° 6/10/08

Hey Bloggers!

It's time for 'Beat 360°!'

Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption. Our staff will get in on the action too.

Tune in every night at 10p ET to see if you are our favorite! Can you Beat 360°?

Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic of the day. Just because Obama is so hilarious, we decided to pick another one of him today.

Beat 360°

Have fun with it!

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Filed under: Beat 360°
June 10th, 2008
02:19 PM ET

What on earth am I doing here?

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Phil Littleton
Senior Photojournalist

Sharp stones covered the ground, all the ground. Perched on top were make-shift homes. Well, if you could call them that, filled with people. And the people – chased by the endless ebb and flow of war which has ravaged the region for years. What on earth am I doing here?

It started earlier in the morning when Charlie and I crossed tediously into the DRC looking for the Congolese Mountain Gorillas. The other guerrillas – the ones with big guns and nasty habits – have taken over the mountain neighborhood homes of the gentle giants. There is no end in sight to the conflict.