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July 1st, 2008
06:49 AM ET

Morning Buzz: "I am a patriot and NOT a Muslim"

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Morning folks....

Former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama FINALLY talked by phone Monday morning, as the Democrats sought to quash rumors that Clinton holds a grudge against the man who knocked his wife out of contention for the party's presidential nomination. Obama called Clinton and they spoke for about 20 minutes Monday morning... According to the Clinton Camp, Clinton wants to campaign "with and for" Obama and Clinton "renewed his offer to do whatever he can to ensure Sen. Obama is our next president." The call was described as "terrific"... terrific? Interesting choice of words....

Yesterday, Obama was defending his "patriotism" –yes folks, in INDEPENDENCE, Missouri - Dogged by persistent rumors questioning his belief in country, Sen. Barack Obama journeyed to Middle America on Monday to lay out his vision of patriotism, conceding that he has learned in this presidential campaign that "the question of who is - or is not - a patriot all too often poisons our political debate." TODAY he defends his "Christianity" - a.k.a "I am NOT a Muslim."

Jessica Yellin looks at his latest efforts to bring GOD back into the Democratic Party... His director of religious outreach JOSH DUBOIS has just started holding American Values HOUSE PARTIES across the country. They’re small gatherings of religious people of all persuasions - Jews, Christians, Muslims (he says), even agnostics. The point: the Democratic Party is not the party of secularists. Here’s how they work: an Obama supporter invites “fellow worshippers, friends and neighbors” – i.e. possible converts - to their house, plays a video from Barack Obama, and then holds “a conversation about faith and values” and “the role of their values in politics.” Dubois says the goal is “to bridge religious divides, sign up new VALUES VOTERS for the Obama campaign, spread the word about Senator Obama’s VALUES BASED LEADERSHIP and spark a more healthy conversation about faith and politics in America.” The larger goal? Obama argues Democrats can win the religious vote by framing more issues in terms of religious values –making poverty, environmentalism, health care moral/religious issues.

Candy Crowley looks at what some are calling an explosive new Vanity Fair article written by Gail Sheehy titled "Hillaryland at War" - and i quote "Hillary Clinton’s campaign had it all: near-death moments, hard-won triumphs, dysfunctional relationships—and a staff consumed with infighting over how to sell their candidate. It was a battle that revealed why she came so close to victory, as well as why she didn’t make it...."

In other news we are looking at today...

FIRES FIRES everywhere...As I write, there are 45 fires burning in 9 states from California to Florida. Dan Simon is in California - With close to a thousand wildfires raging across remote, rugged parts of California for a second week, fire officials have been forced to strategically choose which to fight and which to leave to burn for weeks or even months....

AND Tom Foreman will dig on a story that is just unfolding - a 19-year-old man suspected of killing a Prince George's County police officer was strangled in the county jail two days after his arrest, the state medical examiner's office concluded yesterday. 

ALL for now...


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  1. Dave

    Obama is just another power hungry two faced politician with big engine and no gas.
    IF he wins the election and becomes president, I guarantee you will not see a decrease in subsidies to the Oil companies, you will not see a decrease in gov't beaurocricies, no fix for the health care crisis, illegal immigration will not be impacted in any significant way, but you WILL see an increase in murdered babies, deviant homosexual marriages will increase, our dollar will continue to decline and our enemies abroad (primarily in the Middle East) will pounce on the USA like a kitten on a ball of string. All this because Obama does not have experience, and he does not have a heart for this country. He wants to run the world's largest "business"- the United States! Im certainly not a Hillary fan, but if we have to have a Democrat, I'd far rather have her as a president than Obama.

    July 1, 2008 at 11:56 pm |
  2. Larry

    I don't believe that Obama said he was a patriot of any partcular country; you may say it was assumed he meant that but assumption has no merit if he didn't say it.

    July 1, 2008 at 7:40 pm |
  3. John, OH

    Obama is a true patriot and should be commended. Especially in a time when this country is so divided. It takes guts to stand up for change and to restore hope for the future generation.

    GOD bless you, Obama 08!!!!

    July 1, 2008 at 7:16 pm |
  4. Faith Pa

    Our country has been a "melting pot" of people as well as religion since its inception. That is what we as Americans have fought for the rights to forever. The only people I see "Obamacons" courting is the religious right. He declares he is not Muslim over and over. No where does he say he respects the right of all people to worship as they choose. Nor does he say that no matter how you worship you may still be a patriotic American. He swears he is. I think we all need to go back and look at Rev. Wright's sermons and the years Mr. Obama and his family listened to them. He could not have been lucky enouigh to miss all the inappropriate remarks. Does this make him less Patriotic to allw someone to speak of our country this way. Or does it allow for the practice of free speech. The laws of this country allow for free speech and Seperation of Church and State.(among others) If Mr. Obama is going to be the President should he not concentrate on enforcing the lawsin all he says and does not just sitting in his church.

    July 1, 2008 at 7:00 pm |
  5. Deb

    I've stopped paying attention to the rantings of political commentators, afterall, you can take any comment or statistic and discertain a dozen different meanings.

    The entire election process needs to be pared down to a convention for each party to determine their candidate based on his/her merits, and the campaign limited to weekends and holidays in the 6 months prior to the election. Afterall, most candidates already hold an elected job – and are being paid to work. How many of us "ordinary folks" could take such extended leave without being fired?

    The President needs to be elected because he/she is the absolute best person for the job – and has the best resume and experience.
    Emotion should not even enter into it. The frenzy of two or more years of campaigning is a wasted two years because no one is minding the business of governing the country.

    I'm tired of the rhetoric, the promises, but mostly I'm tired of NOT having a working government. I'm tired of living paycheck to paycheck because the economy is in the toilet. and I'm tired of some blow-hard in Washington sending young men and women to fight battles based on a personal agenda and not because the US is being threatened.

    Our only threat IS our government.

    July 1, 2008 at 6:47 pm |
  6. AJR

    There's a little know liberal, facists, pacifist, communist ideological and left wing based group of Catholics and Interfaith groups in America. They hold up politicians across the country demanding goose step adherence to their big government spending and entitlement programs to perpetuate the welfare class in Ameirca and try to masquerade it as something Jesus would do. Jesus told the blind man to wash the mud out of his eye and to stop begging and go spread the good news. These folks want to keep the people blind because in the village of the blind the man with one eye is king.

    July 1, 2008 at 6:41 pm |
  7. Keegan Johnson

    How can anybody take anyone seriously that cannot spell the name "Hillary?"

    Why would a Hillary Clinton supporter have anything good to say about Obama during the primary season? You support your candidate, and if you happen to lose the race, then you're mature enough to settle your differences and elect the person the Democratic voters have chosen, assuming you're a Democratic voter. James Carville is doing exactly what his party needs him to do. If Clinton had won the nomination, would you expect Obama supports to sit on the sidelines and not support their party's candidate? No, you would want them in the middle of the action as well, supporting "Hillary" Clinton.

    July 1, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  8. Rasean Blyden

    You Sir are a lying liberal. You are not a patriot at all. My mother always told me that you are judge by the company you keep. And Barock Obama hangs out with some very shady people. i am a black man and some of my friends are upset at me but i am totally against socializing our country.

    I urge you ladies and gentlemen. Do not close your eyes and be foolish. The liberals in the government are trying to take away our rights. It was too close for comfort. The Supreme court tried to take our second amendment away from us. we have the right to bare arms. Don't let these whacks radical liberals get away with it. Global warming is just another way of them trying to control us. we must rebel and over throw them if necessary.

    July 1, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  9. KatieGib

    CNN, please keep us informed on the issues that are important to America and the candidates positions. We do not need the 30 second sound bites and comments by a panel of so called experts.
    General Clark's comments is an example of distortion. In response to a question on Obama's qualifications, he said McCain's war record did not qualify him to be president. Somehow that statement has become a conversation about Clark questioning McCain's patriotism or war record. American would be better served if we were discussing McCain qualifications and views.

    On energy – He proposed suspending the gasoline tax without stating how he would pay for it. He also proposed offshore drilling that most experts say will not help for about ten years.

    McCain has changed his position on most major issues but little is said about it by the media. Obama's changed his mind about accepting federal funding and the media is using "flip flop" overtime. There is no mention of the fact that only one in ten American taxpayers check the box on the 1040 Form to give $3. Maybe Obama is showing us a more excellent way of campaign financing.

    The Rep say they have kept us save since 9/11; however, if there is another attack then it will help McCain. The media has agreed with this logic. No one has questioned why an attack will not mean we are no safer than we were on 9/11 and that our war on terror has been misguided. Just another view to consider and discuss since McCain agrees with the war and says the surge is working. Other than fewer casualities that we are all happy about, the media might let us know what is being accomplished. What is our mission and timeline for completing it?

    CNN please spend less time talking about lapel pins and more on issues.

    To the person would wrote about Obama's position on abortion. The bible also speaks against not carrying for the needy and misusing widows and children. To care for them is not "big government spending" but our obligation. To Tina: I heard a caller on C-Span say Obama will be arrested before the November election. Is that what you are waiting to hear about Obama?

    July 1, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  10. Danito

    Mr Obama has proven over and over again that he is a liar and a hypocrite who will say anything to get elected. What else do you need America, a lightning bolt out of heaven? Maybe so.

    July 1, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  11. R P from Tallahassee

    I would more quickly vote for a Muslim, or Mormon, or Baptist who would help to protect the lives of the innocent unborn than I would for Obama. The Republicans are not the party of God but they do seem to follow (or attempt to follow) His values a little more than the Democrats – that is why I switched!

    July 1, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  12. Karen-Phoenix

    Obama is trying to bring everyone together–what this country was founded on. Will not work for all, but for many we need a little compromise at this point or lobbiests, CEO and big oil are just going to take over our great USA. Nothing wrong with trying to bring eveyone together and Obama probably has more patritism in his little finger than most of us. He cares enough to put up with all this garbage!

    July 1, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  13. Kay in WV

    Once again our presidential nominees are talking about non-issues. Patriotism? who really cares? If an admittedly non-patriotic candidate emerged with real solutions to our country's problems, would the voters be stupid enough to follow the flag-waving, bible-citing, bread & circuses choices that we are currently seeing? I hope not.

    When will our media wake up and realize that there are people out here who care about issues and solutions and absolutely hate their self-serving reliance on hot-button issues? Please, Anderson, wake up and be that journalist. Ask about executive power, report on the candidates views on a balanced budget, tell us what each of them thinks about long-term solutions to our lack of a manufacturing base and how we can compete with country's where the average salary for manufacturing jobs is dollars a day. THAT is what the media's role in our political process is supposed to be; not the current pandering.

    July 1, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  14. Thom

    Obama, Obama, Obama. When you salute the flag of this great nation, when you bring into your political grandstanding what this nation really stands for, when you do more than profess your "Patriotism" and you show your "religious beliefs" I will stand up and take notice.

    As for seperation of Church and State: The Colonists did not want the State to start a church, however before the first Continental Congress, the members present prayed to God the Father. Lets start reading history correct, not just assuming what we think history is. As a people in this nation we have been duped by those who would want to drum out the name of the Lord, however, many people have tried, and those have failed. Jesus did say there will be a great falling away, and then he will come back. Be warned; when there are no more Christians left, you only have seven years.

    July 1, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  15. Larry Milstead

    I'm blown away by the article I read this morning regarding a U. S. General paying 80,000 Sunni tribesmen $500,000. a month to fight with us. When this $500,000 monthly stipend goes away will they still fight with us

    July 1, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  16. Edgar

    I was disappointed in 360’s coverage of the reaction of the McCain and Obama campaigns to General Clark’s comments.
    I feel the following information should have offered as context.
    General Clark is a former Supreme NATO Commander, frequent TV commentator and former presidential candidate. Clark supported Hillary Clinton in the nomination race. The general is therefore used to speaking his own mind and not clearing his words with Obama campaign.
    The comments Clark made did not question McCain’s honorable service as a POW and naval officer.
    Clark expressed these views and/or reported these facts: McCain getting shot down and captured does not commend him. McCain’s years as a POW are relevant to his character but not to his executive experience. McCain’s highest level of command responsibility was for a peacetime naval air squadron. McCain lacks high-level executive training and experience in war.
    By implication, only a high-ranking general or admiral like Clark, who was in charge of major land, air and naval forces in NATO’s successful Bosnia wartime operations can claim special qualifications on national security.
    I don’t know if I think Clark’s views are correct or really relevant.
    I do think the reporting of this story was poorly handled.
    The assumption that Clark is a surrogate for the Obama campaign was not questioned.
    The overall context, content and importance of Clark’s comments were distorted.

    July 1, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  17. Stacy

    I agree with Loretta from California. The quote can imply that being a patriot and being a Muslim are mutually exclusive. Did Obama really say that sentence or did you just combine two separate comments? I hope it's not the latter. That's how people become misinformed about the candidates.

    July 1, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  18. Jean

    I'm finding that Obama changes his opinion after being questioned about many things. Like not saluting the flag during the Pledge of Allegiance.Like wearing the flag pin. Like denouncing his minister after tapes were shown of the Rev.

    I don't think that religeon should be in the governnent at all. They have always been separate until Georgie changed the world. I believe that Obama has all it takes for pres just not at this time in history. I do believe that Hillary has earned the job. We need experience in the white house at such a crucial time.

    Plus in the beginning Miss Oprah introduced him as the next pres. I don't like her influence in the world.. She is not Queen and for everyone to just say sure! we trust her. All that should never have happened.

    Shows you how knowing the right person can make it easy..

    All of it's sick......

    July 1, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  19. Teresa, OH

    @Kristen: I'm pretty grown up and I agree with Tina.

    We can all go look up what he stands for, but he's been changing his mind lately. Dont blink, cuz he just might change his mind/ vote on something that was important to you.

    People only THINK they know Obama. Obama is weak on issues. We can't afford a flip flopping prez and especially one who is weak.

    Should I be the one to point out how Obama is flip flopping on his views on the Clintons? Hillary is doing what she is doing for the PARTY. Obama is using Hillary for her 49% of the votes.

    July 1, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  20. JC- Los Angeles

    With Terry McAuliffe running Hillary's campaign, it should come as no surprise that there was dissention. The only thing this hack can do is cash in tens of millions of dollars worth of Global Crossing stock options.

    July 1, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  21. E.O.B...LL.M Philadelphia, PA.

    Why should Obama keep on defending himself that he is not a muslim? Even after hard proof and evidence abound that he is been worshipping in a Church for the last 20 years? It appears to me that some surrogates are cleverly and devilishly using this issue to distract attention, or finding no where to hide their hatred for a black person(though Obama is actually more white than black- as a bi-racial person, raised by a very white maternal granny), are now ahmmering home hard on religion. The truth is that muslims too have a right to exist in America. I am a Christian, a Pentecostal Pastor, but was a former muslim. However, it must be pointed out that not all muslims are terrorists. Not all Christians are "patriots". There are so called "American Patriots" today, who brandish the flag pin on their chests, and yet end up hating everything American, bringing about such a high level of corruption in the system, that one wonders about their patriotism. Check all politicians caught with one infidelity or the other,. corruption of the highest order. Let us be objective in separating hidden fear for color from religiosity. Do not have any fear where there is no need. I believe Obama is truly patriotic.

    July 1, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  22. Cynthia

    Senator Obama has been telling from the very beginning that he is not a Muslim. I think it is a shame that someone would put an untruth out there is the first place. People will go to any lengths to win or scare others.

    July 1, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  23. Melissa

    Re: the young man that was strangled to death in his cell, it doesn't shock me that this happened. He (allegedly) killed a police officer so I'm not surprised he was paid back. Too bad because now a good person has brought himself down to a criminal's level and everyone's going to feel sorry for the criminal and forget all about the officer that was killed.

    July 1, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  24. Emilio

    Why do people want to listen to James Carvelle. When Hillery and Obama were campaigning he had nothing good to say about Obama, now he is full of praise for him, what gives? How can he be taken seriously?

    July 1, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  25. Tushar Desai

    It's utterly despicable that folks have to proclaim their so called patriotism in meetings and speeched and debates. For once, I want the candidates – both of them to talk about real problems facing our country and not a comparison of faith, creed, color or religion. The middle class in this country is getting clobbered with excessive inflation costs accompanied by everyday rise in the gas prices and we want to hear how these folks are going to solve that problem. This election is like choosing – which of the least worst candidate do we want to choose in office.

    And please stop hyping up the unnecessary publicity for Obama as well. The guy has great oratory skills and it stops there..I am no big fan of McCain as well – who has sided on the amnesty bandwagon from the beginning.

    July 1, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  26. Jan from Wood Dale IL

    Maybe Senator Obama would best serve the American voters by making his Values based Leadership speeches to Corporate CEOs who have "golden parachutes"; big oil companies like Exxon who was responsible for one of the biggest environmental disasters but fought against paying for the full price for the clean up all the way to the Supreme Court; or the Insurance and Pharmaceutical companies where profit always comes first.

    July 1, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  27. Loretta from California

    Catchy title, CNN.

    I'm a patriot and not a Muslim?

    This may surprise you and others, but I know more than a few patriotic Americans who are Muslim. And I don't recall Senator Obama using this phrase. Let's stick with the truth, shall we?

    Truth-It really is what distinguishes you from Fox.

    July 1, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  28. Kristen- Philadelphia, PA

    Tina why are you so bitter. You are right it is “HIGHLY unusual that we know so little about who he is this far along in the campaign”. You CHOOSE to not know who Obama is. The rest of us informed voters know who Obama is because we have decided to seek the truth versus you who has decided to turn a closed eye when the truth was spoken.

    People who complain about not knowing where candidates stand should go find out for themselves. There is more than enough information out there to find out the real truth on your own. I think sometimes people just enjoy bashing candidates too much and refuse to discover the truth because what fun would that be, grow up.

    July 1, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  29. Jeo

    we have about 4months to go before the election...can 360 please, please, PLEASE hold itself to its standards and do a KEEPING THEM HONEST profile at least a couple times a week on the candidates promises and various plans? i've heard everything that's anything about each candidates' wife, level of patriotism, airplane, etc by the time we get to watch 360 at 10p that i, along with the other "fans" of the show, would really, really, REALLY appreciate better reporting on each candidates positions on their respective agendas. We, I mean, YOU, have the BEST POLITICAL TEAM on tv and I wish you'd use them better and more effectively than to have each strategist, analyst, embedded reporter and what have you, "report" on crappy things! I love 360, but, can you please help to make us all better and more informed voters and viewers?

    July 1, 2008 at 1:24 pm |
  30. Bev C NY

    I am always leery of people who wear their "patriotism" on their sleeve. For example, Cheney and Bush. I'm sure there are some who would call them patriots, when they are far from being so. Bush avoided going to Vietnam. Cheney never saw a uniform, never wore one – made sure he beat the draft. Again, is that patriotism?

    DIdn't everyone know? The Republicans are the party of God. They, and they alone have a direct link to God. Us Democrats will burn I guess.

    In the meantime, can the media focus more on the suspect who was murdered in his jail cell?

    July 1, 2008 at 1:01 pm |
  31. Susan

    Our country was founded on the principle of the seperation between church and state. GOD and POLITICS should remain seperate.

    Who is Senator Obama trying to profess his patriotism to ? The American people or to himself.

    Susan
    Phoenixville,PA

    July 1, 2008 at 12:55 pm |
  32. pp

    Who is patriot and who is not? Its a personal Choice not to be decided by others or media. When we wre born we were just God child, and nothing, then the society told us what we are supposed to be, supposed to do, supposed to like or hate...

    Its all plain brain washing, i tend to be a human and keep society and religion away so that it does not interfere with my independent thinking. I dont want to pleae others or to be approved by them for being me. I am me..i was born alone and will die alone. All laughed whe einstein failed in 6th standard mathematics right? Bill gates was a College dropout. Warren Buffet was a youing news paper ditributor boy. SO? we can be waht we want to be only if we are committed otherwise we are like majority ( 90%?) of senile people, just bidding our time on earth and scared to die which is coming faster near to u as your mind are frozen for long and u love it. Enjoy till it lasts...

    July 1, 2008 at 12:01 pm |
  33. Tina

    Its time the media starts digging into Obama and letting people know about him...you know...KNOW about him. Its what we do here in America when we are preparing to elect a president. Of course, he is the media's darling and they are handling him with kid gloves because they support him. What else can you say??? Its HIGHLY unusual that we know so little about who he is this far along in the campaign. Just what are they afraid of revealing...some of us already know!!!

    July 1, 2008 at 11:59 am |
  34. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It's a sad day in America when we turn on our own citizens, this is a result of what the Bush administration has caused. Remember Bush when he said "you're either with us or against us" were the words he used to drum up support for war and anybody against Bush was deemed unpatriotic or Muslim. Barack was against the war as many Americans like myself and I'm not a Muslim. Does that mean our patriotism is questionable because we don't agree with something. Our Constitution rights are being attacked every day and that to me is unAmerican.

    July 1, 2008 at 11:57 am |
  35. Nisha from Edison, NJ

    The media and the candidates are doing nothing to remedy the belief that Islam is somehow the definition of the anti-patriot. That's disappointing because most Americans are terribly ignorant when it comes to Islam. The question shouldn't be just "is Sen. Obama Muslim?" but also "if Sen. Obama was Muslim, why does that matter?"

    To many, I know and understand why it matters. But in the process of defending himself, Senator Obama has made Islam out to be something extremely negative, which only furthers the divide between America and the rest of the world.

    I wholly support Senator Obama, but seriously, enough is enough.

    He is a politician, and I know why he has to say what he says, but his campaign and the media can do a lot more to stifle these stereotypes.

    July 1, 2008 at 11:11 am |
  36. Michelle

    Okay the more I hear about the suspect who died in
    police custody I am a little concerned. It had to be
    someone in law enforcement. Only someone very
    familiar with the security in check could do this. They
    would have to know there were no security cameras
    in the area. There are a lot of questions about this one.

    July 1, 2008 at 11:10 am |
  37. L J Roy

    How can Obama put GOD in the equation when he's so pro-abortion. This is totally against God's Commandment "Thou Shall Not Kill" period-not 'unless a b c d or e'. He's a hypocrite, and if elected will be one of the most evil persons in the world. I wouldn't vote for him for dog catcher let alone president.

    July 1, 2008 at 10:57 am |
  38. Julie San Diego, CA

    Hmmm....

    You write:

    "The larger goal? Obama argues Democrats can win the religious vote by framing more issues in terms of religious values –making poverty, environmentalism, health care moral/religious issues."

    What's "the religious vote"?

    And what are you going to DO with it, once you "win" it?

    Honestly, all this incessant talk of "win, win, win" reminds me of a bad first date:

    The scene: An intimate little restaurant.

    The characters: Myself and the candidate in question.

    The action: The Candidate in question takes my hand, looks deeply into my eyes.

    The words I want to hear: "Here's how I envision our life together."

    The words we (the voters) get: "Here's my strategy to get into your pants."

    All this emphasis on "win, win, win".

    A very bad first date....

    Tell us how you envision our life together, candidates. Tell us what lies ahead the day after the election.

    July 1, 2008 at 10:40 am |
  39. jim

    We have a separation of Church and State here in America. Why do we constantly forget? Unless a candidate is a satan worshipper who enjoys eating innocent babies for breakfast, I don't see why we should care about their personal spiritual beliefs. By the way, OBAMA IS A CHRISTIAN. Period. The end. I want a President who adheres to our constitution. A President who will fight for a healthy economy. A President who can articulate thought well without sounding like a dyslexic baffoon (Bush). A President who doesn't need a scripted teleprompter to communicate (McCain). Why is it that so many Americans are more prone to buy a plate of doggy doo (the fabricated myth of patriotism). Is that all it takes? Bang a bible and wear a lapel pin. And you're in. Sad sad sad. Please don't make the mistake of voting for some dude who claims to be the Straight Talk Express guy, when in REALITY he is the KEATING FIVE guy who hoodwinked the American people consistently. He votes against veterans consistently. He thinks we all should simply get a second job to fix our economy. Check out his voting record at voesmart.org to see who you are really voting for. Let's choose someone who tells it like it is, in an articulate way, and spreads inspiration and courage, rather than fear and propoganda. VOTE OBAMA!!!

    July 1, 2008 at 10:25 am |
  40. Doug

    I think the question of morality, of who represents "American values" is somewhat laughable, on its face. First, the term is utterly subjective; the folks who beat their chests hardest about it are usually espousing "America, love it or leave it" type philosophies. Flags waving, gun racks proudly displayed, a ribbon sticker on the back of the ol' pickup truck. Is that the America we're talking about? Then by all means, let's change the rules and let President Bush stay in office. But if "American values" includes the possibility that we might take care of our own a little better – old, infirm, the veterans of our own wars, for example – and take a little better care of the planet we live on, well, then the conversation changes dramatically. I personally do not believe these two philosophies have to be in direct opposition but it seems that the parties are trying to polarize the nation along these lines. The candidate who tries to bridge the gap, to build consensus in the midst of partisan chaos, will have my vote in November.

    July 1, 2008 at 10:02 am |
  41. Kristen- Philadelphia, PA

    I’m glad Barack and Bill talked. Maybe now the media can stop giving so much focus on both Bill and Hillary Clinton. They both support Obama now what else can you say.

    I am glad Obama is talking about God. A lot of democrats believe in God and I think its time we start bringing this conversation up more often. Republicans I thought were the religious party, why doesn’t McCain ever talk about God or religion. Not that I’m voting for him but I would like to know where he stands on the issue.

    Vanity Fair just likes selling magazines and they seem to be good at it. I’m not interested in what they have to say about Hillary.

    It seems this is an annual thing unfortunately in California. These fires are terrible. I wonder if any preventive measures can be done to prevent so many from happening instead of just reacting when they sprout up. I will look forward to Dans report.

    Is this in Prince Georges County, MD? I grew up there. That is terrible, was this man strangled by police officers?
    Lot's of news today, see yall at 10

    July 1, 2008 at 9:31 am |
  42. Annie Kate

    It is great that Bill Clinton and Obama were finally able to touch base with each other. I'm sure that both Hillary and Bill will do anything they can to help unify the party and put a Democrat in the White House.

    First floods and now wildfires. It sounds like its going to be a long summer out in California with all the fires. I hope that these fires are so remote that there are no houses and people in the path of the fires, but I guess we probably won't be that lucky.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    July 1, 2008 at 9:27 am |
  43. Cindy

    Well just because Bill talked on the phone to Obama doesn't mean that there is any love there. I guarantee you that! I just want to see them actually together in the same room for a while. And maybe even on the road a few days. Then all of the niceties will be gone and the true feelings will show up. Bill doesn't like Obama that much is very clear! He will stump for him but that doesn't mean that he likes him. That just means Hillary is making him! LOL

    Cindy...Ga.

    July 1, 2008 at 8:25 am |
  44. Michelle

    Why does the media always hop on the Obama's patriotism
    bandwagon ? I think 360 is helping spread these myths by
    putting people from talk radio and pundits who are helping
    spread false rumors. Also, how come you all do not really
    say what the qualifications are to run for president in America.
    They are quite simple and the threshold is not very high. There
    are real issues and there are superficial issues that people could
    care less. I really believe 360 should have played the entire
    clip of Gen Wesley Clark on " Face the Nation". What happen
    to the question that was asked ? The response and the follow
    up. By the way the whole exchange is all over the web and
    Clark has made similar statements before. The media needs
    to get smarter and wiser and to stop letting the McCain campaign
    determine CNN's political coverage. Please move on and cover
    the events in America and the world that really impact people's
    lives.

    July 1, 2008 at 8:20 am |