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Lots of scuttle yesterday and today about what "the heck is Hillary up too?" Thus forcing the Clinton and Obama press offices put out a joint statement of unity in response to the ABC News report from a California fundraiser suggesting that Clinton hasn't totally surrendered her convention bargaining chips.
Asked by a supporter at a California fundraiser whether she would consider putting her name into nomination at the Democratic National Convention later this month, Clinton suggested she was considering the option. "I happen to believe that we will come out stronger if people feel that their voices were heard and their views were respected. I think that is a very big part of how we actually come out unified," she said. "No decisions have been made. And so we are trying to work all this through with the DNC and with the Obama campaign." In an email from the Clinton and Obama press offices, the campaigns downplayed any potential conflict. "We are working together to make sure the fall campaign and the convention are a success.....But a veteran of Democratic Convention mechanics, Matt Seyfang, explained that Clinton holds some real procedural power, and could probably - if she chooses - force a symbolic vote at which her supporters could express their public dissent with the Democratic Party's decision....sound like trouble with a capital "T" if you ask me...but no one really is, so I will move on...
With Obama hanging with Indiana Senator Evan Bayh and Michelle Obama appearing with Virginia Governor Tim Kaine yesterday, Senator Hillary Clinton couldn’t escape questions about the vice presidential search. The prospect of Clinton joining the ticket remains the subject of much speculation, as even as some believe her odds of being chosen may have diminished in recent weeks. Clinton reacted to reporters saying her name may not top Obama's VP list, Clinton told reporters “I’ve consistently said I’m very happy being a senator for New York. I love my work. I love representing the people of New York.” "Happy being a senator for NY?" come on.... This all on the eve of Hillary making a campaign stop in Las Vegas tomorrow for Obama... Candy Crowley will look at what Hillary as up her sleeve for us tonight...
John McCain will be in Ohio today (my guess is you will not see more of Paris Hilton) and will talk about the issues. Ed Henry is out on the trail with McCain for us tonight...
Barack Obama seems to be launching a few more bombs lately...Yesterday, he released a television advertisement that questions John McCain's claims to be a "maverick," and he charged in a campaign appearance that the Republican displays independence only when it suits him politically. Obama aides said Democratic hand-wringing about polls showing that the presidential race remains tight had nothing to do with the volleys. "We are not going to base our campaign on the concerns of so-called campaign strategists on cable TV," spokesman Bill Burton said. But the ad and the Democrat's rhetoric in Indiana appeared to up the ante in a campaign that took a distinct turn toward the negative last week. We will explore that tonight, too.
On the eve of the Beijing Olympics, Randi Kaye is Keeping Them HONEST... topic? CHINA'S BROKEN PROMISES. In 2001, China secured the bid for the 2008 Olympics amid controversy by promising a more open society, freedom of press, acceptable levels of pollution and said in general the games would "enhance all social conditions, including education, health and human rights." 7 years later and it seems none of those promises have been kept...Randi will investigate.
The war in Afghanistan reached a milestone of unfortunate note...June was the second deadliest month for the military in Afghanistan since the war began, with 23 American deaths from hostilities, compared with 22 in Iraq. July was less deadly, with 20 deaths, compared with six in Iraq. On July 22, nearly seven years after the conflict began on Oct. 7, 2001, the United States lost its 500th soldier in the Afghanistan war....AND just across the border...Pakistan's ruling coalition plans to make an announcement TODAY on whether it will impeach President Pervez Musharraf. A decision has been made that he has to go now, and all the parties have agreed on this point." said Capt. Wasif Syed, spokesman for the Pakistan People's Party - which leads the governing coalition.
AND for those of you who are Brett Favre fans...he is coming to the BIG APPLE... The Green Bay Packers reached a deal Wednesday night to send quarterback Brett Favre to the New York Jets. "I am looking forward to seeing Brett Favre in a New York Jets uniform," said Woody Johnson, the Jets chairman and CEO. "He represents a significant addition to this franchise, and reflects our commitment to putting the best possible product on the field." The trade ends a 16-season stay in Green Bay for Favre, who holds numerous NFL passing records. Favre led the Packers to a victory in Super Bowl XXXI in 1997 and has been named the NFL's MVP three times. He holds league records for touchdown passes, yards passing, passing attempts, completions and victories by a starting quarterback.
Phewwwwwwwwwww so glad that is finally settled...ALL for now...
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