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Analysis: Obama must show he's ready CNN What is she doing that's working? She's showing some fight. ...... Democrats are tired of being bullied. They want a candidate who will punch bullies in the nose. ...... "Hillary is not the first politician in Washington to declare 'Mission accomplished' a little too soon.'' ....... "The problem was that she closed the doors. She just worked with her own people. She locked out potential allies.'' ....... "The only person who would probably be prepared to be president is Bill Clinton, not Hillary Clinton. We are all very qualified for the job. The question is who can inspire the nation to get beyond the politics that have bogged us down in the past.'' ...... "When we break out of the conventional thinking and we start reaching out to friend and foe alike, then I am absolutely confident that we can restore America's leadership in the world.'' ....... "One more time -- 'I have a million ideas. America can't afford them all.' No kidding, Hillary -- America can't afford you.'' ........ "She hasn't run a corner store. She hasn't run a state. She hasn't run a city. She has never run anything. And the idea that she could learn to be president, you know, as an internship just doesn't make any sense.''
Obama gospel tour opens, courting black voters Chicago Tribune Barack Obama's presidential campaign today begins a tour of gospel singers around this Bible Belt state to praise the Lord and offer testimonials on behalf of the candidate, a modern twist on a style of old-time politicking right out of the film "O Brother Where Art Thou." ...... The campaign sought to tamp down criticism from gay rights groups by adding an openly gay minister to deliver an invocation. ...... churchgoing African-Americans. ...... a "Forty Days of Faith and Family" initiative in South Carolina. ...... a highly publicized argument that Obama made shortly after his election to the U.S. Senate that faith should play a greater role in politics, particularly in communicating the moral basis for progressive political goals. ....... About two-thirds of active black church members are women ...... churchgoers of all races and denominations generally turn out to vote at higher rates. ..... In the 2004 South Carolina Democratic primary, 74 percent of African-American voters said they attended religious services at least once a week, as did 59 percent of all voters in the Democratic primary ........ a strong showing here will provide momentum going into the slew of primaries scheduled for "Super-Duper Tuesday" on Feb. 5, 2008. ...... the largest field staff of any candidate in South Carolina ...... initiative to organize support through barber shops and beauty salons, traditional social centers for black Southerners. ...... He kicked off the current "Forty Days" campaign by attending Sunday services at a historically back church in Columbia, S.C., and then crossed town to do the same at a conservative white Baptist church. The following Sunday, he went to services at a Greenville, S.C., church with a racially diverse congregation. ........ worship music popular with blacks. .... Obama's national religious affairs director, Joshua Dubois ...... Obama has shown greater comfort than his Democratic primary rivals in incorporating the themes and language of faith into his public rhetoric. ...... his adult conversion from a secular life to Christian faith under the mentorship of Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. at Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago's South Side. ...... lay activists can be extraordinarily effective campaign volunteers when they turn their efforts toward organizing support within their churches ..... Bill Clinton, who remains a beloved figure among African-Americans clearly at ease in the black church. ....... Bill Clinton in his style, in the way he can rattle off a Bible verse to make his point."
Obama hopes gospel tour will help chances with black voters Chicago Tribune, United States
Obama: Role for Gore if He Wants
The Associated Press Obama says Al Gore would play a key role in his administration if he wants one ....... a voter asked him to consider naming Gore as his running mate before the nomination is decided "as a way to take the wind out of Hillary's sails." .... "Obama and Gore: Experience and Youth. Obama and Gore: Wisdom and Truth." ..... having won the Nobel Peace Prize and an Oscar, being vice president again would probably be a step down for him. ...... "I think people feel like I listen, and I've got some common sense and I don't have a lot of baggage" ..... "I'm not just going to have one of these press conferences every six months where I call on my three favorite reporters. We're going to have regular press conferences ....... how he would he avoid being "Swift Boated ..... "I have no doubt there will be some of that — trying to make me into this foreign, odd, clearly black person and to scare people," he said. "When people try to Swift Boat you, you have to respond forcefully, you have to respond immediately and you have to respond truthfully. ... We are prepared for whatever they will throw at us." ....... "I have a lot of trouble growing a beard. I don't have a lot of facial hair, that's a good place to start. He lives in a cave."
Obama fights to overcome view he's inexperienced USA Today Obama and Deval Patrick share a friendship, similar résumés, a political consultant and the complicated expectations that come with being African-American politicians. ....... Patrick promised to mobilize his political network to canvass for Obama in next-door New Hampshire ...... inspirational and inclusive approach to politics ....... Obama said their way of practicing politics is "occasionally messy because we're not trying to massage and manage and work the inside game." He calls Clinton "the dominant brand" in their party. ....... Patrick, 51 ... Obama, 46 ..... "We've … fed off each other's success," Obama said. "After I won, Deval comes to my office in Washington …" "In the basement," Patrick interjected. "He says, 'I want to run for governor.' I said, 'Let's go.' " Obama said. ....... "African-American voters are really being very serious about their choice this year because they yearn for victory." ..... Two-thirds of blacks said Obama, still in his first Senate term, is sufficiently experienced to be president. Almost half of white respondents said he was not. ........ "Race is a factor in this. There are going to be some folks who don't vote for me. They may couch it in terms of experience, but they're uncomfortable with me," Obama said. "That's a very small minority." ...... the conventional wisdom of the "wise men and women of Washington," including the media, is "you haven't been there enough, you haven't gone to the Washington salon, the institute breakfasts."
Poll: Clinton Leads in Maryland The Associated Press
Clinton in California: Catch Her if You Can California Progress Report Clinton continuing to lead her closest rival, Barack Obama by 25 points, 45% to 20%. ...... Clinton's 45% is midway between her 49% in August and the 41% who said they would support her in March .... 14% of likely Democratic primary voters in California are undecided. ..... winnowing of the field in earlier primaries and caucuses and the results of those races could create ....... 43% of them will have cast ballots by the absentee method (now called "vote by mail" in California) and so only 57% would be showing up at a precinct on election day. ......... Clinton has a solid lead overall, and leads, often by wide margins in all regions of the state, and in all other subsets including gender, race/ethnicity, age, political ideology, union household or not, household income levels, and likely precinct or vote by mail voters. ....... 50% of the vote in Los Angeles County and San Francisco--the closest region being her 31% to 25% lead over Obama in "other Northern California (18% of the likely voters; 50% of the womens' vote to Obama's 19%, 38% of the mens' vote to Obama's 21%; her lead of 52% to 25% in voters under age 29 over Obama's 25% of that age group is the closest in that category. The closest demographic contest is in the Black vote where she still leads Obama 43% to 30%.
FOX News Poll: Large Democratic Base Lifts Perceptions of Clinton FOX News Clinton is at the top of voters’ minds. More people are familiar with Clinton and her positions on the issues than any other candidate, she is the most mentioned when people are asked who they would want in the White House in the event of a national crisis and she is also the candidate seen as having the most passion and enthusiasm to be president. ..... Clinton has a 17-percentage point advantage over Obama, leading 42 percent to 25 percent .... Earlier in the month, Clinton had a 32-point edge over Obama (Oct. 9-10) .... “All the talk of Clinton’s ‘inevitability’ over the past few weeks may have pushed some Democrats away ..... they don’t like hearing that she’s already won .... Giuliani leads with 31 percent, followed by Fred Thompson at 17 percent ..... More people think Clinton (35 percent) has “the most passion and enthusiasm for wanting to be president” than any other candidate from either party; she’s followed by Obama (18 percent) .... voters say the top attributes in deciding their vote will be for the candidate to be “a strong leader” (24 percent), someone who “can bring about change” (22 percent) and someone who “shares my values” (11 percent).
Obama hopes to butter up rural voters Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, IA
Iowa's Butter Cow Lady Backs Obama The Associated Press Norma "Duffy" Lyon, known for carving life-sized cows from butter for 46 years at the Iowa State Fair, said she's backing Obama because he "doesn't believe in a lot of gobbly-gook" and spends time listening to ordinary voters. ......In addition to cows, Lyon has carved butter sculptures of Elvis, John Wayne, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper." The state fair is a must-visit for presidential candidates, and many hopefuls get their photos taken while gazing at the carvings in a huge refrigerated case. ..... "It's the first time I've done this," said Lyon, who retired last year. "He's my candidate and I want to see him do well."