Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Clinton's Latest 3am Effort

This is Hillary Clinton's latest effort at the 3am ad. This time its the economy. And this time its directed against John McCain. Ahh, the real enemy this time.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Ferraro Resigns from Clinton Team

Geraldine Ferraro tonight resigned from the Hillary Clinton Campaign team after making divisive comments about Barack Obama.

In Ferraro's own words:

"Dear Hillary, I am stepping down from your finance committee so I can speak for myself and you can continue to speak for yourself about what's at stake in this campaign. The Obama campaign is attacking me to hurt you. I won't let that happen. Thank you for everything you've done and continue to do to make this a better world for my children and grandchildren. You have my deep admiration and respect, Gerry."

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Obama wins Wyoming

Despite campaigning heavily in Wyoming in the last few days, with Bill and Chelsea in tow, Barack Obama has secured victory in the Wyoming caucus, by a margin of about 59% to 40%.

From Bloomberg

By Kristin Jensen and Catherine Larkin

Barack Obama won Wyoming's Democratic caucuses today, defeating Hillary Clinton in the first contest since she revived her candidacy with victories on March 4.

With 96 percent of the precincts reporting, Obama, an Illinois senator, had 59 percent compared with 41 percent for Senator Clinton of New York. Clinton yesterday told reporters that Wyoming represented a ``steep uphill climb'' for her campaign.

``This is a very important win for us,'' Obama campaign manager David Plouffe told reporters during a conference call after today's race. Obama now has a lead of 156 pledged delegates, he said.

With nine states and two territories left to vote with 599 pledged delegates available, it's unlikely that Clinton will be able close the gap because of the proportional delegate distribution used by the Democrats, Plouffe said.

The Wyoming vote follows Clinton's wins in Rhode Island, Ohio and Texas four days ago. Wyoming has 12 pledged delegates at stake, awarded to the candidates proportionally based on the support they get in the caucuses.

The close Democratic nomination race brought both candidates to the state, the least populous in the U.S. and one that hasn't voted for a Democrat in a general election since 1964. Wyoming is the home state of Vice President Dick Cheney, a Republican.

Iraq War

Obama, 46, used the war in Iraq to draw his differences with Clinton and Republican presidential candidate John McCain. He responded to criticism from Clinton, saying she ``doesn't have standing'' to question his position.

``I don't want anybody here to be confused, I was opposed to this war in 2002,'' Obama told a crowd of about 1,200 people at the Casper Recreation Center yesterday. ``It was because of George Bush with an assist from Hillary Clinton and John McCain that we entered into this war.''

Obama and Clinton, 60, are statistically tied nationwide for support among Democrats, according to a poll by Newsweek magazine released today. The poll shows 45 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters said they would most like to see Obama nominated for the presidency, compared with 44 percent who favored Clinton. The difference is well within the 5 percentage- point margin of error for Democrats in the survey.

`Politics of Fear'

Obama previously had a commanding lead in most national surveys. He yesterday accused Clinton of engaging in ``the politics of fear'' for running a television advertisement in Texas asking who voters would want answering the White House phone at 3 a.m. to respond to a crisis.

``That was designed to feed into your fears,'' Obama said. ``What do people think I'm going to do? I'm going to answer the phone, and I'm going to find out what's going on and I won't be browbeaten into watching a war that wasn't necessary, I will get all the information about what crisis is taking place.''

Clinton seized on comments made by one of Obama's top foreign policy advisers in an interview with the BBC. The adviser, Samantha Power, a professor of global leadership and public policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, told the BBC that Obama's promise to withdraw all U.S. combat troops from Iraq within 16 months of taking office was a ``best-case scenario.''

The New York senator told reporters yesterday that she wasn't ``sure what the American people should believe'' on Obama's Iraq policy.

``While Senator Obama campaigns on his plan to end the war, his top advisers tell people abroad that he will not rely on his own plan should he become president,'' she said in Mississippi.


Power resigned yesterday because of comments she made in another overseas interview. She was quoted in the Scotsman newspaper as calling Clinton ``a monster'' who would do anything to win the nomination. Power issued a statement saying that her comment was ``inexcusable.''

Obama has 1,361 pledged delegates to the Democratic convention in August and Clinton has 1,220, according to an unofficial tally by the Associated Press. A candidate needs 2,025 to become the nominee, and neither Obama or Clinton is likely to have enough pledged delegates to secure the nomination before the Democratic convention in August.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Hillary Clinton Slams Halliburton Move

Hillary Clinton has slammed Halliburton, who have decided to move their corporate headquarters offshore to Dubai.

She made the following comments at a press conference today:

"We just heard news that this company that Vice President Cheney used to be in charge of called Halliburton, has decided to move corporate headquarters overseas and I think that raises a lot of serious issues we have to look at. Does this mean they are going to quit paying taxes in America? They are going to take all the advantage of our country but not pay their fair share of taxes? They get a lot of government contracts - is this going to affect the investigations that are going on?

Because we have a lot of evidence of misuse of government contracts and how they have cheated the American soldier and cheated the American taxpayer. They have taken the money and not provided the services, so does this mean that we won't be able to pursue these investigations? I think it raises a lot of very big concerns and I think we are going to be looking into that in Washington.

I think it is disgraceful that American companies are more than happy to try to get no-bid contracts like Halliburton has and then turn around and say we are not going to stay with our Chief Executive Officer or the President of our company in the U.S. anymore. Well I am proud to be an American and I am proud to be part of the greatest country in the world."

Monday, March 12, 2007

Bill's impact on Hillary's Campaign

The following article appeared on Sunday in the San Francisco Chronicle. It details the uniqueness of Hillary's campaign, dealing with the popularity of her husband, her status as former first lady, and her lead in the polls.

A problem for Hillary: Her hubby
Candidate's pitfalls start with ex-president

Martin F. Nolan
Sunday, March 11, 2007
In an early Rudyard Kipling short story, a feuding couple leave a dance. "Take my word for it," a woman says to her companion, "the silliest woman can manage a clever man, but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool." In a quarrel common in the British Raj of 1880s India and in 1990s Washington, the couple had argued about the husband's roving eye.

In San Francisco on Feb. 23, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton called her husband "the most popular person in the world right now," defining her dilemma as a prisoner of privilege.

How much of her popularity is held in joint custody? Will she be her own woman? How many fans admired her nobly silent Wronged Woman during his luridly documented dalliance? Is there a "Where's Waldo?" future for the First Gentleman? If so, will Hillary Clinton's duties include managing a clever man or a fool?

Many Americans ask these questions, but Sen. Clinton ducks press inquiries. For all her talents, she may learn that voters in Democratic primaries don't cotton to campaigns based on a foregone conclusion. For 40 years, the habit of Republicans is to defer to early favorites. Democrats usually trash them. Such topics are taboo among her consultants and courtiers. Their job is to make inevitable the Clinton Restoration. Privileges can be burdens -- even fame, fortune and Secret Service protection.

Another heavy burden is her privileged status as a liberal Baby Boomer. If she prevails at the Democratic National Convention in Denver next year, she will be the fifth consecutive nominee from that large, self-admiring demographic. Al Gore and John Kerry shared a sense of generational entitlement infected with moral superiority: "I was right about civil rights and Vietnam; aren't you voters lucky to vote for someone as smart as me?"


Strong Lead for Hillary in Nevada

A poll conducted last week in Nevada has Hillary Clinton in the lead over nearest rival Barack Obama as preferred Democratic nominee for President.

The poll of 600 people was conducted between Tuesday and Thursday last week, and showed Hillary Clinton on 32% compared with Barack Obama on 20%. Closest following were Al Gore and John Edwards, both on 11%.

In the Presidential match ups however, Clinton was behind both Rudy Giuliani and John McCain.

The poll, conducted by Research 2000 has a margin of error of plus or minus 4%.

Nevada has taken on a key status in the primaries this time, coming immediately after the Iowa caucus next January and before New Hampshire. Clinton took part in the candidates forum in Carson City last month, and is expected to make many more visits to the state.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Latest Poll Has Clinton well in Lead

This is a portion of the press release from the Hillary Clinton campaign regarding the latest poll results, from AP/Ipsos. The results are clear from the release, but the spin is always interesting to read! This poll does appear to break the recent trend that showed Barack Obama surging as preferred nominee.

In the first national poll taken completely after the speeches in Selma, Hillary Clinton is the leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination with 38% of the vote of Democrats and Democratic-leaning Independents, to 21% for Barack Obama, 14% for Al Gore and 10% for John Edwards, according to a just released AP/Ipsos poll of over 1000 Americans released today. The poll was conducted Monday through Wednesday. The 17 point margin represents a tic up from two polls that had the margin at 12%.

In the AP/Ipsos poll, Clinton has more of the vote than the next two Democratic candidates combined. In addition, according to the poll, Clinton leads her closest Democratic competitor among voters who say honesty, strong character, compassion, intelligence and stance on issues matter most.

The poll took place between Monday and Wednesday last week, and has a margin or error of plus or minus 4.5%

Clinton Hillcast on GI Rights

Hillary Clinton has done it again - another Hillcast that is - this is her fourth so far.

Having launched her Hillcasts with a speech about her roadmap out of Iraq, she has dedicated this latest one to the welfare of troops.

"Hillary proposes a new GI Bill of Rights to fulfill the promises we've made to our troops and veterans."

Friday, March 9, 2007

Hillary Clinton Supports Veterans

As the campaign to bring the troops home from Iraq hots up in Congress this week, Hillary Clinton is focusing on their welfare when they make it home. Given that over 20,000 troops have been injured in Iraq alone, the welfare of troops will be a central issue for the coming Presidential campaign.

Clinton gave a speech yesterday to the Center for American Progress, and called for better training, and also better care when troops return home.

She laid out a number of key points to her plan:

IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH CARE: In her speech, Hillary proposed improving the screening process for our troops before they deploy to better track mental health conditions and cases of post-traumatic stress disorder. She also proposed a measure to provide assistance to families struggling to care for a loved one with psychological and brain injuries.

FIXING THE DISABILITY SYSTEM: To deal with the high number of disability claims being rejected, Hillary proposed an independent review of denied claims to help veterans get the benefits they deserve.

TAKING CARE OF ORPHANS: To ensure that the children of single parents killed in combat are cared for, Hillary proposed allowing soldiers to designate someone to receive their benefits and care for their children.

A NEW GI BILL OF RIGHTS: In the coming weeks, Hillary will announce a new GI Bill of rights that will expand opportunities for veterans to get a college education, afford their own home and start small businesses.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Strong California Poll Result for Clinton

Hillary Clinton has a commanding lead over Barack Obama for the preferred Democratic nominee in a recent poll conducted in California.

The survey was conducted by Survey USA on behalf of a number of TV news networks in California. 782 likely Democratic Primary voters were surveyed, a larger number than many other surveys. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6%.

Hillary Clinton sits on 44%, with Barack Obama on 31%. Former Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards is on 10%, with New Mexico Governor coming in fourth on 4%.

The poll took place between the 3rd and 5th of March.

Hillary Maintains Lead in USA Today Poll

Hillary Clinton has dropped 4 points, but still maintains a solid lead over Barack Obama as the preferred Democratic nominee in the latest USA Today/Gallup poll.

The poll, conducted between 2 and 4 March, shows Clinton on 36% compared with Barack Obama on 22%. The same poll in January had Clinton on 40% and Obama on 21%.

There was also a surprising surge in the support of Al Gore, rising from 14% in February to 18% in the latest poll. His favorable rating has also increased to 55%. The Clinton camp are closely monitoring Al Gore. Clinton adviser James Carville has already said that he believes that Gore will run for the nomination.

John Edwards' rating fell from 13% in February to just 9% in this poll.

Clinton's favourable rating has decreased slightly from 58% to 54%.

The poll surveyed 482 Democrat and Democrat leaning voters.