contributed by Kenneth, ...
By Chuck Neubauer and Tom Hamburger, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
April 27, 2008
WASHINGTON -- After an unsuccessful campaign for Congress in 2000, Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama faced serious financial pressure: numerous debts, limited cash and a law practice he had neglected for a year. Help arrived in early 2001 from a significant new legal client -- a longtime political supporter.
Chicago entrepreneur Robert Blackwell Jr. paid Obama an $8,000-a-month retainer to give legal advice to his growing technology firm, Electronic Knowledge Interchange. It allowed Obama to supplement his $58,000 part-time state Senate salary for over a year with regular payments from Blackwell's firm that eventually totaled $112,000.
from Politico, Jonathon Martin's Blog
April 23, 2008
NC GOP defies RNC and McCain, will air ad
The North Carolina GOP will still run an ad featuring Barack Obama's pastor despite the pleas of the RNC and John McCain himself, according to a spokesman for the state party.
"Yes, the ad will air," said Brent Woodcox, communications director for the North Carolina GOP.
RNC chairman Mike Duncan has been in contact with the state party asking them to not run it and McCain sent an unequivocal email to the North Carolina GOP chairwoman urging the same.
Also, Woodcox sent over a defense of the spot, which I've updated in the original post with the ad down below.
Senator responds Wednesday to a North Carolina GOP ad that uses footage of the Rev. Wright to criticize two Tar Heel Democrats for endorsing Obama. Watch it above.
Tells TIME’s Michael Scherer: “We asked them not to run it… There is no place for that kind of campaigning.”
Also sends letter to state GOP chairwoman deploring “offensive” commercial.
Update: North Carolina GOP says it will go ahead with the ad.
YES, HE DID!!! Read Post Below!
From The Swamp Washington Bureau, Chicago Tribune
by Mark Silva
Sen. Barack Obama was on the stump today in Raleigh, N.C., the day after his debate in Philadelphia with Sen. Hillary Clinton. Have a look at his body language when he spoke of the sort of debate it was -- a "gotcha'' fest -- and about Clinton being "in her element.''
"Last night, Sen. Clinton and I had our 21st debate of the year,'' Obama said today. "Last night, I think we set a new record, because it took us 45 minutes before we even started talking about a single issue that matters to the American people.
"I don't blame Washington for this, because that's just how Washington is,'' he said. "They like stirring up controversy. They like playing gotcha games...
.. and I would say Sen. Clinton was in her element.''
And that's the part of the videotape, courtesy of Fox News, where viewers need to pay some attention to the hand that Obama raised to his face, and the finger with which he scratched it.
read article on Ayers and Obama below after viewing video.
This video also at www.hillaryclinton.com
Senator Clinton's Response:"...“Americans who believe in the Second Amendment believe it’s a constitutional right. Americans who believe in God believe it’s a matter of personal faith. Americans who believe in protecting good American jobs believe it’s a matter of the American dream,” she said. “People embrace faith not because they are materially poor but because they are spiritually rich.”
Furthermore,Indianapolis, IN — in article from Mosheh Oinounou, "Indiana Senator Evan Bayh called on Democratic superdelegates and primary voters to consider the potential fallout from Obama’s remarks during the general election, arguing that it provides “fodder” for the GOP.
“I think it’s a real potential political problem and its something for superdelegates and voters to think about,” Bayh told reporters after Clinton’s first speech this morning in Indianapolis. “The far right wing has a very good track record of using things like this relentlessly against our candidate, whether its Al Gore or John Kerry and I’m afraid this is the kind of fodder they might use to really harm him with.” more at Fox News
Come on Charlotte4Hillary! 'Let's fight the good fight'! Use your emotion with conviction, and we will deliver N.C. to Hillary!
"...I believe we should appoint a cabinet level position that will be solely and fully devoted to ending poverty as we know it in America. A position that will focus the attention of our nation on the issue and never let it go. A person who I could see being asked by the president every single day what have you done to end poverty in America? No more excuses." Senator Hillary Clinton, April 4, 2008, Memphis, Tn.
Senator Hillary Clinton Agrees to CBS News Debate
No confirmation from Obama camp, debate would be CBS' first of the campaign.
By Marisa Guthrie -- Broadcasting & Cable, 4/3/2008 4:45:00 PM
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) has accepted CBS News’ invitation for a debate on April 27 in North Carolina, her campaign confirmed Thursday.
The network has yet to get a confirmation from Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).
The Democratic contenders will meet April 16 in Philadelphia for an ABC News debate moderated by Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos. It will be the 21st debate of the longest primary season on memory.
If Obama agrees to the CBS News debate, it will be the first for the network. CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric and Face the Nation’s Bob Schieffer are scheduled to moderate.
CAMPAIGNING IN GREENSBORO
Obama has tough words
for Clinton and McCain
Senator says Democrat tied to special interest, Republican lacks ideas
(Raleigh) News & Observer
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., speaks at a town hall meeting in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, March 26, 2008.
Sen. Barack Obama said Wednesday that his chief rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, was too closely tied to the Washington status quo to bring about change.
"She takes more money from lobbyists and special interests than any candidate, including John McCain," the Democratic presidential candidate told about 2,400 people at a town hall meeting in Greensboro's War Memorial Auditorium. "That shows she doesn't have the sense that things need to change in Washington."
Obama criticized McCain's stance on the housing crisis and sought to downplay the provocative comments of his former pastor.
This was Obama's second trip to the state in the past week, and it underscored the intensifying pace of the May 6 primary. Clinton will make a swing today through Wake County, Fayetteville and Winston-Salem. Bill Clinton will tour the western part of the state on Friday, and their daughter, Chelsea Clinton, is expected to speak Saturday in Research Triangle Park.
Obama didn't spare any criticism of McCain, the Arizona senator and presumptive Republican nominee.
In a speech Monday in California, McCain warned against government overreaction to the mortgage crisis and market turmoil, saying that it is not the duty of the taxpayers to bail out big banks or small borrowers who act irresponsibly.
Obama called McCain's response "sit back and watch."
"In his entire speech yesterday, he offered not one policy, not one idea, not one bit of relief to the nearly 35,000 North Carolinians who were forced to foreclose on their dreams in the last three months," Obama said.
The McCain campaign called Obama's comments "old attack and smear tactics."
"Barack Obama's diagnosis for our housing market is clearly that Barack Obama knows best -- raise taxes on hardworking Americans and give government a prescription to spend," said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds.
During a question-and-answer period, Obama was asked by a person identifying himself as a student at a Christian college about his religious beliefs.
"I'm a Christian," Obama said. "What that means for me is that I believe Jesus Christ died for my sins. Through his grace and his mercy and his power, through him I can achieve everlasting life."
He also said he hoped people would not be distracted from the important issues by a few "stupid" comments made by his former pastor, the Rev Jeremiah Wright.
Wright's anti-white comments and his harsh condemnation of the U.S. for its treatment of blacks have plagued Obama, prompting him last week to make a major speech on race relations.
"This is somebody that was preaching three sermons at least a week for 30 years and it got boiled down to a half-minute sound clip and just played over and over and over again, partly because it spoke to some of the racial divisions we have in this country," Obama said.
He said everyone is welcome in his Chicago church and noted that the United Church of Christ denomination to which he belongs is more than 90 percent white.
Clinton touts job training proposals
Praises N.C. programs
(Raleigh) News & Observer
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., speaks about the economy, Thursday, march 27, 2008, at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, N.C.
Sen. Hillary Clinton chose Wake Technical Community College today to call attention to her proposal to spend $12.5 billion over five years to train and educate workers.
"We may be competing in a new global economy, but our policies to equip American workers for the 21st century are stuck back in the 20th," she told an audience of at least 600.
She praised the retraining programs at Wake Tech.
"This campus is a place that has struggled to help people find work in a changing economy," she said. "This school and its spirit really represent what is best about our country. We embrace challenge; we don't turn away from it."
She reiterated her positions on wider issues, winning applause as she called for universal health care coverage. She also repeated her call for an end to tax breaks for oil companies, more investment in green companies and a renegotiation of NAFTA.
Clinton's speech was sprinkled with North Carolina references. She mentioned traffic jams on Interstate 40 as an example of the need for infrastructure improvements. And she praised Gov. Mike Easley's learn-and-earn program.
She pointedly contrasted her economic proposals with positions taken by Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee.
"He'd rather ignore the mortgage crisis or blame middle-class families instead of offering solutions," she said. "I think we've had enough of a president who didn't know enough about economics and didn't do enough for the American middle class. I don't think we can afford four years of that kind of inaction."
She did not mention her Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama, who held a rally in Greensboro on Wednesday.
On the issue of worker training, she said, the nation has not done enough to help workers who are still employed to gain skills and move up to higher-wage positions. Current programs, she said, focus on people already out of work.
Clinton said she was emphasizing specifics in her proposals so people will know what to expect if she is elected.
"We need to rebuild accountability and trust between our people and our president, and we need to know what it is we're voting for, what it is we will get, because this is one of the most important elections that our county has had in a very long time," she said.
Her campaign released a written summary of her worker-training proposal. It includes spending $10 billion over five years to make every dislocated worker eligible for training and other benefits. Currently, some assistance is limited to those who lose their jobs to plants overseas.
The plan also would expand financial aid to reach more displaced workers who enroll in training and education programs.
As for workers who still have their jobs, Clinton proposed:
- New "American Retirement Accounts," in which workers could make tax-deferred investments of $5,000 annually for education and training. The government would offer $1,000 in matching tax cuts to help workers save.
- $200 million a year to aid workers and communities threatened by global competition.
- Expansion of tuition benefit programs offered by employers to pay for literacy and English as a Second Language programs. Such programs now cover only college courses.
Clinton was scheduled to leave Raleigh for speeches at 2 p.m. today in Fayetteville and at 5:30 p.m.in Winston-Salem.
Former President Bill Clinton will be in the western part of the state Friday, and Chelsea Clinton is scheduled to attend a Young Democrats convention Saturday at the Sheraton Imperial in Durham.
"For the Forgotten Small People"
You must watch this video:
With all the negativity coming from the opponent, this was a delight to listen to today. Wouldn't reason dictate that Hillary is the most electable?