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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Nov 20th 2008, 09:15 PM
Will lead panel that thrust him to fame in '71 WASHINGTON - More than three decades after he first appeared before the panel as a 27-year-old Vietnam veteran-turned-antiwar protester, Senator John F. Kerry will be named chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, giving him enormous influence over President-elect Barack Obama's foreign policy, according to congressional officials. <...> Still, from his new perch on the Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry would play an "enormous g...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Jun 11th 2008, 03:23 PM
May 10, 2008 By Jeff Zeleny BEND, Ore. – Senator Barack Obama said today that a scandal from Senator John McCain’s past – the Keating Five – was just as relevant to the presidential campaign as questions about who Mr. Obama has associated with over the years. In a news conference here, Mr. Obama was asked whether his campaign intended to raise the banking scandal from the 1980s, which Mr. McCain has apologized for. Every piece of every candidate’s public record, Mr. Obama said, is “germane to...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Mon Jun 09th 2008, 07:49 PM
Video: Video: I'm speechless.
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Mon Jun 09th 2008, 11:43 AM
BARACK OBAMA’S HIGHER TAXES AGENDA Obama Record Of Voting For Higher Taxes Equals Failed Judgment ARLINGTON, VA — Today, with the start of Barack Obama’s “Change That Works For You” tour, McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds issued the following statement: “While hardworking families are hurting and employers are vulnerable, Barack Obama has promised higher income taxes, Social Security taxes, capital gains taxes, dividend taxes, and tax hikes on job creating businesses. In fact, during just three y...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sun Jun 08th 2008, 03:47 PM
By RYAN GRIM | 6/8/08 10:02 AM EST Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a backer of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) during the primary campaign, reiterated on ABC’s “This Week” that Clinton had won the popular vote — an assertion that is not accepted by Illinois Democrat Sen. Barack Obama’s camp and one that, if repeated often, could harm Democratic attempts to unify behind him. “Hillary Clinton is well known, certainly she had the popular vote in this election,” she said according to a tran...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sat Jun 07th 2008, 03:17 PM
By Greg Sargent - June 7, 2008, 2:46PM Obama watched the speech on the Internet and put in a call to her after it concluded, we're told. He was informed by her assistant that she was, understandably, speaking with supporters at the time. And here's Obama statement... "Obviously, I am thrilled and honored to have Senator Clinton's support. But more than that, I honor her today for the valiant and historic campaign she has run. She shattered barriers on behalf of my daughters and women ev...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Fri Jun 06th 2008, 10:06 PM
Posted 6/6/2008 8:40 AM CDT On Countdown last night, Keith went after GWB and his administration over the new Phase 2 Report on Iraq intelligence issued yesterday under chairman Jay Rockefeller. The conclusions reached by this report were vastly different from the Phase 1 report under Republican Senator Pat Roberts, where he essentially stonewalled any serious investigation for over 2 years until the Dems took the Senate in 2006. The report documents the manipulation of intelligence, the dis...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Jun 05th 2008, 12:28 PM
First, McCain's background: Voted against a bill declaring the third Monday in January a federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Voted to cut off federal assistance to public schools that prohibit prayer in school. Voted to strike provisions of the Racial Justice Act that would prohibit the death sentence in state and federal cases if a defendant could prove with statistical or other evidence that the race of the victim played a role in sentencing. Voted against a 1996 bill to pr...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Wed Jun 04th 2008, 04:07 PM
By Jared Allen Posted: 06/04/08 01:24 PM Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) received a hero’s welcome home in the Senate Wednesday as he returned to vote on the budget a day after he clinched the Democratic presidential nomination over his colleague Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.). Obama strode into the chamber shortly before noon, led by Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and headed to the desk to cast his vote in favor of the Democrats' budget. He did not make it far, though, ...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Wed Jun 04th 2008, 03:52 PM
by kubla000 Wed Jun 04, 2008 at 10:49:28 AM PDT Well it seems that has regained their sanity... There's no bargaining. You don't bargain with the Presidential nominee. Even if you're Hillary Clinton and you have 18 million votes, you don't bargain. Compare this to some sillier who think they have a foot to stand on with this subject. Members of Congress who support Clinton are weighing a joint letter to Senator Barack Obama pressing him to put Clinton on the ticket, a cong...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Tue Jun 03rd 2008, 02:08 PM
Here's Kerry's speech endorsing Obama: Martin Luther King said “the time is always right to do what is right”. And I’m here in South Carolina because this is the right time to share with you my confidence that the next President of the United States should be, can be, and will be Barack Obama. Four years ago, I began my own presidential campaign here in Charleston at Patriots Point. I committed myself then to fight for “a new era of concern for community and not division.” When the campaign e...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Mon Jun 02nd 2008, 08:57 PM
June 02, 2008Ken Vogel sends over some quotes from Clinton's appearance in Yankton, SD, in which she clarified her case for staying: That she's won the popular vote and Obama had won the delegate count, and an argument can now ensue over which is fairer. Tomorrow is the last day of the primaries and the beginning of a new phase in the campaign. After South Dakota and Montana vote I will lead in the popular vote and Senator Obama will lead in the delegate count. The voters will have voted ...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sun Jun 01st 2008, 07:04 PM
Posted: Sunday, June 01, 2008 6:30 PM by Domenico Montanaro From NBC's Domenico Montanaro During her victory speech after the Puerto Rico primary, which she is on her way to winning likely by a two-to-one margin, Ricky Martin music blaring at the introduction and afterward, Clinton showed no sign of pulling out of this race any time soon. “Let’s keep fighting,” Clinton said four times at the close of her speech to rousing applause. She refined what seemed to be her closing argument to superd...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sun Jun 01st 2008, 06:40 PM
Hillary went from enjoying near royalty status as a former First Lady, campaigning with Bill, a two-term former President, with a powerful machine behind her to fighting for an asterisk next to a bogus popular vote total in a delegate battle she lost. Her campaign isn't giving up. Ken Vogel reports that the Clinton campaign is using the results to openly argue that Barack Obama has a problem with Hispanic voters – an idea Clinton backers have previously only behind the scenes. “It was a 100...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sat May 31st 2008, 08:36 PM
Sam SteinMay 31, 2008 06:54 PM When is a Reuben sandwich not just a Reuben sandwich? When one eats it amidst a denizen of rabidly committed, frequently vitriolic, and unapologetically devoted Hillary Clinton supporters. The scene at Harry's Pub in the Marriott Hotel, downstairs from the site of the Rules and Bylaws Committee hearing, was emblematic of the double-edged sword that has become the Democratic primary. One the one hand was the political passion: the willingness to stand in solidarit...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Fri May 30th 2008, 04:01 PM
In today's conference call, the Clinton campaign conceded any rules-based or fairness-based argument for the full seating of the Florida and Michigan delegations. The Clinton campaign declared that, unlike Iowa, NH and South Carolina, Florida and Michigan did indeed break the DNC rules and without justification. The Clinton campaign expressly disagreed with the Michigan Democratic Party's contention that the DNC had selectively enforced its rules by allowing New Hampshire and South Carolina to b...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu May 29th 2008, 09:32 PM
Thursday, May 29, 2008It's hard to come up with an objective measure of which candidates are being attacked the most, but this ought to be a reasonably interesting proxy. I looked at the press releases from five sources: the , the , the , the , and the , and counted the number of times that McCain, Clinton or Obama was mentioned in the headline of the press release. (For Obama press releases, which tend to have vague headlines like "Barack Obama Statement on Iran", I also counted hits in the p...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu May 29th 2008, 11:34 AM
How easy is it? Consider that Gore won IA and NM, and then look at the vote margins: Bush 286, Kerry 252 If Obama wins these four states (with 26 electoral votes), and the results will be: 260 (R), 278 (D) Iowa: Bush by 10,000 votes (7) New Mexico: Bush by 6,000 votes (5) Nevada: Bush by 21,000 (5) Colorado: Bush by 100,000 (9) Add Ohio to the above, and the results will be: 240 (R), 298 (D) Ohio: Bush by 118,000 (20) In 2000, Gore lost Ohio (by 176K) and NH, but won New Mexico (370 vo...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Wed May 28th 2008, 08:44 PM
Photo of Hillary's : (Image) What is with the Clintons and Rove? From a 2007 article: The Clintons recognize the skill Rove has brought to politics and admire his craft, if not his ideology. Just days after the November 2004 election, Bill Clinton pulled Rove aside at the dedication of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Arkansas. "Hey, you did a marvelous job, it was just marvelous what you did," Clinton told Rove, according to the book "The Way to Win: Taking the White House in...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Wed May 28th 2008, 01:09 PM
Fact: Hillary has 1780 total delegates Fact: There are 86 pledged delegates and 197 superdelegates, including , up for grabs Fact: Obama will get a minimum of 35 delegates out of the remaining contests Fact: Obama will get 19 of the 39 add on delegates Fact: Only 229 delegates are available to Hillary Fact: If Hillary gets the remaining 229 delegates, she would have a total of 2009 delegates Fact: Obama has 1979 total delegates Fact: With 54 delegates (from remaining contests and add ons)...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Wed May 28th 2008, 10:05 AM
by Soft Bulletin Tue May 27, 2008 at 08:42:33 PM PDT Keith Olbermann has a story on McCain's National Campaign Co-Chair and economic advisor, Phil Gramm. Turns out Gramm was a Registered Lobbyist for the Swiss Bank UBS, which is tens of billions deep in the subprime crisis. By Josh Marshall 05.27.08 -- 10:32PM Below I MSNBC's story tonight about how fmr. Sen. Phil Gramm (McCain's economics advisor) was advising him on his subprime mortgage bailout policy while Gramm was also a register...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Tue May 27th 2008, 12:14 PM
*** UPDATE *** NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli adds, Clinton is also going up with a TV ad and radio spots and South Dakota, a week out from the Democratic primary there. The TV ad, "," also focuses on the economy -- specifically on the national debt, social security and oil. The radio ad, "Matters," is 60 seconds and starts out similarly to other primary state ads: "In Washington, some people say the presidential primary in South Dakota doesn't much matter. That your voice doesn't really count. But you kn...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Tue May 27th 2008, 10:11 AM
Please Recommend: Below is Evidence of McCain Ethical Violations involving Message Coordination between the Presidential candidate, a and a PAC Organization hostile to a Obama... (Video: ) In addition four of his campaign officials are connected with the group: Senators Lindsay Graham and Joe Lieberman, both campaign co-chairman, also both sit on the Vets for Freedom board of advisors. The group's executive director, Pete Hegseth, is on McCain's Virginia steering committee along with the ...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sun May 25th 2008, 10:09 PM
Hillary's campaign floated this story: Clinton, Obama Spar on Ties to Radicals By JUSTIN ROOD Feb. 22, 2008 The Hillary Clinton campaign pushed to reporters today stories about Barack Obama and his ties to former members of a radical domestic terrorist group -- but did not note that as president, Clinton's husband pardoned more than a dozen convicted violent radicals, including a member of the same group mentioned in the Obama stories. "Wonder what the Republicans will do with this issue,...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sun May 25th 2008, 11:22 AM
BY HILLARY CLINTON Sunday, May 25th 2008, 4:00 AM But I was deeply dismayed and disturbed that my comment would be construed in a way that flies in the face of everything I stand for - and everything I am fighting for in this election. <...> I am running because I still believe I can win on the merits. Because, with our economy in crisis, our nation at war, the stakes have never been higher - and the need for real leadership has never been greater - and I believe I can provide that ...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sat May 24th 2008, 10:33 AM
The "bitter" furor was faux outrage. So stop trying to spin Hillary's calculated statement about assassination as something it isn't: innocent. Stop telling people they're blowing it out of proportion. Stop pretending that "poor Hillary" is being excessively and unjustly criticized. By Greg Sargent - May 4, 2008, 12:10PM I've just obtained a new mailer that the Hillary campaign has dropped in Indiana that attacks Obama for inconsistency on the Second Amendment -- and also reminds voters...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Fri May 23rd 2008, 05:42 PM
Instead of trying to help bring the party together — Election Day is 24 weeks away — Clinton went to Florida to argue that if Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee, his nomination will be illegitimate. And if the DNC plays by the rules Clinton used to support, it’s guilty of vote-suppression — comparable to slavery, Jim Crow, and Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe. (emphasis added) Now RFK's assassination: May 23, 2008 4:54Posted by Karen Tumulty Though she has now apologized for that , this was she's...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu May 22nd 2008, 10:33 PM
05/22/2008WASHINGTON, DC – Senators John Kerry and Barack Obama today announced that the Senate passed the Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act of 2008 (The "HEART Act"). The Act would provide tax relief to the men and women in our nation's armed services and others volunteering service on behalf of the United States, including Peace Corps volunteers and AmeriCorps volunteers – and is paid for by the Kerry-Obama tax reform that closed the tax loophole that allowed defense contractor KB...
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Posted by ProSense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu May 22nd 2008, 10:36 AM
by RenaRF Wed May 21, 2008 at 08:47:40 PM PDT I agree with something Rachel Maddow said on MSNBC's coverage of Kentucky and Oregon last night (paraphrased, because the transcript post-11mp EDT is not yet available): "They're going to have to push her (Clinton) out." The Washington Post is the first to start writing about what the Clinton campaign is likely really doing, as opposed to what they want you to think they're doing. I'm not wearing a tinfoil hat here, folks. And it's best we ent...
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A Real Way to Honor America's Troops
By John Kerry and Lane Evans

For America's veterans, 2005 was like the movie " Groundhog Day." Day after day in Congress we have had to fight for the health care and benefits that our veterans have earned, but after every minor victory we seemingly have to fight the battle again the next day against the forces of resistance.


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John Kerry Fights for “KidsFirst” Health Care Plan
John Kerry addresses the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners today in Washington, DC. The focus of his speech was his “KidsFirst” Health Care Plan. The following is the text of his speech as prepared for delivery and received by The Democratic Daily:

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Leading health care, children's and labor organizations support KidsFirst


John Kerry Announces Half-Million ‘Citizen Cosponsors’ Of KidsFirst Health Care Plan



The Vote Of A Lifetime
Senator Kerry on opposition to Alito:

Many people seem curious or even skeptical why United States Senators believe it's so important to take a stand against the confirmation of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court -- why we're willing to take on a fight that conventional wisdom suggests we will lose.

The reality is simple. We care about the future of our country.

We care about the millions of Americans who expect Congress to stand up and fight for their rights and their freedoms, and we also know that the Supreme Court, again and again, is the battlefield on which those rights and freedoms are decided.

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