Democratic presidential candidate, Barack Obama, cleaned up in fundraising during the month of June 2008, bringing in $52 million dollars. His totals for the month double that of his rival, Republican presidential candidate, John McCain. Large portions of the candidates’ money will no doubt be spent on advertising.
John McCain: little boy, do you have any money.
One thing I noticed, McCain has covered all his bases in spending money for ads on TV and the internet. However, Obama has not really spent money advertising online.
I haven’t seen Obama’s ads on any of the blogs, which cumulatively reach tens of millions of people per month, while McCain’s ads are dominating in this arena, especially Google.
Obama announces big June haul
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Barack Obama’s campaign on Thursday announced it raised $52 million last month — more than double the amount rival John McCain brought in, according to campaign officials for the presumed Democratic presidential nominee.
Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign has $72 million available to spend, campaign officials say.
Michelle, wife of Democratic nominee Barack Obama
The youth vote could make or break the 2008 U.S. presidential election, depending on turn out at the polls in November. A new article explores how young voters view the candidates’ wives and in turn them as politicians.
Cindy, wife of Republican nominee, John McCain
Young voters split on Michelle Obama, don’t know Cindy McCain
WASHINGTON–Barack Obama may have a handle on the younger demographic, but apparently his wife still has some work to do.
According to an AP-Yahoo News opinion poll released this week, 34 percent of young adults ages 18 to 34 have an unfavorable impression of Michelle Obama. This compares with 27 percent of young people who view her favorably and 39 percent who said they aren’t informed enough about her to comment either way.
Just 18 percent of young people polled view Cindy McCain unfavorably, a slightly lower figure than the 22 percent who said they have a positive impression of her. But Cindy McCain remains more of a mystery to most young voters—59 percent of 18-to-34-year-olds said they don’t know enough about her to form an impression.
Why is Michelle Obama so polarizing, and why is Cindy McCain so unfamiliar?
Oh Yes, He Went There
In an interview conducted this week, chronic vote splitter, Ralph Nader, who is white, said Obama is “Talking white.” First Imus, now this. What is this? Insult the black people month (LOL).
What exactly was Obama’s platform to be? Instead of what most white politicians proclaim, “Better healthcare, affordable insurance and lower taxes,” what was he to say “Better fried chicken, affordable watermelon and lower Cadillac’s for everyone.”
Obama with grandparents
I have a song I wrote a few years ago titled “You Talk Like A White Girl” in honor of whites and blacks that believe black people are not to speak proper English.
It’s a terrible stereotype that broken English must be the standard for black people and that we are not to think or like things white people do and vice versa. That’s why the races sometimes don’t understand or appreciate each other. We don’t communicate enough and some have very erroneous views of the other (both black and white).
It’s these divisive ideas that encourage and widen the divide between the races. At the end of the day, doesn’t everyone want to be happy, secure a good life for their family and have a career they enjoy. That’s not a black or a white thing. That’s everyone’s thing.
Nader: Obama ‘talking white’
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 – Ralph Nader, who is running for president, talks about Barack Obama in his Washington, D.C., office Monday. Nader said Obama should “candidly describe the life of the poor.”
Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader accused Sen. Barack Obama, the presumed Democratic Party nominee, of downplaying poverty issues, trying to “talk white” and appealing to “white guilt” during his run for the White House.
After getting her butt handed to her in the 2008 presidential election, former candidate Hillary Clinton, has decided to take a month off to cry rest.
Upon hearing the news Democratic nominee Barack Obama:
Upon hearing the news of Hillary’s one month break, Republican candidate John McCain said “who?”:
Aww poor Hillary. Does it still hurt when you think about how far close you were to the presidency? How you wanted it forever 10 years.
Remember Hillary, liquor is not your friend. Don’t spend your time getting drunk again:
Hillary drinking and flying a few weeks ago
“Clinton takes month off”
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) is taking a month off from Congress to recuperate after her marathon run for the presidency.
She is not expected to return to the Senate until July 7 or July 8 after the Independence Day recess, according to two Democratic sources.
Clinton’s Democratic colleagues in the Senate are taking a sympathetic attitude toward her extended absence, which comes after a grueling 18-month formal bid for the White House and, according to some calculations, a decade or more of planning and positioning since the days when her husband was president.
Democratic candidate Barack Obama launched an anti-smear web site to combat various rumors floating around about him and his campaign:
Will Obama’s Anti-Rumor Plan Work?
The Obama campaign has built what might best be described as a Web-based rumor clearinghouse, located at www.fightthesmears.com in which it hopes all the shady stories about Obama’s faith, his family and his rumored connections with controversial figures can go to die.
John McCain: what did he say about me!?
Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, is being called too young and Republican, John McCain, is being called too old. Various outlets are debating the pros and cons of the nominees’ respective ages.
If an individual is intelligent and competent, their age, whether it be 40 or 70, should not be a factor.
Barack Obama and his wife Michelle
Former presidential nominee senator John Kerry got into a verbal fight with John McCain over the age issue. John Kerry deems McCain too old and “confused.”
What the nation needs in the next president is a peaceful, law abiding, intelligent thinker that can pass a CAT scan, which I am afraid the current incumbent might not be able to do:
John McCain attacks John Kerry ‘confused’ gibe as slur on his age
John McCain faced further questions about his age yesterday after John Kerry, the Democrats’ 2004 presidential nominee, described the 71-year-old Republican as “confused” over Iraq.
“I’m obviously disappointed in a comment like that,” Mr McCain said after a clash between his presidential campaign and that of Barack Obama over remarks that the Republican made about US troop levels in Iraq.
Is McCain too old? Is Obama too young?
Megan McArdle says John McCain’s biggest problem isn’t age or health, but the fact that he’s a Republican. Ezra Klein’s response will appear below shortly.
…A Few Months Too Late
Hillary Clinton has finally decided to end her elongated campaign and bow out of the 2008 U.S. presidential race that she lost by a significant margin.
I’m sure certain people are thinking it’s a shame she did not come to this conclusion a few months ago, as it would have saved the Democratic Party and her top rival, the official nominee, Barack Obama, a lot of time and energy, not to mention roughly $40 million dollars in campaign money that was wasted fighting her, which could have been used towards the general election.
As I wrote previously, the Democratic Party is short on money and Hillary Clinton is greatly to blame for that. They would have more cash reserves had Obama not had to spend so much money in fighting off Hillary, after her bid reached a point it was was deemed non-winnable.
Furthermore, staying in the race this long when one’s party has so much to lose is selfish. The public has known for quite sometime, the math had reached a point, where it would not compute into a win for Clinton.
She made women look like whiney, excuse making basket cases that irrationally don’t know when to graciously accept defeat.
If this race had been a relationship, you would have been stalking Obama after he broke up with you and moved on, laying in wait in the bushes outside his house.
Not to mention, it use to be the Republican Party caught up in occasional race based scandals, branded sometime Negrophobes, yet Hillary reversed the order in what she and Bill said, and with the various racially charged items her campaign unearthed.
Obviously, someone never learned to count the cost of one’s actions. McCain owes you a great deal of thanks, Hillary.
Clinton ending candidacy, supporting Obama
WASHINGTON (AP) – Her path to the nomination inevitable no more, Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to announce she is ending her groundbreaking candidacy and supporting Barack Obama, her rival in a presidential quest for the ages.
Clinton prepared to declare Saturday that she is backing the Illinois senator after Democratic congressional colleagues made clear they had no stomach for a protracted intraparty battle once Obama secured the 2,118 delegates necessary to clinch the nomination.
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Where Hillary Clinton could have exited the 2008 U.S. presidential race with some dignity, she has instead chosen complete immaturity and lack of class. She has opted to suspend her campaign, not concede and end it.
Barack Obama and wife Michelle
As a result, prominent DNC members, Senators Dean, Pelosi and Reid, set a June 6, 2008 deadline for all superdelegates to render their votes, in a bid to solidify the nomination of Democratic winner Barack Obama, who John McCain awaits.
You know that’s what she’s been doing since she lost, right. Hillary, put the liquor down.
It’s sad that they had to do this to force Hillary to accept she did not win the nomination, by any means. It marks a very undignified end to her campaign that was chock full of dirty tricks.
Dean, Pelosi, Reid set Friday deadline for superdelegates’ choices, move to force end to Clinton bid
With the final primary concluded barely hours before, top Democratic Party leaders in Washington early this morning ratcheted up the pressure to force all remaining uncommitted superdelegates to make their choice of candidate known by Friday — and thus end the now hopeless, one-time frontrunning campaign of New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is among top party leaders setting a Friday deadline for superdelegates to endorse Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama
The joint statement was obviously pre-planned and timed for issue shortly after Clinton refused to concede the presidential nomination’s victory to Barack Obama, who’s gained sufficient delegates to clinch the party’s nomination.
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Republican Rival John McCain: “Formidable” Opponent
Democratic nominee Barack Obama
History was made today in America as Democratic candidate Barack Obama clinched the nomination meeting the required number of delegates, 2,118. He is the first black person in the history of the United States of America to become a presidential nominee.
His rival, Hillary Clinton, is being graceless in not conceding when the people have so clearly spoken and is marring what is a historic day. You don’t deserve a slot on that ticket.
Republican nominee John McCain
Republican nominee “John McCain” declared the general election has begun today and referred to Obama as “formidable.” McCain made history as well being the first P.O.W. (Prisoner of War) to become a presidential nominee. This promises to be an eventful race.
Obama Clinches Democratic Nomination
Last Primaries and Superdelegates Push Obama to Victory
June 3, 2008 – Based on preliminary exit polls and our reporting, ABC News projects Sen. Barack Obama will have enough delegates to secure the Democratic nomination after the final primary votes are counted tonight.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has reached the 2,118 delegates needed to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination — becoming the first African American major party presidential candidate in U.S history.
Obama, D-Ill., has the 2,118 needed to clinch the Democratic nomination for president, according to the ABC News scorecard, and is expected to win an additional number of delegates in today’s final primary contests in South Dakota and Montana and further superdelegate endorsements Tuesday.
Making history by becoming the nation’s first African-American major party presidential nominee
Obama Becomes First Black Democratic Presidential Nominee
The Third African American Senator Since Reconstruction Makes History
June 3, 2008 – After a bruising battle, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has won enough delegates to clinch the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, ABC News projects based on exit polls and reporting.
Obama, D-Ill., becomes the first African-American major party presidential candidate in the nation’s history.
McCain Calls Obama His Opponent, Praises Clinton (Update1)
June 3 (Bloomberg) — Republican John McCain acknowledged Senator Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential nominee tonight in a speech peppered with praise for Senator Hillary Clinton and laden with criticism for President George W. Bush.
McCain said Obama will be a “formidable” opponent and that the November vote will be “a change election.”
“No matter who wins this election the direction of this country is going to change dramatically” he said in a speech in Kenner, Louisiana, outside of New Orleans. “But, the choice is between the right change and the wrong change; between going forward and going backward.”
Story found here
…And The DNC Refuses To Give Her A Paddle
Chelsea to Hillary Clinton: you know we lost, right.
Hillary to Chelsea Clinton: yes, but keep smiling like nothing happened and maybe no one will notice.
The DNC has decided to halve the votes from the states of Florida And Michigan, who are being penalized for moving up primaries. As a result, Barack Obama gained, “67 pledged delegates from Florida and 59 from Michigan” and Hillary Clinton received “105 pledged delegates from Florida and 69 from Michigan.”
Barack Obama currently has 2,078 delegates, while Hillary Clinton has 1,915. Once again, Obama is still way ahead of her, by 174 delegates, putting him only 40 away from the nomination that requires 2,118.
Also being disputed is Hillary Clinton claiming the popular vote. An AP article contends:
“…And questioned her popular vote claim. Her assertion includes estimates for caucuses in Iowa, Nevada, Maine and Washington state, where no official candidate popular vote is available. It also includes the results from Florida, where no campaigning occurred, as well as Michigan, where Obama did not receive any votes because his name was not on the ballot.”
Florida, Michigan get all delegates, but each gets half vote
The committee’s ruling gave Clinton 105 pledged delegates from Florida and 69 from Michigan, with a total of 87 votes. Obama received 67 pledged delegates from Florida and 59 from Michigan, casting a total of 63 votes.
That tally leaves Obama ahead by the equivalent of 174 delegates.
If each delegate had been granted a full vote, Clinton still would have trailed Obama.
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