POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 5/30

Warner Rated More Favorably Than Gilmore in Virginia

A new Virginia Commonwealth University poll finds many more Virginians have a favorable view of former Gov. Mark Warner (D) than former Gov. Jim Gilmore (R) as the two prepare to face off in a U.S. Senate race.

Warner’s favorability is at 47%, while Gilmore’s is only 23%.

Said pollster Cary Funk: “These results suggest that Jim Gilmore will need to re‐introduce himself to Virginia voters if he is the GOP candidate for the Senate. As the contest for the U.S. Senate seat begins in earnest, Mark Warner has a clear advantage in terms of name recognition. And, those with an opinion about Warner tend to think well of him by a margin of nearly 5 to 1. That compares with a positive to negative image of about 1.5 to 1 for Gilmore.”

Dole Faces Tough Challenge in North Carolina

A new Civitas Institute poll shows Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) just two points ahead of challenger Kay Hagan (D), 45% to 43%, within the poll’s +/- 3.7 percent margin of error.

Bonus Quote of the Day

“There are miserable creatures like you in every administration who don’t have the guts to speak up or quit if there are disagreements with the boss or colleagues. No, your type soaks up the benefits of power, revels in the limelight for years, then quits, and spurred on by greed, cashes in with a scathing critique… You’re a hot ticket now but don’t you, deep down, feel like a total ingrate?”

— Former Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS), in an email obtained by Politico to former White House press secretary Scott McClellan.

Quote of the Day

“I think I can forgive you now.”

— Former White House terrorism czar Richard Clarke, quoted by ABC News, after receiving an apology from former White House press secretary Scott McClellan forbashing his 2004 book, Against All Enemies.

California Democrats Move to Obama

Even though Sen. Barack Obama lost the California primary to Sen. Hillary Clinton by 18 percentage points, he is now favored among Democratic voters, 51% to 38%, according to the latest Field Poll.

In a general election match up, Obama beats Sen. John McCain, 52% to 35%.

Key finding: “A majority of Democratic voters said they would be more likely to support the Democratic ticket if it included both Obama and Clinton. However, Clinton supporters were more enthusiastic about an Obama-Clinton ticket than Obama backers were about the reverse lineup.”

Ickes Warns of Clinton Defections

Harold Ickes, Sen. Hillary Clinton’s “chief delegate hunter,” told the Huffington Post“that there may be some defections” among the 13 DNC rules and bylaws committee members who have endorsed Clinton. “If Ickes and his allies cannot hold all their troops in line, a motion before the RBC to seat all 210 Florida and 156 Michigan delegates with a full vote each would face certain defeat.”

Political Insider: Previewing Saturday’s DNC rules committee meeting.

Obama Enlists Biden

Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE) told the Washington Times that his one-time presidential rival Sen. Barack Obama has asked him to “play a more prominent” and “deeply involved” role in his campaign, “a signal the likely Democratic nominee is looking to burnish his foreign-policy credentials that Republicans are attacking.”

Said Biden: “He has asked me to play a more prominent role – not in an administration, in the campaign – meaning would I be more available, would I travel with him occasionally, and I said once he gets the nomination, if he gets the nomination, then I’ll do whatever he wants. I’ll do whatever he asks me to do.”

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