POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 6/20

Frank Opposes Obama-Nunn Ticket

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) told the Rothenberg Political Report that he “would have a hard time voting for the [Democratic] ticket” if Sen. Barack Obama picks former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-GA) as his vice-presidential running-mate. 

Frank says he made his position clear to the people vetting Obama’s potential vice presidential nominees.

“The Massachusetts Democrat cites a number of examples of what he calls Nunn’s “real record of hostility” toward gays, placing greatest emphasis on Nunn’s September 1996 vote against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which failed in the Senate by a single vote.”

Quote of the Day

“It’s wedge politics at its worst, and we have to reject it loudly, clearly and unequivocally… Let’s call those rumors what they are: lies.”

— New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, quoted by the New York Times, denouncing the “whisper campaign” in the Jewish community linking Sen. Barack Obama to Islam.

Obama Looks to Run Ads During Olympics

Advertising Age: “Though the Obama campaign is keeping mum about whether it will definitely run spots, it has asked NBC Universal about Olympics advertising including $500,000, $2 million and $4 million packages of ads. (NBC presented those along with a $10 million package.) It’s not only a sign that the Obama camp has faith it can continue its stellar fundraising achievements but a signal that a widening field of battleground states has the candidate contemplating national broadcast buys.”

Baby Boomers Could Be Key Swing Vote

Charlie Cook says Baby Boomers may decide the next presidential election — a generation that came of political age during the “disappointing” Carter term and “popular” Reagan years.

“It is often said that Reagan drew a whole generation into the Republican Party. And some observers wonder whether George W. Bush may have driven another generation away. If this is true, Barack Obama, meet Ronald Reagan, your real opponent.”

Key statistic from Cook’s latest poll: Obama is losing white voters born between 1944 and 1958 — pretty much the lion’s share of the Baby Boomers — by 18 percentage points.

Clinton Will Campaign for Obama

Sen. Hillary Clinton will campaign with Sen. Barack Obama next week, according to the Washington Post. A joint event will be held on Friday.

Next Thursday, Clinton is planning to introduce her top donors to Obama.

Bush Approval Sinks Again

According to a new American Research Group poll, just 25% of Americans approve of the way President Bush is handling his job and 71% disapprove. When it comes to Bush’s handling of the economy, 23% approve and 73% disapprove.

Bush’s overall job approval has dropped from 28% in May as Republicans and independents are less apt to say they approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president. Among Republicans, just 61% approve of the way Bush is handling his job, down from 70% in May.

Key finding: 55% say they believe their household financial situations are getting worse while only 4% say their household financial situations are getting better.

Is Indiana Really In Play?

Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign is calling Indiana a battleground state, “and it’s putting money into the state and assigning a key staff member here,” according to the Indianapolis Star.

Obama is now running an advertisement in Indiana and 17 other states.

However, Larry Sabato doesn’t think the state is realy competitive. Said Sabato: “They’re playing with Senator McCain’s campaign. They’re messing with their minds.”

Clinton Urges Fundraisers to Support Obama

On her private conference call with fundraisers yesterday, Sen. Hillary Clinton “urged her top fundraisers in no uncertain terms to throw their weight behind Barack Obama, and directly asked them in surprisingly candid terms to give or raise money to help her pay off her campaign’s debt,” according to TPM.

“At the same time, in a move that took some participants on the call by surprise, she also clarified that she was not asking their help in paying off her personal loans to the campaign.”

Rasmussen: Colorado Very Close

A new Rasmussen Reports survey in Colorado finds Sen. Barack Obama leading Sen. John McCain by just two points, 43% to 41%.

Colorado has gone Republican in the last three presidential elections but Obama has put it into the swing state category this year.

InsiderAdvantage: Georgia Becomes Competititve

A new InsiderAdvantage poll in Georgia shows a very competitive race with Sen. John McCain barely edging Sen. Barack Obama, 44% to 43%, with Libertarian candidate Bob Barr getting 6%.

Said pollster Matt Towery: “Georgia is competitive for Obama for several reasons. First, it has a high African-American voting age population. Second, it has an unusually high percentage of younger voters (18-29). Both of these groups are more in the Obama camp, with black voters already at the 83 percent level and likely to climb.”

“Equally important, like its neighbor Florida, Georgia has a high percentage of voters who consider themselves independent. Obama is carrying that critical swing vote by about 10 percent in the poll.”

Last month on Political Insider: Will Barr put Georgia in play?

Five Questions on Obama’s Decision to Opt Out

CQ Politics answers five questions on the implications of Sen. Barack Obama rejecting public financing for the general election.

Over at Political Insider, a discussion of the impact of opting out on the presidential race.

McCain Planned Lincoln-Douglas Debates in 2000

From The Best of Times by Haynes Johnson: 

“Before the election year began, McCain and his fellow Vietnam War hero, Democratic War Hero Bob Kerrey, told me in seperate interviews that they had made a private pact. If they won their party’s 2000 nomination, they would fulfill the promise that John F Kennedy and Barry Goldwater had made to each in the expectation of contending the 1964 election. That is, they would campaign daily together across the United States engaging in extensive, freewheeling Lincoln-Douglas- type debates. I’m certain the country would have enthusiastically welcomed their approach; but they were not given the opportunity to try it out.”
 
Hat tip to Political Wire reader Steve Massey, a history teacher in North Carolina. 

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