POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 6/25

In Indiana, Daniels Holds Edge in Re-Election Bid

A new SurveyUSA poll in Indiana shows Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) leads challenger Jill Long Thompson (D) by 5 points, 50% to 45%.

Key findings: “Among men, Daniels leads by 8 points; among women, Daniels leads by 3. 15% of Republicans cross over to vote for the Democratic ticket; 22% of Democrats cross over to vote for the Republican ticket. Independents favor Daniels by 3 points.”

LAT/Bloomberg: Obama Opens Big National Lead

Sen. Barack Obama has opened a 15-point lead over Sen. John McCain in the presidential race, according to a new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll

In addition, “most of the political trends — voter enthusiasm, views of President George W. Bush, the Republicans, the economy and the direction of the country — point to even greater trouble for rival McCain.”

Obama, “winning support from once skeptical women and Democrats,” beats McCain 48% to 33%, in a four-way race with independent candidates Bob Barr and Ralph Nader get 7% combined.

Said pollster Susan Pinkus: “The Obama voters are much more energized and motivated to come out to vote than the McCain voters; McCain is still struggling to win over some of his core groups. The good news for Obama is also that he seems to be doing better on the issue that is uppermost in voters’ minds, and that is the economy.

Quote of the Day

“President Clinton is obviously committed to doing whatever he can and is asked to do to ensure Senator Obama is the next president of the United States.”

— A statement from Bill Clinton’s office, quoted by Time.

Defining Obama

Political Insider: Who is Barack Obama?

Obama Hits Hollywood

According to Variety, Sen. Barack Obama will hold a major fundraiser in Los Angeles tonight. Featured celebrity guests include actors Samuel L. Jackson, Dennis Quaid, model Heidi Klum and boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard.

The event was billed as a $2,300-per-person reception with a VIP dinner beforehand for donors who pay $28,500 per couple.

“The big question is just how many of Hillary Clinton’s high-profile fund-raisers will show up at the event, as the sting of her loss is still hardfelt in some quarters.”

The AP says the “glitzy gathering will be an early test of Obama’s ability to enlist Clinton’s financial backers, many of whom are still nursing some pain from the grueling primary contest.”

Rasmussen: Obama Slightly Ahead in Pennsylvania

A new Rasmussen Reports survey in Pennsylvania shows Sen. Barack Obama leading Sen. John McCain, 46% to 42%.

Obama, Clinton Talk Strategy

Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton “spoke by phone Sunday night, the first time the presumptive Democratic nominee and his former rival have exhanged words since their private meeting in Washington weeks ago,” ABC News reports.

The two senators discussed “retiring Clinton’s over $10 million in campaign debt” and talk about “their forthcoming joint fundraising appearance in Washington on Thursday and the first campaign appearance together in Unity, New Hampshire, on Friday.”

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