Details of Obama’s Trip Leak

While Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign “is keeping the dates of its international trip a tightly guarded secret, details are beginning to leak out of foreign capitals,” according to The Swamp.

Agence France-Press reports that French President Nicolas Sarkozy will meet with Obama at the Elysee Palace on Friday July 25.

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports Obama is expected to arrive in Israel on Tuesday July 22 or Wednesday July 23 for a two- or three-day visit to include a meeting with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

And Der Spiegel says Obama is considering a major speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the site of a famous Ronald Reagan speech in 1987 in which the former president challenged then-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down that wall.”

Webb Balked Because of Background Check

Marc Ambinder reports that Sen. Jim Webb was asked last week by Sen. Barack Obama’s vice presidential vetting team to provide information they needed to begin their search into his background and that’s when he took himself out of contention.

A Democrat close to Webb said the senator “did not want to relive the vigors of a campaign so soon after his election to the Senate.”

Will Murphy Join McCain Campaign?

Bill Kristol writes about GOP consultant Mike Murphy, noting that he stayed neutral during the presidential primaries because he had worked previously for both Sen. John McCain and Mitt Romney.

“Murphy remained close to both men, and as a result sat out the G.O.P. nominating contest this past year, not wishing to work against either of them. It was widely assumed, though, that if either McCain or Romney won the nomination, the winner would bring Murphy on board for the general election. So far it hasn’t happened. I believe it soon will.”

“I hasten to disclose that Murphy is a friend. I should also disclose that when I called to say I had heard he might well be signing on with McCain, he went Sergeant Schultz on me, saying nothing.”

Quote of the Day

“Last week I communicated to Senator Obama and his presidential campaign my firm intention to remain in the United States Senate…Under no circumstances will I be a candidate for Vice President.”

— Sen. James Webb, quoted by Time.

Obama Will Accept Nomination at Stadium

Marc Ambinder reports that Sen. Barack Obama will accept the Democratic nomination at the 75,000 seat Invesco Field in Denver instead of the Pepsi Center where the first three nights of the Democratic National Convention will be held.

The Rocky Mountain News notes “there is precedent for moving the nominating speech to an outdoor venue – most notably in 1960 when John F. Kennedy made his speech at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.”

Obama Gains Traction in GOP States

Political Insider: Analysis of recent state polling shows Sen. Barack Obama making significant inroads in 10 states that voted for President Bush four years ago.

GOP Hopes to Use Obama’s Words (and Voice) Against Him

A Story of Race and InheritanceAccording to Politico, Republican opposition researchers “hope that they’ve found a weapon to wound” Sen. Barack Obama: His own voice as recorded for the Grammy Award-winning audio version of his 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father.

“While candidates often have their own words turned against them in attack ads, it’s one thing to see past statements in block text and something else entirely to hear the same words in the office-seeker’s own voice.”

Five House Races to Watch

In a must-read piece, CQ Politics examines the five most vulnerable House seats — all of which are currently held by Republicans.

  • NY-13, in which Rep. Vito J. Fossella (R-NY) was forced to quit his re-election bid after admitting he had a daughter from an ongoing extramarital affair.
  • IL-11, where Rep. Jerry Weller (R-IL) is retiring — and the GOP candidate nominated in the primary dropped out of the race a couple of weeks later.
  • AZ-1, where Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ) announced his retirement not long before he wasindicted on pending federal corruption charges.
  • VA-11, where popular Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-VA) is retiring, and the GOP’s nominee to succeed him, a well-funded newcomer who pledges a vigorous campaign, nonetheless faces a very well-known local Democratic officeholder with a track record of electoral success.
  • NY-25, where Rep. James T. Walsh (R-NY) is retiring; the Democrat who almost unseated him in 2006 never stopped running; and Republicans had recruiting problems that typified the struggles they have faced in many of their trouble races this year.

For more, see Races to Watch and the Balance of Power Scorecard.

July 4 Polls Prove Mixed

Some good news for Sen. Barack Obama: “In the post-war era, the Gallup polls taken closest to the Independence Day holiday have been correct in picking the popular vote winner two-thirds of the time, in 10 of 15 presidential contests,” according to analysis by Politico.

The latest Gallup tracking poll found Obama leading Sen. John McCain, 47% to 43%.

However, McCain can take solace from one fact: “The eventual winner of the popular vote has trailed in the Gallup poll at this point in four of the past five presidential elections. The Gallup poll failed to prove prescient in 1968, 1988, 1992, 2000 and 2004.”

McCain Gets Political Director

“In one of his first moves to centralize control of McCain’s political organization, Steve Schmidt has tapped Rudy Giuliani’s former campaign manager, Mike DuHaime, to be McCain’s new political director,” a top campaign adviser tells CNN.

“Until last week, McCain had no political director at headquarters — highly unusual for a general election campaign. Mccain’s campaign instead relied on 11 regional campaign managers — a structure many Republicans in and outside of the McCain campaign, including Schmidt, considered unworkable.”

Romney Seen as Best Fit for McCain

Bloomberg says the prerequisites for Sen. John McCain’s running mate are clear: “a Washington outsider with solid economic credentials who isn’t associated with President George W. Bush, can fill the vice-presidential attack-dog role, help win Western and Midwestern states and cut into Democrat Barack Obama’s fundraising advantage.”

“One candidate fits the bill: former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.”

Jeb Bush Keeps Low Profile

The St. Petersburg Times catches up with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: “In the 18 months since leaving the Florida Governor’s Mansion, he has quietly remade himself into a capitalist-entrepreneur extraordinaire. Capitalizing on his eight years as governor and a network of Bush family supporters, he leads a busy, and lucrative, life: global speaking engagements, a new consulting firm and affiliations with three big businesses. He earns hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees and stock and has joined the ranks of private equity executives on Wall Street.” 

Landrieu Holds Small Lead in Re-Election Bid

A new Southern Media & Opinion Research poll in Louisiana shows Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) leading challenger John Kennedy (R), 46% to 41%, with 14% still undecided.

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  1. Ted Says:

    Romney adds a net nothing to the ticket; his negatives at least approximate the positives.

    McCain NEEDS Alaska Gov Sarah Palin (if he wants to win in November) — whose positives are too numerous to mention here (with no negatives).

    – and don’t cite Palin’s lack of experience, since she’s got 10 times that of Obama!!!

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