POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 8/4

Clinton Speeches Still Lucrative

“Bill Clinton earned $10 million last year giving speeches at business gatherings and motivational seminars while his wife was running for the Democratic presidential nomination,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

Hillary Clinton loaned her campaign more than $13 million of her own money during 2008. An accounting of Bill Clinton’s income in 2008 isn’t due until next year.

Forecasting Models Predict Obama Win

“Economic models that have correctly predicted the winner of almost all post-war U.S. presidential elections say recession fears will secure a victory for Barack Obama in November,” according to Reuters.

“Three separate studies showed the Democratic presidential hopeful winning between 52 and 55 percent of the popular vote on November 4, based on current gloomy economic estimates.”

What’s Obama Doing in Indiana?

NBC News notes that nothing is on Sen. Barack Obama’s official schedule yet “but the traveling press registration e-mail has us flying to South Bend at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and not leaving until 3:25 p.m. the next day… It seems seems like an awfully long time to be in one place.”

Could Obama be meeting with Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) to ask him to be his running mate?

Quote of the Day

“This election is exceptionally tricky.”

— Pollster Peter Hart, quoted by the Wall Street Journal, who estimates that 10% of current Democrats and independents who say they support Sen. Barack Obama “may not be giving a fully honest answer.”

McCain Vetting Cantor

Sen. John McCain’s campaign has asked Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) for personal documents “as the Republican presidential candidate steps up his search for a running mate,” the Associated Press reports. 

“Cantor, 45, the chief deputy minority whip in the House, has been mentioned among several Republicans as a possible running mate for McCain. A Republican familiar with the conversations between Cantor and the McCain campaign said Cantor has been asked to turn over documents, but did not know specifically what records were sought.”

Politico: “With a Southern lilt and that belies his talent for raw politics, Cantor is one of the nation’s most prominent Jewish Republicans, and has impressed the McCain team by becoming a prolific fund-raiser for the campaign.”

Obama Agrees to Three Debates

Sen. Barack Obama “backed away from rival John McCain’s challenge for a series of joint appearances, agreeing only to the standard three debates in the fall,” the APreports.

Wrote campaign manager David Plouffe: “Due to the late date of the two parties’ nominating conventions, and the relatively short period between the end of the conventions and the first proposed debate, it is likely that the four Commission debates will be the sole series of debates in the fall campaign.”

Stevens Sinks in Alaska Senate Race

A new Ivan Moore Research poll in Alaska shows Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) leading Sen. Ted Stevens, 56% to 35%.

However, even though Stevens faces six opponents in the Aug. 26 Republican primary, he still holds a huge lead over chief rival Dave Cuddy (R), 59% to 19%.

Meanwhile, a new Rasmussen Reports poll shows Begich leading Stevens, 50% to 37%. 

SurveyUSA: McCain Maintains Edge in Missouri

A new SurveyUSA poll in Missouri finds Sen. John McCain ahead of Sen. Barack Obama, 49% to 44%.

Key findings: “Among men, McCain today leads by 12. Among women, Obama leads by 3 — a 15 point gender gap. Among voters older than McCain, McCain leads by 19 points. Among voters younger than Obama, the contest is tied. McCain holds 87% of Republican voters; Obama holds 83% of Democrats. Independents break 5:3 for McCain.”

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