POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 8/25

Clinton, Obama Working On Roll Call Deal

Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama “are working on a deal to give her some votes in the presidential nomination roll call, but end the divided balloting quickly with a unanimous consent for Obama,” according to the AP

“Democratic officials involved in the negotiations say the idea is that at the start of the state-by-state roll call Wednesday night, delegates would cast their votes for Clinton or Obama. But the voting would be cut off after a couple states, perhaps ending with New York, when Clinton herself would call for a unanimous backing for Obama from the convention floor.”

Young Voters Stay With Obama

A new Harvard Institute of Politics poll of young voters shows Sen. Barack Obama with a huge 23 point lead over Sen. John McCain, 55% to 32% with 13% undecided.

This lead is virtually unchanged since the last poll in the spring before the Democratic nomination was settled.

Key finding: “Overall, 62% of young voters report that they are excited (23% very excited, 39% somewhat excited) about the upcoming election, including 69% of 18 to 24 year olds currently in college.”

Kennedy Will Appear at Convention

“In a moment that is sure to bring down the house,” Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) “is expected to attend the Democratic National Convention, most likely to deliver a speech tonight,” according to the Boston Globe.

“Buzz has built among Massachusetts politicos that Kennedy would come, and yesterday a Bay State Democrat close to the family confirmed that Kennedy has decided to travel to Denver, probably for an opening-night address.”

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. confirms to Time his uncle is in Denver and will at least make an appearance at the convention.

And Ben Smith confirms Kennedy will speak to the delegates.

This Week Is About Democrats

Many polls in the last several weeks note that Sen. John McCain is winning a greater percentage of registered Republicans (around 85%) than Sen. Barack Obama is getting among Democrats (around 80%). Obama is most-likely suffering from the long, tough-fought primary with Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Marc Ambinder makes a good point: “Obama will try to use this convention to increase his standing among Democrats. This convention is NOT aimed at persuading people who call themselves independents and moderates. It’s about persuading people who lean left and call themselves Democrats but who, for many reasons, aren’t sure about Obama.”

UpdateAmy Sullivan notes that with all the Clinton controversy “it may come as a surprise that the Democrats who will gather around the gavel in Denver are actually more united than perhaps at any other point in the past 30 years.”

Springstein, Bon Jovi to Perform for Democrats

“Multiple sources confirmed to the Rocky that Jon Bon Jovi will fly in to perform two acoustic songs before Sen. Barack Obama gives his acceptance speech at Invesco Field on Thursday. After the speech, Bruce Springsteen will close out the night, presumably solo acoustic (E Street Band member Nils Lofgren told the Rocky last week that the band wouldn’t be with Springsteen in Denver). ”

Quote of the Day

“I’m Hillary Clinton and I do not approve that message.”

— Sen. Hillary Clinton, quoted by Time, objecting to the use of video clips of her criticizing Sen. Barack Obama in a new advertisement for Sen. John McCain.

EPIC/MRA: Obama Holds Small Lead in Michigan

A new EPIC/MRA poll in Michigan finds Sen. Barack Obama with a slight edge over Sen. John McCain, 

There is no change from an identical poll in July.

Columbus Dispatch: Ohio Remains Very Close

A new Columbus Dispatch poll in Ohio finds Sen. John McCain just edging past Sen. Barack Obama, 42% to 41%.

Key findings: “McCain is being bolstered by Ohio voters who supported Hillary Clinton in the state’s March 4 Democratic primary and those who backed Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland in 2006. McCain also is doing better among party loyalists: 86 percent of Republicans back McCain, while 74 percent of Democrats support Obama.”

Suffolk Poll: Obama Leads By Five in Colorado

A new Suffolk University poll in Colorado finds Sen. Barack Obama leading Sen. John McCain, 44% to 39%.

Said pollster David Paleologos: “With Colorado among at least seven battleground states that will swing this Presidential election, an Obama lead here puts enormous pressure on John McCain. Should Obama go on to win Colorado, it would almost force McCain to run the table with the remaining battleground states or lose the election.”

How Biden Got the Nod

The Wall Street Journal has the must-read piece of the day on how Sen. Joe Biden lobbied to become Sen. Barack Obama’s running mate.

“When the Obama campaign’s vice-presidential vetters sought financial statements, political speeches and medical records, Sen. Biden’s team turned the grueling task into an opportunity to sell their man”

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