Election 2008

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  Obama Blames Oil Woes On Family’S “Black Sheep”November 21, 2007 13:52 From America’s thirst for foreign oil to surging oil prices and record oil-company profits, Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama says the Bush administration is leading the country down the wrong path. But who’s to blame? The Illinois senator keeps it in the family, blaming his own relative. The “black sheep” in his family, he calls him: U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney.

Cheney and Obama are distant cousins, and Obama played up the link in a stump speech at a high-school in Alton, a town in New Hampshire where the nation holds its first nominating primary, likely Jan. 8.

“We’ve been talking about energy independence since 1973,” he said. “Yet the biggest change since 1973 is that we actually import more oil as a percentage and gas prices have gone up and Exxon Mobile profits have gone up. Why is that? Well it doesn’t help when you put my cousin Dick Cheney in charge of energy policy,” he deadpanned to loud laughter from the several hundred who packed the school’s gym. “You know everybody has a black sheep in the family,” he added.
  U.S. Commission Schedules 2008 Presidential DebatesNovember 19, 2007 15:20 Top candidates for the White House should meet in three debates beginning on September 26, 2008, which would feature extended discussions and the chance to directly address each other, the panel sponsoring the debates recommended on Monday.

The first debate would be at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, with the second on October 7 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and the third on October 15 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

A debate between vice presidential contenders is scheduled for October 2, 2008, at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, according to the Commission on Presidential Debates, which administers the general election encounters.

The schedule leading up to November 4 general election is similar to the debates in 2004 between Republican President George W. Bush and Democrat John Kerry. The final schedule and formats must be agreed to by the eventual nominees of each party and any participating third-party candidates.

Third-party candidates who average 15 percent support in polls will be invited to take part, the commission said.
  Ohio Governor Endorses ClintonNovember 09, 2007 12:20 Gov. Ted Strickland of Ohio, the first Democratic leader of that presidential swing state in 16 years, endorsed Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s bid for the Democratic nomination this afternoon.
On a conference call with Senator Clinton and reporters, Mr. Strickland repeatedly vouched for Mrs. Clinton’s electability in next November’s general election, an issue that her rivals have tried to raise doubts about.
He also indicated her nomination would not be a drag on congressional and state office candidates; the campaign of one of her rivals, former Senator John Edwards, has argued that Mrs. Clinton’s unpopularity in some states could hurt down-ballot Democratic candidates.
“In spite of the admiration that I have for her and my judgment of her incredible skill set, I still would not be making this endorsement if I did not feel she was the strongest and the best candidate to win the presidency,” Mr. Strickland said in response to a question about the electability issue.
Referring to the decisive roles that Ohio has played in presidential elections, such as George W. Bush’s victories there in 2000 and 2004, the governor added: “I don’t think it is likely that either a Democrat or a Republican will be successful without being successful in Ohio. I understand the importance of Ohio in the equation. I am doing this out of a deeply felt conviction that Senator Clinton has the skills, the experience, the strength, and the courage to be a great president.”
Mr. Strickland is a major prize in the endorsement sweepstakes, lending in-state stature and an Ohio political organization to the Clinton camp. A former six-term congressman from southeastern Ohio, he won election as governor last year with a whopping 60 percent of the vote. He is the first Democrat to win the governorship since Dick Celeste, who served from 1983 to 1991.