Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and Pitttsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, two major Western Pennsylvania politicos who had yet to endorse, will come out for Hillary Clinton tomorrow, a campaign source confirms.
* If Obama does not win Pittsburgh, he will lose Pennsylvania by a large margin. His only chance of winning the state is to win the Pittsburgh area. He will be strong in Philadelphia, but if he does not win Pittsburgh in the west of the state, he will lose the blue collar voters by a large margin.
A Military Earmark’s Ties to Obama Money Man
By Matthew MoskSen.
Barack Obama requested $8 million for a military defense contractor that has close ties to one of his most prodigious fundraisers.
Obama disclosed the 2006 request on a long list of earmark requests his campaign made public today. The $8 million was for something called a “High Explosive Air Burst Technology Program.” The request led to $1.3 million in funding for the program. According to the campaign’s earmark disclosure, the defense project was overseen by General Dynamics, one of the nation’s largest military contractors. Obama’s Illinois finance chairman, James S. Crown, serves on the company’s board of directors and his family holds a sizable stake in the company.
Crown and his wife Paula Crown are members of Obama’s National Finance Committee and have raised more than $200,000 for the Obama campaign, according to a list of fundraisiers posted on Obama’s campaign web site.
The Obama campaign had already made public his 2007 funding requests, but had for months resisted requests to share letters written earlier in his tenure to budget committees.
Obama’s release of his earmark requests today came with a challenge for Sen. Hillary Clinton to do the same.
“Bringing real change requires changing the way we do business in Washington,” said Obama for America communications director Robert Gibbs.
Talk about change you can believe in!
Details of a possible delegate plan under discussion:
–Michigan’s 156 delegates would be split 50-50 between Clinton and Obama.
–Florida’s existing delegates would be seated at the Denver convention—but with half a vote each. That would give Clinton a net gain of about 19 elected delegates.
– The two states’ superdelegates would then be able to vote in Denver, likely netting Clinton a few more delegates.
The betting: Florida and Michigan delegates, the DNC, and the Clinton campaign would all — some reluctantly– accept this deal.
Then it would be over to you, Barack Obama.
“I am here to make an announcement that this Thursday, ticket counters and airplanes will fly out of Ronald Reagan Airport.” –Washington, D.C., Oct. 3, 2001
Not sure about you, but HillBuzz would prefer flying in the airplanes, thank you very much.
From Lynne Sweet:
WASHINGTON—With a showdown looming in Pennsylvania, a debate between Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is in the works—for April 17 at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
I hear that Rep. Bob Brady (D-Pa.), the Philadelphia Democratic boss—and an uncommitted superdelegate—is working to make the debate happen. The National Constitution Center—near historic Independence Hall and the new Liberty Bell Center—is in Brady’s district.
Philadelphia hosted a Democratic debate at the end of October, at Drexel University.
“I don’t think that my church is actually particularly controversial.” – Senator Barack Obama
“For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country.” – Michelle Obama
Wright also serves on an advisory committee of Obama’s campaign.
Listen to the clip above…it’s scary stuff.
Please use the link above to vote in a Philadelphia poll for Hillary as the person best suited to beat McCain.
Currently, the Obamabots have him at 60% and Hillary only at 39% (as of 1113am on 3/13/08).
We need to get Hillary to 70%!
Vote, vote, vote….and spread this to all your friends to vote as well!
UPDATED: As of 2:43pm, Hillary is at 46.2% and Obama is at 53.8%. Keep up the good work! We are about 125 votes from narrowing the gap (that sounds familiar).
As of 3:48pm, Hillary is at 48.2% and Obama is at 51.8%. There is a difference of 77 votes between them. Can we get 100 votes to put her ahead?
As of 4:46pm, Hillary is at 49.3% and Obama is at 50.7%, with a difference of 34 votes.
Can we get Hillary up to 70% by the end of the night?
Obama uses the race card to deflect any and all criticisms. America is, obviously, uncomfortable talking about race — and for this reason Obama gets a pass on things other candidates would never be allowed to brush over. His “Hope” and “Change” repetitions are never called onto the carpet for what they really are: empty sentiments. The meida is too scared to properly question or vet this man, because all journalists are terrified of being called racists. That’s probably why no one has reported on Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s spiritual advisor, or the hate-filled sermons that go on at Obama’s church. The media has ignored this because anyone bringing the subject up is automatically called a racist by the Obama camp.
Is this the politics of Hope?
If Obama repeatedly says he will not be a micromanaging CEO as president, but instead will rely on advisors to run the country, then it is fair game to see who his advisors have been up to this point. Obama has had a 20 year relationship with Jeremiah Wright, and he’s had a 17 year relationship with indicted political fixer Antoin “Big Tony” Rezko. If these are the sorts of people Obama surrounds himself with, then how can he be trusted to run this country?
Is this the Change Obama believes in?