A day before a government employees' union candidate forum in Carson City, NV, Sen. Joe Biden campaigns in Nevada. Sen. Hillary Clinton meets with community leaders in Miami. Sen. Chris Dodd campaigns in Iowa. Sen. Barack Obama, as mentioned above, is in California. Obama is the only Democrat who will not attend the labor forum tomorrow.
Clinton followed close behind Obama's zig-zag across South Carolina yesterday, countering his weekend's heavy dose of civil rights imagery by announcing a flurry of endorsements from local black leaders, NBC's Carrie Dann reports. An overture to minority voters was the clear subtext of her campaign stop at historically black Allen University in Columbia, where she was rewarded with whoops of approval at the mention of her husband, whose staggering popularity with black voters clearly isn't lost on her. Although the Clinton camp touted a slew of endorsements yesterday, perhaps the most telling words of support came at a tribute to House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, the highest ranking African-American on Capitol Hill. After Clinton spoke, South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus member J. Seth Whipper joked that she is "almost a homegirl too."
Clyburn himself did not offer explicit support for Clinton in his remarks, but granted a nod to both Clinton's groundbreaking run and Obama's in saying, "I don't know whether or not a woman can get elected. I don't know whether or not a black can get elected... but I know this: nobody gets elected who does not run."
The New York Daily News notes, "Questions about Clinton's Iraq vote, which dogged her in New Hampshire, did not surface in this heavily military state, where people said they liked her position."
And the New York Post writes that Clinton stood side-by-side with state Sen. Darrell Jackson, who endorsed Clinton after her campaign agreed to hire his consulting firm in a deal that could be worth more than $200,000. "Commenting on the matter for the first time, Clinton insisted that her team struck no side deal with the state senator. 'Sen. Jackson has worked in Clinton campaigns going back to 1992,' she told The Associated Press."
The Politico notices how Clinton is playing up her gender. "And while the shift has the lofty aim of trying to change national attitudes toward women, it also reflects a cold, strategic reality," which is that "despite a persistent storyline of discomfort among many women about her candidacy, she has a history of drawing women's support."
The Los Angeles Times recently ran a front-page story questioning Obama's account in his memoir of how he took part in an anti-asbestos campaign in a public housing project back when he was young and worked as a community organizer. Critics told the paper that Obama took way too much credit for that effort in his book, and that he didn't give enough credit to others who also worked to rid the housing project of asbestos.
In response, the Obama campaign issued a detailed press release criticizing the article as misleading and then itemizing and trying to debunk its various claims. The events actually were as interesting as a case study of how the campaigns are doing rapid response these days, as they were an indicator of the kind of criticism Obama is going to receive during the campaign.
The San Francisco Chronicle covers Obama's appearance yesterday in San Francisco with Sen. Barbara Boxer (D). "While the fundraiser was for Boxer, who will run for a fourth Senate term in 2010, Obama was the star of the show… The Illinois senator was met with deafening applause and calls of 'Mr. President!' when he walked up to address the crowd."
The New York Times previews Obama's Hollywood fundraiser, for which Tom Hanks, Jennifer Aniston, Eddie Murphy, and Denzel Washington have bought tickets priced at $2,300 a pop. "[A]ides to Mr. Obama, loath to let the spotlight on their candidate drift to his wealthy donors or newfound Hollywood ties, declined to discuss the event except to say it would be closed to the news media."
Yesterday's Wall Street Journal previewed Obama's fundraiser as part of its look at the high-tech and entertainment industry's approach to favoring presidential candidates. "Mrs. Clinton -- soon to make her own northern California swing, including a visit to Google executives -- can boast of the shimmering New Economy boom on her husband's watch."
While technically a baby boomer, Obama's "cultural guideposts are markedly different from the two older baby boomers to have occupied the office, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush," writes the Boston Globe's Canellos. "Clinton and Bush form perfect bookends: one who drew heavily from the political upheaval and social change of the '60s, and one who defined himself by his distaste for the era... Obama, who is 15 years younger than both Bush and Clinton, had the '60s in the rearview mirror during his formative years. He grew up in the aftermath of the huge cultural storm, not the middle."
A Quinnipiac Poll of Connecticut voters shows home-state Sen. Chris Dodd placing fourth behind Clinton, Obama, and Al Gore. Dodd was in Iowa yesterday. where he continued to express his opposition to the non-binding war resolution and played up his campaign message which is that "'experience and leadership matter,'" notes the Des Moines Register. "He admitted, however, that he is a little-known candidate and faces an uphill battle in the state for name recognition with voters."