Another day, another Democratic presidential forum in front of a labor group. This morning, the three front-runners -- Obama, Clinton, and Edwards (in that order) -- address the Communication Workers of America conference in DC. Biden spoke at the conference on Sunday, and Kucinich made a stop there yesterday.
The New York Times front-pages Clinton's attempt to build a positive relationship with the military -- something she apparently believes was one of her husband's early mistakes/problems. Among the other things we learned from the piece, Chris Dodd is the only major presidential candidate on the Dem side with any military experience; he was an Army reservist.
Already struggling with the under-30 crowd, Clinton is going to see herself lampooned -- possibly tastelessly -- by the South Park gang tomorrow.
Edwards' campaign yesterday announced the support of some 50 South Carolina supporters, including Columbia Mayor Bob Coble. (Many of these folks endorsed Edwards in his '04 run.) During a stop in San Francisco yesterday, Edwards may have guaranteed that he'll have NO CHANCE at carrying West Virginia if he's the nominee. Edwards, the San Fran Chronicle writes, "announced a new pledge to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas pollution by banning construction of coal-fired power plants that did not incorporate technology to contain carbon dioxide emissions."
NBC's Carrie Dann notes that when asked yesterday if the American people might be wary of a president with an ailing wife, Edwards responded: "They have to evaluate that. And one of the ways to evaluate that is, starting last Thursday, my ability to focus and to make decisions, both on the campaign trail and ... about where America needs to go."
Meanwhile, an AP analysis notes the lack of policy speeches Obama has given to date. "The voices are growing louder asking the question: Is Barack Obama all style and little substance? The article adds that he began his "campaign facing the perception that he lacks the experience to be president, especially compared to rivals with decades of work on foreign and domestic policy. So far, he has done little to challenge it. He has delivered no policy speeches and provided few details about how he would lead the country. He has focused instead on motivating his impressive following with a call for unity and change in Washington. But along with the attention comes a hunger to hear more about what he's about."
The Politico adds, "Obama's gift with language -- his powerful speaking style and the graceful prose and compelling story of his best-selling memoir -- has been an engine of his dramatic, high-velocity rise in presidential politics. But he has also shown a tendency toward seemingly minor contradictions and rhetorical slips that serve as reminders that he is still a newcomer to national politics."