Archive for July, 2008

July 1, 2008

How will next pres work with Congress? (Politico) »

  • As an example, Craig said the secrecy surrounding Cheney’s energy task force “is not in Obama’s DNA,” and that the Illinois Democrat would never go to such lengths — in Cheney’s case, a Supreme Court fight — to prevent the American people from learning the identities of people with whom their leaders have been meeting. “I think [Obama] would say this administration has been insensitive to the appropriate role that the Constitution gives to the other branches of government,” Craig said. “It may be that they believe they have these special powers because of 9/11, because of the war powers provisions in the Constitution. Sen. Obama’s critique would be that they show a lack of due deference. They do not pay adequate deference to either the House or Senate.”

Drill Now as the conservative MoveOn? (Politico) »

  • Several bloggers acknowledged the swing in support came as something of a surprise. “It’s taken on a life of its own. It is really a case where conservatives have an amazing opportunity,” said Matt Lewis, a blogger at the conservative hub “We’re right on the issue, and it’s popular with the American people.”

July 2, 2008

McCain to tour Colombian drug control efforts (AP) »

  • “I’m confident that the American people — a majority of them understand we are in a period of transition,” McCain said. “And meaningful re-education and training programs will give our workers another opportunity to be part of the information revolution we’re in today.”

Obama’s Campaign Site Becomes Spy Bill Battleground (PC Magazine) »

  • At the time, Obama said that "there is no reason why telephone companies should be given blanket immunity to cover violations of the rights of the American people."
  • At a June 25 press conference, Obama said that his "view on FISA has always been that the issue of the phone companies per se is not one that overrides the security interests of the American people."
  • "I think if you look at why people were concerned about the original bill it was simply that we wouldn't be able to sue the phone companies," Obama continued. "I would be happier with a system that discloses what's happened and make sure that we prevent violations of the American peoples' privacy even if the phone companies are held harmless."

July 3, 2008

GOP Fears That Obama Will Get a Boost From Foreign Travel (U.S. News & World Report) »

  • "It has the potential to be a big plus for Obama," says a senior Republican who has advised several presidents over the years. "The American people know we are not liked overseas anymore, and it bothers them. People feel that Obama could help change that."

Obama pushes deep into Republican turf (Reuters) »

  • "Look at today's news — 62,000 jobs lost, over 80 percent of American people think we are moving in the wrong direction, there is unease all over the country," Obama said.
  • "I believe the American people across the political spectrum are hungry for something different, something new," he told reporters in a brief tarmac news conference after touching down at the Fargo airport.

Obama focuses on turning red states blue (AP) »

  • Upon arrival here in North Dakota on Thursday, he repeated the theme of the importance of showing up to play. “I believe the American people across ideological spectrum … are hungry for something new,” he said on the airport tarmac.

McCain woos Catholic, Latino voters on Mexican visit (AFP) »

  • "I firmly believe that we need a comprehensive immigration reform but before American people want and need a secure border," McCain told reporters at a stop at a recently-built Mexico City police station.

July 5, 2008

Veterans group plans ad campaign touting Iraq war (AP) »

  • Vets for Freedom is spending $1.5 million on ads that will run on national cable television and in five states in July — the first set of ads in a multimillion dollar campaign in coming months touting the troop buildup, Pete Hegseth, the 25,000-member group’s chairman, said in a telephone interview Saturday. Aimed at “informing the American people about the truth regarding progress in Iraq and Afghanistan,” the issue ads will feature veterans of the war describing the accomplishments they’ve seen since the buildup began in early 2007.

July 7, 2008

Obama to accept nomination at football stadium (AP) »

  • Matt Burns, a spokesman for the Republican convention, dismissed the new speech locale as “stagecraft and theatrics” that “isn’t the kind of change the American people deserve or expect.”

July 8, 2008

McCain, Obama duel on economic fix-it plans (AP) »

  • “Some economists don’t think much of my gas tax holiday,” he said of his plan to temporarily suspend the federal levy on motor fuels. “But the American people like it, and so do small business owners.”

McCain, Obama pitch economic plans to Hispanics (AP) »

  • “I believe the role of government is to unleash the creativity, ingenuity and hard work of the American people, and make it easier to create jobs,” said McCain in a speech that focused heavily on his overall economic proposals. The economy, the Arizona senator said, is about “the aspirations of the American people to build a better life for their families; dreams that begin with a job.”

July 10, 2008

Gramm calls slowdown ‘mental’ (Politico) »

  • Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton shot back: "[T]he American people know that our economic problems aren’t just in their heads. They don’t need psychological relief, they need real relief. And that’s what Barack Obama will provide as president."
  • Karen Finney, the Democratic National Committee’s communications director, said: “What John McCain, George Bush, Phil Gramm just don't understand is that the American people aren't whining about the state of the economy; they are suffering under the weight of it — the weight of eight years of Bush-enomics that John McCain and Phil Gramm have vowed to continue.
  • “How dare john McCain and his advisers so callously dismiss the challenges the American people face? No wonder voters feel John McCain is out of touch. He and his campaign don't even understand the everyday issues Americans are dealing with.”

Lewis faces 2 challengers in Ga. 5th District (AP) »

  • “I think it makes the political season even more historic,” Hutchins said. “It’s a signal for the American people and especially African Americans that it’s time to transition from the civil rights generation to a younger generation of leadership that is able to identify with the pressing problems of the time in which we live.”

McCain disagrees with adviser’s ‘whiners’ remark (AP) »

  • “It isn’t whining to ask government to step in and give families some relief,” he said, drawing a standing ovation from the nearly 3,000 people in a high school gymnasium. “And I think it’s time we had a president who doesn’t deny our problems or blame the American people for them but takes responsibility and provides the leadership to solve them.”

July 14, 2008

McCain rejects Obama attack on immigration (Reuters) »

  • "But first, we've got to assure the American people that the borders are secure," he said.

July 15, 2008

Hill Democrats miffed at Obama (Politico) »

  • “It’s a favorite parlor game in Washington for low-level staff to take shots at anyone they can, given the opportunity,” Burton said. “But as leadership aides across the Hill have confirmed even in this story, we have a constructive working relationship with the House and Senate leadership and continue to work with them to bring about the change the American people demand this November.”

Obama and McCain trade attacks over Iraq (AFP) »

  • Citing Iraqi leaders who have come out in support of a timetable for the removal of US troops, Obama accused McCain and President George W. Bush of pursuing a strategy that defies "the will of the Iraqi people, the American people and the security interests of the United States."
  • "That kind of old-school fear mongering is exactly what the American people are tired of and they won't be fooled by," she said, accusing the McCain camp of impugning Obama's character.

Bush won’t demand conservation (Politico) »

  • "It's a little presumptuous on my part to dictate how consumers live their own lives," the president added. "I've got faith in the American people."

Obama says New Yorker insulted Muslim Americans (AP) »

  • “I do think that, you know, in attempting to satirize something, they probably fueled some misconceptions about me instead,” he said. “But, you know, that was their editorial judgment. And as I said, ultimately, it’s a cartoon, it’s not where the American people are spending a lot of their time thinking about.”

July 16, 2008

Bush’s personal aide returns at top (Politico) »

  • “Blake is a trusted aide who understands the tremendous challenges of overseeing White House operations. He is well-respected in the White House and will do an outstanding job helping to ensure that the staff continues to effectively serve the American people throughout the remainder of the President’s Administration. President Bush appreciates Blake's willingness to return to the White House and continue his service to our country.

July 17, 2008

Fox: Jackson used N-word in crude off-air remarks (AP) »

  • “I am deeply saddened and distressed by the pain and sorrow that I have caused as a result of my hurtful words. I apologize again to Senator Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, their children as well as to the American public,” Jackson said in a written statement. “There really is no justification for my comments and I hope that the Obama family and the American public will forgive me. I also pray that we, as a nation, can move on to address the real issues that affect the American people.”

Democrats try to spur more oil exploration (AP) »

  • “The administration’s responsibility was to protect the American people from this kind of gouging, and they did nothing,” said Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn. “So today they’re trying to deflect the very legitimate criticism of, ‘What did you do on the watch?’”

Obama Urged to Abandon `Crowd-Pleasing’ Trade Talk (Bloomberg) »

  • Mandelson called on the presidential candidates and what islikely to be a Democratic-controlled Congress to “acknowledge thehuge benefits for the American economy and the American people ofcontinued trade growth.''

Fact Check: Obama’s position on Afghanistan (AP) »

  • “He’s going to go to the American people and say, `I want to be commander in chief,’” Republican presidential candidate John McCain told reporters Thursday, “and yet he has been the chairman of the subcommittee that oversights NATO and he has never had a hearing nor has he ever visited Afghanistan.”

July 18, 2008

McCain TV ad accuses Obama of shifting Iraq views (AP) »

  • “While Barack Obama wants to change American foreign policy to wind down the war in Iraq and address the grave threat posed by a resurgent al-Qaida and Taliban in Afghanistan, John McCain offers this patently misleading negative ad,” Obama spokesman Bill Burton said. “Given his calls for a civil campaign, it’s disappointing that Sen. McCain has slipped so easily into the same, tired campaign tactics that have become so familiar to the American people.”

McCain adviser Gramm quits after ‘whiners’ remarks (AP) »

  • Gramm made the comment to The Washington Times and later explained that he was talking about the nation’s leaders not the American people. Democrats claimed at the time that the Gramm comments showed that McCain is out of touch with voters’ concerns over high gas prices, the struggling housing industry and the shaky economy in general.

July 20, 2008

Dream of gas tax holiday falters over job losses (AP) »

  • “Some economists don’t think much of my gas tax holiday,” he said in a speech this month. “But the American people like it, and so do small business owners.”

July 21, 2008

Reid confronts GOP antagonist with 40-bill package (AP) »

  • Republicans will have a choice, Reid said Monday on the Senate floor, to join the side of the American people “or continue to stand beside a colleague or two intent on blocking virtually everything.”
  • He said that of 890 bills the Senate has passed in this session of Congress there has been debate on only about 50. The others were approved by “unanimous consent,” with little or no debate and no roll call vote. “We don’t want the American people to know what we would rather do in secret.”

Obama touts ‘convergence’ on his foreign policy goals (AFP) »

  • "And if you clear the underbrush of ideology and people having different positions, and arguing from different perspectives, at some point, you have to land on reality in order to make sure that the American people are safe."

July 23, 2008

McCain in his own words (AP) »

  • “We Republicans have always known that the first responsibility of government is to keep this country safe from all enemies foreign and domestic and the American people unburdened by the heavy hand of government that spends too much of their money on things they neither want nor need, while failing to do as well as we should the things none of us can do individually.”

Obama in his own words (AP) »

  • “And this belief comes from my unyielding faith in the decency and generosity of the American people. But it also comes from my own story.”
  • “The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people.” Copyright © 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.

July 27, 2008

Homeowner rescue awaits President Bush’s signature (AP) »

  • “This is far more than sending a bill to the president’s desk for his signature. It’s sending a message to the American people that the Congress of the United States — despite an alternative reputation — can actually get things done, and can work together to achieve a good result,” said Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.

McCaskill implies she’d accept VP nod (Politico) »

  • “Well, you know, I’d like to meet somebody who wouldn’t. If they’re saying they wouldn’t, I don’t think that they are being as candid or as up front with the American people as possible.”

Obama looks for VP who says more than ‘Yes, sir’ (AP) »

  • “I would like to meet somebody who wouldn’t,” McCaskill said. “If they’re saying they wouldn’t, I don’t think that they are being as candid or as up front with the American people as probably they should be.”

July 28, 2008

How Obama’s foreign tour plays at home (The Christian Science Monitor) »

  • Kathy Wolfe of New Ringgold, Penn., another undecided Republican, says she thinks Obama should "be home convincing the American people to vote for him, rather than getting the world to vote for him."

Obama and McCain turn focus back to economy (Reuters) »

  • "I think the American people are getting treated to yet another photo op by Barack Obama, but meanwhile John McCain has been out talking about the economy, understanding the economy, taking advice on the economy for many, many months," Fiorina said.

July 29, 2008

GOP ready to link Obama to Reid, Pelosi (Politico) »

  • “Our members are talking about the need for Republicans to begin to tell the story to the American people that on critical issues like energy, health care, gas prices and taxes this Democrat-controlled Congress has done little to make America safer or more prosperous,” Cantor said. “This lack of action, when viewed by the American people through the lens of the Democrats’ corruption, cronyism and K Street intimidation project is creating a massive disconnect and record low approval of Congress.”
  • Democrats are focused on “proposals to bring immediate relief to Americans and long-term solutions that will end our dependence on foreign oil,” Elshami continued. “Republicans on the other hand are protecting Big Oil’s record profits — fighting measures to lower prices and working to help oil companies grab more taxpayer lands. The American people will not fall for the Republican hoax.”

Obama to discuss economy with Bernanke: campaign (Reuters) »

  • "I think the American people are getting treated to yet another photo op by Barack Obama, but meanwhile John McCain has been out talking about the economy, understanding the economy, taking advice on the economy for many, many months," Fiorina said of Monday's meeting.

Obama says he’ll order review of executive orders (AP) »

  • “I am looking forward to collaborating with everyone here to win the election, but more importantly to collaborate with everybody here and also some like-minded Republicans to actually govern and to deliver on behalf of the American people,” Obama said.

July 30, 2008

AdWatch: McCain ad casts Obama as empty celebrity (AP) »

  • The American people have a real choice — between Obama’s plan to provide tax rebates to American families while creating a renewable energy economy in America that frees us from our dependence on foreign oil, and Sen. McCain’s plan to continue the same failed energy policies by handing out nearly $4 billion in tax breaks to oil companies while investing almost nothing in the new energy sources that represent our future.”

McCain’s cacophonous Cabinet (Politico) »

  • His campaign spokesman, Taylor Griffin, challenged the extent of policy differences between McCain and his staff and informal advisers. But Griffin also said McCain “seeks advisers that provide a broad range of perspectives. The one thing they all agree on is that John McCain has the experience and leadership to put our economy back on track, bring real reform to Washington and keep the American people safe.”