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North Carolina excited to choose between Clinton and Obama

RALEIGH, N.C. - Not since 1988 has North Carolina had much of a voice in choosing a presidential nominee. Back then, it joined several Southern states to help pick Al Gore, a neighbor from Tennessee.

May 09, 2008 | By MIKE BAKER Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Clinton raises $10 million, helped by 80,000 new donors

WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton raised $10 million in the 24 hours after winning the Pennsylvania primary, aided by contributions from 80,000 new donors, her campaign said Thursday.

May 09, 2008 | By SARA KUGLER Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


McCain calls for summer-long suspension of gas tax

PITTSBURGH - Republican Sen. John McCain on Tuesday called for a summer-long suspension of the federal gasoline tax and several tax cuts as the likely presidential nominee sought to stem the public's pain from a troubled economy.

April 30, 2008 | By LIZ SIDOTI Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Obama comments divide Rust Belt voters in Pa., many say it was no big deal

SHENANDOAH, Pa. - Yes, some Democrats in Pennsylvania's Rust Belt communities were upset by Barack Obama's suggestion that voters there ''cling to guns or religion'' because of bitterness about their economic lot. But many more seem to think it was no big deal - and if there's a problem it's with the political slapfest that has followed.

April 30, 2008 | By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Candidates mark the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death

MEMPHIS - The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. ''seems a bigger man'' than he did 40 years ago on the day of his death, Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Friday as he stood outside the motel where the civil rights leader was slain.

April 19, 2008 | By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent | Campaign 2008


Dean: Dems committed to seating Florida delegates if Obama and Clinton campaigns can agree

WASHINGTON - Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean said Wednesday the party is committed to seating Florida's delegates at this summer's convention as long as any agreement is supported by the party's two presidential contenders.

April 17, 2008 | By KEN THOMAS Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Obama says Gore would be considered for Cabinet-level post or higher

WALLINGFORD, Pa. - Democrat Barack Obama said Wednesday he talks regularly with former vice president Al Gore and would consider putting him in a Cabinet-level position or higher.

April 17, 2008 | By DEVLIN BARRETT Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


McCain working to announce his choice of running mate before GOP convention

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Sen. John McCain is in the ''embryonic stages'' of selecting a vice presidential running mate and he hopes to unveil his choice before the Republican National Convention to avoid the type of problems that plagued Dan Quayle's debut two decades ago.

April 17, 2008 | By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent | Campaign 2008


Pelosi says superdelegates have right to vote their conscience, Democratic race should go on

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the superdelegates who may ultimately decide the Democratic party's presidential nominee have a right to vote as they wish, and that the drawn-out contest between candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama should be allowed to reach its conclusion.

April 16, 2008 | By JOAN LOWY Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Clinton likens herself to legendary film boxer Rocky, says she won’t quit

PHILADELPHIA - Perhaps the analogy was inevitable: Hillary Rodham Clinton as Rocky Balboa, the scrappy underdog boxer from Philadelphia memorably depicted in the 1976 Oscar-winning film. Even if Rocky did lose his first big fight.

April 16, 2008 | By BETH FOUHY Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


McCain highlights military heritage at start of the biographical tour

MERIDIAN, Miss. - Republican Sen. John McCain embarked on a carefully crafted tour to introduce himself to a wider election audience on Monday, but quickly veered off script to express surprise at the Iraqi government's crackdown on Shiite militias.

April 16, 2008 | By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent | Campaign 2008


One-time bitter rivals, McCain, Romney to campaign together

SALT LAKE CITY - John McCain got some help Thursday from former Republican rival Mitt Romney, a pairing that months ago seemed improbable as the two fought bitterly for the party's presidential nomination.

April 11, 2008 | By LIZ SIDOTI Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Obama proposes relief for homeowners, Clinton warns of 3:00 a.m. economic crisis call

NEW YORK - Democrat Barack Obama said Thursday tougher government regulations that reflect the realities of modern finance are needed to get a grip on the economy before it gets even worse. Rival Hillary Rodham Clinton said Republican nominee-in-waiting John McCain isn't prepared to handle a call about an economic emergency.

April 11, 2008 | By DEVLIN BARRETT and BETH FOUHY Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Clinton campaign says she ’misspoke’ in account of Bosnia trip

WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign said she ''misspoke'' last week when saying she had landed under sniper fire during a trip to Bosnia as first lady in March 1996. She later characterized the episode as a ''misstatement'' and a ''minor blip.''

April 09, 2008 | By ANN SANNER Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


McCain says US succeeding in Iraq as American death toll hits 4,000

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Fresh off his eighth Iraq visit, Sen. John McCain declared Monday that ''we are succeeding'' and said he wouldn't change course - even as the U.S. death toll rose to 4,000 and the war entered its sixth year.

April 09, 2008 | By LIZ SIDOTI Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


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