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Emily's List, a PAC that helps pro-choice women get elected to public office, is none too pleased that the NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC has endorsed Barack Obama for president.  Ellen Malcolm, Emily's List founder and Clinton BFF, says the endorsement is "tremendously disrespectful" to her girl.  NARAL is like, "Whatev! Endorsing a Clinton is so '96!"  NARAL will host a web chat about their endorsement on this Friday, May 16th.  Submit your questions here.

 

to let us know that John Edwards just endorsed him for real like a minute ago.  Obviously, we're among the first Barry told, because we have it like that.  You can have it like that too, if you text HOPE to 62262 or sign up over here (and get you a new ring tone while you're at it). 

Tell Bar we said 'sup.

 

 

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Barack Obama and John Kerry in Charleston, SC. Photo credit: AP.

The Dems' 2004 presidential nominee, Sen. John Kerry, endorsed Barack Obama for president today at a rally in Charleston, SC.  Kerry said that "Barack Obama can help our country turn the page and get America moving by uniting and ending the division we have faced."  By endorsing Obama, Kerry dissed John Edwards, who was his running mate in '04.

Tancredo quits

 

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Tom Tancredo at the Republican debate in Manchester, NH.  AP photo.

Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo has dropped out of the race and endorsed Mitt Romney.  Tancredo, a Congressman from Colorado, was at the bottom of the polls.

 

Lieberman McCain.jpgSen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) has has crossed party lines to endorse Republican candidate John McCain for president.  Lieberman was the Democrats' candidate for Vice President in 2000.  He is now an Independent, because he switched his party affiliation in order to run for re-election after losing the Democratic primary in 2006.

"Being a Republican is important. Being a Democrat is important. But you know what's more important than that? The interest and well-being of the United States of America," Lieberman said when he announced his endorsement.  He also said that he is endorsing McCain because McCain is "the most capable to be Commander in Chief on day one of his administration."

The National Right to Life Committee announced that it will endorse Fred Thompson for president.  The endorsement is somewhat surprising, as Thompson has said in the past that he does not agree with all of the NRLC's views.

The NRLC's endorsement is a nice score for Thompson.  The Republican presidential candidates are competing for support from conservative organizations, such as evangelical and anti-abortion rights groups, in an effort to one up each other as the "real" conservative republican.

 

 

 

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 Mikhail Gorbachev and his pet Louie.

Former leader of the former Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, knows the power of a hot handbag.  He appeared in a recent advertisement for Louis Vuitton, seated next to a Louis Vuitton bag in a limo.

The ad has caused drama, because of a Russian magazine poking out of the open bag.  The headline of the magazine (when tranlated from Russian to English) says, "The Murder of Litvinenko: They Wanted to Give Up the Suspect for $7,000." 

Litvinenko is Alexander V. Litvinenko, the former KGB spy who died last Novermber after being poisoned with a radioactive material.  On his deathbed, Litvinenko said that President Vladimir V. Putin was behind his poisoning.  British officials later charged Andrei K. Lugovoi, an associate of Putin, with the crime. 

So the drama is all about whether the magazine was placed in the ad on purpose, and if so, what does it mean? Louis Vuitton, its ad agency Ogilvy & Mather, and a representative for Gorbachev all deny that the magazine placement was intentional or designed to send a message. 

Not everyone is buying their story though.  As one observer told the New York Times, "In an industry where sesame seeds are hand-placed on a hamburger bun by food technicians before a shot, one would reasonably assume that this was not something that happened by chance.  Ads like these get art-directed to the very millimeter and airbrushed so that the advertiser gets exactly what they want.”

Come on, Louis Vuitton. We may be polichicks, but we're not dumb broads.

 

From The Hotline:

October 01, 2007

Quote Of The Day

From today's Hotline:

"The choice was pretty easy for me, obviously. Not like Giuliani's daughter."

-- Cate Edwards, NBC/National Journal, 9/29.

[Cate is making reference to Caroline's preference for Barack Obama over her own father, presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani.]

Politico reports that Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) will endorse Sen. Hillary Clinton for president on Monday.  Bayh's endorsement is quite the feather in Clinton's cap, because as a moderate Democrat representing an overwhelmingly Republican state, he is expected to help Clinton win votes in Republican states. Bayh, who once hoped to win the Democratic nomination himself, serves with Clinton on the Armed Forces Committee and is a former chairman of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council.

Clinton has also been endorsed by a former rival for the Democratic nomination, former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, and retired four star General Wesley Clark, who sought the Democratic nomination in 2004.

 

  Edwards Labor Day_ campaign site.jpg In a Labor Day speech in Pittsburgh, Democratic Presidential Candidate John Edwards promised to make joining a union easier (by requiring only a signature on a membership card) and protect workers' right to strike (by outlawing the use of replacement workers during strikes). 

Edwards' efforts to attract labor support have paid off. Prior to his speech on Monday, the United Steelworkers and United Mine Workers of America endorsed him.  (The United Steelworkers has 850,000 members and, according to the Edwards campaign, is the largest private industrial union in the United States.)  The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners has also endorsed Edwards.

Other Democratic candidates have also scored with unions. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the United Transportation Union have endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton. The International Association of Fire Fighters has endorsed Sen. Chris Dodd.

For more, see USA Today and Edwards' campaign blogYou can also watch part of Edwards' Labor Day rally here.

 

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