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By: Kathryn Blaze Carlson

Our daily wrap-up of reports from the campaign trail.

Get Ready for the Persuasion Army
The Caucus
New York Times
By Kate Phillips

Obama might not bring a gun to a knife fight, but his campaign does plan to bust out the “persuasion army,” said campaign manager David Plouffe as he outlined for journalists the Obama troop’s general election strategy, according to Kate Phillips at the New York Times’ The Caucus. “Using this Power Point presentation with maps of the states that seem strong for Obama, strong for his opponent Senator John McCain, or somewhere in between, [Plouffe] enthused about the campaign?s volunteer and staff operations that could make the Democratic presidential candidate competitive in more states this time around than Democratic contenders have been in the past,” said Phillips in a post Wednesday night.


McCain’s Romantic Evening
On Politics
USA Today
By Mark Memmot and Jill Lawrence

Lose sleep last night wondering what McCain does to romance his wife? Mark Memmot and Jill Lawrence at USA Today’s On Politics deliver the goods by citing a soon-to-be-released article in People magazine. Check out the On Politics post and satisfy your curiosity — we both know you’re hanging on the edge of your seat wondering what romance looks like to someone leading the “geezer chic” trend.


Bill Clinton vs. Hillary Clinton: Who Wins?
Top of the Ticket
Los Angeles Times
By Don Frederick

In the spousal stand-off starring Hill and Bill, Bill emerges the victor, says Don Frederick at the L.A. Times’ Top of the Ticket. According to his post, “In the new L.A. Times/Bloomberg national poll, 52% of registered voters expressed positive feelings about Bill and 49% said the same about Hillary — a gap well within the survey’s margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. Negative attitudes toward the two also are about the same — 36% gave Bill the thumbs down, while 39% said they didn’t much care for Hillary.”

Obama Backs Death for Child Rapists
Political Intelligence
Boston Globe
By Foon Rhee

In more serious news, Obama made clear his position on yesterday’s US Supreme Court ruling that sentencing someone to death for raping a child is unconstitutional. Obama said he disagreed with such a broad ban, points out Foon Rhee at the Boston Globe’s Political Intelligence. As iterated in Rhee’s post, the Illinois Senator said, “‘I have said repeatedly that I think that the death penalty should be applied in very narrow circumstances for the most egregious of crimes. I think that the rape of a small child, 6 or 8 years old, is a heinous crime,’ he said, adding that if a state determines the death penalty should apply in such cases, they should be allowed to impose it.”


Go Ask Romney
Beltway Confidential
Houston Chronicle
By Julie Mason

“Ever the tireless suitor-surrogate,” Mitt Romney appeared yesterday on Fox News, answering host Neil Cavuto’s questions on “flip-flops and secret vice-presidential aspirations,” said Jules at the Houston Chronicle’s Beltway Confidential. Check out Jules’ post for details of the exchange between Romney and Cavuto (whom Jules deems a “sly wit”).

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