TRAIL MIX: McCain Totes the ‘Surge’ — and May Pick VP Very Soon

By: Kathryn Blaze Carlson

Today’s highlights from the campaign trail, as reported by newspaper political blogs.

Attack in Israel Near Obama’s Hotel
The Swamp
The Chicago Tribune
By Katie Fretland

“Several people were injured in Jerusalem near the hotel where Sen. Barack Obama is scheduled to stay tonight when a man driving a backhoe rammed into other vehicles and a bus, according to news reports,” said Katie Fretland in her post at The Chicago Tribune’s The Swamp. Fretland adds, “The driver of the construction vehicle was shot and killed, according to an Israeli government statement reported by CNN.” Check out Fretland’s post for a BBC video showing the wreckage from the incident.

Hillary Donors Gave Obama $1.8 Million in June
The Trail
The Washington Post
By Sarah Cohen and Matthew Mosk

A Washington Post analysis of how Clinton supporters directed their dough in June showed that more than 2,200 people became first-time Obama donors last month — accounting for $1.8 million of the $52 million raised by the Illinois senator during that period, according to a post by Sarah Cohen and Matthew Mosk at The Washington Post’s The Trail. According to Cohen and Mosk, “This paints a somewhat different picture than the one presented in a Huffington Post report (yesterday) afternoon,” which reviewed the giving of “HillRaisers.” Read the rest of the post to find out why there may have been a discrepancy.

Before Obama’s News Conference in Jordan, McCain’s Views on Iraq
On Politics
USA Today
By Mark Memmott

With Obama in Jordan, McCain is attacking the Illinois senator’s position that the “surge” in Iraq has not been succesful. Repeatedly over the past few days McCain has vocalized his support for American troops, launched an ad criticizing Obama’s vision for Iraq and, most recently in a video posted by Mark Memmott at the USA Today’s On Politics, addressed reporters in Maine and attested to the success of the surge.

Speculation Intensifies over a McCain VP Pick
Political Intelligence
The Boston Globe
By Jason Tuohey

“Sources close to Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign are suggesting he will reveal the name of his vice presidential selection this week while Sen. Barack Obama is getting the headlines on his foreign trip,” according to a post by Washington Post Columnist Robert Novak at Evans-Novak Political Report, cited by Jason Tuohey at The Boston Globe’s Political Intelligence. Tuohey’s post also cites CNN’s Political Ticker blog, which said that while McCain had narrowed his choices, he hadn’t yet settled on a veep — and may “hold off until Obama has named his decision so that there’s an opportunity to counter-program.”

The Case For Evan Bayh
The Fix
The Washington Post
By Chris Cillizza

With speculation intensifying over McCain’s VP pick, Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post’s The Fix turns his attention to Obama and chimes in with the case for Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh in his ongoing series “The Veepstakes.” Pointing to Bayh’s joint appearance with Obama in the “Hoosier State” and his weekend appearance on Fox News Sunday, Cillizza asks, “Is Bayh peaking at the right time?” Check out Cillizza’s post for reasons why Obama should opt for Bayh — and stay tuned for tomorrow’s post, where he democratically argues the opposite.

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