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Key Clinton supporter backs McCain listen

06/26/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are meeting right now at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C., along with some of Clinton’s biggest fundraisers.

It’s part of the reunifying of the Democratic Party – and in particular – the Obama and Clinton camps.

The St. Petersburg Times reported today that among those Clinton fundraisers that will meet with Obama tonight include Tampa’s Ana Cruz, one of the Clinton campaign’s biggest advocates in the region.

Cruz told the Times she is inter...

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Vic DiMaio on Obama's chances in Florida listen

06/20/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday

Earlier this year, DiMaio sued the Democratic National Committee for stripping the state of its delegates to its National Convention.

Although he insisted he was neutral in the Democratic Primary, it was mainly Hillary Clinton supporters who seized on the delegate problem, and insisted that that the DNC recognize all of Florida’s delegates.

Last month, the DNC’s Rules and By-Laws Committee settled for a compromise, restoring all of the delegates, but giving them only half a vote, which ...

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Reaction to Obama's rejection of public financing listen

06/20/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Barack Obama was attacked in many of the nation’s newspapers today for his apparent flip-flop on the issue of receiving public funding for his general election campaign.

Yesterday Obama announced that he will become the first presidential nominee not to accept public financing for the general election – which is expected to cost around $84 million beginning the day he receives the nomination, Aug. 28.

As the Obama campaign today hit back at John McCain for his alleged flip-flopping, Cam...

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Poll shows Obama up in Florida

06/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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New polling numbers indicate that Barack Obama has received a "bounce" from his ascendency to becoming the presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party for president.

Three new polls conducted by Quinnipiac University show Obama leading for the first time in the three key battleground states, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida.

Quinnipiac shows Obama leading McCain 47 to 43 percent.

The Ohio poll shows Obama leading McCain 48 to 42 percent, and in Pennyslvania, another state considered...

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Bush: Lift ban on offshore oil drilling listen

06/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Bush called on Congress today to lift a 26-year-old ban on oil drilling off the shores of the United States, arguing that the country needs more domestic energy production to alter the circumstances that are driving up oil prices.

Speaking in the White House Rose Garden, Bush said if Congress removes the ban it first imposed in 1982, he would lift an executive order that also prohibits drilling for oil and gas on the U.S. outer continental shelf. That executive order was issued i...

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Thurston Clarke on RFK - Part 3 listen

06/16/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

In his oratory, Barack Obama has drawn comparisons to Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy.

And the recently concluded Democratic primaries in some ways compare to Kennedy’s 1968 run, now documented in the book, The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days that Inspired America, written by journalist Thurston Clarke.

Much has been made about the demographics of Obama’s support this year: blacks, young people and college educated people. Opponent Hillary C...

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RFK's last campaign documented in book listen

06/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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It was 40 years ago last week that Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles, the night after he won the California Democratic primary.

The bullets ended his life ended at age 42 and his amazing but short campaign for the Democratic nomination for president.

Thurston Clarke has written a new book, The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America. WMNF spoke with Clarke yesterday and began by asking the author, who was 22 in 1968, what he was doing during ...

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Clinton supporters urged to get behind Obama

06/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In the aftermath of the divisive battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, many Clinton supporters - women in particular - have expressed anger at the media, the Democratic Party and the rules which allowed Barack Obama to gain more delegates though he did not win most of the big states.

But that’s not reflected in a new gallup poll, which shows Obama has moved into a double digit lead over John McCain among women since Clinton conceded last week.

Today, a couple of major Clint...

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Wayne Garcia on potential of Obama-Clinton ticket listen

06/04/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Wayne Garcia is the political editor for Creative Loafing, Tampa Bay's alternative newspaper. Garcia says that up until recently, he agreed with Jimmy Carter and some others that an Obama-Clinton ticket would not work – but now he says, it may be the only ticket that could be victorious this November.

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Unions protest McCain Fundraiser

06/03/08 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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John McCain was in St. Petersburg last night holding an upscale campaign fundraiser at the Vinoy. Just outside, the AFL-CIO and various anti-war groups protested the event.

Josh Hannijar is the Zone Coordinator for the Florida AFL-CIO. Hannijar, along with rank-and-file members, were there protesting John McCain’s economic policies.

Shortly after the anti-McCain protesters organized, a smaller group of McCain supporters joined the fray, holding identical John McCain sign. Jonathan Gear...

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