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February 6th, 2008
06:14 PM ET

Clinton & Obama on same ticket?

 Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at the Democratic Debate in California.

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at the Democratic Debate in California.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Here is perhaps the most fascinating statistic coming out of Super Tuesday: Out of 14 and a half million votes cast in the Democratic race, only 53 thousand separated Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

And in case you're interested: There were 73% more Democratic voters than Republican voters – 14 plus million for Clinton and Obama to 8 plus million for John McCain, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee.

First off, this shows how much more interest there is on the part of Democratic electorate than the Republicans. And it shows how incredibly close the race between Clinton and Obama continues to be.

These numbers mean that it's likely this thing will become a long, protracted battle, continuing into states like Ohio and Texas, maybe even Pennsylvania. It's even possible the Democrats won't formally select a nominee until their convention in August.

And then what? With millions of enthusiastic supporters backing Barack Obama and millions more backing Hillary Clinton, what happens if only one of them winds up on the ballot for November?

Here’s my question to you: In order to unite the Democratic Party in November, will Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have to be on the same ticket?

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February 6th, 2008
05:00 PM ET

Americans learning to live within their means?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Americans may finally be learning how to tighten their financial belts. But it's not by choice.

The U.S. economy is in trouble, and people are feeling it. They're seeing the number of jobs shrink, housing prices fall while their debt continues to grow. The New York Times reports that what this means for more and more of us is we're being forced to live within our means. Imagine that.

Some experts are convinced that most Americans, especially baby boomers, will never stop living on credit. But the fact of the matter is that millions of families already have been left with very little choice.

And, it's starting to show. Some have stopped using credit cards, or going to the movies and restaurants. There are also clues at malls and shopping centers across the country, where people are heading to discounters instead of higher-end stores. Business at stores like Wal-Mart and TJ Maxx is booming, while places like Coach, Tiffany and Williams-Sonoma are seeing a slow-down.

Remember that consumer spending is two thirds of our economy, and if people are starting to spend less, it will only make any recession worse.

And then there's this: economists say people are going to have start saving the old-fashioned way – instead of relying on the stock market and rising home values. Statistics show that in 1984, Americans were saving more than one-tenth of their income. Today, the savings rate is actually slightly negative.

Here’s my question to you: In today's uncertain economic times, are Americans finally learning how to live within their means?

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Filed under: Economy
February 6th, 2008
02:00 PM ET

What will decide outcome of Democratic battle?

 Barack Obama speaks at his Super Tuesday primary rally in Chicago.

Barack Obama speaks at his Super Tuesday primary rally in Chicago.
 Hillary Clinton at her Super Tuesday primary night rally in New York.

Hillary Clinton at her Super Tuesday primary night rally in New York.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Apparently it's not a fairy tale. Any way you slice it, Barack Obama won last night. He said it would be a split decision, and it was. Hillary Clinton won the big states, but he won more states.

And because the delegates are divided up in each state, they wound up in a virtual tie. Obama had said that if he could come out of yesterday within 100 delegates of Clinton, he would consider that a success. He did better than that.

According to CNN's latest estimate, Clinton is leading at this point in delegates overall with 812 to Obama's 720. However, the Obama camp insists when the last delegate is counted they'll be in front. And some news organizations agree that he'll end up on top.

The one place Obama fell flat was Massachusetts. If you can't win there despite an endorsement from Senator Edward Kennedy and his family – not to mention the state's other Senator John Kerry and its governor – well, so much for endorsements.

So the titanic struggle between "experience" and "change" moves on with another round of primaries and caucuses – first this weekend in Louisiana, Nebraska and Washington State. And then, on February 12th, in the so-called "Potomac primaries" in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., where Obama is expected to do well.

When you look at the polls from a few weeks ago, Obama has traveled great distances. Certainly, he is still not as well-known as Clinton in many parts of the country, but it seems like the more time Obama has to campaign in a particular state, the better he does.

Here’s my question to you: What will ultimately decide the outcome of the battle between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama?

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