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March 11th, 2008
06:53 PM ET

Infighting a worry for Democrats?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama now looks like it could stretch on for months and is becoming increasingly bitter.

The Wall Street Journal reports groups that for months have energized the Democratic campaign – like blacks, women and young voters – are "increasingly sniping" at each other. They point out that more Republicans now say they're satisfied with John McCain than Democrats are with either Clinton or Obama. This is a big change from January, when many more Democrats were satisfied with their choices.

Some Democratic activists insist that this is normal, and after the convention, "we will all come together." But not everyone is convinced. Strategist Donna Brazile says, "I am fearful; we are heading into uncharted territory", adding that the mood and tone of the campaign have shifted in the past few weeks.

For example: Black radio talk shows are getting callers who say they'll stay home in November if Clinton wins the nomination. When it comes to women, some Clinton supporters say if Obama gets the nomination, they'll vote for McCain instead. As for the youth vote that Obama has mobilized in record numbers, some Clinton backers worry that they wouldn't turn out in the same numbers for her in a general election.

Here’s my question to you: If the Democratic candidate you support does not win the nomination, for whom would you vote in the general election?

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Filed under: 2008 Election • Democrats
March 11th, 2008
05:58 PM ET

Will Clinton or Obama have the momentum going into Pa.?

 Sen. Barack Obama in Columbus, Mississippi, Monday.

Sen. Barack Obama in Columbus, Mississippi, Monday.
 Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in Avoca, Pennsylvania, Monday.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in Avoca, Pennsylvania, Monday.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Barack Obama is expected to do well in today's Mississippi primary. He swept the other Deep South states by large margins, in part due to his very strong support among African-American voters.

Clinton's campaign says she has little chance in Mississippi and has already moved onto Pennsylvania, site of the April 22nd showdown on which she's staking her campaign.

But there is a long 6-week stretch between Mississippi and Pennsylvania. Obama, fresh off his Wyoming victory and a potential Mississippi win, could head into that period with a widening lead over Clinton in states, pledged delegates and the popular vote.

Also working in Obama's favor: two separate prediction exchanges now favor him over Clinton for the Democratic nomination. According to Reuters, both exchanges give Obama about a 75% chance of winning, compared to 24% for Clinton.

As for Hillary Clinton, her campaign is looking for a big win in Pennsylvania, whose demographics are similar to Ohio - where she beat Obama last week. There's also the hope that re-votes in Florida and Michigan could help her catch up with Obama.

But, perhaps one troubling sign for Clinton is coming from feminist Germaine Greer, who describes Hillary Clinton as cold, bossy and manipulative. Greer also questions Clinton's credentials to be president, suggesting that she only got to where she is because she's married to Bill Clinton. It's not the kind of stuff Clinton wants to hear coming from feminists.

Here’s my question to you: Will Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama have the momentum going into Pennsylvania?

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton
March 11th, 2008
05:02 PM ET

Cheney the right person to try & bring down oil prices?

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Pumps draw petroleum from oil wells before dawn as the cost of crude oil tops $104 per barrel in its surge to new record high prices March 6, 2008 in Signal Hill, California. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)  Click on the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Vice President Dick Cheney is on his way to the Middle East to do something about skyrocketing oil prices. We'll pause here to give you a chance to stop laughing. Cheney will meet with the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Oman and Turkey. The White House says it wants OPEC to increase production.

This is the same Dick Cheney who was chairman and CEO of Halliburton before becoming vice president. The same Dick Cheney who headed up the administration's highly secretive energy task force. The administration's energy policy, such as it is, was crafted with the help of oil industry executives and lobbyists including former Enron Chairman Ken Lay. These meetings were held behind closed doors and the records from them remain secret to this day.

Here is what has happened since Cheney's secret energy meetings: When George Bush was sworn in as president in January, 2001, a gallon of gas cost $1.47 and a barrel of crude oil cost $30. Today gasoline costs an average of $3.22 and many experts are predicting it will hit $4 this spring. This morning, the price of a barrel of crude oil nearly hit $110.

And, while ordinary Americans suffer with increasingly crippling energy costs, the oil companies continue to rake in record profits. Exxon Mobil earned more than $40 billion last year. Oh, and they all get tax breaks, too, courtesy of your friends at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Here’s my question to you: Is Vice President Dick Cheney the right person to go to the Middle East to try to bring down skyrocketing oil prices?

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Filed under: Dick Cheney • Oil Prices