March 12th, 2008
05:49 PM ET

How will you spend 6-week campaign vacation?

Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.  Dickenson Bay, Antigua. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Now that the Mississippi primaries are over, there is a pause in what seems like the never-ending campaign.

It's been more than a year since this all started, and it seems much longer. We've been bludgeoned with thousands of hours of news reports, dozens of primaries and caucuses, millions of flyers and tv ads, dozens of debates, never ending speeches and on and on.

But now we actually get a bit of a respite, with six weeks to go until the April 22nd Pennsylvania primary.

Now, the good people of Pennsylvania will likely grow to hate the whole process in the next six weeks because there is little else for the candidates to do but inflict themselves on those poor folks. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will eventually come to be looked upon as guests who just don't know when it's time to leave.

The Wall Street Journal reports the Clinton campaign's plans include blanketing the state with events, recruiting thousands of volunteers and making strategic attacks on Barack Obama. For his part, Obama will also dedicate lots of time and resources to Pennsylvania, although his campaign is expected to talk about it as only one of several upcoming contests, including states like North Carolina, Indiana, West Virginia and Nebraska.

But for now, most of the country gets a break.

Here’s my question to you: How do you plan to spend your six-week vacation from the campaign?

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Filed under: Uncategorized
March 12th, 2008
05:05 PM ET

Should Florida & Michigan count without revotes?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It looks like Florida's Democrats hit a roadblock when it comes to finding a way to re-do their primary election.

Democratic members of the state's congressional delegation say they unanimously oppose holding a vote by mail. Although they say they are committed to working with the DNC, the 2 candidates, and other party leaders, they are against "a mail-in campaign or any redo of any kind." Doesn't sound like there's too much wiggle room there.

At issue here is whether voters in Florida, as well as Michigan, will get another chance to weigh in on the race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. The party stripped the two states of their delegates after they moved up their primaries.

Obama is also expressing concerns about a mail-in vote in terms of "making sure that whatever we do is fair and that votes are properly counted and the logistics make sense."

Clinton won both primaries, but that was after all the candidates agreed not to campaign in the contests. Obama's name did not appear on the ballot in Michigan.

Here’s my question to you: Should delegates from Florida and Michigan be seated without redoing the elections in those two states?

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Filed under: 2008 Election • Florida • Michigan
March 12th, 2008
01:42 PM ET

Should Clinton remove Ferraro from her campaign?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Last night on this program, we were talking about Geraldine Ferraro's racial remarks about Barack Obama. I mentioned I had known her for a long time and that she used to have more class than that. Apparently I was mistaken.

Thanks to some excellent digging by Ben Smith at Politico-dot-com, we find out that the woman who helped Walter Mondale lose 49 states in 1984 has been saying offensive things about blacks for a long time. In a piece that originally appeared in the Washington Post on April 15, 1988, written by our friend, Howie Kurtz, Ferraro said, "if Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn't be in the race."

Which sounds a lot like what she's saying now about Obama that if he "was a white man, he would not be in this position." This kind of rhetoric should be beneath a former congresswoman and the first woman ever to run for vice president on a major ticket.

Sometimes you can learn more about someone watching what they don't do than by observing the actions they take. When Samantha Power, a top adviser to Barack Obama, called Hillary Clinton a "monster," she was gone the next day. Yet Geraldine Ferraro makes racial comments about Barack Obama, but retains her seat on Hillary Clinton's campaign finance committee. She also refuses to apologize.

This is the kind of ugliness that threatens to tear the Democratic Party apart.

Here’s my question to you: Should Hillary Clinton remove Geraldine Ferraro from her finance committee for the remarks Ferraro made about Barack Obama?

UPDATE: Geraldine Ferraro is stepping down from Hillary Clinton’s campaign finance committee. Ferraro sent a letter to Clinton saying she’s doing this “so I can speak for myself and you can continue to speak for yourself about what is at stake in this campaign. The Obama campaign is attacking me to hurt you. I won't let that happen.”

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton