My campaign is premised on trying to
reach as many constituencies as possible and to go into as many places as
possible ... Our campaign is built around the idea that we should all be
óBarack Obama, The Advocate, 4/10/08
I oppose all discriminatory and divisive constitutional amendments, state or federal.
óBarack Obama, Houston GLBT Political Caucus questionnaire, 2/08
Obama Favors Lifting Military Ban
I want to make sure that we are doing it in a thoughtful and principled way. But I do believe that at a time when we are short-handed, that everybody who is willing to lay down their lives on behalf of the United States and can do so effectively, can perform critical functions, should have the opportunity to do so.
John McCain's Cousin Calls Him Out of Touch with Working People and Backs Obama
"Obama Works Hard to Win Southwest States that Tipped Bush's Way"
Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico: They narrowly went for the GOP in '04 but could swing Obama's way this November. And they total 19 electoral votes.
"It's Not About Us. It's About the American People. It's About the Future." Praising His Commitment to Ending Poverty, Edwards Heartily Endorses Obama
Steelworkers Union Bells the Cat on Racial Overtones of Clinton Campaign, Lambastes McCain's Hostility to Working People, and Backs Obama in Calling for 'Clean Break' from 'Catastrophic' Bush Years
NARAL Pro-Choice America Endorses
In Tour-de-Force Message, Obama Conveys Contradictions of America through Anecdote
Obama: "Change Comes from the Bottom Up"
appears to pick up lion's share of Edwards' support
One factor in the Obama surge since Feb. 1 may be solidification of support behind his candidacy from former supporters of John Edwards. Take a look at relevant Gallup surveys that hint at the dynamic:
*Jan. 25-27 (Edwards still in race) [1,217 Likely Voters]:
Clinton 44, Obama 33, Edwards 14.
*Jan. 31-Feb. 2 (Edwards out of race) [1,214 Likely Voters]:
Clinton 46, Obama 44.
*Feb. 9-11 (Edwards out of race) [1,262 Likely Voters]:
Clinton 45, Obama 44
*Feb. 12-14 [1,217 Likely Voters]:
Clinton 45, Obama 47.
Obama wins states where Clinton lags badly: series of polls
*In Minnesota, a state indispensable to Democratic hopes of reclaiming the executive branch, Rasmussen Reports (Feb. 18) has Obama besting McCain handily 53-38; however, McCain would triumph over Clinton 47-42.
*In Colorado, Rasmussen (Feb. 13) has Obama beating McCain 46-39; however, McCain leads Clinton 49-35.
*In Nevada, Rasmussen (Feb. 14) has Obama beating McCain 50-38; however, McCain leads Clinton 49-40.
*In Oregon, another state crucial to the Democratic strategy to win a majority in the Electoral College, Rasmussen has Obama beating McCain 49-40; however, McCain leads Clinton 45-42.
Only Obama beats McCain: national polls
*USAToday/Gallup survey this past week showed Obama besting McCain 50-46 nationwide in sample Nov. matchup; however, McCain would narrowly beat Clinton 49-48.
*Rasmussen likewise (Feb. 18) reveals a consistent dynamic in its surveys: Obama would beat McCain 46-43 while McCain would beat Clinton 49-42.
nod from progressive labor
Two of the fastest growing unions working hardest to restore workers' voice in the policy arena and to organize young workers under the age of 30
both endorsed Obama's drive for the presidency this past week:
campaign leader insults Democrats in GOP-leaning states,
to which former Idaho governor responds
Open letter from Barack Obama to the LGBT community
"Iím running for President to build an America that lives up to our founding promise of equality for all Ė a promise that extends to our gay brothers and sisters. Itís wrong to have millions of Americans living as second-class citizens in this nation. And I ask for your support in this election so that together we can bring about real change for all LGBT Americans.Equality is a moral imperative. Thatís why throughout my career, I have fought to eliminate discrimination against LGBT Americans. In Illinois, I co-sponsored a fully inclusive bill that prohibited discrimination on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity, extending protection to the workplace, housing, and places of public accommodation. In the U.S. Senate, I have co-sponsored bills that would equalize tax treatment for same-sex couples and provide benefits to domestic partners of federal employees. And as president, I will place the weight of my administration behind the enactment of the Matthew Shepard Act to outlaw hate crimes and a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act to outlaw workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity..."