Clinton Campaign Accuses Obama of "Followership"

Hillary Clinton's campaign is claiming that Barack Obama "copies" Clinton's proposed $30 billion economic stimulus plan in calling for a $30 billion plan of his own.

"If Senator Obama has to copy policy ideas when he's a candidate on the campaign trail, how is he going to solve people's problems if he's president?" said Clinton policy director Neera Tanden in an e-mail. "When it comes to fixing the economy, we need leadership, not followership."

The attack is reminiscent of another that Clinton pushed just a few weeks ago. In a February debate, she accused Obama of copying words from Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and thus running on "change you can Xerox." The line was met with boos from the audience.

Pelosi Remains Firm on Superdelegates

Mike Soraghan has a story on Speaker Nancy Pelosi responding to the letter sent by 20 Clinton fundraisers blasting Pelosi for saying super-delegates should support the winner of the pledged delegate count. Here is Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly's comment on the letter in Soraghan's story:

Obama-Bloomberg '08?

Not shying away from speculation of a fusion ticket, Barack Obama thanked New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) for his "extraordinary leadership" while giving a major speech on the economy.

Bloomberg introduced Obama at Cooper Union. Obama then opened his speech by lauding Bloomberg for his record on the economy and on education.

"At a time when Washington is divided in old ideological battles, he shows us what can be achieved when we bring people together to seek pragmatic solutions," Obama said, according to his prepared remarks.

More after the jump.


Obama: Bush Economic Plan "Completely Divorced from Reality"

Chris Good has a story coming, but while you wait here is the full text of Obama's speech. After being introduced by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Obama laid out "six core principles for reform" and proposed a second stimulus package.

Obama called President George Bush's plan "completely divorced from reality." The Illinois Senator also hit John McCain saying McCain's plan "amounts to little more than watching this crisis happen."

McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds had a ready response to Obama's speech. "No amount of rhetoric can hide Senator Obama's clear record of embracing the liberal tax and spend, big government policies that hit hardworking American families at a time when they're most vulnerable, and are certain to move America backward," Bounds said.

Obama does not mention Hillary Clinton in the speech. Read the entire speech after the jump. Video here.

Bill Clinton: "Let's Just Saddle Up and Have an Argument"

At a campaign event this afternoon, former President Bill Clinton said any concern over the escalating fighting between his wife and Barack Obama is overblown. "If a politician doesn't wanna get beat up, he shouldn't run for office. If a football player doesn't want to get tackled or want the risk of an occasional clip he shouldn't put the pads on."

"Let's just saddle up and have an argument," Clinton said. "What's the matter with that? That's what America's about, right?"


Obama Camp Blasts Clinton Supporters for Pelosi Letter

Obama spokesman Bill Burton has called on Hillary Clinton to "reject the insinuations" in a letter from 20 Clinton fundraisers and donors blasting Speaker Nancy Pelosi for publicly saying super-delegates should support the winner of the pledged delegate count.

"This letter is inappropriate and we hope the Clinton campaign will reject the insinuation contained in it. Regardless of the outcome of the nomination fight, Senator Obama will continue to urge his supporters to assist Speaker Pelosi in her efforts to maintain and build a working majority in the House of Representatives," Burton said in a statement. The letter is after the jump.

Obama Added to Netroots' Candidates List

Liberal bloggers, already a constituency that Barack Obama has done well with, added the Illinois Senator to the list of candidates they're officially raising money for.

Readers of Daily Kos, Swing State Project and Open Left voted this week to put Obama on the Blue Majority list, which has raised more than $359,000 for Democratic Senate and House candidates in 2008.

The list is more noteworthy for its candidates' records in close contests. It includes: Donna Edwards, who upended Rep. Al Wynn (D-Md.) in a primary; Bill Foster, who defeated Republican Jim Oberweis to become the congressman in former Speaker Dennis Hastert's (R-Ill.) old district; and Al Franken, whose early success in fundraising and polls in the Democratic primary race for Senate in Minnesota helped ward off a more experienced candidate.

In 2006, Markos Moulitsas and other liberal bloggers behind Blue Majority supported the successful Democratic campaigns of Sen. Jon Tester (Mont.), Sen. Jim Webb (Va.) and Rep. Patrick Murphy (Pa.).

Obama Pans McCain's Economy Speech

Barack Obama said John McCain's speech yesterday on the economy and mortgage crisis "offered not one policy, not one idea, not one bit of relief" during a campaign event this afternoon.

John McCain warned against any potential bail out during his speech Tuesday, saying "any assistance must be temporary and must not reward people who were irresponsible at the expense of those who weren't."

Obama classified McCain's comments as "Bush economics" and said the Bush's push for an "ownership society" has turned into a "you're-on-you're own society."