McCain: I'm a "Realistic Idealist"

John McCain said he is a "realistic idealist" who "detest[s] war" in a foreign policy speech today in the Los Angeles. McCain also said he would "build new foundations for a stable and enduring peace." Read the full text of the speech after the jump.

This is the second major speech McCain has delivered this week after addressing the economy yesterday. Today's speech follows the pitch McCain made to European leaders last week where he stressed popular points that break from the Bush Administration while maintaining his support for the Iraq war.

"Those who argue that our goals in Iraq are unachievable are wrong, just as they were wrong a year ago when they declared the war in Iraq already lost," McCain said.


Obama to Deliver Economic Address

Barack Obama will deliver a "major economic address" tomorrow at 9:15 am Eastern according to his presidential campaign.

Obama will be the third presidential candidate to deliver a major economic speech this week, as Hillary Clinton and John McCain delivered speeches on the housing market Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

Clinton called for, among other things, a 90-day freeze on foreclosures and at least $30 billion to be given to state, local, and community groups to purchase foreclosed houses, hire more police and firemen in extensively foreclosed neighborhoods, and help homeowners restructure their mortgages.

McCain called for a meeting of accounting executives to examine valuation methods, and for another of mortgage lenders, to brainstorm a solution. McCain did not rule out the possibility of government assistance to homeowners, saying he would "consider any and all proposals based on their cost and benefits," but offered the caveat that no assistance should be given to speculative buyers.

Murtha on the Trail with Clinton

Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) has campaigned with Hillary Clinton in his home state, and the Clinton campaign today released a web video of Murtha speaking at one of her events.

Murtha is currently serving his 18th term in the House of Representatives, and he is the second-highest ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee. Murtha was defeated in a caucus election for House Majority Leader by Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) in 2006, despite being backed by newly crowned Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The fiercely anti-war Murtha cited fiscal policy and the opportunity to curtail spending on Iraq as reasons he supports Clinton. See the video below.


Clinton Campaign: Obama Also Exaggerates

Hillary Clinton's campaign sent a memo to reporters today outlining ten instances of Barack Obama embellishing his past. The memo focuses on direct mailings describing Obama as a law professor, Obama's claims that his mother and father fell in love because of the civil rights marches in Selma, Ala., TV ads' questionable use of newspaper quotes in promoting Obama's healthcare plan, and specific exaggerations of legislative achievements in the U.S. Senate.

Clinton has come under criticism in the media for an inaccurate portrayal of her 1996 visit to Bosnia. Clinton claimed March 17 that she had arrived in Bosnia under sniper fire, and that she had been forced to run, head covered, from the tarmac. CBS News debunked this claim yesterday.

See the text of the memo after the jump.

Obama Posts Tax Returns

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has posted his tax returns online. The move answers a direct charge from the Clinton camp that Obama is not as transparent as he claims. On a Clinton campaign conference call only an hour before the Obama camp posted the link Clinton deputy communications director Phil Singer said, "before the Obama campaign stands up on a soap box" the campaign "should be held accountable for the standard it holds up to everybody but itself." Singer pointed to Obama's previous undisclosed tax returns as evidence.

The Clinton camp has repeatedly stated it will release post-White House tax returns "on or around" April 15. Sam Youngman's got a story on the tax returns.

Dining with Obama

Barack Obama will invite four campaign donors to have dinner with him, his campaign announced Monday. Donors who have given as little as $5 will be eligible.

In a letter to supporters, the Obama campaign posed the dinner as an antithesis to typical fundraising dinners, contrasting Obama


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