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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Sunday Morning "Talking Heads" 5-25-2008

This Sunday will mark only one week until the primary in Puerto Rico (55 delegates) and only nine days until the final two primaries on June 3 in Montana (16 delegates) and S. Dakota (15 delegates). Prior to these primaries, the Democratic National Committee, credentials committee will meet on May 31 to determine a resolution to the 366 total delegates from Michigan (156) and Florida (210). Both Obama and Clinton are campaigning in Puerto Rico this weekend.

Although the numbers clearly show Senator Obama will most likely be the Democratic Party nominee, it is exciting that the final determination will not be made until the voters of all the states will have weighed in. Today, reports the following delegate totals: Obama 1968, Clinton 1779. If the goal posts are not moved by the Michigan and Florida pending resolution, Obama is now within 57 delegates of the 2025 needed for the nomination.

Face the Nation will have Clinton campaign communications director Howard Wolfson. It was Wolfson who earlier this week made the ridiculous argument that since Obama was not on the Ballot in Michigan, the credentials committee should not award him any delegates from Michigan. The solid arguments as to how Clinton can win enough delegates to secure the nomination are dwindling so Wolfson's job becomes increasingly more difficult. Also appearing will be Sen. Durbin (ill.) - Obama and Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) - McCain

Meet the Press has a political round table discussion with reporters from various media. Look to see a discussion on what has become a controversial comment (Video) made by Senator Clinton to a editorial board of a newspaper in S. Dakota. She was explaining why she was staying in the race so long and mentioned the assassination of Robert Kennedy in June in the 1968 race and her husband Bill securing the nomination in June. Although Clinton immediately apologized for the remark and even Robert Kennedy Jr. said she did not mean any harm in the statement, some are saying this may have made it very difficult for Obama to add her to the ticket.

This Week has the Obama campaign political guru David Axelrod and also Carl Rove who directed the successful 2000 and 2004 George W. Bush campaigns. Let's see what Rove says about the recent subpoena he was served with compelling him to testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee. This committee is investigating whether the White House acted illegally in the firing of U.S. attorneys in the Justice department back in 2006. This eventually led to the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Fox News Sunday has Terry McAuliffe, chairman of the Clinton campaign who almost certainly will also be asked to explain why Senator Clinton is still in the race and to explain her recent comments. As a former DNC chair, let's see what his spin will be on how the credentials committee will decide on the seating of delegates from Michigan and Florida. Also appearing will be the chairs of the Republican and Democratic congressional campaign committees: Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Tom Cole (R-Ok). Sure to be discussed will be the number of seats the Democrats expect to pick up in the House in this election.

For a complete rundown check out "Sunday talk show tip sheet".

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