Franken: “I Deeply Appreciate” Opportunity To Meet With Biden
The Franken campaign has released this statement on Al Franken’s meeting today at the White House with Vice President Biden:
MINNEAPOLIS [05/06/09] – This afternoon, Senator-elect Al Franken visited the White House to meet with Vice President Biden. Franken updated the Vice President on the state of Minnesota’s second U.S. Senate seat, and discussed the administration’s agenda and its potential benefits for the people of Minnesota. Franken was accompanied by his wife, Franni.
“I deeply appreciate the administration’s ongoing support and the opportunity to meet with Vice President Biden today. Minnesotans are eager to see Congress make progress on the administration’s agenda – and I’m eager to do my part in that effort. From investments in alternative energy to the expansion of high-speed rail to the Twin Cities, we have a lot to do to help Minnesota’s working families, and I was pleased to discuss these important issues with the Vice President.”
Late Update: Vice President Biden has released this statement:
“The election process and recount in Minnesota have lived up to the state’s reputation for organization, transparency, and bipartisanship. The officials have been meticulous and every ruling has been unanimous.
“While Senator Amy Klobuchar is one of the hardest working members of the United States Senate, Minnesotans deserve their full representation.
“Once the Minnesota Supreme Court has issued its final ruling in this case, the President and I look forward to working with Mr. Franken on building an economy for the 21st century.”
January 15, 2008
Team Obama: Michigan’s Meaningless
Emailed a few minutes ago from Bill Burton to reporters with the subject line, “Something to think about as returns come in from Michigan” …
TO: Interested Parties
FR: The Obama Campaign
RE: Michigan Democratic Presidential Primary
Because Michigan violated DNC rules by placing its Presidential
Primary on January15th, the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee ruled that
the Michigan Democratic Party could not use the results of the January
15 Presidential Primary to allocate delegates to the 2008 Democratic
National Convention. In other words, no delegates are at stake today in
the Michigan Democratic Primary.
All of the Democratic presidential candidates publicly pledged not
to campaign in Michigan, none have visited the state, opened offices,
hired staff or communicated with voters through television, mail,
phones or otherwise. In addition, four Democratic presidential
candidates, Obama, Edwards, Richardson and Biden withdrew their names
from the Primary ballot in order to avoid participating in the Michigan
Primary. Clinton did not withdraw her name even though she publicly
committed to not participate in the Primary. Clinton, Dodd, Gravel and
Kucinich are the only candidates on the ballot today. The Obama
Campaign is not participating in the Primary and has not instructed
supporters in Michigan whether or how to vote.
Therefore the results of the primary tonight have no bearing on the Democratic nomination contest.
Florida, whose primary was scheduled for January 29th, is just like
Michigan – the DNC applied full sanctions for setting an early
primary date and there are no delegates are at stake. As with Michigan,
all of the Democratic presidential candidates signed a pledge to not
campaign in Florida. Although Senator Obama did not remove his name
from the Florida Primary ballot because Florida law did not allow him
to do so, Senator Obama is firm in his commitment to neither
participate nor campaign in the Florida Primary and its outcome has no
bearing on the nomination contest. We raise Florida today because
Senator Clinton has scheduled a fundraiser in Florida on Jan. 27th, and
there are signs – despite Senator Clinton’s public pledge
to the contrary – that she may be planning to campaign in the
state – inquiring about large venues and increased organizing
activity – ahead of the Florida primary.
Our position and the position of the DNC is clear – neither
the Florida nor Michigan primaries are playing any role in deciding the
Democratic nominee and we are not campaigning in either state.
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From Larry Johnson’s Tremendous Blog : No Quarter
By SusanUnPC on January 14, 2008 at 4:38 PM in Unions, Obama, Republicans | 16 Comments
[[[ Here’s a LATE-NIGHT UPDATE on the cynical politics of the “hope”-panderer: The Obama campaign has repudiated these flyers. But, reports Time’s Mark Halperin (the italics are his), “Obama, in Reno Monday, makes explicit appeal for independents and Republicans to caucus for him.” So, the flyer’s out but the message is still on. ]]]
“Here in Nevada Barack Obama has put out a flyer reading, in part, “You Can Be A Democrat for A Day,” reports Taylor Marsh. who lives and broadcasts in Las Vegas. [UPDATE: Obama’s campaign is doing this nationwide. Here’s an official Florida Obama campaign release on how to be a “Democrat for a Day.”] Then there’s the manipulation by Obama-ite leaders of the Culinary Workers Local 226 in Nevada that forced Obama on union members (more below). (Let’s not forget that Obama dissed unions as “special interests” — that is, when they supported his rivals John Edwards and Hillary Clinton.)
So THIS is Chicago-style politics! Barack Obama, stung by his New Hampshire loss, promised a “Chicago-style smackdown,” and he’s delivered. Beyond this shocking invitation to let Republicans invade Democratic caucuses, there’s the disturbing prospect that Republicans — knowing that Obama will be the easiest Democratic nominee to defeat in the general election — will do just that. Gleefully! God almighty. Is Karl Rove advising the Obama campaign now, beyond the pages of the Wall Street Journal? Don’t forget Larry Johnson’s warnings in “Why Are the Rightwing Republicans Hyping Obama?” — which should be re-read by every true Democrat.
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