Daily Revolt

November 27, 2007

Poll: Clinton Loses to All Top GOP Candidates in Direct Match-Up

More bad news for Billary:
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton would lose to every one of the top five Republican contenders in a head-to-head match-up — a complete reversal of fortune for the New York senator who has thus far led against all prospective GOP opponents — according to a new Zogby poll released late Monday.

Clinton's top Democratic rivals, John Edwards and Barack Obama, however, still lead or tie Republicans in hypothetical match-ups ahead of the 2008 presidential election, the survey showed.

Clinton, who has recently witnessed sagging poll numbers since what many considered to be a poor performance at a nationally televised Democratic debate, trails Republican candidates Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney by three to five percentage points in direct match-ups.

Such bad news would explain Hillary's stepped-up attacks on Obama:
Hillary Clinton's campaign blasted Democratic presidential primary rival Barack Obama over the distribution of money by the Illinois senator's leadership political action committee, Hopefund.

Obama's PAC recently distributed $180,000, mostly to officials in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, according to Monday's Washington Post.

The paper reported that although fundraising for the PAC dwindled just as Obama's presidential campaign revved up, some public officials with connections to the campaign recently received money from Obama's PAC. For instance, New Hampshire state Sen. Jacalyn Cilley lent her name to Obama's campaign only six days after receiving a PAC disbursement.

Clinton's campaign said Obama's use of the fund appears to be inconsistent with his views on campaign finance. Obama has been critical of lobbyist influence on the election process, and has said he would not take special interest group donations.

"On the campaign trail, Senator Obama is outspoken about his desire to reform the campaign finance system, so it was surprising to learn that he has been using his PAC in a manner that appears to be inconsistent with the prevailing election laws," a Clinton campaign release said.

[...]Obama's campaign responded later Monday to Clinton's attack, calling it a "false attempt to misrepresent" him.

"Whatever happened to the confident frontrunner who said she wouldnt attack other Democrats just two weeks ago?" spokesman Bill Burton said in a release. "The latest personal attack from Hillary Clinton is a completely false attempt to misrepresent Barack Obamas full disclosure of his campaign finances.

"Senator Obama's commitment to disclosure is one that Hillary Clinton does not share, and until Senator Clinton is willing to make this commitment — by disclosing her White House records, the list of donors to her husbands presidential library, how much her bundlers raise, and releasing her personal tax returns to the public — she's not really in a position to point fingers at others."

Its enough to give someone a heart attack. Pun intended:
Vice President Dick Cheney was recovering at home Monday night after being treated for an irregular heart beat, found Monday morning during a checkup for lingering cold symptoms, Cheney's office said.

Doctors found atrial fibrillation, an abnormal rhythm involving the upper chambers of the heart.

Cheney was treated at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., undergoing cardioversion — delivery of an electric impulse to the heart, which is a standard treatment for atrial fibrillation.

The treatment is performed as an outpatient procedure, and Cheney returned home Monday night.

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