Barack Obama: May 2007 Archives

The debate over overhauling the health-care system is newly invigorated because the three 2008 Democratic front-runners -- Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Edwards -- are making it a priority issue.

WASHINGTON -- Democratic White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) unveiled his long-awaited health care plan on Tuesday, promising that everyone will be able to buy affordable health insurance and that people now covered will pay less. Employers would keep their insurance expenses down because the federal government would pay for the most costly cases.

WASHINGTON--Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama, courting national press, talks about the food he likes on the campaign trail--green tea and trail mix--and his dreams during an "On the Trail" interview that ran Tuesday morning on NBC's "Today Show" and taped during his Memorial Day visit to New Hampshire.

to see the interview, click to and then hit the Obama picture.

And what does Obama dream?

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WASHINGTON--White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) wants to create a new health federal-backed health insurance program--and to expand Medicaid, the state-federal program providing health coverage for the medically needy.

Obama also wants to provide alternatives to the current system, where most individuals can obtain health insurance only through their employers. If an employer does not offer insurance, the company (except for some small business) must help pay for the purchase of private insurance. All these are elements towards Obama's goals of providing health coverage to all the uninsured in the U.S. One Obama proposal calls for insurance companies to let parents carry their children on their plans longer--up to the age of 25.

Obama unveils his long-awaited health plan Tuesday morning in at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Democrats don't differ much in calling for covering the estimated 45 million uninsured in the U.S. It's how to get there--to universal coverage--that will be part of the presidential debate.

Last week, chief rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) in Washington offered the first elements of her proposal, dealing with containing and lowering costs. Both candidates called for investing more in electronic medical records systems, lowering drug costs by allowing imports from some--not all--approved countries and by investing more in preventive medicine.

In 1993 and 1994 Clinton was scorched when, as First Lady, she failed to sell Congress on a comprehensive overhaul of the health insurance system. Since then, the climate has changed, as corporations are looking for ways to reduce costs.

"We now face an opportunity--and an obligation--to turn the page on the failed politics of yesterday's health care debates," Obama said in speech excerpts released by his campaign after an embargo was broken.

click below for Obama's "fact sheet" on his health plan and other material and the text of Clinton's May 24 speech at George Washington University on lowering health care costs.

WASHINGTON--Previewing a general election race, GOP White House hopeful Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) went after Democratic presidential front-runners Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) by name on Friday for voting against an Iraq war funding bill.

"I was very disappointed to see Senator Obama and Senator Clinton embrace the policy of surrender by voting against funds to support our brave men and women fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan," McCain said in a statement.

In reply to criticism over the no vote from McCain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, also in the GOP primary, Obama said in a statement, "Governor Romney and Senator McCain are still supporting a war that has
cost us thousands of lives, made us less safe in the world, and resulted in a resurgence of al-Qaeda.''

Obama and Clinton were under pressure from the anti-war left--a potential critical component in a Democratic primary--to vote against the spending bill. McCain did not bother to mention Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Ct.) who is also in the Democratic 2008 primary and voted no. Rival former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) said he would have voted no. Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), also making a bid, voted yes.

McCain also did not note one of his rivals--Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Ks.), who stayed on the fence--he simply did not vote on the measure when it came up on Thursday night. Fence-sitters face tough times in primaries where activists want to know where candidates stand.

click below for McCain and Obama statements..

WASHINGTON--Three of the four Democratic senators running for president voted against the Iraq war funding bill Thursday night--Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chris Dodd. The fourth hopeful, Joe Biden, voted yes.

Clinton and Obama had been getting pressure from the anti-war left to vote no.

The two top Senate Democrats, Harry Reid and Dick Durbin, voted yes.

Obama and Durbin rarely are divided on major votes.

for the roll call, click below...

Three pending major issues in Congress -- Iraq war funding, an immigration overhaul and tougher ethics rules -- are demonstrating the limits to the power of the Democratic House and Senate leaders and exposing rifts within the ranks.

WASHINGTON-- Democratic presidential primary rivals have to confront the reality of an imperfect Iraq war bill. Democrats control Congress but don't have a veto-proof majority. The Iraq war bill up for a vote will not have the timetable Democrats demanded for pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq. Democrats on the left are outraged that Democrats compromised and will not force a second veto by President Bush of a funding bill.

It's not known yet what Democratic frontrunners Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) will do.

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Ct.) will vote no. Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) would oppose the bill if he were in the Senate.

Dodd went after Obama and Clinton by name in a new television spot dealing with the war and the environment. "Chris Dodd has been challenging the other candidates to support the Feingold-Reid-Dodd amendment to end our involvement in Iraq's civil war. It worked. Now Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have changed their positions to follow Chris Dodd," the spot says, referring to legislation cutting off funds for the Iraq war.

Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) will vote yes.

WASHINGTON---Health care is to be a centerpiece issue for the White House bid of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) . Next week, Obama talks health care in Iowa City and then heads west.

This weekend Obama, Michelle and the kids stump in New Hampshire.

WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama resigned Tuesday from the board of TreeHouse Foods Inc., a Wal-Mart vendor, eight days after husband and White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he would not shop at the anti-union store.

For the record . . .

Dissecting the explanation of White House hopeful Barack Obama for dealing with the shady Tony Rezko; his dealings with Springfield lobbyists; Sudan divestment; and how a fan blew Michelle Obama's cover in Kentucky.

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WASHINGTON--If the Democrats in 2008 win Ohio or Florida and keep the rest of the states John Kerry won in 2004, they get the keys to the White House. This new poll Ohio from Quinnipiac University shows the potential of former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.)

Tot Men Wom

Biden 1% 2% 1%
Clark - - -
Clinton 38 32 42
Dodd - - -
Edwards 11 13 9
Gore 10 9 11
Gravel - - -
Kucinich 2 4 1
Obama 19 21 18
Richardson 2 4 -

for the entire Ohio poll, click below...

TRENTON, N.J. -- He won't shop at Wal-Mart. He is for a law making it easier for people to join unions. If president, his appointees would be "sympathetic" to labor. He said he walked picket lines while a state senator.

WASHINGTON -- Democratic White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama was pressed on why, when he was running for the Senate in 2003, he opposed extra funding for the Iraq war, yet voted for supplemental spending bills bankrolling the war once in office, in an interview broadcast Sunday.

WASHINGTON--Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama has at least three fund-raisers on Monday plus picks up the backing of Newark Mayor Cory Booker and appears before the AFL-CIO in Trenton in a town hall meeting that is a run-up to its August meeting in Chicago to decide on an endorsement.

According to New Jersey publications, Obama will fund-raise in Jersey City, Montclair and Princeton.

Click below for the latest Barack and Michelle Obama Public Schedule plus cities where they will be making fund-raising or closed-press appearences--Monday, May 14 – Saturday, May 19


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WASHINGTON--Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic White House hopeful Barack Oback, hits Florida this week to keynote fund-raisers for her husband. Her campaign schedule is ramping up to the point where she is further reducing her hours at the University of Chicago hospitals. Leaving her job for the campaign trail is "Imminent," her spokesman said.

Meanwhile, an AP story out of Hawaii reports that his half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng is now on the stump for half-brother.

WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama, wife of White House hopeful Barack Obama, sent out her first direct fund-raising letter earlier this month for his campaign, casting herself in the role of being the person in the life of the Illinois senator who cheerfully knocks him off his pedestal to remind him of his chores.

The inner circle of foreign policy experts advising Sen. Barack Obama is small but influential. If he is elected president, his secretary of state and national security advisers may come from this group.

The inner circle of foreign policy experts advising Sen. Barack Obama is small but influential. If he is elected president, his secretary of state and national security advisers may come from this group.

WASHINGTON--The latest public schedule from the Barack Obama campaign. Not included is this: Obama will be the guest on Sunday's ABC News "This Week" hosted by George Stephanopoulos.

ABC is asking people to send in questions for Obama

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RICHMOND, Va. — White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), in the midst of a rousing stemwinder Tuesday night, vastly over-stated the number of people — 10,000, not 11 — who died in the tornado that hit Kansas last week.

In Detroit, White House hopeful Barack Obama on Monday issued his energy plans, embracing some policies already in place in California....

For Obama proposal and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger statement, click below for details...

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Joe Anthony, at the center of a raging debate over the role of netroots volunteers in Barack Obama's presidential bid, said Sunday his once ardent support for him is shaken as a result of the Obama campaign taking over the Obama MySpace page Anthony created.

"I am not as staunch a supporter like I was in the beginning," he told me.

SANTA MONICA, CALIF. -- When Barack Obama's White House campaign learned last week the candidate would get Secret Service protection, "one of the first questions," said spokesman Robert Gibbs, was whether they could provide "a flexible fuel car."

SIMI VALLEY, CALIF. ---Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is on the campaign trail or in Washington most of the week. Every few days his Chicago-based presidential campaign releases portions of his political schedue. As a new service, the Sweet blog will post the Obama public schedule.

SIMI VALLEY, CALIF. -- Early last Friday morning, Democratic White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), dressed in a T-shirt and sweat pants, entered an elevator in a Columbia, S.C., hotel heading toward the fitness center.

With him were two men in suits, employees of Global Security Services LLC, the private Severna Park, Md., firm hired by Obama's campaign to provide him with security.

SIMI VALLEY, CALIF.--The Secret Service on Thursday started 24-hour, seven-day-a-week protection of White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D=Ill.)

The Secret Service detail replaces the plain-clothes, private security guards who have been traveling with Obama since he started his run for president earlier this year.

CHICAGO--Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama has state directors and paid staff in the early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. Based in his national campaign headquarters on Michigan Avenue in Chicago -- the home office for Camp Obama -- Obama is building a separate political operation in Illinois.

CHICAGO--The 2008 White House campaign is the first to be run in what internet chronicler Micah Sifry calls the "Connected Age."

Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama is making extensive use of social networking tools in his campaign, which has a "new media" department based at the Chicago headquarters. The Obama campaign is also encouraging netroot activists to rally support for Obama and organize on their own.

Click below for a story about what happened between the campaign professionals and an independent activist.

Obama Statement on the fourth anniversary of the Bush "Mission Accomplished” speech.

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