The Note: February Sanity

Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama offered statements Thursday maintaining that they do not think homosexuality is immoral. The Clinton and Obama clarifications came one day after the two senators skirted queries from journalists on the subject, report ABC News' Teddy Davis, Jonathan Greenberger, and Eloise Harper. LINK

"The Thursday clarifications from Clinton and Obama came after members of their staff came under pressure from a leading advocate for gay rights."

"'I spent the whole morning talking with these campaigns and telling them that they needed to issue a clear, unequivocal answer to this question,' Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign told ABC News. 'And as you can see, they've done that.'" The New York Daily News on the same: LINK

The New York Times: LINK

Maggie Haberman of the New York Post writes up some recent polling in key early states in the Democratic contest showing Sen. Obama "within striking distance." LINK

2008: Democrats: Clinton:

Page Six's lede: "The long love affair between Bill and Hillary Clinton and The New York Times seems to be over." LINK

Curtis Sliwa's retelling of Bill Clinton's assessment of the Gray Lady's coverage of the Democractic nomination fight is a gossipy must-read.

The New York Post's Ian Bishop, getting his own Clinton interview and apparently believing that all positions taken by politicians are taken for political expediency rather than principle, examines Clinton's motives for rethinking her Iraq strategy, "a shift that analysts say shows she's feeling heat from both Barack Obama and Rudy Giuliani. Sen. Clinton's new tough stance is an attempt to convince voters she has the gravitas to be the first female commander in chief, political pros say." LINK

The New York Daily News has Sen. Clinton's comments on a pullout from Iraq, " 'We made this mistake before.' " LINK

Josh Gerstein of the New York Sun Notes Sen. Clinton's working to shore up her African American support, while Mark Penn cites polling and Howard Wolfson cites Black History Month. LINK

Deborah Solomon interviews Clinton friend and billionaire financier Ron Burkle for this weekend's New York Times Magazine, in which he says of Sen. Clinton, "I think to the extent that people miss who she is, she's actually a very nice, warm, thoughtful, caring person, and I don't think that comes across generally."

Of David Geffen's unflattering comments about the Clintons, Burkle said, "I was surprised by it, and in many ways taken aback by it. But I have known David for a long time. David is very aggressive in his comments and very aggressive in his thoughts on everything."

2008: Democrats: Edwards:

John DiStaso of the New Hampshire Union Leader reports that Sen. Edwards portrayed his global anti-poverty initiative as critical to America's national security interests. LINK

The AP's Holly Ramer reports on Sen. Edwards' "audacious plan" to create a cabinet-level position to combat global poverty. LINK

"Edwards presents 'big ideas,'" reads the Concord Monitor headline. LINK

The high-profile ONE Campaign issued a supportive press release on Sen. Edwards' speech.

"'We're proud that Senator Edwards is speaking with New Hampshire voters about America's leadership role in saving lives in Africa and the world's poorest countries,' said ONE New Hampshire Field Organizer Matt Bartlett.

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