Obama, McCain, and Clinton are not famous enough? Not for "American Idol": Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain made taped appeals for charity on a special edition of 'American Idol' on Wednesday night that didn't make the cut," Alessandra Stanley writes in The New York Times. "The telethon for needy children around the world entitled 'Idol Gives Back' drew the likes of Fergie, Bono, Brad Pitt, Mariah Carey and Miley Cyrus, and went too long. The candidates' contributions were kicked back to Thursday night's episode."
"I know it's a school night. When I was in college I was in bed at 10 pm every night. I'd never be up this late. I'm just kidding you guys. I'm just kidding. Sometime I'd wake up about this time." -- Barack Obama, still not as cool as he wants to be, speaking at a high school in South Bend, Ind., at 10:45 pm Wednesday.
"They were being totally arrogant. And I think I know something about arrogance." Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., on the White House's stance on trade.
"Nice try." -- Bill Clinton, refusing to say whether he regrets taking money to push on behalf of free trade with Colombia.
"When they asked if Ed Rendell's endorsement had any impact, I said, 'absolutely.' " -- Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa., called by a pollster at his home.
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ABC News is accepting requests for press credentials for the April 16 Democratic presidential debate sponsored by ABC News, the National Constitution Center, and WPVI-TV. The debate, moderated by ABC News' anchors Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos, will be held at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia just days before the Pennsylvania primary, and will be broadcast in primetime on national television starting at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.
Credentials: Journalists interested in obtaining a press credential for the press filing center and spin room should send the following information to ABC.Debate@abc.com:
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If you are interested in reserving space for a stand-up location in the spin room, a stand-up position outside, and/or parking for a satellite truck, please note that as well
Media will be required to present photo identification and a company ID upon check-in at the press filing center.
Please note the credential will grant the journalist access to the filing center and the Spin Room, not the debate hall.
The deadline for submitting a press credential request is Friday, April 11, 2008 at 12 p.m. ET.