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Old 01-15-2010, 12:09 PM  
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APNewsBreak: AP sources: Obama to Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) - His health care bill at stake, President Barack Obama plans a trip to Massachusetts to campaign for endangered Senate Democratic candidate Martha Coakley amid release of a poll showing an edge for the Republican Party in the race to fill a Senate seat Democrats have held for over a half-century.
Democratic officials disclosed the president's plans Friday on condition of anonimity because they were not authorized to pre-empt a White House announcement.

"If Scott Brown wins, it'll kill the health bill," Democrat Barney Frank, D-Mass., said, underscoring the stakes of Tuesday's special election.

A Suffolk University survey released late Thursday showed that Brown, a Republican state senator, with 50 percent of the vote in the race to succeed the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in this overwhelmingly Democratic state.

Coakley had 46 percent. That amounted to a statistical tie since it was within the poll's 4.4 percentage point margin of error, but it was far different from a 15-point lead that Coakley, the Massachusetts attorney general, enjoyed in a Boston Globe survey released over the weekend.

The Suffolk poll also confirmed a fundamental shift in voter attitudes telegraphed in recent automated polls that Democrats had dismissed as unscientific and the product of GOP-leaning organizations.

And it signaled a possible death knell for the 60-vote Senate supermajority the president has been relying upon to stop Republican filibusters and pass not only his health care overhaul, but the rest of his legislative agenda heading into crucial mid-term elections this fall.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

BOSTON (AP)—With President Barack Obama's agenda at risk, the White House on Friday weighed whether to send him to Massachusetts as a poll showed a shift in favor of the Republican Party in the race to fill a Senate seat Democrats have held for more than half a century.

"If Scott Brown wins, it'll kill the health bill," Democrat Barney Frank, D-Mass., said, underscoring the stakes of Tuesday's special election.

Mindful of such consequences, several Democrats said that an appearance by Obama in the state before Tuesday's special election was increasingly likely. White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel had placed calls to top Massachusetts Democrats to weigh the costs and benefits of such a visit.

Playing a role from a distance for now, the president taped an automated phone call asking Massachusetts to vote for Democrat Martha Coakley, and promising "She'll be your voice and my ally." It was the same message he made in a Web video e-mailed to his supporters on Thursday.

The Suffolk University survey released late Thursday showed Brown, a Republican state senator, with 50 percent of the vote in the race to succeed the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in this overwhelmingly Democratic state.

Coakley had 46 percent. That was a statistical tie since it was within the poll's 4.4 percentage point margin of error, but far different from a 15-point lead Coakley, the Massachusetts attorney general, enjoyed in a Boston Globe survey released over the weekend.

The Suffolk poll also confirmed a fundamental shift in voter attitudes telegraphed in recent automated polls that Democrats had dismissed as unscientific and the product of GOP-leaning organizations.

And it signaled a possible death knell for the 60-vote supermajority the president has been relying upon to stop Republican filibusters in the Senate and pass not only his health care overhaul, but the rest of his legislative agenda heading into this fall's mid-term elections.

Brown has pledged to vote against the health care bill, and his election would give Senate Republicans the 41st vote they need to sustain a filibuster.

But Secretary of State William F. Galvin, Massachusetts' top election official, said certifying Tuesday's results could take more than two weeks. That delay could give Senate Democrats time to push Obama's signature legislation through Congress. Sen. Paul G. Kirk Jr., the interim replacement for the seat, says he will vote for the bill if given the chance.

Republicans are using the threatened delay as a rallying point to argue Democrats have been gaming the rules to pass the health care bill despite public opposition.

The third candidate in the race, independent Joseph L. Kennedy, had 3 percent in the Suffolk poll. The Libertarian businessman is unrelated to the senator, who died Aug. 25 of brain cancer.

"Although the results show a race within the statistical margin of error, Scott Brown has surged dramatically," David Paleologos, director of Suffolk's Political Research Center, said in a statement. "He is attracting independent support by a wide margin and even winning some Democrats who won't vote the party line this time."

Paleologos said Joseph Kennedy's supporters could end up being pivotal in the election's outcome.

"A late rotation away from Kennedy to one of the major candidates could have a significant impact," he said.

The survey of 500 registered Massachusetts voters was conducted in a three-day span ending Wednesday, when Brown enjoyed a surge after being widely seen as beating Coakley in their final debate on Monday. The question surrounding it and a number of recent surveys was whether the group sampled accurately reflected the likely field of voters Tuesday.

The election comes the day after the three-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend. Snow is also forecast for Monday, and many locals often head south for warmer weather or north to go skiing during the shortened work week.

Brown supporters, meanwhile, are mimicking Republicans and independents who shaped recent GOP victories in the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial races. They are showing a high degree of enthusiasm for their candidate, a relative unknown who has never run statewide, while Democrats have shown little passion for Coakley although she cruised in the four-way Democratic primary with nearly 50 percent of the vote.

Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani urged voters who rallied in Boston's North End to elect Brown for his anti-terror credentials.

"His election, I believe will send a signal—and a very dramatic one—that we're going in the wrong direction on terrorism," said Giuliani, who opposes having the trial of Sept. 11 terror suspects in New York City.

Former President Bill Clinton was making two stops in Massachusetts Friday on behalf of Coakley later in the day.

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Old 01-15-2010, 12:10 PM   #2
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I thought polls were just done by kids with crayons???
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:11 PM   #3
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:13 PM   #4
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This just draws the distinction more clearly of the failed efforts to date by this president and the need for change to really take place.

Obama should be in Haiti not Boston.
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:18 PM   #5
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Obama should be in Haiti not Boston.
:-O Eh? Why? It's not a state.
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:22 PM   #6
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:-O Eh? Why? It's not a state.
Neither were any of the destinations on his world apology tour.

And neither is Copenhagen.

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Old 01-15-2010, 12:23 PM   #7
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"If Scott Brown wins, it'll kill the health bill," Democrat Barney Frank, D-Mass., said, underscoring the stakes of Tuesday's special election.
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Neither were any of the destinations on his world apology tour.

And neither is Copenhagen.

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So you think the President should be in Haiti right now. Is that right?
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:27 PM   #10
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So you think the President should be in Haiti right now. Is that right?
No, actually, with his poll numbers the way they are I like having him in Massachusetts.
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I feel bad for the people in Haiti, but that's not where the American president should be right now. It's fine to send diplomats over, as well as any other relief workers that can be spared. But we don't need to send our president over there.
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:36 PM   #12
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Obama should be on C-Span living up to his 8 times-promised televised negotiations of the health care bill.
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:38 PM   #14
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"If Scott Brown wins, it'll kill the health bill," Democrat Barney Frank, D-Mass., said, underscoring the stakes of Tuesday's special election.
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php...show_article=1
Given that the majority of people in this country AND that state disapprove of this health care bill, why does a Democrat think that is an argument for Coakley?
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:41 PM   #15
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I feel bad for the people in Haiti, but that's not where the American president should be right now. It's fine to send diplomats over, as well as any other relief workers that can be spared. But we don't need to send our president over there.
Precisely. What would Obama do? Give them hope and change?
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