Obama not visiting North Carolina

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Illinois Sen. Barack Obama will not be coming to North Carolina after all. It had been announced that the Democratic presidential contender would visit the state to talk to former rival John Edwards about getting his endorsement. New York Senator Hillary Clinton quietly visited Edwards last Thursday in North Carolina, but Obama has decided today not to do the same. The Illinois senator held two large rallies in Maryland, which holds its Democratic primary on Tuesday along with Virginia and the District of Columbia. Obama hopes to build on the momentum gained over the weekend, when he swept four contests from Clinton. It was a good weekend for Obama. As Clinton was changing campaign managers on Sunday, Obama easily won the Maine caucus and even scored a Grammy award, beating former President Clinton and others for "best spoken word album," for the audio version of his book, "The Audacity of Hope." (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Presidential frontrunner Barack Obama is pushing a bill that will lead to the implementation of a UN global tax, costing the U.S. at least $845 billion dollars over thirteen years in the name of fighting worldwide poverty, as well as banning "small arms and light weapons". The "Global Poverty Act," which is sponsored by Obama, is up for a Senate vote today, and if passed would mandate the U.S. to spend 0.7 percent of the gross national product on foreign aid, on top of the money being sent out of the country already. The bill passed the House by a voice vote last year because most members failed to read what was actually in it. The words "global" and "poverty" in the title were presumably enough to convince them that it must be good. In reality, the bill also "Commits nations to banning "small arms and light weapons" and ratifying a series of treaties, including the International Criminal Court Treaty, the Kyoto Protocol (global warming treaty), the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child," writes Cliff Kincaid. "Jeffrey Sachs, who runs the U.N.’s "Millennium Project," says that the U.N. plan to force the U.S. to pay 0.7 percent of GNP in increased foreign aid spending would add $65 billion a year to what the U.S. already spends. Over a 13-year period, from 2002, when the U.N.’s Financing for Development conference was held, to the target year of 2015, when the U.S. is expected to meet the "Millennium Development Goals," this amounts to $845 billion. And the only way to raise that kind of money, Sachs has written, is through a global tax, preferably on carbon-emitting fossil fuels." A UN controlled global tax has long been a cherished goal of the elite and they have attempted to piggy-back it on numerous different pretexts, most recently via a global carbon tax on fuel, a move that was advanced at the recent summit in Bali. During the summit, over one hundred prominent scientists signed a letter dismissing the move as a futile bureaucratic scheme which will diminish prosperity and increase human suffering. In 2005, former French President Jacques Chirac called for the imposition of a global tax to finance the fight against AIDS. Perfectly happy with giving Bush carte blanche to continue illegal spying on American citizens with the passage of this week’s telecom immunity bill, the Senate seems destined to rubber stamp legislation that would lead to a global carbon tax. President Bush has overseen the biggest increase in foreign aid since the Marshall Plan and is highly unlikely to veto the bill if it is passed.
Every thinking American should be afraid of Obama, not for his religious preference, but because of his inexperience. America elected an alcoholic last time, are we now going to elect an ADMITTED former drug user? At least with Clinton we know what we're getting, and I for one will be thrilled with the two for one! How quickly we forget the great economic times we had with the Clinton Administration. Most women are the backbone of their families, why can't they run the country as well as any man?
GO MCCAIN! HE IS OBVIOUSLY THE BEST MAN FOR THE JOB WITH ALL THE MESS GOING ON ACROSS THE POND THAT IS GOING ON AS WE SPEAK. HE DOES HAVE A MILITARY BACKGROUND AND I BELEIVE HE WILL DEFEND THE GOOD OLE' US OF A. PUT OBAMA IN THERE AND IN 2 YEARS WE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO BEAT OURSELVES OUT OF A WET PAPER BAG! GO MCCAIN!!!!!!!
...too bad he doesn't understand or respect the First Amendment. (McCain-Feingold) I'm not wild about his illegal alien amnesty program either...
Being a fan of McCain, yet I must ask, what has Bush done for our country that is so great? The Iraq war was a mistake and kudos to Obama for being one of only a few to have the foresight to see that. Either Mcain or Obama would make a much better choice than Bush. I admit I was initially for the Iraq war, I now realize I was wrong. Just to stave off all you left wing bashers I'm registered independent. P.S. Does the all caps thing make you feel that subliminally people will agree with your post?
Letting Donald Rumsfeld run it was the mistake. George Bush will go down in history as being a total military incompetent because of his trust in that man. Had the military been allocated adequate mass during the initial invasion and allowed to do their job, the war would have been over a long time ago. I have yet to figure out why, when Hillary is challenged on her vote on Iraq, she doesn't simply say, "Well, I figured the Commander-in-Chief would let the military fight a war to win."
Born to a black Kenyan father and a white American mother, he lived most of his childhood in Honolulu, Hawaii. From ages six to ten, he lived in Jakarta with his mother and Indonesian stepfather. A graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, Obama worked as a community organizer, university lecturer, and civil rights lawyer before running for public office and serving in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. After an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, he announced his campaign for U.S. Senate in 2003. The following year, while still an Illinois state legislator, Obama delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.[4] He was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2004 with 70% of the vote.[5] As a member of the Democratic minority in the 109th Congress, he co-sponsored bipartisan legislation for controlling conventional weapons and for promoting greater public accountability in the use of federal funds. He also made official trips to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In the current 110th Congress, he has sponsored legislation on lobbying and electoral fraud, climate change, nuclear terrorism, and care for returned U.S. military personnel. Obama spent most of his primary education in Catholix schools and for over 20 years has been a devout Christian attending the Trinity United Methodist Church... Get an education and know the facts before condeming someone to internet rumors and speculation.
Now who is showing their ignorance. Obama attended schools of both Catholic and Muslim faith. If you want to disagree with me, fine, but if you are going to throw out facts, include all of the facts, not just the ones that supports your point of view. See you at the polls.
see you at the polls. sounds like if you had it your way that obama would be yo momma.
Obama is no different. He says he will do something (come to NC and visit Edwards) and then he doesn't do it. What a politician...He's got my vote, CHANGE FOR AMERICA. Yeah right.
probably a good thing. we don't need anymore wannabe's in the state than absolutely necessary. go back up north obama and please stay there. try reading the bible instead of the koran also. you'll probably get a lot more out of it!
Get a life. If you cannot say anything nice then just be quite. Obama is a christian. Go read your history book. Senator Obama had a busy schedule on yesterday in Maryland and Va. The person who wrote the story should have said due to a scheduling conflict he could not meet with Senator Edwards. When I saw the heading for the story - "Obama not Visiting NC" - I just shook my head at author of the story. I am glad I read between the lines. Some people take every story and run with it. I always look at facts. This world would be a better place if we all get alone.
Take your "all get along attitude" and go back to Maryland, thank you very much. Obama claims to be a Christian, but he was raised in a Muslim society, with some radical influence from his Stepfather and mother. If you think his upbringing has not had some influence on his way of thinking than you need to put your head back in the sand somewhere in Maryland. Both him and Hillary want us to become a socialist society where the government controls every aspect of your life by making promises for change. Oh, it's going to change all right, but it won't be what you think it's going to be. If the people in this country would start taking responsibilty for their actions instead of looking for the federal and state government to do eveything for them, we would all be better off.
Guest3, yes I agree with you. Our upbringings affect us all and turn us into the people you see before you today. Obama's exposure to Muslims turned him Christian. My exposure to Christianity turned me into a atheist. Go figure.
I read my history book and Hussein Obama is not in it.
Bible should be capitalized.
Actually the words bible, christian, he, his, him (when referring to a god) should all be capitalized if you follow the religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus christ. People that do not follow that path normally do not capitalize the words as a show of non-belief. We are a rebellious lot. Oh, and to the moron that thinks Obama is a Muslim, try reading a factual book or watching the real news and not the internet hoax emails you get about him. His FATHER Obama, Sr. was raised a Muslim, he lost his faith (like many of us) and became a "confirmed atheist". His Mother is "secular" meaning she does not specifically relate to any religion or to a religious body. Are you more afraid of Obama now?
PS Das, please if you want to disagree with me, that is your right. But is the name calling necessary? I guess my Christian upbringing had more influence on me than yours.
Guest3, my moron comment was not directed at you but at another poster who called him Hussein Obama. I should have specified, sorry. I did not have a christian upbringing just an honest one. Just because i am defending his non Muslimness( not a word) does not mean I am voting for him. He does not scare me, i think he is quite a smart man. I am afraid Hillary or Obama would need huge security forces for their protection and we do not need that distraction.
Das, apology accepted. My biggest problem with Hillary and Obama is their track record on illegal immigration. Go to NumbersUSA web site and see the reports cards they have on all of the candiates and Hillary and Obama have the worse records. He has been photographed not placing his hand over his heart during the National Anthemn, verified on snoopes.com. Is this the person we want to represent our country? If he can't do the simplest thing like placing a hand over the heart, what else won't he do. The office he bids for comes with some serious responsibilties, in my eyes,he has not demonstrated the maturity or experience needed to carry out those responsibilities. Hillary, well she is power hungry. She wants to control everything. I feel we need less government in our lives, not more. A National Health plan run by our government, I think not, they already made a shambles of social security, do you honestly think this would be any better? Canada's natioanl health plan is failing miserably. So, the evidence is already out there that it does not work. They both seem to be begging for the Latinos vote, that should also be a clue to where they stand on immigratin issues. Hillary voted not to make English our National language, how come??? I resent being turned down for a job in the USA because I don't speak Spanish. Those are just a few things that I find disturbing about these candiates.
Yes, their stance on illegals is a bit scary. This country needs to do something, we can not afford to feed and take care of illegals that send their under the table pay back to Mexico. The national health plan will put us all in the poor house, we already treat people free that have no insurance. No hospital can turn you away. Babies have free care and we have tons of free clinics for the poor and welfare recipients. Being from England I have knowledge of the national health care system. I know that my family who live there go to private doctors if they need tests or anything major done, if not they would die before they got treated, you are on a waiting list. I have 3 cousins who are Doctors there, they all went into private practice rather than have to deal with the low paying government system. The good Dr's are in private practice so if you need surgery who would you choose? My 81 year old Grandmother was diagnosed with HEARTBURN for 3 days by the "free" clinic, went home and had a massive heart attack and died at the breakfast table. She had THREE days to be helped and could have been saved. They sent her home with antacids. Taxes there are astronomical as well, wonder why? They are taxed on everything EXP: A TV license costs about $200 per year. They mandate tracking technology be installed in every TV set at consumer cost. This is not cable either, just plain old TV. Just one example of what we all may be in for. I HATE election time.
Das, Mr. Obama's full name is Barack Hussein Obama.
I know but the poster was making it a negative point. We all know that the name Hussein has negative meaning here in the USA. Too bad for Obama that he has a really CRAPPY name. LOL Guess he is just lucky his first name is not Mohammad.
Never said he was Muslim. I said he was raised in the Muslim environment and that it had to have some influence in his way of thinking, just like any exposure in your own childhood would have influence on your way of thinking today. Quite jumping to conclusions, I am not afraid of Obama.
Guest3, what is it exactly in his exposure to Muslims in his youth that you are wary of? Obviously the relatively brief time of his life spent with anything to do with that religion didn't have any lasting influence on his religious leanings. So I can't really figure out where you are coming from here.
I have doubts that he shares the same American Values that I grew up with. Why, because the countries he lived in have a history of not liking Americans. His Mother seemed to be indifferent to reinforcing American values. He has not been around long enough to get a feel for what his agenda for change really is. Just a few of the concerns I have.
Well Guest3, you're entitled to your doubts. I have a few questions and points for you to consider. 1)What exactly are "American Values"? 2) He lived in Hawaii for the majority of his life, only spending 4 yrs from the ages of 6 to 10 in Indonesia, which the US has had a pretty decent relationship with, historically. 3)He has been "around" since 1993. How long is "long enough" for you? Keep in mind, that whatever his childhood experiences have been, he chose to make this country his home, where he has made a life with wife, kids and his career which has served your fellow Americans sufficiently enough to bring him to this point. I don't blame you for being skeptical, but it seems to me that you are more concerned/frightened for the wrong reasons.
His politics, and what they will do to this country, scare me. Of course, Hillary Clinton's politics TERRIFY me! I'm still confused how people can be just gushing over with enthusiam because one candidate is Black, and one is a woman. Big deal! How about giving me someone, anyone, who understands and appreciates free enterprise, Capitalism, and individual responsibility....someone who is not going to pander to the people by promising them government give-aways and soaking those mean ol' rich people to pay for it. Want me to vote for a Black? Then get J.C. Watt to run....or convince Clarence Thomas to step down from the bench. Ward Connerly....Bill Cosby. Give me someone who understands that the value of a man is in his character, not his skin color. Want me to vote for a woman? Well, we can't have Maggie Thatcher and it's too late for Jean Kirkpatrick. While I like Kay Bailey Hutchison and Mary Bono-Mack, both seem to drift left when it's a political expedient. How about we dress Newt Gingrich in drag? Hey, that's better than my second choice, Jessica Simpson in those Daisy Duke shorts! All things (and horrible choices) considered, this may be the first Election Day that I sleep in since 1972.
Christian too.
I am not afraid of Obama but, I am leaning toward Hillary and not because she is a woman. I do believe that Edwards would make a good Vice-President since he decided to drop out. And hopefully this is what Mrs. Clinton has in mind. I once thought that Obama and Hillary would make a good team, but his wife went "Sistha Girl" on us when she pulled her hair back and asked the quest"How can you rule the White House when you can't rule your own house? I can't see those two getting along after all that and even Obama has cause some what I call disrespect for a lady when he verberly attact Mrs. Clinton. God knows we have enough of the name calling, fighting, and killing. I would just like to see the best one for the job get the presidential election. I would not vote for a person just because they are "Black" or because they are a "Women" The image would be a Man and a wom going to the White House as friends, setting the example as a family at the top.