The Day In Politics: Democrats

** Obama accused Hillary Clinton of distributing a misleading flier about his Social Security plan, claiming that she, too, once put raising the cap on payroll taxes on the table. In a press conference, Clinton accused Obama of supporting a "trillion dollar increase on the middle class." The Clinton campaign later held a press conference about Obama's health care plan. Clinton's policy director, Neera Tanden, said that Obama's plan would leave "50,000" people uninsured in Nevada.

** Bill Clinton blew up at a Nevada television reporter who asked him about the lawsuit against at-large precincts drawn by the state Dems to benefit the culinary workers.

"Do you really believe that all the Democrats understood that they had agreed to give everybody who voted in a casino a vote worth five times as much as people who voted in their own precinct? Did you know that?" Mr. Clinton said in a testy exchange with a television reporter, Mark Matthews of KGO. "What happened is nobody understood what had happened. ... Now, everybody's saying, 'Oh they don't want us to vote.' What they really tried to do was to set up a deal where their votes counted five times, maybe even more."



** More than 1,500 supporters greeted John Edwards at an event in Reno. The campaign claims that turnout surpassed their expectations.

** The Edwards campaign also complained about media coverage, sending around a study showing that Edwards received a disproportionately small amount of news coverage and implied that the drought in media was responsible for his standing in the national polls.

** Obama's campaign manager telephoned Chris Cillizza and talked him off the Nevada ledge.

** Hillary Clinton's Hill Force One took off today for the first time. And Clinton played flight attendant, per CBS's Fernando Suarez. (Who wrote this for her?)

“In a few minutes I’m going to switch off the fasten seatbelt sign,” said Clinton. “However, I’ve learned lately that things can get awfully bumpy when you least expect it, so you might want to keep those seatbelts fastened. And, in the event of an unexpected drop in poll numbers, this plane will be diverted to New Hampshire. “If you look out to the right you will see an America saddled with tax cuts for the wealthy and a war without end. If you look out to the left you’ll see an America with a strong middle class at home and a strong reputation in the world.