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Obama, McCain Keep Rolling

Election 2008

Obama, McCain Keep Rolling

Obama, McCain Keep Rolling

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John McCain wins the GOP presidential candidate primary in Wisconsin, and Democrat Barack Obama won in Wisconsin and Hawaii.

BILL WOLFF (Announcer): From NPR News in New York, this is THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT.


Live from the NPR studios at Bryant Park in mid-town Manhattan, this is THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT from NPR News. News, information, projected winners. I'm Alison Stewart.


Hey, I'm Rachel Martin. It's Wednesday, February 20th, 2008.

STEWART: I have to confess, I did not watch any politics on the cable news channels last night.

MARTIN: Are you sick of it?

STEWART: I'm having a little fatigue. I'm a little done, you know. I had a choice between, you know, Wolf Blitzer, Chris Matthews or "The Biggest Loser." And I watched a little bit of "The Biggest Loser" and "American Idol," I have to admit.

MARTIN: I think you're probably not alone. But think of those guys. They've got to just summon it up every day. Summon it up.

STEWART: Oh, please. They live on that. Matthews is like a vampire of politics. He just keep sucking, you know.

MARTIN: He's like - long protracted election? Bring it. We'll talk about it.

STEWART: It's interesting nonetheless. We'll discuss it a little bit later on, a roundup of all of yesterday's voting. We'll also get some music by request from you, our listeners, from Ingrid Michaelson. We played some music from her earlier in the week and you wanted more. Fortunately we have it.

MARTIN: I want more too. I'm really excited about that.

Also on this hour of the BPP, reactions from the streets of Cuba over Fidel Castro's resignation. We'll talk with a student who is there. And you spoke with an award-winning photographer, right?

STEWART: I did. Tim Hetherington. He won the 2007 World Press Photo of the Year. It's a gripping image of one American soldier in Afghanistan, and we'll hear some of that conversation a little later on. We'll also get today's headlines in just a moment. But first, here's the BPP's big story.

Senator BARACK OBAMA (Democrat, Illinois; Presidential Candidate): We just heard that we won tonight in Wisconsin.

(Soundbite of cheering)

MARTIN: Barack Obama doing a victory lap last night after blowing past Democratic rival Hillary Clinton to win the Wisconsin primary by a decisive margin of 17 points. Meantime, on the GOP side, as expected, John McCain took the state, beating Mike Huckabee 55 to 37 percent.

STEWART: The Associated Press is also projecting Obama as the winner of the Democratic caucus in his home state of Hawaii, meaning he's now won what Pat Riley might call a tenpeat, all 10 contests since Super Tuesday. Overall Obama has won 25 contest to Clinton's 11, although the delegate count is still about evenly split.

MARTIN: But last night, both Obama and Clinton were already looking ahead to the major March 4th primaries that include Texas and Ohio, when more than 400 Democratic delegates will be at stake. In fact, neither of them was in Wisconsin last night. Obama talked about his victory at a rally in Houston.

Sen. OBAMA: Houston, I think we've achieved lift-off here.

(Soundbite of cheering)

STEWART: No word yet on whether Obama has been accused of plagiarizing that line. But while he was in Texas, Clinton - she was in Ohio. She seem to acknowledge that she needs a strong showing there to stop her opponent's momentum.

Senator HILLARY CLINTON (Democrat, New York; Presidential Candidate): This election is not about me or my opponent, it is about you. It's about your lives and your dreams and your future. And I can't do this without all of you here in Youngstown and across Ohio.

MARTIN: The real clear politics poll average had Clinton leading Obama by 7 percent in Texas and 14 percent in Ohio. But the Illinois senator is gaining ground in both states.

STEWART: Now, on the Republican side, John McCain continues his winning ways, and not just in Wisconsin. The AP projects him as the winner of Washington State's primary, which is the second half of the state's nominating process. It held a caucus on February 9th that also went to Senator McCain.

MARTIN: In fact, according to the AP delegate count, if he wins all the primaries on March 4th - Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont - McCain will have enough delegates to claim the Republican nomination. And last night it sounded like he could smell victory in the air.

Senator JOHN McCAIN (Republican, Arizona; Presidential Candidate): Thank you, Wisconsin, for bringing us to the point where even a superstitious naval aviator can claim with confidence and humility that I will be our party's nominee for president of the United States.

(Soundbite of cheering)

STEWART: So get ready to hear a lot about hear a lot about the Lone Star and Buckeye states in near political coverage. All the focus will be on those two leading up to March 4th.

Hey, that's the BPP's big story. Politico's Jim VandeHei's going to join us in just about 20 minutes to offer some analysis. But first we do want to get you more of today's headlines.

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