Hillary Rodham Clinton said emphatically Wednesday night that Barack Obama can win the White House this fall, undercutting her efforts to deny him the Democratic presidential nomination by suggesting he would lead the party to defeat.
“Yes, yes, yes,” she said when pressed about Obama’s electability during a campaign debate six days before the Pennsylvania primary.
Asked a similar question about Clinton, Obama said “Absolutely and I’ve said so before” — a not-so-subtle dig at his rival who had previously declined to make a similar statement about him.
In a 90-minute debate, both rivals pledged not to raise taxes on individuals making less than $200,000, and said they would respond forcefully if Iran obtains nuclear weapons and uses them against Israel.
Pope Benedict XVI warned that a secular tradition often prevented Americans from living their beliefs fully.
As has often been the case during his half-century in his chamber, Senator Robert C. Byrd, the longest-serving senator in history, got the last word — for the moment.
A judge denied a request to subpoena Vice President Dick Cheney in a lawsuit filed by a man who claims he was wrongfully arrested for comments he made to Mr. Cheney about the Iraq war.
Legal analysts called the outcome a significant defeat for the Bush administration, especially its turning terrorism arrests into publicity events.