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Special Report

The Democrats' Opposition Research

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Opposition Research

Democrats are already drawing up their playbook on how to go after John McCain in the general election. The Politico reports they will use McCain's own words against him.

The senator's comment that, "the issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should" will come up and his comment last month that he "would be fine" with having American troops stationed in Iraq for 100 years will be used by Democrats to try to paint him as a warmonger.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said in a fund-raising appeal this week that McCain is "promising nothing more than a third Bush term."

Money Talks

Senator Hillary Clinton's decision to loan her campaign $5 million of her own money may have been prompted by a massive television ad purchase from the Barack Obama camp. The Washington Post says Obama's media surge in upcoming primary states could not be matched by Clinton without the additional cash.

But not everyone is buying that notion. Some note that since news of the loan, the Clinton campaign has raised millions in new money, gotten more media attention and positioned itself as the underdog.

One long-time Democratic consultant tells ABC News: "I'd take this revelation as a sign that they planned this whole thing."

Stiffed on Rent?

Speaking of money, a Portsmouth, N.H. man who rented part of his building to the Clinton campaign is still waiting for his because, he says, the workers skipped town without paying the bill.

Terry Bennett tells the Portsmouth Herald News that the campaign asked to rent his space for five days before the New Hampshire primary for $100 a day. He says they never paid, though they did leave something behind: "They left enough trash for a small army," he said.

Bennett says he has left plenty of voice messages with the campaign and has sent about 20 e-mails, but has yet to hear back — not a word.

No Thanks

Former basketball star Charles Barkley says he definitely plans to run for governor of Alabama some day, but he wants no help from Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson.

The New York Post reports Barkley says in an upcoming Playboy magazine interview: "I don't believe in them. They always play the race card, and you can't always play the race card. Sometimes the race card is needed, but not in every situation. We have to hold blacks more accountable for their actions."

FOX News Channel's Martin Hill contributed to this report.