WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Sen. John Edwards is out with the latest contribution to the library of works penned by 2008 presidential candidates: "Ending Poverty in America: How to Restore the American Dream," which hit bookstores Monday.
The North Carolina Democrat, who until recently headed the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina, is credited as editing the book, along with Marion Crain, who replaced Edwards at the Center, and UNC professor Arne Kalleberg. The book is a collection of articles addressing various aspects of social and economic policy and features a contribution from fellow unsuccessful vice presidential nominee Jack Kemp, a former GOP congressman and Housing Secretary under former President George H.W. Bush.
Edwards authored the book's final article, also titled "Ending Poverty in America," an 11-page essay offering a number of policy proposals and personal anecdotes.
Other current White House hopefuls who have written books include Democrats Hillary Clinton, Dennis Kucinich, Barack Obama, and Bill Richardson. Republican authors include Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Tom Tancredo.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, once again addressed at Thursday's Democratic presidential debate a $400 haircut he received recently and had paid for with campaign funds.
"Well, that was a mistake, which we've remedied. It was simply a mistake. But if the question is, Brian, whether I live a privileged and blessed lifestyle now, the answer to that's yes. A lot of us do. But it's not where I come from. And I've not forgotten where I come from."
Edwards then described an episode from his childhood when his family had to leave a resaurant because they could not afford anything on the menu.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Billionaire philanthropists Bill Gates and Eli Broad are using the backdrop of the first presidential debate of the season to call on this year's crop of White House hopefuls to put education issues at the top of their campaign agendas.
The two men are joining forces to bankroll through their foundations a $60 million public awareness campaign called "ED in '08" designed to focus the candidates' attention and encourage debate on ways to improve education standards, provide more effective teacher training, and increase the resources and support available to students. The initiative was launched Wednesday in South Carolina, where the Democratic presidential candidates will participate in their first debate Thursday night.
"We all must demand that candidates and our leaders share their opinions and policies on how our country will offer all young people strong American schools," said Gates, the founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in a written statement.
Broad, a former real estate and insurance mogul, now heads the Broad Foundation, which focuses on improving public education in the nation's urban areas.
The "ED in '08" campaign and its parent organization, "Strong American Schools," will not support or oppose any particular candidate or party or take positions on legislation.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney began his national presidential television ad campaign Wednesday, the same day fellow Republican candidate Sen. John McCain officially launched his White House bid.
Two Romney ads, which previously have run in several local markets in Iowa, New Hampshire and other key primary states, began running Wednesday morning on national cable networks including CNN and Fox News. The campaign says the ad buy will last several months, though different spots are likely to be rotated in during that time.
"The fact that he's on national cable on the day that one of his chief rivals is relaunching his campaign I don't think is any coincidence," says Evan Tracey, CEO of TNS Media Intelligence/Campaign Media Analysis Group (CMAG), CNN's consultant on television ad spending. "In between that coverage of McCain's announcement tonight will be Romney commericals."
Though Romney is the first 2008 presidential candidate to air television ads on a national level, CMAG records show that he is not the first presidential candidate to go up this early with a national television ad campaign. Publisher and former GOP candidate Steve Forbes ran ads on national cable slightly earlier than this point in 1999.
Tracey said that the timing of this ad buy reflects the historically fast pace at which this campaign is unfolding and the growing significance of February 5, 2008, when up to 25 states might hold presidential primaries and caucuses.
"Clearly, this is a move to extend the Romney brand beyond just Iowa and New Hampshire," said Tracey. "It's reaching the February 5th states, but it's also reaching a national audience. It shows you that February 5th is not being taken for granted by even the top-tier candidates."
The first ad in this new buy features Romney and his wife, Ann, and describes the former governor as "business legend, rescued the Olympics, the Republican governor who turned around the Democratic state." The second ad features a clip from Romney's speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference in March where he declared "I like vetoes" and vowed to block unnecessary spending in Washington.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, has raised less money so far in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination than her chief opponent, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, but she still sits atop the largest cash reserves of any White House hopeful, according to campaign finance reports filed Sunday.
Clinton raised $19 million from contributors in the first three months of the year specifically for her nomination bid, compared to $24.8 million for Obama, according to the reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Overall, the New York senator actually brought in a record amount for this point in a presidential race, $36 million. Full story.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - What do Hugh Hefner, Jennifer Aniston, Jerry Springer, and Mr. Spock have in common? They've all weighed in on the 2008 presidential race and given their two cents (plus a little extra) to their favorite White House hopefuls.
Scores of Oscar-winners, sit-com actors, and high-powered studio executives have opened their wallets this year and given much needed campaign cash to several appreciate candidates, according to a CNN review of reports filed with the Federal Election Commission over the weekend.
Some stars are regular political contributors, like actress Susan Sarandon and Barbra Streisand, but several, like Aniston and "Scrubs" actor Zach Braff, are fairly new to the game.
A few donors, like Streisand and film director Steven Spielberg, couldn't decide on a single candidate and gave to all three Democratic frontrunners: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards.
While Democratic candidates have fared best so far among these high-profile donors, Republican Rudy Giuliani scored a handful of notable contributions, including checks from comedic actors Adam Sandler and Kelsey Grammer.
Here is a list of more celebrities who contributed to the 2008 presidential candidates from January through March 2007.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The race for Hollywood cash has focused mainly on the Democratic presidential hopefuls so far, but that hasn't stopped Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani from staking a small claim on the entertainment industry's largesse.
According to a campaign finance report filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission, the list of Giuliani's 28,000 donors from the first three months of the year includes at least four familiar faces:
"Frasier" and "Cheers" star Kelsey Grammer donated $2,300 in March.
Actor and "Dancing with the Stars" contestant John O'Hurley donated the maximum $4,600 in March (O'Hurley played the eccentric "J. Peterman" character on "Seinfeld").
Former "Saturday Night Live" regular Adam Sandler donated $2,100 in February.
Actor and conservative commentator Ben Stein donated $750 in February.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer signed a law Monday that officially moves his state's presidential primary to Feb. 5, 2008, joining an ever-growing roster of states to hold a presidential contest that day.
Feb. 5th is quickly shaping up to be essentially a "national primary," with 10 other states having already scheduled presidential primaries or caucuses that day and another 15 states considering doing the same. It will be the largest single day of voting next year aside from the general election itself in November.
The Empire State is one of the largest prizes in each major party's nomination process. The largest prize, California, officially moved its primary to Feb. 5 last month.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - In October 1925, a 12 year-old boy in a small California town wrote in a school assignment that he "would like to study law and enter politics for an occupation so that I might be of some good to the people." The boy: Richard Milhous Nixon, some 43 years before being elected the nation's 37th president.
Young Nixon's eighth-grade essay is but one of more than 150 documents, photos, artifacts and mementos on display in a new National Archives exhibit in Washington focusing on the early lives and education of every American president since Herbert Hoover.
The exhibit, called "School House to White House: The Education of Presidents," opened to the public Friday and runs through January 2008, just as voters begin the long process of electing the next president. Full story
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Below is a list of money raised by the candidates, according to figures provided by their campaigns:
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-New York, $26 million
Former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, $14 million
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, $6 million
Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, $4 million
Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, $1-2 million
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, $21 million
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, $14 million
Arizona Sen. John McCain, $12.5 million
Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, $1.3 million
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, $500,000
Note: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, has yet to release his fundraising totals.