WASHINGTON (CNN) – In response to a question about how she managed the infidelity in her marriage, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, said “I’m not sure I would have gotten through it without my faith.” The White House hopeful answered the question as part of Monday’s Faith and Politics forum at George Washington University moderated by CNN’s Soledad O’Brien.
“I am very grateful that I had a grounding in faith that gave me the courage and the strength to do what I thought was right,” Clinton said. “Regardless of what the world thought. And that’s all one can expect or hope for.”
Sen. Clinton also told the forum audience that she takes her faith seriously and personally, and comes, “from a tradition that is perhaps a little too suspicious of people who wear their faith on their sleeves.”
- CNN Political Researcher Xuan Thai
WASHINGTON (CNN) – When asked whether the Palestinians are being treated morally, fairly, and justly by the Israelis, White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, told an audience at George Washington University: “There have been times when there’s no doubt that Palestinians have been placed in situations that we wouldn’t want our own families to be placed in.” The answer came in response to a question by CNN moderator Soledad O’Brien at Monday’s Faith and Politics Forum.
“I believe the Israelis want peace and they want security,” he said. “They’ve got bombs flying into their territories right now,” said Obama. “And we would expect them to act appropriately in defending themselves.”
He went on to say that the Palestinians and Israelis are far from reconciliation right now, saying that’s where faith comes in. “Faith can say forgive someone who has treated us unjustly,” he said.
–CNN Political Researcher Xuan Thai
WASHINGTON (CNN) - What does New York Sen. Hillary Clinton pray for? At a faith and politics forum Tuesday night, she said it depends on the time of day.
"Sometimes I say 'Oh, Lord, why can't you help me lose weight?'" Clinton said. "Sometimes, you know, it's obviously praying for discernment, for wisdom, for strength, for courage. Praying for my family and my friends."
Clinton said she was "raised to pray" and described herself as "a praying person."
- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
WASHINGTON (CNN) - What's the biggest sin former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards has ever committed? It's hard to tell, he told CNN's Soledad O'Brien at a faith and politics forum Tuesday night, because he sins "every single day."
"If I have a day where I haven't sinned multiple times, I would be amazed," Edwards said. He added, "To try to identify one particular sin that's worse or more extreme to the others, the list is too long."
Edwards received applause from the audience when he said he couldn't identify a specific sin that he has committed. But he further explained his response by saying "we all fall short, which is why we have to ask for forgiveness from the Lord."
–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
WASHINGTON (CNN) – During CNN’s Faith and Politics forum Monday at George Washington University, former Sen. John Edwards, D – North Carolina, told CNN that he does not believe homosexuals have the right to be married.
“No. Not personally, you’re asking me personally,” Edwards told CNN moderator Soledad O’Brien.
“There’s a difference between my belief system and what the responsibilities of the President of the United States are,” he added. “It is the reason we have separation of church and state.”
Edwards said he’s in favor of “civil unions and all the subsequent rights that go with that.” The former senator is on record as opposing a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
- CNN Political Researcher Xuan Thai
Ten Republican White House hopefuls are set to square off in Manchester, New Hampshire, Tuesday night in a debate sponsored by CNN, WMUR-TV, and the New Hampshire Union Leader. This will be the third such outing for the GOP candidates over the last month. Is three times the charm? Which candidates do you think have the most to lose - or gain - headed into Tuesday's big event? Weigh in.
George P. Bush has thrown his support behind former Sen. Fred Thompson.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - George P. Bush, one of President Bush's nephews, is throwing his support behind former Sen. Fred Thompson's likely presidential bid, contributing to his nascent campaign and asking others to do so as well, a Thompson adviser tells CNN.
Bush, a real-estate developer in Texas, recently sent out an e-mail to friends and contacts declaring his support for the former "Law and Order" actor.
Thompson filed papers last Friday permitting him to raise money for a presidential bid, though he said over the weekend he has not yet decided to run.
Meanwhile, as CNN reported last week, Mary Matalin, a former aide to Vice President Cheney, has agreed to advise Thompson if he gets in the race.
Many in President Bush's circle are favorable of Thompson because of his work helping shepherd Supreme Court picks through the Senate and because of his vocal support of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff convicted of four felony charges last march in relation to the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson.
- CNN Chief National Correspondent John King
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Craig Thomas, R-Wyoming, is in serious condition after undergoing a second round of chemotherapy treatment for leukemia, his family said in a statement Monday.
"At this difficult time, all we can do is give him as much love and support as possible," his wife Susan said in a statement. "The support and prayers of Wyoming folks have made a tremendous difference to us. It has meant everything to Craig, and I know it helps him today."
Doctors said Thomas is struggling with an infection, and his body has been resistant to the treatment, according to the statement.
Thomas is being treated at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He is with his wife, sons Patrick and Greg and daughter Lexie. "The family wants to thank everyone for their positive wishes and prayers," they said in the statement.
- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said Monday his party is committed to an ethical Congress, following the news that Louisiana Democratic Rep. William Jefferson has been indicted on 16 criminal counts related to corruption.
"We are keeping our pledge to make this the most open and ethical Congress, ending the 'culture of corruption' that prevailed under 12 years of Republican rule," DCCC Chairman Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland said in a statement. "We are changing the way business in Washington is done by passing the strongest ethics rules in Congressional history and lobbying reform - breaking the tie between lobbyists and legislators."
"This is a tragedy for Mr. Jefferson's family, his constituents, and for the United States Congress," Van Hollen added. "For the good of the people of Louisiana's 2nd District, who have been through so much, we hope this matter is quickly resolved."
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - At a Monday morning breakfast forum following last night Democratic presidential debate, former Colorado Gov. Roy
Roemer Romer was jokingly asked if he would pardon fellow-panelist and blogger Eric Alterman.
Roemer quipped, "We'd have to look deeply into that, it's a character issue."
Alterman, a blogger, was arrested by the Goffstown, New Hampshire police Sunday night after reportedly being asked to leave a party which he was not invited to attend.
He was released after paying $30 and said he will fight to have the charges dropped.
Monday's panel on the debate was hosted by the Creative Coalition, a nonpartisan political advocacy group.
Among the speakers were Alterman, Arianna Huffington of HuffingtonPost.com, and CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider. The panel was moderated was Hollywood producer and West Wing Executive Producer Lawrence O'Donnell.
- CNN Senior Political Producer Matthew Hoye