WASHINGTON (CNN) - How is former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel standing out from the rest of the Democratic candidates in Thursday night's forum? By wearing khaki pants.
Clad in a blazer and casual khakis, Gravel broke the traditional dress code of dark colored suits and bold ties.
– CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
WASHINGTON (CNN) - After 13 minutes of speeches, the first question of Thursday night's presidential forum was posed to the candidates. The question on "race in the 21st Century" was directed to Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, and the remaining candidates are now taking turns answering it.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – A full twelve minutes into the “All-American Presidential Forum” and nary a presidential candidate to be seen. The event was scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET, but the candidates did not take the stage until after speeches by Howard University President H. Patrick Swygert, radio talk show host Tom Joyner, PBS’s Tavis Smiley, and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.
Place cards for Japanese reporters
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Behind the scenes at Thursday’s All American Presidential Forum, anticipation is growing in the spin room. Reporters from around the world have gathered for the Democratic primary forum, which will focus predominantly on race-related issues. The tables are filled with reporters for Spanish language news organizations, Asian-American outlets, and many others.
– CNN Political Researcher Xuan Thai
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The skies were blue over Washington, D.C. only minutes ago, but a common summer storm has swept across the city, leaving supporters of presidential candidates scrambling for cover.
Hundreds of supporters lined Georgia Avenue outside Howard University, the site of tonight's All American Democratic Presidential Forum, in hopes of seeing their favorite candidate entering the debate hall. But as the skies opened up, supporters quickly abandoned their signs and looked for the nearest shelter - cutting tonight's sign wars short.
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The setting for Thursday's Democratic presidential forum is a historically African-American university in the heart of the nation's capital. It was established in 1867 and named after General Oliver O. Howard, the founder and a commissioner of the Freedman's Bureau.
Initially, Howard was created as a theological seminary for African Americans, but by the time the official charter was signed it included a college of liberal arts and medicine.
Now, Howard has over 10,500 students in 12 different schools. Notable alumni include the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, author Toni Morrison and Emmy Award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad.
Sen. Barack Obama arrives at the Howard University forum site.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama got out of his car to thank his fans before heading into the Democratic forum at Howard University
"I'm happy to see such a large crowd," Obama said.
Supporters ran screaming toward the presidential candidate and his secret service had to hold them back.
(CNN) – Fred Thompson doesn’t mind if you call him lazy, as long as you call him successful.
During the Tennessee Republican's first visit to New Hampshire as a likely, if still undeclared, presidential candidate Thursday, he was asked about reports questioning his work ethic. The former senator told reporters, “That’s what they said about me before I ran the first time. Then, two years later, that’s what they said about me again. I won, I think, by 20 points the first time and by 21 points the second time. If you can do that while being lazy, I want to recommend it to everyone.”
Thompson put in a full day during his visit to Manchester including a stop at a gun store and a speech at a fundraising dinner. He may be new to New Hampshire politics, but knew very well two must-stops. He greeted diners at the Merrimack Restaurant downtown and met with the powerful publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader.
– CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, has exceeded his goal of receiving contributions from over 250,000 Americans in the last three months, his presidential campaign announced Thursday evening.
The campaign has received almost 344,000 individual contributions as of 7:35pm ET and hopes to exceed 350,000 by midnight Saturday, the end of the second quarter filing period.
Obama more than doubled the 104,000 contributors who donated to his campaign in the first three months of the year.
Earlier in the day, Howard Wolfson, a spokesman for Sen. Hillary Clinton, said that while the former first lady expects to raise $27 million for the second quarter, "We do expect Senator Obama to significantly outraise us this quarter."
All presidential candidates must report their fundraising activity through June 30 in detailed reports to the Federal Election Commission, due by July 15.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hours before the eight Democratic candidates participating in Thursday's presidential debate were set to take the stage, supporters brandishing campaign signs lined the street leading into the Howard University campus.
Backers of Sen. Joe Biden, Sen. Hillary Clinton, former Sen. John Edwards and Sen. Barack Obama were all waving signs outside this predominantly African-American college that is hosting the third Democratic presidential debate.
And who is winning the sign wars? It looks like it is a toss-up between Clinton and Obama.
– CNN's Lauren Kornreich and Alexander Mooney