The Orange County Sheriff’s Office released this mug shot of Al Gore III to the Associated Press.
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) - Former Vice President Al Gore's son, Albert Gore III, was arrested early Wednesday morning in Orange County, California on suspicion of possessing marijuana and prescription drugs, Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department told CNN.
He was released from jail on bond Wednesday afternoon.
Gore, 24, was allegedly driving a Toyota Prius at 100 mph on the San Diego Freeway at 2:15 a.m. when a police officer pulled him over. The officer reported that he smelled marijuana and a search of the car yielded less than an ounce of the drug. The prescription drugs Valium, Xanax, Vicodin, and Adderall were in the car as well, police reported.
Amormino told CNN Gore did not have prescriptions for any of the drugs found.
Gore was booked into a Santa Ana jail under a $20,000 bond, the Sheriff’s Department said.
"He did admit to smoking ... some marijuana shortly before the stop," Amormino told reporters in a brief news conference Wednesday afternoon.
Amormino said the former vice president's son was not charged with driving under the influence because a drug expert determined he was not impaired.
He said Gore was "very cooperative" and was "taken into custody without incident."
The arrest comes just days before his father hosts an international concert to combat global warming.
Gore III completed a substance abuse program in 2004 after he was charged with possession of marijuana in Maryland after police observed him driving without his headlights on.
He was ticketed for reckless driving by North Carolina police in August 2000 when he was clocked going 94 mph in a 55 mph zone. Military police arrested him for drunk driving near a military base in Virginia in September 2002.
– CNN's Karan Olson and Traci Tamura contributed to this report
Obama is in Iowa Wednesday.
(CNN) - A man who allegedly had a knife in his car was arrested Wednesday outside an Ottumwa, Iowa hotel where Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama was staying.
Secret Service agents noticed the man before Obama's motorcade was to leave the hotel Wednesday morning, Ottumwa Police Lt. Tom McAndrew tells CNN.
Police and Secret Service agents questioned the man and took him into custody when it was discovered he did not have a driver’s license.
As the vehicle was being towed from the parking lot, police officers found a knife "concealed in the car," McAndrew said.
The man, identified as 24-year-old Davit Zakaryan of Cincinnati, Ohio, faces a weapons charge because the knife exceeded eight inches. There is no word why he was outside Obama’s hotel or why he was in the Ottumwa area.
– CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk
Huckabee ran a 5K road race in Little Rock, Arkansas Wednesday.
(CNN) – Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee spent his 4th of July running for president. Literally.
The GOP White House hopeful and self-proclaimed health nut ran the Firecracker 5K road race in Little Rock, Arkansas Wednesday. Through the course of the 3.1 mile race, the 2008 election was never far from his mind since he was sporting bib number 8.
“Let’s hope it represents where I plan to be over the course of next year, focusing on '08 and the presidential election,” he said.
Huckabee also compared the presidential race to a foot race.
“Anything as long as a presidential race you really have to look at it not in terms of your burst of speed in any given day. You need to look at it in pacing towards the finish line,” he said. “Some of the candidates are already having to make cuts and pull back because they went out too fast. That is a mistake marathoners make and you have to say, ‘My race, my pace.’”
After crossing the finish line in a time of 27:36, Huckabee joked about the speed of the Kenyan runners.
“I wanted to give [the Kenyans] a little hospitality so I let them go ahead of me. I could have beat them, but I didn’t want to show off,” he said with sweat rolling down his forehead.
– CNN Assignment Editor Marissa Muller
WASHINGT0N (CNN) - Former President George Bush teed it up with golf great Tiger Woods Wednesday to kick of the AT&T Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am.
The tournament, organized by Tiger Woods and held at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, begins Thursday.
"There's a no laughing rule in effect - If anyone laughs when I hit it they are dead," Bush joked before he teed off. "We got the Secret Service here to look after me."
GREENVILLE, New Hampshire (CNN) - How do you make noise as a second-tier candidate for president in a crowded field? Bang a pot!
Richardson marched and hammed it up with Greenville residents in their annual Pots and Pans Parade.
The parade dates back to World War I, involving pots and wooden spoons and a lot of noise to mark the holiday at midnight. There was plenty of music free of cooking utensils too - and the New Mexico governor was spotted dancing to Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA".
Richardson is spending the Fourth of July marching in parades and visiting with voters around the early-voting state.
– CNN Producer Shirley Zilberstein
Former President Clinton takes a break from the campaign trail in Iowa.
DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton blasted his successor's decision to spare ex-White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby from prison, telling Iowa radio listeners that Libby's case differed from his own administration's pardon controversy.
"You've got to understand, this is consistent with their philosophy," Clinton said during an interview on Des Moines news-talk station WHO. Bush administration officials, he said, "believe that they should be able to do what they want to do, and that the law is a minor obstacle."
Clinton was impeached in 1998 over perjury allegations stemming from his sexual relationship with a White House intern, but the Senate acquitted him. And a flurry of last-minute pardons issued as he left office in 2001 - particularly his absolution of fugitive financier Marc Rich - sparked largely partisan outrage. Critics alleged that the pardon of Rich was linked to contributions raised for Clinton's presidential library by Rich's ex-wife.
Libby's defenders have pointed to Democratic support for Clinton during that period to accuse critics of Bush's clemency order of hypocrisy.
"Wasn't it Bill Clinton that was handing out pardons like lollipops at the end of his administration?" former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, now seeking the Republican presidential nomination, told supporters in Iowa on Tuesday. "And isn't there some recognition that perhaps you might look a little silly if you didn't have anything to say when he was handing out pardon after pardon after pardon for political purposes only?"
But the former president said, "I think the facts were different."
"It's wrong to out that CIA agent, and wrong to try to cover it up - and wrong that no one was ever fired from the White House for doing it," he said.
OSKALOOSA, IOWA (CNN) - Political Producer Mike Roselli captured Barack Obama and his family campaign in the Smokey Row Coffee shop in Oskaloosa, Iowa Wednesday.
Obama told the gathering crowd that it is his older daughter Malia's ninth birthday today. (She is in green - younger daughter Sasha, 5, is in plaid)
CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (CNN) - Iowa may stretch over 300 miles border to border, but presidential candidates are bound to cross paths when so many of them are there at the same time.
That's what happened Wednesday morning at the Clear Lake 4th of July parade, where GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appeared on separate floats.
The two candidates met briefly, shaking hands and talking before the start of the parade.
A Romney spokesman tells CNN the former Massachusetts governor, his wife Ann, and son Josh approached the New York Democrat and former President Clinton.
Described as a "very gracious" meeting, the White House hopefuls wished each other a happy 4th of July, and Romney wished Clinton good luck in the campaign.
The two also discussed Josh Romney's plan to visit all 99 counties in Iowa in a Winnebago.
– CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson
WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Bush returned to the White House Wednesday morning after addressing troops and families at a West Virginia Air National Guard hangar.
Mr. Bush traveled by Marine One to Martinsburg, where he shook hands with soldiers of the 167th Airlift Wing. Discussing the war in Iraq, Mr. Bush told the crowd, “Victory in this struggle will require more patience, more courage, and more sacrifice. And we've lost some good men and women in this fight. And so, on this Fourth of July, we pause to remember the fallen and the grieving families they have left behind. We hold them in our hearts, we lift them up in our prayers, and we pledge to honor their memory by finishing the work for which they have given their life.”
A White House spokesman said the President will spend the rest of the day with friends and family, including his parents and daughters. They will mark the Fourth, and also have an early celebration for the President’s 61st birthday, two days away.
– CNN Political Desk Managing Director Steve Brusk
A new study reports McCain has a stronger online presence than any other candidate.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John McCain may trail in recent polls and fundraising totals, but when it comes to paid online visibility, the Arizona senator tops the list of all presidential hopefuls, according to a new report released Monday from the digital marketing firm ICrossing.
The report, titled "How America Searches: Election '08" found McCain's presidential Web site has the most paid visibility in search results for several common issue-based web queries as of the end of May. Among the terms the study looked at included "Iraq," "War in Iraq," "stem-cell research," "pro-life," "campaign finance," "electoral reform," "ethics reform," "government accountability," "government reform," "lobbyist," "special interests," and "tort reform."
The report also finds former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards' budget for issue-based paid search spending is considerably higher than McCain's, despite receiving less visibility. His sponsored link only appeared in searches for "Iraq" and "War in Iraq."
McCain "has clearly embraced paid search as a way to gain exposure for both his name and his stance on issues," the report states. Meanwhile "Edwards appears to be spending a lot of money to achieve some level of visibility, but not doing so with optimum effectiveness."
The only other candidates to engage in paid search campaigns as of the end of May are former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, and Texas Rep. Ron Paul, according to the report.
“Our research shows that people are looking for election-related information online, but most presidential hopefuls are missing out on the opportunity," Jeffrey Herzog, CEO of ICrossing, said in a statement.
Meanwhile, virtually none of the candidates appear in any of the "natural" search results for the common issue terms tested, according to the report. The only exception is Obama, appearing on the third page of MSN for the search term 'Iraq,' and Sen. Hillary Clinton, appearing on the second page of MSN for the search term 'DNC.' In all, none of the candidates' Web sites are among the top 100 for natural visibility.
"The candidates and their campaign staff need to develop and implement digital strategies that increase a candidate’s visibility in the places where users are most often looking for information," Herzog added.
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney