Thompson addressed the VFW Tuesday.
(CNN) – Fred Thompson, the all but announced Republican presidential candidate, suggested Tuesday that the nation was in denial when it comes to the threat of terrorism.
“I don’t think that yet as a nation we have come to terms with the nature and the extent of the threat facing this country,” Thompson said while addressing the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Kansas City, Missouri.
Calling terrorism “a global threat” to the United States, Thompson pointed out that he thought the United States was at a crossroads and told the veterans “it’s time that we had a frank discussion in this country at the highest levels with both parties as to what it’s going to take and the unity we’re going to need” to battle terror.
Thompson also faulted those calling for a troop withdrawal from Iraq, saying it would hurt the overall fight against terrorism.
“Some people in this country apparently think that if we can pull out of Iraq, our problems are going to be over. You and I know better than that. We know that Iraq is an important front in this war,” Fred Thompson said to an audience of combat veterans on Tuesday.
(Related video: watch part of Thompson's remarks at the VFW convention)
Barack and Michelle Obama at the Iowa State fair last week.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Did she or didn't she?
That's the question some political observers are asking about recent comments from Michelle Obama, the wife of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama, that could be interpreted as a swipe against her husband's chief presidential rival Hillary Clinton.
In Atlantic, Iowa last Thursday, Michelle Obama pointed to the strength of her own family and said the next president must be "somebody that shares our values."
"Is he somebody that respects family? Is he a good and decent person?" Michelle Obama asked the crowd about the next president. "Our view is that if you can't run your own house, you certainly can't run the White House."
The comments went largely unnoticed until an article in Tuesday morning's Chicago Sun Times suggested the statement was an indirect swipe against the Clintons, whose previous marital problems have been well documented.
The accusation immediately got top billing on The Drudge Report, a conservative Web site, and Obama himself was asked about the comments in a conference call earlier Tuesday.
The Illinois senator emphatically denied the comments were aimed at his rival and added, "There was no reference beyond her point that we have had an administration that talks a lot about family values but doesn’t follow through."
He also noted that his wife often speaks about children and families in her campaign remarks.
Katie McCormick Lelyveld, Michelle Obama's communications director, also told CNN, "the only family Mrs. Obama was talking about was the Obama family."
– CNN's Alexander Mooney and Martina Stewart
Bloomberg denies he is considering a presidential bid.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will deliver a major policy address on poverty next week in the nation's capital, the latest in a string of national events that his office says is unrelated to a possible White House bid.
Bloomberg will discuss his recent initiatives in New York City to combat poverty in a speech sponsored by the Brookings Institution's Center on Children and Families. The event will be held on Tuesday, the same day the U.S. Census Bureau will release its annual report detailing income and poverty levels in the nation.
"The mayor said he is not running for president, but he's going to use his time in office to work on the issues important to the city and important to the country," says Lindsay Ellenbogen, a Bloomberg mayoral aide.
Bloomberg, who left the Republican Party in June to become an Independent, has denied rumors that he is mulling a third-party run for president. He most recently addressed the issue in an interview on the HDnet television network with journalist Dan Rather.
"Nobody is going to elect me President of the United States. What I'd like to do is to influence the dialogue. I'm a citizen," the mayor told Rather in a quote confirmed by Bloomberg's office.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigns in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, last week.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney Tuesday stepped up his ongoing attack on cities with what he calls sanctuary policies for illegal immigrants - including rival Rudy Giuliani's home city - with a new radio ad set to air in crucial campaign states Iowa and New Hampshire.
"Immigration laws don't work if they're ignored," the ad's announcer states. "That's the problem with cities like Newark, San Francisco and New York City that adopt sanctuary policies. Sanctuary cities become magnets that encourage illegal immigration and undermine secure borders."
"Legal immigration is great," Romney himself says in the ad. "But illegal immigration, that we've got to end. And amnesty is not the way to do it."
He also advocates in the ad cutting back on federal funds to cities that adopt sanctuary policies.
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
Fred Thompson appeared at the convention earlier Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Likely White House hopeful Fred Thompson and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama are addressing the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Kansas City, Missouri Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Right before he addresses the VFW National Convention Tuesday, Sen. Barack Obama will announce that Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Murphy is backing his presidential bid, a well placed source tells CNN.
Murphy, an Iraq war veteran, was elected to Congress in November 2006 and his victory was one of many that helped propel House Democrats into the majority.
Obama, an Illinois Democrat, is scheduled to speak at 12 p.m. ET to the VFW conference, which is taking place in Kansas City, Missouri. The Murphy endorsement will be unveiled during a 11 a.m. conference call.
– CNN Political Editor Mark Preston
Filner, above, has been charged with assault and battery.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Bob Filner, D-California, faces misdemeanor assault and battery charges related to an incident that occurred Sunday night at Dulles Airport, where he allegedly pushed a United Airlines baggage claim worker.
"The individual allegedly attempted to enter an area authorized for airline employees only, pushed aside the employee's outstretched arm and refused to leave the area when asked by an airline employee," said Courtney Prebich, assistant media relations manager for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), in a written statement.
"When MWAA officers arrived a few minutes later, the man had left the office and was waiting in the area of a bag carousel.
"Officers interviewed him and witnesses and released him. Before the individual left the airport, officers advised him that the airline employee would be pursuing charges."
The airline employee appeared Sunday night before a Loudoun County magistrate and a summons was obtained charging the 64-year-old, eight-term congressman with assault and battery, a class 1 misdemeanor.
Filner is scheduled to appear Oct. 2 in Loudoun County General District Court.
Filner's press secretary did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – So what are Democrats looking for – change or experience?
Some years, voters are looking for experience. That’s what got Richard Nixon elected in 1968, when the country was in turmoil because of racial violence and the Vietnam War.
Other years, voters are looking for change. That’s what got Jimmy Carter – a one-term governor of Georgia – elected in 1976 after the Watergate scandal.
“I don’t want ‘Bush-Cheney Lite.’ I want a fundamental change,” Illinois Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama told supporters at a campaign event in Concord, New Hampshire.
Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, D-New York, makes the case for her experience. In a recent interview about her foreign policy differences with Obama, the former first lady told CNN’s John King that she knows “diplomacy takes a lot of hard work.”
“I think that Senator Obama does represent change. Senator Clinton has experience,’’ Bill Richardson said in the first Democratic debate in Iowa. The New Mexico governor added, “With me, you get both.’’
Which do Democrats want? They’re not sure.