WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Friends of Fred Thompson committee has moved swiftly to replace Linda Rozett, who resigned from the campaing earlier this week.
Thompson's new communications director is Todd Harris. In 2000, Harris was traveling press secretary and spokesman for Arizona Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign. In 2002, Harris was the communications director and spokesman for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's reelection campaign. In 2003, Harris was a communications strategist for Arnold Schwarzenegger's successful California gubernatorial campaign.
Thompson, a former U.S. Senator from Tennessee, is expected to formally launch his 2008 presidential bid around Labor Day.
–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart
Romney will campaign in South Carolina on Thursday and Friday
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign bus, the aptly named "Mitt Mobile," pulled into a sweltering parking lot behind Romney's South Carolina headquarters on Wednesday in advance of the Republican candidate's two-day swing through the state.
The bus drove down to South Carolina from New Hampshire, and will now head to Myrtle Beach on Thursday for the first stop of Romney's statewide tour, which will also include campaign stops in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Aiken and Newberry.
By the way: The Mitt Mobile has Iowa plates. Polk County, to be exact.
- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby
Craig said Tuesday he did nothing wrong.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate Republican leadership said in a statement Wednesday embattled Idaho Sen. Larry Craig has agreed to temporarily step down from his committee assignments:
"Senator Larry Craig has agreed to comply with Leadership’s request that he temporarily step down as the top Republican on the Veteran Affairs Committee, Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, and Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests. This is not a decision we take lightly but we believe this is in the best interest of the Senate until this situation is resolved by the Ethics Committee."
The GOP leadership includes Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican Whip Trent Lott, Conference Chairman Jon Kyl, Policy Committee Chair Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Senatorial Committee Chair John Ensign.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman added his name to the list of Congressional Republicans calling for the resignation of embattled Idaho Sen. Larry Craig Wednesday.
“Senator Craig pled guilty to a crime involving conduct unbecoming a senator. He should resign," Coleman said in a statement.
Arizona Sen. John McCain and Michigan Rep. Peter Hoekstra have also called for their fellow Republican to step down.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) - Sen. John McCain called on his embattled Republican colleague Sen. Larry Craig to resign Wednesday, two days after it was first reported that the Idaho Republican was arrested in an airport bathroom and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.
"I believe that he pled guilty and he had the option to plead innocent," McCain told CNN's John King. "So I think he should resign."
"My opinion is that when you plead guilty to a crime you shouldn't serve," the Arizona Republican added. "That's not a moral stand, 'holier than thou,' just a factual situation."
"In this case it's clear it was disgraceful," McCain continued.
Yesterday, Craig spoke before cameras in Boise, Idaho, where he insisted that he did nothing wrong and said several times that he was not gay.
McCain also spoke out about his struggling campaign for president. The Arizona senator said his campaign is doing fine and added he is the most experienced and most prepared of all the candidates for the White House.
Edwards said Wednesday Congress must deny the president any more funding for the Iraq war.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - White House hopeful John Edwards made clear Wednesday that he thinks Congress should deny President Bush's reported upcoming request for an additional $50 billion to fight the war in Iraq.
"The Congress will be coming back next week and I think the American people have had enough excuses," Edwards said in a speech at Georgia Southwestern State University.
"And what the Congress should do when they come back next week is make it absolutely clear: no timetable, no funding," added the former North Carolina senator. "And there should be no further excuses. Congress needs to stand their ground."
Five of Edwards' Democratic rivals are members of Congress: Sens. Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, Barack Obama, and Rep. Dennis Kucinich.
Dodd, a senator from Connecticut, also reacted to the reported request on Wednesday, telling CNN he would be "resistant" to additional funding.
"I'd do whatever I can to support whatever our troops need to have a safe and secure withdrawal from Iraq," said Dodd. "But I don't intend to continue to fund a war over there that I think has no end."
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that President Bush will seek an addition $50 billion for the Iraq war after Gen. David Petraeus gives a progress report to Congress.
The White House would not confirm the report to CNN, but National Security Council spokesman Gordon Jondroe said, "We have said previously that after General Petraeus reports we will be evaluating what adjustments may need to be made to our pending FY08 supplemental request."
A White House official also told CNN's Elaine Quijano it was "unlikely" the request would be as high as $50 billion.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
The Clintons last hit the trail together in July.
DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will once again be joining forces with husband Bill Clinton on the campaign trail.
The Clinton campaign announced Wednesday that the couple will stop in New Hampshire on Sunday and Iowa on Monday as part of their fall campaign kick-off over the Labor Day holiday.
Details of the trip have not yet been released, but the campaign says it will be including a press plane for the trip.
This is not the first time the two have paired up in Iowa this election cycle. The former president teamed up with his wife for events over the 4th of July as well.
- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch
The White House said it is 'disappointed' with the Craig matter Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The White House says it’s "disappointed" by the situation surrounding Idaho Sen. Larry Craig, but says it’s up to the Senate GOP Leadership to decide how to handle the matter.
In its first reaction to the controversy, White House spokesman Scott Stanzel Wednesday afternoon released the following statement: "We're disappointed in what's going on. It's a matter for the Senator and the Senate Republican leadership to address. We hope that it will be resolved quickly, as that would be in the best interests of the Senate and the people of Idaho."
It was first reported Monday that the Republican Senator from Idaho was arrested in June in a Minneapolis airport men’s room and subsequently plead guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge.
Yesterday Senator Craig spoke before cameras in Boise, Idaho, where he insisted he did nothing wrong and said several times that he was not gay.
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser
Dodd received a big endorsement Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Saying that polls "don't mean spit," a major firefighters union announced its decision to endorse Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd's longshot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday.
During the last election cycle, the International Association of Fire Fighters was credited with boosting Sen. John Kerry's campaign. IAFF President Harold Schaitberger defended the union's decision to endorse Dodd, arguing that the members chose him because they think he has the "strongest record of leadership, of service, of honor."
"We've ignored the polls, we've ignored the campaign money and we ignore the pundits that are generally off base, especially this early out," Schaitberger said. He said that after looking at the candidates' records, the union unanimously decided that Dodd would be best in terms of "leading the fight to ensure that funding, resources [and] manpower needed to enhance our national security."
Schaitberger said he hopes the union can "make lightning strike once again" by helping Dodd's campaign on the ground in Iowa and New Hampshire. Dodd said he thinks the union could provide a major lift for his presidential bid.
"I'm very confident that we're going to be doing better all the time, and this endorsement is a great boost for us," Dodd said. "We're in this to win this here, and I couldn't have a better organization in my corner than firefighters."
Dodd and Schaitberger will hit the trail together later this week in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.
–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
PELLA, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Wednesday that embattled Idaho Sen. Larry Craig has, as "the old saying goes..."a lot of 'splainin to do."
When asked if he thought Craig should resign, Huckabee told CNN, "[It] depends on what turns out to be the facts, and I don't want to prejudge until they're established."
"It's certainly not a good thing," Huckabee continued. "And I think the guilty plea is what makes it a little bit dicey for him. If he believed it was an innocent misunderstanding, then I think most Americans would say that you fight it, you don't just roll over and plead guilty."
The former Arkansas governor was in Pella, Iowa at his first campaign stop in the state since his surprise second place finish at the straw poll on August 11.
- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch