September 13th, 2007
09:50 AM ET
7 years ago

Clinton to release healthcare plan next week

Clinton said she will unveil her plan for health care coverage on Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Hillary Clinton will unveil her health care plan to "cover everyone" early next week, the presidential frontrunner said Wednesday.

The New York Democrat made the comments in an online presidential forum sponsored by Slate, Yahoo! and the Huffington Post.

"Obviously, I hope the headline is that, you know, Hillary is back, and we're going to get it done this time, because we tried and were not successful in '93-'94," Clinton told moderator Charlie Rose. "And as we all know, the problems of the uninsured and the underinsured, the pressures on doctors and nurses and hospitals, the loss of jobs with employers struggling to maintain health insurance is all much worse than it was when we were trying to do this before."

Clinton said she will announce her plan on Monday. The New York senator said she has already outlined two parts of her health care plan: lowering costs and improving health care quality. But the issue of universal coverage is more of a political flashpoint for Clinton, who saw her health care plan as first lady defeated in 1994.

Clinton's chief rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards, have already announced their health care plans.

Last week Edwards' campaign manager David Bonior told CNN that Clinton "failed" at enacting her health care plan in 1993.

"She hasn't come up with a health care plan since," Bonior charged.

– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

September 13th, 2007
09:35 AM ET
2 months ago

Edwards to rebut Bush with two-minute cable ad

Edwards' ad will appear on MSNBC after the president's prime time speech on Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Sen. John Edwards, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, has purchased 2 minutes of advertising time on MSNBC Thursday night following President Bush's prime time address on Iraq, an Edwards' aide tells CNN.

The North Carolina senator, along with his rivals for the Democratic nomination, have been very critical of Bush's strategy in Iraq.

The ad will run in the first ad break following Bush's address and the official Democratic rebuttal by Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island.

In the ad, Edwards argues that Bush was wrong to push for more U.S. troops in Iraq, and calls for a "firm timeline for withdrawal," according to excerpts of the ad provided to CNN.

"In May, he vetoed a plan to end the war, demanded more time to show the surge could work, and Congress gave it to him," Edwards will say of Bush. "Now, after General Petraeus reports the surge has produced no progress toward a political solution, what does the president want? More time for the surge to work, when all of us know it won't."

Edwards also sharply criticizes Congress for approving Bush's surge plan. A handful of Edwards' rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination serve in Congress.

"But Congress must answer to the American people," Edwards will say. "Tell Congress you know the truth – they have the power to end this war and you expect them to use it. When the president asks for more money and more time, Congress needs to tell him he only gets one choice: a firm timeline for withdrawal."

– CNN Political Editor Mark Preston


Filed under: John Edwards • Political ads • President Bush
September 13th, 2007
09:34 AM ET
7 years ago

State leader endorses Biden

Biden has strong support in the Iowa legislature.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Iowa House majority leader Kevin McCarthy announced Thursday that he will become the eighth state legislator to endorse Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, for the Democratic nomination for president.

"Iraq is by far the single most important issue facing America today," said McCarthy in a statement. "Joe Biden has the most credible plan to get us out without causing further chaos. His plan – coupled with his unmatched foreign policy experience – make Joe Biden the best choice to lead America out of the crisis in Iraq...and besides...I like him."

Biden's campaign called it an "incredibly significant endorsement," since McCarthy is one of Iowa's leading Democrats. The campaign is also touting the fact that Biden has the backing of three assistant house majority leaders, as well.

However, in the race for the most legislative endorsements among Democratic candidates in the Hawkeye state, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, still holds the lead with 16.

-CNN's Lauren Kornreich and Chris Welch


Filed under: Iowa
September 13th, 2007
08:47 AM ET
7 years ago

South Carolina Thursday news roundup

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) – Here's a quick look at what's making news today in South Carolina politics:

In case you missed it, Hillary Clinton is coming to the Palmetto State to speak to the Charleston County NAACP on Saturday evening.

And Mike Huckabee will campaign in the state on Sept. 19 and 20.

South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, who is endorsing Mitt Romney for president, has signed up with an advocacy group founded by Newt Gingrich called American Solutions. The Web site of American Solutions features a statement from Gingrich that says: "Whether or not I might be a candidate for President is something we will address in September 2007."

Speaking of Romney, WIS-TV's star weatherman Brooks Garner recently got Romney to do a little weather himself.

CNN alum Judy Woodruff spoke in South Carolina Wednesday, hinting that "the GOP is facing consequences from young voters who don't agree with the party's far right wing," according to the Greenville News.

– CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby


Filed under: Extra • South Carolina
September 13th, 2007
06:42 AM ET
5 months ago

Obama to Bush: Don't invade Iran

Sen. Barack Obama spoke in Iowa on Wednesday.

CLINTON, Iowa (CNN) - Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama warned the Bush administration against expanding the war in Iraq to neighboring Iran, telling an Iowa audience Wednesday that he hears "eerie echoes" of the rhetoric that led up to the invasion of Iraq.

"George Bush and Dick Cheney must hear loud and clear from the American people and the Congress: You do not have our support, and you do not have our authorization, to launch another war," he said.

The Illinois senator's comments came during a speech on the future of the 4-year-old war in Iraq, which he said has only bolstered Iranian influence.

Obama said the Islamic Republic poses a "grave challenge" to U.S. interests in the Middle East by refusing international demands to freeze its nuclear fuel program and supporting Shiite Muslim militant groups - "But we hear eerie echoes of the run-up to the war in Iraq in the way the president and vice president talk about Iran."

"They conflate Iran and al Qaeda, ignoring the violent schism that exists between Shia and Sunni militants," he said. "They issue veiled threats. They suggest the time for diplomacy and public pressure is running out, when we haven't even tried direct diplomacy."

There was no immediate response to Obama's remarks from the White House.
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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa • Iraq • President Bush
September 13th, 2007
06:40 AM ET
7 years ago

McCain promises to ‘get’ bin Laden

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, vowed Wednesday that if he were president he would “get” Osama bin Laden.

“As president of the United States I will get him,” McCain said. “I’ll bring bin Laden to justice, I promise you.”

The comments came during an event at an AmVets Hall in Iowa, a stop on the senator’s “No Surrender” tour across the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

Referring to bin Laden’s ability to reach millions of potential followers through his videos, McCain said, “Do not underestimate the influence of Osama bin Laden. That’s why I say we have to get him.”

When asked who or what is to blame for the fact that bin Laden is still free, McCain cited a failure of U.S. intelligence capabilities and the Clinton administration’s failure to attack “when they knew where he was.”

“I’m sorry to tell you that our human intelligence capabilities are still very badly lacking,” he added.

-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch


Filed under: Iowa
September 13th, 2007
05:43 AM ET
3 years ago

CNN Political Ticker AM

Compiled by Lindsey Pope and Lauren Kornreich

CNN Washington Bureau

Making News Today…

* A few days after the top U.S. commander in Iraq testified before Congress, President Bush tonight makes his case for the war in Iraq with a prime time address.

Bush is expected to announce that he will reduce the number of troops to pre-surge levels, lowering the number of soldiers by 30,000 by next spring. His plan has faced harsh criticism from Democrats, with Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, calling it "too little, too late."

* How does the American public feel about George W. Bush's record as the president prepares for a speech to the country on Thursday night? More than six in ten Americans disapprove of how Bush is handling his job, according to a CNN-Opinion Research Corporation poll out Thursday morning. The same number feels that President Bush’s policies are moving the country in the wrong direction. Full story

* Sen. Joe Biden's, D-Delaware, presidential bid gets a boost this morning when he is endorsed by Iowa House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy at the State Capitol in Des Moines.

Biden's campaign called it an "incredibly significant endorsement," since McCarthy is one of Iowa's leading Democrats.

* As the battle for support continues, Biden's campaign noted that McCarthy's backing puts him behind only Clinton in the number of endorsements from Iowa state legislators.

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Political Hot Topics
(Today's top political stories from news organizations across the country)

PELOSI TO BUSH: “YOU’RE JUST GOING BACK TO THE PRESURGE LEVEL”:
When top Democratic leaders visited him at the White House this week, President Bush told them he wanted to “find common ground” on Iraq. But when the president said he planned to “start doing some redeployment,” the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, cut him off. New York Times: Bush to Sell Limited Iraq Pullout as Middle Way

U.S. TO USE DIPLOMATIC MEANS TO PRESSURE IRAN: The Bush administration said Wednesday that retreat in Iraq would cede power in the country to Iran, the U.S.-labeled "axis of evil" nation that has become the boogeyman of the Middle East. Washington Post: U.S. Wants New U.N. Sanctions on Iran

NORTH KOREA AND SYRIA TEAMING UP: North Korea may be cooperating with Syria on some sort of nuclear facility in Syria, according to new intelligence the United States has gathered over the past six months, sources said. Washington Post: N. Korea, Syria May Be at Work on Nuclear Facility

GOP HOUSE RECRUITS RELUCTANT TO ENTER '08 RACE: With the GOP still mired in the political doldrums and the conclusion of the off-year recruiting period approaching, the National Republican Congressional Committee is running out of time to sign up top-tier candidates in several targeted districts. Roll Call: A Tough year for Recruiting

MOVEON SPENDS MILLIONS AGAINST GOP: Gen. David H. Petraeus isn't alone as the target of an ad campaign by the group MoveOn.org…[the group]has spent more than $2 million against nearly a dozen Republicans since last year, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings. Washington Times: MoveOn Marshals Money Against GOP

CONTROVERSIAL AD FOR CHEAP, SAYS RIVAL NEWSPAPER: The New York Times dramatically slashed its normal rates for a full-page advertisement for MoveOn.org's ad questioning the integrity of Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq. New York Post: Times Gives Lefties a Hefty Discount for “Betray Us” Ad

CRAIG TRIES TO GET BACK IN GOP GOOD GRACES: As Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) presses ahead to reverse his guilty plea in an airport bathroom sex sting, he also is trying to restore his reputation among his Republican Senate colleagues by sharing with them his latest legal filings and apologizing for any distraction he has caused. Roll Call: Craig Offers Regrets to GOP for "Distraction"

POLL: DEMS FARE WELL IN KEY BATTLEGROUND STATES: Democrats have the advantage with voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, states that plan to hold their presidential nominating contests in January and are likely to be battlegrounds in November 2008. Bloomberg News: New Hampshire, Iowa Voters Give Democrats Advantage, Poll Shows

MARK WARNER TO ANNOUNCE SENATE RUN: Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner intends to run for the Senate in 2008, according to Democratic officials who spoke with The Associated Press. Warner is scheduled to make an e-mail announcement Thursday regarding his political plans. CNN.com: With Warner In, Virginia Becomes a Battleground State

MCCAIN'S NEW SLOGAN: Senator John McCain’s famous “Straight Talk Express” was gone, replaced by a bus emblazoned with a sign that read “No Surrender.” New York Times: Buoyed McCain Tours Iowa With New Campaign

GIULIANI: ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION NOT CRIMINAL: Rudolph W. Giuliani has put himself at odds with most congressional Republicans, including Rep. Peter T. King, his own point man on homeland security and immigration, by saying he does not think being in the United States illegally should be a crime. Washington Times: Illegals Talk Alienates Giuliani

RICHARDSON DONOR HAS TIES TO SADDAM HUSSEIN: Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Richardson and a host of congressional candidates from both parties accepted cash from Oscar S. Wyatt Jr. and his wife, Lynn, since the federal government accused the Texas oilman of paying millions of dollars in kickbacks to Saddam Hussein. New York. Politico: Politicians Took Money From Indicted Oilman

HRC SEEKS NEW FUNDS FROM HSU DONORS: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) left open the possibility yesterday that her presidential campaign may get new donations from the 260 people whose contributions are being returned because they were raised by Norman Hsu, the political donor whose business dealings are being examined by law enforcement agencies on both coasts. Washington Post: Clinton May Revisit Donors Who Whose Funds Were Returned

UPSET BY PRESS, HSU CONSIDERED SUICIDE: Before Democratic fund-raiser Norman Hsu skipped a court hearing and temporarily vanished last week, he typed out a suicide note and sent copies to several acquaintances and charitable organizations, according to people who received it. WSJ: Hsu Sent Suicide Note Before Disappearance

POLL: CLINTON "THE BEST AT ENDING THE WAR IN IRAQ": Gayle Moore, an Iowa nurse, wants U.S. troops "out, out, out" of Iraq as soon as possible. Darleen McCarthy of South Carolina fears that Iraq is turning into "another Vietnam." But when these two Democrats vote in January to help decide their party's 2008 presidential nominee, neither plans to support the self-styled antiwar candidates. LA Times: Clinton Appeals to Antiwar Democrats

"CLINTON ENDORSES OBAMA": Plenty has already been made of Sen. Barack Obama's decision to give a major anti-war speech here, in a city that has the same name as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination…Still, Obama had some fun trying his hand with the headline writing that could be done from the Wednesday afternoon event. Chicago Tribune: The Swamp, Obama Has Fun With Clinton Headlines http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118964287463525841.html

OBAMA PROMISES HELP FOR DISPLACED IRAQIS: Barack Obama said Wednesday he would reach out to the Middle East with gestures such as $2 billion a year in aid to Iraqi refugees and welcoming at least 7,000 Iraqi refugee immigrants into the United States as part of his strategy to bring peace and end the war. Des Moines Register: Obama Proposes $2 Billion in Iraqi Refugee Aid

OBAMA EMBRACES CARTER-ERA ADVISOR: Senator Obama is standing by one of his top foreign policy advisers, Zbigniew Brzezinski, despite concerns that aligning with the former aide to President Carter will undermine Mr. Obama's support with the pro-Israel community. NY Sun: Despite Criticism, Obama Stands by Advisor Brzezinski http://www.nysun.com/article/62534

EDWARDS CAMPAIGN TO GO GREEN IN NH: The Graniteroots for John Edwards will hold canvasses across New Hampshire Saturday and Sunday, where volunteers will discuss Sen. Edwards' environmental policies and distribute tree saplings. New Hampshire Union Leader: Edwards Campaign Plans NH Canvassing Weekend

DC MADAM CLAIMS ABC WAS PRESSURED TO BURY CLIENT LIST: The alleged D.C. Madam said she wants to subpoena ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross and Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) in hopes of showing she's the victim of a political prosecution. Washington Post: Alleged D.C. Madam Wants to Subpoena Reporter, Senator

ANGRY CALLERS HAVE BIZARRE COMPLAINTS FOR LANTOS: Rep. Tom Lantos has been taking hits from conservatives for his stance on the Iraq War, but some of the California Democrat’s staffers are wondering whether the angry callers contacting the office haven’t been taking a few hits (perhaps of something mind-altering) themselves. Roll Call: Call Him Crazy

PELOSI CALLS REPORTER QUESTION BIASED: An awkward moment took place at the White House on Tuesday and it had nothing to do with President Bush and the English language. After meeting with Bush to discuss the war in Iraq, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Harry Reid fielded questions from reporters outside the Oval Office. DC Examiner: Pelosi, Reid Take On Reporter

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On the Political Radar:

* Huffington Post, Yahoo! and Slate.com host a first of its kind, online only Democratic presidential "mashup." Users can click on candidates and topics and choose what they want to hear.

* The day after unveiling his plan to end the war in Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, holds a series of town hall meetings on Iraq in Maquoketa, Anamosa and Dubuque, Iowa.

* Former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tennessee, spends the day in Florida meeting with residents in Jacksonville, The Villages and Celebration.

* Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani visits the OK Café in Atlanta, Georgia.

* Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, visits New Hampshire on day three of his "No Surrender" bus tour. He holds rallies all afternoon in East Rochester, Franklin, Concord and Hudson, New Hampshire.

* Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds a media availability at Woodlands Resort and Conference Center in The Woodlands, Texas

* New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson talks to Iowans about Iraq with discussions in Council Bluffs and Sioux City, Iowa.

* Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, starts his day with an endorsement from Iowa House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy at the State Capitol in Des Moines. He then meets with residents at the Family Table Restaurant in Atlantic and attends a house party in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

* Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee also heads to Iowa for a meet and greet at Veterans Memorial Park in Bettendorf, Iowa.

* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook

* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook


Filed under: AM Political Ticker
September 13th, 2007
05:15 AM ET
7 years ago

President Bush’s approval rating at 36

WASHINGTON (CNN) - How does the American public feel about George W. Bush's record as the president prepares for a speech to the country on Thursday night?

More than six in ten Americans disapprove of how Bush is handling his job, according to a CNN-Opinion Research Corporation poll out Thursday morning. The same number feels that President Bush’s policies are moving the country in the wrong direction.

Mr. Bush’s approval rating, now at 36 percent, is unchanged from our last poll conducted in August. Bush’s approval numbers have hovered around the mid-30s since the start of the year.

How does the president stack up against the Democratic majority in Congress? 50 percent say the policies of the Democratic leaders would move the country in the right direction; only 34 percent feel that way about Mr. Bush. The CNN-Opinion Research Corporation Poll questioned 1,017 adult Americans between September 7 and 9. The survey’s sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.


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