WASHINGTON (CNN) – It's the second time around for New York Senator and White House hopeful Hillary Clinton when it comes to universal health care in the U.S. The first time Clinton was the first lady. This time she's running for president. Watch Bill Schneider's and John King's look at the politics of Clinton's second attempt to provide health care coverage to every American.
LEXINGTON, South Carolina (CNN) — Republican presidential candidate John McCain told reporters at an American Legion Hall here Monday that he is a Christian, and that questions about his specific religious denomination are beside the point.
"There's been some talk about my religious persuasion," said the Arizona Senator, referring to a weekend report by the Associated Press that McCain said he was a Baptist although he has long identified himself as an Episcopalian.
"I was raised in the Episcopal Church and attended high school, it was a high school called Episcopal High School. I have attended North Phoenix Baptist Church for many years, and the most important thing is that I'm a Christian, and I don't have anything else to say about the issue," McCain said.
— CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby
(CNN) - White House hopeful and former first lady Hillary Clinton announced her plan to provide health insurance coverage to every American in a speech on Monday. Clinton's rivals were quick to respond as Clinton attempts to complete a project she first began during her husband's presidency. CNN's Candy Crowley reports.
Romney took heat from the hospital outside of which he made a statement on health care.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The hospital that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney used as a backdrop Monday to pan Sen. Hillary Clinton’s, D-New York, healthcare plan is criticizing Romney for using the facility as a prop for his news conference.
“We find it unfortunate that Mr. Romney misappropriated the image and good will of St. Vincent’s Hospital to further a political agenda,” the hospital said in a statement after Romney’s appearance. The hospital also noted in the statement that as a non-profit, it does not get involved in political campaigns and that Romney held his press conference in front of the hospital “without the knowledge or consent” of St. Vincent’s.
During his news conference, Romney told reporters he purposely chose the location because the issue was about healthcare.
“I chose a place where there was a sidewalk and part of a hospital to underscore that this was about health care and of course I’m in New York today,” Romney said. “I’m happy to do it right here, this is obviously an important institution,” Romney explained.
Romney spokesman Kevin Madden also told CNN that the press conference location “was a public sidewalk in front of the hospital and we did not use hospital property.”
– CNN’s Candy Crowley and Alta Spells contributed to this report
DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - At a press briefing after Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's health care rollout Monday, senior policy advisers said the New York senator's plan does not currently include any details on whether illegal immigrants will be covered.
Senior policy adviser Laurie Rubiner–while acknowledging that undocumented immigrants are a "huge issue" in this country–said, "That's one we're going to have to think through a little bit."
"We have not dealt with every single detail with this plan," Rubiner continued.
When asked if it would be safe to assume that the Democratic frontrunner, at this point, has no position on coverage for illegal immigrants advisers answered "yes" and said the plan does not "at this point" deal with that issue.
-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch
Richardson called the SEIU by the wrong name Monday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Note to presidential candidates: When seeking a union's endorsement it helps to get its name right.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson ended an address to the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) Political Action Conference in Washington Monday by saying "Thank You AFSCME.”
AFSCME is the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.
But it's easy to see why Richardson may have been confused. Both unions are roughly the same size (between 1.3 and 1.4 million) and are very important for Democrats who are seeking their party’s presidential nomination.
– CNN's Xuan Thai and Alexander Mooney
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Federal authorities filed a criminal complaint in New Jersey on Monday against three men who have donated money to both Democratic and Republican candidates — the latest big-time campaign donors to have a brush with the law.
Singh Sabharwal, Upinderpal Sabharwal and Jaipreet Sabharwal have been charged with mortgage fraud in a complaint filed in federal court. Singh Sabharwal is the father of Upinderpal and Jaipreet Sabharwal.
The online political Web site The Politico reports the two sons were arrested in August and are currently being held without bail. The father is believed to be in India, but is not considered a fugitive.
In June, Upinderpal Sabharwal gave the legal maximum — $4,600 — to New York Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential bid.
Sen. Clinton recently returned $850,000 raised by prominent Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu after it was determined he was charged with investment fraud in the 1990s.
Giuliani criticized Clinton's health care plan Monday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani weighed in on Sen. Hillary Clinton's, D-New York, proposed universal health care plan Monday, criticizing its "government command and control."
"Let’s not have HillaryCare – Hillary in charge of our health care," he told reporters in Florida. "Let’s put people in charge of our health care. And the reality is the only thing that brings down cost and increases quality is a large consumer market, not government command and control."
"Government command and control only increases costs and decreases quality," he added.
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (CNN) - Just a few days after Jeanne Shaheen stepped down as head of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, the university announced Monday that former Rep. Jim Leach, R-Iowa, has accepted an offer to be the institute's new director.
Leach takes over for Shaheen, a former New Hampshire governor, who will challenge Sen. John Sununu, R-New Hampshire, in 2008. Leach has agreed to lead the institute for the next year until a permanent director is identified. The Iowa Republican was defeated in 2006 by Democratic challenger Dave Loebsack.
– CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (CNN) - Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday waded into the week-old controversy over a newspaper advertisement that criticized the top U.S. commander in Iraq, using a speech at a Republican fund-raiser to call the ad "an outrage."
Republicans have blasted the full-page New York Times ad by the anti-war activist group MoveOn.org, which questioned whether Gen. David Petraeus was "cooking the books" in his report to Congress last week. GOP lawmakers have demanded that Democrats disavow the Sept. 11 ad, which was titled "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?" (Related video: Strategy Session: Was MoveOn out of line?)
"Like most Americans I admire the integrity and the candor that General Petraeus showed in his hearings before Congress," Cheney said during a fund-raiser for Missouri Republican congressman Sam Graves. "The attacks on him by MoveOn.org in ad space provided at subsidized rates in the New York Times last week were an outrage."
The Times said last week that MoveOn.org paid $65,000 for the page - the normal rate for an advocacy ad from a non-profit group, according to newspaper spokeswoman Catherine Mathis. The newspaper had no additional comment Monday.