September 25th, 2007
12:30 PM ET
11 years ago

Bush's close encounter with Ahmadinejad

NEW YORK (CNN) – President Bush and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were in the same room Tuesday at the United Nations, when Mr. Bush addressed the General Assembly.

Mr. Bush made only one direct reference to Ahmadinejad’s home country during his address, saying, “Every civilized nation also has a responsibility to stand up for the people suffering under dictatorship. In Belarus, North Korea, Syria, and Iran, brutal regimes deny their people the fundamental rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration.”

First Lady Laura Bush had a closer encounter with Ahmadinejad. According to an account from the pool reporter in the room, she walked directly past him on the way to her seat, putting her right hand on his desk as she passed by. The Iranian leader appeared to glance toward Mrs. Bush as she walked past.

Ahmadinejad could not be seen wearing a translation earpiece during Mr. Bush’s speech. He did, however, wear one at other points during the Assembly’s morning session.

- CNN Political Desk Editor Steve Brusk

Filed under: President Bush
September 25th, 2007
12:00 PM ET
11 years ago

New Hampshire poll numbers to be released today

WASHINGTON (CNN) - CNN and WMUR-TV are set to announce new poll numbers out of New Hampshire on where the Democratic presidential race stands in the crucial early voting state four months before voters weigh in.

Check back with the Ticker at 4 p.m. ET for the latest numbers.

Filed under: New Hampshire • Poll numbers
September 25th, 2007
11:15 AM ET
11 years ago

Report: Bush giving Clinton, candidates advice on Iraq

President Bush is attempting to advise Clinton on Iraq, according to the Washington Examiner.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton is reportedly receiving advice on Iraq from an unlikely source: President Bush.

White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten tells The Examiner's Bill Sammon that the president has been urging the New York senator and some of the other candidates not to "get yourself too locked in where you stand right now. If you end up sitting where I sit, things could change dramatically."

According to the newspaper, Bolten said the president wants to see to it that his Iraq policy continues, at least in part, even if a Democrat moves into the White House in January of 2009.

"He wants to create the conditions where a Democrat not only will have the leeway, but the obligation to see it out," Bolten tells Sammon for his new book, The Evangelical President.

According to the report, the president is mostly distributing his advice through top aides.

Bush himself told Sammon he plans on making the hard decisions before his successor arrives and added, “And then that person is going to have to come and look at the same data I’ve been looking at, and come to their own conclusion.”

The Clinton campaign has yet to return CNN's request for comment.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iraq • President Bush
September 25th, 2007
11:00 AM ET
11 years ago

High court to decide fairness of voter identification laws

The Supreme Court will wade into the voter identification controversy.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Supreme Court will review the constitutionality of state voter identification laws, amid allegations they discourage large groups of disenfranchised Americans from going to the polls.

The two voter ID cases accepted by the justices Tuesday were among 17 appeals added to the court's docket. The oral arguments will be held early next year, with a ruling by late June.

At issue is whether laws designed to stem voter fraud end up discriminating against large groups of minority and poorer Americans, who might lack proper identification or might be afraid of putting their personal information on government files.

The cases involve an Indiana law passed two years ago requiring that a photo ID be presented when casting ballots in person at polling stations around the state. Previously, citizens needed only to sign a poll book to vote.


Filed under: Supreme Court
September 25th, 2007
10:15 AM ET
11 years ago

MoveOn fight moves on to Minnesota Senate race

Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) - The controversy over the ad criticizing General David Petraeus is now taking center stage in a high profile Senate race in Minnesota.

Republican Sen. Norm Coleman ran a full page ad Tuesday in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, blasting Democratic challenger Al Franken for raising money for The ad — headlined “Ridiculous” — criticizes the Franken campaign’s response to last week’s Senate vote criticizing the group’s ad.

The Coleman ad says, “What is really ridiculous is that Al Franken helped raise money for to pay for ads like the one they did smearing General Petraeus and undermining our troops in the field.”

Replying to the ad, a Franken spokesperson tells CNN, “Minnesotans want Norm Coleman to vote to end the war and bring the troops home. He won’t stand up to this president, so instead he’s taken out an ad criticizing Al for criticizing a Senate resolution that criticized for taking out an ad criticizing General Petraeus. Ridiculous is exactly the right word.”

Franken and attorney Mike Ciresi are competing for the Democratic nomination to run against Coleman next fall.

- CNN's Steve Brusk and Matt Hoye

Filed under: Minnesota Senate race
September 25th, 2007
09:34 AM ET
11 years ago

Clinton camp strikes back at Katon Dawson

Clinton launched her campaign's first radio ad in South Carolina on Monday.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Stepping up the back and forth over Sen. Hillary Clinton's new radio spot targeting black voters, Clinton's South Carolina spokesman Zac Wright told CNN that state GOP chairman Katon Dawson's attack on the ad is "laughable" and "tragically misguided."

The Clinton ad says black voters in South Carolina are "invisible" to the Bush administration.

Dawson, in his first attack on a specific Democratic candidate, said Monday that Clinton will be invisible to South Carolina voters because she is a liberal who associates with "radical groups" and wants America "to surrender to the terrorists in Iraq."

"It would be laughable if it weren't such tragically misguided spin to avoid the reality of so many people in our state being invisible to the President," Wright said in an email. "If the Republican Party wants to defend George Bush and wrap themselves in his record, his handling of the war in Iraq or the 42 percent increase in the number of uninsured in South Carolina since he took office, that's their decision.

"But they may not find so many people joining them in the Bush corner as more and more Americans examine the state of our country under George Bush and decide that it's time for a candidate with the experience to make positive change real. That's Hillary."

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Extra • Hillary Clinton • South Carolina
September 25th, 2007
09:30 AM ET
11 years ago

In new ad, Obama knocks 'the cynics in Washington'

Obama is up with a new ad in New Hampshire ahead of Wednesday's debate in the Granite State.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - In his first New Hampshire television advertisement, which begins airing on Tuesday, Sen. Barack Obama calls on Granite staters to join the presidential candidate and create "real change in Washington."

"The ad is a continuation of the dialogue that Sen. Obama has been having with New Hampshire voters. In the ad, he asks us to believe not just in his ability to change Washington, but in our own," said Obama's New Hampshire State Director, Matt Rodriguez in an email to CNN.

The 60-second spot, titled "Believe," is the first advertisement for the Democratic presidential hopeful who criticizes "the cynics in Washington," and states "They don't believe we can actually change politics and bring an end to decades of division and deadlock...That's why we face the same problems and hear the same promises every four years."

He later discusses his own beliefs and record, "My experience tells me something very different. In twenty years of public service, I've brought Democrats and Republicans together to solve problems that touch the lives of everyday people. I've taken on the drug and insurance companies and won. I defied the politics of the moment, and opposed the war in Iraq before it began."

The Illinois senator will return to New Hampshire Wednesday and will visit Peterborough, New Hampshire before heading to Hanover, New Hampshire, for a presidential debate at Dartmouth College. He last campaigned in the state on Labor Day weekend.

- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

September 25th, 2007
09:20 AM ET
11 years ago

South Carolina Tuesday news roundup

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Here's a quick look at what's making political news in South Carolina this morning:

South Carolina GOP chairman Katon Dawson attacked Hillary Clinton's new radio ad, saying that Clinton will be invisible to South Carolina voters come primary day.

The watchdog group Common Cause wants disgraced former Treasurer Thomas Ravenel to reimburse the state for the special election that was held to replace him.

Is Columbia going green? Sen. Lindsey Graham was the keynote speaker at an event Monday dedicated to making businesses environmentally friendly.

Sen. Barack Obama goes Biblical with a South Carolina grassroots effort called "40 Days of Faith and Family."

 - CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

September 25th, 2007
09:19 AM ET
11 years ago

The Hillary factor

Watch John King's report about Hillary Clinton's electability and popularity.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Will Hillary Clinton's unpopularity with Republicans motivate the Republican base if she is the Democratic party's presidential nominee? John King takes a look at this question and at some words of praise for Clinton from President Bush.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • President Bush
September 25th, 2007
09:18 AM ET
11 years ago

The value of endorsements

Watch Candy Crowley's report about the competition for endorsements in the 2008 presidential race.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Candy Crowley takes a look at whether all of the endorsements being doled out to the 2008 presidential candidates will have any impact on who ultimately wins the White House.

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