The RNC is running an ad campaign on several New Hampshire Web sites Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – It will be the Democratic White House hopefuls who take center stage in New Hampshire at a presidential debate Wednesday night, but the Republican National Committee is hoping it can steal some of their thunder.
The committee has purchased online ads on 39 Granite State Web sites, aiming to show "the reality behind tonight's debate."
The ads direct Web users to an online game called "Show of Hands" which asks such questions as "Who Voted For The Largest Tax Increase In U.S. History?" and "Who Has Only Passed One Bill In The U.S. Senate, Which Dealt With The Congo?"
"New Hampshire voters are going to hear a lot of rhetoric tonight," RNC Chairman Mike Duncan said in a statement. "We want to make sure they have the opportunity to see the reality behind a slate of Democrat candidates who are promising to raise taxes, increase spending, and retreat from the War on Terror."
Web sites where the ads are running include concordmonitor.com, newhampshire.com, nh.com, thedartmouth.com, and unionleader.com
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
Clinton supporters are out in force in Hanover, New Hampshire.
HANOVER, New Hampshire (CNN) - She’s number one in our new CNN/WMUR New Hampshire Primary poll among Democrats, and it appears as of early afternoon, Hillary Clinton’s winning the sign wars leading up to tonight’s debate.
As we exited Interstate 89 and drove into Hanover, New Hampshire, site of tonight’s debate, signs and placards of the White House hopefuls started sprouting up along the road towards Dartmouth College.
By our unofficial count, the Democratic senator from New York had the most signs visible and the largest as well. A close second is New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. He may be fourth in most national polls, but he’s second in our quick tally. A solid third in our count is Sen. Joe Biden. The Delaware Democrat had signs sprouting along the roadside during our entire ride into Hanover.
We didn’t see any Barack Obama signs until we reached the campus of Dartmouth College. It seemed odd, but then, as we turned the corner, we spotted Obama supporters and their signs. They were very vocal and very expressive.
To my surprise, I didn’t see any John Edwards signs. But the day is young, and the Democratic presidential debate is still hours away.
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser
Chris Dodd, along with fellow presidential candidates John Edwards and Joe Biden, at the recent Iowa Steak Fry.
DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Sen. Chris Dodd's presidential operation has shifted two campaign aides from its Nevada office to Iowa, the Connecticut Democrat's campaign announced Wednesday.
Joe Zepecki, who started with the Dodd campaign in Nevada, will become the deputy caucus director for the senator in the Hawkeye State. Dodd's Iowa spokeswoman said Zepecki and one other non-senior staffer have recently moved to Iowa from Nevada, which also is scheduled to hold early caucuses in 2008. Their positions in Nevada will not be replaced.
When asked if this means operations in Nevada are being scaled down in order to put more focus on Iowa, the spokeswoman told CNN they still have staff and an office in Nevada, "but there are two less people out there now."
- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch
A court will hear Craig's attempt Wednesday to overturn his guilty plea.
(CNN) - A Minnesota judge will hear Sen. Larry Craig's petition to overturn his guilty plea on a disorderly conduct charge in Minneapolis on Wednesday.
The Idaho Republican was arrested June 11 during a police sting in an airport men's room for allegedly making sexual overtures to an undercover male police officer. He entered a written guilty plea to the disorderly conduct charge in August.
Craig has said he would resign from the Senate if he cannot get the guilty plea overturned by this Sunday. However, on Tuesday he said he won't resign until "legal determinations" are made. A political source involved in discussions about the case said Craig has made it clear he wants to find a way to stay in office.
A court ruling on Craig's appeal could take longer than the four days left before Craig's original self-imposed deadline.
Actor James Denton will be in Iowa on Saturday and Sunday.
DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - James Denton, also known as "Mike Delfino" on the ABC series "Desperate Housewives," will campaign in Iowa this weekend on behalf of former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, the campaign announced Wednesday.
Denton will also be accompanied by the Edwards' eldest daughter, Cate, who is currently attending Harvard Law School. A campaign spokesman tells CNN that this is the first time Cate Edwards has campaigned for her father in Iowa this cycle.
The pair's tour through Iowa Saturday and Sunday will include stops in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Grinnell, Des Moines, Ames, and Indianola.
- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch
Fred Thompson and Rudy Giuliani are leading among South Carolina Republicans, according to recent polls.
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - With just under four months to go until the Republican primary here, former Sen. Fred Thompson's South Carolina campaign team is just about in place.
On Tuesday, the campaign announced the endorsements of 12 Republican state legislators, as well as the official endorsement of Rep. Gresham Barrett, who represents the 3rd District of South Carolina. Barrett has been one of Thompson's most vocal supporters in the state for months, and he introduced the former Senator at Thompson's first two official campaign stops in South Carolina in early September.
Barrett's chief of staff on Capitol Hill, Lance Williams, recently left Barrett's office to become Thompson's South Carolina operations director. Dean Rice, who has worked with Thompson going back to his red pickup truck days and helped organize the "Draft Fred" movement online, is Thompson's South Carolina campaign manager. Experienced political hand Walter Whetsell is also on board as the campaign's in-state consultant.
- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Here's a quick look at what's making political news in South Carolina this morning:
The Los Angeles Times takes a turn looking into the battle for black voters, with this quote from Columbia hair salon owner Carmen Thomas just about summing it up: "I want to vote for Barack Obama because he's a brother, and I would love to see him in office and I am sure he can do the job. But I just don't know if everybody else feels like I do, and I don't want to throw away my vote. I am praying for both of them to be on the same ticket."
The State looks at the fine line Obama must walk regarding his race.
There are three Rudy Giuliani fundraising house parties in South Carolina tonight. Here's one in West Columbia.
Former Massachusettes governor Mitt Romney won't be in South Carolina this weekend after all.
Who's behind the anti-"amnesty" signs in the Upstate? There are also several in Columbia on Assembly Street.
- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House of Representatives approved a sweeping expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program on Tuesday, but by a margin short of the two-thirds needed to override President Bush's threatened veto.
The $60 billion, 5-year measure would expand the program to cover millions of middle-class families, paying for the expansion with
61-cent-per-pack tax increase on cigarettes. The vote was 265-159, with 45 Republicans joining all but eight Democrats in voting for the plan.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the bill has overwhelming support and warned that Bush would "isolate himself" from the public with a veto.
"Let's hope and let's pray that a very big, strong, bipartisan vote tonight will send him a message to rethink his position," Pelosi said. She said a veto would give new meaning to the biblical injunction, "Suffer little children."
Bush has threatened to veto any expansion of the program beyond the $25 billion he proposed earlier this year. He demanded last week that Congress extend the program before it expires at the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.
(CNN) - Outspoken real estate mogul Donald Trump set his sights on long-time journalist Dan Rather in the second part of his interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday.
“Dan Rather’s a loser. Dan Rather had low ratings for years,” said Trump when asked for his opinion on the former network anchorman’s $70 million lawsuit against CBS. “I used to say, whoever represents Rather does a great job, because he always was in third place, he always had terrible ratings, and they wouldn’t fire him.”
Rather declined to comment on Trump's remarks when contacted by CNN.
Click here for Trumps controversial comments on President Bush and his assessment of the leading presidential candidates.
- CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart