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News Analysis: Romney’s 10,000 TV ads
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Over the past few days, two presidential candidates marked a “first” in their competing bids for the Republican presidential nomination.
For Arizona Sen. John McCain, the weekend marked the first time he took to the airwaves to tout his candidacy with an ad buy in New Hampshire. But it is the milestone former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney just passed that is head shaking.
Romney is the first presidential candidate to run at least 10,000 political ads this election cycle, according to an analysis conducted by TNS Media Intelligence/CMAG, CNN’s consultant on political advertising spending. Full Story
– CNN Political Editor Mark Preston
Obama marks opposition to Iraq war
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Five years ago, a fairly unknown state senator from Illinois told political supporters that he opposed the Iraq war. Sen. Barack Obama's, D-Illinois, message hasn't changed, but a lot has happened in those few years.
"I don't oppose all wars,” Obama said in 2002. “What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. A war based not on reason, but on passion. Not on principle, but on politics."
Obama has since been elected to the U.S. Senate and now spends his days in Des Moines diners and Peterborough pastures as a presidential candidate. He marks the fifth anniversary of his opposition to the war with a speech in Chicago, before heading to Iowa to echo his remarks in Des Moines and Coralville.
CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley sits down with Obama today to talk about the war and his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination. Tune into The Situation Room at 4 p.m. ET to hear what Obama has to say.
– CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, will appear on the popular ABC talk show “The View” at 11 a.m. ET. She is expected to discuss the news of the day including the Iraq war as well as her experience as the first woman to serve as House speaker.
Numbers keep coming
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Political Hot Topics
(Today's top political stories from news organizations across the country)
Compiled by Lindsey Pope
CNN Washington Bureau
"THIS REVERSAL WOULD EVISCERATE NEW JERSEY'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAMS AND RESULT IN THE DENIAL OF COVERAGE TO THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN": New Jersey officials asked a federal judge yesterday to block new Bush administration rules that would make it harder for states to enroll middle-income kids in a popular government-subsidized health insurance program for children. Washington Post: NJ Wants Rules For Health Plan Blocked
NEW POLL SAYS AMERIACANS AT ODDS WITH BUSH POLICIES: Most Americans oppose fully funding President Bush's $190 billion request for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a sizable majority support an expansion of a children's health insurance bill he has promised to veto, putting Bush and many congressional Republicans on the wrong side of public opinion on upcoming foreign and domestic policy battles. Washington Post: Most in Poll Want War Funding Cut
HOUSE REPUBLICANS STAY IN LINE WITH BUSH WHILE SENATE GOP IS DEFIANT: Senate Republicans are largely defying President Bush in what is shaping up as the most confrontational spending battle in more than a decade. The Hill: Republicans in the Senate Defying Bush
OPPOSITES NOT THE ATTRACTION FOR JENNA AND HENRY: The nation's first family tree is about to gain a new branch. The future in-laws, it turns out, are not unlike the Bushes. Washington Post: A Union of Families, Politics and Society
"WE LIVE IN A DANGEROUS WORLD, AND PEOPLE WANT TO HAVE SECURITY CAMERAS": Residents of big cities like New York and London must accept that they are under constant watch by video cameras, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday. USA Today: NYC Mayor: Get Used to Surveillance
GATES MAKES PLEDGE TO WORK WITH CONGRESS ON IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told a group of U.S. House Democratic lawmakers that the multinational mission in Afghanistan is suffering from a lack of resources, citing the war in Iraq and the reluctance of U.S. allies to contribute more troops, participants at the meeting said. Bloomberg: Gates Tells Lawmakers Iraq War is Hurting Afghanistan Mission
SENATE REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE TIGHT ON FUNDS: With the 2008 Senate battleground increasingly inhospitable for the minority, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is attempting to overcome several built-in disadvantages while moving to maximize its limited opportunities. Roll Call: NRSC Searches for More Targets
REP. MILLER ON HIS SUPPORT ROLE TO PELOSI: “I’M JUST HAMBURGER HELPER”: It is sport on Capitol Hill to speculate as to whether Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s fellow California Democrat, longtime friend, political enforcer and ideological soul mate, is the true power in the House. The Hill: Rep. George Miller Says He is Just "Hamburger Helper"
MORE THAN $500,000 IN BONUSES PAID TO D.C. COUNCIL MEMBERS: D.C. Council members said yesterday they will further investigate a report on the more than $500,000 in questionable bonuses given last year and should attempt to recoup the money from those who received it in violation of city regulations. Washington Times: Council to Probe Bonuses in D.C.
MORE THAN 40 LAWMAKERS WHO VOTED TO CONDEMN MOVEON, ACCEPTED CONTRIBUTIONS: Forty-four congressional Democrats who voted to condemn MoveOn.org for its ad branding Army Gen. David Petraeus "General Betray Us" have accepted more than $3.9 million in contributions from the influential anti-war group and its members. Politico: Dems Who Condemned MoveOn Took Its Cash
WASHINGTON STATE'S "TOP TWO" PRIMARY SYSTEM GOES BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT: The Supreme Court convened its new term yesterday, and the justices immediately immersed themselves in the first of several election-law challenges the court has agreed to decide in the midst of the 2008 elections. Washington Post: State of Washington Defends Its Primaries Before Supreme Court
GIULIANI LINKED TO CALIFORNIA ELECTORAL COLLEGE REFORM: Democratic Party activists said Monday that they have filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission charging connections between backers of Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani and a GOP-supported ballot measure that could have changed California's winner-take-all electoral college system to benefit Republican candidates. San Francisco Chronicle: Democrats Want Feds to Investigate Electoral College Ballot Effort
AFTER BACKLASH FROM RELIGIOUS RIGHT, RUDY CLAIMS HE CAN KEEP THE PARTY TOGETHER: Rudy Giuliani insisted yesterday he can unite the Republican Party as its standard-bearer for president, brushing aside threats from Christian right activists to run an independent candidate if the ex-mayor wins the nomination. New York Post: Giuliani Preaches GOP Unity
GIULIANI FINDS A FRIEND IN PHILLY CHEESE STEAK OWNER: It's easy to find cheese steaks in Philadelphia, but former Mayor Rudy Giuliani didn't hit just any sub shop when he reached the City of Brotherly Love yesterday. New York Sun: No Giuliani Beef at Philadelphia Cheese Steak Shop
A "SHIFT" IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY "BRAND": The Republican Party, known since the late 19th century as the party of business, is losing its lock on that title. WSJ: GOP Is Losing Grip on Core Business Vote
INDEPENDENTS VEERE TO THE LEFT IN THE GRANITE STATE: Dr. Sally Garhart Eneguess voted for Senator John McCain in 2000…In January, Dr. Eneguess said, she intends to vote for Senator Barack Obama in the Democratic presidential primary. Eneguess…is an independent voter, allowed under New Hampshire election law to choose which primary she would like to vote in, a decision she does not have to make until she walks into the voting booth. New York Times: Independents May Be Crucial in New Hampshire
OBAMA TO UNVEIL PLAN TO RID WORLD OF NUKES: Senator Barack Obama will propose on Tuesday setting a goal of eliminating all nuclear weapons in the world, saying the United States should greatly reduce its stockpiles to lower the threat of nuclear terrorism, aides say. New York Times: Obama to Urge Elimination of World's Nuclear Weapons
DESPITE RAISING SERIOUS CASH, OBAMA STILL LAGS BEHIND CLINTON IN NATIONAL POLLS: He is the phenom of the 2008 campaign, the most viable African-American contender for president in history and the most prodigious fundraiser of any candidate in either party this year. USA Today: Obama, With Money on His Side, Still Seeks Traction
FRED SAYS CONSERVATIVES CAN SUPPORT HIS STAND ON GAY-MARRIAGE: Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson said he's met frequently with influential social conservatives who are willing to accept his position on a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage even though it doesn't go quite as far as they would like. AP via USA Today: Thompson Defends Gay-Marriage Stand
THOMPSON: “WE CAN’T FORGET THE FACT THAT ALTHOUGH AT A PARTICULAR POINT IN TIME WE NEVER FOUND ANY WMD DOWN THERE, HE CLEARLY HAD HAD WMD. HE CLEARLY HAD HAD THE BEGINNINGS OF A NUCLEAR PROGRAM”: Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson said Monday he was certain former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction prior to the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, a point of contention in the 41/2years since the war began. Des Moines Register: Thompson: Iraq Has WMDs Before US Invaded
HILLARY GRABS ANOTHER CALIFORNIA ENDORSEMENT: Hillary Clinton's endorsement bandwagon took on another passenger this afternoon–Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums. LA Times' Top of the Ticket: Another California Mayor Goes With Clinton
OBAMA STRATEGIST: "THE ROADSIDES OF IOWA AND NEW HAMPSHIRE ARE STREWN WITH THE SPENT POLITICAL CARCASSES OF SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER FRONT-RUNNERS": Pundits and politicos, right up to the president of the United States himself, have lately begun to promote the notion of Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York as the presumptive Democratic nominee for the White House next year. Chicago Tribune: Front-Runner Label Offers No Guarantee
CLINTON OFFERS APPOLOGY, AND EXPRESSES IMPORTANCE OF DEMS MAJORITY AT RALLY: Former president Bill Clinton said there was meaning in the fact that he arrived two hours late last night to support Niki Tsongas's tightening battle to keep her husband's old Congressional seat from Republican control. Boston Globe: Clinton Woos Supporters for Tsongas
MCCAIN AFTER THE SOPRANO'S VOTE: COULD Sen. John McCain pull "The Sopranos" vote? James Gandolfini and his girlfriend, Deborah Lin, were recently spotted at the Asiate restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental at Columbus Circle with the Republican presidential candidate, his wife, Cindy, and p.r. guru Laurance Gay, who set up the meeting. New York Post: McCain, "Tony" Break Bread ===============================================================
On the Political Radar:
Compiled by Lauren Kornreich
CNN Washington Bureau
* To mark the fifth anniversary of his speech opposing the Iraq war, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, delivers a major foreign policy speech at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois before traveling to Des Moines and Coralville, Iowa to echo his remarks about the war.
* Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson campaigns in Iowa, starting his day with a meet and greet at the Webster County Republican Party Headquarters in Fort Dodge. He then heads to Clinton for coffee at Sweetheart Bakery and another meet and greet in Coralville.
* Sen. John McCain delivers a speech to the Blue Ridge Electric Co-Op PAC Appreciation Dinner in Westminster, South Carolina.
* Gov. Bill Richardson, D-New Mexico, holds a meet and greet at the Historic Boulder Dam Hotel in Boulder, Nevada.
* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook
* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook
I think that Gravel from Alaska makes the most sense. He's got my vote.