WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush kept a promise on Wednesday to veto a bill that would have increased the number of children covered by a state-federal health insurance program. The bill enjoyed bipartisan support and Ed Henry reports on why Bush vetoed the bill and what the political consequences of the veto may be for Bush and the Republican Party.
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Instead of feasting on bacon and eggs, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was served up a dash of media frenzy, peppered with questions about his standing with social conservatives.
"I don't worry a lot. I learned a long time ago, there are things to worry about. Political pluses and minuses are not one of the things to worry about," Giuliani told reporters at the Red Arrow Diner, a Granite state hotspot. "I worry more about how much money the Democrats are going to cost us if they get elected."
On the role of the evangelical vote, Giuliani was brief, stating, "We'll find out who will be influential in this election when it's over." Moments later, Giuliani was asked how he would reassure religious conservatives that his stance on social issues would not threaten their beliefs. He replied, "I'm not a threat at all. I have great respect for religion. I have great respect for religious freedom, religious toleration. I think people of faith make a tremendous contribution to this country."
Giuliani and wife, Judith, entered the cozy diner where the presidential hopeful attempted to meet patrons, shake hands and sign autographs. Outside, a man wearing a Giuliani plastic face and holding a fake phone sported a sign reading, "Hold on my wife is on the phone," alluding to the Mayor’s decision to answer cell phone calls from his wife during two campaign events this year.
The Giuliani impersonator would not answer questions, but did pose for the cameras.
- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Stale donuts and fabulous shoes? Watch CNN’s Abbi Tatton discuss why Senator John McCain’s daughter is doing campaign blogging a little bit differently.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll shows Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, leading the race for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, R-New York, leading among Republicans vying for the White House.
Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider reports on what the results mean for Clinton. Then, fellow Senior Political Analyst Gloria Borger talks with Wolf Blitzer. Borger takes a deeper look inside the polling numbers and what they might mean for a possible head-to-head contest between Clinton and Giuliani in 2008.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has raised $1 million in the last three months for his White House bid, according to his campaign.
The amount improves upon the nearly $750,000 the former Arkansas governor raised from April through June, but he still trails many of his GOP rivals, including Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who announced Wednesday raising $5 million in the third quarter.
“While we’d like to show more dollars in the bank, we’ve been careful with our resources – and we’ll have what we need to stay in the game,” said Huckabee campaign manager Chip Saltsman in a release.
All presidential candidates must file detailed fundraising and spending reports to the Federal Election Commission by October 15.
Domenici is the fourth Senate Republican to announce his retirement.
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Veteran Republican Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mexico will announce Thursday that he will not seek re-election to a seventh term next year, opening up yet another competitive seat for the GOP to defend, three Republican sources told CNN Wednesday.
Domenici, 75, who was first elected to the Senate in 1972, will make his retirement announcement at 4 p.m. (6 p.m. ET) at St. Mary's School in Albuquerque, the grammar school he attended as a boy.
A Domenici aide told CNN that the senator will be very specific about his reasons for retirement, which the aide said have nothing to do with either his poll numbers or the scrutiny Domenici has faced over the firing of a federal prosecutor in New Mexico.
The departure of Domenici is a further blow to Republican chances of retaking the Senate in 2008, opening up fifth GOP seat to defend in a state where Democrats are highly competitive.
Sitting Republican senators in Virginia, Colorado and Nebraska have also announced their retirements, and Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho, caught up in a sex scandal, has indicated he won't seek re-election and may leave the Senate sooner if his battle to overturn a guilty plea to disorderly conduct charges isn't successful.
In order to regain control of the Senate, Republicans must make a net gain of just two seats. However, they are defending 22 seats - including the five open seats - while Democrats have just 12 to defend. While Democrats haven't won a Senate seat in Idaho in more than 30 years, the open races in New Mexico, Virginia, Colorado and Nebraska are likely to be competitive.
(CNN) - Campaigning in Clinton, Iowa, former Sen. Fred Thompson stops by the Sweetheart Bakery. After delivering a speech, the Tennessee Republican takes questions from the audience and one woman alludes to the comparisons of him and Ronald Reagan. Both men gained fame as actors and some rate the former senator’s communication skills with those of the conservative icon. Here, Thompson demurs on the comparison, and says it takes more than charisma to win a presidential campaign.
- CNN Political Producer/Video Editor Wes Little
WASHINGTON (CNN) - New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici’s decision not to seek a seventh term gives Republicans their fourth open Senate seat to defend in 2008.
Also retiring at the end of this term are GOP Sens. Wayne Allard of Colorado, John Warner of Virginia and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska. Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho, who had said he would resign his seat on September 30 after pleading guilty to a disorderly conduct charge, remains in office, his re-election plans unclear. No Democratic senators have indicated plans to retire.
A total of 34 U.S. Senate seats will be up for grabs next year, with Republicans defending 22 seats, compared to 12 seats for Democrats.
Here's a quick look at where things stand in the U.S. Senate for the 2008 election.
* Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colorado (announced 1/15/2007)
* Sen. John Warner, R-Virginia (announced 8/31/2007)
* Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Nebraska (announced 9/10/2007)
* Sen. Pete Domenici, R-New Mexico (announced 10/3/2007)
John Edwards was critical Wednesday of Sen. Hillary Clinton's approach to handling the Iraq war.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - White House hopeful John Edwards continued to draw distinctions between his stance on Iraq and that of rival Hillary Clinton, claiming Wednesday the New York Democrat does not intend to end the war.
"A week ago Sunday, Hillary Clinton said that she would continue to conduct combat missions in Iraq," Edwards said during a forum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. "If you're not ending combat operations, you're not ending the war."
"The debate I expect to have next fall with Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani or whoever’s the Republican nominee is whether or not to end this war," Edwards continued. "But the debate Sen. Clinton would be in is how big a war you’re going to have."
Clinton said she supports a phased redeployment of troops from Iraq but would leave a small number in the country to carry out combat missions against Al-Qaeda members.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
(CNN) – A day after Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, stole the spotlight from her Democratic rival, Barack Obama, for out-fundraising him in the third quarter, the Illinois senator was upstaged again Wednesday – this time by a baby during a speech in Iowa City, Iowa.
In the foreign policy speech, the Democratic White House hopeful was discussing how he would reform the U.S. use and regulation of security contractors. Hear what one baby had to say in response to the proposal.
- CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart