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McCain to attack Clinton’s triangulation on Iraq
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. John McCain is set to take aim at Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton during a speech on Iraq Wednesday, claiming the senator from New York "wants it both ways" when it comes to the war. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2007/10/02/mccain-to-attack-clintons-triangulation-on-iraq/
CNN Chief National Correspondent John King is covering McCain in South Carolina, and he sits down with the Arizona senator for an interview to air on “The Situation Room.”
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
Edwards to highlight differences with Clinton on Iraq
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Sen. John Edwards will use a speech in New Hampshire Wednesday to highlight his differences with Sen. Hillary Clinton on the Iraq war, as well as promote a new proposal to oversee security contractors working in the war torn country.
“A week ago Sunday, Hillary Clinton said that she would continue to conduct combat missions in Iraq,” Edwards is expected to say, according to advanced excerpts of his remarks provided to CNN. “If you’re not ending combat operations, you’re not ending the war.”
Edwards will later add “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. But the debate Senator Clinton would be in is how big a war you’re going to have. We should leave it to the Republicans to offer America four more years of George W. Bush’s mess of a war in Iraq.”
The former North Carolina senator will also discuss his new oversight plan for security contractors working in Iraq, during this speech to the Seacoast Media Group Forum. Edwards will call for “Establishing Strong Quality Control and Accountability Measures” and “Implementing a Formal Evaluation of the Role of Contractors,” among other things.
He unveils this new plan at the same time Blackwater USA – a private security firm working in Iraq – is being scrutinized for its actions including a September 16 incident in Baghdad in which several civilians were killed.
- CNN’s Mark Preston and Lauren Kornreich
Obama: Clinton blurring distinctions between us
CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) — White House hopeful Barack Obama told CNN Tuesday his early opposition to the Iraq war proves he has the judgment to lead the country out of the conflict, and said the reason polls show voters think rival Hillary Clinton would better handle the issue is because the New York Democrat has successfully blurred the distinctions between the two candidates. Full Story
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Sen. John Warner hospitalized
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Influential Republican Sen. John Warner of Virginia was hospitalized Tuesday with a heart condition, according to a statement from the senator's office. Doctors at Inova Fairfax Hospital performed a procedure to correct atrial fibrillation, the statement said, and a follow-up, routine procedure is scheduled for Wednesday. Full Story
Political Hot Topics
(Today's top political stories from news organizations across the country)
Compiled by Lindsey Pope
CNN Washington Bureau
AMID FUNDRAISING SCANDAL, CLINTON EDGES ABOVE OBAMA: A major dynamic behind the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination — fund-raising — shifted yesterday as Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign announced that it had beaten Senator Barack Obama in donations since July, stripping him at least temporarily of a crucial political advantage. New York Times: Clinton Steals Obama's Fund-Raising Thunder
NV TO MOVE CAUCUS DATE?: This isn't widely known yet, but Democratic and Republican officials in Nevada are now looking at moving the state's Jan. 19 caucus up a week to Jan. 12… LA Times' Top of the Ticket: The Nevada Caucuses May Be Closer Than You Think
IN NEW POLL GIULIANI ON TOP, BUT ONLY "SOMEWHAT": Rudolph W. Giuliani leads the race for the GOP presidential nomination, with Republican voters describing him as the field's strongest leader and most electable candidate in the 2008 general election, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Washington Post: Poll Shows Giuliani Atop An Unsettled GOP Race
GIULIANI'S PHONE CALL FROM WIFE STILL SEEN AS "RUDE": Rudy Giuliani's cell phone chat with his wife during the middle of a recent speech to the National Rifle Assn. is duly added to our roster of candidate-gaffes-that-linger. It joins John Edwards' infamous $400 haircut, Mitt Romney's ill-considered comment about none of his five sons having served in the military and virtually any of Bill Richardson's early debate performances. LA Times' Top of the Ticket: The Cell Phone Call That Keeps Echoing
FORGET THE PRIMARIES, GIULIANI AIMS FOR THE BIG PICTURE: It is no accident that the Giuliani strategy memo sent to supporters this afternoon spent roughly as much time talking about the former New York mayor’s prospects in the general election as in the primary. New York Times: Giuliani Strategy Memo
RICHARDSON LESS FRUGAL THAN '08 CONTENDERS: The latest campaign advertising tallies show that Bill Richardson, the New Mexico governor turned presidential contender, is also the biggest spender on the Democrats’ side so far. New York Times' The Caucus: Richardson Tops Democrats Ad Dollars
DEMOCRATS RAISING MORE CASH THAN GOP: Since January, the major Democratic presidential candidates have raised more than $200 million for their campaigns, nearly double the total amount expected to be reported by their chief Republican counterparts. Politico: GOP Money Funk Continues
“I HAVE SEEN HER FACE SOME HORRIBLE EXPERIENCES — SOME WHICH WOULD TAKE MANY OF US DOWN…SHE HAS FACED THEM AND COME UP A WOMAN, NOT APOLOGIZING FOR HAVING LIFE HAPPEN TO HER, BUT FACING LIFE”: Poet Maya Angelou said today that she endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton because of the graceful way she has dealt with personal pain. Des Moines Register: Angelou: Clinton's Faced Pain With Grace
“SEN. OBAMA LIKES TO TALK ABOUT HIS SPEECH ON IRAQ YEARS AGO, BUT THE TRUTH IS HE DID SUPPORT PAST FUNDING REQUESTS THAT ONLY HELPED PROLONG THIS WAR”: Former Sen. John Edwards’s (D-N.C.) campaign widened its sights Tuesday to include Democratic rival Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) and his foreign policy speech commemorating the five-year anniversary of his first speech against the Iraq war. The Hill: Edwards Says Obama Using Stolen Ideas
THOMPSON SPEAKS OUT AGAINST "NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND": Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson, who has been critical of the No Child Left Behind education reform law, said Tuesday that his vote for it six years ago was an example of “hope” winning out over “experience.” Quad City Times: Thompson Regrets Vote for No Child Left Behind
FRED ON TAXES: "SOME DAYS I THINK ALMOST ANYTHING WOULD BE BETTER THAN WHAT WE'VE GOT": Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson today declined to recommend a path to simplifying the federal tax system, which he called an "unholy mess." Des Moines Register: Thompson Not Endorsing a Tax Plan
BILL CLINTON, NEWT GINGRICH PRAISE HUCKABEE: Leaders of the Christian conservative movement who are considering fielding a third-party candidate rather than backing any of the top four contenders for the Republican presidential nomination are overlooking a GOP hopeful who is steadily gaining support in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses, Mike Huckabee. New York Sun: Huckabee Gets Nod of Clinton
GOP BASE TO EXPLOIT "ANTI HILLARY" VOTE: Amid much discussion of the impact Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) could have on down ballot Congressional races next year if she is the Democratic presidential nominee, a much quieter debate has begun among Republicans about the potential pros and cons of their presidential frontrunners when it comes to picking up House and Senate seats. Roll Call: GOP Ticket May Have trickle-Down Effect
MCCAIN SAYS "CHRISTIAN NATION" COMMENTS MISCONSTRUED: A personal missive by Senator McCain has failed to win over critics of his comments asserting that the Constitution established America "as a Christian nation." New York Sun: McCain Fails to Mollify Critics of "Christian Nation" Comments
GOP PROPOSES BILL TO PROTECT CONSERVATIVE TALK RADIO: House Republicans are threatening to launch a discharge petition on legislation that would ensure the future prosperity of conservative radio talk-show hosts but is expected to face opposition from Democratic leaders. The Hill: Battle Lines are Drawn Over Conservative Radio
DEMS CALL ON CEO TO CONDEMN LIMBAUGH COMMENT: Clear Channel CEO Mark P. Mays responded to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in a letter hand-delivered to his office this evening. Politico: Clear Channel CEO Responds to Reid
COLUMNIST SAYS MARTINEZ TO STEP DOWN AFTER PRIMARIES: Apparently the revolving door at the Republican National Committee is about to revolve again. LA Times' Top of the Ticket: Another New Chair at RNC?
KUCINICH: "I COME FROM A CORE BELIEF THAT'S UNSHAKABLE, TO GET RIGHT TO THE TRUTH, FOCUS ON IT AND STAND BY IT": On the eve of another grim anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, members of Congress voted on a symbolic resolution to establish an official remembrance…It was the kind of measure on which, surely, everyone could agree. Everyone, that is, except Rep. Dennis Kucinich… Chicago Tribune: The Diminutive Lion of the Left
BIDEN SETS RECORD STRAIGHT: The Bush administration and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki greeted last week's Senate vote on Iraq policy - based on a plan we proposed in 2006 - with misrepresentations and untruths. Washington Post: Federalism, Not Partition by Joseph R. Biden and Leslie H. Gelb
OBEY TO BUSH: “THE PRESIDENT ISN’T GOING TO GET A SUPPLEMENTAL THIS YEAR…THE PRESIDENT SOONER OR LATER IS GOING TO NEED THAT SUPPLEMENTAL”: House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.) said Tuesday that he will hold $190 billion in funding for the Iraq War hostage until President Bush accedes to his demands for an exit strategy, and simultaneously proposed a new $150 billion war surtax. Roll Call: Obey Fires Up Debate on Iraq
IS SARKOZY BUSH'S CLOSEST EUROPEAN ALLY?: The White House no longer views Britain as its most loyal ally in Europe since Gordon Brown took office and is instead increasingly turning towards France and Germany, according to Bush administration sources. The Daily Telegraph: Britain “No Longer Closest Bush Ally”
DOJ LEGAL COUNSEL ON WHITE HOUSE WIRETAPPING PROGRAM: "IT WAS THE BIGGEST LEGAL MESS I HAD EVER ENCOUNTERED": No more than four Justice Department officials had access to details of the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance program when the department deemed portions of it illegal, following a pattern of poor consultation that helped create a "legal mess," a former Justice official told Congress yesterday. Washington Post: White House Secrecy on Wiretaps Described
FORMER PAGE SUES SD LAWMAKER FOR GROPING: A former legislative page sued a state senator Tuesday alleging he fondled him in a motel room they shared last year. AP via USA Today: Ex-page Accuses SD Democrat of Groping
MEGHAN MCCAIN HITS THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Chelsea Clinton and the Romney boys have some new competition in the candidate-kids-with-something-to-say department. DC Examiners Yeas and Nays: Meghan McCain Joins Her Dad's Campaign
On the Political Radar:
Compiled by Lauren Kornreich
CNN Washington Bureau
* Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, continues to talk foreign policy in Iowa Wednesday with a town hall meeting at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, followed by a similar event at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Washington, Iowa.
* Former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tennessee, campaigns in Iowa with stops scheduled in Nevada and Dubuque. In the evening he holds a fundraiser in Chicago, Illinois.
* Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, and former Sen. Mike Gravel, D-Alaska, participate in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's Presidential Candidates Forum at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
* Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani meets with local residents in Manchester, Derry, Nashua and Salem, New Hampshire. The GOP presidential candidate also delivers remarks at a town hall meeting at Castleton Banquet and Conference Center in Windham, New Hampshire.
* Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards meets with students and teachers at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, New Hampshire as part of the National Education Association's "From the School House to the White House." He meets and speaks with workers at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine before delivering what is being billed as a major speech on Iraq in Portsmouth, N. H.
* Sen. John McCain travels to South Carolina, where he delivers a morning speech to the Camden Military Academy. After speaking to the South Carolina State University ROTC in Orangeburg, he delivers remarks to the College of Charleston's Bully Pulpit Series on Presidential Communication.
* After addressing the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in Washington, D.C, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, holds a town hall with Jasper County Democrats at Uncle Nancy's Coffee House and Eatery in Newton, Iowa.
* Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is a guest on the nationally syndicated radio program "The Glenn Beck Radio Show" to discuss national news and the growing momentum for the Huckabee Presidential Campaign.
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