Fred Thompson's support in the polls has slipped.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Fred Thompson got into the Republican race with great expectations. And sure enough, just after he got in last month, polling showed Thompson and Rudy Giuliani were just about tied for front-runner.
But since then, Thompson's taken a lot of flak for a lackluster campaign from party activists in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Support for his campaign has also wavered. The new CNN poll by the Opinion Research Corporation released Tuesday shows Thompson's support dropping - now at 19 percent, down from 27 percent in September.
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois.
(CNN) – Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama told a radio audience he believes some would-be supporters won’t vote for him out of concern for his safety, and urged them to overcome a “disempowering attitude.”
Obama’s comments came Tuesday in an appearance on the nationally-syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show. Obama cited a New York Times article where several African-American women in South Carolina expressed concern someone might try to harm him. One of the women said that the best way to protect Obama might be by not voting for him.
Obama told Joyner that, while grateful for the expression of concern, he wanted to encourage voters to focus more on the opportunity at hand and not succumb to what he called a “disempowering attitude.”
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we need to take advantage of it,” he said.
Obama became the first candidate to receive Secret Service protection after Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, expressed concern over his colleague’s safety. Sen. Hillary Clinton already receives protection due to her status as a former first lady.
– CNN Political Assignment Editor Alta Spells
Watch Clinton's comments on work-life balance Tuesday.
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Calling current attitudes towards families, "outdated," Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, unveiled her agenda to “get real,” with the challenges of working families.
“It’s about time we stopped just talking about family values, and started pursuing polices that truly value families,” Clinton stated.
Before a crowd at the Young Women’s Christian Association, the presidential hopeful shared her own struggles with work-life balance as a young lawyer.
“Chelsea was sick, and my baby sitter wasn’t there and then she called and she was sick too and it was just that gut wrenching feeling, and I was lucky enough to have a friend who could come over and watch Chelsea while I ran to court and then ran back home,” Clinton said.
“If you have fewer resources, greater challenges and an unsympathetic employer, then the struggle to balance family and work can simply be overwhelming,” Clinton added.
Tom Tancredo became the first GOP candidate to register for the New Hampshire Primary ballot Tuesday.
CONCORD, New Hampshire (CNN) - Tom Tancredo Tuesday became the first major presidential candidate to get his name on the primary ballot in New Hampshire. The Republican congressman from Colorado visited the capitol of the Granite State, signed forms, and handed over a check for $1000 to secure a spot on the primary ballot.
Tancredo is low in all the national and state polls. The latest survey of New Hampshire Republicans puts him at one percent. The long shot candidate acknowledged his chances earlier today, saying, “I know the odds are long.” But Tancredo also said that “anything can happen in sports and in politics, and it takes a lot of heart, guts, and commitment.” He says his campaign has plenty of all of those attributes.
The candidate, who spoke in front of about two dozen supporters and journalists, discussed his signature issue, illegal immigration.
Tancredo said the fate of the country is at stake because of what he calls “the battle we are in against radical Islam,” as well as “the attack on our culture because of massive illegal immigration.”
Reid's letter is a hot item on eBay.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - It may turn out to be the most valuable letter Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ever sent.
The Nevada Democrat's correspondence-in-question was sent earlier this month to Clear Channel CEO Mark Mays, officially calling on him to condemn popular conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh's controversial 'phony soldiers' remark. Clear Channel syndicates Limbaugh's show.
Mays refused to condemn the remarks and Limbaugh recently placed Reid's letter on eBay, pledging to match whatever it fetched and donate it all to The Marine Corps – Law Enforcement Foundation.
As of Tuesday morning, the top bid for the letter was over $50,000. The bidding ends Friday.
"I'm going to match the dollar figure, and I have suggested that Sen. Reid and the 40 other Democrats who signed the smear letter … also match the donation," Limbaugh said on his show Monday.
Limbaugh's original remark came on a September 26 program as he and a caller were discussing critics of the Iraq war.
"What's really funny is, they [Iraq war critics] never talk to real soldiers," the caller said. "They like to pull these soldiers that come up out of the blue and talk to the media."
Limbaugh responded, "The phony soldiers."
After the liberal media watchdog group MediaMatters.org and several Democrats quickly condemned the remark, Limbaugh said he was "taken out of context," and added he was referring to one soldier specifically - Jesse MacBeth, a war critic who falsely claimed to be an Iraq veteran.
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Oliver Stone pressed John Edwards on the Patriot Act in an interview for Fad In magazine.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - They are already some of Hollywood’s leading men, but can Ben Affleck, Oliver Stone, and Michael Douglas also become the political world’s leading interviewers?
The three Hollywood celebs each recently grilled a leading Democratic presidential candidate for the latest issue of Fade In magazine and hit on a variety of hot-button issues, according to excerpts released by the publication.
Affleck, who has endorsed Barack Obama's White House bid, interviews rival Hillary Clinton. He asks the New York Democrat whether leaving Iraq might increase the terrorist threat there.
"That’s another one of the scare tactics that the president uses," she replies. "We were attacked before we ever went into Iraq. Other countries have been attacked by al-Qaida, or al-Qaida-linked terrorists, in the years since we invaded Iraq. We’re going to be living with the threat of global terrorism, and we’ve got to get smart about how we deal with it.…I just fundamentally disagree with President Bush’s analysis and his continuing beating of the drum of fear as the substitute for reason and understanding of the very difficult options we face."
The two also discuss being parents ("The best thing in the world," Clinton says), aid to Africa, and Affleck's interview skills. ("You're pretty good," Clinton notes. "If you ever got it in your mind to do that, you'd wipe up.")
Is anyone in the 2008 Republican presidential field the next Ronald Reagan?
(CNN) - A war of words has erupted between the four frontrunners in the race for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. At bottom, each of the four candidates is trying to convince the Republican Party's conservative base that he is the real Republican who should represent the party in the 2008 White House race. Chief National Correspondent John King takes a look.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson may leave the Senate before her term ends in 2012, her spokesman says.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, will not seek re-election to Congress when her term expires in 2012, her spokesman confirmed to CNN Tuesday.
Hutchison, who was elected to the Senate in a special ballot in 1993, is considering a run for governor of Texas, spokesman Matt Mackowiak said.
She may even leave the Senate as early as 2009, he added.
Four other GOP senators have announced they will not run for re-election in the 2008 ballot.
Related: Texas senator will not seek re-election, may leave early
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California, became the first female Speaker of the House in January 2007 after Democrats won control of the House in the 2006 election.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider takes a look at the challenges the GOP may face in the House in the next Congressional election. Watch Schneider's report.
Brownback failed to break the $1 million mark in fundraising last quarter.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, reported raising about $926,000 for his presidential campaign in the third quarter, and gave no indication Monday he would abandon his White House bid despite the lackluster haul.
Instead, the Brownback campaign noted that the Kansas senator is eligible to receive "at least $2.1 million in federal matching funds," and emphasized that the campaign is carrying no debt.
"With a crowded field and an entire month during which Senator Brownback campaigned in Iowa without holding fundraising events, we are pleased with the level of support for Senator Brownback's message," John Rankin, the senator's campaign spokesman, said in a statement. "We have always expected to run a grassroots campaign and to make the most of limited resources. The option of over $2 million in federal matching funds would provide additional support as we move forward."
Several of Brownback's opponents for the GOP presidential nomination had a much more successful three month fundraising period. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani raised $11 million, while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney collected $10 million. Texas Rep. Ron Paul's success in the third quarter was the biggest surprise when he announced raising $5 million for his bid.
–CNN Political Editor Mark Preston