Huckabee asks voters to focus on message not money.
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told
Granite State voters Wednesday that it is message, not money, that should be
the focus in the presidential election.
“I do hope that New Hampshire will continue its place, as will Iowa, as
those earlier filtering points so that candidates are going to have to go
and actually talk to voters and sell their ideas, and not just be able to
wave a checkbook around and say, ‘I have a lot of money,’” the presidential
While often a crowd favorite, Huckabee continues to trail his Republican
competitors by wide margins in the polls, and his third quarter fundraising effort, often an indicator of presidential support, was lackluster.
Speaking before a group of attorneys at a local Manchester firm, Huckabee reiterated
that if “instant credibility” was garnered by money, then the American people would be “the ultimate losers.”
- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla
Michael Mukasey prepares to testify before a Senate committee on his nomination for attorney general.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Attorney General-designate Michael Mukasey made it clear to senators Wednesday that he would be independent of the White House and would make legal decisions based "on facts and law, not by interests and motives."
Mukasey, appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he would resign from office if ever faced with a presidential order he believed was unconstitutional.
He said he does not believe the president has legal authority to approve torture techniques for use on terror suspects, something former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales refused to say.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows a majority of Americans want Congress to override President Bush’s veto of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, otherwise known as SCHIP.
The House will vote on Thursday on whether to override the veto. The poll shows that 61 percent of Americans want Congress to override it, while 35 percent do not.
"The bill that Bush vetoed appears to be nearly as popular among moderates as liberals,” explained CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Conservatives are in the president's camp with only 43 percent support overriding the veto."
President Bush held a news conference Wednesday morning, and explained why he vetoed the bill saying the White House was not engaged in developing the bill, “we weren't dialed in. And I don't know why. But they just ran the bill and I made it clear we weren't going to accept it.”
The program provides health insurance to children in families with incomes too great for Medicaid eligibility, but not enough to afford private insurance.
The Bush administration has decried the spending increase primarily supported by Democrats as unnecessarily subsidizing middle-income people as part of Democrats' "goal of government-run health care for every American."
The poll was conducted on October 12-14, 2007 with a sample size of 1,212 adult Americans and a margin of error of +/- 3 points.
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– CNN Political Producer Xuan Thai
President Bush speaks at a White House press conference on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush attacked Congress on Wednesday, ripping the new Democratic leadership for failing to achieve much in their first nine months of power.
Bush used his opening statement to list areas where he said "Congress has work to do": health care; security; the budget; education; housing; trade; help for military veterans; law enforcement and the judiciary.
He complained about progress on a number of bills before Congress, including children's health insurance, spending plans and internal surveillance legislation, saying Congress has wasted much of the past nine months.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential campaign confirmed endorsements from two big names in conservative circles Wednesday.
Florida Rep. Connie Mack and Bob Jones III are both supporting the Massachusetts Republican, Romney spokesman Kevin Madden said. Mack is the son of former Florida Sen. Connie Mack and Jones is president of the socially conservative Bob Jones University in South Carolina.
Both Florida and South Carolina are likely to play key roles in determining the party’s eventual nominee.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s campaign countered with its own big name endorsement on Tuesday, announcing the support of Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry.
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
Obama is sworn into the Senate by his eighth cousin, Vice President Cheney.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Go back far enough, the saying goes, and everyone's related.
But could it be possible that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and Vice President Dick Cheney share a common ancestor?
Cheney's wife Lynne says yes.
In an interview on MSNBC Tuesday afternoon, Mrs. Cheney said that in the course of researching her husband's genealogy for her new book, "Blue Skies, No Fences," she discovered that the two public figures share an ancestor eight generations ago.
"Think about this," Mrs. Cheney said. "This is such an amazing American story that one ancestor, a man that came to Maryland, could be responsible down the family line for lives that have taken such different and varied paths as Dick's and Barack Obama's."
Mrs. Cheney's spokeswoman Ginny Justice gave CNN's Ed Henry more details, saying the two unlikely relatives are related through a French Huguenot named Mareen Duvall. Cheney and Obama are both descendants of her.
According to Justice, the vice president is related to her through "the first" Richard Cheney, who came to America in the 1650's. His granddaughter married Samuel Duvall, son of Mareen Duvall.
But is blood thicker than the partisan waters of Washington? Apparently not.
Even though Obama is related to her husband, Mrs. Cheney said she is not supporting the Illinois Democrat's White House bid.
Reacting to the news, Obama's campaign spokesman Bill Burton told CNN's Dana Bash with tongue in cheek, "Obviously, Dick Cheney is sort of the black sheep of the family."
But Obama's family ties to the Bush administration don't stop with Cheney. According to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times last September, Obama is also an 11th cousin of the president himself. The two share a 17th century Massachusetts relative.
– CNN's Alexander Mooney and Lauren Kornreich
Texas Gov. Rick Perry endorsed Giuliani's presidential bid Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, trying to win support of conservatives despite differences on some social issues, Wednesday gained support from an opponent of his abortion stand.
Texas Governor Rick Perry announced his endorsement of the former New York Mayor at a Washington news conference. Giuliani was at Perry’s side for the endorsement, made shortly before the Republican White House hopeful addressed the Club for Growth fall convention.
Perry, who opposes Giuliani’s position on abortion, said that was his biggest concern before making his decision. But the Texas Republican said he is confident Giuliani would nominate Supreme Court justices like conservatives John Roberts, Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito.
Texas had considered moving up its primary to February 5th, but the Lone Star State’s contest will stay in March.
– CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush will hold a news conference this morning at 10:45 a.m. ET, the White House has announced.
CNN's Shawna Shepherd reports the president plans a 10 minute opening statement that will touch on SCHIP, FISA, the budget, No Child Left Behind, trade, housing, the Mukasey nomination, and Armenia and Turkey.
Niki Tsongas won a special election to replace former Rep. Marty Meehan.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The widow of the late Sen. Paul Tsongas won a special election Tuesday to fill the unexpired term of Rep. Marty Meehan, D-Massachusetts.
Meehan resigned from Congress earlier this year to become the chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Democrat Niki Tsongas defeated Republican Jim Ogonowski in a hard-fought battle for this Congressional seat in a district bordering New Hampshire.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Nevada Democratic Party announced late Tuesday it would hold its caucus on January 19, ending a debate over whether to petition the national party to move the presidential nominating contest a week earlier.
Jill Derby, chair of the Nevada Democratic Party, said the caucus date "best showcases our state as the first test of the Western vote, the Hispanic vote and the labor vote."