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Brownback set to drop ’08 bid Friday
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) – Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, who was hoping his social conservative credentials would help him win the Republican presidential nomination, will announce Friday he is dropping his White House bid, well-placed Republican sources tell CNN.
Brownback has scheduled a 4:45 p.m. ET news conference at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka. Full Story
– CNN Chief National Correspondent John King and CNN Political Editor Mark Preston
RNC claims ‘Hillary Hypocrisy’
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Republican Party is going back to the well and they are using the Clinton name as a bucket.
In an e-mail to potential donors, Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan highlights a recent allegation that Sen. Hillary Clinton eavesdropped on political opponents in 1992 and suggests the New York Democrat is being hypercritical for not in turn supporting certain terrorist surveillance practices. Full Story
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
Huckabee not ready to join Brownback
ABOARD THE ELECTION EXPRESS (CNN) – Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is often mentioned in the same sentence as Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, but Huckabee made clear Thursday he has no immediate plans to join his rival in abandoning a bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
Huckabee, who competed fiercely with Brownback for support from social conservatives, has had a difficult time competing with the frontrunners in both raising money and registering in the polls.
"It's not about the money, it's about the message," Huckabee said in an interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King in New Hampshire. "Our message is resonating and the more the message resonates, the more the money comes in. We are in a position where we have only seen one direction, we've gone up. And I am confident that will continue to happen as we approach the Iowa caucuses." Full Story
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
Political Hot Topics
(Today's top political stories from news organizations across the country)
Compiled by Lindsey Pope
CNN Washington Bureau
EVANGELICALS SEARCHING FOR GOP CANDIDATE TO BACK: For months, Republican presidential candidates…have courted evangelical Christians…Today, thousands of Christian conservatives will gather in Washington to confront the fact that none of the candidates has won them over. Washington Post: Evangelicals Lukewarm Toward GOP Field
RUDY'S SUCCESS A CHALLENGE TO CONSERVATIVE RIGHT: Rudy Giuliani will address thousands of Christian conservatives tomorrow whose grip over the Republican party for the past generation is being steadily loosened by the success of his presidential attempt.
The Times of London: Divided Religious Right fears it may have to do deal with Rudy Giuliani
ROMNEY: "SOME THINK WE CAN BEST BEAT THE DEMOCRATS NEXY YEAR BY BECOMING MORE LIKE THEM. I DON'T,": Speaking to Christian conservatives at the second annual "Values Voters Summit" tomorrow, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will assail former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani with a new line of attack, saying, "We're not going to beat Hillary Clinton by acting like Hillary Clinton." ABC News: Romney: Rudy "Like Hillary"
SMALL CONTRIBUTIONS ADD UP TO SERIOUS CASH FOR '08ERS: Democrat John Edwards and Republican Fred Thompson are political opposites, but their presidential campaigns share at least one trait: About $1 out of every $3 they have each raised for the primaries came from donors who contributed in small amounts. USA Today: Small Donors Can Be Big Deal For Candidates
“IT’S CLEAR THE MONEY WAS TRACKING WITH CLINTON’S POLLS, GIVING CREDENCE TO THE NOTION THAT PEOPLE WERE WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO TAKE THE LEAD,”: New fundraising data shows that Beltway insiders who had been on the fence are flocking to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (D-N.Y.) presidential campaign as she has maintained her strong lead in the polls, performed well in debates and made few mistakes. The Hill: Sen. Clinton digs deep into D.C. donor pockets
MCCAIN BACK IN SOUTH CAROLINA AFTER 2000 "SMEAR CAMPAIGN": When Senator John McCain and his wife campaign in South Carolina these days, people pull them aside to apologize for what happened during the presidential primary here in 2000…the South Carolina primary is a proving ground for any Republican who longs to be president. New York Times: Confronting Ghosts of 2000 in South Carolina
"TRUE BLUE MAJORITY": Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards today kicked off his "True Blue Majority" campaign aimed at showing the country that he has the best chance of defeating the Republican candidate in the 2008 general election - even in the red, GOP-friendly states. Boston Globe: Edwards Focuses On Electability Argument
RICHARDSON: "INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMACY WILL NOT ALWAYS SUCCEED ... BUT COWBOY DIPLOMACY WILL ALMOST ALWAYS FAIL,": Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson today called for an international partnership to create a “Marshall Plan for the 21st Century” to eliminate global poverty and illness, protect the environment, and stimulate economic development. Des Moines Register: Richardson: Ditch Cowboy Diplomacy
CLINTON EXCLUDES ILLEGALS FROM HEALTH CARE PROPOSAL: Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that immigrants living in the U.S. illegally would not be covered by her proposed universal health care plan. AP via USA Today: Clinton: Health Plan Wouldn't Cover Illegal Immigrants
HILLARY ENDORSES SPITZER'S DRIVERS LICENSE PLAN: Democratic White House front-runner Hillary Clinton stood up for New York Gov. Spitzer's efforts to pull illegal immigrants "out of the shadows" – but stopped short of backing his controversial plan to grant them driver's licenses. New York Daily News: Hillary cheers, but doesn't back Spitzer license plan
CLINTON'S UNLIKELY CASH COW: some of the poorest Chinese neighborhoods in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx, have been swept by an extraordinary impulse to shower money on one particular presidential candidate - Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. LA Times: An unlikely treasure-trove of donors for Clinton
MCCAIN WON'T RUN AS INDEPENDENT: Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Thursday he would support the GOP nominee and not launch an independent bid, no matter who wins. AP via Boston Globe: Mccain Rules Out Independent Bid
PHYSICAL FITNESS FROM THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton recalled her humbling childhood experience with Washington-mandated exercise today as she discussed how the White House could be a bully pulpit from which a president encourages children toward healthier habits. Chicago Tribune
PRESIDENT SAYS CAMPAIGN SEASON KICKS OFF TOO SOON: Even President Bush is worried that the presidential nominating contests are starting a bit too early, what with Iowa Republicans moving their caucuses to Jan. 3. Des Moines Register: BUSH SAYS CAMPAIGN IS RUNNING TOO EARLY
HOLLYWOOD SPENDS MILLIONS ON 2008: The entertainment industry, long a major lobbying force in Washington, has spent at least $6 million on the 2008 presidential campaign, the bulk of it going to Democrats. LA Times: Tinseltown filling campaign coffers
BUSINESSES HOPE TO PROFIT FROM PRIMARIES: Hospitality businesses hoping to profit from the first-in-the-nation caucuses are waiting for Democrats to finalize a date for their political confab. Des Moines Register: BUSINESSES ON HOLD AWAITING CAUCUS DATE
GORE PRODDED ABOUT '08 RUN IN CHICAGO: Less than a week after winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his crusade against global warming, former Vice President Al Gore lauded Chicago Wednesday as a leader in the fight for the environment. Chicago Tribune: Gore lauds Chicago; his fans push for '08 run
DEMS OUTRAISING GOP IN VIRGINIA RACES: In a trend that portends the possibility of a change in power at the GOP-dominated General Assembly, Democratic legislative candidates raised more money than Republicans last month. Richmond Times-Dispatch Dems Get Money, Momentum
MORE GOP VETS SET TO RETIRE: Thirteen years ago, Rep. Ray LaHood won a congressional seat in a Republican tidal wave…LaHood is one of a dozen House Republicans, many of them veterans able to hold swing districts by the force of their personality, who have announced they will not seek re-election next year. USA Today: GOP veterans to leave battleground
LAWMAKERS TO INVESTIGATE MEXICAN TB CASE: Capitol Hill lawmakers yesterday called for an investigation into why federal officials knowingly allowed a Mexican national infected with a highly contagious form of tuberculosis to repeatedly board planes and cross U.S. borders. Washington Times: Congress Orders Probe Of TB Case
HOUSE STAFFER REFUSES TO COMPLY TO SUBPEONA: A House Appropriations Committee staffer who worked on the panel for former Chairman Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) announced Thursday that he would not cooperate with a subpoena that apparently was issued in an ongoing investigation of his former boss. Roll Call: Former Lewis Staffer Served With Subpoena Says He Will Refuse to Comply
MUKASEY SAYS SOME INTERROGATION TECHNIQUES MAY BE LEGAL: President Bush’s nominee for attorney general, Michael B. Mukasey, declined Thursday to say if he considered harsh interrogation techniques like waterboarding, which simulates drowning, to constitute torture or to be illegal if used on terrorism suspects. New York Times: Senators Clash With Nominee About Torture
SUPREME COURT STAYS ANOTHER DEATH PENALTY: Is there a death penalty moratorium now in place, and how would we know? New York Times: Trying to Decipher the State of the Death Penalty
LIBBY PROSECUTOR TO BE MARRIED: Sorry ladies, Chicago's ranking crime fighter is off the market. Less than two years after making People magazine's list of the sexiest men alive, it was revealed Thursday that U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald is engaged to be married. Chicago Tribune: Fitzgerald Closes Case Of Unmarried Prosecutor
On the Trail:
Compiled by Lauren Kornreich
CNN Washington Bureau
* Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, holds a news conference to announce he is dropping his bid for the GOP presidential nomination.
* Arizona Sen. John McCain, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, California Rep. Duncan Hunter and Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo participate in a forum sponsored by FRC Action, Focus on the Family Action, American Values, and the Alliance Defense Fund in Washington, D.C.
* Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson speak to Polk County Democrats at their annual fall dinner and auction in Des Moines, Iowa.
* Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, has coffee with supporters at Mars Coffee and visits seniors at South Side Senior Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
* Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, officially files papers to put his name on the New Hampshire primary ballot in Concord. Later, he has a meeting with the editorial board of the Nashua Telegraph and participates in the AARP's "Divided We Fail" Issues Forum in Concord.
* Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards is formally endorsed by the California State Council of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in downtown Los Angeles. Later, he appears on “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO.
* Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani visits with local residents at Versailles Restaurant in Miami, Florida.
* Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee campaigns in New Hampshire, stopping by Bedford's "Politics and Eggs" breakfast. Later, he plays guitar with Concord High School's jazz band and participates in the WMUR Commitment 2008 Candidate Cafe in Manchester. In the evening, Huckabee speaks at a Ronald Reagan Dinner in Whitefield.
* Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, hold a rally at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.
* New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson holds “Presidential Job Interviews” event in Guthrie Center, Greenfield and Corning, Iowa.
* Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds an "Ask Mitt Anything" breakfast event in Shenandoah, Iowa. He later stops by Treynor High School in Treynor, Iowa and then holds another "Ask Mitt Anything" event in Council Bluffs, IA
* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook
* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook