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Massachusetts governor to endorse Obama
WASHINGTON (CNN) - It may be a bit overshadowed by World Series fever, but Tuesday evening at the Boston Common in the heart of Beantown, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will officially endorse Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for president.
Patrick says Obama has the best chance to inspire Americans to take a greater role in government, and their civic duties. His endorsement could come in handy in neighboring New Hampshire, the first state that will hold a presidential primary. Obama trails Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, by double digits in the most recent Granite State polls.
Patrick is the state’s first black governor, and only the second African-American in the U.S. ever elected governor. Obama is trying to become the country’s first black president.
The Massachusetts governor’s endorsement may also help Obama in the battle for black voters, a crucial voting bloc in the Democratic Party. So far, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said he is endorsing Obama, while Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis, who marched along Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement in the 1960’s, recently endorsed Clinton.
The New York senator has the brand name on her side and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, was once honored by the Congressional Black Caucus as “the nation’s first black President.”
In the most recent CNN-Opinion Research Corporation Poll of national voters, Clinton led Obama by 24 points among African-Americans. That’s up from 17 points back in April.
– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser
Giuliani and McCain to make it official in New Hampshire
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Arizona Sen. John McCain make it official in New Hampshire Tuesday, when the two Republican presidential rivals file the necessary paperwork to be on the Granite State’s primary ballot.
New Hampshire holds the first-in-the-nation primary, and filing the paperwork in person at Secretary of State William Gardner’s office is a time honored tradition.
Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee have already signed up to participate in New Hampshire’s Republican primary.
– CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
House Democrats to tout accomplishments
WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders are launching a new communications effort to mark the one year anniversary of their party taking control of the House of Representatives.
Pelosi and her top lieutenants circulated a letter to all Democratic offices on Friday telling them that "The 110th Congress has a great story to tell." And the Democratic leadership is calling on rank-and file Democrats to tout the majority party’s accomplishments over the upcoming holiday recess.
“We need your help telling this story,” the California Democrat and the other party leaders wrote. “At a time when many of us and many Americans feel our country has been moving in the wrong direction, it is critical that we help Americans learn where we stand and what we have accomplished.” Full Story
– CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh
Political Hot Topics
(Today's top political stories from news organizations across the country)
Compiled by Lindsey Pope
CNN Washington Bureau
REPUBLICANS THINK DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES ARE ADRESSING ISSUES MORE THAN GOP CANDIDATES: Democratic voters are considerably more satisfied than their Republican counterparts that their party’s candidates are addressing the issues they most care about, according to the latest CBS News poll. New York Times: Democrats Like What’s Being Said
MCCAIN CAMPAIGN MANAGER FIGHTS THROUGH TOUGH SUMMER TO LAND TOP JOB: When Rick Davis won a brutal struggle within the McCain campaign this summer, his reward was what would be one of the toughest jobs in politics: the organization’s campaign manager. New York Times: Savior or Machiavelli, McCain’s Top Aide Carries On
RNC TO PUNISH STATES FOR EARLY PRIMARIES: Republican Party leaders on Monday recommended punishing five states for shifting their nomination contests earlier, moving to strip New Hampshire, Florida, South Carolina, Michigan and Wyoming of half their delegates to the Republican Convention. AP via USA Today: 5 states may lose half of GOP delegates
NEW HAMPSHIRE NOT FAZED BY RNC THREAT: State Republican Chairman Fergus Cullen yesterday shrugged off a national GOP panel's decision to withhold half the state party's delegates to the Republican national convention next summer. New Hampshire Union-Leader
THE ROLE OF FIRST RUNNING MATE CAN BE A SLIPPERY SLOPE: During the 1992 presidential campaign, Hillary Rodham Clinton stepped out as the unabashed career-driven wife - and paid a high price for it. This all leaves the current crop of feisty spouses teetering between dutiful mate and accomplished professional as they try to adapt an archaic stereotype to fit contemporary times. Washington Post: Running Mates
THOMPSON DISCUSSES PERSONAL TRAGEDY WHEN ASKED ABOUT SCHIAVO CASE: In his public life, former Senator Fred D. Thompson has long refrained from speaking about the death of his daughter from an accidental drug overdose in 2002, an episode that friends and colleagues say played into his decision not to seek re-election to the Senate in 2002. New York Times: Thompson Finds Reason to Discuss Schiavo Case
DOES FRED REALLY WANT TO BE PRESIDENT?: After a bumbling entrance as a White House hopeful and a month in which he has barely bothered to shake a voter’s hand, Fred Thompson ambled back onto the campaign trail yesterday with one question hanging over him: does he really want to be President? The Times of London: Senator turned actor strolls back onto campaign stage
DEAN STRATEGIST STEERS EDWARDS CAMPAIGN IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton may have a widening lead in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, but John Edwards is not about to give her a free ride. Washington Post: With Trippi's Rise, Some See a New John Edwards
EDWARDS TRIES TO FIND HIS PLACE IN A CAMPAIGN OF FIRSTS: For many Democrats, the 2008 presidential campaign is a celebration of those who once only dreamed of gaining power, with "you go, girl" cheers for Hillary Rodham Clinton and black pride in Barack Obama. LA Times: Edwards says he's most electable, but…
OBAMA STILL TAKING HEAT FOR SAYING HE WILL MEET WITH LEADERS OF ROGUE STATES: Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is continuing to make a virtue out of necessity following what many still view as a gaffe he committed during July’s YouTube debate when he said that as president that he’d meet without preconditions, with leaders of rogue states hostile to the U.S. Chicago Tribune's The Swamp: Obama still tries to put best light on perceived gaffe
OBAMA: "PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF A GOVERNMENT THAT ISN'T LISTENING... THAT DOESN'T THINK THAT THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO GIVE PEOPLE A LITTLE HELP": Sen. Barack Obama told cheering supporters at a State House rally yesterday that he is the candidate of real change, ready to stand up to special interests. New Hampshire Union-Leader Sen. Obama says he is the candidate of real change
LOOKS REALLY DO MATTER SAYS NEW POLL: Candidates campaign on the issues, but new research shows some people are swayed by looks alone. USA Today: Do voters take politicians at 'face' value?
TRAILING CANDIDATES HOPE IOWA CAN BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO STRUGGLING CAMPAIGNS: Far ahead in national polls and with more ready cash than any rival, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton would appear a prohibitive favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination next year. But a far different race comes first, in Iowa, where many candidates hope Byzantine caucus rules and arcane traditions level the playing field. Wall Street Journal: Dark Horses Run Hard in Iowa
"IT'S A CLEAR SIGN THAT WE ARE SUCCEEDING IN IRAQ BECAUSE PEOPLE GOT VERY TIRED OF AL-QAIDA TAKING THEIR YOUNG WOMEN, KILLING THEIR YOUNG WOMEN, KILLING THEIR PEOPLE, AND ACTING IN THE MOST BRUTAL FASHION THAT THEY ARE.": Republican presidential hopeful John McCain said Monday that a new message from al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in which he scolds his followers in Iraq proves that U.S. efforts there are succeeding. Quad City Times: McCain: Bin Laden Reveals U.S. Success
PARTIES GEAR UP FOR 2011 REAPPORTIONMENT: According to census estimates for 2010 tabulated by Polidata, a firm that provides analysis of political data, New York and Ohio are slated to lose two Congressional seats each, while Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Missouri, Iowa, Louisiana and Illinois are each poised to lose one. Roll Call: Parties Recruit for Endangered Jobs
GOP USES IMMIGRATION TO CHALLEGE DEMOCRATS: When Republican Jim Ogonowski launched his long-shot bid for Congress, he prepared for an upbeat campaign in his Democratic, working-class district of Massachusetts, based on a winning résumé: affable hay farmer, former Air Force lieutenant colonel, and brother of an American Airlines pilot whose hijacked plane slammed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Washington Post: GOP Finds Hot Button in Illegal Immigration
CLASSROOMS BENEFIT FROM COLBERT'S CAMPAIGN: Stephen Colbert’s fake run for the presidency — in South Carolina — is producing real results for the Palmetto State’s schools. The State: Colbert making big bucks for schools
CALIFORNIA BALLOT INITIATIVE REVIVED BY GOP: Veteran Republican consultants said Monday that they were relaunching a drive to change the way California allocates its electoral college votes, aimed at helping the 2008 GOP presidential nominee capture the White House. LA Times: GOP retools drive to change electoral votes
CRAIG PAYS LAWYER WITH CAMPAIGN CASH: Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) has used $23,000 in campaign funds to pay the top Washington ethics lawyer, Stan Brand, who is fighting his case before the Senate ethics committee, according to Craig’s latest filing with the Federal Election Commission. Politico: Larry Craig uses campaign funds for legal fees
ROCKEFELLER RECIPIENT OF PHONE COMPANY DONATIONS: Executives at the two biggest phone companies contributed more than $42,000 in political donations to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV this year while seeking his support for legal immunity for businesses participating in National Security Agency eavesdropping. NY Times: Companies Seeking Immunity Donate to Senator
DEMS TO FIGHT POOR RATING WITH MEDIA BLITZ: Nearly one year after recapturing control of Congress, House Democratic leaders will embark on a publicity blitz starting in November to combat a dismal 25 percent approval rating. The Hill: Pelosi to launch PR blitz to beat ’08 media frenzy
FORMER PRESIDENTIAL ADVISOR URGES LAWMAKERS TO GO AGAINST THE ADMINISTRATION: Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton is urging GOP lawmakers to oppose the Bush administration’s recent agreement with North Korea to end its nuclear programs, according to House Republican sources. The Hill: Bolton lobbies on N.K. deal
STATE DEPARTMENT THE VICTIM OF INTERNAL REPORT ON IRAQ SECURITY CONTRACTORS: A pair of new reports have delivered sharply critical judgments about the State Department’s performance in overseeing work done by the private companies that the government relies on increasingly in Iraq and Afghanistan to carry out delicate security work and other missions. New York Times: Audit Assails State Dept. Role on Iraq Security
On the Trail:
Compiled by Lauren Kornreich
CNN Washington Bureau
* Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, holds a rally at the Lawrence Street Mall in Denver, Colorado.
* Former New York City Rudy Giuliani starts his day in Boston, Massachusetts, with a press conference at Umbria Ristorante. Later, he heads to Concord, New Hampshire to file paperwork to participate in the Granite State's primary election. After, Giuliani holds town hall meetings at Lincoln Financial Group in Concord and at Lebanon High School in Lebanon.
* Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announces he's officially backing Sen. Barack Obama's, D-Illinois, presidential bid at a rally in Boston.
* Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, files paperwork to participate in New Hampshire's presidential primary. Later, he meets with local residents in Concord and tours Thompson Center Arms in Rochester. In the evening, McCain holds a town hall meeting at Hampton Academy Middle School in Hampton.
* Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney heads to South Carolina and delivers speeches in Greenwood and Greenville. Later, he holds "Ask Mitt Anything" town halls in Columbia and Summerville.
* Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, holds a press conference in Iowa City, Iowa.
* California First Lady Maria Shriver moderates a first-ever joint discussion with the spouses of most of the leading presidential candidates from each party in Long Beach, California. Elizabeth Edwards, Michelle Obama, Cindy McCain, Ann Romney and Jeri Thompson plan to address the conference.
* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook
* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook