COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Here's a quick look at what's making political news in South Carolina this Tuesday morning:
In Rock Hill Monday night, former president Bill Clinton defended his wife from charges that she is "unelectable."
Check out this quote from Rep. Bob Inglis, on Mitt Romney: "I told him, you cannot equate Mormonism with Christianity; you cannot say, 'I am a Christian just like you ... If he does that, every Baptist preacher in the South is going to have to go to the pulpit on Sunday and explain the differences." More here on how evangelicals are telling Romney not to equate Mormonism with Christianity.
The Clinton and Obama campaigns will both file papers to be official candidates on the South Carolina primary ballot today. Both campaigns will organize supporters this afternoon at the headquarters of the South Carolina Democratic Party in Columbia.
The John Edwards campaign was first to file - they lined up outside the Democratic Party headquarters door at 7 a.m. on Oct. 22 to file papers.
Several campaigns announced yesterday they will campaign in South Carolina later this week and this weekend. That's on top of President Bush's visit to Columbia on Friday, when he will fundraise for Sen. Lindsey Graham's re-election bid.
Sen. John McCain will bring his hard-working campaign back to South Carolina for the third time this month starting on Thursday. He will campaign for three days in Myrtle Beach, Goose Creek, North Charleston, Lexington, Irmo and finally up in Simpsonville.
Edwards will return to his birth state to make a two-day campaign swing starting Friday in Cheraw, Lancaster and Rock Hill. On Saturday he will host a fundraising breakfast in Columbia for state Rep. Bill Clyburn, who has endorsed Edwards.
Also on Friday, Obama will hold a "community gathering" at the Clarendon County Courthouse in Manning, the site of Briggs v. Elliot, one of the four historic Brown v. Board cases. (Edwards made Briggs v. Elliot the centerpiece of a campaign visit to South Carolina two weeks ago.)
Sen. Joe Biden will campaign in the Upstate on Friday and Saturday. He will visit Gaffney, Greenville and Anderson. On Saturday, Biden will march in the Greenville HBCU Classic Parade and attend the HBCU football game in the evening.
(CNN) – Democratic presidential contender John Edwards Monday took a direct shot at his leading rival for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
“Senator Clinton’s road to the middle class takes a major detour right through the deep canyon of corporate lobbyists and the hidden bidding of K Street in Washington,” Edwards said after taking issue with a fundraiser held by Clinton. “And, history tells us that when that bus stops there, it’s the middle class that loses,” Edwards added.
“She took more money from Wall Street last quarter than Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, and Barack Obama combined,” he claimed.
Edwards also took a not-so-subtle swipe at Clinton’s connections – and her attempt to follow in her husband’s footsteps. “Down one path we trade corporate Republicans for corporate Democrats, our cronies for their cronies, one political dynasty for another political dynasty.”
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Democratic hopefuls to debate in the ‘City of Brotherly Love’
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The seven leading Democratic presidential candidates face off in Philadelphia Tuesday in what could be the most spirited debate of this long campaign season.
With only 66 days remaining before Iowa Democrats hold the first-in-the-nation caucus, the rhetoric is heating up on the campaign trail, with most of the criticism being directed at frontrunner Hillary Clinton. Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards are both trying to weaken Clinton’s standing with voters in Iowa and the three other early voting states.
The New York Democrat has specifically come under fire for not fully addressing a question on Social Security, and for voting to declare Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization.
The Democratic candidates face off at Drexel University for this debate sponsored by NBC and the Democratic National Committee.
– CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
Ron Paul takes his Revolution to Burbank
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Texas Rep. Ron Paul takes his “Revolution” to Burbank, California on Tuesday, where he'll be a guest on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
Paul is a limited government, anti-abortion rights Republican, who also just happens to be the only candidate seeking the GOP presidential nomination opposed to the Iraq war. He has developed a cult following on the Internet and his dark horse candidacy is commonly referred to as the “Ron Paul Revolution.”
Paul reported raising a surprising $5 million in the 3rd quarter fundraising period. He started putting that money to use on Monday when he launched his first television ads of the campaign with a $1.1 million buy in New Hampshire, according to his campaign.
– CNN Political Assignment Editor Katy Byron
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Political Hot Topics
(Today's top political stories from news organizations across the country)
Compiled by Lauren Kornreich
CNN Washington Bureau
SIX MONTHS AFTER PROMISING TO LEAVE, GIULIANI STILL WORKS AT CONSULTING FIRM: Ten months into his presidential bid, Rudolph W. Giuliani continues to work part time at the security consulting firm he promised to leave this past spring to focus on his pursuit of the Republican nomination. Washington Post: Giuliani Still Working at Firm He Promised to Leave
EVANGELICALS TO ROMNEY: DON'T EQUATE MORMONS, CHRISTIANS: As Mitt Romney scours the South for endorsements from evangelical leaders, he is getting some unusual advice on how to explain his Mormon faith: Don't try to be one of us. Bloomberg: Romney Shouldn't Equate Mormons, Christians, Evangelicals Say
IOWA MARKET PREDICTS CLINTON BEATS GIULIANI: Traders on the Iowa Electronic Markets, which have been predicting U.S. elections with surprising accuracy for 20 years, are expecting a tight presidential vote next year, with the Democrat narrowly defeating the Republican. Reuters: Political markets see Clinton vs. Giuliani contest
HUCKABEE: "THE FAR LEFT AND THE FAR RIGHT CURSE THE GROUND ON WHICH I WALK": Mike Huckabee says he is the “conservative who is not mad at anybody,” but that doesn’t mean some people aren’t mad at him. Politico: Huckabee not conservative enough for some
LEADING ANTI-ABORTION GROUP STANDS BY BROWNBACK FOR TALKS WITH GIULIANI: The National Right to Life Committee, the nation’s leading anti-abortion rights advocacy group, has come to the defense of Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) after he received strong criticism for meeting with Rudy Giuliani last week to discuss a possible endorsement. The Hill: Anti-abortion group defends Brownback-Giuliani talks
EDWARDS CHANGES FOCUS TO CLINTON'S "HONESTY, INTEGRITY": Democrat John Edwards is trying to turn the Democratic presidential race into a referendum on honesty and integrity, areas where polling has shown that voters are divided about Hillary Rodham Clinton. Associated Press: Edwards shifts focus to integrity
GIULIANI WOULDN'T CHANGE PATRIOT ACT: Republican Rudy Giuliani said yesterday the USA Patriot Act "seems to be operating pretty darn well" and that he knows of no changes he would propose as President. New Hampshire Union Leader: Giuliani says Patriot Act is OK
THOMPSON ON CIVIL UNIONS: "I WOULD NOT BE IN SUPPORT OF THAT": Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson told New Hampshire voters Monday that efforts in some states to recognize same-sex marriage are a "judge-made controversy." Associated Press: Fred Thompson quizzed on civil unions
CONFLICTING MEMORIES OF OBAMA IN NEW YORK: Barack Obama does not say much about his years in New York City. The time he spent as an undergraduate at Columbia College and then working in Manhattan in the early 1980s surfaces only fleetingly in his memoir. In the book, he casts himself as a solitary wanderer in the metropolis, the outsider searching for a way to "make myself of some use." New York Times: Memories of Obama in New York differ
BILL CLINTON'S CHANGING ROLES IN WIFE'S CAMPAIGN: In the complex transformation of Bill Clinton from former president to candidate's spouse, last week was typical. One night in New York, he showered affection on his wife during her 60th-birthday-party-slash-fundraiser, joking that when a 23-year-old Hillary Rodham met him at law school decades earlier, "the poor child didn't know any better" than to talk to him. Another day, the two appeared together in Harlem. Washington Post: In His Wife's Campaign, Bill Clinton Is a Free Agent
PAUL GETS "CULTISH DEVOTION" FROM STUDENTS: Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) — a pro-gun-rights, anti-abortion, anti-war libertarian presidential candidate — has attracted an almost cultish devotion among his young supporters. Politico: Libertarian Paul wins young minds
STUDY SHOWS OBAMA, THOMPSON GET MOST POSITIVE MEDIA COVERAGE: A new study of campaign 2008 coverage finds that Illinois Democrat Barack Obama and former "Law & Order" actor Fred Thompson, a Republican, have enjoyed much more positive coverage than their rivals. Hollywood Reporter: Thompson, Obama get most positive coverage: study
LASTING EFFECTS OF GIULIANI'S RED SOX SUPPORT: Could the United States actually elect as president a Yankee fan who has been rooting for the Red Sox? A father whose own children would boycott his inauguration? A husband whose first wife was his cousin and whose current wife can't remember how many times she married? Could the United States, for that matter, elect a cross-dresser? The Rudy Giuliani surge would be comic if its broader implications were not so grave. Boston Globe: Giuliani's iron fist
EMBATTLED SCIENTIST WATSON DONATED THOUSANDS TO NEW YORK LAWMAKERS: Lawmakers, including Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, have taken thousands in campaign cash from an embattled Nobel-prize winning scientist while earmarking federal money for his New York lab. Washington Times: Hillary backed lab of donor
RETIRING REPUBLICANS DISCUSS REASONS FOR LEAVING: Deborah Pryce said she was fed up with ugly politics and being separated from her 5-year-old daughter. David L. Hobson is reaching the end of his time at the top of a powerful subcommittee. Ralph Regula will turn 83 in December, and he said he wanted to pass on his political wisdom to students and drive the flashy Thunderbird he had just bought. New York Times: For Retiring Republicans, Several Explanations
DEMOCRATIC LEADERS MOVING ENERGY POLICY LEGISLATION FORWARD BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: After faltering on their war agenda and on expanding children’s health care, Democratic congressional leaders are hungry for a domestic policy victory, and they’ve set their sights on energy efficiency legislation. Politico: Dems drafting energy bill in secret, too
ARMY VET TO CHALLENGE MURTHA: After nearly three decades in the military, William T. Russell’s latest mission has brought him to Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The career Army man, just two years short of retirement, has left the service and moved to the Flood City in order to mount a political campaign against veteran Democratic U.S. Rep. John Murtha. Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Career Army Man to Challenge Murtha
HALO CO-CREATOR TO RELEASE PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS VIDEO GAME: Alex Seropian, the co-creator of the blockbuster video game franchise “Halo,” has turned his attention to something less violent but with arguably more backstabbing: presidential politics. Washington Examiner: Co-creator of Halo turns to politics
On the Trail:
Compiled by Katy Byron
CNN Washington Bureau
* The Democratic presidential candidates will participate in a debate at Drexel University in Philadelphia. New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich will participate in this debate sponsored by NBC and the Democratic National Committee.
* Nevada Gov. Bill Richardson will be the second Democratic candidate this week to shell out the $1,000 required to get his name on New Hampshire primary ballot. Richardson will speak to supporters and reporters before and after he files the necessary paperwork early this morning at the State Capitol in Concord, New Hampshire.
* Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, meets with the leaders of major American Jewish organizations for a forum discussion in Manhattan.
* Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will hold a media availability this afternoon at the Chicago Executive Airport about 40 minutes outside the Windy City in Wheeling, Illinois.
* Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul will be a guest on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
* The latest candidate to enter the race for the White House, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, will announce congressional endorsements in Sacramento, California.
* Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will participate in a conference call with members of the National Federation of Independent Business.