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Missouri senator to back Giuliani
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Kit Bond, R-Missouri, will endorse former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for president Friday in the nation’s capital, two GOP sources with knowledge of the event tell CNN.
Bond's support gives Giuliani a boost in a Midwest swing state that will hold its primary on February 5, 2008. He is a former governor, who was first elected to the Senate in 1986 and reelected to a fourth term in 2004. Bond also serves as vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which makes him an influential voice on national security matters.
– CNN Chief National Correspondent John King
Clinton last to file for New Hampshire primary
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, Friday will be the last major candidate to add her name to New Hampshire's presidential primary ballot.
Presidential hopefuls have until the end of the day to submit the paperwork and pay the $1,000 filing fee to get on the Granite State ballot.
And the delay may be over for election enthusiasts that have been waiting to hear what date the New Hampshire primary will take place. While not being specific on the timing, Secretary of State William Gardner has indicated he would set the date for the primary once the filing period closes.
– CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
McCain: I am most consistent on abortion
GOOSE CREEK, South Carolina (CNN) — Three days after Sen. John McCain's campaign sent out a direct mail piece attacking the conservative credentials of rival Republican Rudy Giuliani, the Arizonan once again touted his pro-life record and declared that he is the strongest candidate in the current GOP field on the issue.
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Obama Envisions New Iran Approach: Senator Barack Obama says he would “engage in aggressive personal diplomacy” with Iran if elected president and would offer economic inducements and a possible promise not to seek “regime change” if Iran stopped meddling in Iraq and cooperated on terrorism and nuclear issues. New York Times
Despite polls, Obama, Edwards strong with primary state donors: Newly compiled fundraising data show public polls do not necessarily indicate the support that presidential candidates have among the most committed Democrats and Republicans in key primary states. The Hill
The first President Bush speaks (and leaves us confused): George H.W. Bush - the 41st president and father of the 43rd president - has joined the chorus wondering whether Hillary Clinton's debate stumbles earlier this week could dramatically redirect the course of the Democratic presidential race. But as he discusses the matter - in an interview airing on "Fox News Sunday" this weekend - he provides a useful reminder that Clinton isn't the only one who sometimes struggles with an answer. LA Times
Clinton, Dodd sign letter warning Bush on Iran: Hillary Clinton and 29 other senators wrote to President Bush yesterday to tell him he has no congressional authority for war with Iran, sparking debate among the Democratic presidential candidates. Boston Globe
Romney adviser at home in the spy world fray: On Sept. 19, 2001, J. Cofer Black, the director of the CIA's Counterterrorist Center, summoned two agents to his office. "I want bin Laden's head shipped back in a box filled with dry ice," Black told them, one of the agents later reported. "I want to be able to show bin Laden's head to the president." Black – who is now Mitt Romney's chief adviser on counterterrorism and national security – is a brash and tough-talking veteran spy. He is also controversial. Boston Globe
Thompson questions Clinton's diplomacy: Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson suggested on Thursday that Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton's lack of clarity in her answers at the debate raises questions about her ability to handle diplomacy. Associated Press
Did Romney up taxes or close loopholes?: Mitt Romney's Harvard MBA and gold-plated resume convinced many business leaders he would follow in the tradition of corporate-friendly Republicans when he was elected governor of Massachusetts in 2002. Associated Press
GOP: 'Clinton Will Give Illegal Immigrants Voting Rights.' Say What?: Fred Thompson and Mike Huckabee are on the same page today in trying to advance the Hillary Clinton driver's license imbroglio: During the Tuesday Democratic debate, Clinton offered a hazy answer to a question about Gov. Eliot Spitzer's proposal to offer limited licenses to illegal immigrants, opening up an angle of attack for Democrats. But the issue is proving fertile ground for Republicans as well. Hotline
Clinton's fundraiser raises questions: On the wall of Hsiao Yen Wang's apartment, a cramped, 17th-floor public housing unit on the city's Lower East Side, are photographs of her husband, David Guo, a cook who specializes in Fujian cuisine. Associated Press
The angry voter: Bad news for Dems: Congressional Democrats certainly know the power of a throw-the-bums-out message. It vaulted them to power a year ago this week. Little wonder anxiety is boiling over inside the new majority as lawmakers ponder a succession of polls and reach an inescapable conclusion: Lots of people think they are bums, too. Politico
Poll: Thompson edging Romney for GOP lead in S.C.: Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson holds a thin lead for the 2008 S.C. Republican presidential primary, a new poll shows, potentially setting up the Palmetto State as the not-Mitt-Romney firewall. The State
Michelle Obama, Indebted to Clinton, Campaigns as an Everywoman: She's a mother in her early 40s, an accomplished lawyer with an Ivy League education married to a Democratic presidential candidate who promises to redefine U.S. politics. Not Hillary Clinton, circa 1992; it's Michelle Obama, 2007. Bloomberg
Edwards now eligible for public funds: The Federal Election Commission on Thursday declared Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards officially eligible for federal matching money to help finance his campaign. Associated Press
Issue of Illegal Immigration Is Quandary for Democrats: Until Tuesday night, the Democratic presidential candidates had largely ignored the subject of illegal immigration. The topic, Democratic strategists concluded, was fraught with too much potential for alienating general election voters. Washington Post
You've Got Mail From Sen. Chris Dodd: Chris Dodd may not be breaking fundraising records, but he gets points for fundraising creativity. His latest invention: the faux internal e-mail. Washington Post
Obama introduces Senate resolution on Iran: Democrat Barack Obama introduced a Senate resolution late Thursday that says President Bush does not have authority to use military force against Iran, the latest move in a debate with presidential rival Hillary Rodham Clinton about how to respond to that country's nuclear ambitions. Associated Press
GOP declares war on Dem pet projects: First they took on the hippie museum. Now, they’re gunning for Los Angeles’ Fashion District and tennis player Andre Agassi’s prep school. Politico
Bill Clinton Gives Interview to Former Foe: File this under Dept. of Strange Bedfellows: Former President Bill Clinton has apparently granted an interview to Chris Ruddy, a one-time archenemy of the Clintons who now runs the conservative publication Newsmax. New York Times
Undecided Schumer May Be Key to Mukasey's Chances: As Democratic opposition builds over attorney general nominee Michael B. Mukasey, no Democratic lawmaker has found himself in a tighter spot than Sen. Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.), who had eagerly recommended the former federal judge as a consensus candidate. Washington Post
On the Trail:
* Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, and Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, speak at the Granite State Independent Living's National Forum on Equality, Opportunity and Access at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire.
* Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, files paperwork to get on New Hampshire's primary election ballot in Concord. Later, she stops by Sophie and Zeke's in Claremont.
* Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani announces an endorsement in Washington, D.C. Later, he meets with local residents in Errol and Dixville Notch, New Hampshire. In the evening, Giuliani delivers remarks at a town hall meeting in Shelburne and meets with locals in Berlin.
* Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards heads to South Carolina for a town hall meeting in Cheraw and a roundtable discussion with former employees of Springs Textile Mill in Lancaster. Later, actor Danny Glover joins Edwards to tour A Place for Hope and the Blackmon Road Community in Rock Hill.
* Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, holds a town hall meeting in North Charleston, South Carolina. Later, McCain attends an event in Lexington honoring Joshua L. Torrence, a Marine who was killed in Fallujah, Iraq.
* Following his New Hampshire stop, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, heads to South Carolina for a meet and greet at Limestone College in Gaffney and an NAACP banquet at Carolina First Center in Greenville. In the evening, Biden attends the HBCU Classic Coaches' reception at the Hilton Hotel in Greenville.
* Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, attends an Every Child Matters Presidential Candidates Forum at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Later, Dodd meets with local residents at the Puritan Backroom Restaurant in Manchester.
* Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds "Ask Mitt Anything" town hall meetings in Marshalltown and Waterloo. Later, he heads to Cleveland, Ohio and talks to the press at the Union Club.
* Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee holds an event at the Convention Center in Columbia, South Carolina.
* Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, visits the historic Clarendon County Courthouse, where one of the historic Brown v. Board cases was decided, for a community gathering in Manning, South Carolina. Later, Obama addresses NAACP freedom fund dinners in Sumter and Greenville.
* Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, holds rallies in Clemson and Columbia, South Carolina.
* New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson stumps through Iowa starting with a coffee with locals in DeWitt. He delivers a speech called "Keeping our Promise," which will focus on policy for veterans and military families in Davenport. Later, Richardson holds events in Tipton and Cedar Rapids.
* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook
* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook
While listening to CSPAN live this morning, a caller mentioned that, in 1994, Rudy Giuliani used the "N" word and "shoe-shine boys" when referencing African Americans. The program involved a session with talk-show host Ballentine. Can this be substantiated?
Clinton is imploding and CNN is doing CYA for her ... where is the follow up to the illegal compaign contribution story. Go through THAT list and you can find enough scandal for the rest of the year!
This is a ticker!?
CNN needs to report the American Freedom Agenda Act.
Well, I am back at the real CNN and now you don't have my e mail!
I understand what that means, you can put me back in lala land again because I disagree with you. You can not make me think like you no matter what you do. That is the Democratic way!
I get it. I am really getting tired of fighting with you, I have not been angry(maybe frustrated) and I have not been hateful. I learned that. I will vote Democratic, but now I am leaning towards Joe Biden. I don't care for Obama.
You are the most frustrating people I have ever met in my life! Sooner or later I will find out which party you are.
I"M STILL RUNNING AGAINST THE WIND......
Dear Leader, well I guess if I am not on the **** list on this page that I must be doing right by you. Calm down and take a vallium, we will get over this hump.
Oh come on. There was nothing wrong with the comment I put under Hunter. You didn't have to take it off! I like signing off that way, oh, I can't even use that now? I don't like some of your names.
Okay, I will sign Karen. Please stop trying to make me be someone you want me to be? I am not hurting anyone and everyone is different. I really can't imagine that you could be a Democrat. Go ahead and put this up too, everything I do seems to irk you. I am not your robot, you know.
Mimes..do you know that you are interfering to much in my business, I am furious with you. I was just watching Lou Dobbs and he was once again was telling us to register as Independents. Well, awhile back in the being of the summer I did just that and registered as an Independent. Then I think it was in September, I went back to the election board and changed to Democrat again because I thought you would get mad. Even though I had registered as a Independent I was still going to vote Democractic.I did it to teach Congress a lesson about trying to take us for granite. Well, anyway now I am annoyed because I should have stuck to my guns. Now I let Lou down, even though he doesn't know, but I have a guilty concious as well. I can't go back to the election board again because they will think that somthing is wrong with me. Just stop trying to make problems all the time and mind your own business.
So what, I dont' care if you put it on the **** list. Keep it up and you will go on my list. There is room for other people. Incompetent idiots.
MICHAEL VICK..BUSH..CHENEY..SAUL ALINSKY FOLLOWERS (CULT).....
Apparently, I do not live up to your expectations so therefore I won't write anymore. I will just read your excellent writings and remain silent. I am tired of fighting with you. All you do is remove things, then you put them on again and I don't even know who you are. Actually I don't want to know you, I don't like people who are not really there.
I am not writing on the blogs, but I want you to let me know why I have to vote for Hillary. I really don't care for any of them. I wish the Dems had picked other candidates. I hope that everyone else doesn't think like that because then the Republicans will get in and finish us off. I am going to pick who I want, I don't care what you think. Go find someone else to polarize.
I am the one that should be annoyed. Of all the people that came on this ticker in the beginning before I got here you could have chosen one of them to polarize. They probably knew alot more about politics and were just as angry about it as I was. Now, I bet your sorry that you chose me.
I want you to know that I'm not being hateful or angry anymore if you've noticed. I am just expressing my views.
I just want to say one more thing before I leave for the night. I know it was you that had that Pakistanian guy call my house yesterday posing as someone from the bank. I know that Pakistanians don't work there. I am sorry if you were annoyed today, but you are always annoyed. I was annoyed also. Now goodnight. One more thing to make you feel better. Hillary has more campaign money than all the other candidates, given to her by powerful companies. She is like a freight train going full steam ahead and she is unstoppable. She will win.
I am so happy that theinsider said that you are leaving in eight weeks. Then I will be able to go back to Lou and Jack again and have a normal life.