Clinton wins endorsement of State Sen. Lou D'Allesandro.
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) – State Sen. Lou' D'Allesandro endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, for president Friday, on the last day for candidates to file for the Granite State primary.
"In my opinion, the person who can do the job as the next president of the
United States is Hillary Clinton," D'Allesandro said before a large crowd of voters, many of whom were disabled. "She brings to this campaign a sincere interest in all of the items that we’re concerned about."
The battle for D'Allesandro's stamp of approval, known in Granite State politics as "Courting Lou," is a significant win for Clinton. D'Allesandro is well-respected and in his fifth term in the state Senate.
- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla
Clinton is taking heat from both Democrats and Republicans Friday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton is coming under fire from both Democrats and Republicans in two new Web ads released Friday that focus on her debate performance earlier this week.
The Republican National Committee is out with an ad titled "Hillary Clinton: Long on rhetoric, short on answers," that edits together several different Washington pundits expressing criticism of the New York Democrat's answers at Tuesday's debate.
Meanwhile, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards launched a Web ad titled "The politics of parsing." It also featuring clips from the debate and accuses Clinton of "double-talk" on Iraq, social security, and Immigration.
Responding to Edwards' Web ad, Clinton spokesman Isaac Baker said, "In 2004, John Edwards said, 'If you are looking for the candidate that will do the best job of attacking the other Democrats, I am not your guy.' But now that his campaign has stalled, he’s launching false attacks on his fellow Democrats."
"Voters will certainly be asking whether Mr. Edwards’ pledges to be positive in 2004 were anything more than just a political tactic," Baker added.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
Romney launched a new ad Friday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the latest presidential candidate to criticize New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, releasing a new ad Friday going after the Democratic frontrunner.
"Hillary Clinton wants to run the largest enterprise in the world," Romney says in the ad. "She hasn't run a corner store. She hasn't run a state. She hasn't run a city. She has never run anything. And the idea that she could learn to be president as an internship just doesn't make any sense."
Responding to the ad, Clinton spokesman Isaac Baker said, "Gov. Romney is a very experienced flip-flopper who has taken different positions on nearly every important issue facing the nation."
"Hillary Clinton is a two-term senator who has represented the United States in 82 countries around the world, and has been one of the nation’s leading advocates for children and families for 35 years," Baker added. "Trying to diminish her service isn’t going to help Mr. Romney’s weak and rudderless campaign."
Romney's ad starts airing in New Hampshire Friday.
–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
Supporters of Al Gore are making their latest push on television.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - A national grassroots organization seeking to draft Al Gore to run for president is making its latest appeal on television, launching a thirty-second ad Friday that urges supporters to make a last-ditch effort to convince the former vice president to throw his hat into the White House race.
"Imagine what tomorrow can be," the DraftGore.com ad's narrator says. "Imagine a renewed world, an end to the war in Iraq, imagine Al Gore as president - Call him. Write him. Seize the moment."
The ad also notes Gore opposed the war in Iraq in 2002 and won a Nobel Peace Prize last month for his efforts to bring attention to the issue of global warming.
The spot is set to air for three days on the New Hampshire station WMUR as well as CNN nationally. The ad has to convince Gore quickly however, at least if he wants to compete in the Granite State - New Hampshire's deadline to get on the presidential ballot is Friday.
The television push comes roughly a month after the organization took out a full page ad in the New York Times with an open appeal to the 2000 Democratic presidential nominee.
"You say you have fallen out of love with politics, and you have every reason to feel that way," the open letter to Gore stated. "But we know you have not fallen out of love with your country. And your country needs you now — as do your party and the planet you are fighting so hard to save."
Gore has repeatedly said he has no plans to run for president again.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
Daschle will campaign in Iowa Saturday for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois.
DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) – Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle will head to the first-in-the-nation caucus state this weekend to campaign for Sen. Barack Obama, the Illinois Democrat's presidential campaign announced Friday.
The South Dakota Democrat, who served as his party's leader in the Senate from 1995 until losing reelection in 2004, officially endorsed Obama in February.
At a rally on Saturday in Des Moines, Daschle will join former Rep. Brad Carson, D-Oklahoma, and former Mississippi Gov. Ray Mabus. The campaign is billing this event as a "red state Democrats" rally. The three Demcorats are from states that are traditionally more Republican-leaning.
-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch
Clinton had sharp words for President Bush Thursday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sharply criticized President Bush Thursday for comparing Democrats opposed to his terrorist-surveillance program to those who ignored the rise of Hitler and Lenin.
“George Bush’s faulty and offensive historical analogies aren’t going to end the war in Iraq, make America safer or bring our troops home," the New York senator said Thursday in a statement. "Americans are tired of the president’s efforts to play politics with national security and practice the politics of division.
Speaking before the Heritage Foundation Thursday, Bush criticized Congress for failing to act on intelligence legislation that is "vital to protect the American people in this war on terror," and suggested Democrats are underestimating the terrorist threat.
"History teaches that underestimating the words of evil, ambitious men is a terrible mistake," Bush said. "In the early 1900s, the world ignored the words of Lenin, as he laid out his plans to launch a Communist revolution in Russia — and the world paid a terrible price.
“In the 1920s, the world ignored the words of Hitler, as he explained his intention to build an Aryan super-state in Germany, take revenge on Europe, and eradicate the Jews — and the world paid a terrible price," Bush continued. "Bin Laden and his terrorist allies have made their intentions as clear as Lenin and Hitler before them. And the question is: Will we listen?"
Responding to Clinton's criticisms, Republican National Committee spokesman Brian Walton said the New York senator "has zero credibility when it comes to terrorist surveillance."
"This is the same Hillary that is ok with listening to the phone calls of political opponents, but is opposed to listening to the phone calls of terrorists who want to kill Americans," he added, in reference to an allegation in a recent book that Clinton secretly listened to phone conversations of political opponents in 1992.
Obama is hitting New Hampshire airwaves with his fifth ad this weekend.
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will launch his fifth ad in New Hampshire Saturday that focuses on restoring "balance" to the tax code and protecting the middle class.
In the 30 second spot, the Illinois senator discusses the widening gap between Wall Street and Main street and calls for closing corporate loopholes, tax breaks for families, and eliminating taxes on seniors that earn less than 50,000 dollars.
“Obama talks about balance, but sadly his reckless fiscal policies are tipping further and further to the left as he proposes more and more spending," a spokesman from the Republican National Committee responded. "The only semblance of balance we’ll see from Obama’s policies are spending and taxes increasing together."
- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla
Sen. Bond will throw his support behind Giuliani.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Missouri Sen. Kit Bond will endorse former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for president in the nation's capital on Friday, two GOP sources with knowledge of the event told CNN.
Bond's support gives Giuliani a boost in a Midwestern 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 was 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.
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- CNN Chief National Correspondent John King