Shaheen steps up for the environment.
CONCORD, New Hampshire (CNN) – At a climate change rally held outside the statehouse, former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen called for a renewed commitment to protecting the environment.
“Our quality of life is being affected by our failure to address global warming,” said Shaheen.
Shaheen discussed how climate change had already made a “tremendous impact” on the Granite State’s tourism industry and pointed to shorter snowfalls, changes in fall foliage and decreased maple sugar production.
Shaheen who is running for a U.S. senate seat in 2008 stated she would seek to reduce pollution that causes global warming and set an 80 percent reduction goal by the year 2050. Her plan includes economy wide emissions reduction, aggressive research and development and incentives for citizens to conserve.
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The Edwards campaign said Clinton should not be held to a different standard because of her gender.
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) – One day after former Sen. John Edwards said that Democratic rival Sen. Hillary Clinton should not be held to a different standard because of her gender, the Edwards campaign unleashed a stinging statement that said Clinton is "disingenuously playing the victim card" by bringing up her gender in recent campaign stops and fundraising emails.
Kate Michelman, the former President of NARAL Pro-Choice America and a senior adviser to the Edwards campaign, posted a brief essay about Clinton on Saturday at the liberal group blog OpenLeft.com.
"At one minute the strong woman ready to lead, the next, she's the woman under attack, disingenuously playing the victim card as a means of trying to avoid giving honest, direct answers to legitimate questions," Michelman wrote of Clinton.
On Thursday at Clinton's alma mater, the all-female Wellesley College, the Democratic frontrunner said that "this all-women's college prepared me to compete in the all-boys club of presidential politics." Those comments came after the Clinton campaign accused her rivals of "piling on" during last week's Democratic debate.
Michelman, who endorsed Edwards in January, said that women "know better than to use our gender as a shield when the questions get too hot."
After a campaign event in South Carolina on Friday, Edwards was asked by CNN about Clinton injecting her gender into the presidential dialogue.
"I think that Senator Clinton ought to be held to the same standard that every other presidential candidate is held to," Edwards said. "And that standard is to not engage in double talk. To be straight and honest with people."
– CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby
Obama is sworn into the Senate by his eighth cousin, Vice President Cheney.
SPARTANBURG, South Carolina (CNN) – At a campaign event Saturday, Sen. Barack Obama called his distant cousin, Vice President Dick Cheney, "a crazy uncle in the attic."
Obama was referencing the recent revelation by the Vice President's wife, Lynne Cheney, that he and the Vice President are distantly related.
"For the first time in a long time, the name George Bush will not appear on the ballot," he told the crowd of about 500 people at Converse College in Spartanburg.
"The name Dick Cheney, my cousin, will not appear on the ballot," Obama said. "We had been trying to hide that cousin thing for a long time. Everybody's got a black sheep in the family. A crazy uncle in the attic."
John Edwards said Stephen Colbert are both South Carolina natives.
CHERAW, South Carolina (CNN) - Former Sen. John Edwards said Friday that having comedian and fellow South Carolina native Stephen Colbert on the Democratic presidential primary ballot would have made the electoral process a little more fun.
Asked by CNN about the state Democratic party's decision Thursday to keep Colbert off the ballot, Edwards laughed and said he had not heard the news.
"Is that true?" he asked, smiling and looking around at reporters. "I hadn't heard about that."
Edwards, whose campaign issued a light-hearted statement last week saying they would "kick Colbert's butt" in South Carolina, said he would have liked to see Colbert run.
"I kind of like Colbert on the ballot myself," Edwards said. "I think it adds a little bit of interest. I like it though. I think it's fun."
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Watch Jessica Yellin's report on Sen. Obama's attendance record in the U.S. Senate.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Since the U.S. Senate returned from its August receess, Sen. Barack Obama has missed more votes than another other Democrat running for the White House - nearly 80 percent since September. Congressional Correspondent Jessica Yellin has this report from Capitol Hill.
Watch Bill Schneider's report about Mitt Romney in Iowa.
(CNN) - Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider filed this report from Iowa Friday. Schneider takes at why Mitt Romney is leading in Iowa polls.
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