Rep. Dennis Kucinich would like to have the House debate impeaching Vice President Cheney.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House voted Tuesday to stop Rep. Dennis Kucinich's, D-Ohio, effort to bring up a debate on impeaching Vice President Dick Cheney.
Kucinich, who is vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, has tried to bring up the issue on three separate occasions. The House voted 218-194 to send it to committee, effectively killing it.
On the House floor, Kucinich said Cheney "acted in a manner contrary to his trust as vice president." Kucinich also said Cheney harmed national security by openly threatening Iran.
"Vice President Richard B. Cheney by such conduct is guilty of an impeachable offense warranting removal from office," Kucinich said.
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino criticized Democrats in Congress for spending time on this debate rather than focusing on health care for children and veterans.
"This Congress has not sent a single appropriations bill to the president’s desk this year – a new record of failure," Perino said.
"Yet, they find time to spend an entire work period on futile votes to impeach the vice president or to pass contempt citations against the president’s chief of staff and former counsel. It is this behavior that leaves the American people shaking their head in wonder at this Congress,” Perino added.
–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
NEWTON, Iowa (CNN) - Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton told CNN Tuesday her performance may have been lacking at last week's presidential debate, but brushed aside criticisms she has not been clear on where she stands on the issues.
"I wasn't at my best the other night - we've had a bunch of debates and I wouldn’t rank that up in my very top list," Clinton told CNN's Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley during an exclusive interview on board the Election Express in Newton, Iowa. “But I’ve answered probably, I don’t know, more than 5,000 questions over the last 10 months and I have been very clear about where I stand and where I want to do for’the country."
Clinton came under intense criticism from her Democratic opponents during and following a debate last Tuesday in Philadelphia when she appeared to evade a question about New York Governor Eliot Spitzer’s policy of offering driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.
"I understand the necessity for criticism, Clinton continued, "we're getting toward the end of a very long presidential primary process."
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Edward challenges Clinton to provide answers
NEW MARKET, New Hampshire (CNN) – Democratic presidential rival John Edwards Tuesday challenged Sen. Hillary Clinton to provide specifics on how she would end the Iraq war.
"Senator Clinton has repeatedly said she will 'end the war.' Yet she has provided no plan for how she’ll do it," Edwards said in a statement posted on his campaign blog.
"She has only said that she will hold a meeting with her advisers within 60 days of taking office. That’s not a plan. It’s a promise of a planning meeting. On such an important question we need honesty and answers, not double talk and evasions."
At his campaign stop, Edwards outlined to voters his list of questions, also enumerated in his release, that he believed all presidential candidates should answer on the Iraq war. They included:
–As president, will you withdraw all combat troops?
–Will you withdraw all combat troops within the first nine to ten months of your presidency?
–Will you conduct combat missions with troops stationed inside Iraq?
–Will you leave permanent military bases in Iraq?
Edwards proceeded to contrast his position with Clinton's. He said Clinton would keep combat troops in Iraq, continue combat missions and maintain military bases.
"To me that's not ending the war," said Edwards
–CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla
Romney and Thompson faced off at Thompson's first debate appearance with the Republican field.
FORT MILL, South Carolina (CNN) - Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson accused former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney Tuesday of trying to buy his way into the hearts of South Carolina's Republican primary voters.
"Apparently a lot of people think if they spend a lot of money they can put a little different cast on things," Thompson told a crowd of supporters in this town near the North Carolina border. "Now, the governor of Massachusetts has apparently spent $20 million dollars of his own personal fortune, and apparently a good chunk of that in South Carolina. All I got to say is: governor, you can't buy South Carolina. You can't even rent South Carolina."
Romney has built up a considerable ground game in South Carolina and hired some of the state’s top political consultants. He is also the first and only Republican running television ads in this state.
“Support from voters is earned though hard work and new ideas. Unfortunately for Fred Thompson, he has never shown any passion for either," Romney spokesman Kevin Madden said Tuesday, responding to Thompson's comments.
"Governor Romney is working hard across South Carolina to build a great team of supporters that continues to grow. His support is the result of reaching out to voters and showing them that he has the vision the experience and the values to lead America. The governor is going to keep holding the town halls, continue his travels all over the state and he's going to keep talking about his plan to bring conservative change to Washington,” Madden added.
Edwards says Clinton will maintain status quo.
NEW MARKET, New Hampshire (CNN) –
Sen. John Edwards continued his attacks on Sen. Hillary Clinton Tuesday by saying he would be the candidate of change and that she would maintain the status quo.
"Our government in Washington has become corrupt, it's not operating effectively, it's rigged against the interest of most Americans. And I don't defend the system," the former senator from North Carolina said.
Edwards then called the New York Senator a "defender" of the system because she continued to take money from Washington lobbyists and big interest groups.
"She's entitled to do that but it presents voters in New Hampshire with a very different option. I don't defend the system, she's for status quo, I'm for change," said Edwards.
When asked by reporters if he had contributed to what Clinton has called a "piling on" of attacks against her, Edwards said he would "continue to make voters know what their choices are."
–CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla
NEWTON, Iowa (CNN) – In a speech focused on energy and climate challenges, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she plans to "dramatically increase biofuels production" over the next two decades.
"Our nation’s dependence on foreign oil places our economy at risk, our security in jeopardy, and our planet in peril," Clinton said. "But I believe we can transform the way we use and produce energy – and create at least 5 million jobs in new green industries."
Clinton's plan would boost the production of fuels like corn-based ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, and biodiesel to 36 billion gallons by the year 2022 and 60 billion gallons by 2030.
The senator from New York said she would extend tax incentives for biofuel production and increase the number of flex-fuel vehicles on the roads.
In her speech, delivered in the central Iowa city of Newton, Clinton also encouraged energy conservation, adding that everyone should have the determination her father had on the issue.
"[He] would not leave a room without turning off all the lights," Clinton said.
"Each of us has to start asking ourselves what we can do."
- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch
Monday proved to be a very lucrative day according to the Paul campaign.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rep. Ron Paul raised more than $4 million on the Internet Monday from more than 35,000 donors, a spokesman for the Texas Republican’s presidential campaign told CNN.
Online supporters of the Texas congressman organized the fundraising push around Guy Fawkes Day, the November 5 holiday that marks Englishman Guy Fawkes' foiled attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605, subject of the recent film “V for Vendetta.”
The creator of the Web site that pushed the Paul fundraising drive said the message is not violent, but rather a fundraising idea that spread virally on-line. The Texas congressman’s spokesman said the idea did not come from Paul, but he did promote it in recent speeches.
Paul is the only Republican candidate who is calling for the removal of U.S. troops from Iraq. He also advocates for limited government and is anti-abortion rights. While Paul registers in the low single digits in most polls, he raised a very respectable $5 million in the third quarter fundraising period.
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NEWTON, Iowa (CNN) - Republican Fred Thompson's presidential campaign is set to hit Iowa airwaves with two new television ads Wednesday, aiming to tout the conservative credentials of the actor and former senator from Tennessee.
Both ads are titled "Consistent Conservative" and are set to run nationally on Fox News in addition to local Iowa television stations. In a 60-second version, Thompson highlights his Senate career and anti-abortion record.
"In eight years in the United States Senate, I fought for tax cuts, and for conservative judges," Thompson says in the ad. "And I'm proud to have had a 100 percent pro-life voting record."
A shorter 30-second version of the ad is also set to run.
"Common sense conservative principles," Thompson says in both ads. "If we stick to those basic principles, we'll win next November and the United States of America will be better for it."
Thompson's ads come two days after he said on NBC's Meet the Press he would not support a constitutional amendment banning abortions. Thompson said the issue should be left up to the individual states.
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WASHINGTON (CNN) – As gas prices hit $3 a gallon, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll shows high gas prices are hurting a majority of Americans.
The new poll results may be an indication of what Americans will focus on for the 2008 presidential election.
Sixty three percent of Americans say the high gas prices are a hardship for their families with 37 percent saying it is not
“What we saw yesterday is the economy has jumped to the top of the list of most important problems, beating Iraq by a point,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Clearly gas prices have a great deal to do with that.”
The poll was conducted on November 2 -4 and included 1,024 adults with a margin of error of plus or minus three percent.
- CNN Political Producer Xuan Thai
The AARP South Carolina survey showed most Democratic voters think Sen. Hillary Clinton can best address health care issues.
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - The AARP released a poll of their South Carolina members Monday, finding that health care and financial security are the top two domestic issues for Democratic and Republican voters over the age of 50.
Iraq was the single most important issue for voters over the age of 50 in both parties.
The poll is notable because older voters are more likely to turn out for primaries than voters in other age groups.
When asked which candidates best address the issue of health care, a vast majority of Republican AARP members, 69 percent, did not know enough about candidate positions to answer. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former New York City mayor came in at 12 percent and six percent, respectively.
As for Democrats, it appears Sen. Hillary Clinton's legacy on health care may be serving her well. Among Democratic AARP members, 45 percent said Clinton best addresses the health care issue. John Edwards came in second at five percent.
Ultimately the poll showed that, among seniors, the race is nowhere near settled. Six in ten Democrats and seven in ten Republicans surveyed said they are at least somewhat likely to change their presidential preferences before January.
The survey was done as part of the "Divided We Fail" campaign, which is aimed at keeping health care and financial security in the spotlight during the presidential race.
- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby