Thompson is out with a new ad in Iowa.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson launched a new television ad in Iowa Wednesday that highlights his conservative stance on illegal immigration.
"Americans know we have an illegal immigration problem," Thompson, sitting at a diner counter, says in the 30-second ad. "And most of us have a good idea about how to start fixing it-secure our borders, and enforce the law. Giving up, by granting amnesty is not the answer."
Thompson's new ad comes the same day a new CBS/New York Times poll places him in fourth place in Iowa with 9 percent.
The commercial is likely to play well with Iowa GOP caucus-goers. The same poll out Wednesday found Hawkeye State Republican's rank illegal immigration as the No. 1 issue they want the candidates to discuss.
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
Giuliani campaigned in Iowa Wednesday and responded to Judith Regan's allegation.
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that he "knows nothing" about former book publisher Judith Regan's claim that she was told to lie about a relationship she had with Bernard Kerik - the former New York City mayor's pick for Homeland Security secretary and former New York City police commissioner.
"I don't respond to the story at all," Giuliani said. "I don't know anything about it, and it sounds to me like kind of a gossip column story more than a real story."
Regan worked for HarperCollins Publishers, LLC, a division of parent company News Corp. She claims the company's political agenda centers on Giuliani's bid for the White House and that News Corp. asked her to lie to federal investigators about Kerik, her former lover.
When asked if he was aware of their relationship, Giuliani repeated that he thinks the story is just gossip and added, "The last thing in the world you want to do when you're running for president is respond to gossip column type stories."
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– CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch
Edwards' campaign says their new TV ad transcends racial issues.
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - As Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama compete to win over black voters in South Carolina, members of John Edwards' campaign staff said Wednesday that their new TV ad manages to transcend racial issues.
The competition for black voters has become somewhat of a focal point of the Democratic race here, with the campaigns of both Obama and Clinton both running radio ads targeted specifically at African-American voters.
In Edwards' new TV spot, the first for any Democrat in South Carolina, the former senator walks alongside the North Carolina mill where his father worked and says he will stand up for "American jobs and America's workers."
Edwards' state director John Moylan said on a conference call with reporters that the message in the ad is not "a racial issue."
"The loss of jobs affects everybody," Moylan said. "We think the loss of jobs affects all communities."
State Rep. Leon Howard, an Edwards adviser who is African-American, said the TV ad will be able reach rural communities where radio ads might not.
Edwards' deputy campaign manager Jonathan Prince said Edwards has the best message for working Americans, regardless of their color.
"Part of what this ad does is tell every person in South Carolina, whatever their background, that John Edwards understands what you're going through," Prince said, saying that Edwards was born in South Carolina and knows the men and women in working class cities and towns.
"No one understands what is going on in South Carolina better than John Edwards in this race."
– CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby
It's been more than a month since Clinton last campaigned in South Carolina.
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) – It's shaping up to be a tight Democratic primary race in South Carolina, but one candidate seems conspicuously absent from the campaign trail in barbecue country – the frontrunner.
New York Sen. Hillary Clinton may be the current favorite to win her party's nomination, but she has not visited this early primary state in more than a month. Clinton was last here on October 13, when she held a town hall in the city of Florence.
And according to a review of the candidates' campaign schedules, Clinton has made seven trips to South Carolina, featuring 16 campaign events, since announcing her presidential bid in January.
By contrast, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards has visited South Carolina 12 times and held 33 campaign events since announcing his bid at the end of last December, while Illinois Sen. Barack Obama has visited 11 times, making 24 appearances across the state.
Delaware Sen. Joe Biden has crammed 32 campaign events into eight South Carolina visits, including a recent two-day swing his staff packed with nine public appearances.
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– CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby
Giuliani and Clinton are neck and neck in Ohio.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - According to a new poll, Republican Rudy Giuliani and Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton are neck and neck among Ohio voters in a theoretical general election match-up of the presidential front-runners.
The new poll from Quinnipiac University shows Giuliani, a former New York City mayor, with a one point edge over Clinton, D-New York. Giuliani is currently at 44 percent and Clinton is at 43 percent. Ohio played a key role in the 2004 presidential election and ended up giving President George Bush the final votes he needed for a second term in the White House.
The poll was conducted from November 6 – 11, 2007 and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.8 percentage points.
– CNN Political Producer Xuan Thai
Clinton, above, and Giuliani lead their field in a new national poll.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, continues to maintain her lead among Democratic presidential candidates, according to a new national poll released Wednesday.
The poll from American Research Group shows Sen. Clinton with a 25 point lead over Democratic rival Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois. Clinton is the first choice of 46 percent of the likely Democratic voters polled, while Obama is backed by 21 percent. Former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, comes in third at 11 percent.
Among the Republican presidential candidates, Rudy Giuliani, R-New York, maintains his lead with 25 percent and Mitt Romney, R-Massachusetts, follows at 21 percent. Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson and Arizona Sen. John McCain round out the top four candidates in the Republican field.
The poll was conducted from November 9-12, 2007 and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4 percent.
Biden gained support in Iowa Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Although Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, is far behind his rivals in most Iowa polls, the presidential hopeful announced Wednesday that he won over his 13th Hawkeye State legislator.
Biden is third behind Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, in Iowa legislative endorsements. Clinton has earned 16 so far and Obama has 15, according to their campaigns.
Iowa State Rep. Mary A. Gaskill announced her support for Biden's presidential bid Wednesday.
“I believe that Sen. Joe Biden has the breadth of experience on foreign policy and record of bipartisan leadership on domestic issues our country so desperately needs,” Gaskill said. “He is sincere, authentic and I believe he is the best candidate the democrats have - and that is why I am supporting him.”
– CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer explains why he dropped his license plan for illegal immigrants.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer said Wednesday he is giving up his proposal to grant driver's licenses to undocumented workers, a plan he said would "improve the safety and security of the people of my state."
Spitzer said he was giving up because he had concluded that "New York state cannot successfully address this problem on its own."
He said he wanted to act because of the failure of the federal government to deal with immigration policy and the impact that failure was having on New York.
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A new poll shows a three-way-tie among the top Democratic candidates in Iowa.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - It's a dead heat among the top three Democratic presidential candidates in the crucial early-voting state of Iowa, according to a new CBS/New York Times poll out of the Hawkeye State Wednesday.
Less than 50 days before Iowa voters kick off the presidential primary process, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, holds a statistically insignificant 2 percentage-point lead over former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards (25 percent to 23 percent.) Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is only 1 point behind at 22 percent. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson registered 12 percent and the rest of the field is in single digits.
But nearly half of those backing the top candidates said they may change their mind before caucus day, an indication the final outcome of the presidential season's first caucus is extremely unpredictable.
The poll also indicates former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney continues to hold his lead over the rest of the Republican presidential field with 27 percent while dark-horse candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee places a strong second with 21 percent. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani comes in third with 15 percent and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson stands at 9 percent. The rest of the field polled in low single digits.
Like their Democratic counterparts, close to 1 in 2 Republican caucus goers who identified supporting a candidate said their mind is not definitely made up, and 14 percent say they aren't leaning toward any particular candidate at this point in time.
The poll surveyed 1,273 likely Iowa caucus goers from November 2-11. The margin of error for the Democratic sample is 4 percentage points, while the margin of error for the Republican sample is plus or minus 5 percentage points.