WASHINGTON (CNN) – Nearly 5,000 YouTube questions have been submitted for Wednesday's CNN/YouTube debate, and not all of them are entirely serious. CNN's Jeanne Moos takes a look at those most unlikely to be chosen.
Catch the CNN/YouTube debate Wednesday night, 8 p.m. ET.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich criticized fellow Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, Tuesday for selectively quoting his rivals in a campaign ad he dubbed an "approving/adoring love-fest."
The spot includes footage of most of the rest of the field praising Biden. In a written release, Kucinich attacked the senator for "deliberately" leaving him out of the commercial because he "doesn't walk their line."
"If voters are dissatisfied with the Biden tweedle-dums and tweedle-dees, they should vote for someone who represents their beliefs and their values," said the statement released by the Kucinich campaign. "Not someone who says, 'I agree with Joe.' Dennis doesn't agree with Joe. Or Hillary. Or Barack. Or John. Or Chris. Or Bill."
– CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
Crist submitted a YouTube question for the CNN/YouTube Republican presidential debate.
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (CNN) - Florida’s Republican governor is getting into the YouTube act.
The Republican Party of Florida today unveiled a question submitted by Governor Charlie Crist for tomorrow night’s CNN YouTube debate, which is being held in St. Petersburg.
The debate, which is a first for the Republican presidential candidates, features video questions submitted from YouTube users from across the country and around the world.
“I asked a simple question to the Republican presidential candidates - a question that has a significant national impact but also has strong ties to the State of Florida and our people,” Crist said in a statement. “Would they, as candidates for President of the United States, support a national catastrophe fund similar to Florida’s hurricane catastrophe fund?”
Florida has a state hurricane catastrophe fund and Crist is one of the major proponents of a national version of that fund.
CNN and YouTube received 4,926 submissions to the debate through Sunday night.
– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The war of words continues to heat up between Democratic presidential rivals Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama.
In recent weeks, the two senators have sparred over issues ranging from health care plans to foreign policy experience.
Clinton’s senior campaign advisor Ann Lewis and Obama’s campaign communications director Robert Gibbs sorted through the issues Monday with CNN’s Kiran Chetry.
The two senior advisors weighed in on their candidate's chances against the top Republican presidential candidates and whether there is a possibility for a Clinton/Obama ticket.
(CNN) - The Republican presidential candidates get their chance tomorrow night to answer your questions.
Nearly 5,000 user generated questions were submitted via YouTube and tomorrow 40 will be picked for the two hour Republican presidential debate.
The debate, hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, airs live Wednesday at 8 p.m. E.T. from St. Petersburg, Florida.
Senior National Correspondent John King has a preview of the debates and what’s at stake for the GOP.
Gore made a visit to the White House Monday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Vice President Al Gore's visit back to the Oval Office Monday could have been an awkward one. Gore and the White House’s current occupant, President Bush, had fought a bitter presidential contest in 2000 from the ballot box to the courthouse.
But the former presidential rivals showed no sign of any lingering hard feelings, as Bush welcomed Gore and other 2007 Nobel Prize winners to the White House. Gore was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize last month for his work in highlighting the effects of global warming – an issue where he and the president have very different views on how the United States should respond.
Gore and the president met privately before the reception Monday, and according to White House spokeswoman Dana Perino, there is no bad blood between the two.
"I know that this president does not harbor any resentments," She said. "He never has. He was the one who picked up the phone, to call Vice President Gore to make sure that he could make it."
Perino refused to reveal what the two had discussed – and with a slip of the tongue gave the former vice president a temporary, unplanned promotion. "They have a private meeting and I'm not going to intrude on that," she said. "Obviously, President Gore – Vice President Gore will bring up anything he wants to bring up."
Meanwhile, Gore called the president gracious in the meeting, according to the Associated Press.
"He was very gracious in setting up the meeting and it was a very good and substantive conversation," he said. "And that's all I want to say about it."
– CNN's Tom Foreman and Alexander Mooney contributed to this report
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Here's a quick look at what's making political news in South Carolina this morning:
Sen. John McCain hit the campaign trail once again Monday for the first time since returning from Iraq, and slammed Democrats for ignoring what he says is clear success in Iraq.
Today, McCain, R-Arizona, attends an event to honor war veterans and first responders at Chick Fil-A Restaurant in Seneca. Later, McCain holds a town hall meeting in Anderson.
Meanwhile, Sen. Hillary Clinton will receive an endorsement in Spartanburg and attends an "Organizing for Change" event in Aiken. Later, she visits with teachers and parents and hosts a discussion on education at Bennettsville Middle School in Bennettsville.
The Spartanburg Herald-Journal has a clue as to who might be endorsing Clinton.
The State looks at what Oprah may mean for Sen. Barack Obama in South Carolina.
The South Carolina Democratic Party is urging young people to register to vote.
– CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby
McCain said Democrats "refuse to acknowledge the progress" in Iraq.
LEXINGTON, South Carolina (CNN) – Buoyed by an apparent reduction in violence in Iraq, McCain hit the campaign trail Monday and tore into Democrats running for president and in Congress for "willfully ignoring the facts on the ground" in the country.
In his first campaign stop since returning from a trip to Iraq over Thanksgiving, McCain told an audience here that there is clear military progress on the ground and "a dramatic shift in the attitude of the Iraqi people."
"Today it is clear we have succeeded with this new strategy," said McCain, who has supported the so-called "troop surge" since its inception. "The Democrats refuse to acknowledge that, they refuse to acknowledge the progress. They are willfully ignoring the facts on the ground in my view."
McCain said the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki "has got a long way to go" and said that "winning" requires political progress in the country, but he criticized Democrats for continuing their calls to remove combat forces from the country.
"There's a lot at stake here," he said. "I understand my friends the politics of it. I understand it when the Democrats stand up and fall all over each other to decide who can get us out the quickest, but I am grateful that we Republicans have stood fast, I am grateful that this president has stood fast."
McCain took on Sen. Hillary Clinton for comments she made in September to Gen. David Petraeus during his testimony on Iraq progress before the Senate. At the time, Clinton said that Petraeus' progress report required "a willing suspension of disbelief."
"My friends, any objective observer today would have to suspend disbelief to know that it's not working," McCain said. "It is working and it's working successfully, and the people of Iraq are far better off now than when we began this."
– CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby
McCain said Huckabee's comments could damage relations with Pakistan.
LEXINGTON, South Carolina (CNN) – Sen. John McCain condemned Mike Huckabee Monday for saying that, as president, he would strike at terrorists inside Pakistan's borders with or without permission from the country's leadership.
McCain called Huckabee's comments naïve and said the former Arkansas governor lacks military experience needed to lead.
"I certainly wouldn't telegraph my punches," McCain told CNN after a campaign stop here.
"I will always do what's necessary to preserve America's national security, but to say something like that is totally unnecessary and probably has a not beneficial effect on our Pakistani allies who are fighting against al Qaeda and with us in Pakistan."
On Saturday in South Carolina, Huckabee said if there was an "imminent threat" inside Pakistan, he would take military action there, even if it meant violating Pakistan's sovereignty under international law.
"We need to make sure we are clear that if we have an actionable target in Pakistan, that we will take action on that target because if that helps save and preserve American people," Huckabee said. "That's the foremost thing we need to be worried about."