CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (CNN) – Just days before the Iowa caucuses, a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter criticized the state’s privileged role in the presidential nominating process, forcing her campaign to declare that she did not agree with the assessment.
Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland was quoted in Sunday’s edition of The Columbus Dispatch as saying that it “makes no sense” to grant Iowa the right to hold the first contest of the 2008 race for the White House.
"I'd like to see both parties say, 'We're going to bring this to an end,'" Strickland told the newspaper.
Competing campaigns seized on the article and emailed it around to reporters to highlight Strickland’s comments late Sunday night. The Clinton campaign moved quickly, and issued a statement shortly after midnight distancing the New York senator from the governor’s remarks.
“Senator Clinton has worked her heart out campaigning in Iowa because she knows it plays a unique and special role in the nominating process and that process must be protected,” read the statement. “As she has said many times she is glad Iowans are entrusted with this responsibility because they take it so seriously. On this issue Hillary and Gov. Strickland strongly disagree.”
Strickland’s comments came on the same day that WHO TV reporter Dave Price reported that Clinton’s Midwest co-chair Jerry Crawford told him that she would “not be here caucus night.”
- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch and Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley
CNN's Candy Crowley goes one-on-one with John Edwards. (Photo Credit: Mike Roselli/CNN)
BOONE, Iowa (CNN) - Democrat John Edwards told CNN Sunday that if critics who said he doesn’t have the infrastructure or campaign war chest to win the presidential nomination were right, then “Sen. [Barack] Obama wouldn’t be out every day criticizing me and attacking me.”
“Whoever comes out of Iowa with momentum is gonna have more money than they know what to do with. I mean, John Kerry raised millions and millions of dollars in just a period of a few hours and days after the Iowa caucus when he won in 2004,” he told CNN’s Candy Crowley. “Money will become irrelevant once somebody wins the Iowa caucuses.”
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Making news today:The gloves are (still) off
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Just how brutal has the presidential campaign gotten? Here's one sign: John Edwards - who has been on the receiving end of a week's worth of verbal blows from rival Barack Obama - is now suggesting the Illinois senator of being too "nice" to be president.
Here's another: Mike Huckabee is demanding an apology from rival Mitt Romney after weeks of being on the receiving end of negative attacks. Huckabee is also insisting that the former Massachusetts governor admit he lied about his own record, too.
And John McCain may have said publicly he's "moving on" from his weekend of dueling attack ads with Romney – but his new Granite State spot, which calls his fellow New Hampshire rival out by name, seems to say something else entirely.
Even Rudy Giuliani, who has called for an end to the worst of the back-and-forth from his perch above the fray (and out of the running in Iowa) is signaling his willingness to wade into the mud if necessary. On Sunday, he invoked the now universally-observed amendment to Ronald Reagan's eleventh commandment: "Don't criticize other Republicans, comma, unless they criticize me."
The former New York City mayor is spending Monday in the safety of his hometown, and McCain is off riding his new surge back east in New Hampshire, but the rest of the presidential field is spending the day on the main battlefield here in the Hawkeye State.
- - CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand
Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau
The Rothenberg Political Report: In Iowa, Will Edwards Divide And Conquer?
While the Democratic race has often, and quite accurately, been described as a choice between change (Barack Obama and John Edwards) and experience (Hillary Rodham Clinton), it has, in the final days before Iowa, become another kind of choice as well.
CNN: Prominent Clinton Supporter Criticizes Iowa
Just days before the Iowa caucuses, a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter criticized the state’s privileged role in the presidential nominating process, forcing her campaign to declare that she did not agree with the assessment.
Washington Post: Huckabee, Romney Make Sunday Push For Evangelicals
Republican rivals Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney took their battle over Christian voters to the pews as both attended services while their campaigns spanned Iowa in a final Sunday pitch to evangelicals.
NY Times: Democrats Try Various Styles, And Pronouns
As Mr. Obama, Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Edwards try — ever so politely — to eviscerate one another in the final few days before the Iowa caucuses on Thursday, the flavor and substance of their competing performances reveal a basic cultural, thematic and stylistic divide in their campaigns, their supporters and themselves.
Washington Post: Obama Tries New Tactics To Get Out Vote In Iowa
In Sen. Barack Obama's Iowa headquarters, young staff members sit at computers, analyzing online voter data and targeting potential backers. Depending on the voter, they follow with Facebook reminders, telephone calls, text messages and, most important, house visits. The effort will culminate in what state director Steve Hildebrand calls "the largest grass-roots volunteer operation that Iowa has ever seen."
Compiled by Lauren Kornreich, CNN Washington Bureau
* Joe Biden speaks at caucus countdown events in Fort Dodge, Ames, and Newton, Iowa.
* Hillary Clinton attends "Picks A President" events in Keokuk, Fort Madison, Muscatine, Waterloo, and Des Moines, Iowa.
* Chris Dodd attends "Caucus for Results" celebrations in Oelwein, Waverly, Waterloo and Dubuque, Iowa.
* John Edwards appears on CNN’s American Morning. Later, he holds roundtable discussions with undecided caucus goers in Storm Lake and Spencer, Iowa, drops by the Pizza Ranch diner in Emmetsburg, holds a "Countdown to Caucus" event in Algona, and attends a New Year's Eve Party at his campaign headquarters in Mason City, Iowa.
*Rudy Giuliani is in New York, and has announced no public events.
* Mike Huckabee appears on CNN’s American Morning. Later, he goes for a run with several state campaign officials, holds a press conference, stops at his campaign office to visit with volunteers, and gets a haircut with barber Scott Sales, all in Des Moines. In the evening, he attends a New Year’s Eve event in Des Moines.
* John McCain attends a house party and holds a media availability in Hancock, New Hampshire, then attends another house party in Londonderry, and attends a house party and hosts a media availability in Rye, New Hampshire. In the evening, he attends a house party in Concord.
* Barack Obama attends New Year’s Eve events in Perry, Jefferson, Boone, Iowa Falls, and Ames, Iowa.
* Bill Richardson attends “Final Presidential Job Interviews” in Ames, Perry, Winterset, Indianola, Knoxville, and Des Moines, Iowa.
* Mitt Romney holds "Strong America" Bus Stops in Clinton, Bellevue, Dubuque, Manchester, Independence, and Waterloo, Iowa. Later, his family joins him for a "GuideOne ImaginEve!" New Year's Eve event in Des Moines.
* Fred Thompson does several radio interviews in the morning, including a Radio Town Hall at the Charles City Library in Charles City, Iowa. In the afternoon, he tours Downtown Allison and drops by Butler County Tribune-Journal in Allison, and attends a Meet Fred Thompson event in Tama, Iowa.
* Bill Clinton attends “New Year, New Beginnings” celebrations in Missouri Valley, Ottumwa, and Des Moines, Iowa.
* Michelle Obama drops by a canvassing location in Fort Dodge, and meets with voters in Marshalltown and Grinnell, Iowa. Later, she attends a house party in Pella, Iowa.
* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook:
* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook: