(CNN) - Republican Rudy Giuliani announced a new ad Wednesday that highlights security threats facing the United States - one of several new television spots from his campaign that focus on the risk of terror attacks.
“An enemy without borders. Hate without boundaries. A people perverted. A religion betrayed," says the announcer in the 30-second spot. "A nuclear power in chaos. Madmen bent on creating it. Leaders assassinated. Democracy attacked. And Osama bin Laden still making threats. In a world where the next crisis is a moment away… America needs a leader who’s ready.”
The ad will run on cable nationally and in the key primary states of New Hampshire and Florida.
–CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand
(CNN) – John Edwards' wife Elizabeth blasted Barack Obama’s health care plan today, telling voters at an Iowa campaign stop that it would not cover her.
“I did a radio interview today, and I heard a radio commercial for Sen. Obama that indicated where it said in there that his health care program covered more Americans than either Sen. [Hillary] Clinton or John. That is actually not true,” said Edwards.
“There’s 15 million people or so - I’d be one of those - the hardest to insure …who are left out of his system.
It’s just kind of a complete untruth.”
–CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Filmmaker Michael Moore weighed in on the Democratic presidential race on the eve of the Iowa caucuses, issuing no official endorsements but sharply criticizing Hillary Clinton.
In a message on his Web site Wednesday, Moore said her inauguration would be a "thrilling sight," but said "nothing has disappointed me more than the disastrous, premeditated vote by Sen. Hillary Clinton to send us to war in Iraq - Do you want a president who is so easily misled?"
The Michigan native has long had complicated emotions with regard to the former first lady - his first book contained a chapter titled "My Forbidden Love for Hillary." He also said Wednesday he was unhappy with her for not agreeing to speak with him for a Rolling Stone article earlier this year.
In his message, Moore said Dennis Kucinich shared his views on most issues, "(although the UFO that picked ME up would only take me as far as Kalamazoo).
"But let's not waste time talking about Dennis. Even he is resigned to losing," said Moore.
He said that "Sen. Obama has a big heart, and that heart is in the right place," but questioned his electability, adding that "He's such a feel-good kinda guy, I get the sense that, if elected, the Republicans will eat him for breakfast."
He had special praise for John Edwards and his anti-corporate rhetoric.
"It's hard to get past the hair, isn't it? But once you do - and recently I have chosen to try - you find a man who is out to take on the wealthy and powerful who have made life so miserable for so many."
But the notoriously disgruntled Democrat expressed pessimism over his party's general election chances. "[W]e know that the Democrats are experts at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, and if there's a way to blow this election, they will find it and do it with gusto."
– CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand
CNN's Jessica Yellin braves the cold outside the CNN Election Express. Current temperature: 6 degrees. (Photo Credit: Carey Bodenheimer/CNN)
(CNN) – CNN's Jeanne Moos takes a look at the army of CNN reporters and producers who are battling Iowa's bitter cold to cover the kickoff of the presidential primary season.
(CNN) - Republican Mitt Romney told CNN Wednesday he is confident of his chances in Iowa, but would be happy with either a first or second place showing in the Hawkeye State.
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Romney and wife Ann campaign in Iowa (Photo Credit: AP)
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Republican Mitt Romney sharply criticized rival Mike Huckabee Tuesday for joking in a recent interview that President Bush has not been well versed on foreign affairs.
“I’m not sure if Mr. Huckabee meant the attack as a joke, but this is not the time to be mocking our president,” Romney said at an event in Johnston, Iowa, according to the conservative Web site Townhall.com.
Huckabee's comments came in an interview with Iowa's Quad City Times, in which a reporter asked him why, last month, he was at first unaware of a National Intelligence Estimate detailing the threat posed by Iran, despite the fact the report had been made public for several hours.
"That was released at 10 o’clock in the morning," Huckabee said. "At 5:30 in the afternoon, somebody says, ‘Have you read the report?’ Maybe I should’ve said, ‘Have you read the report?’ President Bush didn’t read it for four years; I don’t know why I should read it in four hours.”
Romney said Tuesday the comments were in 'bad taste," and lifted from the "Democratic playbook."
“It was in bad taste and I think we should recognize the great work our president is doing and not take our rhetoric or plays from the Democratic playbook," he said. "This is the kind of stuff you’d expect of the Democrats, but is certainly not something you’d expect of a presidential contender on the Republican side.”
Romney, who most polls show is locked in a dead heat with Huckabee in Iowa, has taken aim at his chief rival before for criticizing the president. Following the publication of a Foreign Affairs article in which Huckabee labeled portions of Bush's foreign policy 'arrogant,' Romney suggested Huckabee is "running in the wrong party."
"I had to look again," the former Massachusetts governor said then. "Did this come from Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton? Did it come from John Edwards? No, it was one of our own, it was Governor Huckabee."
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
(CNN) - With six days to go until the New Hampshire primary, there are ties in poll results for the top candidates in both parties.
With roughly a quarter of those polled in both parties saying they won't make up their mind until the election, both the Democratic and Republican presidential nomination races are up for grabs.
Sen. John McCain of Arizona, whose campaign was languishing six months ago, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are now tied for first place, with each grabbing the support of 29 percent of likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters, the CNN/WMUR poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire found.
(CNN) – Iowa's 2.3 million eligible voters have been bombarded with close to $40 million worth of political ads on television this cycle - more than three times the amount spent there in 2004.
That works out roughly to about $17 per voter, between $150 and $200 per expected caucus-goer, and nearly $500,000 per each of the state's 82 delegates in a contest that - unlike 2004 - is wide open on both sides of the aisle.
But what Iowa might lack in population and size, it makes up for in primary calendar position - especially in this truncated cycle when well over half the states will have held their primary contests on or before February 5.
Early momentum - or lack of it - is more likely to make or break a presidential bid.
DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) – Mitt Romney has more to worry about than poll numbers or election results – apparently, the former Massachusetts governor brings out the fight in martial arts star Chuck Norris.
Norris - star of the television series "Walker, Texas Ranger" and active supporter of Romney's closest rival in Iowa, Mike Huckabee - weighed in on the recent war of words between the two GOP presidential candidates at a campaign event Tuesday.
In front of a room of pro-Huckabee bloggers, Norris took a number of direct hits at Romney, starting with a jab aimed at the way Romney sometimes refers to Huckabee, who was a former governor of Arkansas and former Baptist minister.
"They're calling Mike Huckabee a ‘Baptist minister,’" Norris said.
"Get off of it. He is a governor. I don’t know how long [Huckabee’s] been governor, but I'm sure he's been governor as long as Romney has."
Huckabee served as governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007. Romney held the same post in Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007.
Norris later accused Romney of being a hypocrite and not "owning up" to the mistakes he's made as governor.
"How can [Romney] knock [Huckabee] when [Romney's] made so many mistakes? I mean flip-flopping, all the flip-flopping he's done.
"One time he's pro-abortion, next time he's pro-life. One time he's pro gay marriage. Now he's anti-gay marriage. I mean, what are you?"
One of the bloggers had a Romney-related question specifically tailored to Norris.
"How much do you want to roundhouse kick Mitt Romney?" he asked.
Huckabee attempted to nip the topic in the bud with a soft "now, now." Norris got his line in anyway.
"No, I don’t roundhouse kick. I choke," Norris said laughing, reminding reporters of an interview with CNN’s Larry King where he’d criticized the Romney campaign and said he’d “just like to choke those guys out.” Later, he added that "truthfully, I hate negative campaigning."
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Granite State gridlock at the top of the polls
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Two days from now, we’ll shift our sights from Iowa to another deadlocked contest in an icy state – the New Hampshire primary, where voters weigh in January 8. And just as Iowa’s outcome seemed to get less, not more, certain as the caucuses drew closer, the presidential race in New Hampshire is now tighter than ever, according to a new CNN/WMUR survey.
The poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, finds Republicans John McCain and Mitt Romney tied for first place, with 29 percent each – a huge comeback for the Arizona senator, who was written off by many pundits after his campaign imploded earlier in the year. Six months ago, he placed fourth in the same poll, with support just barely in double digits.
Rounding out the third and fourth spot in the new poll are Rudy Giuliani and Mike Huckabee, who receive 12 and 10 percent support, respectively, from GOP primary voters.
The Democratic primary race is also neck-and-neck: Hillary Clinton has a statistically insignificant 4-point edge over Barack Obama, 34 percent to 30 percent. John Edwards is in third place with 17 percent.
But roughly one out of every four voters in either party say they won’t make a decision until Election Day. And since Hawkeye State returns often help shift the tone in New Hampshire, the impact of tomorrow’s Iowa results may be felt at Granite State polls on Tuesday.
So here’s Iowa by the numbers: roughly $40 million in television ads, thousands of volunteer man-hours, more than two years of campaigning – and one more day.
(And if you’re on the campaign trail in the Hawkeye State today, here are a few more important numbers to keep in mind, thanks to CNN’s Weather Team: the high will be around 10 degrees in eastern Iowa and 20 degrees in the western part of the state during the day, with a wind chill advisory in effect for northern areas through early Wednesday morning. At night, the low will range from a bone-chilling 5 below in the eastern part of the state, to the relatively balmy 10 above further west.)
– CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand