June 30th, 2008
10:24 AM ET
6 years ago

McCain campaign: Clark's comments 'sad'

 Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, who ran for president in 2004, has questioned Sen. John McCain's qualifications.
Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, who ran for president in 2004, has questioned Sen. John McCain's qualifications.

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain's campaign on Monday called retired Gen. Wesley Clark's remarks that McCain lacks command experience "the lowest form of politics."

Clark, a military adviser for Sen. Barack Obama, questioned Sunday whether McCain's military experience qualified him to be commander in chief.

The McCain campaign has called on Obama to condemn the comments.

"I think it's kind of sad," McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said Monday on CNN's "American Morning."

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
June 30th, 2008
10:04 AM ET
6 years ago

McCain's new plane

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John McCain is unveiling his brand new campaign plane Monday. The plane will is designed to be an extension of the Arizona senator's popular and laid back "Straight Talk Express" bus. (Photo Credit: Tasha Diakides)

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Filed under: John McCain
June 30th, 2008
10:01 AM ET
6 years ago

Preston on Politics: Barr says he's no Nader

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Watch Bob Barr explain why he left the Republican Party.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Bob Barr was once a loyal soldier in the Republican Party - ­ a lawmaker GOP leaders could count on to return home each weekend and echo their talking points at local political events, town hall meetings and civic lunches.

As a young political reporter in Marietta, Georgia, I often heard Barr serve up generous helpings of Republican doctrine over buffet lunches and chicken dinners.

For Republican leaders such as House Speaker Newt Gingrich,­ who represented a neighboring district, ­Barr was a dedicated warrior. And he remained so even after he lost a primary fight in 1992 to colleague John Linder,­ a battle set up by redistricting.

But a few years later, Barr went AWOL from the Republican Party - or, as he tells it, the GOP abandoned him.

He is now the Libertarian Party's presidential nominee and is crisscrossing the country promoting its principles and hunting for votes.

So why did Barr abandon the Republican Party in 2006?

"It probably wasn't any one thing," he said during our conversation last week outside the White House.

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Filed under: Bob Barr
June 30th, 2008
09:10 AM ET
6 years ago

Congressional Democrats hire Bush impersonator

Van Hollen said Bush's policies were responsible for high gas prices.
Van Hollen said Bush's policies were responsible for high gas prices.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Democrats will use a President Bush impersonator in a new radio advertising campaign that seeks to link 13 incumbent Republicans to rising gas prices as the country heads into the Fourth of July holiday.

The ad will run Monday through Friday in radio markets throughout the country, according to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, with a total buy of more than $100,000.

After an opening tailor-made for each targeted Republican, the impersonator then reads this boilerplate script:

"'W' here, wanted to thank you for your support of the big oil energy agenda. 'Preciate you voting to keep giving billions in tax breaks to the big oil companies. Sure, gasoline is over four bucks a gallon and the oil companies are making record profits, but what's good for big oil is good for America, right? I guess that's why they call us the Grand Oil Party. Heh, heh, heh."

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Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, chairman of the DCCC, told CNN that Democrats chose to use a Bush impersonator because the president's "big oil energy policies delivered high gas prices to the American people, so who better to deliver our message than someone who sounds like him? Every time Americans fill up their tanks or buy groceries high gas prices grab their attention, so it's important to give credit where credit is due."

Danny Diaz, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, sharply criticized the ad and said Democrats were being disingenuous.

"It is an outrageous attack," Diaz said. "It seems like it would be more appropriate leveled against Barack Obama who voted for the '05 energy bill, yet Democrats rail against subsidies to energy companies. The hypocrisy is stunning."

(List of targeted Republicans after the jump)

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Filed under: DCCC • President Bush
June 30th, 2008
08:01 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama to deliver 'major speech' on patriotism

Obama has been looking to emphasize his patriotism.
Obama has been looking to emphasize his patriotism.

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - Presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama plans to deliver what his campaign is calling a "major speech" Monday, centering around an issue he's been trying to highlight for months now: his patriotism.

The remarks come in Harry Truman's hometown of Independence, Missouri, just days before the Fourth of July.

"Sen. Obama will discuss what patriotism means to him and what it requires of all Americans who love this country and want to see it do better," Obama spokesman Bill Burton wrote in a morning email to reporters.

The Illinois senator has been defending his patriotism ever since the days of Iowa when he was first criticized for not wearing a flag pin - which he now does much more frequently - and when false rumors began circulating that he did not say the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
June 30th, 2008
06:09 AM ET
6 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, June 30, 2008

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Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas

CNN Washington Bureau

CNN: Congressional Democrats hire Bush impersonator
House Democrats will use a President Bush impersonator in a new radio advertising campaign that seeks to link 13 incumbent Republicans to rising gas prices as the country heads into the Fourth of July holiday.

CNN: Preston on Politics: Barr says he's no Nader
Bob Barr was once a loyal soldier in the Republican Party — a lawmaker GOP leaders could count on to return home each weekend and echo their talking points at local political events, town hall meetings and civic lunches. … So why did Barr abandon the Republican Party in 2006? "It probably wasn't any one thing," he said during our conversation last week outside the White House.

NY Times: Veterans Long to Reclaim the Name ‘Swift Boat’
Years ago, when William Miller talked about being in the Vietnam War — if he talked about being in the Vietnam War — he would tell people he served on a Swift boat. At least now they have heard of it. But not in the way he would like.

CNN: Clark: Getting 'shot down in plane' doesn't make McCain qualified
Retired U.S. Gen. Wesley Clark, a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, on Sunday questioned whether Sen. John McCain's military experience qualified him to be commander-in-chief.

CNN: McCain: Obama's word cannot be trusted
Hours after sparring with Barack Obama over immigration, John McCain told crowd at fundraiser Saturday night that "Sen. Obama's word cannot be trusted."

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Filed under: Political Hot Topics
June 30th, 2008
05:56 AM ET
6 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Monday, June 30, 2008

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Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas, CNN Washington Bureau

* Sen. John McCain is in Pennsylvania today, holding a media availability in Harrisburg followed by a town hall meeting in Pipersville.

* Sen. Barack Obama holds a morning campaign event in Independence, Missouri.


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