(CNN) – Carly Fiorina, a supporter of Sen. John McCain and the chair of the Republican National Committee’s Victory 2008 campaign, took aim at Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean over racially-tinged comments Dean made Friday.
“If you look at folks of color, even women, they’re more successful in the Democratic Party than they are in the white, uh, excuse me, in the Republican Party,” Dean said Friday in an appearance on NPR’s “Tell Me More” program.
Fiorina, a prominent female supporter of McCain, fired back at Dean. “It is disappointing to see Howard Dean trying to use gender and race to divide voters," Fiorina said Friday evening in a statement released by the McCain campaign. "His comments are insulting, inappropriate and have no place in this election.”
McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, is set to face off in November against Sen. Barack Obama, who is about to become the first African-American to garner the nomination of a major political party. Obama beat out Sen. Hillary Clinton in a long, hard-fought primary race that galvanized many women behind Clinton’s candidacy and many African-Americans behind Obama’s.
(CNN) – The Democratic National Committee raised $27.7 million in the month of July, according to an e-mail Saturday from Karen Finney, the DNC’s Director of Communications.
“The strong fundraising numbers are a testament to Barack Obama's message of change and hope and his vision for America's future,” Finney wrote in the message.
The July number includes donations to the DNC proper; the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising endeavor between the DNC and the Obama campaign; and the Democratic White House Victory Fund, a joint fundraising endeavor between the DNC, the Obama campaign, and the presidential campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton.
The Republican National Committee announced Friday that it raised $26 million in July.
(CNN) – John McCain and Barack Obama are going to be briefly on the same stage at the same time Saturday night. It will be the first time that's happened since each candidate clinched his party's nomination and it mostly likely will be the last time we see them together until they face off in the presidential debates in late September and October.
The presumptive Democratic and Republican presidential nominees are both taking part in a civil forum hosted by the Rev. Rick Warren at his Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. Each candidate gets an hour with Warren, answering questions about their religion and faith, moral values and issues, and questions about what kind of president they would be.
We expect to see McCain and Obama briefly meet on stage as one candidate finishes and the next begins.
This is a chance for both candidates to make their case with evangelical and religious Americans, crucial voters in the battle for the White House.
Our coverage of the forum starts at 7pm ET on CNN with an hour long special leading up to the event. We'll have live coverage of the forum at 8pm ET on CNN and CNN.COM