August 20th, 2008
02:10 PM ET
6 years ago

Doctor: Congresswoman remains in critical condition

Tubbs Jones suffered an aneurysm.
Tubbs Jones suffered an aneurysm.

(CNN) - Ohio Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones remains in critical condition at a Cleveland, Ohio, hospital with limited brain function, but has not died, said Dr. Gus Kious, chief of staff at Huron Hospital.

Democratic sources previously had told CNN Tubbs Jones had died.

Earlier: Jones rushed to hospital


Filed under: Stephanie Tubbs Jones
August 20th, 2008
02:08 PM ET
6 years ago

Cafferty: Do you care who V.P. candidates are?

Does it matter who comes out on top in the veepstakes?
Does it matter who comes out on top in the veepstakes?

Michael Phelps got his eight gold medals. So what's left to talk about? Here we are in V-P speculation overdrive.

There are the candidates. Who will help the presidential candidate the most in garnering votes - by augmenting experience and not by outshining him?

To read more and contribute to the Cafferty File discussion click here


Filed under: Cafferty File
August 20th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama: Kaine doing such a great job

Obama spoke highly of vice presidential contender Tim Kaine on Wednesday.
Obama spoke highly of vice presidential contender Tim Kaine on Wednesday.

(CNN) – After giving a shout out to perceived vice presidential shortlister Sen. Joe Biden on Tuesday, Obama praised another leading contender, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, while campaigning Wednesday in the southern part of the state.

With former Virginia governor – and U.S. Senate candidate – Mark Warner at his side, Obama applauded the two governors for the worked they’ve done to make cars more fuel-efficient.

“We’ve got to partner with our governors to come up with these plans the way that Mark Warner did such a wonderful job when he was governor and the way that Tim Kaine is currently doing such a great job as governor of Virginia.”

Kaine and Biden are believed to be the frontrunners for Obama’s number 2 spot along with Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh. Further fueling speculation that Kaine could get the nod, the campaign announced that he will host a town hall with Obama Thursday in a Richmond suburb.

Obama was in Martinsville, Virginia Tuesday to discuss the economy and in addition to slamming former McCain economic advisor Sen. Phil Gramm’s infamous “mental recession” comments, Obama continued to tie the Arizona senator to President Bush.

“Let’s face it, he has a compelling biography, he is a POW, and so that’s what people kind of think about instead of focusing on the fact that he wants to continue the same economic policies that George Bush has been doing for the last 8 years,” said Obama. “So my job in this election is to say I honor his service but I don’t honor his policies and I don’t honor his politics.”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Tim Kaine
August 20th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Caroline Kennedy floated for VP

Caroline Kennedy is heading up Obama's VP search.
Caroline Kennedy is heading up Obama's VP search.

(CNN) – It's already happened once before: the person tapped to search for a vice presidential candidate assumes the position instead. Now, liberal filmmaker Michael Moore is pushing for it to happen again - this time with Caroline Kennedy assuming the role of Dick Cheney.

In an open letter to the famous political scion Wednesday tapped by Obama to find his No. 2, Moore expresses deep reserve with leading VP candidates Joe Biden and Evan Bayh because of their votes to authorize the Iraq war, and urges Kennedy to float her own name for the position.

Watch: Malveaux on the VP hunt

"What Obama needs is a vice presidential candidate who is not a professional politician, but someone who is well-known and beloved by people across the political spectrum; someone who, like Obama, spoke out against the war; someone who has a good and generous heart, who will be cheered by the rest of the world; someone whom we've known and loved and admired all our lives and who has dedicated her life to public service and to the greater good for all," Moore writes in the letter published on his Web site.

"That person, Caroline, is you."

Watch: Caroline Kennedy backs Obama

Moore, who's 2004 movie Fahrenheit 911 hit theaters only months before that year's presidential election and led to John McCain's public rebuke of the film at the Republican convention, also makes a direct appeal for Obama to "step up and surprise us again."

"Step up and be different than every politician we have witnessed in our lifetime," he writes. "Make Caroline Kennedy your VP. "Obama-Kennedy." Wow, does that sound so cool.

The daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy formally backed Obama's White House bid only days before the Super Tuesday round of primaries on February 5. In an Op-Ed in the New York Times, Kennedy hailed the Illinois senator as a man who man who could be a "president like my father."

In June, Obama formally asked her to help steer his vice presidential search, along with Washington power-players Eric Holder and Jim Johnson. Johnson later resigned that post after issues were raised over favorable mortgages from Countrywide Financial.


Filed under: Caroline Kennedy
August 20th, 2008
12:59 PM ET
6 years ago

Change of venue denied for Stevens

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A federal judge Wednesday denied a request by Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens to move his corruption trial to his home state so he could continue his re-election campaign.

His trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 24 in Washington.


Filed under: Ted Stevens
August 20th, 2008
12:11 PM ET
6 years ago

AFL-CIO targets McCain on trade with China

The AFL-CIO is sending this mailer to 50,000 voters
The AFL-CIO is sending this mailer to 50,000 voters

(CNN)—In part of a greater effort to reach out to critical swing state voters, the AFL-CIO is targeting John McCain’s support of trade with China in a new mailer.

“Beijing 2008 America’s athletes are coming home,” the mailer reads. “But thanks to John McCain, 2.3 million jobs aren’t.”

50,000 union swing voters throughout Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania will receive the latest mailer which cites McCain’s 1993 and 2000 Senate votes to implement and establish framework for trade with China.

“2.3 million jobs outsourced to China? That’s not a world record I would be proud of,” union member Dennis Philippi says on the mailer.

The mailer coincides with face-to-face efforts on the ground, according to AFL-CIO spokesman Steve Smith. Voters who receive the mailer are also getting phone calls from the group and knocks at their doors to ensure they hear the message “consecutively” in a number of ways.

Thus far the mailers have been “very well received” according to Smith.

This is the AFL-CIO’s second mailer taking aim at McCain in the past two weeks.


Filed under: AFL-CIO • John McCain
August 20th, 2008
11:10 AM ET
6 years ago

Bush, Cheney, Giuliani, Lieberman to speak at GOP convention

Giuliani will keynote the Republican convention next month.
Giuliani will keynote the Republican convention next month.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Bush will headline the first night of the Republican National Convention and former GOP rival Rudy Giuliani will deliver the convention’s keynote address at the four day political rally in St. Paul, Minnesota, which will culminate in the nomination of John McCain as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.

Watch: The GOP has finalized convention plans

On Thursday, a video will introduce McCain before he delivers his acceptance speech, senior campaign aides tell CNN.

The Arizona senator is turning to close allies, former rivals, a former Democrat, and potential running mates to address the convention in the days leading up to his acceptance speech. A year ago, four of the speakers were competing against McCain for the Republican nomination; one of the speakers is Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee; two of them represent the battleground state of Florida, and 10 speakers have been rumored to be on McCain’s list of potential running mates.

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Filed under: John McCain • RNC
August 20th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
6 years ago

McCain says Obama getting 'testy'

McCain is hitting back on charges he is questioning Obama's patriotism.
McCain is hitting back on charges he is questioning Obama's patriotism.

(CNN) – Barack Obama is getting a bit "testy," John McCain said later Wednesday at a town-hall event with New Mexico voters.

According to prepared remarks sent out by the McCain campaign, the Arizona senator will respond to Obama's Tuesday contention that the presumptive Republican nominee is questioning his patriotism.

Watch: McCain says Obama's getting 'testy'

"Yesterday, Senator Obama got a little testy on this issue - he said that I am questioning his patriotism. Let me be clear: I am not questioning his patriotism; I am questioning his judgment," McCain will say. "Senator Obama has made it clear that he values withdrawal from Iraq above victory in Iraq, even today with victory in sight."

Watch: Obama: I love my country

On Tuesday, Obama directly criticized McCain's recent comments saying the Illinois senator would "rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign." Top campaign surrogate Joe Lieberman also suggested last week Obama has not always "put the country first."

“In my opinion, the choice could not be more clear...between one candidate, John McCain, who has always put the country first, worked across party lines to get things done, and one candidate who has not," Lieberman said last week.

Related: What is patriotism?


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
August 20th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama, McCain ads slam rivals on tax policy

A new Obama ad targets McCain on taxes.
A new Obama ad targets McCain on taxes.

(CNN) - Barack Obama and John McCain both released tax policy attack ads Wednesday.

Obama’s campaign unveiled a 30-second TV spot – the latest in a series of negative ads running in major battleground states – that takes aim at John McCain over tax policy.

"Can we really afford more of the same?" asks the announcer asks. The ad accuses McCain of planning to give major tax breaks to oil companies, big corporations and “companies shipping jobs overseas” while giving millions of Americans “no tax relief at all.”

Obama's campaign said the ad, titled "Three Times," will hit the airwaves Wednesday in Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

John McCain’s campaign said Wednesday it was releasing its own attack ad in “key states” Wednesday, its second negative radio spot this week.

“Celebrities like to spend their millions. Barack Obama is no different. Only it's your money he wants to spend,” says the announcer in “Millions,” adding: “Obama's got plans - big plans - for your money” that would mean “piling more debt on the backs of your children and grandchildren.”

McCain has not yet released a new television spot this week, but has dramatically outspent Obama on TV spots in several critical fall states in recent weeks, including the crucial swing state of Florida.

August 20th, 2008
10:43 AM ET
6 years ago

Congresswoman in the hospital

Tubbs Jones was big backer of Hillary Clinton.
Tubbs Jones was big backer of Hillary Clinton.

(CNN) – Ohio Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a Democratic superdelegate and one of Hillary Clinton's most ardent supporters, was rushed to the hospital Tuesday evening and is currently in stable condition, her office confirmed to CNN Wednesday.

Spokeswoman Nicole Williams would not give out further details, though CNN affiliate WEWS reports police officers were called to Tubbs-Jones' car Tuesday night for an emergency. Williams would not say whether Tubbs Jones is currently conscious.

Elected to Congress in 1998, Tubbs Jones is the first black female U.S. Representative from Ohio. She was an early supporter of Clinton's White House bid but endorsed Barack Obama in June after the New York senator bowed out of the race.

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