(CNN) – Sen. Joe Lieberman and Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid are denying reports that Lieberman has been excluded from Democratic Caucus lunches in the wake of his recent speech at the Republican convention which unexpectedly attacked Sen. Barack Obama, the party’s presidential nominee.
“While it is no secret that the Democratic Caucus is disappointed in Senator Lieberman’s attacks on Senator Obama, the irresponsible report that Senator Lieberman has been excluded from caucus meetings is completely untrue,” Reid spokesman Jim Manley said in a statement released Monday. “Senator Lieberman has chosen to not attend Democratic caucus lunches, and that is his choice,” Manley said.
The Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call originally reported this week that Lieberman had been banned from Democratic Caucus lunches then amended its report once both Reid and Lieberman denied there was a ban.
Democratic leaders had previously denied reports they already have a plan to strip Lieberman of his committee chairmanship should the party pad its Senate majority, though many — including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — have said it remains up for consideration.
“The Roll Call report was completely false,” Lieberman spokesman Marshall Wittmann told CNN. “The senator chose not to attend today’s caucus lunch because he thought it would focus on presidential politics and he has an informal policy of not attending when he thinks the discussion will focus on the presidential race.”
(CNN) – Former Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore is heading back to Iowa next month - the crucial early-voting state that has launched, and short-circuited, countless politicians' White House ambitions.
The former vice president is slated to headline the Iowa Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner in Des Moines - a major fundraising event that perennially attracts the party's biggest stars, the state party said Tuesday. Barack Obama's rousing speech at the event last year was widely credited with catapulting the Illinois senator to victory in the state’s caucuses two months later.
The Obama campaign has made Iowa, a state that narrowly voted for President Bush in 2004, a major target this election. A recent CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll showed Obama holds a double-digit advantage there.
(CNN) - John McCain and Sarah Palin are holding a campaign rally in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Earlier in the day the two appeared in Lebanon, Ohio.
Check out the event on CNN.com/live
UPDATE: This event has ended, but stay with CNN.com/live for all the day's events on the campaign trail.
(CNN) - Joe Biden is holding a campaign event in St. Louis, Missouri.
Earlier in the day, Biden made waves with his comments on stem-cell research at an event in Columbia, Missouri.
Watch Biden's event on CNN.com/live
RIVERSIDE, Ohio (CNN) – Senator Barack Obama told reporters he is not concerned about the spike in enthusiasm among Republicans since Governor Sarah Palin joined the GOP ticket, or recent polls showing a dead-even race.
“My general approach throughout this process has been not to worry about today’s news or yesterday’s polls but worry about what is it where is it that I want to see the country what is it that I’m trying to accomplish,” said Obama at a press conference in Riverside, Ohio. “I know that after our convention we had a bump, after theirs they get a bump. I think that what you’re going to see settling in, is that the race is going to be very close.”
The Democratic nominee, asked whether he wished he had picked a female running mate given some polling data that indicates women are flocking to the McCain-Palin ticket, said he had no regrets.
Earlier: New CNN poll shows Obama-McCain dead even
“The notion that people are swinging back and forth in a span of a few weeks or a few days this wildly generally isn’t borne out,” said Obama. “These are the same polls that had me 20 down last summer that have swung wildly throughout this process. There is no doubt that Governor Palin has attracted a lot of attention.
COLUMBIA, Missouri (CNN) – Joe Biden suggested Tuesday that advocates for people with disabilities should “support stem cell research” - a remark that follows repeated pledges from Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin, the mother of a baby with Down Syndrome, to parents of children with disabilities that she would be “a friend and advocate in the White House.”
When asked about the issue at a Tuesday rally, Biden did not mention Palin’s name, but seemed to direct a question to her.
“I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are going to work in dealing with parents who have both the joy…and the difficulty of raising a child who has a developmental disability, who were born with a birth defect,” he said. “Well, guess what folks? If you care about it, why don't you support stem cell research?”
Related: McCain camp says Biden 'sunk to a new low'
Biden told voters “the disability issue is not a new issue for us” and said he and Barack Obama would support stem cell research — a political hot potato that Sarah Palin does not support because it involves the use of human embryos.
In an illustration over the controversy of stem cell research — a key issue for some conservative voters — the Republican ticket is split. John McCain supports the practice.
LEBANON, Ohio (CNN) – The rock band "Heart" may have asked John McCain and Sarah Palin stop playing their song "Barracuda" at their rallies, but the campaign is apparently paying no heed.
The track - played at the Republican National Convention in honor of the Vice Presidential nominee, who earned the nickname "Sarah Barracuda" playing high school basketball in Alaska - was pumped through the streets of Lebanon, Ohio on Tuesday morning at an outdoor rally before the GOP ticket showed up.
Earlier: Heart condemns McCain-Palin use of 'Barracuda'
When the song was played after Palin's convention speech last week, the band members quickly requested that McCain and Palin pull the plug.
"Sarah Palin's views and values in no way represent us as American women," Ann and Nancy Wilson told Entertainment Weekly. "We ask that our song 'Barracuda' no longer be used to promote her image."
But the McCain camp said last week that it had paid for and obtained all necessary licenses before using the song.
RIVERSIDE, Ohio (CNN) – Senator Barack Obama said Tuesday the Bush administration’s announcement it was bringing some U.S. troops home fell short, calling it a “modest” step that indicated no real change in policy.
“At this point what it appears is the next president will inherit a status quo that is still unstable, Obama told reporters at a high school outside Dayton. “And what’s going to be required is a comprehensive strategy, and that’s what I’ve been offering for the last two years.
“We should have a comprehensive strategy for bringing this war to a close and not what we heard from president today, which is essentially some tinkering around the edges and kicking the can down the road to the next president.”
Obama gave lukewarm praise to the president’s announcement that more U.S. troops will be sent to Afghanistan, something the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee routinely calls for in his stump speech.
“I am glad that the President is moving in the direction of the policy that I have advocated for years. But the most substantial increase will come when an additional Army brigade is deployed five months from now – in February, after the President has left office. His plan comes up short – it is not enough troops, and not enough resources, with not enough urgency,” he said.
LEBANON, Ohio (CNN) – Sarah Palin refuses to yield on her claim that she opposed the infamous Bridge to Nowhere earmark, despite charges by the Obama campaign that her assertion is a "lie."
"I told Congress thanks but no thanks for that Bridge to Nowhere," Palin said Tuesday in Lebanon, Ohio.
Earlier: Obama camp calls bridge claim a 'lie'
Though Palin recently came out against the completion of the Gravina Island Bridge, she initially supported the project as governor before it became a national symbol of wasteful pork barrel spending. In 2007, Palin’s office cancelled work on the bridge, but Alaska still kept the federal funds that were allocated for state transportation projects.
In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in earmarks, and in a Fairbanks newspaper column earlier this year, she wrote that federal monies, including earmarks, are “incredibly important” to the state. Palin also helped secure millions of dollars in federal money for her hometown of Wasilla while she was mayor.
Nevertheless, Palin told the outdoor audience in Ohio - many of whom came out in spite of the rain – that she was a champion of earmark reform in Alaska.
(CNN) – Barack Obama is holding a press conference in Riverside, Ohio.
Earlier: Obama talks education in Ohio
Check out Obama's press conference on CNN.com/live
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