October 6th, 2009
09:55 AM ET
10 years ago

Castle to announce next move

(CNN) - Rep. Michael Castle of Delaware is expected to end speculation Tuesday on whether he'll run for the Senate next year.

The nine term Republican congressman is scheduled to hold a news conference at 12 p.m. ET in Wilmington where he may announce whether he'll run for public office again.

Castle, a former two-term governor of Delaware, said earlier this year that he was leaning against seeking a tenth term in the House and instead was considering a bid for Senate, or possible retirement.

Joe Biden stepped down from the Senate late last year after his election as vice president. Ted Kaufman was appointed to replace Biden, but has said he won't run for election next year, leaving the seat open.

If Castle, 70, does run for the Senate, he could face off against Biden's son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, who last month returned from a military deployment in Iraq.


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October 6th, 2009
09:33 AM ET
10 years ago

Christie touts environmental endorsement

New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie Tuesday lands what his campaign calls a major endorsement.

New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie Tuesday lands what his campaign calls a major endorsement.

(CNN) - New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie Tuesday lands what his campaign calls a major endorsement.

Christie is scheduled to hold a press conference in Trenton to announce the New Jersey Environmental Federation's endorsement of his candidacy, according to a source close to the Christie campaign. The group is breaking with the Democrat in the race, Gov. Jon Corzine, whom they backed in the 2005 election.

The New Jersey Environmental Federation is a non-profit, action-oriented organization developing a growing coalition of community, environmental, student and labor organizations able to act on a broad range of environmental issues, according to a description on their Web site.

Corzine is facing a tough bid for re-election, but recent polls suggest he's recovering. Three survey's out over the past week indicate that the battle between Corzine and Christie, the former federal prosecutor in New Jersey, is basically a dead heat, with Independent Christopher Daggett grabbing a small percentage of the vote.

Another environmental organization, the Sierra Club, has endorsed Daggett, a former state Environmental Protection Commissioner.


Filed under: Chris Christie • Jon Corzine
October 6th, 2009
05:35 AM ET
10 years ago

Cindy Sheehan arrested at White House anti-war protest

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Dozens of protesters were arrested after they gathered in front of the White House to call for the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As the war in Afghanistan nears the start of its ninth year, a group of anti-war protesters gathered in front of the White House today to express their disappointment that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are not yet over, and to request a meeting with President Obama.

An estimated 500 people from different anti-war groups gathered on the sidewalk in front of the White House. A few chained themselves to the fence, some laid down on the sidewalk as if they were dead, and others chanted: "mourn the dead, heal the wounded, end the war!"

The protest was peaceful, though U.S. Park Police said that 61 people were arrested for failure to obey a lawful order after the crowd was repeatedly asked to move back from the sidewalk. According to Park Police Sgt. David Schlosser, all were cited and released.

Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq in 2004, was among the protestors, and was one of those who were arrested. She said she had not been a supporter of President Obama or of Sen. John McCain during last year's election but said protestors were running out of patience. "I think the mood of the country and the mood of our movement is getting a little bit more desperate, and (that) this will be the time to be able to translate our tireless activism and work for peace," she said.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Iraq • White House
October 6th, 2009
05:31 AM ET
10 years ago

Poll: New Jersey gubernatorial race a virtual tie

Republican challenger Chris Christie, left, trails New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, right, by a single point in a new poll out Tuesday.

Republican challenger Chris Christie, left, trails New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, right, by a single point in a new poll out Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A month before Election Day, New Jersey’s Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine is now in a virtual tie with his Republican challenger, according to a new poll out Tuesday.

Forty-four percent of likely New Jersey voters support Corzine while 43 percent support Republican Chris Christie. Four percent say they will vote for independent candidate Chris Daggett, and five percent are undecided.

“With the start of an advertising blitz and the raw exposure of the debate [last week], the race has tightened to a dead heat,” said Peter Woolley, director of the Fairleigh Dickinson University Public Mind poll released Tuesday.

In a Fairleigh Dickinson survey released a month ago, Christie held a 5 point lead over Corzine, 47 percent to 42 percent, in a two-person race, with 6 percent unsure. Christie was also ahead by 6 points in the Fairleigh Dickinson poll conducted in July.

Tuesday’s survey of 667 likely New Jersey voters statewide and was conducted by telephone from September 28 through October 5 and has a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.


Filed under: Chris Christie • Jon Corzine • New Jersey • Polls
October 6th, 2009
04:51 AM ET
10 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: October 06, 2009

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The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world.

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CNN: Clinton, Gates: U.S. in Afghanistan for long haul
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, in a rare joint interview, said Monday that the United States is committed to a regional strategy to build long-standing relations with Afghanistan and Pakistan.

CNN: Obama, congressional leaders to meet on Afghan war
President Obama will meet with top congressional leaders from both parties Tuesday to discuss a war in Afghanistan that now appears to be at a potential tipping point.

CNN: Sharp division inside White House on Afghanistan, analyst says
Deliberations over what to do in Afghanistan are taking place behind closed doors, but the divisions among some of President Obama's trusted advisers are starting to emerge.

Wall Street Journal: Afghan War Units Begin Two New Efforts
The Pentagon is establishing two new units devoted to the Afghan war, highlighting the military's focus on the conflict even as the White House considers scaling back the overall U.S. mission there.

CNN: Petraeus treated for prostate cancer
Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in the Middle East, has been treated for early stage prostrate cancer, said a statement from his office.

CNN: Obama rallies doctors for health care reform
President Obama kicked off a crucial week in the health care reform debate Monday by castigating political opponents for spreading distortions about his plan.

Washington Post: U.S. Losing Ground on Preventable Deaths
As Congress presses forward with landmark legislation to revamp the nation's health-care system, lawmakers are grappling with a troubling question: Are Americans dying too soon? The answer is yes.

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