July 28th, 2007
04:27 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton heckled during speech

(CNN)–Speaking before an audience of college Democrats on Saturday, Senator Hillary Clinton was interrupted by a heckler. An older woman carrying a sign that read, "She doesn't care, all she wants is the power" yelled at Clinton as she spoke. Several Clinton supporters in the audience returned shouts to the protestor and pushed her out of the room.

"One of the things I love about politics, you never know what the day will bring," Clinton said.

Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, delivered remarks to the College Democrats of America National Convention. It was held on the campus of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.

Fellow competitors for the Democratic nomination, Representative Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, and former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel also addressed the group Saturday.

–CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford

July 3rd, 2007
09:28 AM ET
7 years ago

Biden raises $2.4 million


WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, raised at least $2.4 million for his presidential campaigns in the last three months, a campaign aide tells CNN. At least $2 million of that total can be spent during the primaries.

Here's how Biden stacks up so far against the Democratic fundraising totals:

  • Barack Obama: raised $32.5 million overall
  • Hillary Clinton: raised $27 million overall
  • John Edwards: raised $9 million overall
  • Bill Richardson: raised $7 million overall
  • Chris Dodd: raised $3.2 million overall
  • Joe Biden: raised $2.4 million overall

(Note: Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel did not release fundraising estimates)

June 28th, 2007
11:33 PM ET
7 years ago

Who's left?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It's about an hour after the Democratic presidential debate ended and the spin room is slowly clearing out. But Democratic presidential candidates Mike Gravel and Dennis Kucinich still linger to talk to reporters.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

June 28th, 2007
11:15 PM ET
7 years ago

Gravel slams opponents in spin room

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel made the trip to the Spin room following tonight's presidential forum and defended his earlier comment that several of the Democratic presidential candidates lack all "moral judgment."

Asked to clarify what he meant by the statement, Gravel said the Senate Democratic candidates who supported the war's authorization "squandered the money that could have gone to Katrina, healthcare and other projects."

"That is a lack of moral judgment," he said.

"This is a competition for president of the United States, not president of Harvard," he added.

Sens. Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, Joe Biden and former Sen. John Edwards all voted to authorize the Iraq war.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Chris Dodd • Hillary Clinton • Iraq • Joe Biden • John Edwards • Mike Gravel • Race to '08 • Senate
June 28th, 2007
09:51 PM ET
7 years ago

Gravel just says 'no' to war on drugs

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel said in Thursday's Democratic presidential forum that the "war on drugs" has been a "failure" similar to Prohibition, and vowed to end the effort as president. 

 "If I'm president, I'll do away with the war on drugs, which does nothing but savage our inner cities and put our children at risk," said Gravel. "When will we learn that the issue of drugs is a public health issue? Addiction is a public health issue,  not a criminal issue where we throw people in jail and criminalize them to no advantage to the people."

June 19th, 2007
10:20 AM ET
7 years ago

Gravel calls for stronger leadership at progressive conference

Gravel spoke at the Take Back America conference Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Entering the stage to a chorus of "power to the people," former Sen. Mike Gravel told a gathering of progressive activists he wanted to see stronger leadership on the war from Democrats in Congress.

"People are dying and we do nothing about it. We do nothing about it," he said to cheers at the "Take Back America" conference in Washington.

Gravel said the reason Democrats were so successful in 2006 had more to do with the fact that Republicans were so "lousy" and less to do with the vision his party offered.

He called on Democrats to "establish" a record of "leadership" on the war in the next 18 months. If they don't he said, the party "may not deserve" to take back the White House and hold onto Congress in 2008.

- CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson

Filed under: Mike Gravel
June 3rd, 2007
10:42 PM ET
7 years ago

Gravel still going

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - The spin room is emptying out. There are just a few people left. But Mike Gravel is still talking. The former Senator from Alaska continues to make his case to some of the remaining reporters in the room. I must say Gravel’s got staying power. He’s been in the spin room talking non stop for about an hour. He may be at the bottom of the polls, but when comes time spent in the spin room, Gravel’s in first place.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

Filed under: Mike Gravel
June 3rd, 2007
09:44 PM ET
7 years ago

Gravel's would offer educational rewards for service

ATLANTA (CNN) –Spurning the suggestion of a return to the military draft, Sen. Mike Gravel advocated the idea of a voluntary program with built-in rewards to entice young Americans to serve their nation.

“I would like to see a voluntary program where young people would have an opportunity to render public service,” the former senator from Alaska said. “Whether it's in the military, whether it's the Peace Corps, whether it's the AmeriCorps, or all of the above….every year that you serve, we'll give you four years of school free.”

He added, “That will give you an incentive to move forward and do something about education in this country.”

- CNN Associate Producer Taylor Gandossy

Filed under: Mike Gravel
June 3rd, 2007
09:36 PM ET
7 years ago

Former President Clinton- ambassador?

WASHINGTON (CNN)- Senator Gravel and Governor Richardson both agreed that former President Bill Clinton would be of use to them in their administration if either were elected.

Senator Gravel would use the former President as a roving ambassador and joked he can take his wife with him who will “still be in the senate.”

Governor Richardson would make him a Middle East peace envoy, saying the former president “is needed in the middle east.”

- CNN Associate Producer David Gracey

Filed under: Bill Richardson • Mike Gravel
June 3rd, 2007
08:50 PM ET
7 years ago

Gravel: When it comes to foreign oil, "grow up"

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel does not sympathize with complaints about high gas prices and said as president, he would not to anything to reduce prices at the pump but instead would confront the issue of U.S. dependency on foreign oil.

Gravel said, "We Americans have to grow up. If we want to get off the dependency in the Middle East, we have to own up to the problem, these things cost money."

Gravel agreed with Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Connecticut, on implementing a carbon tax, which would make certain fuels more expensive.

Dodd called U.S. dependence on foreign oil as a source of energy a "major crisis" , and said, "Today we have the solar polar caps melting, we have greenhouse gases accumulating at record levels way beyond expectations. We really have the dual responsibility here of reducing the polluting effects of depending upon fossil fuels and also allowing us to develop the alternative technologies that would allow us to move beyond this issue."

- CNN Associate Producer Natalie Apsell

Filed under: Chris Dodd • Mike Gravel
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