(CNN) - Sen. John McCain's campaign got taken off message Monday when controversial comments by one of his key advisers surfaced.
In the latest episdoe of CNN=Politics Daily, Dana Bash reports on how McCain reacted to comments by adviser Charlie Black. Bash also has a report on what the McCain camp hoped would be the news of the day - McCain's proposal to award energy innovation with a $300 million prize.
On the Democratic side, Jim Acosta takes a look at the fact that former President Bill Clinton still has yet to endorse Sen. Barack Obama, his party's presumptive nominee and the Democrats' new standard-bearer.
Finally, Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider breaks down poll results on the impact that race and age may play in the general election contest between Obama and McCain.
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(CNN) – Barack Obama’s former minister, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, attended a 1998 Clinton White House prayer breakfast, and met former President Bill Clinton – a moment which was documented by official photographers in a photo that surfaced Thursday.
Wright was one of roughly 100 religious leaders invited to the breakfast, which was held in the East Room on September 11, 1998, as part of a series of similar events scheduled that year in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
The photograph appeared on "The truth about Trinity United Church of Christ," a blog operated by a church member.
During the breakfast, then-President Clinton told the group that "I don't think there is a fancy way to say that I have sinned."
An Obama spokesman declined to comment. Clinton spokesman Phil Singer told CNN, “In the course of his two terms in office, Bill Clinton met with, corresponded with and took pictures with literally tens of thousands of people.
According to White House documents released this week, Hillary Clinton was scheduled to attend the event as well.
The Obama campaign has struggled to re-gain its footing following the controversy over racially-charged comments by the Illinois senator’s former minister. Earlier this week, Obama gave a speech in Philadelphia that was meant to clarify his opposition to the substance of Wright’s remarks, as well as his views on racial division in America.
The Clinton campaign has largely steered clear of public criticism of Obama over the incident, though some current and former campaign surrogates have suggested the fact that the senator did not dissociate himself sooner might raise questions about his judgment.
–CNN's Steve Brusk and Rebeca Sinderbrand
(CNN) – Florida congressman Kendrick Meek said Monday that Bill Clinton’s words along the campaign trail have been taken out of context.
“The president’s not trying to make news,” Meek told CNN’s Kiran Chetry. “The real issue is the reporting of what the president is actually saying.” Adding, the focus needs to go back to Hillary Clinton’s message.
Meek, who is also chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, faced controversy surrounding last year’s CBC conference after he and Chairwoman Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Michigan) invited Hillary Clinton to speak at the annual event. Clinton was the only presidential candidate to get her own forum, fueling anger that the group’s neutrality was being undermined by its chairmen.
The congressman endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton for president back in June and was named a senior adviser to her campaign. He is one of five key endorsements for Senator Clinton in Florida including, Rep. Corrine Brown, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. Alcee Hastings and Sen. Bill Nelson, who announced his support Monday.
Florida’s primary is Tuesday, January 29th.
Related: Watch the entire interview with CNN’s Kiran Chetry.
– CNN’s Emily Sherman
WASHINGTON (CNN) - GOP presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain picked up another endorsement Monday. This one came from across the aisle – from a fellow senator who, like McCain, has been known to do the unconventional on occasion. Mary Snow has that report.
Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider takes a look at the latest dust-up between GOP rivals Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee. This time the two are trading barbs over U.S. foreign policy. Schneider reports on what the greater implications of the foreign policy squabble may be in the GOP presidential nomination race.
Former president Bill Clinton has stepped up his attacks of Sen. Barack Obama, one of his wife's main rivals for the Democratic nomination. Suzanne Malveaux reports on the latest round of (Bill) Clinton vs. Obama.
Plus, Candy Crowley, Jack Cafferty, and Gloria Borger discuss Mike Huckabee's latest ad and Huckabee's recent critique of the Bush administration's foreign policy.
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–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart
Clinton's campaign chairman denied the campaign was in disarray.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman dismissed newspaper stories that described massive discord among her advisers as “distractions” Wednesday - though he did not address reports that aides are upset with former President Bill Clinton’s recent outspokenness on the campaign trail.
Terry McAuliffe was responding to a story in Wednesday’s New York Daily News that described the campaign in disarray. In the account, the New York senator’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, is described as "very engaged and very agitated,” according to an anonymous Democrat quoted in the piece, who added, that Clinton was yelling at [chief strategist] Mark Penn a lot."
The report quoted other supporters who criticized recent Clinton campaign ads, saying they lacked focus.
In a statement e-mailed to reporters, McAuliffe said Clinton had assembled an “outstanding team” that “remains focused on winning votes,” adding that “the President is thrilled to be helping his wife.” He did not address any of the issues raised or incidents described in the piece.
The story follows several similar reports in recent weeks, including an account by Al Hunt of Bloomberg News that described the former president as “bouncing off the walls at the campaign's ineptitude in the past few weeks.”
The same article said that campaign officials were “privately furious” at him for remarks he made about his opposition to the Iraq war.
– CNN Associate Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand