Clinton jokes: Darth Vader would not be my choice for president
July 27th, 2014
04:44 PM ET
5 months ago

Clinton jokes: Darth Vader would not be my choice for president

Washington (CNN) - Attention potential presidential candidates: Beware of the dark side.

A recent tongue-in-cheek analysis shows Americans prefer Darth Vader more than any potential 2016 presidential candidate. Never mind that Darth Vader has done some pretty evil things across the “Star Wars” films, including blowing up planets and torturing his own son, Luke Skywalker.

What does former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton think?

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July 16th, 2014
05:37 AM ET
5 months ago

Clinton tells 'Daily Show' she wants office with 'fewer corners,' talks Mideast peace

Washington (CNN) - When Jon Stewart gave Hillary Clinton a career aptitude test on the 'Daily Show' Tuesday night, her answers alluded to a presidential bid - and she touched on the disintegration of a Middle East cease-fire she negotiated two years ago.

The former Secretary of State, Senator, First Lady and Cabinet member told the Comedy Central host that she wants a home office.

"Do you have a favorite shape for that home office? Would you like it to have corners?" he asked her.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Israel • Jon Stewart • Middle East • Palestine • Presidential Candidates
June 13th, 2014
06:32 AM ET
6 months ago

Chris Christie, Jimmy Fallon dance around testy issues

(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie bust a move on late night TV.

And the New Jersey Republican danced with "The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon around testy issues such as the George Washington Bridge controversy, which has cast a shadow over the Republican governor and his administration, a potential run for president, his weight, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's shocking primary loss.

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Romney not intending to make another presidential run
February 3rd, 2014
07:07 PM ET
11 months ago

Romney not intending to make another presidential run

Washington (CNN) – A prime seat at the Super Bowl. A flattering documentary. A funny turn on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”  No doubt about it: Mitt Romney has been back in the spotlight recently. But does it all add up to him making a third run for the Republican presidential nomination?

No, according to multiple sources close to the 2012 Republican presidential nominee.

While the ex-candidate is clearly enjoying all the good karma - which comes amid a bad month for Chris Christie —sources close to Romney say the nascent draft-Mitt idea, such as it is, is organic and not coming from him or his wife, Ann, or anyone close to them.
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Filed under: 2016 • National Guard • Presidential Candidates
April 24th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Jon Stewart lines up Reid, Carter, Dean, and Gingrich

(CNN) - Jon Stewart will take on four political heavyweights over the next month, Comedy Central announced Thursday.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Former President Jimmy Carter, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are all scheduled to make appearances on "The Daily Show."

The appearances will be Reid's first, Carter's second, Gingrich's third, and Dean's fourth.

March 28th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Presidential hopefuls spend big money on 'Wheel of Fortune'

Wheel of Fortune hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White.
Wheel of Fortune hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - What key constituency group are the presidential candidates fighting over? Soccer moms? NASCAR dads? Perhaps, but if television ad spending habits are any indication, the keys to the White House may be held by Pat Sajak and Vanna White.

Over the course of the campaign, presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John McCain together have spent over $2 million to air televised campaign ads on “Wheel of Fortune,” the long-running syndicated game show hosted by Sajak and White. This is more than the three have spent on any other individual television program, according to data from TNS Media Intelligence/Campaign Media Analysis Group (CMAG), CNN’s consultant on political ad spending.

Obama has spent the most on “Wheel,” with over $1 million spent so far, followed by Clinton with $815,000 and McCain with $168,000.

“’Wheel of Fortune’ is a great way to talk to typical American voters in an efficient way,” says Evan Tracey, CMAG’s chief operating officer. “It’s a program that typically follows the news and leads into prime-time, so it’s inexpensive but also efficient.”

Running a close second to “Wheel” is “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Obama, who received Winfrey’s endorsement last year, has bought an estimated $974,000 in ads on the Chicago-based talk show, compared to $596,000 for Clinton and $185,000 for McCain.

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March 2nd, 2008
04:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Sunday Roundup: Democratic surrogates out in full force

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton hit the road in Ohio, relying on campaign surrogates to stump for them on the Sunday morning talk-shows.

The television appearances come at a critical time for both candidates as next Tuesday's key primaries in Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island loom on the horizon. On CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer," Clinton supporter Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, explained why he is supporting the senator from New York.

"I'm supporting Hillary Clinton because I know she knows, understands and cares about issues that affect border communities like the one I represent."

Obama surrogate Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, also spoke to Blitzer, and defended his candidate's foreign policy experience.

"The fact is that Barack Obama comes to this race with more experience than George Bush, Ronald Reagan or Bill Clinton had in foreign policy at the national level. And the fact is that he has proven that it's his judgment that is correct," Kerry said.

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February 13th, 2008
12:10 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama, McCain camps say opponents can't catch them

 The Obama campaign said Wednesday it's nearly impossible now for Clinton to finish with more pledged delegates.
The Obama campaign said Wednesday it's nearly impossible now for Clinton to finish with more pledged delegates.

(CNN) – As the all-important delegate chase continues, the campaigns of presidential frontrunners Barack Obama and John McCain argued Wednesday that it was now just about mathematically impossible, or already so, for rivals Hillary Clinton and Mike Huckabee to capture their parties’ presidential nominations.

On a Wednesday morning conference call with reporters, Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe, said that the Illinois senator’s own sweep of Tuesday’s Potomac primaries had made it “next to impossible” for Clinton to capture the Democratic nomination.

The most recent CNN count of Democratic delegates puts Obama ahead of the New York senator, 1,215 to 1,190, a gap of just 25 delegates. That includes both pledged delegates who are distributed proportionately according to election results in their state, and unpledged superdelegates who have made their presidential preference known. Superdelegates are free to cast their vote without regard for the primary or caucus results in their home states.

This cycle, the party’s nominee will need to capture 2,025 delegates. The campaigns of both Clinton and Obama have said that, whatever the upcoming results, both are planning to stay in the race through the national convention, when delegates cast their votes.

But the upcoming primary calendar, said Plouffe, offers Clinton little chance to recover the lead. “The only way she could do it is by winning every contest by 25 to 30 points. You amass delegates by winning by big margins,” he said.

He said that scenario was unlikely, since Obama had won 14 states and the District of Columbia by more than 20 points, while Clinton had won just two states by similar margins. And polling in the upcoming, delegate-rich contests of Ohio and Texas – which the Clinton campaign has said are “critical” – show a far narrower race in both states.

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February 13th, 2008
08:46 AM ET
7 years ago

Obama, McCain sweep Potomac primaries

 Sen. John McCain picked up wins in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia on Tuesday.
Sen. John McCain picked up wins in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - While Sen. John McCain was inching toward the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama staked a claim as the Democratic front-runner.

Obama's wins in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia primaries propelled him past Sen. Hillary Clinton in the race for delegates.

According to CNN calculations, Obama has 1,215 delegates to Clinton's 1,190.

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February 9th, 2008
09:35 AM ET
7 years ago

Candidates hit the road to prepare for weekend primaries, caucuses

 Voters in five states and three territories will hold contests this weekend.
Voters in five states and three territories will hold contests this weekend.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Louisiana, a state physically and economically damaged by Hurricane Katrina, could be a key political state this year - something not lost on both Democratic campaigns as they drum up last-minute votes.

"If you look at Louisiana the last two elections, if we'd gone the other way in either election, George Bush wouldn't be president," said Clancy Dubos, a columnist with the Gambit Weekly - an alternative newspaper in the state.

For residents in Louisiana, their choice in a candidate will be largely based not only on national issues such as the economy and health care, but also rebuilding efforts in the hurricane-stricken area.

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