(CNN) - Oprah Winfrey will be on hand when Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination in Denver – but the talk show host, who was a key presence at rallies for the Illinois senator during the primary season, won’t take the stage, a representative from her production company told CNN Wednesday.
The spokeswoman also denied rumors Winfrey was planning to spend thousands renting a home in Denver during the convention.
In June, shortly after Obama effectively clinched the Democratic nomination, Winfrey – who appeared with him in several key early-voting states, including Iowa, New Hampshire and California – said she was "euphoric” over his victory.
“I've been doing the happy dance all day,” she said in a statement then. “I'm so proud of Barack and Michelle and what this means for all of us, the new possibilities for our country.”
She added that she’d be happy to hit the trail again on his behalf: “And if he wants me to, I'm ready to go door to door."
(CNN) - Former Republican Rep. Jim Leach endorsed Barack Obama's White House bid Tuesday, and said he hopes the Illinois senator considers a former GOP ally of rival John McCain as his running mate.
Speaking on a conference call with reporters to announce a new effort among Republicans in support of Obama's candidacy, Leach said he thought Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel should join the Democratic ticket.
"There are a number of impressive potential vice presidential candidates and this is a singular decision for one person, and that is Barack Obama," Leach said. "But personally I'd be hopeful in the list of serious candidates to be considered would be Chuck Hagel, whether it be for the veep position or a serious position in an Obama administration."
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Hagel, who has butted heads with his party over the war in Iraq and is not seeking a third Senate term, has said he would consider a VP offer from Obama. But it remains unclear just how much of a consideration Hagel is.
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While the Vietnam War veteran would instantly add gravitas and bipartisanship to the ticket, his longstanding opposition to abortion rights and gay marriage would not sit well with the Democratic base.
(CNN) –- Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama released a new energy plan Monday, highlighting and approving policy he initially opposed.
In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN’s Jessica Yellin outlines the Illinois senator’s new plan and his ten-year goal for energy independence.
Not to be overshadowed on one of the hottest election-year issues, presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain challenged Obama to pressure Congress to get back in session and deal with rising gas prices. White House Correspondent Ed Henry reports.
Meanwhile, President Bush is still receiving criticism for his planned trip to attend the Olympic Games in Beijing. Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider releases new poll results about Bush’s participation in the controversial event.
Finally, does former President Bill Clinton have any new thoughts about his role during the primary season? CNN’s Mary Snow has the answer.
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(CNN) –The McCain campaign wants to know: do you want to elect “the biggest celebrity in the world?"
In the latest episode of CNN=Politics Daily, Dana Bash reports on John McCain’s new ad released Wednesday. You won’t believe who makes an appearance along with Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee.
There has been a lot of talk recently about Sen. Barack Obama’s vice presidential contenders, but Hillary Clinton seems to have faded from conversation. Suzanne Malveaux examines Clinton’s chance of making it onto Obama’s presidential ticket.
And Obama was well received abroad; how did he fair at home? Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider takes a look at a new poll that may have the answer.
Finally, Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens’ indictment may further damage the Republican Party in what is already a tough year for the GOP. Brian Todd investigates.
(CNN) - Alaska Senator Ted Stevens’ time in Congress may be nearing its end after a very long tenure.
In the latest episode of CNN=Politics Daily, Justice Correspondent Kelli Arena reports on Stevens' indictment.
Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, is receiving some harsh criticism from supporters for possible changes to social security payroll taxes. Mary Snow has the details.
And, Wolf Blitzer speaks with Robert Rubin, Secretary of the Treasury during the Clinton administration, about the economy and Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Finally, Obama may be closer to picking his running mate. Suzanne Malveaux takes a look at some names that may be on Obama's short list.
(CNN)–Sen. Barack Obama continues his tour overseas while Sen. John McCain criticizes him back home. In the latest installment of CNN = Politics Daily, Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowely outlines Obama’s trip thus far and explains how his campaign is defending its Iraq policy.
Meanwhile back in the States, the McCain campaign is still making the case that Obama’s Iraq policy is wrong. CNN’s Dana Bash has the details from Kennebunkport, Maine.
Plus: The New York Times is refusing to publish a McCain op-ed - even though it printed Obama’s just last week. CNN’s Howard Kurtz sheds light on the newspapers justification for its decision.
Finally: The presidential candidates are set to attend a religious forum together later this month. CNN’s Jessica Yellin reveals how Pastor Rick Warren was able to bring Obama and McCain to the same stage.
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(CNN) - Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain spoke at the NAACP convention Wednesday.
In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, Dana Bash takes a look at McCain's outreach to African-American voters and Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley breaks down a new poll on the role that race may be playing in the presidential election.
White House Correspondent Elaine Quijano reports on the Bush adminstration's decision to send a senior State Department official to participate in nuclear talks with Iran.
Is former presidential candidate Mitt Romney vying for McCain’s VP spot? Tom Foreman takes a look at why Romney may be a good choice for the GOP ticket.
Sen. Barack Obama has been talking about national security a lot lately. Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider sheds some light on why the presumptive Democratic nominee is focussing on the topic and looks ahead at Obama's planned trip abroad.
(CNN)–Rev. Jessie Jackson is making headlines Wednesday for his controversial attack on Barack Obama. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN’s Don Lemon talks with the 1984 presidential Democratic candidate about his self-described “crude” remarks.
Obama faces attacks on another front Wednesday, as liberal bloggers criticize his vote in favor of the new FISA bill. CNN’s Tom Foreman reports on the senator’s support of the bill that allows unwarranted government wiretapping.
As the election draws near and President Bush’s administration comes to close, weighty policy questions about Iran loom. CNN’s Dana Bash outlines where Obama and McCain stand on US relations with the rogue nation.
Finally: has Obama’s infamous ‘bitter-gate’ comment returned? Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider suggests it has as he explains the Democratic Party’s continuing struggle to win over white working-class voters.
(CNN) - Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain is raising eyebrows for a joke about killing Iranians - the second time the cycle a stab at humor involving the rogue nation has landed him in hot water.
At a Tuesday campaign event in Pennsylvania, a questioner referred to a recent survey that revealed cigarette exports to Iran rose significantly during the Bush administration. McCain replied jokingly, "Maybe that's a way of killing them."
After a few chuckles from those in attendance, he added "I meant that as a joke, as a person who hasn't had a cigarette in 28 years."
At a campaign event before the New Hampshire primary, the Arizona senator parodied the Beach Boys single “Barbara Ann,” replacing the lyrics with the words "Bomb Iran."
(CNN) - Sen. John McCain was in Colombia Wednesday, the same day that the South American country's military mounted a risky hostage rescue operation.
In the latest installment of CNN = Politics Daily, Dana Bash reports on the briefing McCain received before the military operation began and what it might say about McCain's standing on the international stage.
Sen. Barack Obama prided himself on being the only major presidential candidate who opposed the Iraq war from its beginning. What will Obama do now that the Bush administration's surge strategy appears to be working? CNN’s Jessica Yellin takes a look.
Meanwhile, the McCain camp had a personnel change in its top ranks Wednesday. Dana Bash explains why some Republicans felt the change was necessary.
Obama's online campaigning has become one of his trademarks since the beginning of his presidential bid. But, now some of his supporters are using the Obama camp's own Web site to organize a movement against the Illinois senator. Abbi Tatton reports on the online community of Obama supporters who are banding together against his support for the new foreign surveillance bill.
Finally, Sen. Obama is refuting claims that the mortgage on his Chicago home was a sweat-heart deal. Brian Todd has the details.