WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colorado, is expected to officially announce his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination in Iowa Monday morning, according to a source close to the congressman.
Tancredo, who has been a leading proponent of a strict overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, is scheduled to appear on the "Mickelson in the Morning" radio program in Des Moines to make what his campaign described as "an important announcement regarding his presidential intentions." Alan Moore, a Tancredo campaign spokesman, declined to elaborate further.
The five-term congressman formed a presidential exploratory committee in January, though he has not yet filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama will be the next 2008 presidential hopeful to release a Spanish-language version of their best-selling book, his publisher announced Thursday.
"The Audacity of Hope," the Illinois Democrat's second book, will be translated into Spanish and released in U.S. bookstores in June as "La Audacia de la Esperanza", according to a statement by the book's publisher, Vintage Espanol, a division of Random House.
Other books written by 2008 presidential candidates that have been released in Spanish include Sen. Hillary Clinton's "Historia Viva" (Living History) and "Liderazgo" (Leadership) by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Hispanics, the nation's fastest-growing minority group, made up eight percent of voters in the last presidential election.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate Rules Committee unanimously approved a measure Wednesday that would require senators, senate candidates and party committees to file their campaign finance reports in electronic format, seven years after the same requirement was placed on congressional and presidential candidates and other federal committees.
The move will make it easier for reporters and members of the public to review Senate fundraising activity, which currently has to be keyed into a computer by hand from paper documents, a process that can take months.
The measure, now headed for a vote in the full Senate where it is expected to pass, cleared an important hurdle when Utah Sen. Robert Bennett, a Republican, dropped plans to offer an amendment that Democrats feared would kill the bill's chances on the floor.
"Today the Senate is one step closer to catching up with the times," said Sens. Russ Feingold, D-Wisconsin, and Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi, the legislation's leading proponents, in a joint statement. "We will ask the majority leader to bring the bill up promptly, so that in 2008 candidates for the Senate will be required to file their campaign finance reports electronically, as candidates for president and the House have done for years."
If enacted, the legislation will require all Senate candidates, including incumbents, and senate party committees to submit their campaign fundraising disclosures in a searchable electronic format starting in January 2008. Currently, senate campaign and party committees are the only federal committees that file their campaign finance documents on paper.
"Everyone agrees this is necessary," says Steve Weissman, the associate director for policy at the Campaign Finance Institute, a non-partisan organization that has been calling on the Senate to file electronically for years. "It's been way too long, but I'm very pleased that the Senate has acted by unanimous voice vote today."
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson has decided to officially enter the race for the GOP presidential nomination, and has tentatively picked Wednesday, April 4, to make an official announcement, according to a campaign aide.
Details for the announcement, including the location, have not been finalized.
The former Health and Human Services Secretary set up a presidential exploratory committee in December and a filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission in January.
Thompson will be a guest Tuesday on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" at 4 p.m. ET.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove sharply dismissed an allegation Thursday that he was behind a 2000 rumor that Sen. John McCain was the father of an illegitimate African-American child.
"That is absolutely not true, and I take offense," Rove said in response to a question during an appearance at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. "If you have any bit of evidence that anybody connected with the Bush campaign was involved in that, you bring it forward, because it is a reckless charge."
The questioner alleged that Rove, then the chief political strategist for presidential candidate George W. Bush, "helped spread the false story" about McCain, who was Bush's main rival for the 2000 GOP nomination.
In the days leading up to the 2000 South Carolina Republican primary, anonymous McCain opponents had spread rumors that McCain had fathered an illegitimate African-American child. At the same time, Bob Jones University professor Richard Hand wrote a widely circulated email suggesting McCain had children out of wedlock. In fact, McCain and his wife had an adopted daughter from Bangladesh. Hand was a Bush supporter but did not have a role with the Bush campaign.
"Do you think people of South Carolina find it attractive to hear that kind of charge made against John McCain," Rove asked at the Troy University event. "Or do the people of South Carolina respond to it as they should have, 'What a remarkable thing that John and Cindy McCain adopted a child from Asia, took him into their home as an act of compassion and kindness.'"
"The Bush campaign had nothing to do with it, and the Bush campaign endeavored to stamp out those kinds of things because they hurt George Bush and helped John McCain, not the other way around," Rove added. "Either I'm a genius, or I'm an idiot. Only an idiot would spread trash like that and expect to do their candidate any good."
WASHINGTON (CNN) - California will officially move its presidential primary from early June to February 5 when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signs the change into law Thursday morning in Sacramento.
At least 20 states have either moved or are considering moving their presidential primary or caucuses to this date, sometimes called "Super-Duper Tuesday," making the first Tuesday in February the second biggest day of voting in 2008 after only the general election in November.
California, the most populous state in the union, represents the largest prize for both the Democratic and Republican nomination contests.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The John Edwards presidential campaign evacuated its Chapel Hill, North Carolina, headquarters Wednesday after receiving a letter containing a white powder.
Edwards Deputy Campaign Manager Jonathan Prince released the following statement regarding the incident:
"We received a letter this afternoon at our Chapel Hill headquarters which was opened by a member of our staff and contained a white powder. The health and safety of our staff and volunteers is obviously our paramount concern, so we contacted the authorities. The authorities have asked us to evacuate while they run tests on the substance, and we have done so. Our staff continues to be connected and working from home and the campaign continues to operate at full speed. We will pass along more information when we receive it."
The former Democratic vice presidential nominee was in Washington D.C. Wednesday attending campaign events.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, announced Monday that he will seek the GOP presidential nomination.
Paul, who ran for president in 1988 as the Libertarian Party nominee, made his announcement on C-SPAN's call-in program "Washington Journal." The congressman established a presidential exploratory committee with the state of Texas in January, and will create a federal campaign committee today, according to his campaign.
He was elected to his 9th full term in November 2006, and has served in Congress off and on since 1976.
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (CNN) - Few people were surprised when Republican Sen. John McCain announced last week on "The Late Show with David Letterman" that he was running for president, except possibly rival late night talk show host Jay Leno.
"The only trouble we got into though was he promised Jay Leno we would announce on his show, so now we have a little West Coast issue," said Rick Davis, CEO of McCain's presidential bid. "So I wouldn't be surprised if he's out there sometime soon."
As for the substance of McCain's late night announcement, Davis says the Arizona senator was simply "declaring the obvious" in his appearance.
"How many of you really believe John McCain wasn't already running for President?" asked Davis, who was part of a panel of senior GOP presidential campaign advisers Monday night at Harvard University's Institute of Politics.
McCain's declaration on the Letterman show had little legal significance. He had already filed the necessary papers to run for president months before, including a document called a "statement of candidacy," and has been raising campaign funds and hiring staff in key states.
He will make what the campaign bills as an "official" announcement in April.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards expressed his support Thursday for public financing of presidential campaigns through an aide, but was unwilling to pledge to accept public funding if he becomes the nominee and his general election opponent agrees to do the same, as both Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain have agreed to do.
Though not ruling out the option entirely, Edwards deputy campaign manager Jonathan Prince says the publicly funded grant available to party nominees in the general election, roughly $84 million in 2008, will not be enough for campaigns to respond to attacks from independent groups. Edwards and Sen. Hillary Clinton have both said they would fund their White House bids solely from private funds and decline up to $105 million in public money.
The Federal Election Commission ruled Thursday that presidential candidates may tentatively raise private general election funds, while preserving the option of accepting public funds at a later date.
The full statement from Edwards Deputy Campaign Manager Jonathan Prince:
"John Edwards strongly believes we need public financing for elections in America. But the Swift Boats taught us that the Republicans will stop at nothing to hold on to power, and the grant money simply hasn't kept pace with media prices, handicapping a campaign's ability to respond to the attacks of underground groups. We'll make a decision at the time about the best way to ensure we have the maximum possible resources to win. The only way we're ever going to have real public financing is to put a Democrat in the White House."