October 8th, 2007
08:50 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama: 'Faith plays every role'

Watch Sen. Barack Obama discuss religion and values at a church in South Carolina.

(CNN) - Watch Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, as he addressed the congregation at the Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, South Carolina on Sunday.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Faith • South Carolina
October 8th, 2007
08:20 PM ET
13 years ago

Political odd couple

Iraq and a crowded 2008 presidential field apparently make for strange bedfellows.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, and Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, have a bipartisan proposal to partition Iraq along sectarian lines with Baghdad remaining the seat of a national, federal government in the Middle Eastern country.  The Democrat and the Republican - each of whom is seeking his respective party's nomination for president - will campaign together in Iowa and tout their joint plan.  Carol Costello reports.

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Filed under: Iowa • Iraq • Joe Biden • Sam Brownback
October 8th, 2007
06:24 PM ET
13 years ago

Clinton wants Vilsack family in her administration

Clinton said she will have a place for both Vilsacks in her administration.

ANAMOSA, Iowa (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, said Sunday that she would want former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, as well as his wife Christie, serving in her administration.

Clinton was asked how she would use the former governor in the White House if she were elected president.

"I tell you what," she said. "I think that both he and Christie should be in the administration. They are two of my favorite people who've done a great, great job."

"I have actually stolen a lot of ideas from what Tom Vilsack did as governor," Clinton said. "Some of the energy policy, some of the infrastructure - a lot of it really is far-reaching, a lot of the pre-school policy. So I am thrilled to have their support, and I hope I'll be able to entice them into the Clinton administration."

Vilsack was the first Democrat to officially announce his candidacy for president, but dropped out of the race in February. He is often mentioned by political pundits as a possible vice presidential running mate for Clinton. These days both Vilsack and his wife are often seen on the campaign trail supporting Clinton.

- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Extra • Hillary Clinton • Iowa
October 8th, 2007
05:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama promises to fix 'energy crisis'

Obama delivered a speech on energy Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, took aim at his Senate colleagues seeking the Democratic presidential nomination for ignoring America's "energy crisis" and promised to make America more energy independent in a speech in New Hampshire Monday.

"When they had multiple chances to reduce our dependence on foreign oil by investing in renewable fuels that we can literally grow right here in America, they said no," Obama said. "Now, I know that some of these policies are difficult politically. They aren’t easy. But being President of the United States isn’t about doing what’s easy."

Obama said he would invest $150 billion over the next 10 years in clean, renewable energy and set concrete targets to reduce carbon emissions. He said he would cut America's dependence on foreign oil 35 percent by 2030.

"I believe the American people are ready for a President who can unite us around a common purpose again," Obama said. "I believe that we are ready to lead again. Make no mistake – developing the next generation of energy will be one of the greatest challenges that this generation of Americans will ever face."

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- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

October 8th, 2007
04:05 PM ET
13 years ago

No Christmas caucuses

Several Democratic contenders gathered recently in Iowa for Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak fry.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Pre-Christmas Iowa caucuses? Not in this presidential election cycle.

After months of speculation that Iowa might hold its caucuses in December, a state Republican official said Monday the party is zeroing in on January 3 and 5 as two possible dates to hold the first nominating contest of the 2008 presidential contest. (CNNPolitics.com: Clinton opens lead in Iowa, poll finds)

Mary Tiffany, a spokeswoman for the Iowa Republican Party, said the party appears to be leaning towards January 3, but cautioned that not all members of the Iowa GOP’s State Central Committee has weighed in on the matter and must do so before a date is finalized. The group held a conference call late last week to discuss potential dates, and a final vote could happen next Tuesday when it convenes another call, Tiffany said.

Earlier this year, Iowa Democratic Party Chair Scott Brennan vowed not to hold his party’s caucuses in December.

Tiffany noted that Iowa Republicans have been in frequent contact with their Democratic counterparts over the date and predicted the two political parties will hold the event on the same day.


Filed under: Iowa • Presidential Candidates
October 8th, 2007
04:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Thompson announces leadership team

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Sen. Fred Thompson's presidential campaign will be chaired by four powerful names in conservative circles, the Tennessee Republican announced Monday.

Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker, R-Tennessee, will serve as the campaign’s honorary chairman, while former Sen. George Allen, R-Virginia, former Sen. Spencer Abraham, R-Michigan, and Liz Cheney, daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, round out Thompson's leadership team.

"These distinguished individuals bring wise counsel and invaluable experience to my campaign leadership team, and they will play a critical role in helping spread my consistent conservative message across America," Thompson said in a statement.

Filed under: Fred Thompson
October 8th, 2007
02:23 PM ET
9 years ago

Romney confronted with medical marijuana issue

Watch Romney tackle the medical marijuana issue with a voter in New Hampshire.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was confronted head-on Saturday over the issue of medical marijuana.

Following a campaign appearance in Dover, New Hampshire, a member of the audience, Clayton Holton, told Romney he has muscular dystrophy and said five of his doctors say he is "living proof medical marijuana works."

"I am completely against legalizing it for everyone, but there is medical purposes for it," Holton told Romney.

Romney pointed out that there is synthetic marijuana as well as other pain medications available.

"It makes me sick. I have tried it, and it makes me throw up," Holton said. "My question for you is will you arrest me or my doctors if I get medical marijuana."

"I am not in favor of medical marijuana being legal in the country," Romney said as he moved on to greet other people.

Holton continued, "Excuse me, will you please answer my question?"

"I think I have. I am not in favor of legalizing medical marijuana," the Massachusetts Republican said.

Other Republican presidential hopefuls have also recently been confronted by patients on the issue.

The New York Times reported a patient in New Hampshire accused former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani of saying he would have “federal agents arrest the sick and the dying.”

"I never said that," Giuliani said.

Meanwhile, The Associated Press reported late last month Arizona Sen. John McCain told a patient, "Every town hall meeting I have, someone shows up and advocates for medical marijuana, and, by the way, in all due respect, alleges that we are arresting the dead and the dying, and I still have not seen any evidence of that."

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- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
October 8th, 2007
02:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Liberal groups target Republicans over kids heathcare veto

Democratic members of Congress applaud shortly after signing legislation for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) legislation

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As House members are at home for the Columbus Day weekend, a coalition of labor and advocacy groups, including the AFL-CIO and MoveOn.org, is stepping up the battle over the federal children's health-care program, known as SCHIP. The coalition rolled out a nearly $1 million television ad campaign and is targeting about 20 Republicans to vote to override the president's veto of the bill.

The national ad, sponsored by Americans United for Change, an umbrella group of liberal organizations, is running on cable networks. It includes images of a baby and other children with an announcer saying "George Bush just vetoed Abby." The coalition also promises to rally activists in districts of another 20 House Republicans over the next two weeks.

This push by Democratic groups comes on top of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's efforts to zero in on eight House Republicans who opposed the bill. The campaign arm started running radio ads and funding automated calls to voters last week in districts it considers competitive for Democratic challengers.

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- CNN Congressional Producer Dierdre Walsh

Filed under: SCHIP
October 8th, 2007
11:45 AM ET
13 years ago

Clinton campaign downplays Berger's role

The Clinton campaign downplayed Berger's role Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign downplayed a report in the Washington Examiner Monday that former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger is advising the New York Democrat's White House bid.

"Like many people he offers advice, but he has no official role in the campaign," a Clinton aide told CNN's Candy Crowley.

The Washington Examiner reported in its Monday edition that Berger, who pleaded guilty two years ago to illegally removing classified documents from the National Archives and intentionally destroying some of them, has taken an informal role in Clinton's campaign, similar to the one he held in Sen. John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign.

Berger, who offered the Massachusetts Democrat advice on foreign policy issues, resigned from the campaign in July 2004 as the investigation into his actions at the National Archives was heating up.

Berger served as national security adviser to former President Clinton from 1997-2001.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton
October 8th, 2007
11:30 AM ET
13 years ago

A bipartisan presidential plan for Iraq

Sen. Brownback, above, along with Sen. Biden, both endorse the same Iraq plan.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Sam Brownback, R- Kansas, and Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, will hold a news conference in Iowa on Friday to discuss their plan for Iraq, in what campaign officials say is the first ever bipartisan presidential campaign event in U.S. history.

Brownback and Biden are both running for president.

"Joe and I might be running for the nomination of two different parties, but we agree on one thing: the American people want progress in Iraq and this represents a viable way forward to stability and success," Brownback said in a statement released by the campaigns.

Biden added that he looked forward to the joint-campaign event "to explain how the Biden-Brownback-Boxer amendment makes Iraq the world's problem while establishing a political solution that gives Iraq's warring factions breathing room to resolve their differences."

The amendment aims to establish a federal system of government in Iraq and passed in the Senate with a vote of 75 to 23 last month.


Filed under: Joe Biden • Sam Brownback
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