February 22nd, 2008
11:09 AM ET
14 years ago

Clinton says she’s been speaking with Edwards

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton said Friday she has had more conversations with John Edwards since their first post-race meeting two weeks ago, a sign the New York senator continues to heavily court the backing of her former rival.

Speaking on ABC's Good Morning America, Clinton touted her longtime friendship with Edwards and said she occasionally talks to him. Pressed if she had spoken with Edwards since meeting with him in person earlier this month, Clinton indicated she had, on more than one occasion.

"We have had conversations, yes," she said.

Edwards is one of a handful of high-profile Democrats whose endorsement could seriously impact the presidential race, but who has yet to back a candidate. Both Clinton and Obama have met with Edwards since the former North Carolina senator dropped his presidential bid several weeks ago, and both have highlighted portions of Edwards' own anti-poverty platform in their own stump speeches.

Obama's campaign manager David Plouffe has also made recent trips to North Carolina, and met with Edwards backers there.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

February 22nd, 2008
10:40 AM ET
14 years ago

Arizona GOP lawmaker indicted

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/02/22/renzi.indictment/art.renzi.afp.gi.jpg caption=" Rep. Rick Renzi speaks during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, in April 2007.."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Rick Renzi was indicted Friday on multiple federal charges, law enforcement sources tell CNN.

In a 35-count indictment handed up by a grand jury in Arizona, Renzi is charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering extortion and insurance fraud.

The indictment stem from Renzi's efforts to use his position in Congress to promote land deals in Arizona by a former business partner, according to the sources.

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Filed under: Congress
February 22nd, 2008
09:33 AM ET
14 years ago

Clinton won't clarify post-March 4 plans

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton declined to say Friday whether she will continue her presidential run past the upcoming March 4 contests, no matter their outcome.

Her campaign has been looking to strong showings in the states of Ohio and Texas, which vote on that day, as key to reversing the momentum of Democratic rival Barack Obama, who has won 11 straight contests.

When Clinton was asked by NBC Today Show co-host Meredith Vieira whether she’ll continue her run regardless of the results in those states, the New York senator said only: “Well Meredith, I don’t make predictions. I never have, I never will. I just get up every day and do the best I can to let people know what I have done, what I am doing and what I will do.”

Clinton has held the advantage in those delegate-rich states, but recent polls in show both races tightening.

Before Thursday night’s presidential debate, her husband, former President Bill Clinton, told a Texas crowd that his wife’s presidential run hinged on her success in the state – and that if she did not fare well there, she was unlikely to win her party’s nomination.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebeca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
February 22nd, 2008
09:31 AM ET
14 years ago

CNN SciTech Blog: Two very different shades of green

(CNN) - The League of Conservation Voters came out today with its annual Scorecard on Congress.

Using fifteen Senate votes that LCV deems to be “key” environmental measures, and another twenty in the House of Representatives, the organization graded every Member of Congress on their green behavior.

LCV’s grades break down along both party lines and regional lines: Democrats tend to draw higher scores than Republicans; Members of Congress from urban areas, and the Northeast, tend to score higher than Members from rural areas in the South, Midwest, and West.

California, home to both ardent environmentalists and anti-regulatory Conservatives, has five members of the House who received perfect “100″ scores, and six who got zeroes.

And, of course, the grades are in for three Senators who have been getting a lot of attention.

Presidential candidate John McCain, with a lifetime LCV score of 24 percent and a 41 percent rating in the 109th Congress (in 2005 and 2006); Hillary Clinton holds an 87 percent score lifetime, and 89 percent in the last Congress. Barack Obama scored 86 percent for his Senate career, and 96 percent in the last Congress.

But for 2007, the first year of the 110th Congress, all that time on the campaign trail has knocked the candidates’ grades down: Clinton scored 73 percent, Obama 67 percent, and McCain pitched a shutout: 0 percent.

Those numbers may be misleading, however: McCain didn’t vote against the environmentalists’ side this year, he just didn’t vote at all, missing all fifteen “key” votes in 2007, presumably due to his campaign schedule. Clinton and Obama missed four votes each.

McCain supporters are quick to point out that the Arizona Senator has championed global warming legislation for years.

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February 22nd, 2008
09:30 AM ET
9 years ago

Obama, Clinton neck and neck in key states

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/02/21/texas.debate/art.ca.debate2.afp.gi.jpg caption=" Obama and Clinton are neck and neck in two key states."] AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - One day after Bill Clinton acknowledged his wife likely needs to win both Texas and Ohio on March 4 to keep her presidential hopes alive, two new polls out of those crucial states suggest it may be no easy task.

In just released Washington Post/ABC News polls, Hillary Clinton is deadlocked with rival Barack Obama in Texas (48 percent to 47 percent), and the New York senator only holds a slight edge in Ohio (50 percent to 43 percent). The poll carries a margin or error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

A recent CNN poll out or Texas also showed the two candidates statistically deadlocked. In a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll released Monday, Clinton stood at 50 percent while Obama was at 48 percent. That poll carried a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

The demographics of both states would seem to favor Clinton. Latino voters - a group that has tended to break for Clinton over Obama in past primary states - are expected to make up a significant portion of the Democratic electorate in Texas. And in Ohio, working class voters that have long constituted the core of Clinton's base are expected to play a dominant role. But Obama has begun to make major inroads with both groups in recent primary contests.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

February 22nd, 2008
07:32 AM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: Clinton likely did little to blunt Obama's momentum


Sens. Obama and Clinton shake hands after debating at the Lyndon B. Johnson Auditorium at the University of Texas Thursday. Photo Credit: Getty.

(CNN) - It was one of Hillary Clinton's last chances to knock rival Barack Obama – seemingly on a path to the Democratic nomination - off course.But throughout the CNN/Univision Debate in Austin, Texas, on Thursday night, the New York senator struck a cautious and at times conciliatory tone toward Obama, and likely did little to blunt the momentum of a candidate who has won 11 straight contests.It wasn't quite the love-fest of the CNN debate in Los Angeles three weeks ago, but Clinton repeatedly shied away from challenging her rival, even when the debate's moderators gave her ample opportunities to do so.

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-CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider
February 22nd, 2008
07:30 AM ET
14 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, February 22, 2008


Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

CNN: Analysis: Clinton Likely Didn't Slow Obama's Momentum
It was one of Hillary Clinton's last chances to knock rival Barack Obama - seemingly on a path to the Democratic nomination - off course. But throughout the CNN/Univision debate in Austin, Texas, on Thursday night, the New York senator struck a cautious and at times conciliatory tone toward Obama, and likely did little to blunt the momentum of a candidate who has won 11 straight contests.

Washington Post: Obama-Clinton Debate Starts Warm, Heats Up
Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama disagreed sharply on how to achieve universal health care, debated about which of them is most ready to serve as commander in chief and argued over who can best change the country as they appealed for support Thursday ahead of showdown primaries in Texas and Ohio.

NY Times: McCain Denies Aides’ Statements About Lobbyist
Senator John McCain on Thursday disputed an account in The New York Times that top advisers confronted him during his first presidential run with concerns about his ties to a female lobbyist.

WSJ: Obama Wins 65% of Democrats Abroad
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama won the Democrats Abroad global primary in results announced yesterday, giving him 11 straight victories in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.


Filed under: Political Hot Topics
February 22nd, 2008
07:26 AM ET
14 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Friday, February 22, 2008


Compiled by Jonathan Helman, CNN Washington Bureau

*Hillary Clinton starts the day in Texas, where she holds early vote events in Dallas and Fort Worth. Later she travels to Ohio and attends rallies in Columbus and Toledo.

*John McCain holds a town hall meeting and fund-raiser in Indianapolis, Indiana before returning to Washington, DC in the afternoon.

*Barack Obama holds a meeting with students at the University of Texas Pan-American in Edinburg, Texas. Later he attends rallies in Corpus Christi and Austin.

Filed under: On the Trail
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