March 25th, 2008
02:25 PM ET
12 years ago

Nancy Reagan to endorse McCain

(CNN) - Nancy Reagan will formally endorse John McCain later Tuesday, a senior adviser to the Arizona senator tells CNN's Dana Bash.

Filed under: John McCain
March 25th, 2008
02:19 PM ET
12 years ago

Cafferty: Gore-led ticket good compromise for Democrats?

A Florida congressman is suggesting that a brokered convention for the Democrats could lead to some pretty unexpected results. In other words, forget about Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

Representative Tim Mahoney says he wouldn't be surprised if someone different is at the top of the ticket. He says a compromise candidate could be someone like Al Gore.

In a newspaper interview, Mahoney said if the convention is deadlocked and either Clinton or Obama suggested a Gore-Obama or Gore-Clinton ticket, the party would accept it.

Mahoney is one of the almost 800 superdelegates who would get to cast a vote at the convention. He hasn't endorsed either Clinton or Obama yet, but has been wooed by both.

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Filed under: Cafferty File
March 25th, 2008
02:17 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton pushes back against media predictions

GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Hillary Clinton on Tuesday pushed back against recent speculation by pundits and Democratic insiders that her chances of securing the Democratic nomination are quickly diminishing.

"I know there are some in Washington, and some in the media, who want this race to be over," she said to a loud chorus of boos at a town hall meeting here.

"There are some who think we don't need to hear the voices of people in Pennsylvania or Indiana or North Carolina or Montana or any of the other states that haven't had their chance to vote," she said. "Well I disagree."

Clinton did not mention Michigan and Florida, the two states in which her campaign has been advocating for primary re-votes, using a similar argument that their voices deserve to be heard in the nominating process.

"Everyone's voices should count. We still have 10 contests and millions of people to go, and with Pennsylvania's help, I believe I will be the Democratic nominee for president."

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Pennsylvania
March 25th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Lewis Black sounds off on politics


Watch Lewis Black on CNN's Larry King Monday night.

(CNN) - Comedian Lewis Black sounded off on what's making him mad on the political front in an interview with CNN's Larry King Monday.

On Hillary and Bill Clinton:

"Oh, boy. Could she - ambition. Ambition to the point of distraction, like exhausting ambition. Like, who's got that kind of energy? Like, who wants it that much? What could she be thinking? Why - why - what's really irritating is the two of them both. You know, they care so much about our country that they're going to kill each other to prove how much they love this country, because we won't be - we won't be going in the right direction unless we pick one of them!

On Barack Obama:

Barack Obama, I don't like hope. OK?

On John McCain:

"The year 2000, you have the opportunity of electing George Bush, what kind of governor of Texas. They meet like twice a year in Texas. Or you have the possibility of electing John McCain when he was sane, when he was a sane man, really, like spectacularly sane. And then they go, well, let's wait until he loses his mind, until he's got to pander to every idiot in sight. "

March 25th, 2008
11:15 AM ET
12 years ago

Clinton: Pledged delegates can switch sides

Clinton is facing a delegate gap heading into Pennsylvania’s April 22 primary.

Clinton is facing a delegate gap heading into Pennsylvania’s April 22 primary.

(CNN) — Hillary Clinton has again raised the prospect that "pledged" delegates - those awarded based on election results - might still be considered up for grabs.

"And also remember that pledged delegates in most states are not pledged,” she told the editorial board of the Philadelphia Daily News Monday. “You know there is no requirement that anybody vote for anybody. They're just like superdelegates."

On March 5, Clinton adviser Harold Ickes brought up the fact that pledged delegates are not legally bound to vote for the candidate they're pledged to – an idea that drew sharp criticism from supporters of rival Barack Obama.

The Clinton campaign said that they had not been planning to try to actively convince the Illinois senator's pledged delegates to switch sides, and would not do so in the future – but on a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Ickes defended Clinton’s Monday remarks and repeated his view that pledged delegates were free to switch their allegiance at any time.

“I think what Mrs. Clinton was trying to make clear was that no delegate is required by party rules to vote for the candidate for which they're pledged,” said Ickes. “I mean obviously circumstances can change, and people's minds can change about the viability of a particular candidate and that's permitted now under our rules ever since the 1980 convention.”

He added that although the rules permitted them to campaign pledged delegates to switch sides, they had not engaged in such an effort.

Two weeks ago, Clinton herself told Newsweek that "There are elected delegates, caucus delegates and superdelegates, all for different reasons, and they're all equal in their ability to cast their vote for whomever they choose. Even elected and caucus delegates are not required to stay with whomever they are pledged to."

Barack Obama leads Clinton among all Democratic delegates, 1,622 to 1,485, in the latest CNN count. Among pledged delegates, Obama leads Clinton 1,413 to 1,242.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
March 25th, 2008
11:01 AM ET
12 years ago

McCain to blame 'complacent' lenders for mortgage crisis

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain Tuesday is expected to blame "rampant" speculation and "complacent" lenders for the current mortgage crisis, in an upcoming speech.

"Lenders ended up violating the basic rule of banking: Don't lend people money who can't pay it back," the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is expected to say in a speech in Santa Ana, California, according to his prepared text.

While the Democratic presidential candidates have both proposed specific plans to address the mortgage crisis, Tuesday's speech will be McCain's most extensive comments on the subject to date.

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Filed under: John McCain
March 25th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
9 years ago

Thompson returning to Hollywood

 Thompson is looking to head back to Hollywood.

Thompson is looking to head back to Hollywood.

(CNN) - Two months after early primary voters put an end to his short-lived presidential bid, Fred Thompson is hoping for a friendlier reception back in Hollywood.

The former Republican presidential candidate is seeking a return to his acting career, having recently signed a deal with the William Morris Agency, Reuters reports.

Thompson, a former senator from Tennessee, starred as New York District Attorney Arthur Branch in the NBC show "Law & Order" until last year when Republican Party insiders convinced him to mount a presidential bid.

The 65-year-old conservative was hailed by some as the next coming of Ronald Reagan, but his campaigning style was criticized as lackluster, and he was never able to capitalize on the anticipation supporters had built before he announced that he was getting into the race.

He played to the voters as a staunch conservative and a son of the South, and while he did draw some evangelical voters from one-time Baptist preacher and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, it wasn't enough to pull him into contention for the nomination.

Thompson formally ended his bid late last January after third place showings in Iowa and South Carolina - the two states in which he devoted most of his resources.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Fred Thompson
March 25th, 2008
08:50 AM ET
12 years ago

Democrats hit voter record, hold near majority in Pennsylvania


Jason Caroll reports on how black voters in PA will affect the Democratic primary

(CNN) - The pivotal presidential campaign in Pennsylvania is entering a new chapter, and the first pages may be a good sign for Democrats.

As the state hit a voter sign-up deadline Monday for upcoming primaries, a top official told CNN that a near-majority of all voters on the rolls are registered as Democrats.

This comes as all sides see Pennsylvania as a key battleground in November. The state thinly went to John Kerry in 2004 and has a split Congressional delegation.

Late Monday, Pennsylvania Commissioner of Elections Harry VanSickle told CNN Radio the state had just over 4 million registered Democrats and 3.2 million Republicans eligible for the April 22 primaries.

Van Sickle noted Pennsylvania had 8.2 million total registered voters at the time. Do the math and it shows 49% of Pennsylvania voters were registered Democrats as of Monday, compared with 39% for Republicans.

The primary registration numbers will not be final until later in the week, as officials accept mail-in forms post-marked by Monday.

Democrats may be benefiting from heavy publicity and interest in the Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama race, while John McCain has cornered his party's nomination and made Pennsylvania's Republican primary almost meaningless. However they did it, VanSickle says Democrats have set an all-time record for their party.

"It is a high, the best we can tell," VanSickle said. According to him, Pennsylvania Democrats in past weeks have netted up to 22 times as many party changers as Republicans.

As for April 22, VanSickle expects high numbers at the polls, especially for Democrats.

"With the activity that we've seen," he said, "I do think we're going to see a really good turnout."

–CNN Radio Correspondent Lisa Desjardins

Filed under: Pennsylvania
March 25th, 2008
08:45 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama hits St. Thomas, meets with governor 'unofficially'


CNN Exclusive video of Obama vacationing on the island of St. Thomas. Photo credit: CNN/Welch.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (CNN) - For three days, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is enjoying some private down time on the island of St. Thomas, a source close to the U.S. territory's Government House in the capital of Charlotte Amalie confirmed Monday.

The source also confirmed that Gov. John deJongh "unofficially" met with the Illinois senator and his family upon their arrival at St. Thomas' Cyril E. King Airport Sunday morning.

Obama campaign officials had been vague about the Obama family trip.

The senator will resume campaigning on Wednesday in North Carolina.

Related: Watch CNN's Exclusive footage of Sen. Obama on vacation

–CNN'S Chris Welch, in Charlotte Amalie

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
March 25th, 2008
08:20 AM ET
12 years ago

How close did he get?


CNN's Joe Johns takes a look at McCain's history with the Democratic Party.

(CNN) - How close was John McCain to switching sides to the Democratic Party? CNN's Joe Johns takes a look.

Filed under: John McCain
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