[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/01/art.obamaclintondeb.gi.jpg caption="The Compassion Forum in Grantham, Pennsylvania airs this Sunday on CNN at 8 p.m. ET."]WASHINGTON (CNN) – Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will participate in a faith and values forum that will be broadcast live Sunday exclusively on CNN.
Clinton and Obama, in back-to-back interviews, will field questions from CNN’s Campbell Brown and Newsweek’s Jon Meacham as well as prominent members from the faith community. The Compassion Forum, sponsored by Faith in Public Life, will air at 8 p.m. ET on April 13.
The forum will take place at Messiah College, a Christian liberal arts and sciences school in Grantham, Pennsylvania nine days before the state’s presidential primary. In this hotly contested race for the Democratic nomination, 158 delegates are at stake.
Topics Clinton and Obama are expected to address include poverty, human rights and the worldwide AIDS crisis.
“The Compassion Forum will provide the opportunity for candidates to discuss how their faith and moral convictions bear on their positions on these important issues,” according to a statement posted on the forum’s Web site.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/07/art.hillary.indiana2.jpg caption="The latest Clinton departure could change the tone of the race."] If Mark Penn had been a favorite within the Clinton campaign, it is difficult to believe that he would have been forced out over the Colombian affair. Sure, it was a dumb mistake – a “what was he thinking” moment. Still, it was a far cry from what one of Barack Obama’s top advisers did when he met with Canadian officials on NAFTA and his mistake properly set off a mini-firestorm. So, in the ordinary course of things, Mark Penn’s apology and a few days of reassuring labor unions would have been enough to quiet things down – and Penn would still be calling the shots.
But it is apparent that Clinton topsiders detest Mark Penn and hold him uniquely responsible for what has gone wrong in the campaign. When he went down last week, they lunged for the jugular and he couldn’t survive.
What difference will it make in the campaign, if any?
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/07/art.greenspan.gi.jpg caption=" Greenspan said he is supporting McCain."](CNN) - Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan is supporting John McCain's White House bid, CNN has confirmed.
"I am a Republican and expect to vote for the Republican candidate, but I am not involved in politics," Greenspan said in a statement issued to CNN by his office.
The statement follows comments Greenspan reportedly made to a Spanish newspaper on Sunday.
"I support John McCain, who I know very well and who I respect a lot," he told El Pais.
McCain has previously indicated he will seek Greenspan's council on economic issues should he win the presidency. At a campaign event in South Carolina last fall, the Arizona Republican even said he would take him "alive or dead."
"If he's alive or dead it doesn't matter. If he's dead, just prop him up and put some dark glasses on him like, like 'Weekend at Bernie's,"' McCain joked. "Let's get the best minds in America together and fix this tax code."
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/07/art.clintonbayh.cnn.jpg caption="Sen. Evan Bayh, a prominent Clinton surrogate, in her new Indiana ad."] (CNN) - Hillary Clinton's campaign is featuring one of Indiana's most popular politicians in its first statewide ad in the state. The spot hits the airwaves Tuesday.
In 'Steel,' Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh says:
"America faces challenging times. We need a leader who'll fight for good jobs, change trade deals like NAFTA, cut taxes for middle class families. Someone who's ready to be commander in chief from day one.
"That leader? Hillary Clinton. I've known Hillary for 20 years. She's got a spine of steel. She'll fight for our jobs, our troops, and the America we love. Strong. Seasoned. She'll always stand up for us."
Primary voters in the state head to the polls May 6.
(CNN) – Sen. John McCain, the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, said that as president he would ensure veterans receive proper care upon returning to civilian life.
McCain’s speech Monday at the headquarters at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Kansas City, Missouri comes in the wake of attacks by prominent supporters of Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama over the Arizona senator’s record on veterans’ benefits legislation.
“When our government forgets to honor our debts to you, it is a stain upon America’s honor,” McCain told the audience.
“The disgrace of Walter Reed must not be forgotten,” said McCain as he promised that he would do everything within his power if elected to ensure that veterans receive “the highest quality health, mental health and rehabilitative care in the world.”
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/07/art.clintonol.ap.jpg caption=" Clinton is calling on President Bush to boycott the opening ceremony of the Olympics."] (CNN) - Hillary Clinton is calling on President Bush to boycott the opening of this summer's Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
In a statement released by her campaign Monday, the New York senator pointed to the recent protests in Tibet and the Chinese government’s failure to pressure the government of Sudan to end the violence in Darfur.
“These events underscore why I believe the Bush administration has been wrong to downplay human rights in its policy towards China,” said Clinton. “At this time, and in light of recent events, I believe President Bush should not plan on attending the opening ceremonies in Beijing, absent major changes by the Chinese government.”
Last month, Clinton – who has long advocated a tougher approach toward the Chinese government – declined to call for a U.S. boycott of the Olympic Games, but called for greater pressure leading up to the summer event in Beijing.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/04/art.blitzer.cnn.jpg caption="The economy once again may be the dominant campaign theme."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - In recent days, Hillary Clinton supporters have been pushing this notion that the Democratic presidential candidate who has won the states with the most Electoral College votes should get the party’s super delegates and the party’s eventual nomination. We’ve heard it from Democratic Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana and Democratic Governor Ed Rendell - among many others.
They make this argument because Barack Obama remains the leader so far in pledged delegates, the popular vote and the most states won.
Clinton’s supporters note that Obama may have won more states - 27 to 14, excluding both Michigan and Florida whose delegates so far are not being counted because those states moved up their primaries against Democratic party rules. But they argue that her 14 states have a total of 219 Electoral College votes and his 27 states have 202 - and insist that makes her more likely to win the general election in November.
Among the big states she has won are New York and California. FULL POST
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/04/07/ex.presidents/art.pres.gi.jpg caption=" Ex-presidents George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton have stayed in the public eye since leaving office."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Shortly before leaving the White House in 1829, John Quincy Adams reportedly said, "There is nothing more pathetic in life than a former president."
If he had had a crystal ball, Adams might have tweaked that statement to say there is nothing more lucrative in life than to be a former president.
Last Friday, we learned that the Clintons have made a whopping $109 million since 2001. Bill Clinton has brought in almost $52 million from speeches generally going for $250,000 a pop.
(CNN) - John McCain's campaign confirms to CNN that they raised roughly $15 million last month - his best month in more than a year. Final numbers have yet to be calculated.
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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Probably wasn't the best weekend ever for Hillary Clinton.
Her campaign gave the boot yesterday to one of her top aides, Mark Penn, after it was revealed that he was working on behalf of a trade deal with Columbia that she's against.
Penn's departure comes as Clinton trails her rival Barack Obama in pledged delegates and the popular vote and as Obama continues to cut into her lead among superdelegates. Obama is also closing in on Clinton in the ever-important state of Pennsylvania; he's narrowed her onetime lead of more than 30 points to an average of just 7. One poll even shows the two tied.
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