April 9th, 2008
07:12 PM ET
12 years ago

Huckabee signs with talent agency

(CNN) – Former Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee has signed a contract with Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles, daughter and senior advisor Sarah Huckabee tells CNN.

“Nothing has been decided,” the younger Huckabee says of future projects, “[it] probably won't be just one thing but maybe several different things. Just exploring options right now.”

Huckabee follows former rival Fred Thompson’s lead by inking a post-campaign deal with a talent agency. But unlike the former Tennessee senator, this is Huckabee’s first official foray into show business.

While running, his appearances on late-night shows like 'Saturday Night Live' and 'The Colbert Report' garnered praise and Huckabee seemed armed with a new expression for every television appearance. As it became apparent he wouldn’t win the Republican nomination, reporters began asking Huckabee about a possible future in television.

In a letter to supporters Wednesday, Huckabee announced that on Thursday he will host what is being billed as “a landmark teleconference call” that will lay out his plans for the future and discuss the state of the conservative movement.

Filed under: Mike Huckabee
April 9th, 2008
07:10 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain to ponder giving up seat?

WESTPORT, Connecticut (CNN) – During a Q&A following a town hall in a New York suburb, a young hedge fund employee asked John McCain if he would consider giving up his Arizona Senate seat this summer. In that scenario, the questioner suggested, the Republican who would replace him would have an easier time defeating an opposing Democrat in a special run-off election because McCain will be at the top of November’s ballot.

“No, I will not,” replied McCain after complimenting the audience member for his knowledge of Arizona election by-laws. McCain added he was confident that a Republican would succeed him if he were elected President so he doesn’t feel the need to resign his seat early.

Towards the end of his answer, however, McCain told the crowd he would entertain the idea.

“I will go back and think about it, and think about the scenario that you just described,” said McCain, adding, “right now my intentions are to remain in the United States Senate.”

McCain was asked the same question in February, telling the Wall Street Journal, “if I get the nomination, we’ll figure it out.” He admitted that time on the trail took him away from his Senate duties.

But now that he has the nomination wrapped up, what will he do? In the same interview, McCain noted that he told Bob Dole in 1996 that he shouldn’t give up his Kansas seat while running for president. In the end, Dole gave up the seat and then lost the race for the presidency.

Filed under: John McCcain
April 9th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
9 years ago

McCain calls out corporate greed

(CNN) - Under fire from Democrats for being out of touch with the country’s economic woes, John McCain visited a one hundred and forty billion dollar investment company and talked about Americans’ anger towards greedy CEOs.

“There's a backlash in America today against corporate greed,” McCain told Connecticut businessmen.

“They're angry when they see that the CEO of Bear Sterns decides to jump in the market and make a little extra money off the shares that he has accumulated over the years, instead of just taking the how-many-millions that he was going to get anyway,” he said.

The only policy proposal McCain suggested was a vague idea to make a corporation’s Chairman and CEO separate. McCain advisers promise more when he unveils his economic plan on tax day, next Tuesday.

Before the town hall, a McCain adviser previewed it as a “Sister Souljah moment” for the Republican candidate, a phrase that originated with Bill Clinton, now meant to suggest a politician is telling a natural constituency something they don’t want to hear.


Filed under: John McCain
April 9th, 2008
03:20 PM ET
12 years ago

Pelosi again says joint ticket won't happen

 Pelosi doesn't see a joint ticket with Clinton and Obama.

Pelosi doesn't see a joint ticket with Clinton and Obama.

(CNN) - A presidential ticket including both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama would surprise many political watchers, but none more so than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The California Democrat has repeatedly called such a ticket "impossible," and in an interview with mtvU student journalists Tuesday, she said flatly, "I don't see it."

"In this case, I don't see that as politically expedient," Pelosi said. "New York, Illinois…either one I believe are going to be strong Democratic states. I think it is up to the nominee to choose his or her vice presidential candidate."

Pelosi also seemed to suggest the two current Democratic presidential contenders wouldn't feel comfortable together on the same ticket.

"The person that is good is the person the presidential candidate feels comfortable with," she said, adding later, "I've just been involved in politics for a very long time and I just don't think that would be the ticket."

April 9th, 2008
03:17 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain: Bush should 'keep his options open' on Olympics

The McCain campaign has weighed in on Hillary Clinton's call for President Bush to boycott the opening ceremonies of this year's Olympic Games in Beijing.

"Senator McCain believes the President should evaluate the situation as it evolves, and ought to keep his options open," Brooke Buchanan, McCain's traveling press secretary, told CNN. "He continues to condemn the brutal oppression that the Chinese inflicted on the Tibetans and protestors around the world."

Filed under: John McCain
April 9th, 2008
03:15 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama recounts first job—and the funny hat that went with it


Watch Obama discuss his first job.

MALVERN, Pennsylvania (CNN) - It's tough wooing women when you're wearing a brown cap and standing behind an ice cream counter, according to Barack Obama

He's speaking from experience. At a town hall in Malvern, Pennsylvania Wednesday the Illinois senator answered a question on Social Security by discussing the payroll tax, which led him to the topic of his first job.

"I was working at Baskin Robbins scooping out ice cream," Obama said. "And it was actually kind of embarrassing because you had to wear like the brown cap and stuff and the apron."

"Girls would come in. You'd be trying to talk to them. They wouldn't give you the time of day because you were in this cap."

"I was making… maybe a hundred dollars a week or something and they were still taking all this money out. I thought, man, that's the payroll tax. So it's already regressive. I don't want to raise the income tax on people who are not making a lot of money already."

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
April 9th, 2008
03:10 PM ET
12 years ago

Blitzer: What happened to the Iraq "benchmarks"?

 Blitzer: The Iraqis have a long way to go.

Blitzer: The Iraqis have a long way to go.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Fifteen months ago, on Jan. 10, 2007, President Bush addressed the nation from the White House to announce the “surge” in military troops to Iraq. At the time, he also promised that the United States will hold the Iraqi government accountable to a series of “benchmarks” designed to underscore progress toward political stability in the country – the basic goal of the surge.

“A successful strategy for Iraq goes beyond military operations,” the president said.

Since the president again will be addressing the nation Thursday morning from the White House on the situation in Iraq, it’s probably a good idea to assess how have the Iraqis done in meeting those earlier benchmarks?

“To establish its authority,” the president said last year, “the Iraqi government plans to take responsibility in all of Iraq’s provinces by November.”

That goal was November of last year, but that benchmark has still not been met - though Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. military commander, says the Iraqi military has made progress.


Filed under: Wolf Blitzer
April 9th, 2008
02:51 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton camp hits Obama in new radio ad

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton's presidential suggests in a new Pennsylvania radio ad that Barack Obama is being misleading by claiming he doesn't take money from oil companies.

"In his TV ads, Barack Obama sounds like he'll take on the oil companies…What he doesn’t tell you is that “no candidate does….they cant,” according to the Annenberg Center’s Factcheck.org," the ad's narrator states. "It's been against the law for companies to donate to candidates for a hundred years."

"Obama also doesn't mention that he voted for the Bush Cheney energy bill," the narrator adds. "It was called a piñata of perks and the best energy bill corporations could buy."

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
April 9th, 2008
02:19 PM ET
12 years ago

Cafferty: What are the chances Obama becomes president?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Barack Obama will win the Democratic nomination and the odds are he'll go all the way to the White House. So say the bettors in the prediction markets.

Reuters reports that traders in the Dublin-based "Intrade" market give Obama an 86% chance of being the nominee, versus a 13% chance for Hillary Clinton.

On the "Iowa Electronic Markets" at the University of Iowa, traders give Obama an 83% chance of winning, compared to 13% once again for Clinton.

Both groups of traders are also betting that Obama will ultimately become president. Intrade in Ireland gives him a 59% chance, compared to 49% for the Republican, and Iowa traders give him a 57% chance versus 46% for the Republican.

These traders are betting that Clinton will win several of the remaining primary contests – like Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky. Nevertheless, they suggest she has little chance of becoming the Democratic nominee.

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Filed under: Cafferty File
April 9th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton: I have different attitude than my husband

 Clinton campaigned in Pittsburgh Wednesday.

Clinton campaigned in Pittsburgh Wednesday.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton said Wednesday she has long disagreed with her husband on issues of free trade.

"I have a long record of being on a different attitude toward trade than my husband does," she said in Pittsburgh. "I don't think any married couple I know agrees on everything. And we disagree on this."

Bill Clinton has indicated in the past he supports free trade with Colombia. The New York senator is now sharply critical of the measure and said she will work to see it is not authorized by Congress.

Asked Wednesday if she had talked about this issue with her husband, she said "we talk about everything."

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