A new Elon poll shows 30% of voters in FL, GA, NC, SC and VA support Hillary Clinton in a Dem primary matchup; 18% chose Barack Obama. Among GOPers, Rudy Giuliani received 21%; John McCain had 16% (release).
An ABC News/Washington Post poll finds 54% trust Cong. Dems more than Pres. Bush in handling the situation in Iraq. 34% trust Bush (release).
Sen. John Warner (R-VA) will endorse McCain today (Richmond Times Dispatch). Warner "cited his long personal history with McCain" and the "importance of national security issues" (Roll Call).
John Edwards said that on his NH trip, "not a single voter asked about" the Hillary-Obama exchange ("Face"). Meanwhile, Mitt Romney said "that he relishes the infighting" between the 2 Dems (AP).
New York mag asks: "Can Rudy Giuliani ride 9/11 all the way to the White House?"
HRC has agreed to spend a day as a nurse (Newsday.com).
Al Gore, whose movie won, "received a tumultuous ovation both times he walked onto the stage" ("The Caucus"). As a joke, he said he had an announcement -- but then the orchestra cut him off (Wake-Up watching).
Meanwhile, Gore's "friends think he's done so well in the private world that he could bankroll the start of his own" '08 bid ("Washington Whispers").
Al Sharpton said yesterday's New York Daily News report that he is descended Thurmond family slaves was "the most shocking" thing of his life (Washington Post).
Apparently, audiences are going "nuts for" Romney's PowerPoint presentations ("Washington Whispers").
Can we change the acronym to POOTUS? Seems more appropriate, somehow....
The new Diageo/Hotline poll shows 18% would like to see Hillary Clinton elected pres. 12% would like to see Barack Obama and 8% would like to see Rudy Giuliani (release).
It is estimated Obama's Cincinnati fundraiser might have raised as much as $500K (Cincinnati Enquirer).
Saying she was inspired by Al Gore, HRC scheduled 3 enviro announcements in upstate NY yesterday (Newsday).
The Washington Post reports that since '01, HRC has "failed to list her family foundation on her ethics reports." She amended it yesterday. Ex-NV AG Frankie Sue Del Papa will head HRC's Northern NV steering cmte (AP).
Among the issues "causing concern" inside Mitt Romney's camp: "His hair looks too perfect" (Boston Globe).
Actor Richard Lewis contributed $1,000 to Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) late last year. And Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) collected $4,100 from legendary singer Jimmy Buffett. Dodd also has a â€œSaturday Night Liveâ€ connection in producer Lorne Michaels, who contributed $5,000 to his political action committee (PAC).
Michaels is playing both sides of the aisle, having given $1,000 to McCainâ€™s PAC last cycle. Al Franken, a former â€œSNLâ€ star who is running for the Senate, got $2,000 from Michaels in 2006.
An ABC/Washington Post poll finds Hillary Clinton defeating Barack Obama 36-24% in a primary matchup, while Rudy Giuliani beats John McCain 44-21% (release). Also, the Post notes: "Blacks Shift To Obama, Poll Finds."
A new Philadelphia Daily News/Keystone poll of PA shows Giuliani defeating HRC 53-37% and Obama 53-32%. McCain also beats HRC 45-41% and Obama 43%-37% (release)
Strategic Vision (R) polls show HRC beating Obama 36%-21% among WI Dems, and 28%-25% among GA Dems. Meanwhile, Giuliani beats McCain 26%-22% among WI GOPers, and 28%21% among GA GOPers (releases).
Some GOPers are pushing Mike Huckabee to drop his "long-shot" WH bid and challenge Sen. Mark Pryor (D) for AR SEN (The Hill).
"After months of jaw-dropping predictions that the 2008 presidential election could cost $1 billion, the Federal Election Commission this week could put well-heeled Democratic and Republican White House candidates on the defensive as they decide whether to forgo public financing," Roll Call reports. "At its meeting Thursday, the FEC is expected to give Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) permission to raise -- but not spend -- general election money for the presidential contest, which some campaign finance reformers argue should disqualify him from accepting the roughly $85 million in public money that would be available to the Democratic and Republican nominees." (Subscription Required)
Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani will be in Reno next month for a fundraiser, an indication he would fight for Nevada's five electoral votes in the 2008 election, some political experts said," the Reno Gazette-Journal reports.
Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., said on Tuesday "he doesn't expect to succeed in his push to redefine the President's authority in Iraq, but defended the effort as key to prodding the President in a new direction," AP reports. "In town hall meetings [Tuesday] and today, Biden planned to emphasize the pending resolution as well as the long-term plan for Iraq he released nearly a year ago."
Hillary announced that she raised $1M "from grassroots supporters" (release).
Dennis Kucinich said on the House floor: "Wake up Congress! This Administration is planning an attack on Iran" (release).
A Gallup poll shows that when asked who would have a better chance of being elected, 50% chose Hillary Clinton and 45% selected Obama. Meanwhile, 53% picked Rudy and 45% were for McCain (release).
A Quinnipiac poll of NJ found Giuliani leading HRC 50-41%, and McCain tied with HRC 45-45% (release).
On Letterman, McCain announced that he "will be a candidate" for president. He added: "I'll be making a formal announcement in April" (New York Times).
Obama "on Friday will call for tougher Iran sanctions, more bilateral diplomacy and declare he is for leaving all military options on the table" (Chicago Sun-Times).
At CPAC, Citizens United will distribute a 23-page attack on McCain, titled "He's no Ronald Reagan" (Washington Post).
Two of NY's "most powerful" African-American pols, the LG and Senate Min. Leader, "ripped" HRC for "her 'unnecessary' attack" on Obama last week (New York Post). And Newt Gingrich called her "a nasty woman" (New York Post).
Joe Biden "plans to spend more time" in "more places" (Times and Democrat).
Ex-Edwards blogger Amanda Marcotte "recounts her two weeks in the presidential crosshairs." Again (Austin Chronicle).
Letterman's Paul Schieffer, on McCain: "He's doing the formal announcement on Leno" ("Late Show").
McCain "unveiled a presidential campaign finance committee Wednesday dominated by Californians and New Yorkers, including some of the biggest donors to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger [R] and President Bush," the Los Angeles Times reports. "Altogether, McCain named 70 Californians, 68 of them men, to his finance team. They will be expected to raise $100,000 or more for the campaign."
"The straw poll at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference beginning" in Washington on Thursday "has never played a pivotal role in a Republican presidential primary. But the Mitt Romney campaign nonetheless is paying for three vans, scores of registration fees and at least a half-dozen hotel rooms to pack collegiate supporters into the event," the New York Times reports.
Meanwhile, "anonymous mailings critical of" Romney, "on the eve of what has become an all-important Spartanburg straw poll, have raised the specter of a long, nasty battle between now and the 2008 S.C. Republican primary," the State reports
A new Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll finds Hillary Clinton beating Barack Obama 34%-23% in a primary matchup, while Giuliani defeats John McCain 39%-19% (release).
Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) is backing Obama (Palm Beach Post). Meanwhile, forebears of Obama's white mother owned slaves (Baltimore Sun).
"Just as conservative authors have speculated, it was the Clintons who asked Wellesley" to "hide" HRC's senior thesis about Saul Alinsky (MSNBC.com).
"At long last, the official Sam Brownback for President Campaign blog has launched" (release).
The selection of Mormon Mitt Romney to give the commencement at Pat Robertson's Regent University has "riled" some students (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot).
Jim Gilmore "will become the first" WH GOPer "to say" that Romney, Giuliani and McCain "are phony conservatives" (Washington Times).
Duncan Hunter dropped two SC advisers because of their "inflammatory statements about immigrants and religious minorities" (AP).
An American Airlines employee let Al Gore "circumvent" airport security, which is bad (Nashville City Paper).
After meeting with Bono, Chuck Hagel said his music was "OK" (Omaha World-Herald).
A Los Angeles Times poll shows 20% of DNC members support Hillary Clinton; 15% support John Edwards. Meanwhile, 20% of RNC members picked Mitt Romney; 14% selected John McCain (release).
Addressing CPAC, Rudy Giuliani said: "I have no doubt that America will prevail over the Islamic terrorists" (Washington Times blog). "If I started swatting government agencies with a handbag, I'd have a whole new issue" -- Giuliani ("The Caucus").
Addressing AIPAC, Barack Obama blamed the Bush admin for strengthening Iran (AP). Barack Obama said Selma "is the site of my conception," but an aide "later said the senator did not mean to imply that his birth was a literal result of the Selma marches" (Washington Post).
Chris Dodd called Ahmadinejad a "thug" in SC (AP).
John Edwards "expressed his support" for public financing, but "was unwilling" to pledge he'd accept it in the general (CNN.com). John Edwards posted the Coulter video on his Web site and asked supporters to raise $100K in so-called "Coulter Cash" ("Washington Wire"). Edwards is mailing DVDs to more than 70K IA households this week (Politico).
CPAC, students "posed for a photo op with straw poll winner" Mitt Romney and "visited the exhibition fair, where they received free 'PETA killed Me' stuffed puppies" (The Dartmouth).
Bill Richardson said in IA: "Bill Richardson is not a rock star" (Des Moines Register).
Al Gore friend Mitchell Berger said: "It's important to state why he's not running for president: He thinks the planet is dying" (Orlando Sentinel).
At CPAC, Citizens United will distribute a 23-page attack on McCain, titled "He's no Ronald Reagan" (Washington Post).
I never actually saw this (Prob. in the exhibit hall) but I did meet David Bossie who runs Citizen United..He is the man!
Hillary said Bill won't appear with her often, adding: "I love seeing him" (RadioIowa).
Joe Biden called Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a madman (AP).
"He visited here" -- York Co. Dem chair Jim Watkins, explaining Chris Dodd's SC straw poll success (Courant.com).
"The Politico has learned that in the coming weeks and months," Mitt Romney will "Game the system"; "Feel the burn"; and "Make a splash." Romney's camp today launched its first Spanish radio ad. It features ex-FL GOP Chair Al Cardenas (release).
John Edwards said "Jesus would be disappointed" in the U.S. right now. "Appalled, actually" (BeliefNet.com).
Hillary Clinton "will begin an ambitious effort" today to "enlist thousands of women" for her campaign (New York Times).
In his comments yesterday, Rudy Giuliani "didn't mention either" Andrew or Caroline "by name, or discuss his relationship with them" (New York Post).
Chris Dodd said in IA: "You're going to be so sick of seeing me here" (Omaha World-Herald). Meanwhile, Barack Obama attended fundraisers in MA and NY (Boston Herald).
"I guess he needed a ride home" -- Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), on the young staffer who took Tancredo's car without permission and crashed it (The Hill).
A USA Today/Gallup poll has 36% of Dems choosing Hillary Clinton in a primary matchup; 22% pick Barack Obama. Meanwhile, 44% of GOPers support Rudy Giuliani and 20% are for John McCain (release).
Speculation "was running high" among key NE GOPers that Chuck Hagel "might announce something Monday" (Omaha World-Herald). In Esquire, Hagel says Bush "ultimately could face 'calls for his impeachment' over Iraq" (Lincoln Journal Star).
John Edwards released a list of 100 Tom Vilsack supporters who are "now signed on with him" (Des Moines Register).
McCain's camp is "mounting a stealth effort" to allow indies to vote in the 2/5 CA primary (Washington Times).
Al D'Amato "lashed out" at a McCain aide, "saying it's untrue he's endorsing" McCain (New York Post).
Obama bought more than $50K "worth of stock in two speculative companies" whose investors "included some of his biggest political donors" (New York Times).
"I never do this, but can I ask for your autograph?" -- Obama to Beyonce (New York Daily News).
HRC "walked onto the stage" at the EMILY's list lunch, "after a video showed a woman" looking very much like HRC being sworn in (Washington Times). She kicked-off "Women for Hillary" and "will reintroduce the Paycheck Fairness Act" (The Hill). She will pick up the endorsement of ex-Sec/State Madeleine Albright (AP).
In Parker, KS, Sam Brownback is "frozen in time as the hometown hero" (AP).
"If people brought donuts to the office, I would report it as a gift" -- Mike Huckabee, on caloric value (Newsweek.com).
Newt Gingrich said Rudy asked him for his autograph, and they "stood on the sidewalk and spoke for 10 minutes" (Washington Times).
An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Barack Obama 40-28% in a primary matchup. Rudy Giuliani defeats John McCain 38-24% (release).
Chuck Hagel will hold a news conference Monday at Bootstrapper Memorial Hall (release). He "intends to make clear" if he plans to run (New York Times).
Coming soon: Giuliani's NH HQ (New Hampshire Union Leader).
McCain plans to headline public forums across IA next week (Des Moines Register). Meanwhile, "Giuliani's surge appears to be forcing McCain to move his campaign ahead earlier than planned" (Wall Street Journal).
NYers are "begging" to go to [b]Obama's[/b] 3/9 Manhattan fundraiser (New York Daily News).
And the hits keep coming: Obama received 17 parking tickets in Cambridge, MA, between '88 and '91 (Boston Globe).
Dem leaders may try to talk Bill Richardson into running against Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) (Roll Call). Meanwhile, the Politico looks at his character.
George Pataki announced that he is joining a Midtown law firm and will specialize in renewable energy (release).
John Edwards announced that he will not participate in the Reno debate, citing Fox News' involvement as a factor (Las Vegas Review-Journal).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2007
Contact: Bryan Sanders (703) 549-3050
Brownback to Campaign in Oklahoma City on Friday
ALEXANDRIA, Va - U.S. Senator Brownback, Republican candidate for President, will meet with conservative donors, legislators, and religious leaders in Oklahoma City on Friday, March 9. Brownback will also receive an award from the Oklahoma chapter of the Knights of Columbus and headline the Oklahoma Knights of Columbus Annual Dinner. The following events are open to the media.
Media Availability with U.S. Senator Sam Brownback
Friday, March 9
2:30 PM-3:30 PM CST
The Faculty House
601 NE 14 St.
Oklahoma City, OK
Contact: Ryan Carney (703) 919-1672
Brownback Keynotes Oklahoma Knights of Columbus Annual Dinner
Friday, March 9
7:15 PM-8:30 PM CST
The Faculty House
601 NE 14 St.
Oklahoma City, OK
Contact: Ryan Carney (703) 919-1672
Brownback will receive the Chief Justice Matthew J. Kane Award for Public Service from the Oklahoma Knights of Columbus on Friday night. Past recipients of the Kane Award include former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, former U.S. Senator Don Nickles (R-OK), and Deal Hudson, founder and publisher of Crisis Magazine.
The above is from an email...Good sign for Brownback he is getting out and meeting with donors....That is how to raise money..
Duncan Hunter did surprisingly well down here in a straw poll last week, placing 2nd behind Rudy.
I still think on the GOP side there will be additional candidates and some of the early entries will be out by Independence day.
Personally, I think Rudy poses the biggest threat to liberty of the GOP candidates, particularly his view on an excessive judiciary and his antagonistic view towards gun control. I think these two issues the primary voters will have to consider and the media has really overlooked. I think nominating Rudy by the GOP would be a mistake.
Although not talked about very much in the media, the 2008 election can not loose focus on the fact that it remains "All About the Judges". Between now and the end of the next President's term there are likely to be two (2) vacancies on the US Supreme Court and countless vacancies at the lower federal judge levels - one of the biggest threats to our liberty remains the increasing grasp of government and the lack of judicial restraint.
Sam Brownback also did fairly well in that poll, that poll proved that the true conservative in this race is not Mitt Romney.. I expect Brownback to go far in this primary.He is building an interesting organization with alot of promise. He also placed 3rd in a poll titled the candidates for president most likely to governor like a conservative.
Here is an interesting article on how Romney is starting to steal Brownback's ideas in order to gain some more thunder in the GOP primary..
A Capital Survey Research Center poll of AL shows 35% of likely Dem voters favor Hillary Clinton; 19% favor Barack Obama. Among likely GOP voters, Rudy Giuliani received 28% and John McCain had 23% (release).
The national firefighters union "has drafted a blistering letter accusing" Giuliani of "disrespect" to FDNY after 9/11 (New York Post).
Somehow, McCain found himself saying: "I'm not here to try to tout Mayor Giuliani for President of the United States, but having said that, he understands law and order" (AP).
And speaking of law and order, Howard Baker is contacting GOP "powerbrokers" to build support for a possible ex-Sen. Fred Thompson (R-TN) WH '08 bid (The Hill).
Despite the parking tickets, MA Dem Chair/ex-Clinton appointee Philip Johnston endorsed Obama (Boston Globe).
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) will endorse McCain today in Charlotte (Politico.com).
Newt Gingrich acknowledged having an affair "as he led the charge" to impeach then-Pres. Clinton (AP).
Chuck Hagel still "Expected To Announce Bid On Monday" (mult). And, "Romney embraces coal, traditional marriage in W. Va. stop" (AP).
"Mexican" -- Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), answering the "food you can't live without" (The Hill).
Massachusetts critics plan anti-Romney Web site
BOSTON --A group of Massachusetts Republicans is planning to launch a Web site on Monday that highlights flip-flops in the record of their former leader, presidential contender Mitt Romney.
The so-called Massachusetts Republicans for Truth is also pledging to run radio and television ads across the country as Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, seeks the 2008 GOP presidential nomination.
A CNN/Opinion Research poll shows Rudy Giuliani leading John McCain 34-18% among GOPers (release). Giuliani said he's a "big, big supporter" of firefighters (CNN.com).
Hillary Clinton said Halliburton's move to Dubai "raises a lot of serious issues we have to look at" (release).
In FL, Romney said he "disagreed with the government's intervention in the Terri Schiavo case" (St. Petersburg Times).
Rudy Giuliani "quietly scratched" $2.3M in planned speeches (New York Daily News). He also defended Newt Gingrich's "mistake" (Los Angeles Times).
Fred Thompson (R-D.A.) on a WH run: "I'm giving some thought to it" ("Fox News Sunday"). "I have never beaten down a lot of doors in my life, but occasionally doors have opened to me, and I had sense enough to see that they were opening, and I would walk through them" -- Fred Thompson ("Fox News Sunday").
Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) will "formally" declare his WH '08 bid on a C-SPAN call-in show (AP).
Chuck Hagel will still announce something today (Omaha World-Herald). Hagel and Ben Nelson want manure off a list of hazardous substances (AP).
Barack Obama said he "didn't take great offense" at Roger Ailes' joke (AP). "If you're missing your Social Security check, I don't know where it is right now, but I promise we'll try to find it. But we'll do that after the meeting" -- Obama, at an IA town hall ("The Swamp").
Al Sharpton "has launched a 'big-time' effort to tear down" Obama (New York Post). Michelle Obama switched her Univ. of Chicago job to part time and is "poised to step up her role" in Obama's camp (Chicago Sun-Times).
Tom Daschle said he would "have interest" in the VP job but he's "not looking for the job" and he doesn't "expect" Obama to ask him (Sioux Falls Argus Leader).
In Nashua, HRC supporters were handing out Hershey Bars with "Hillary" wrappers on them, saying that NH's "sweet" on her (Newsday.com).
Sens. Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden both said AG Al Gonzales should resign (USA Today). Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): "The fact that Senator Schumer asked for him to step down means he won't" ("Late Edition").
ALEXANDRIA , Va. â€“ U.S. Senator Sam Brownback received an endorsement today from Bobby Schindler, the brother of the late Terri Schiavo. Schiavo died nearly two years ago from starvation and dehydration after a court mandated the removal of her feeding tube, sparking a nationwide bipartisan effort to save her life.
John McCain declined an invitation to speak at Club for Growth's winter meeting (The Hill). And in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, he gets no love from Club pres. Pat Toomey.
Breaking with conservatives, Rudy Giuliani "said he was cool to the idea" of a Scooter Libby pardon (Newsday).
Sam Brownback won the endorsement of Terri Schiavo brother Bobby Schindler ("Washington Wire").
Rep. John Duncan Jr. (R-TN), who endorsed Mitt Romney less than 2 weeks ago, says he would back Fred Thompson (Knoxville News Sentinel). And Bill Frist said Thompson should run (VOLPAC email).
Rep. Ron Paul (R) said the response to his WH '08 bid "has been very, very favorable" (Houston Chronicle). The Washington Post reports on Paul's bid here.
Chuck Hagel's speech, described as "bizarre and puzzling," was written 2 weeks ago "on yellow legal paper" (NTV). FNC's Hume: "It takes a courageous man to decide he's undecided" ("Special Report").
Joe Biden has launched EndingTheWar.com (Wilmington News Journal).
Sens. Harry Reid and Olympia Snowe introduced a resolution to let Al Gore stage his "Live Earth" concert "on the Capitol grounds" (Washington Post).
The SC GOP on 3/12 "issued a statement lambasting" John Edwards, who was not in SC 3/12. The release "was supposed to be sent out" 3/19 (AP).
"A few quick pen strokes" from Bill Richardson and 20 years of debate over cockfighting ended yesterday (Newsweek.com).
Jon Stewart to Chris Dodd, on Dems' opposition to a FNC-sponsored debate: "If you were a candidate for president, what would you do in that situation?" ("Daily Show").
In his upcoming memoir, Bob Shrum suggests John Edwards was "pushed into" his Iraq war vote for political purposes (AP).
Hillary Clinton said the "vast, right-wing conspiracy" is back (AP).
Bill Richardson made the bolo NM's official tie (AP).
John McCain has got "all four No. 1 seeds" in his Final Four ("Fishwrap").
SHOT . . .
"Get started today and fill out your bracket to be eligible to win a McCain 2008 fleece, hat or pin for your prognostication prowess" -- JohnMcCain.com (3/13/07).
. . . CHASER
"Gambling on amateur athletics is wrong" -- McCain (5/6/03).
The two big guns on both sides have yet to enter the race (and may not)
Former Vice-President Al Gore (D-TN)
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA)
I think if either one gets in they would stand a great chance to win their party's nominations. Not sure either will get in until after the summer but my guess is the longer there is no clear winner who's values mirror the respective party base, the more likely it is one or both will get in.
John Edwards and Hillary Clinton called for the resignation of AG Al Gonzales (Raleigh News & Observer and ABC News).
Asked about her husband removing every U.S. atty, HRC said: "There is a great difference" ("GMA"). Also, HRC said she is "very proud" of gays and lesbians in the military but "stopped short" of criticizing JCS Chair Gen. Peter Pace (Newsday).
Meanwhile, Duncan Hunter writes in a USA Today op-ed that "present policy barring open homosexual conduct" in the military "should be maintained."
Rudy Giuliani's camp will distribute "an easy-to-digest single sheet of talking points entitled 'the Rudy record by the numbers'" to its supporters (New York Observer).
Edwards pledged to run a "carbon neutral" campaign (Los Angeles Times).
Chuck Hagel "said he could have simply put out a written statement" but, "I felt like I owed the people of Nebraska more than that" (Omaha World-Herald).
Fred Thompson's son "said he had little insight into his father's plans" because the two have been playing "telephone tag" (Memphis Commercial Appeal).
Both Dem and GOP WH candidates "will gather together for the first time today" (Int'l Assn of Fire Fighters).
A CNN/Opinion Research poll shows HRC leading Barack Obama 37%-22% among Dems (release).
Hillary is is asking her supporters to sign an online petition on AG Gonzales (CNN.com).
HRC said: "The days of George Bush thinking the union bug is something he needs to squash are over" (Politico.com).
Hillary Clinton, on JCS Chair Gen. Peter Pace's comments: "I disagree with what he said and do not share his view, plain and simple" ("The Caucus").
At the firefighters forum, John McCain warned that a defeat in Iraq could lead to the "nightmare scenario" of genocide ("The Caucus").
Meanwhile, John Edwards has a private dinner tonight with seven labor union presidents (Last Call! sources).
Ex-NARAL pres. Kate Michelman is expected to join John Edwards in NH today (New Hampshire Union Leader).
John Edwards' Chapel Hill office was evacuated after a staffer opened a letter containing white powder (AP).
Sam Brownback circulated a letter in the Senate "in support" of JCS Chair Peter Pace (release).
"I'm sure she'd look terrific in a bolo" -- Bill Richardson, on HRC ("The Sleuth").
Much to the "dismay" of the union audience yesterday, Chuck Hagel "praised volunteer firefighters" (Washington Post).
Jazz hands in tow, Joe Biden told reporters that Congress "has the constitutional authority to define" the Iraq mission (Wilmington News Journal).
In his book out next week, Tom DeLay "assails" Newt Gingrich as an "'ineffective' House speaker with a flawed moral compass" (Chicago Sun-Times).
Barack Obama was asked him 3 times "if he thought homosexuality is immoral." The 3rd time, he "signed an autograph, posed for a snapshot," and "jumped athletically into town car" ("The Swamp".
Also, Obama spokesperson Bill Burton said today's Los Angeles Times report "is based on 40-year old memories and paperwork that, as reported by the L.A. Times, 'bugs have eaten'" (release).
Sounds like bad blood between DeLay and Newt.
Hillary Clinton said: "The point I was trying to make is that this policy of Don't Ask, Don't Tell is not working" (The O.C.). And Barack Obama said: "I do not agree with General Pace" (release).
Dennis Kucinich said: "Impeachment may well be the only remedy which remains to stop a war of aggression against Iran" (release).
"I'm still the same candidate, we're still having fun, we're still on the bus" -- John McCain (CNN.com).
Rove "sharply dismissed an allegation" that he was behind an '00 rumor that John McCain "was the father of an illegitimate African-American child" (CNN.com).
McCain "says he has never appeared in drag" ("The Caucus").
A new Franklin Pierce College/WBZ-TV poll has McCain leading Rudy Giuliani 29-28% among NH GOP primary voters (release).
George Pataki "is sending clear signals that he is backing away" from a WH run (Washington Post). HC note- This is so stupid. Pataki should just announce he is not running and be done with it. Does he think he has any supporters left who he can offer to any other candidate at a later date?
Bill Richardson, on signing a medical marijuana bill: "Sure I'll catch national grief over this. But I don't tailor my style, or what I stand for, to primary states" (Albuquerque Journal).
Boston Globe reports that Mitt Romney's views on immigration have "hardened." They have audio.
In NH, John Edwards "presented what he called 'big ideas'" (Concord Monitor).
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) endorsed Mitt Romney (release).
In FL, Romney "mistakenly associated" Fidel Castro's slogan with "a free Cuba" (Miami Herald). Dan Quayle predicted Romney will win ("Page Six").
John McCain used the term "tar baby," and "later said he regretted it" (AP).
Fred Thompson (R-TV) asked: "What if someone harnessed the Internet and other technologies and insisted in talking about real issues in more depth than consultants would advise?" (Wall Street Journal).
Al Gore "has profited from zinc mining" that has released "potentially toxic substances near his farmstead" (Nashville Tennesseean).
Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) "will throw her lot in with Hillary Clinton" (Allentown Morning Call blog).
"I turn off a light and say, 'Take that, Iran'" -- Hillary Clinton, bulb conserver (AP).
Elizabeth Kucinich is representing the campaign in Germany (release).
Bill Richardson said: "I'll tell you what. My horse is happy about my diet" (U.S. News).