Monday, December 31, 2007
Meantime, Hillary Clinton's camp adamantly insists (again) she will be here Thursday night before heading out in the late-night hours to get to New Hampshire. Clinton's Midwest Co-Chair Jerry Crawford told me previously because of the short amount of time between Iowa and the New Hampshire Primary (five days), Clinton needed to get there sooner, so she wouldn't be in Iowa Thursday night.
He said he wasn't sure if Bill Clinton would, instead, appear at his wife's rally Thursday night in Des Moines. Apparently, Crawford has told CNN he never stated this. Although, I've re-confirmed with a third person in the room with us during our conversation who verified Crawford did, indeed, make those statements.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
But what about Hillary Clinton? Her Midwest Co-Chair, Jerry Crawford, told me she would not be here caucus night. He said she needs to get to New Hampshire. But a campaign spokesman, Mark Daley, told me he thought she would be here that night. What's the story? Sunday morning, I had the rare chance to sit down with her to ask for myself (btw, this is only the second time this entire campaign I've done that with her--I've talked with Edwards and Obama dozens of times over that duration). Here's our exchange:
Dave, "On caucus night, I've heard from some in your campaign who say you will have to go to New Hampshire early. Some say you will be here. Will you be here on caucus night?"
Clinton, "Well, my plan, right now, is to be in Iowa on caucus night. It's certainly what I'm planning to do. I want to thank, you know, the Iowans who have supported me, so many have volunteered for me, everyone who caucused for me, everyone who went to the trouble to drive somebody else there...I just want to thank Iowans for everything they did for me this past year."
So that's a "yes"?
Updated: 7:26pm Campaign spokesman Mark Daley emailed: "She WILL be there."
Friday, December 28, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
DES MOINES, IA – Hillary Clinton’s scheduled appearances in Mount Pleasant, Pella and Cumming today have been delayed due to air traffic congestion in New York. Senator Clinton is returning to Iowa today to launch her “Big Challenges, Real Solutions – Time To Pick A President” Tour.
President Bill Clinton, Governor Tom Vilsack and Christie Vilsack are scheduled to attend the Mount Pleasant event at 4 p.m. CST with Senator Clinton. Senator Clinton will visit Pella, IA at 7 p.m. CST and Cumming, IA at 9 p.m. CST.
On Thursday, December 27, Hillary will attend “Pick a President” events in Lawton, IA, Denison, IA, Carroll, IA, and Guthrie Center, IA.
Additional details about the tour will be forthcoming.
Wednesday, December 26th
Mount Pleasant, IA à Pella, IA à Cumming, IA
4 p.m. CST
Hillary Kicks Off the “Big Challenges, Real Solutions - Time To Pick A President” Tour with President Clinton, Governor Tom Vilsack and Christie Vilsack in Henry County
Mount Pleasant Community High School 2104 South Grand Avenue
Mount Pleasant, IA
7 p.m. CST
Marion County “Picks a President”
Pella High School
212 E. University StreetPella, IA
9 p.m. CST
Warren County “Picks a President”
2225 Cumming AvenueCumming, IA
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Here are the ads we can find. Check 'em out. What do you think about them? Santa, kids, a "floating cross", and a little policy talk. It's all here...
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Steve King-Tom Tancredo
Monday, December 17, 2007
Fellow Duncaneers, the final results are in! You made the month of November huge for online giving! READ BELOW: for a special thanks from Duncan Hunter!
In just over 3 weeks time, YOU raised over $25,000 to help take Duncan Hunter to the White House!
Now here's the most amazing number: that was accomplished with only 1% of Hunter's online supporters donating.
$25,000 in a mere 24 days with only 1% . . .
Do the math! What if 5% respond in this season of giving?
That's over $125,000 . . . with just 5%. And that's not counting the tens of thousands raised OFF-line during the same period!
And we're confident we can do it together . . .
. . . After all, a large portion of the November donors pledged to give again in December already!
Folks, as we remember the true "reason for the season", giving is on all our hearts.
So, while we're out there sifting through the crowds or browsing the web to fork over our hard-earned dollars for gifts for loved-ones . . .
. . . Why not sacrifice a few dollars for the future of our country? Is that really too much to ask?
Congressman Hunter and the entire campaign team are dedicated to make sure that we run a lean-mean machine!
We've done that. And we'll continue to do that.
Duncan Hunter refuses:
-to throw hordes of critical cash to mass media advertising like the other guys-to take money from folks who don't share his principles, unlike some of the other guys-to kowtow to special interests in dictating where he spends his time-to allow the media to define him
Duncan Hunter stands rock solid as a man of character . . .
. . . And that's reflected in the nature of this presidential race.
While the other guys sling mud at each other and go for the jugular, they have nothing but praises for Duncan Hunter:
"He's a man of great character.""I think very highly of Duncan Hunter.""Hunter is a very likable guy and a good man.""Duncan is a man of integrity."
The Hunter strategy of staying below the radar while maintaining a course of character and Reagan leadership is working!
Watch Duncan Hunter debate in Iowa!
If you missed Hunter in Wednesday's debate in Iowa, catch the highlights here.
. . . And pay particular attention to the "Voters Voice" meter as Hunter lays out his principles to the American people!
Worried about the polls?
In all the early primary states, ALL of the "top-tier" candidates are falling . . . ALL of them.
Only Huckabee is trending upward . . . And ONLY in Iowa.
Duncan Hunter is the ONLY presidential candidate maintaining or increasing in EVERY state and EVERY poll.
Friends, strap in and hold on tight!
As we press on toward the early primaries in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Michigan, Nevada, Wyoming, and Florida . . .
. . . There will be some VERY BIG SURPRISES!
So, now is the time!
If you haven't yet given to the ONLY Reagan-conservative candidate . . . GIVE NOW!
If you've given and see how things are moving in our favor . . . GIVE AGAIN!
If you've given and plan to give again, ask your friends and family . . . JOIN AND GIVE!
Friends, if we're serious about taking back our country, we have to be willing to sacrifice a very little with just the same heart the Founders gave their all for freedom . . .
They pledged their "lives, fortunes, and sacred honor" for the prospect of freedom for their posterity . . .
And, as a mighty winter storm blows through the heart of our nation, depriving more than a million fellow Americans of electricity . . .
I am reminded of those great patriots who risked their very lives in the winter at Valley Forge to fight a war for freedom . . .
. . . a war that was "unwinnable" . . . a "lost cause" . . . a "million-to-one shot" . . .
And yet here we stand, FREE because they dared to believe and risked EVERYTHING!
Are you willing to offer even a degree of that risk, and sacrifice for the one true patriot for president?
If you're part of the 99% who have not yet given, the line is drawn, the die is cast . . . Will you join us?
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Western Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King made it dramatic. He said he told absolutely no one of his decision, that he reached this weekend. Not even his wife.
King's endorsement speech (I've just updated this original posting, since I originally accidentally--yes, it was accidentally--called King "Tancredo") this morning in Des Moines went on nearly 20 minutes before he announced his choice. He said a match up test on the Internet matched him with Duncan Hunter, but he doesn't think Hunter can win. He likes Tom Tancredo's work on immigration. But he thinks the other Repub candidates have adopted his ideas by saying they are against amnesty. So he has ruled him out, even though he says his wife and Tancredo's wife email almost daily. Tancredo said he never met with Rudy Giuliani, the only candidate he didn't meet. He said he didn't want to waste anyone's time.
He ended up going with Fred Thompson. But he acknowledged there may be a problem with Fred's "fire in the belly." And if there is, Tancredo told me he would make sure that fire gets there.
Eastern Iowa Democratic Congressman Dave Loebsack also made his choice, although in far less dramatic fashion. He said he is going with Barack Obama. He called Obama a "change agent". Interestingly, that's the same phrase the Clinton campaign is now using over and over for Hillary Clinton. Loebsack said Obama has energized people, not just young people, but people of all ages, all professions and all demographics. He said Obama is also the best at bringing in Independents and Republicans.
Now, we're off to the Temple for the Performing Arts. No drama for this one. Iowa First Lady is going with a familiar face, John Edwards. She liked him last time. She likes him again. Endorsement Monday continues.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Anymore, it feels like we have to throw Ron Paul in the talk about Republicans. Paul's hardly been seen at events in Iowa. But there's no doubt he's becoming an Internet sensation (although, I can still hear his supporters screaming to us in Ames during the Iowa Straw Poll, "We're not just the Internet. We're not just the Internet."
But the Internet is helping his raise a ridiculous amount of money. As I write this at 7:45pm, his campaign website claims to have raised $3.6 million today alone and nearly $16.5 million during the 4th quarter. Unless Romney cuts himself another personal check, it's hard to imagine another candidate reaching Paul's total this period.
Patrick Dillon is Culver's Chief of Staff. He used to work in Edwards' Prez campaign in 2004. Dillon's wife is Jen O'Malley Dillon. She is Edwards' State Director this time around. Culver's Communications Director is Brad Anderson. He, too, worked for Edwards during the last campaign.
For the record, no confirmation from the Gov's office or the Edwards' campaign. I did get some time on the bus with Edwards today after an event in Ames. I asked him what the endorsement would mean to him. His answer, "I'm going to respectfully decline to offer hypothetical opinion."
Saturday, December 15, 2007
What are people thinking of the McCain endorsement? He doesn't seem to be running much of a campaign at all in Iowa, yet the Register picked him as the best choice. He doesn't even look to have a great chance in New Hampshire, where he seems to have staked his entire political future. It would seem I have a better shot of fulfilling my childhood dream of playing shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals than McCain has of winning the Iowa Caucuses. But the Register went with him anyway. Maybe I should loosen up my arm. Anyone seen my HGH?
Do editors go with Hillary Clinton, the only previous White House dweller and the "establishment" candidate as a former First Lady (twice)?
Barack Obama-- mojo in the polls and potential broader, cross-party appeal
John Edwards--the nicer guy from 2004 may be back as he criss-crosses Iowa's familiar ground. Dare they pick him two elections in a row?
Joe Biden--moving up with momentum and gets kudos for his Iraq plan
Bill Richardson--slumped in the polls, but multi-layered credentials as Gov and U.S. Cabinet Secretary
What about the Republicans?
Mike Huckabee--smooth with the media, definitely enjoying a surge President Bush could only dream of
Mitt Romney--business background, linking himself with Ronald Reagan more than Reagans' own kids
John McCain--the p.o.w. has been largely m.i.a. in Iowa. Independents once flocked to him.
Fred Thompson--got good reviews in last Register debate. Arthur Branch learning the role?
Rudy Giuliani--stranger in the state, for the most part. connected to 9/11 at the hip (and lip)
Will the choice even matter?
John Edwards got the endorsement in 2004. Bill Bradley got it four years before.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Clinton--have to have strong communication strategy. let's have as much sunlight as we can possibly gather on the government. (a note: Clinton, by far, offers the media the least amount of access to her during this Presidential campaign)
Question--what is your new year's resolution?
Edwards--remember a child every night is going to bed hungry
Dodd--spend more time with family. encourage iowans to caucus.
Richardson--lose weight again.
Biden--remember where i came from.
Obama--be a better husband and father
Roll the credits. This is over.
Obama--parents have to do their part on education. have to turn off the tv sets.
Dodd--i agree with barack. parents have to take responsibility.
Clinton--i have a daughter here. bill and i were focused on her education. fund special education.
Question--What can you accomplish your first year in office as President?
Obama--call in joint chiefs of staff. tell them to end the war in responsible way.
Biden--call in joint chiefs of staff and tell them we're doing the biden plan. abandon bush plan on torture. get catastrophic health care coverage for all children.
Richardson--end the war. all troops out. no residual forces. universal health care, which would take a few years to fully implement.
Dodd--give back your constitution. war. robust diplomacy.
Edwards--end the war. close guantanamo. call on american people to take back this country.
Clinton--begin to end the war. find common ground. ask congress to send her everything bush vetoed.
Edwards--we need a prez who asks americans to be patriotic about something other than war.
Biden--how do you preserve family farmers?
Clinton--she was talking about the farm bill when she said, "Tom Harkin has been working like a trojan to get it done." i'm assuming she is talking about one of the definitions i found on dictionary.com, as opposed to the other meaning of trojan.
1. of or pertaining to ancient Troy or its inhabitants. –noun
2. a native or inhabitant of Troy.
3. a person who shows pluck, determination, or energy: to work like a Trojan.
Clinton just took a swipe at Obama. she said you just can't hope to bring change.
Obama--every program we have proposed we have paid for.
Richardson--veterans system needs guaranteed funding.
Dodd--need to lift people up. give them opportunities. dems should focus on growing economy, not just raising taxes.
Question--Is too much of federal budget going to entitlemens?
Clinton--it is a problem. medicare and social security. let medicare negotiate with drug companies for better prices.
Biden--entitlements will be a problem if we don't act.
Obama--if we back to obesity rates of 1980, it would save a trillion dollars.
Obama--said we can't dig out of deficit hole in a few years.
Richardson--said balancing budget would be major priority. eliminate corporate welfare. get rid of congressional earmarks.
Biden--shouldn't have to make a choice of balancing budget and accomplishing priorities. cutting $20 billion out of certain military programs will help...star wars.
Dodd--federal govt is different than state govt. end war in iraq.
Edwards--corporate power literally taken over the govt. need a prez who will take these powers on.
Clinton--just have to go back to the 1990s. results will take a while.
Question: When are tax increases necessary and appropriate?
Richardson--wants constitutional amendment to balance budget. can't do it in war and recession. would exclude social security.
Edwards--get rid of tax breaks for wealthiest americans and for companies that take jobs overseas.
Clinton--people feel like they're standing on a trap door. should raise taxes on wealthy.
We'll see how Day 2 goes. It started slowly for us. Secret Service kept the media waiting in line for about 45 minutes outside the building. At least, it was warmer than yesterday. It has such a different feel when the Dems are arrived security-wise, because of the presence of Senators Clinton and Obama, who require quite a bit of secret service protection.
Just saw Chelsea Clinton finding her seat down front.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tancredo--governor huckabee, not job of president to push arts and music. you should run for governor.
Huckabee--any time you give governors opportunity, they will make it work. president should use bully pulpit to enact best practices. be communicator in chief.
Romney--american is behind on education.
Tancredo--we can't leave iraq. we are committed there and will be for a long time. we can stop being a police force in iraq.
Paul--it is revolutionary to go back to the constitution.
McCain--i have more legislative achievements than anyone on this stage.
Giuliani--choice should be made by parents. parents should choose what school kids go to.
Huckabee--education is a state issue. not a federal issue.
I'm told Johnston Police just showed up here. FOX news was streaming this debate on its web site. And it wasn't supposed to be doing that. I'll try to find out more.
Thompson--refuses to raise hand on whether global climate change is serious issues.
Giuliani--climate change is real. it's happening.
What impact on economy is acceptable to reduce greenhouse gases?
Romney--get off foreign oil. that lowers carbon emissions. we can do things to help environment and economy. we call it global warming, not american warming.
Huckabee--we don't own this earth. we are simply stewards. on a day like today, it's hard to believe there is global warming in iowa.
Hunter--instead of mandates, use incentives to get people to use bio. ethanol is not the greatest thing in show business.
Tancredo--doesn't want to use mandates to force more people to use bio.
Tancredo--unlimited massive immigration is a problem. it's a catastrophe.
Huckabee--people looking for leaderhship. they want a serving class. don't represent elite. represent the ordinary.
Hunter--I built that fence in San Diego that works so well.
Paul--need to adopt free trade policies.
Romney--spent last 25 yrs in private sectors. know why jobs come and jobs go. invest in education, technology. get off foreign oil.
Huckabee--excessive regulation. i can't part the red sea. but i can part the red tape.
Should we alter trade policies with countries that promote terror?
McCain--open Iowa's markets. eliminate subsidies on ethanol.
What specific changes should be made to nafta?
Giuliani--nafta is a good thing. america should embrace free trade. shouldn't lose goal of free trade. we are big dreamers.
Thompson--free trade and fair trade is backbone to economy.
Tancredo--nafta has been a disaster. destroyed entire ag economy in mexico. if it worked so well, why do we have so much pressure to get jobs here?
Hunter--if you bring your iowa product to mexico, you will pay a 15 percent tax to get it across.
Giuliani--fed government should sacrifice. cut spending. reduce income tax burden. take more ownership of health care.
Paul--unnecessary for people to sacrifice. cut by looking at foreign policy.
Huckabee--move to prevention-based health care system to save money.
Romney--shouldn't have to run programs at a deficit. 342 economic development programs in federal government. probably don't need 100.
Tancredo--follow the constitution of this country. we do too many things that exceed constitutional bounds. protect and defend the country. concentrate on that. rest of the stuff become extraneous.
Thompson--would be willing to run a deficit for military, infrastructure and research and development.
Who in this country is paying too much?
McCain--reform tax code. can't raise taxes as democrats. american people need tax code they know is fair.
Huckabee-fair tax. rich won't be made poor. but poor may be make rich.
Romney--doesn't think about how much taxes rich pay. thinks about middle class.
Paul--middle class is being wiped out.
Huncan--$250 billion plus we pay to prepare and defend taxes. Internal Revenue Service.
Giuliani--be able to pay a flatter tax on single piece of paper. give death penalty to death tax.
Let's begin. Not much on immigration and Iraq, moderator Carolyn Washburn tells the nine candidates. Iowans know enough about those positions, she says.
First question--national debt...crisis?
Giuliani--don't rehire half of federal retirees. saves $20-22 billion
Hunter--trade loss is a threat.
Paul--we've lived beyond our means.
Thompson--we're bankrupting our next generation
Romney--not time to say future is bleak. need good jobs for everyone. get off foreign oil.
Huckabee--serious threat. country has to be able to feed itself. needs to fuel itself. has to be able to fight for itself.
McCain--spending too much. have to achieve energy independence.
Keyes--cut off spigot that funds politics. get rid of income tax. use fair tax.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
It rained. It froze. It snowed. That wasn't a good combination for the Presidential campaigns Tuesday. Campaigns had to cancel at least 20 events with candidates and their spouses. Staffers were busy figuring out what to do with their VIP visitors.
Mitt Romney-made his photo op with would be-voters at Des Moines' Kaleidoscope Mall. It helps that his hotel is just a few blocks away.
Ann Romney-walked with her hubby inside the mall. Canceled two stops.
Jackie Dodd-the only other to make a scheduled appearance. She checked out a homeless shelter in Des Moines. But her trip around town to pick up homeless youth went on ice. The storm covered her van in a thick coating of ice. Plus, she had a flat tire. Oh, and she told us her only warm coat was at the dry cleaner's. Our photographer told me she had to borrow one from the shelter.
John Edwards-canceled three stops. Stopped by the Hamburg Inn #2 in Iowa City. Did he vote for himself in the world famous coffee bean caucus?
Bill Clinton-canceled three trips. Called in to local tv in the Quad Cities to brag about his wife.
Mike Huckabee-scrapped four appearances. Made pitch to voters at Bob Feller's baseball museum in Van Meter.
Michelle Obama-halted five visits. Started calling some of the 28,000 Iowans who saw her hubby and Oprah.
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Mitt Romney defended his newest ad. It's the first time I believe that one Republican takes on another Republican in a spot running here in Iowa. Romney told me, don't call it negative. Here's the ad and his response to me about it.
Democrat John Edwards missed a morning event in Clinton. Mike Huckabee cancelled scheduled events in western Iowa. As of this report Huckabee's campaign spokesperson Eric Woolson says they are still trying to make the evening event at Drake University in Des Moines.
Several spouses of presidential hopefuls are also cancelling their events for the day because of travel conditions. Ann, wife of Republican Mitt Romney, was supposed to swing through Creston and Lamoni this afternoon. Michelle, wife of Democrat Barack Obama, had a number of stops throughout eastern Iowa. Democrat Hillary Clinton's husband Bill also cancelled. The former president had stops in West Branch, Wapello and Burlington.
Well-known GOP strategist Mary Matalin's trip to the state was cancelled completely. Matalin had scheduled campaign stops on behalf of Republican Fred Thompson in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Mason City.
The freezing rain also kept the state parties from reaching across the aisle for a joint press conference to announce caucus night plans. The Iowa Democratic Party and Republican Party of Iowa were expected to make an announcement this morning to unveil their respective party's new caucus logo. That event, too, is not happening today.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
6:00pm **CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER**
Des Moines Fire Fighters for Dodd Event
Location: Police Athletic Recreation Center
5374 NE 12th Avenue
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Huckabee wants FEMA out of the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security's arena
All I could do was jot down notes on the back of the wine menu.
Hopes to release a 10-point immigration plan by the end of the week
Will announce "key" Florida endorsements by week's end
Didn't seem to be too familiar with that report on the status of nuclear weapons in Iran
Will fly overnight on Iowa Caucus night to get to New Hampshire for breakfast the next a.m.
Has a hard time seeing anybody but Clinton becoming the Dem nominee
Thinks Clinton is "tough" and her strengths are focus and tenacity.
Thinks her weakness is she has a lot of experience being a political spouse. But that's different
than being a candidate.
Believes he gets more scrutiny/attention on his religion than Mitt Romney, the Mormon
Says no other candidate has as much CEO of government experience as he does (more than a decade as Lt Gov and Gov of Arkansas)
Counts 905 total minutes in the Republican Prez debates. Total includes only 3 minutes and 50 seconds of time focused on education. Says he didn't get asked either of the two questions on education in the debates
Doesn't want leaders to only think of funding/supporting/promoting left side of the brain development for kids. Wants them to think of right side of the brain training, too (music and art)
Had the soup to eat
I had a calamari salad. A little too greasy for my taste.
- Dave Price
Apparently, Dodd's campaign sent me over two cheese pizzas as a friendly gesture for the final month of the caucus season. I could almost smell them. Too bad I never got to taste them. By the time I got back to the station, they were gone. Every last piece of cheese. Thanks for the thought.
Here's the letter that came with the box:
- Dave Price
Think it'll be tight on caucus night? We found three of the Prez campaigns so far (Edwards, Obama and Clinton) that are using videos on their campaign web sites to show you how to caucus (They're all dems. Does that mean something?). They all seem to have a different feel. Check them out below.
A few other campaigns got back to me about their plans:
Mike Huckabee is using DVDs. A spokesman tells me precinct captains and county chairs will work to show the DVDs to Iowans with questions.
Tom Tancredo is going the old-fashioned route, well, I guess the new, old-fashioned route: phone calls, emails, mailings.
Mitt Romney is taking advantage of his kids. Here's the response from his campaign.
"We are training our folks in small groups across the state. Often we’ll have one of the sons or another surrogate attend, and true to Romney form, we have a PowerPoint presentation. This highlights our organizational efforts, so we unfortunately don’t have them open to the press so as to not tip our hand to the other candidates."
Here are those videos:
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
FOLKS: PLEASE REFER TO THIS DEBATE AS "NPR/IPR DEBATE". NOT "PUBLIC RADIO DEBATE", NOT "DEBATE TALKING PLACE IN DES MOINES".
But, first a few words from Fred Thompson (btw, Republicans were invited to this debate. The moderator here said "scheduling conflicts" have precluded them from attending. But the moderator said the candidates are working to reschedule) Now, back to Fred Thompson. I just received this statement in my inbox:
Statement by Fred Thompson on First Amendment Ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
McLean, VA - Sen. Fred Thompson released the following statement today in response to a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit - Americans United for Separation of Church and State v. Prison Fellowship - regarding an important First Amendment ruling on religious programming in prisons.
"The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion appears to allow Prison Fellowship's privately funded, voluntary prisoner rehabilitation programs in Iowa's prisons to continue. Prison inmates face daunting odds: statistically, two-thirds of them will be rearrested within three years of their release. As a society, we must do something to reduce this number and help returning inmates break the cycle of crime. Prison Fellowship's program has already demonstrated great promise. This ruling will allow faith-based prison programming to continue in order to improve the odds of successful reentry into society. This decision represents a win for the State of Iowa, for Prison Fellowship, and for anyone concerned about reducing recidivism."
Gotta go. Biden's people are offering him up for comments. More on tv later...
Monday, December 03, 2007
I don't know what those military leaders thought of the U.S. troop surge in Iraq. But I do know we've all noticed Huckabee's surge. I've never seen so much local and national press at one of his events. Huckabee noticed it, as well. Unfortunately, he didn't seem to notice the podium staffers had set up for him. He walked just outside the red rope that sectioned off the media from the hallway where he was. He stopped just alongside us and then just about started his remarks. That's when someone pointed out he needed to walk in front of us...and to the podium. Perhaps, he's not used to this big-crowd-attracting-because-I'm-now-the-front- runner just yet.
He did offer us up a nice zinger (is that how you spell that word?) I believe Mitt Romney (the man Huckabee has now passed in the polls in Iowa) has spent something like $7 million so far in Iowa. Huckabee's tab is somewhere around $400,000. So check out Huckabee's quote below and see about which candidate he is hinting.
"We've got an army of ordinary people who aren't out there because someone is paying them to love me. We have people out there working hard because they believe in what I stand for and they'd like to have a President who didn't buy his way into the White House." --Mike Huckabee
Saturday, December 01, 2007
We've begun again after about a ten minute delay.
The moderator asked why Clinton is beating Obama comfortably among African Americans nationally. Obama said Clinton is well-known nationally. He pointed out that he upped his support dramatically from the beginning of his campaign for U.S. Senator in Illinois til the time he got elected.
7:52pm--Joe Biden just arrived.
No time to catch his breath. He gets the next question. He said he favors a path to citizenship for immigrants. He also said it's not good to pit groups against each other. Everyone has to work together. He finished by thanking everyone for the chance to be here. Then, he did a quick gesture of the "thank the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost."
Richardson just complained about his face time. He asked moderator, Michelle Norris, if, as the only brown candidate on stage, could he get some civil rights fairness and get some more time?
Obama told a student named Melissa that he will help get students into college. He said he will give each student a $4,000 tax credit to go to college, which he says will "pay for a big chunk" of their college. I just googled this...The College Board last month said the average cost for a year in a four-year public university is $13,589.
Clinton just said New York Gov Elliott Spitzer made the right decision in withdrawing his plan to give illegals drivers' licenses.
Edwards asked Obama if he'll commit to raising minimum wage to $9.50 per hour. Obama said, yes.
Norris asked Kucinich to ask another candidate a question. Kucinich asked himself whether he would support a universal, single-payer, not-for-profit health care system. He answered himself by saying, "It is true."
Hillary Clinton just thanked all the other candidates for calling her during the hostage/standoff situation at her campaign office in Rochester, New Hampshire.
Chris Dodd just asked John Edwards why he voted for the bankruptcy reform bill. Biden, Clinton and Edwards, Dodd said, voted for it. Edwards said he was wrong. And Dodd was right to oppose it. I don't know what bill this is.
Numerous microphone problems. Numerous. HDNET is not off to a good start. Obama just handed Kucinich a microphone. Kucinich thanked him for passing the baton in this race (laugh, laugh).
They're taking a commercial break. Hopefully, they'll figure out the microphones.
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Senator Joseph Biden
Former Senator Mike Gravel
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Senator Christopher J. Dodd
Senator Barack Obama
Senator John Edwards
Governor Bill Richardson
Michele Norris, host of National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” and
Ray Suarez, senior correspondent for PBS’s “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.”
Dan Rather, Global Correspondent, HDNet’s “Dan Rather Reports”
Iowa State Rep Wayne Ford (D-Des Moines), co-chair and founder, Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum
Mary Campos, co-chair and founder, Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum
WHEN: Saturday, December 1, 2007
Press Check-In: 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
VIP Interviews: TBD
Forum begins: 7:00 p.m. CT
HDNet’s live coverage begins: 6:30 p.m. CT
HDNet’s post-Forum coverage begins: 9:00 p.m. CT
WHERE: North High School501 Holcomb Avenue
Des Moines, IA
MORE: Attendees are asked to limit personal items such as large bags or backpacks in order to speed the security check-in process.
Questions about weather and travel should be addressed to:
Iowa Department of Transportation
Weather Causes Clinton Campaign to Cancel Norwalk Event with President Bill Clinton
DES MOINES, IA – The Clinton Campaign has announced the cancellation of today’s 3:30 p.m. event with former President Clinton due to inclement weather. Clinton was to attend an Organizing for Change event at Norwalk High School on 1201 North Avenue in Norwalk.
Of course even politicians are at the mercy of mother nature. There are major airport delays keeping several of the Democratic candidates from landing here in the metro. Rumblings that tonight's Brown & Black forum could be cancelled but no official word yet.
This was just sent this morning from the Romney camp:
GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY'S IOWA EVENTS
CANCELLED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER
Boston, MA – Due to severe weather, numerous closings, and adverse road conditions, Governor Mitt Romney's events for today have been cancelled. The following events have been cancelled for today:
Saturday, December 1, 2007
9:45 a.m. Governor Mitt Romney Holds a "Strategy for a Stronger America: Strengthening American Families"
Ask Mitt Anything with Special Guest James Bopp, Jr., Romney Campaign Advisor on Pro-Life Issues
Indianola Country Club
1610 Country Club Road
NOTE: There will be a mult-box available.
11:30 a.m. Governor Mitt Romney Holds a Clarke County Meet-and-Greet
The Coffee Parlor
140 W. Jefferson
NOTE: This is a photo-op only. Be prepared for natural light and sound.
1:45 p.m. Governor Mitt Romney Holds a "Strategy for a Stronger America: Strengthening American Families" Ask Mitt Anything
CB & Q Freight House
1115 Auburn Avenue
NOTE: There will be a mult-box available.
*All Times Are Central Standard Time
Friday, November 30, 2007
"There is an ongoing situation in our Rochester, NH office. We are in close contact with state and local authorities and are acting at their direction. We will release additional details as appropriate."
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the hostages, their families, Senator Clinton, and her campaign staff. This incident is an unfortunate reminder of the reality that we always must remain aware of our surroundings and safety. My wife Barbara and I sincerely hope that today's incident will be resolved quickly and that no one will be harmed."
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Des Moines, IA
3:40 p.m. CST
Clinton Participates in the Heartland Presidential Candidates Forum Hosted by Iowa CCI and the Center for Community Change
730 3rd Street
Des Moines, IA
State SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1ST
DES MOINES, IA – Iowans for Hillary today announced that President Bill Clinton is scheduled to return to Iowa to campaign on behalf of Senator Hillary Clinton. President Clinton will attend an Organizing for Change event in Norwalk, IA on Saturday, December 1st.
Saturday, December 1st
3:30 p.m. CST
President Clinton to Attend “Organizing for Change” Event
Norwalk High School
1201 North Avenue
I was sitting at my desk at the station. My phone rang. Some young guy. At least he sounded young on the phone. I didn't catch his name. But my caller i.d. said he was calling from the Omaha area.
He asked if I had a few minutes to talk about Dennis Kucinich. I thought, sure. Kucinich never seems to come to town. So, why not? Well, this wasn't just a talk. It was a telethon. We recorded part of our conversation.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Close to the original event start time, a campaign aide made the announcement that Sen. Clinton was running late because there was a flattened tire on her chartered airplane and they had yet to depart from Washington, D.C. He said she would be expected around 2:00 p.m. and that lunch was being brought in for those patiently waiting the Senator's arrival.
According to one food service worker at the event, they were informed around 10:00 a.m. that they needed to increase their meal order - originally planned for the working media - to feed 300 people.
At a quarter after 2:00 p.m., a woman took the microphone to say Sen. Clinton would be there in just a few more minutes.
UPDATE: 2:27 p.m. -- Clinton event starts.
Monday, November 26, 2007
There's no more "is she coming?" talk. The Obama camp sent out the first official notice that Oprah Winfrey will appear in Iowa with Barack and Michelle. At this point, the campaign is only saying she'll be in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids on Saturday, December 8th.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Here's part of the Richardson release... Read down to the quote from his campaign manager about the other early states...
MANCHESTER, NH-- A new CNN/WMUR poll released today shows New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson surging in New Hampshire, climbing six points to pull even with John Edwards and shrinking the gap with Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
"The momentum we are seeing in New Hampshire is happening in all of the early states," Contarino (Dave Contarino, Richardson's campaign manager) added.
Richardson may be moving higher in New Hampshire. I'm not seeing how the camp can make this claim about it happening in ALL of the early states. I pulled this out of the new Washington Post/ABC News poll... Look at Richardson's numbers...
If the Democratic caucus were being held today, and the candidates were: (Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, Dennis Kucinich, and Mike Gravel), who would you support?NET LEANED VOTE:
The recent poll number is listed first (11/18/07) The poll from 7/31/07 is listed second.
Barack Obama 30 27
Hillary Clinton 26 26
John Edwards 22 26
Bill Richardson 11 11
Joe Biden 4 2
Dennis Kucinich 2 2
Chris Dodd 1 1
Mike Gravel * 0
Other (vol.) 1 0
None of these (vol.) * 2
Would not vote (vol.) 0 0
No opinion 3 4
To: McCain Team
From: Rick Davis
Date: November 21, 2007
Subject: NH Announces Primary Date
The New Hampshire Secretary of State just announced that on Tuesday, January 8th, 2008 New Hampshire will hold its first in the nation presidential primary.
That means in 47 days residents of New Hampshire will go to the polls to select the person they think should be the next president of the United States.
We have less than 7 weeks to make sure that we are able to reach every voter in New Hampshire with John McCain's message of courageous service, experienced leadership, and bold solutions.
Friends, you have been part of this team from the beginning, and this is where the rubber meets the road. I need you to do two things:
Donate. Now. Even if it's $25 we need you to follow this link right now and make a donation. We can make a huge difference and fund everything we need to do if everyone who receives this email just donates $25. Please don't assume that your donation doesn't make a difference because it might be small--united we create a financial force to be reckoned with!
If you have friends and family in New Hampshire, call them or write them a note letting them know why you support John McCain and how important it is for the rest of the nation that they consider casting their vote for Senator McCain on January 8th.
As you probably know, Senator McCain left for Iraq today to spend Thanksgiving with our troops. Please join me in a prayer of Thanksgiving for the men and women who proudly serve our country and for safe travel for all of you here at home.
Thanks for all you do, now the real fun begins!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
First, that whole wide stance thing with Idaho Senator Larry Craig. Now, it's some anti-Iowa comments from New Hampshire Senator and Romney Co-Chair Judd Gregg. Mitt Romney's camp is doing a little damage control.
Romney laughing, started his response, "Both states are key states in picking the president and I'm sure the senator from New Hampshire is proud of his own state. I must admit I like the process in this country of selecting the nominee of each party... But I appreciate the work that's done here in Iowa and I would not have spent as much time in this state had I not believed this was a critical part of the selection process and weigh them equally."
Monday, November 19, 2007
Shortly after he announced his campaign, I remember Fred Thompson saying he would run a non-traditional campaign. He's been pretty traditional in his tv ads. One of his opponents, Mike Huckabee, is not. Huckabee is airing his first ad in Iowa. It's definitely not a traditional ad. Unless, you call Chuck Norris traditional...
Huckabee's Iowa Campaign Manager Eric Woolson tells me you'll have to turn on cable to see this commercial live...Fox News, CNN, Hallmark, TNT, USA, Lifetime, and ESPN.
A tv pal tells me Huckabee does have a more traditional ad on faith on its way.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Is this all just a stunt to get Tancredo a little press and get him to the coveted 5% poll rating that makes his elegible for the Republican Party of Iowa/Fox News debate in Des Moines December 4th? Tancredo said, no. He just wants to push his issue of border security out there, he told me.
I asked Drake University Political Science Professor Arthur Sanders to check out the ad, along with current ads from Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson. Here's his take.
Watch the full ads for yourself. What do you think?
--Does Tancredo shake things up or go too far?
--Does Thompson offer a friendly hello or put you to sleep?
--Does Romney show he's the man or is he getting a head of himself?
This isn't the best angle to see all the signs going up during the "Sign War" Friday night before the JJ event. But you can see all the commotion of staffers and volunteers running around.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
I did pick out some of JJ's best bites from each candidate (yes, for you second-tier candidate-lovers, we have included every candidate who spoke last night).
Hillary Clinton took the stage more than 3 1/2 hours after the event's scheduled start time. Her yellow-clad, thunderstick-thumping fans filled much of the upper deck. She did have at least several dozen empty seats in her sections by the time she spoke. The Obamas both stood and clapped when she began and ended her speech (I didn't see Richardson or Dodd do either).
Clinton's best bites brought her back to the kitchen and heating things up thanks to her pre-coached crowd.
Obama ended the night (finally, taking the stage around 11pm). His campaign claimed 3,000 of the 9,000 in attendance, dressed in red, many wearing some type of glowing rings on their heads and around their necks. He said he doesn't do things based on the polls (Senator Clinton, are you around? BTW, she didn't go back to her seat after her speech. I was told she worked the room a bit with her special guest, Quincy Jones, while Obama spoke).
Obama's best bites explained what he doesn't want for his girls and your boys and how he won't forget what it means to stand up.
I'm now going to sleep.