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2007 House coverage - incumbent voting records : Dec. 31, 2007

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This week we add coverage of the voting records of the incumbents in the U.S. House for major votes that took place in late 2007. Click on the House page for any incumbent member of the House to see how they voted on each of the issues below.

OnTheIssues Category Major House vote on...
  • On Tax Reform: Vote on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes (Dec. 12)
  • On Education: Vote on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects (Nov. 15)
  • On Budget & Economy: Vote on regulating the subprime mortgage industry (Nov. 15)
  • On Crime: Vote on expanding services for offendors' re-entry into society (Nov. 13)
  • On Civil Rights: Vote on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation (Nov. 13)
  • On Free Trade: Vote on promoting free trade with Peru (Nov. 8)
  • On Technology: Vote on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure (Nov. 6)
  • On Free Trade: Vote on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization (Oct. 31)
  • On Health Care: Vote on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility (Oct. 25)
  • On Homeland Security: Vote on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad (Aug 4)
  • On Energy & Oil: Vote on investing in homegrown biofuel (Aug. 4)

2007 Senate coverage - incumbent voting records : Dec. 26, 2007

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This week we add coverage of the voting records of the incumbents in the U.S. Senate for major votes that took place in late 2007. Click on the House page for any incumbent member of the Senate to see how they voted on each of the issues below.

OnTheIssues Category Major Senate vote on...
  • On War & Peace: Vote on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months (Dec. 18)
  • On Environment: Vote on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land (Dec. 13)
  • On Jobs: Vote on limiting farm subsidies to people earning under $750,000 (Dec. 13)
  • On Free Trade: Vote on promoting free trade with Peru (Dec. 4)
  • On Technology: Vote on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure (Nov. 8)
  • On Health Care: Vote on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility (Nov. 1)
  • On Education: Vote on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects (Oct. 23)
  • On Abortion: Vote on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions (Oct. 18)
  • On War & Peace: Vote on designating Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorists (Sept. 26)
  • On Government Reform: Vote on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress (Sept. 18)
  • On Gun Control: Vote on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership (Sept. 6)
  • On Homeland Security: Vote on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad (Aug. 3)
  • On Government Reform: Vote on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections (July 19)
  • On Homeland Security: Vote on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months (July 11)

Group ratings for Members of Congress: Dec. 24, 2007

OnTheIssues.org has added a batch of new "group ratings" to the website. They will first appear on the presidential candidate pages today, and will filter into the House and Senate incumbents' pages over the next week:

  • On abortion: NRLC.org, the National Right to Life Committe
  • On affirmative action: NAACP.org, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • On gay rights: HRC.org, the Human Rights Campaign
  • On criminal justice: NCJA.org, the National Criminal Justice Association
  • On energy: CAF, ourfuture.org, the Campaign for America's Future
  • On immigration: USBC.org, U.S. Border Control
  • On religion: AU.org, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
  • On taxes: CTJ.org, Citizens for Tax Justice
OnTheIssues.org uses group ratings to summarize voting records on key issues. Generally, group ratings come out once every 1 or 2 years -- this batch is for 2005-2006. For this batch, we used all new groups for ratings -- but left the old ones (from 2003-2004) in place, for comparison.
Source: Each group maintains their own Congressional scorecards.


Tom Tancredo endorses Mitt Romney: Dec. 21, 2007

Declares victory on making immigration a central issue

Tom Tancredo has backed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for President. "At this point in time, (Romney) is the best hope for our cause," Tancredo said during a news conference in downtown Des Moines. The cause that vaulted the Colorado congressman into the race [was] illegal immigration.

One pundit said Tancredo's exit and endorsement of Romney could shake up the volatile Republican field. "Tancredo throwing his support behind Romney comes at a key time when Romney is trying to fight off the surge of Mike Huckabee," she said. "For Romney, it probably couldn?t have come at a better time." Several polls show Romney and Huckabee in a tight race for frontrunner status in Iowa leading up to the Jan. 3 caucuses.

Tancredo and Romney met for about an hour today prior to the announcements, Tancredo said. He opted to support Romney after he was reassured that he had clarified his position on immigration. Tancredo has questioned Romney's sincerity on the issue in the past, but said Thursday he's convinced Romney would secure the border, prosecute employers of illegal immigrants, and make those who are here illegally return to their native countries. Tancredo said he is not certain what role he will play in Romney's campaign.

Source: Jason Pullman, Des Moines Register
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Cynthia McKinney announces for President: Dec. 20, 2007

Former Democratic House member announces with Green Party

I am proud to say that the Green Party is my new political home.

The Democrats do not speak for us. The Democrats are no different than their Republican counterparts. The Democrats eat out of the hands of corrupt lobbyists and feed at the same corporate trough.

The Republicans have deceived us. The Democrats have failed us. But we cannot deceive ourselves and we must not fail in our struggle for peace because the world still looks to America for leadership. Now, we must be those leaders.

It is time for peace. It is time to break the vicious cycle where the poor go to war and veterans come home wounded and ignored.

Come home to the Green Party.

Source: Excerpts from video speech released on campaign website, www.RunCynthiaRun.org
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Tom Tancredo (R, CA) withdraws from presidential race: Dec. 20, 2007

Declares victory on making immigration a central issue

[Excerpts from open letter on campaign website]:

Dear Friends,

It is with my heart full of gratitude and a touch of sadness that I write today to tell you of my intention to end my campaign for the presidency. As a loyal friend and supporter it is important to me that you understand why I am doing this, even though you may disagree.

For the past ten years I have dedicated my public life to the critical issue of illegal immigration.  I believed then –as I do now—that massive uncontrolled illegal immigration threatens our survival as a nation.  I could not stand by and let open border politicians and corporate lobbyists sell our country out to the highest bidder.

Then earlier this year when I feared that the issue would not be championed by any of the top candidates I threw my hat in the ring.  It was the only way I could be certain that the candidates would be forced to take a stand.

Thanks to your incredible support look what we have accomplished: Our campaign forced the issue of immigration to the center of the national stage and—more importantly—forced every presidential candidate to commit themselves to an immigration plan that calls for securing the borders, opposing amnesty and enforcing the law.

So with so much success why drop out of the race now, you are probably asking.  For one reason and one reason alone: I believe the cause demands I do so.

The presidential campaign has come down to less than a handful of viable candidates.  Unfortunately several of them have abysmal records on immigration and can’t be trusted to do what is needed to preserve this country if they’re elected.  My fear is that if I were to stay in this race my votes could be the factor in handing victory to a pro-amnesty politician.

Source: Tom Tancredo campaign website, www.teamtancredo.org
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Joe Lieberman endorses John McCain: Dec. 17, 2007

Cross-party endorsement hints at V.P. interest

Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Democrat who ran as an independent last election after losing his primary re-election, endorsed Republican Sen. John McCain on Monday. The two had just traveled together, once again, to Iraq for the Thanksgiving holiday. According to a Lieberman aide, "Lieberman just thought McCain was clearly the most qualified candidate (of the entire '08 line-up) to be commander in chief from day one so rather than just observe from the sidelines, the senator now hopes to actually influence the process."

The aide said Lieberman was not courted by anyone else in the race. "I think McCain is the only one who asked for the senator's endorsement," he added. McCain also held a news conference where he was endorsed by over 100 retired admirals.

In a pre-emptive comment against the questions that will inevitably come and that have swirled around the senator since his own contentious 2006 re-election, when he was knocked out of the Democratic primary by a political neophyte because of his pro-Iraq position, Lieberman is not switching parties. "This is in no way an endorsement of the (Republican) Party, just the man," the aide said, adding that McCain did not ask Lieberman to join his ticket in the vice presidential slot.

The McCain-Lieberman relationship is decades old. The two worked closely together on Kosovo and the Balkans issues in the early 1990s. Both men also pushed legislation, against the Bush administration's wishes, that eventually led to the establishment of the Sept. 11 commission.

Source: Excerpts from Associated Press 1992 candidate questionnaire
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Ron Paul sets all-time one-day fundraising record: Dec. 16, 2007

"Money Bomb" Accomplished entirely by grassroots volunteers

Rep. Ron Paul raised an astounding $6 million and change Sunday, almost certainly guaranteeing he'll outraise his rivals for the Republican nomination in the fourth quarter and likely will be able to fund a presence in many of the states that vote Feb. 5. Paul's campaign spokesman late Sunday announced the campaign had eclipsed the $5.7 million that John Kerry raised the day after he locked up the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination--arguably the largest single-day fundraising haul in U.S. political history.

Paul, whose campaign has been embraced by a zealous community of online supporters, raised eyebrows when donors acting independently of the campaign dropped $4.2 million into his campaign coffers Nov. 5, [corresponding with Guy Fawkes Day]. The current fundraising effort was timed for the 234th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, a day meant to resonant with the Libertarian sensibilities of his supporters.

The man who engineered it--a 37-year-old music promoter named Trevor Lyman--has no official ties to the campaign and had no political experience to speak of before he engineered the innovative model for the Nov. 5 fundraising haul. He set up a website that solicited pledges for contributions to be made directly to the Paul campaign on that day--a technique that became known as a "money bomb," which he used again to such great effect Sunday.

Source: Associated Press on FoxNews.com
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Des Moines Register Democratic debate: Dec. 13, 2007

Last Democratic debate before Iowa caucus

Budget & Economy
   Barack Obama: Bush & GOP dug budget hole; need 1 or 2 years to dig out.
   Chris Dodd: Federal budget much more complicated & diverse than states'.
   Hillary Clinton: Look back to 1990s to see how I'd be fiscally responsible.
   John Edwards: Get rid of structural deficiencies in American economy.
Corporations
   Bill Richardson: Eliminate $73 billion in corporate welfare.
Homeland Security
   Joe Biden: Cut $350B in military programs, from Star Wars to F-22's.
Tax Reform
   Bill Richardson: End unfair & unequal tax structure for wealthiest 2%.

Source: Excerpts from Des Moines Register's Iowa debate
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Des Moines Register Republican debate: Dec. 12, 2007

Last Republican debate before Iowa caucus

Budget & Economy
   Duncan Hunter: Budget deficit & trade deficit to China create security risk.
   John McCain: Loss of economic strength leads to losing military strength.
   Mitt Romney: Cut deficit via waste, like 342 different economic programs.
   Ron Paul: We spend too much, tax too much, & print too much money.
Corporations
   Rudy Giuliani: Reduce corporate tax from 35% to 25%, to increase revenue.
Free Trade
   Mike Huckabee: A free country must feed, fuel, & fight for itself.
   Tom Tancredo: Oil trade imbalance is a national security risk.
Social Security
   Fred Thompson: Reform entitlements now so our grandkids don't have to.
Tax Reform
   Alan Keyes: FairTax turns off spigot that funds political ambitions.

Source: Excerpts from Des Moines Register's Iowa debate
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Mike Huckabee: Associated Press releases 1992 survey: Dec. 11, 2007

Scrutiny as Iowa frontrunner for anti-gay rhetoric

Gay Rights
   Treat AIDS as plague to be isolated, not civil rights issue.
Drugs
   Curb supply by eradication; change attitudes to curb demand
Term Limits
   Term limits counter election skewed laws toward incumbents
AIDS spending
   No additional AIDS spending; cancer & vascular victims first
Health Care
   Ban smoking in all public places
Social Security
   No Congressional pensions; give them same deal as citizens
Tax Reform
   No tax increase under any circumstances
Technology
   Opposes public electronic voting; wouldn't focus on issues

Source: Excerpts from Associated Press 1992 candidate questionnaire
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Republican Univision debate: Dec. 9, 2007

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Budget & Economy
   Fred Thompson: We're spending next generation's money with no restraint.
   Ron Paul: Weak economy is source of resentment against immigrants.
Civil Rights
   Mike Huckabee: Racial profiling based on speaking with accent is unAmerican.
   Ron Paul: Against ID for immigrants; it leads to national ID card.
Education
   Mike Huckabee: Focus on what's good for students, not good for school.
   Rudy Giuliani: All parents want more control & choice over kids' schooling.
Foreign Policy
   Fred Thompson: Castro is a uniquely brutal tyrant; keep the embargo.
   John McCain: Maintain Cuban embargo; indict Castro.
   Mike Huckabee: Hugo Chavez was not elected as dictator; no friend of US.
   Mitt Romney: Free Cuba and eliminate threat of people like Hugo Chavez.
   Ron Paul: Stop interfering with Latin America; talk & trade instead.
   Rudy Giuliani: Stand against Chavez's & Castro's form of dictatorship.
Immigration
   Duncan Hunter: Hispanic community does not agree with having open borders.
   Fred Thompson: Focus on chain migration, not anchor babies.
   Mike Huckabee: Make legal immigration quick, or outsource it if we can't.
   Mitt Romney: Employers have no means of knowing who's legal & who's not.
   Ron Paul: Those who attack bilingualism are jealous & feel inferior.
   Rudy Giuliani: End illegal immigration or we risk legal immigration.
War & Peace
   Duncan Hunter: Son serves in Marines, in Iraq & Afghanistan.
   Mike Huckabee: Stay in Iraq because we're winning; we lose if we walk away.
   Mitt Romney: Staying in Iraq protects lives of American citizens.

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Wesley Clark endorses Hillary Clinton: Dec. 5, 2007

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Following is the script for the ad released today in Iowa featuring General Wesley Clark:

Clinton: I’m Hillary Clinton and I approved this message.

Clark: I see that Hillary’s opponents have started attacking her. That’s politics. What this country needs is leadership.

Clark: I’m Wes Clark; I commanded our forces in Europe when we won the fight to halt ethnic cleansing in Kosovo.

Clark: I’ve known Hillary Clinton for twenty-four years. I know she has what it takes to end the war in Iraq, avert war with Iran, and restore our country’s standing in the world.

Clark: These are tough times and Hillary Clinton is the right choice for America.

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Democratic radio debate on NPR: Dec. 4, 2007

Complete excerpts: hosted by Iowa Public Radio

Corporations
   Hillary Clinton: Bush defanged the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Environment
   Chris Dodd: Country-of-origin & ingredient labeling for food imports.
   Hillary Clinton: Better track kids' products for exposures to toxic materials.
Foreign Policy
   Hillary Clinton: China respects us if we call them on human rights breaches.
   Joe Biden: Hold China accountable; it's capitulation, not competition.

Click for complete Democratic NPR debate coverage.


Democratic debate in Las Vegas: Nov. 15, 2007

Complete excerpts: hosted by CNN

Budget & Economy
   Bill Richardson: Balanced Budget Amendment to address $9 trillion debt.
   Chris Dodd: People of color lured into sub prime lending.
Corporations
   Chris Dodd: Bankruptcy Reform Act hurt working class families.
   John Edwards: I was wrong to vote for Bankruptcy Reform Act.
Crime
   Barack Obama: Lack of enforcement sets tone for more hate crimes.
   Joe Biden: Bush is impediment to hate crimes legislation.
Drugs
   Dennis Kucinich: Reduce sentencing disparity for crack cocaine retroactively.
   Hillary Clinton: Reduce sentencing disparity for crack, but not retroactively.
Education
   Bill Richardson: $60 billion plan to make American education #1 in world.
Health Care
   Barack Obama: Being poor in this country is hazardous to your health.
   Hillary Clinton: Pledges to support $50B for AIDS relief in US and world.
Welfare & Poverty
   Dennis Kucinich: Address poverty with full employment economy & social reform.
   Hillary Clinton: Partner with faith based community in empowerment zones.

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Republican YouTube debate: Nov. 28, 2007

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Abortion
   Mitt Romney: Would be delighted to sign federal ban on all abortions.
   Rudy Giuliani: Would probably not sign federal ban on all abortions.
   Ron Paul: Get the federal government out of abortion decision.
Budget & Economy
   John McCain: Republicans have forgotten how to control spending.
   Mike Huckabee: To reduce spending, get rid of IRS & revamp DHS.
   Rudy Giuliani: Across-the-board spending cuts; zero out failing programs.
Free Trade
   Duncan Hunter: Let's buy American this Christmas season.
   Tom Tancredo: Voted NO on permanent normalized trade relations with China.
Gun Control
   Duncan Hunter: Bearing arms is a tradition of the American soldier.
   John McCain: I know how to use guns; but I don't own one.
   Rudy Giuliani: Government can impose reasonable regulations on guns.
Homeland Security
   John McCain: Waterboarding is torture; we're not going to torture people.
   Mitt Romney: Not wise for us to describe our interrogation techniques.
Immigration
   Fred Thompson: Pledges to veto any immigration bill that involves amnesty.
   John McCain: Illegal immigrants are God's children as well.
   Mitt Romney: Illegal immigrants shouldn't get tuition break in schools.
   Rudy Giuliani: BorderStat & virtual fence: just stop people from coming in.
Principles & Values
   Mike Huckabee: Jesus was too smart to ever run for public office.
   Mitt Romney: Bible is the word of God; I don't disagree with Bible.
   Rudy Giuliani: Bible is greatest book ever written, but it's allegorical.
Tax Reform
   Duncan Hunter: Would be wrong to pledge never to raise taxes.
   John McCain: We need a simpler, fairer tax code, but not FairTax.
   Ron Paul: I have never voted for a tax increase; and never will.

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Democratic debate in Las Vegas: Nov. 15, 2007

Complete excerpts: hosted by CNN

  • Education
       Bill Richardson: Create science and math academies with 100,000 new teachers.
       Chris Dodd: Merit pay for poor areas ok; not for better neighborhoods.
       Hillary Clinton: Get more teachers into hard-to-serve areas.
       Joe Biden: Laid out a $30 billion plan over five years for education.
  • Energy & Oil
       Dennis Kucinich: Voted against drilling in Alaska, against union preference.
  • Foreign Policy
       Bill Richardson: Set conditions on foreign aid assistance to Musharraf.
       Joe Biden: Move from a Musharraf policy to a Pakistan policy.
  • Free Trade
       John Edwards: Hold China responsible for their trade obligations.
  • Health Care
       Barack Obama: Problem isn't mandating coverage, but affording it.
       Hillary Clinton: Health care tax credit ensures affordability.
  • Homeland Security
       Barack Obama: Human rights and national security are complementary.
       Bill Richardson: Human rights can be more important than national security.
       Hillary Clinton: National security is more important than human rights.
  • Immigration
       Barack Obama: Undocumented workers come here to work, not to drive.
       Bill Richardson: Allowed giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.
       Chris Dodd: Oppose granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.
       Dennis Kucinich: There aren't any illegal human beings.
       Hillary Clinton: Oppose granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.
       John Edwards: Oppose granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.
  • Jobs
       Dennis Kucinich: I'm the one candidate who comes from the working class.
  • War & Peace
       Barack Obama: Surge strategy has made a difference in Iraq but failed.
       Bill Richardson: Donor conference: get EU & Arabs to pay for reconstruction.
       Dennis Kucinich: The surge strategy is fueling the insurgency.
Click for complete Las vegas Democratic debate coverage.


Sen. Sam Brownback (R, KS) endorses John McCain: Nov. 7, 2007

"The best pro-life candidate to beat Hillary Clinton"

Sam Brownback went back to the Iowa presidential hustings Wednesday, this time to back another GOP senator — John McCain. “The best pro-life candidate to beat Hillary Clinton,” proclaimed Brownback in Dubuque.

But his announcement wasn’t the hottest endorsement of the day. Televangelist Pat Robertson gave his nod to Rudy Giuliani. “America’s Mayor,” Robertson said, is “a proven leader who is not afraid of what lies ahead.”

On Tuesday, Paul Weyrich, the co-founder of the Moral Majority, made headlines by backing Mitt Romney. Last week, Missouri Sen. Kit Bond signed on with Giuliani.

Source: Steven Kraske, Kansas City Star
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Democratic debate in at Drexel University: Oct. 30, 2007

Complete excerpts: hosted by MSNBC

  • On Civil Rights
    Barack Obama: The politics of fear undermines basic civil liberties..
  • On Energy & Oil
    Bill Richardson: Need an energy revolution in the US.
    Chris Dodd: Propose a gasoline rebate and move to energy independence.
    Hillary Clinton: Investigate & move toward energy efficiency and conservation.
    Joe Biden: Provide for emergency fuel assistance immediately.
    John Edwards: Investigate the oil companies and ask for conservation.
  • On Foreign Policy
    Chris Dodd: Pakistan is a more immediate problem than Iran.
  • On Homeland Security
    Joe Biden: Talks about nations acquiring uranium are more complicated.
  • On Principles & Values
    Dennis Kucinich: Sighted a UFO in Washington State.
  • On Social Security
    Barack Obama: The wealthy should pay a bit more on the payroll tax.
    Hillary Clinton: Have a bipartisan commission on Social Security and its tax.
  • On War & Peace
    Barack Obama: Iran military resolution sends the region a wrong signal.
    Bill Richardson: Pledge that Iran will not develop a nuclear bomb.
    Chris Dodd: A military action resolution on Iran is dangerous.
    Dennis Kucinich: There's no basis for an Iran military resolution.
    Hillary Clinton: Pledge that Iran will not develop a nuclear bomb.
    Joe Biden: A military action resolution on Iran is a bad policy.
    John Edwards: Iran military resolution enables Bush to invade Iran.
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GOP debate in Orlando, Florida: Oct. 21, 2007

Hosted by Fox News

  • On Families & Children
    Rudy Giuliani: Conservative record:I drove pornography out of Times Square.
  • On Government Reform
    Fred Thompson: Tort reform ok for liability lawsuits; leave rest to states.
    Rudy Giuliani: Supports tort reform like "loser pays" rule.
  • On Homeland Security
    John McCain: Consult lawyers on war decisions; no half-cocked war basis.
    Mitt Romney: Lawyers are the last people to ask about war decisions.
  • On Immigration
    Fred Thompson: Voted for law to abolish sanctuary cities.
    Rudy Giuliani: Sanctuary city policy helped make NYC most legal city in US.
  • On Principles & Values
    Fred Thompson: Giuliani sides with Hillary on abortion, guns. & immigration.
    Fred Thompson: Consistent since reading "Conscience of a Conservative".
    John McCain: I didn't manage for profit, I led for patriotism.
    John McCain: Romney is conning people about conservatism of his record.
    Mitt Romney: Acting like Hillary won't keep Hillary out of White House.
    Mitt Romney: Proud of his accomplishments in fighting the Liberal Lion.
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Sen. Sam Brownback (R, KS) exits presidential race: Oct. 19, 2007

"Yellow Brick Road just came up short"

An emotional Brownback on Friday formally ended his bid at a statehouse news conference, saying his “Yellow Brick Road just came up short of the White House this time.”

Asked about running for governor in 2010, the Kansas Republican was explaining that he hadn’t thought of any other political races when his wife, Mary, piped up. “The yard needs mowing first,” she said.

Despite a solid conservative record, he said, he never gained traction with national media. And “We’re out of money.”

Brownback didn’t rule out an endorsement of a rival, although former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is not a likely recipient. The party, he predicted, will nominate an anti-abortion candidate. “I don’t see him winning the nomination,” he said. Analysts said Brownback’s supporters in Iowa could move to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and push Giuliani to third there. Brownback wouldn’t comment, either, on becoming a vice-presidential candidate. Some in Kansas dismiss that possibility because Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius could then pick his replacement.

Source: Kansas City Star
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GOP debate in Michigan: Oct. 9, 2007

Sen. Sam Brownback's last debate

  • On Budget & Economy
    Fred Thompson: No reason to believe we're headed for recession.
    Mitt Romney: Giuliani increased spending by 2.8%; I held increase to 2.2%.
    Rudy Giuliani: Romney increased spending by 8%; I cut spending by 7%.
  • On Energy & Oil
    John McCain: Climate change is real; nuclear power is solution.
    Mitt Romney: Develop energy technology like nuclear or liquefied coal.
  • On Free Trade
    Duncan Hunter: Reflect tariffs back at competitors.
    Fred Thompson: Focus on protecting infrastructure for national security.
    John McCain: Every time US went protectionist, we paid heavy price.
    Mike Huckabee: We need fair trade because we're losing jobs.
    Rudy Giuliani: Good deals pending with Peru, Colombia, Panama, South Korea.
    Tom Tancredo: Enforce trade & currency rules against China.
  • On Jobs
    Fred Thompson: In a dynamic economy, some jobs lost and some gained.
    Mitt Romney: I believe in domestic supports for our agriculture industry.
    Ron Paul: Right to organize; but no special benefits for unions.
    Sam Brownback: Unions do good, but need effective oversight.
  • On Tax Reform
    Fred Thompson: Phase out the AMT; lower taxes grow the economy.
    John McCain: Tax system is fair; wealthy pay bulk of taxes.
    Tom Tancredo: Takes the oath: no tax increase.
  • On Technology
    John McCain: Don't police Internet crime; go after money to reduce crime.
    Sam Brownback: Cut the Advanced Technology Program; it's corporate welfare.
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Newt Gingrich (R, GA) bows out of presidential race: Sept. 30, 2007

Blames McCain/Feingold law

Q: Just last week, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he felt a responsibility to run for president and his supporters were all set to launch a $30 million fund-raising drive tomorrow to make it possible. But late yesterday, Gingrich announced that 2008 would not be his year. Any second thoughts overnight?

A: No. The McCain/Feingold Act criminalizes politics. We learned yesterday morning that this was the decisive moment. I had taken leave from Fox. We had a website set up to launch on Monday and we were informed yesterday morning that if I had any communication with American Solutions after I became a candidate it was a criminal offense.

Q: Explain what American Solutions is and why that would be illegal.

A: American Solutions is technically a 527, which is a form of fund-raising, which allows us to develop ideas. We've said publicly that any polling data we released we're releasing to both parties. We launched a workshop Thursday night and all day Saturday. And I'm very proud of it, and we've had about a year of work going into it. And I thought there was a way that you could continue the momentum of those ideas while I began to prepare a presidential campaign. What we learned yesterday morning was, I mean, it's literally a go to jail criminal activity.

Q: How much did feasibility factor in here? You know, the money wasn't there not at all?

A: None. Without having even set the website up, our estimate was we had several million dollars in pledges, I think we would clearly have been competitive financially within three weeks.

Source: ABC News interview with George Stephanopoulos
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Mike Johanns (R, NE) resigns from Cabinet: Sept. 20, 2007

Will run for Nebraska Senate seat

President Bush and Mike Johanns covered each other in praise Thursday as Johanns stepped down from the top job at the USDA, and both men made clear the former Nebraska governor would run for the U.S. Senate. Johanns, 57, also telegraphed that his campaign for the Republican nomination will not criticize Bush policies. Johanns left the governor’s office to become Secretary of Agriculture in 2005 after being elected to a second term.

Political observers made Johanns, 57, the early, strong favorite. The continuing and most important question now: Will former Nebraska governor, and two-term U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey, 64, accept the Democratic nomination?

Senator Chuck Hagel announced on Sept. 10 that he will not ask Nebraskans for a third term. Hagel tsaid he would not seek any office in 2008. He had considered a bid for the presidency. A decorated, twice-wounded veteran of the Vietnam war, Hagel has been the foremost critic of the way President Bush has managed the war in Iraq.

Source: Ed Howard, Nebrasks State Paper
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Alan Keyes (R, MD) announces for President: Sept. 17, 2007

Former UN Ambassador and candidate for IL Senate in 2004

Alan Keyes is back. The socially conservative Republican, who has twice run for president in the past, has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to give it one more shot.

According to a statement posted at RenewAmerica, an activist group he chairs, Keyes has been "unmoved" by the other candidates' lack of moral courage. "The one thing I've always been called to do is to raise the standard . . . of our allegiance to God and His authority that has been the foundation stone of our nation's life," he said.

Keyes ran for the highest office in the land in 1996 and 2000, in between a trio of failed Senate runs in Maryland and Illinois. (The latter came against Barack Obama, whom he said Jesus Christ would not vote for.) He was State Department official under Ronald Reagan and has been a prominent media commentator, going back to his 1990s radio show "The Alan Keyes Show: America's Wake-Up Call."

It is unlikely, given the current political landscape, that Keyes will overtake the frontrunners in the crowded Republican field, storm to the GOP nomination, and take out the Democrat in the general election, something Keyes surely realizes. So what is his latest political foray all about? Perhaps it's as simple as name recognition and the opportunities it provides: After all, Mike Gravel wasn't exactly a household name this time last year, and now he's getting to expound on the Bush administration on national television.

If nothing else, Keyes' run could spice things up a bit: Like some other long-shot candidates, among them Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul, Keyes is an excellent, sometimes-confrontational debater who is unafraid to make comments that might alienate certain members of the audience. He may or may not get much chance to use those skills, since it's far from a sure thing that Keyes will be invited to share the debate stage with the Republican frontrunners. But he is scheduled to participate in a debate with other long-shots tonight in Florida. So if you've been skipping the presidential debates because they're too boring for your tastes, this may be the night to tune in.

Source: CBS News Blog
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Democratic primary debate in Spanish: Sept. 9, 2007

Hosted by Univision (Spanish TV)

  • On Foreign Policy:
    Barack Obama: Invest in our relationship with Mexico.
    Chris Dodd: We spend $500B in Iraq; add some to $1.6B in Latin America.
  • On Free Trade:
    Dennis Kucinich: NAFTA accelerated immigration from Mexico, in search of jobs.
    Mike Gravel: CAFTA & NAFTA cause unemployment in Mexico & Central America.
  • On Homeland Security:
    Mike Gravel: Terrorism is not a war; treat it as a criminal act.
  • On Immigration:
    Barack Obama: Immigration system is broken for legal immigrants.
    Bill Richardson: Border wall is horrendous example of misguided policy.
    Chris Dodd: Mexico is a neighbor and ally, but supported border wall.
    Dennis Kucinich: Promote Spanish as a second national language.
    Dennis Kucinich: Build relationships between nations, not walls.
    Hillary Clinton: More border patrolling on both Mexican AND Canadian borders.
    Hillary Clinton: Immigration reform needs family unification as one goal.
    John Edwards: Undocumented workers deserve same rights as American workers.
    Mike Gravel: Immigration issue is national scapegoating.
    Mike Gravel: Embarrassed at building a wall on southern border.
  • On War & Peace:
    Chris Dodd: Having troops in Iraq makes US less safe.
    Dennis Kucinich: Iraq plan: Reconstruction, rehabilitation, & reconciliation.
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GOP primary debate at UNH: Sept. 5, 2007

Republicans hosted by Fox News, plus ad announcing Fred Thompson's candidacy

  • On Abortion:
    Mike Huckabee: Led Arkansas to human life amendment in state constitution.
    Mitt Romney: Two-step process: overturn Roe; then change hearts & minds.
  • On Budget & Economy
    Rudy Giuliani: I took over NYC in fiscal crisis;then reduced taxes 23 times.
  • On Civil Rights:
    Sam Brownback: Ban gay marriage--it's a vast social experiment.
  • On Families & Children:
    Sam Brownback: Rebuilding the family solves problems of education & crime.
  • On Gun Control:
    Ron Paul: Let airlines make rules about passenger guns to fight terror.
    Rudy Giuliani: NYC gun control laws made NYC safest big city in US.
  • On Homeland Security: John McCain: I've spent my life leading on national security issues.
  • On Immigration:
    Duncan Hunter: Complete fence, despite difficulties, because it's the law.
    John McCain: 12 million illegals in country now is de facto amnesty.
    Mike Huckabee: Some anti-immigration advocates are based on racism.
    Mitt Romney: Z-visa is not technically amnesty; but is in fact amnesty.
    Rudy Giuliani: Declared NYC a sanctuary city, and crime fell.
    Tom Tancredo: It's not based on racism--it's about the rule of law.
  • On Principles & Values:
    Rudy Giuliani: Presidency requires executive experience.
  • On War & Peace:
    John McCain: Surge is working; let it continue until it succeeds.
    Mitt Romney: After surge, move to support phase, based in Kuwait.
    Ron Paul: Take marching orders from Constitution; not from al Qaeda.
    Sam Brownback: Long-term US presence to defend Kurds & Sunnis.
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Fred Thompson (R, TN) announces for president: Sept. 6, 2007

Announces on Jay leno show, opposite the GOP debate

Fred Thompson officially entered a wide-open Republican presidential race Thursday, vowing to invigorate a dispirited GOP and promising to thwart another Clinton from capturing the presidency.

The former Tennessee senator harkened to the GOP glory days of 1994 when he and other Republicans seized control of Congress and established an equal counterpoint to Democrat Bill Clinton in the White House. Now an official candidate for the Republican nomination, Thompson promised to return the party to better times.

"In 1992, we were down after a Clinton victory," Thompson said in a 15-minute Webcast that laid out the rationale for the candidacy he also declared on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno.

"In 1994, our conservative principles led us to a comeback and majority control of the Congress. Now, you don't want to have to come back from another Clinton victory. Our country needs us to win next year, and I am ready to lead that effort," he said.

Thompson, 65, enters an extraordinarily fluid race four months before voting begins. While Giuliani leads in national polls, Romney maintains an edge in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

Overall, Republican voters have expressed less satisfaction with their choices than Democrats, and Thompson, who ranks strongly in GOP surveys, is maneuvering to become the favorite of a GOP base that is searching for someone with right-flank bona fides who can win in a general election. His quest won't be easy.

Source: Liz Sidoti, Associated Press
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Sen. Larry Craig (R, Idaho) pleads guilty: Aug 28, 2007

Arrested on June 11 for misdemeanor sexual misconduct charge; insists "I am not gay"

    Updates:
  • Sept. 1: Sen. Craig announces, in Boise Idaho, that he plans to resign from the Senate on Sept. 30.
  • Sept. 4: Sen. Craig's grown children appear on national television show "Good Morning America" to defend the Senator.
  • Sept. 6: Sen. Craig will attempt to withdraw guilty plea, and may stay in Senate if plea is reversed by Sept. 30
  • Sept. 17: ACLU files brief supporting that Sen. Craig's bathroom activities were all legal, as free speech
  • Sept. 18: Sen. Craig makes a surprise return to the Senate floor
  • Sept. 27: Judge rules that Sen. Craig's guilty plea cannot be withdrawn.
  • Oct. 1: Sen. Craig declines to resign as promised; pending the study of "additional legal options."

Long dogged by rumors about his sexuality, the married and conservative three-term senator is expected to address the June 11 incident at Minneapolis Airport in which an undercover officer arrested him on charges of lewd conduct in a men's room.

Craig, who has voted against gay marriage and opposes extending special protections to gay and lesbian crime victims, might step down, some of his longtime allies have denounced his behavior and called for his resignation. "If the accusations are true, then we think that he needs to resign," Bryan Fischer, the executive director of the Idaho Values Alliance, told ABCNews.com. "We believe that character is an important qualification for public service and we believe if these accounts are true, then the senator conduct has fallen short of what we should expect from public officials." Fischer, who is thankful for the senator's anti-abortion policy and his opposition to gay marriage, said that many of his fellow Idahoans were not surprised to hear about the arrest. "I don't think people were shocked because these rumors had circulated for years. But people in Idaho feel tremendous disappointment. You know that they feel they have been let down by another public figure. I've heard from some in our alliance, virtually everyone was aware that the rumors had circulated and they're disappointed that there might have been some fire behind that smoke."

A political science professor in Idaho said Craig's political future was in jeopardy. And a spokesman for the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, Hannah August, said Craig's guilty plea "has given Americans another reason not to vote Republican" next year. Earlier Tuesday, liberal action group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint against Craig with the Senate ethics committee, asking the panel to investigate whether the lawmaker violated the Senate Rules of Conduct by pleading guilty to disorderly conduct. "If pleading guilty to charges stemming from an attempt to solicit an undercover officer in a public restroom is not conduct that reflects poorly upon the Senate, what is?" asked CREW's executive director Melanie Sloan.

Source: Marcus Baram, Emily Friedman & Z. Byron Wolf, ABC News
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Alberto Gonzales resigns: Aug 27, 2007

Resigns after months-long uproar

The resignation of U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday ended a storybook rise that began in an impoverished neighborhood in the Houston suburbs, reached into the political power centers of Austin and Washington and then unraveled with his stewardship as the nation’s top cop.

Gonzales, the nation’s first Hispanic attorney general and one of George W. Bush’s closest advisers, resigned after enduring a months-long uproar over the firing of eight U.S. attorneys and disclosures that the FBI overstepped the Patriot Act to intrude into the lives of U.S. citizens.

Throughout his political and professional ascent, which also included service as a Texas Supreme Court justice, Gonzales broke through social and cultural barriers and earned the admiration of thousands of Hispanics. After Bush became president in 2001, Gonzales appeared on track to be nominated as the nation’s first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.

But the accolades were all but forgotten after Gonzales confronted accusations that he had politicized the Justice Department and had veered away from his pledge to be bound only "by the rule of law." For months, Democrats and a growing number of Republicans clamored for his resignation. He was also never able to put to rest Democratic criticism over his performance as White House counsel in Bush’s first term, where he participated in administration policies that critics say contributed to torture of detainees and the prison abuse scandal at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

Text of Attorney General's resignation:

Thirteen years ago, I entered public service to make a positive difference in the lives of others. During this time, I have traveled a remarkable journey from my home state of Texas to Washington, D.C., supported by the unwavering love and encouragement of my wife Rebecca and our sons Jared, Graham, and Gabriel. Yesterday, I met with President Bush and informed him of my decision to conclude my government service as Attorney General of the United States, effective as of September 17, 2007.

Let me say that it has been one of my greatest privileges to lead the Department of Justice. I have great admiration and respect for the men and women who work here. I have made a point as Attorney General to personally meet as many of them as possible and today I want to again thank them for their service to our nation. It is through their continued work that our country and our communities remain safe, that the rights and civil liberties of our citizens are protected and the hopes and dreams of all of our children are secured.

I often remind our fellow citizens that we live in the greatest country in the world and that I have lived the American dream. Even my worst days as Attorney General have been better than my father's best days. Public service is honorable and noble, and I am profoundly grateful to President Bush for his friendship and for the many opportunities he has given me to serve the American people.

Thank you and God bless America.

Source: Dave Montgomery, Fort Worth (TX) Star Telegram
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ABC "This Week" primary debate: Aug. 19, 2007

Eight Democrats hosted by George Stephanopoulos

  • On Foreign Policy:
       Barack Obama: No "strategic ambiguity" on foreign policy issues.
       Chris Dodd: No time to get new Pres. ready; need experience in advance.
       Hillary Clinton: Should not telegraph our adversaries about preconditions.
       Joe Biden: Pakistan is potentially most dangerous country in the world.
  • On Government Reform:
       Chris Dodd: It's not who funds you, but how you vote that matters.
       Hillary Clinton: Move to public election financing, not banning lobbyists.
       John Edwards: Let's all pledge not another dime from Washington lobbyists.
  • On Health Care:
       Dennis Kucinich: Challenge system of premiums, co-pays and deductibles.
  • On Homeland Security:
       Bill Richardson: No first use of nukes; but keep options on table.
       John Edwards: No hypothetical nuke talk in Pakistan; eliminate all nukes.
       Mike Gravel: We are STILL expanding our nuclear capability.
  • On Principles & Values:
       Bill Richardson: With me, you get both change AND experience.
       Hillary Clinton: Rove is obsessed with me because I take them on & beat them.
       John Edwards: We can't negotiate change; must take from those in power.
  • On War & Peace:
       Barack Obama: Deal with al Qaeda on Pakistan border, but not with nukes.
       Hillary Clinton: Rule out nukes against Iran.
       Mike Gravel: Bush cooking books on Iran; resolve against invading Iran.
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Tommy Thompson withdraws from presidential race: Aug 13, 2007

"I have no regrets about running"

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson said Sunday he is dropping out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination after finishing sixth in an Iowa straw poll.

"I have no regrets about running," he said in a statement released Sunday evening by his campaign. "I felt my record as governor of Wisconsin and secretary of Health and Human Services gave me the experience I needed to serve as president, but I respect the decision of the voters. I am leaving the campaign trail today, but I will not leave the challenges of improving health care and welfare in America."

The statement said Thompson, 65, intends to take some time off before returning to the private sector and his nonprofit work.

He had said before the Iowa event that he would drop out of the race unless he finished first or second. The statement didn't say whether he would endorse another candidate.

Source: Associated Press in The Seattle Times
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Mitt Romney wins Iowa Straw Poll: Aug. 12, 2007

Eight candidates participate; three opt out

1Gov.Mitt Romney4,516 votes   31.6 %
2Gov.Mike Huckabee2,587 votes18.1 %
3Sen.Sam Brownback2,192 votes15.3 %
4Rep.Tom Tancredo1,961 votes13.7 %
5Rep.Ron Paul1,305 votes9.1 %
6Gov.Tommy Thompson1,039 votes7.3 %
7Sen.Fred Thompson203 votes1.4 %
8Mayor Rudy Guiliani183 votes1.3 %
9Rep.Duncan Hunter174 votes1.2 %
10Sen.John McCain101 votes0.7 %
11Chmn.John Cox41 votes0.1 %
Source: Yahoo News, Voice of America news, and Boston Globe
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HRC/LOGO primary debate: Aug. 9, 2007

Six Democrats hosted by gay rights organizations
All Republican candidates invited but none accepted invitation.

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AFL-CIO Democratic primary debate: Aug. 7, 2007

Seven candidates hosted by AFL-CIO

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Republican primary debate: Aug. 5, 2007

Nine candidates prepare for Iowa Straw Poll

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Alberto Gonzales faces impeachment inquiry: Aug 3, 2007

Six members of Congress introduce resolution

Democratic House members, including several former prosecutors, have introduced a measure directing the House Judiciary Committee to investigate whether to impeach Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., a co-sponsor of the measure, said the investigation is warranted given the questions about whether Gonzales misled Congress in testimony about the firing of nine U.S. attorneys and about a secret government eavesdropping program. “The resolution isn’t for impeachment, it’s an inquiry,” Moore said. “If the investigation concludes that he mislead Congress and gave false information or otherwise, I would certainly look into whether further action is necessary.”

Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., who was a prosecutor in Washington state in the late 1970s and 1980s, is the lead sponsor of the measure. Other sponsors are Democratic Reps. Xavier Becerra of California, Michael Arcuri of New York, Ben Chandler of Kentucky, Bruce Braley of Iowa and Tom Udall of New Mexico.

Lawmakers from both parties have questioned Gonzales’ truthfulness. Democrats and some Republicans have openly accused him of helping Bush exploit executive power at the expense of civil liberties and possibly beyond the law on an array of matters including secretive surveillance. A spokesman for Gonzales said it was “unfortunate that confusion exists, but not surprising since such discussions in a public forum involve complicated classified activities, where the greatest care must be used not to compromise sensitive intelligence operations.”

Text of the resolution:
Resolved, that the Committee on the Judiciary shall investigate fully whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to impeach Alberto R. Gonzales, Attorney General of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
Source: Matthew Daly, Associated Press, in Lawrence (KS) Journal World News
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Sen. Ted Stevens' home raided by FBI: Aug. 1, 2007

Part of public corruption investigation

FBI and IRS agents snapped photos and trained video cameras on the home of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens during a search related to a public corruption investigation. Stevens is under a federal investigation for his relationship with Bill Allen, an oil field services contractor who was convicted this year of bribing state lawmakers. A 2000 renovation project more than doubling the size of Stevens' home in the ski resort community of Girdwood was overseen by Allen, who is founder of VECO Corp. The Alaska-based oil field services and engineering company has reaped tens of millions of dollars in federal contracts.

The Justice Department's probe into Allen's relationships has led to charges against state lawmakers and contractors. Last year, FBI raids on the offices of several Alaska lawmakers included Stevens' son, former Alaska Senate President Ben Stevens. Stevens, the longest-serving Republican senator in history, is under scrutiny from the Justice Department for his ties to an Alaska energy services company, Veco, whose chief executive pleaded guilty in early May to a bribery scheme involving state lawmakers.

In Alaska, where an airport is named after him, hStevens has doubled the state's take of federal money to more than $8 billion in the last decade. He's known far and wide as "Uncle Ted." In Washington, Stevens, 83, the longest-serving Republican member of the world's most exclusive club, is more often called the "King of Pork" than Uncle Anything. Though admired for his shameless mining of the public trough, he's generally more feared than loved. One year, Alaska got more homeland security dollars than New York. "I am guilty of asking the Senate for pork, and proud of the Senate for giving it to me," he once said.

Source: Paul Kane, Washington Post; Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg News; Dan Joling, Associated Press
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Romney & Giuliani drop out of GOP YouTube debate: July 30, 2007

Debate to be postponed or perhaps canceled

Republican Mitt Romney isn't sure yet whether he'll participate in the CNN/YouTube.com Republican debate in September, but he's no fan of the format. "I think the presidency ought to be held at a higher level than having to answer questions from a snowman," he said in an interview yesterday.

Last Monday's CNN/YouTube debate was widely panned by the right, so it came as little surprise when Gov. Mitt Romney expressed his hesitance at potentially addressing questions from talking snowmen during the proposed GOP YouTube debate set for September 17 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Rudy Giuliani avoided criticizing the format but said he would likely be unable to participate due to scheduling conflicts. With the two frontrunners slinking away and only two confirmed participants, the status of the debate was suddenly up in the air.

Since then, however, prominent elements of the right-wing blogosphere have rallied in support of the debate insisting that avoiding the debate would demonstrate a lack of fortitude and continue to present the picture that Republicans are out of touch with the internet and young people.

The candidates appear to have been listening. Gov. Tommy Thompson announced he would be participating in the debates, and the St. Petersburg Times reported that Gov. Mike Huckabee was tentatively scheduled to attend. Gov. Romney also altered his position as spokesman Kevin Madden told the New York Times that it's "not a question of format, it's a question of our travel schedule." With Giuliani and Romney now pinning their inability to make it on what they said was an extremely busy part of the fundraising cycle, Think Progress reported that CNN was shifting the debate to a later date. Ron Paul seemed to confirm this move when his campaign blog announced the debate had been moved to December.

Source: Huffington Post & Manchester (NH) Union Leader
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Democratic primary debate: July 23, 2007

Eight candidates take video questions from YouTube

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Senate votes for 1st half of 2007 recorded: July 22, 2007

A dozen new votes recorded for each Senator

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Jim Gilmore (R, VA) withdraws from presidential race: July 14, 2007

Cites front-loaded primary schedule

I am today withdrawing my candidacy for the Republican nomination for President. It has been a positive and rewarding experience for me, for my family, and for my supporters.

It has become apparent to me that the combination of my late start, and the front loaded nature of the primary schedule, have made it impractical to continue to pursue this path towards further public service.

I am proud of the fact that my campaign focused on the issues, worked hard to block amnesty for illegal immigrants, brought attention to the need to protect private property rights, and called for a new path in Iraq that would provide our valiant military men and women with a more clearly defined and achievable mission.

However, I have come to believe that it takes more than a positive vision for our nation's future to successfully compete for the Presidency. I believe that it takes years of preparation to put in place both the political and financial infrastructure to contest what now amounts to a one-day national primary in February.

In the coming weeks and months, I intend to remain active in the Republican Party and in the public debate. I will be forming a state political action committee to assist Republican candidates in the Virginia General Assembly races. Additionally, I will be actively looking for other opportunities to continue in public service in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Source: Campaign website, www.GilmoreForPresident.com
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Democratic primary debate: June 28, 2007

Eight candidates meet at Howard University

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John Barrasso (R, WY) takes seat in US Senate: June 26 & July 2, 2007

Appointed to fill term of deceased Sen. Craig Thomas

The spirit of Wyoming filled the U.S. Senate chamber on Monday as friends, family and political leaders from the state gathered to watch incoming Sen. John Barrasso raise his right hand and promise to well and faithfully carry out his new duties. "It was just fantastic, and humbling," Barrasso said.

Vice President Dick Cheney, a former Wyoming congressman, administered the oath. Current and former Wyoming GOP Sens. Mike Enzi and Malcolm Wallop stood behind Barrasso for the ceremony. And unlike a typical swearing-in day, when supporters of numerous newly elected senators must share limited seats, Wyomingites packed the gallery.

The bittersweet day also brought memories of the late Sen. Craig Thomas, who died June 4 during treatment for leukemia and whose seat Barrasso filled.

* * *

Thomas's passing kicked into gear a bizarre selection process for his seat (thanks to the Wyoming State Constitution), in which the majority party in the state legislature (in this case the Republicans) submits three names to the governor (in this case Democrat David Freudenthal), who chooses one to hold the seat until the end of the current Congress. The seat will be contested in November 2008 (when Wyoming's entire three-seat congressional delegation will be up for grabs). And, of course, the governor would pick the name thought to be most beatable by a Democrat.

Rather than bore the reader with the details of a two-week-long convoluted process that involved a 71-member state GOP central committee (Wyoming's secular smoke-filled-room version of the College of Cardinals) casting multiple rounds of votes in a process of elimination involving 31 declared candidates (many themselves members of the central committee), suffice it to say that Governor Freudenthal ultimately chose John A. Barrasso, MD, 54, Casper orthopedic surgeon and citizen legislator of five years standing.

Source: Noelle Straub, Casper (WY) Star-Tribune (6/26/2007) & Bill Croke, The American Spectator (7/2/2007)
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Michael Bloomberg (I, NYC) changes registration: June 19, 2007

NYC Mayor elected as Republican re-registers as independent

With an increasingly cacophonous buzz that he's contemplating an independent run for president despite public pleas to the contrary, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took a clear step toward that third-party bid on Tuesday by changing his party registration from Republican to unaffiliated. "I believe this brings my affiliation into alignment with how I have led and will continue to lead our City," Bloomberg said in a statement, referring to how the one-time Democrat famously changed his party registration once before to run for mayor as a Republican. "A nonpartisan approach has worked wonders in New York,"

    A Bloomberg aide tells ABC News there is a four-part test for the mayor to decide whether or not he'll get into the race after the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees are chosen next spring.
  1. Both party's nominees need to have unfavorable ratings at least in the 40s.
  2. 70 percent of the nation needs to think the country is headed in the wrong direction, as is the case currently. We're there right now.
  3. At least 60 percent of those polled need to have their minds open to a possible third-party bid.
  4. Lastly, 20 percent to 25 percent need to be open to the notion of President Mike Bloomberg.
If those four criteria are met, Bloomberg will throw his hat into the ring. Bloomberg received an endorsement of sorts from a fellow "post-partisan" liberal Republican with a reputation for reaching across the aisle: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. "I myself think he would make an excellent candidate," Schwarzenegger said. "It's all about fixing problems, and creating a great vision for the future."

Asked about a possible Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger ticket -- as their mutual friend, billionaire investor Warren Buffet has urged -- Bloomberg said that "the governor and I never have had that conversation." Schwarzenegger, born in Austria, is prohibited from ever serving as president, though the prohibition on someone not born in America serving as vice president is less definitive.

How credible a Bloomberg candidacy would be is another matter. A former partner at Salomon Brothers and self-made media maven, Bloomberg, 65, spent $73 million of his own money in his race for mayor in 2001. Worth more than $5 billion, he could spend less than a quarter of his net worth and be more than able to compete financially. But if Bloomberg runs, he doesn't want to make a point, as did fellow billionaire Ross Perot in 1992 and 1996. He wants to win. Whether or not he ultimately thinks he can will make all the difference in the world.

Source: George Stephanopoulos on ABCnews.com
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2007 House coverage - incumbent voting records : June 15, 2007

Click for the full list of 2007 House incumbents

This week we add coverage of the voting records of the incumbents in the U.S. House for major votes that took place from late 2006 through May 2007. Click on the House page for any incumbent member of the House to see how they voted on each of the issues below.

OnTheIssues Category Major House vote on...
  • On Abortion: Vote on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
  • On Campaign Finance Reform: Vote on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • On Civil Rights: Vote on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Jul 2006)
  • On Corporations: Vote on allowing stockholder voting on executive compensation. (Apr 2007)
  • On Education: Vote on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • On Electoral College: Vote on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • On Energy & Oil: Vote on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
  • On Government Reform: Vote on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • On Health Care: Vote on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • On Homeland Security: Vote on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (Mar 2007)
  • On Immigration: Vote on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • On Jobs: Vote on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)
  • On Minimum wage: Vote on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)
  • On Oil policy: Vote on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)
  • On Patriot Act: Vote on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006)
  • On Voting Reform: Vote on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • On War & Peace: Vote on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)

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