Politics

Is Hillary’s campaign unraveling?

The once smooth-running machine that was the campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton may be coming apart.

Beset by rookie mistakes, slipping in the polls and under constant attack by Democratic rivals, Clinton is no longer considered the presumptive nominee and some insiders say the campaign is imploding from within.

According to campaign sources, meetings of Clinton campaign strategists often turn into shouting matches and the candidate has threatened to “clean house” if things don’t get back on track.

Clinton recently lost the lead in polls in Iowa and her once seemingly-insurmountable lead in New Hampshire is slipping. Some insiders feel she will become the Howard Dean of 2008, blowing a race that everyone says was hers to lose.

Hillary Clinton caught in more lies

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, like the President she wants so desperately to replace, is getting caught in too many lies.

Her campaign can’t even be honest about how many endorsements its gets from from black ministers.

To be fair, politicians have longed stretched the truth in campaign propaganda but Clinton leads a long list of Democratic contenders who claim they will restore honesty and integrity to a White House where President George W. Bush has destroyed credibility and flushed it down the toilet.

Hillary gets grief over Iran vote

Democratic rivals assailed front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton Tuesday for a vote against Iran that they portrayed as misguided and dangerous in light of a new intelligence report that says the Iranians stopped pursuing a nuclear weapon years ago.

McCain: ‘Yes, I’m old but…’

Republican Sen. John McCain, his spirits better than his comic timing, told students Monday he’s the best presidential candidate for youth despite his age.

McCain, participating in an MTV-MySpace forum shown live, appealed to students at Southern New Hampshire University. The 71-year-old Arizona senator offered lighter versions of his common campaign answers and engaged with the students in person and online. He also flubbed several scripted jokes and mistakenly called Osama bin Laden “Saddam Hussein.”

Iraq, health care top voter concerns

Health care and Iraq dominate Democrats’ concerns in the three pivotal early voting states of the 2008 presidential race. Advantage: Hillary Rodham Clinton, a poll shows.

Clinton has clear leads in New Hampshire and South Carolina, building on her ownership of the health-care issue and her broad but more fragile trust among Democrats on Iraq, the survey showed Monday. Yet she could stumble in Iowa, whose Jan. 3 caucuses will be the first voting and where she is in a scramble with Barack Obama, trailed closely by John Edwards.

The new Bill Clinton?

A long-serving, smooth-talking Arkansas governor with a checkered record and no foreign policy experience defies expectations to climb into the top tier of a presidential race.

Haven’t we seen this movie before?

You bet: Mike Huckabee’s rise in the Republican nomination fight is rekindling memories of Democrat Bill Clinton, circa 1992.

Democrats blame themselves for losses

Democratic presidential candidates faulted their own party as well as assailing Republicans as they pitched their candidacies to the staunchest of Democrats on Friday.

Bill Richardson, John Edwards, Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Dennis Kucinich addressed officials who make up the Democratic National Committee, their last opportunity to speak to such a gathering before the first presidential voting begins in January. Hillary Rodham Clinton was scheduled to speak, too, but canceled after a man took hostages at her office in Rochester, N.H.

Obama, Huckabee now lead in Iowa

Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mike Huckabee have taken the lead in pre-caucus polls in Iowa, shaking up an already-uncertain primary season that starts next month.

Both candidates surged ahead in the Des Moines Register polls that tracks the crucial Iowa caucus that often sets the pace for the Presidential race.

The new polls suggest problems for Iowa front-runners Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney. Four years ago, Democrat Howard Dean was considered the pre-emptive front runner but his campaign melted down after he lost to John Kerry, who went on to capture the Presidential nomination.

But the race remains wide open in both parties with large blocks of caucus voters telling pollsters they are undecided and could change their minds before the caucus day.

Democrats: ‘We’re electable’

The Democratic presidential contenders appealed to party leaders for support on Friday, with Barack Obama touting his ability to attract new voters and John Edwards promising to reclaim Washington from special interests.

Barely a month before Iowa kicks off the state-by-state battle to pick candidates in the November 2008 general election, the Democratic contenders emphasized their ability to beat the Republicans and win the White House.

Obama and the lobbyists

Barack Obama played poker and basketball with lobbyists when he was a state senator. He took their campaign donations and worked with them to write legislation. But he also helped pass ethics laws to reduce sharply their influence.

A look at Obama’s seven years in the Illinois Legislature reveals a complicated relationship with lobbyists — particularly for someone who now makes criticism of lobbyists a centerpiece of his presidential campaign.