Republicans square off for debate

Ten Republican presidential hopefuls face off in California Thursday for their first debate of the 2008 campaign trail, courting core conservatives in the shadow of party icon Ronald Reagan.

Female candidates a hard sell to women voters

For the first time in history, a woman has the visibility, the reputation and the cash to make a serious run at the presidency.

It would seem that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, would be in a solid position to parlay the female vote into success against an all-male field in 2008.

Candidates go into attack mode

Sen. Barack Obama (AP)

Democrats stepped up the campaign rhetoric Saturday, going on the attack against President George W. Bush and his failed Iraq war.

Republicans, in the meantime, attacked each other.

Huckabee’s son arrested with gun

042707huckabee.jpgDavid Huckabee, a son of Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, was arrested at an Arkansas airport Thursday after a federal X-ray technician detected a loaded Glock pistol in his carry-on luggage.

“I removed the bag and asked Mr. Huckabee if he knew what he had in the bag,” Little Rock police officer Arthur Nugent wrote in a report after being summoned to a security checkpoint. “He replied he did now.”

Lots of caution, few fireworks

042707debate2.jpgIt was less of a debate and more like a polite first date where the Democratic presidential candidates wanted to avoid any fast moves that risk turning off voters.

Front-runners Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were on the receiving end of a couple jabs, but the Democrats vying for the White House were downright complimentary, calling each other by their first names more like friends than rivals.

First Dem debate a bash Bush fest

Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton (AP)

Democratic presidential hopefuls flashed their anti-war credentials Thursday night, heaping criticism on President Bush’s Iraq policy in the first debate of the 2008 campaign.

McCain makes the obvious official

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

John McCain was the presumptive Republican front-runner, the next in line for the nomination in a party that historically respects hierarchy.

McCain will try to jump-start campaign

042507mccain.jpgRepublican John McCain — senator, ex-Navy pilot and former Vietnam captive — is casting himself as the most qualified person to lead the country in wartime as he officially opens his second presidential bid and tries to succeed where he once failed.

“We face formidable challenges, but I’m not afraid of them. I’m prepared for them,” McCain says in prepared remarks.

Immigration: A Republican candidate’s nightmare

042407immigration.jpgAsk the leading Republican presidential candidates about dealing with illegal immigration, and inevitably the answer focuses on tightening border security and building fences.

What voters aren’t hearing a lot about is giving legal status, under certain conditions, to illegal immigrants in the United States, even though each of the top three GOP candidates has supported such a policy.

The reason has a lot to do with a deep fissure in the GOP base: Business and industry are demanding more low-wage workers, while grass-roots conservatives are demanding that those workers be shipped home.