Politics

Obama: ‘This is MySpace’

050407obama.jpgIs MySpace always mine or can it belong to someone else? At the cost of losing 160,000 friends, Democrat Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has taken over control of the MySpace page listed under his name on the popular social networking site.

War, abortion dominate GOP debate

050307romney.jpgAlone among 10 Republican presidential contenders, Rudy Giuliani said in campaign debate Thursday night “it would be OK” if the Supreme Court upholds a 1973 abortion rights ruling. “It would be OK to repeal it. It would be OK also if a strict constructionist viewed it as precedent,” said the former New York city mayor, who has a record of supporting abortion rights.

His nine rivals agreed that it would be a great day if the court overturns the landmark ruling.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney acknowledged he had changed his mind on the subject when he began to delve into the issue of cloning. He said his position had once effectively been “pro-choice.”

But Giuliani hedged when asked about his present position.

“I think the Court has to make that decision and then the country can deal with it,” he said.

Obama gets Secret Service detail

The Secret Service said Thursday that Democratic Sen. Barack Obama was being placed under its protection, the earliest ever for a presidential candidate.

GOP candidates face problem with Bush

With President George W. Bush’s approval ratings in the crapper, GOP candidates preparing for tonight’s debate are faced with the uneasy prospect of having to criticise the leader of their own party if they want to get elected.

It’s not something they want to do.

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

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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.