At Springfield Baptist Church, Lieberman's focus was the entertainment industry, a subject he rarely addresses on the campaign trail, though it was once a major target. It seemed from the frequent "amens" that the congregation was receptive. Lieberman recalled that he began the fight against violence and sex in the media more than a decade ago with C. Dolores Tucker and drew applause when he said, "I'm not for censorship; I'm for better citizenship. I believe in rights, but rights come with responsibilities."
Lieberman invited the congregation to join him in the fight "in the name of a higher authority."
Lieberman's more conservative brand of Democratic values is right at home in South Carolina, where people tend to be pro-military and defense and very religious. Coming out of the church, member Charles Sullivan said of Lieberman, "I think he knows what people like us need — whether you're black or white."
On that Note, Lieberman had a few words on Dean's Confederate flag comments, which he saved for a talk with the press outside Ryan's Family Steakhouse. Rather than launching a full-scale assault, Lieberman chose instead to echo his charge that Dean is a "rookie." His tone was more of paternal disappointment than outrage.
"I think I know what Howard was trying to say; I just think he said it in a way that was very divisive. I guess if I was a teacher grading Howard Dean, I would give him a good mark for what he was trying to say, but a failing grade for the way he said it."
Edwards: Edwards is suggesting a $3 billion investment in preschool programs. LINK
Edwards told voters in Iowa on Sunday that economic recovery is measured in jobs, not GDP. LINK
Keying off of the acrimony between the Dean and Gephardt campaigns, John Edwards said on Sunday that his rivals have allowed the race "to become personal and have let the focus slip from reclaiming the White House." LINK
"'I think it's perfectly fine for candidates to point out differences they have on policy positions,' the North Carolina senator said. 'I think when it gets personal, it's much less useful. Some of the things I've read sound fairly personal.'"
The North Carolina Senator offered this statement in response to the Dean comments on the Confederate flag:
"What Howard Dean said today was nothing short of offensive. Democrats from every wing of the party understand what that flag symbolizes. And when a politician embraces one of the most divisive symbols in America, it is offensive to every American. Some of the greatest Civil Rights leaders, white and black, have come from the South. To assume that southerners who drive trucks would embrace this symbol is offensive."
The AP's Mike Glover writes up Edwards' proposal to invest $3 billion in preschool programs. LINK
Kucinich: From ABC News' Kucinich campaign reporter Melinda Arons:
Congressman Kucinich spent the weekend in his comfort zones of Ohio and California, two of the places he's called home, surrounded by dedicated supporters.
Saturday night Kucinich attended an Ohio Natural Law Party fundraiser in his honor, arriving late because he couldn't tear himself away from the Ohio State student union, where students were watching the Buckeyes beat Penn State by one point in the game's last minutes. The fundraiser had the feel of a spiritual retreat (complete with the relaxing music one might hear while enjoying a seaweed wrap at the spa) trapped in the setting of an insurance convention.