Fresh from his official declaration of candidacy and his appearance on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) joined Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) in speaking at the Family Research Council's second annual Blogs4Life conference of pro-life bloggers at 9:00 am ET. At 3:00 pm ET, the Kansas Republican holds an open press reception with pro-life activist at the Capitol Hill Club.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) delivers a speech to Barr Laboratories at the Ritz Carlton in Key Biscayne, FL at 11:00 am ET.
The Senate convenes at 1:00 pm ET and begins to consider raising the minimum wage.
Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. John Warner (R-VA) and Ben Nelson (R-FL) plan to introduce their own non-binding resolution opposing President Bush's plan to increase the number of U.S. troops in Iraq.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg were scheduled to hold a press conference today at the Blue Room in Manhattan, NY at 9:15 am ET.
For the week ahead schedule, see below.
2008: Democrats: polls:
The Clinton campaign was no doubt pleased to see the Newsweek poll numbers released on Saturday just hours after Sen. Clinton made her announcement showing her quite competitive with top-tier Republicans in a general election match-up. LINK
(Team Edwards will Notice, of course, that the North Carolinian performs best among the Democratic candidates in the general election match-ups.)
Before heading to a very crowded E Street Cinema to see Volver, the Chicago Tribune's Jill Zuckman got Charlie Cook to weigh in on his cell phone, saying of Sen. Obama: "I think he's going to have a very, very hard time beating her. What you've got is a boxer from the YMCA level going into the world championship fight. He's never taken a punch, he's never had a tough race." LINK
2008: Democrats: Clinton: morning shows:
Most of the first 12 minutes of ABC's "Good Morning America" was dedicated to Sen. Clinton's entrance into the presidential race.
"She's in and we have news about how Sen. Hillary Clinton says she plans to win. Today, challenging the President on his State of the Union, but people are asking, 'Where's Bill?,'" said ABC News' Diane Sawyer in this morning's first headline on "Good Morning America."
ABC News' Kate Snow reported that Sen. Clinton's campaign "says that they've been planning" the pre-SOTU weekend rollout for a month "trying to steal some thunder from President Bush."
Snow included Clinton at her health care event yesterday saying, "I'm in, I'm in to win, and that's what I intend to do."
"It's important to the campaign and to the Senator that she be conveyed to the American public as a real person," said Lisa Caputo in Snow's story.
ABC News' Claire Shipman took a look at the "mixed blessing" that is Bill Clinton. Shipman explored his assets -- popularity, fundraising ability, and political strategy -- and his vulnerabilities -- glutton for the spotlight, and scandal-plagued past.
And ABC News' Chief Washington Correspondent George Stephanopoulos offered up his reporting on how the campaign plans to use 42.