President Bush delivers 2:40 pm ET remarks on No Child Left Behind reauthorization at Silver Street Elementary School in New Albany, IN. He then travels to Louisville, KY to deliver a 5:35 pm ET address in support of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) at a National Republican Senatorial Committee reception at the Seelbach Hilton. (The Louisville Courier-Journal's ed board is none too pleased with Sen. McConnell's schedule today. LINK)
After a round of taped network morning show interviews aired this morning, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) attends a pen and pad 12:30 pm ET AIPAC briefing at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers in Chicago, IL. Sen. Obama is likely to talk about Iran and his vision for the Middle East.
Coming to an inbox near you, the Republican National Committee plans to meta-help the Clinton campaign with a research document going after Sen. Obama's foreign policy credentials and intimate that the presidential contender has been late to the foreign policy arena. The RNC highlights Jeff Zeleny's recent New York Times reporting that "when he arrived in Washington he waited 11 months to deliver a major speech on Iraq" and that Obama had not announced a troop withdrawal deadline from Iraq before entering the presidential race.
Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) holds a 3:00 pm ET meeting with United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez at Casa Velasco in Fresno, CA.
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) delivers a 10:30 am ET address at the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business in Columbia, SC, and has a 5:00 pm ET meeting with York County Democrats at party headquarters in Rock Hill, SC.
Gov. Bill Richardson (D-MN) begins a busy weekend in Iowa, starting in Des Moines with a 1:30 pm ET luncheon with Polk County Democrats at Latin Kings Restaurant, followed by a 2:20 pm ET meet and greet with "Young Democrats" at Drake University, a 5:30 pm ET coffee with MeetUp supporters and Iowa bloggers at the Breakroom Cyber Café, and ending with a 7:30 pm ET house party with Rep. Mark Davitt (D-IA) in Indianola, IA.
Sens. Joe Biden (D-DE) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) participate in a noon ET briefing on violence against women at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.
Former President Bill Clinton (D-AR) takes part in the Landon Lecture series with 4:30 pm ET remarks at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS.
Sen. Wayne Allard (R-CO), Karl Rove, and Dick Wadhams address the Colorado GOP in Littleton, CO at a 9:00 pm ET fundraising dinner.
Don't miss "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" on Sunday when George sits down exclusively with Treasury Secretary Paulson.
2008: Republicans: setting the CPAC stage:
Rudy Giuliani's decision to attend CPAC has made the absence of McCain, who will be in Utah and Arizona, "more conspicuous", according to an aide working for aMcCain rival.
"The definition of conservative is what you believe, not which meetings you attend," counters McCain spokesman Matt David, who knows his candidate can boast of many key conservative supporters around the country. LINK
When asked a year ago if McCain could overcome doubts among conservatives in his second presidential run, American Conservative Union President David Keene, the chief sponsor of the CPAC conference, told ABC News: "Frankly, I doubt it."