Gov. Vilsack will likely endorse one of the Democratic presidential candidates, reports Radio Iowa's O. Kay Henderson, though he hasn't "thought a great deal about the criteria." When asked if he would consider a run for the Senate, Gov. Vilsack said, "I spent time in the legislature. I spent time as an executive and I realized I'm more of an executive kind of a guy," but of course, "You never want to say never." LINK
2008: Democrats: South Carolina:
The State's Aaron Sheinin reports in a must-read for the Obama and Clinton campaign staffs that the Legislative Black Caucus in South Carolina is having a tough time deciding who to pick as their keynote speaker. LINK
Healthcare continues its rise to the top of 2008 issues that Americans are concerned about, as a new New York Times poll finds that a majority of Americans feel the government should guarantee healthcare. The paper examines what this means for the contenders -- especially Sen. Clinton. LINK
2008: nomination calendar:
Mark Z. Barabak of the Los Angeles Times offers a profile of New Hampshire secretary of state Bill Gardner, "the one and only person in New Hampshire with the power to schedule the state's presidential primary." LINK
Gardner has been profiled before, but this must-read look contains lots of fabulous color that only a man of Barabak's stature and skill could conjure.
Candidates courting California. The New York Times reports on Edwards, Clinton, and Giuliani's upcoming swings through the state, in addition to the array of visits by those and other '08 hopefuls. LINK
Politics of Iraq:
S.A. Miller of the Washington Times looks at the House Republicans who are regrouping to block any plan the Democrats have to stop the troop surge in Iraq. LINK
Senate Democrats agree that an agreement has not yet been reached on how to confront President Bush on Iraq, the New York Times reports. LINK
Susan Crabtree of The Hill offers a story on a House Judiciary subcommittee that sent out the first of what is expected to be a series of subpoenas to Bush Administration officials in an investigation into alleged corruption and mishandlings with Iraq and Hurricane Katrina. LINK
Bush Administration agenda:
A New York Times/CBS News poll finds President Bush having lost some support among Republicans. LINK
CPAC continues Saturday at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, beginning with former Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA) at 9:00 am ET, and Fox News' Sean Hannity gives a 9:30 am ET address. Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman introduces a 2:00 pm ET address from Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) and David Horowitz hold a discussion at 3:00 pm ET. Newt Gingrich delivers his address to the conference at 4:45 pm ET. Straw poll results are expected to follow Gingrich's remarks.
Sen. Obama speaks at a 10:00 am ET labor rally at the Hyatt Regency hotel grand ballroom in Chicago, Illinois.
Fresh from their Washington, DC dinner, Sen. Clinton joins Los Angeles Mayor Antonia Villaraigosa in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday morning.
Gov. Richardson does double breakfast duty in Des Moines, IA, with a 10:30 breakfast with Women for a Stronger America at the A Dong Restaurant, followed by another at 11:30 pm ET with union leaders at the Hotel Ft. Des Moines.