In an interview with Peter Hecht of the Sacramento Bee, Sen. McCain attacks moves by Democrats in Congress to limit the president's war authority, saying that the withdrawal plan "sends a message to the enemy: 'Hang on, we're leaving and we'll tell you when we are,' " and says of disagreements in his party over immigration, "I really regret the tenor of this debate. I really do." LINK
Keying off of Sen. McCain's recent interview with National Review, Jonathan Chait chided the Arizona Senator in Saturday's Los Angeles Times for allegedly converting to voodoo economics and for wrongly thinking that he was a co-sponsor of Brownback's anti-cloning bill. LINK
Asked by National Review if there were any circumstances, including the guarantee of spending cuts, under which he'd consider repealing the tax cuts he denounced and voted against, Sen. McCain said: "No. None. None. Tax cuts, starting with Kennedy, as we all know, increase revenues."
2008: Republicans: Brownback:
Sen. Brownback hit two pizza joints in Iowa this weekend to make his "bleeding heart conservative" pitch to small groups of potential caucus-goers. The New York Times' rising Michael Luo takes a look at the Kansan's weekend stumping. LINK
The Des Moines Register's Jolene Stevens finds Sen. Brownback making new friends, but keeping the old in Iowa. LINK
The Washington Post's Anne Kornblut looks at the "unusually intense" sparring between the Obama and Clinton campaigns this early in the nomination process, quoting Obama's thoughts on the other major candidates, "I want to wait and hear what John Edwards has to say, he's kind of good-looking. And you know, Hillary Clinton, you know, she's interesting." LINK
Chris Cillizza and Shailagh Murray reported in Sunday's Washington Post that top campaign operatives representing each of the Democratic presidential candidates broke bread late last week at a dinner organized by the DNC. LINK
At the meeting, DNC Executive Director Tom McMahon and Chief of Staff Leah Daughtry "briefed the campaign managers on a variety of topics, including the committee's national voter database project and its work to beat up the potential Republican nominees through research and press releases."
"The topic of debates also arose, according to another informed source, with McMahon and Daughtry taking the temperature of the group about a series of DNC-sponsored gatherings beginning later this spring."
2008: Democrats: Clinton:
The two leading Democrats vying for their party's 2008 presidential nomination have now reversed their earlier opposition to setting a target date for the withdrawal of all U.S. combat troops from Iraq.
Sen. Obama was first to reverse his opposition, as chronicled in January by the Chicago Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet. LINK
Now Sen. Clinton, who said in Sept. 2005, "I don't think you should ever telegraph your intentions to the enemy so they can await you," and who said in January of this year, "I'm not going to support a specific deadline," has also reversed her earlier opposition to such a move.
As reported Saturday by the Washington Post's Shailagh Murray, this week will mark the first time that Sen. Clinton has embraced a legislative deadline for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, a step she has "consistently resisted to this point." LINK
The Washington Post Noted that "even Senate leadership aides are attempting to characterize Clinton's position as consistent with her previous views."