So yesterday was all about healthcare, but here's one story that could matter more in the race for the White House: Clinton yesterday joined Obama (and Dodd) in saying she would vote against funding for the Iraq war if the bill doesn't include a timetable for withdrawal. "I have voted against funding this war and I will vote against funding this war as long as it takes," Clinton told the Service Employees International Union in Washington, per ABC's Teddy Davis, Jonathan Greenberger, and Donna Hunter. And so the transformation of Hillary Clinton from pro-war senator into anti-war candidate is complete. (And is anyone willing to doubt the pull of MoveOn.org?)
Also in the news:
In an appearance that's drawing comparisons to his Detroit speech challenging automakers, Obama was on Wall Street yesterday to play the anti-Gordon Gekko. "Obama had harsh words Monday for Wall Street, blaming a crisis in consumer confidence on those in 'certain corners' of politics and business who take 'free market' to mean 'a free license to take whatever you can get, however you can get it,' " writes the Chicago Tribune's Christi Parsons.
Next up from Obama today, at a 12:45 pm ET speech in Washington: "more than $80 billion in annual tax relief for workers and seniors funded by an increase on wealthier investors," per AP's Nedra Pickler. (Tacking left, are we?)
This just in on Michael Mukasey's glide path to confirmation: "Two Senate Democrats warned Monday that the Judiciary Committee would delay confirmation of President Bush's choice for attorney general unless the White House turned over documents that the panel was seeking for several investigations," report Sheryl Gay Stolberg and David M. Herszenhorn of The New York Times. Do Democrats really want to make this a fight, now that it's clear that President Bush doesn't want one?
A GOP "Values Debate" was held last night in Florida -- and you didn't hear about it because none of the Big Four candidates were there. Sort of a shame, since we would have loved to hear them expound on their "personal relationship with God." "Who would have taken that one first?" writes David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network. "You think Mitt Romney wants to get specific in front of a predominately evangelical Christian audience? Giuliani, Thompson and McCain are reluctant to talk about their faith so that's a non-starter. Instead, you had Mike Huckabee coming up with this line: 'The greatest thing in my life was coming to know Jesus Christ.' Cha-ching!"
Is he John the Baptist? Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is having more trouble explaining his religion: He said in South Carolina over the weekend that he's long been a Baptist, but his own staff identified him as "Episcopalian" in a questionnaire prepared for ABC's August 5 debate, per ABC's Bret Hovell. Here's McCain hoping it will go away: "The most important thing is that I'm a Christian. And I don't have anything else to say on the issue."