Some Republican candidates are focusing intently on early primary states – and it shows in polling. Rudy Giuliani is running a national campaign – and that also shows in polling. Expand that to an international campaign? Why not, if it includes a Churchill and a Thatcher photo op and some campaign cash.
Giuliani travels across the pond to London to bask in conservative nostalgia and raise some campaign coin. He meets with Winston Churchill's granddaughter Celia Sandys at an 8:00 am ET event (where he speaks) before delivering 2:00 pm ET remarks at the Inaugural Margaret Thatcher Bridge lecture at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. Well worth the jet lag for the Churchill and Thatcher photo ops in one fell swoop.
Speaking of those early state numbers…the latest Franklin Pierce University/WBZ show Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney leading on their respective sides in New Hampshire.
On the Democratic side, Clinton comes in at 36 percent, Barack Obama has 18 percent, John Edwards has 12 percent and Bill Richardson has 10 percent. (Non-candidate, Emmy's-attendee Al Gore polls at 5 percent).
Romney is holding a seven point lead over Giuliani, with the former Massachusetts governor polling at 30 percent to the former mayor's 23 percent. John McCain is next with 14 percent and Fred Thompson brings up the rear with eight percent (what would that number have been if the former senator turned actor made an appearance in Durham two weeks ago?)
On the Republican campaign trail… Mitt Romney is in Florida for an appearance at the Leadership for America Rally held at Lake Sumter Market Square in The Villages. The event begins at 3:30 pm ET and Romney speaks at 5:30 p.m. His wife Ann raises coin in Shreveport, Louisiana.
John McCain continues his fundraiser efforts in Washington, DC.
Fred Thompson is in The Lone Star State for a tour of a Dell manufacturing facility in Austin followed by a 10:15 am ET photo opportunity. He'll also raise coin in the state.
Newt Gingrich appears at the NCPA Fall Conference held at the Madison Hotel in Washington, DC beginning at 12:00 pm ET.
Mike Huckabee is in South Carolina making a guest appearance on the Kevin Cohen Radio Show, WVOC radio, at 4:00 – 4:30 pm ET. The former governor then delivers 5:00 pm ET remarks to college Republicans at the University of South Carolina before making a stop at Congaree Grill.
Sam Brownback tends to his Senate business in Washington, DC.
As for the Democrats…
Hillary Clinton joins Sen. John Kerry D-Mass., for a 12:00 pm ET speech to women business leaders across the country in the Hart Senate office building.
After that Clinton makes her way to New York for an 8:30 pm ET fundraiser where she'll be introduced by former Gov. Tom Vilsack D-IA. The event takes place at 123 West 43rd Street Between 6th Avenue and Broadway. ABC News' Eloise Harper reports that 1000 people are expected to attend.
Barack Obama attends an 8:15 am ET breakfast with "Lawyers for Obama" at the Wooly Mammoth Theatre in DC. His wife Michelle is in Texas for a campaign reception in Dallas. John Edwards is in Seattle for an 8:30 pm ET reception at the Westin Hotel. His wife Elizabeth attends a lunch fundraiser for in Atlanta.
Bill Richardson delivers 12:30 pm ET remarks to the Obesity Public Policy Conference at George Washington University. (Richardson is the only candidate appearing but advisors from the Giuliani, McCain, Romney, Clinton, Dodd, Edwards, Biden, and Obama campaigns are all sending advisors.)
Joe Biden has a full day of campaigning in Iowa. He holds a press conference in Des Moines, has meet and greets in Oskaloosa, Mount Pleasant and Burlington.
Dennis Kucinich tends to his Congressional duties for Ohio's 10th district.
Brookings's Opportunity 08 project sponsors a discussion on combating terrorism with campaign advisors and Brookings experts. Participants include Rep. Peter Hoekstra, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee and a advisors to Mitt Romney; Joe Biden and John McCain. . Opportunity 08 director Mike O'Hanlon and other Brookings experts will also be participating in the 12:00 pm ET event at the Hilton Embassy Row in Washington, DC.
On the Hill and elsewhere...
The House Veterans Affairs Committee hears from Bob Dole and Donna Shalala, co-chairs of the commission looking at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The hearing gets underway at 10:00 am ET.
President Bush makes an 11:30 am ET visit to the National Security Agency in Fort Meade followed by a 12:20 pm ET statement on the Protect America Act of 2007.
First Lady Laura Bush delivers 12:30 pm ET remarks at the Teach for America Metro DC Luncheon at the Willard Hotel.
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