The 2008 presidential candidates turn up in some interesting places this weekend – John McCain drops by a Hot Dog Heaven in Irmo, SC; Mitt Romney plays it both ways and stops by the Republican tailgates for Univ. of Michigan and Michigan State at the rivals' annual football showdown; John Edwards rebuilds in New Orleans, and Joe Biden stops by homecoming events at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC.
And Hillary Clinton? She's keeping her feet firmly planted in the presidential kitchen, reports ABC News' Kate Snow and Eloise Harper report.
Clinton is not likely to show up on Friday's edition of VH1's Best Week Ever after the "piling on" she took from her opponents after Tuesday's debate, but she told reporters in Concord, New Hampshire, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen; I'm very much at home in the kitchen."
With all of the candidates packing in events on the campaign trail this weekend, there are several key things to keep an eye on…
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New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner. The most in-demand man in politics right now, Gardner could be close to announcing his state's primary date which would put the final piece in the early voting puzzle. Gardner has said he would announce the primary date in early November after the state's filing period ends, so an announcement could come any time. We don't expect the media-savvy Gardner to do anything over the weekend, but that doesn't mean he won't be trailed by eager state and national reporters as he goes about his weekend activities.
John Edwards on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." Edwards sat down with Stephanopoulos on the campaign trail in South Carolina for an interviewing airing Sunday on ABC News.
Edwards heads to New Orleans on Saturday to participate in a rebuilding project with Habitat for Humanity in The Musicians' Village in the city's Upper Ninth Ward. He will be joined by five winners of an online contest sponsored by his campaign. Later Edwards will deliver the keynote address at the Step It Up 2007 National Day of Climate Action rally in the Big Easy.
Bill Clinton on the campaign trail. The former president heads out west in support of his wife's campaign and public events. Bill Clinton stops in California Saturday for the American Democracy Institute's 3rd Annual "Empower Change" summit at UCLA and hosts an event to raise money for the victims of the recent wildfires. Clinton headlines two rallies for Hillary Clinton's campaign – Sunday in Salt Lake City, Utah and Monday in Las Vegas, NV at the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy.
Bill Richardson in Playboy: No, no, get your mind out of the gutter. Richardson told Playboy magazine in an interview that he will never go negative, will never attack his Democratic opponents personally but he will emphasize his advantage over Clinton and Obama. This message follows up on his defense of Clinton in Tuesday's debate in Philadelphia.
ABC News' Sarah Amos reports that Richardson also reveals details about his bad-boy side: the cursing, the cigar-smoking, and his struggle to lose weight.
"Yeah, I swear. Yeah, I smoke a cigar occasionally. Yeah, I make mistakes. The American people should know who I am," Richardson said in the December issue of Playboy magazine.
Also on Sunday morning, Fred Thompson stops by NBC's "Meet the Press," and Joe Biden appears on "Face the Nation."
On the campaign trail….
Saturday Nov. 3
--No public events scheduled
--12:45 pm ET: Attends the Michigan Republican Tailgate, East Lansing, MI
--1:30 pm ET; Attends the Michigan State University College Republican Tailgate, East Lansing, MI
--8:45 am ET: Holds meet and greet at Hot Dog Heaven, Irmo, SC
--11:15 am ET: Attends meet and greet, Simpsonville, SC
--12:20 pm ET: media availability, Simpsonville, SC
--Holds finance event details TBA
--8:30 am ET: Attends Columbia office grand opening, Columbia, SC (his appearance needs to be confirmed)
--10:00 am ET: Meets with student legislators, Columbia, SC (his appearance needs to be confirmed)
--8:00 pm ET: Attends fundraising reception at a private residence, Desoto, TX
As for the Democrats . . .
--4:00 pm ET: Accepts endorsement of Iowa AFSCME, Des Moines, IA
--5:45 pm ET: Holds meet and greet with Iowans, Des Moines, IA
--7:00 pm ET: Attends "Organizing for Change" event, Indianola, IA
--Hosts an event to raise money for those affected by wildfires, Los Angeles, CA
--12:30 pm ET: Attends the American Democracy Institute's 3rd Annual "Empower Change" summit, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
--9:00 am ET: Attends community gathering, Spartanburg, SC
-- 10:00 am ET: Hosts a fundraiser for South Carolina State Representative, Bill Clyburn, Columbia, SC
--2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET: Works on Habitat for Humanity building project with supporters, New Orleans, LA
--4:30 pm ET: Delivers keynote address at Step It Up 2007 National Day of Climate Action rally, media availability to follow, New Orleans, LA
--11:15 am ET: Attends community meeting, Grinnell, IA
--1:15 pm ET: Attends community meeting, Tama, IA
--3:45 pm ET: Attends community meeting with local Democrats, Ankeny, IA
-- 8:00 am ET: Delivers the keynote address at the Anderson County Democratic party monthly breakfast, Anderson, SC
--10:00 am ET: Participates in Greenville HBCU Classic parade, Downtown Greenville, SC
--11:45 am ET: Participates in the HBCU College fair press conference, Greenville, SC
--1:00 pm ET: Participates in Wofford College homecoming pre-game activities, Spartanburg, SC
--1:45 pm ET: Meets with supporters, Spartanburg, SC
--4:00 pm ET: Participates in the coin toss at the Greenville HBCU Classic football game, Greenville, SC
--8:45 am ET: Holds meet and greet in Benton County, Vinton, IA
--11:30 am ET: Participates in event for veterans and military families, Waterloo, IA
--3:30 pm ET: Holds job interview event, Cresco, IA
--6:00 pm ET: Holds job interview event, Osage, IA
--8:00 pm ET: Hosts event for veterans and military families, Mason City, IA
--9:00 am ET: Attends meet and greet breakfast with local Democrats, Windham, NH
--1:30 pm ET: Attends climate change rally, Concord, NH
--2:15 pm ET: Holds a meet and greet, Concord, NH
--4:00 pm ET: Attends house party, Dodge, IA
Sunday November 4, 2007
--8:15 pm ET: Attends town hall meeting , Mason City, IA
--9:40 pm ET: media availability, Mason City, IA
--10:30 am ET: Appears on NBC's Meet the Press
--12:00 pm ET: Speaks at New Beginnings Church, Irving, TX
--12:15 pm ET: Speaks at Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, TX
As for the Democrats . . .
--12:30 pm ET: Attends "Organizing for Change" event, Clinton, IA
--3:00 pm ET: Attends fundraiser for Congressman Bruce Braley, Davenport, IA
--6:30 pm ET: Addresses CWA speed matters project, West Burlington, IA
--5:00 pm ET: Hosts a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton, Salt Lake City, Utah
--Fundraising in Puerto Rico (closed press)
-- 9:00 am ET: Appears on ABC's "This Week"
-- 12:00 pm ET: Holds community meeting, Charles City, IA
--1:45 pm ET: Holds community meeting, Waverly, IA
--3:00 pm ET: Participates in a University of Northern Iowa presidential candidate forum on education, Cedar Falls, IA
--5:45 pm ET: Attends a fundraiser for State Representative Ro Foege, Mount Vernon, IA
--6:45 pm ET: Holds community meeting, Williamsburg, IA
--1:00 pm ET: Attends meet and greet with Clarke County Democrats, Osceola, IA
--4:00 pm ET: Attends meet and greet with Mahaska County Democrats, Oskaloosa, IA
--8:00 pm ET: Attends meet and greet with Iowa House Majority leader Rep. Kevin, Des Moines, IA
-- Appears on CBS's "Face the Nation"
--2:00 pm ET: Holds job interview event, Pocahontas, IA
--3:45 pm ET: Holds job interview event, Rockwell City, IA
--6:00 pm ET: Holds job interview event, Jefferson, IA
--5:15 pm ET: Attends house party, Cedar Rapids, IA
--7:30 pm ET: Attends the Hamilton County Democrats fundraising dinner, Webster City, IA
Monday November 5, 2007
--campaign events in New Hampshire
--1:00 pm ET: Addresses Nova Southeastern University Federalist Society Forum, Fort Lauderdale-Davie, FL
--9:30 am ET: Participates in media interview, Mason City, IA
--11:15 am ET: Holds meet and greet, Allison, IA
--1:00 pm ET: Attends town hall meeting, Iowa Falls, IA
--2:15 pm ET: Holds media availability, Iowa Falls, IA
--8:15 pm ET: Delivers address to "Growing the Bio Economy" Conference, Ames, IA
--9:05 pm ET: Holds media availability, Ames IA
-- 8:00 am ET: Speaks at the Politics & Eggs breakfast, Bedford, NH
As for the Democrats . . .
--Attends campaign event, Cedar Rapids, IA
--Attends campaign event, Newton, IA
--5:00 pm ET: Attends campaign event, Waverly, IA
--8:00 pm ET: Attends campaign event, Mason City, IA
--8:30 pm ET: Hosts a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton at the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, Las Vegas, NV
-- 11:00 am ET: Delivers major foreign policy speech at the Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City, IA
--2:00 pm ET: Holds community meeting, Ottumwa, IA
--5:30 pm ET: Holds community meeting, Oskaloosa, IA
--9:30 pm ET: Participates in a forum at Iowa State University's Bio-based Industry Outlook, Ames, IA
--11:00 am ET: Discusses the need for rural access to high speed Internet and education for all Americans, Marshalltown, IA
--1:00 pm ET: Hosts a lunch with Iowa Veterans, Ames, IA
--7:00 pm ET: Attends a meet and greet with Rep. Lisa Heddens, Ames, IA
--8:30 pm ET: Participates in the Biobased Industry Outlook Conference Presidential Forum, Ames, IA
--1:00 pm ET: Holds a meet and greet with veterans and military families, Des Moines, IA
--5:30 pm ET: Holds an event on the topic of Iraq, Marshalltown, IA
--7:30 pm ET: Holds a Poweshiek County presidential job interview event, Grinnell, IA
--8:30 pm ET: Participates in the Democratic Presidential Candidate Forum at Iowa State University, Ames, IA
The White House. . .
--10:05 am ET: Participates in a ceremony for the 2007 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Washington, DC
--11:10 am ET: Photo-op with the U.S. Walker Cup Team
--1:15 pm ET: Meets with Prime Minister of Turkey, Washington, DC
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