37 days until the Iowa caucuses
In an interview airing tonight on Nightline, Barack Obama strikes at the heart of Hillary Clinton's fundamental strength and experience pitch and questions whether being a two term first lady makes her the most qualified candidate to be president.
"There is no doubt that Bill Clinton had faith in her and consulted with her on issues, in the same way that I would consult with Michelle, if there were issues," Obama told ABC's Terry Moran this weekend in Iowa. "On the other hand, I don't think Michelle would claim that she is the best qualified person to be a United States Senator by virtue of me talking to her on occasion about the work I've done" LINK
TiVo Alert! You can watch the interview tonight at 11:35 pm ET on ABC.
You may recall Obama's foreign policy experience came under assault last week by Clinton when she mocked his years living abroad as a child. Well, Tuesday morning Obama, with his foreign policy advisors by his side, holds a dialogue with New Hampshire residents. The Senator is bringing some big guns to his 8:30 am ET summit in Portsmith. Notice the ties some of the advisors have to the Clinton administration.
On hand: Richard Danzig, former Secretary of the Navy under President Clinton; Tony Lake, National Security Advisor to President Clinton; retired Admiral John Hutson; Susan Rice, former Assistant Secretary of State, under President Clinton; Professor Samantha Power; retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Jim Smith, and retired Iraq vet Ryan Gray.
Also in the news...
Vice President Cheney was found to have an irregular heartbeat after a visit to the doctor this morning for a check up on a lingering cough from a cold. A Cheney spokeswoman told ABC News' Jennifer Duck that doctors determined the Vice President's has atrial fibrillation, an abnormal rhythm in the upper chambers of the heart.
Cheney will undergo further evaluation and get standard treatment.
As for Tuesday on the trial...
The Republicans. . .
-- No public events scheduled
-- 11:15 am ET: Attends a health care forum, St. Petersburg, Fla.
-- 12:00 pm ET: Attends a Patriot Day celebration, Seneca, S.C.
-- 2:45 pm ET: Holds a town hall meeting, Anderson, S.C.
-- 4:05 pm ET: Has media availability, Anderson, S.C.
-- Attends an evening fundraiser, Anderson, S.C.
-- Spends the day in Florida
-- 5:30 pm ET: Has media availability, Orlando, Fla.
-- 2:45 pm ET: Speaks to College of Charleston students, Charleston, S.C.
-- 4:00 pm ET: Attends grand opening of South Carolina office, Charleston, S.C.
-- 7:00 pm ET: Attends a rally, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
-- 7:30 am ET: Attends a breakfast meeting, Hampton, N.H.
-- 9:00 am ET: Appears on NHPR's "The Exchange"
The Democrats. . .
-- 9:30 am ET: Receives an endorsement, Spartanburg, S.C.
-- 1:00 pm ET: Attends a rally, Aiken, S.C.
-- 4:15 pm ET: Meets with middle school teachers and parents, Bennettsville, S.C.
-- 4:40 pm ET: Hosts an education discusses, Bennettsville, S.C.
-- 9:00 am ET: Holds a foreign policy summit, Portsmouth, N.H.
-- 12:00 pm ET: Speaks at labor rally supporting striking WGA and IATSE members, New York, NY
-- 12:30 pm ET: Hold press availability, New York, NY.
-- 5:00 pm ET: Participates in a roundtable about family, Davenport, Ia.
-- 7:00 pm ET: Participates in Presidential Caucus Lecture Series, Ames, Ia.
-- 1:30 pm ET: Meets with voters, Allison, Ia.
-- 5:00 pm ET: Participates in "Back to School" forum, Cedar Falls, Ia.
-- 6:30 pm ET: Attends a house party, Waverly, Ia.
-- 1:30 pm ET: Gives a speech on American agriculture, Council Bluffs, Ia.
-- 7:00 pm ET: Attends a fundraiser, Tennessee
-- 11:00 am ET: Holds a town hall meeting, Plymouth, N.H.
-- 1:15 pm ET: Holds a town hall meeting, New Hampton, N.H.
-- 4:00 pm ET: Participates in the Carbon/Nuclear Free Symposium, Concord, N.H.
-- 7:00 pm ET: Holds a town hall meeting, Exeter, N.H.
-- No public events scheduled
-- 12:45 pm ET: Attends a rally, Muscatine, Ia.
-- 4:30 pm ET: Attends a rally, De Witt, Ia.
-- 7:15 pm ET: Attends a rally, Peosta, Ia.
Other Democrats. . .
-- 9:00 am ET: DNC Chairman Howard Dean participates in a town hall, Milwaukee, WI
At the White House. . .
-- 9:50 am ET: Meets with Israeli PM Olmert and Palestinian President Abbas, Annapolis, Md.
-- 11:00 am ET: Speaks at the Annapolis Conference, Annapolis, Md.
FIRST LADY LAURA BUSH
-- 9:45 am ET: Speaks at 2007 National Prevention and Health Promotion Summit
SECRETARY OF STATE RICE
-- Attends the Annapolis Conference
POLITICAL STORIES ON ABCNEWS.COM:
ABC News' Terry Moran, Julia Hoppock and Melinda Arons "Obama in Iowa: Gloves Off!" LINK
ABC News' Jennifer Duck "Cheney Found to Have Irregular Heartbeat" LINK
ABC News' Jake Tapper "Will Oprah Matter for Obama?" LINK
ABC News' Kevin Chupka and Teddy Davis "Hucabee Pumps Rudy in Rudy-Romney Fight" LINK
ABC News' Teddy Davis "Giuliani Wants to Win Early" LINK
ABC News' Jennifer Duck "Bush Vs. Gore (Again)" LINK
ABC News, WMUR-TV and Facebook Host Bact-To-Back Debates in New Hampshire LINK
ABC News' Brian Wheeler "Biden Attacks McCain and Giuliani Over Troop Surge" LINK
ABC News' Eloise Harper, Sarah Amos and Sunlen Miller "Rivals Dispute Clinton's 'Face of America' Assertion LINK
ABC News Ann Compton and Jennifer Duck "White House Hall Decked in Time for International Leaders" LINK