30 Days Until the Iowa Caucuses
Tuesday's NPR debate began with Hillary Clinton saying off-mic that she was feeling a bit claustrophobic -- and that was before her Democratic rivals painted her into a corner on Iran. LINK
"I just want to be clear to the listeners that we have a real division here," said John Edwards. "I mean, among the Democratic candidates, there's only one that voted for this resolution. And this is exactly what Bush and Cheney wanted."
"This resolution" refers, of course, to Kyl-Lieberman, the non-binding Senate measure that Clinton voted for earlier this year.
Clinton took heat for her months-old vote because this was the first debate since U.S. intelligence agencies reversed themselves and reported that Iran halted its nuclear arms effort in 2003.
At the time she cast the vote, she premised it, in part, on the notion that the Revolutionary Guards were "deeply involved in Iran's nuclear program." LINK
Clinton defended her vote in two ways: first, she pointed to hawkish statements made in the past by rivals Edwards and Barack Obama; second, she argued that her stance has contributed to an improved situation on the ground.
"I think we have seen the positive effects of labeling them a terrorist organization because they have changed their behavior," said Clinton.
Joe Biden, a self-described "great admirer" of Sen. Clinton's, disagreed vehemently.
"There's no evidence -- none, zero," said Biden, "that this declaration caused any change in action on the part of the Iranian government."
Jonathan Karl, ABC's National Security correspondent, weighed in on the Clinton-Biden disagreement, saying that Clinton has some evidence to back up her point.
There has been a significant decline in attacks with Iranian weapons, according to the U.S. military. But remember "Logic 101": correlation does not imply causation.
Karl adds that nobody in the military really knows the reason for the decline in attacks, and they certainly have not attributed it to the Iranians watching the Kyl-Lieberman vote on C-SPAN.
New Hampshire numbers are coming!
The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll is coming on Wednesday.
The Republican numbers are being released at 7:00 am ET and the Democratic numbers are being released at 5:00 pm ET.
Schilling takes the mound for McCain . . .
On Wednesday, John McCain joins Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling at a 5:30 pm ET Politics & Sports in Manchester, N.H.
Manchin-Schweitzer take over DGA . . .
The DGA plans to announce at 2:15 pm ET that Brian Schweitzer, the scotch-swilling, gun-toting governor of Montana, will become DGA vice chairman. Schweitzer will serve alongside incoming DGA Chairman Joe Manchin, the governor of West Virinia. Manchin is taking over for Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Competence, Not Ideology . . .
At Boston's Emerson College on Wednesday, Michael Dukakis, the Democratic Party's 1988 presidential nominee, teaches a 6:00 pm ET class on lessons learned.
"Well, you know, it's a very clever question, Steve. But I think it really begs the question..." --Hillary Clinton on whether private citizens should report suspected illegal immigrants
Republican schedules . . .
-- 5:30 pm ET: Attends a Politics & Sports town hall meeting with Red Sox Pitcher Curt Schilling, Manchester, N.H.
-- 7:20 pm ET: Has media availability with Curt Schilling, Manchester, N.H.
-- 3:45 pm ET: Attends a fundraiser, New Orleans, La.
-- 7:45 pm ET: Attends a fundraiser, Houston, Texas
-- 8:45 am ET: Meets with voters, Pickens, S.C.
-- 10:45 am ET: Meets with voters, Anderson, S.C.
-- 12:30 pm ET: Meets with voters, Anderson, S.C.
-- 6:00 pm ET: Meets with voters, Lexington, S.C.
As for the Democrats. . .
-- 2:00 pm ET: Delivers "major" economic policy speech, New York City, N.Y.
-- 12:45 pm ET: Speaks to voters, Vernon, Ia.
-- 4:15 pm ET: Attends a rally, Cedar Falls, Ia.
-- 6:45 pm ET: Holds a town hall meeting, Waverly, Ia.
-- 9:00 am ET: Attends a working women's roundtable, Concord, N.H.
-- 11:30 am ET: Meets with voters, Keene, N.H.
-- 1:00 pm ET: Holds a town hall meeting, Boone, Ia.
-- 6:15 pm ET: Holds a town hall meeting, Pella, Ia.
-- 8:00 pm ET: Holds a town hall meeting, Oskaloosa, Ia.
-- Spends the day in Washington, D.C.
-- Attends to Congressional duties for Ohio 10th district
-- 3:00 pm ET: Attends a peace rally at UCLA, Los Angeles, Calif.
At the White House. . .
-- 10:45 am ET: Participates in meeting on health care, Omaha, Neb.
-- 11:20 am ET: Makes a statement on health care, Omaha, Neb
-- 12:40 pm ET: Attends a Johanns for Senate reception, Omaha, Neb.
POLITICAL STORIES ON ABCNEWS.COM:
ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf Reports: Ladies' Man: Ron Paul's 'View' LINK
ABC News' Eloise Harper Reports: 'You and I' No More? LINK
ABC News' Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller Report: Mysterious Group Attacks Huckabee LINK
ABC News' Martha Raddatz Reports: Suicide Bomber Strikes Near Defense Secretary Gates LINK
ABC News Donna Hunter Reports: Dodd Deja Vu: Campaign Office Burglarized LINK
ABC News' Eloise Harper and Sunlen Miller Report: Clinton Campaign Accuses Rivals of Dirty Tricks LINK
ABC News' Karen Travers Reports: Liberal Group Releases Anti-Clinton Ad LINK
ABC News' Jake Tapper Reports: All You Nasty Boys Don't Mean a Thing To Me LINK
ABC News' Jake Tapper Reports: Dirty Tricks Watch, Part 3 LINK
POLITICAL VIDEO ON ABCNEWS.COM:
ABC News' Senior Political Reporter Rick Klein on the weekly political roundup. LINK
Liberal Group Releases Anti-Clinton Ad
Liberal activists launch first anti-Dem ad of '08 season not from a Republican. LINK
Ron Paul's 'View' on Abortion
The presidential hopeful chats with the ladies of "The View" about Roe v. Wade. LINK
Bush Weighs in on '08 Race
Bush on missing the campaign trail and his relationship with Congress. LINK
Video Game Warning to Parents
What's a parent to do about the increase of violence in video games? LINK
Bush Calls NIE a 'Warning Signal'
Bush maintains it's important to keep international pressure on Iran. LINK
Bush: 'Basics in the Economy Are Good'
Bush tells reporters he's optimistic on economy but recognizes there are issues. LINK
Clinton Campaign Hostages Speak
Three campaign workers discuss the frightening New Hampshire hostage ordeal. LINK
Stephanopoulos: The Iowa Vote
The candidates' moves are monitored and weighed by George Stephanopoulos. LINK
Countdown to Iowa
A slugfest breaks out between Clinton and Obama as the Iowa vote nears. LINK
The Dark Horse
Republican Mike Huckabee makes his move in the presidential campaign. LINK
Credit Card Hearing to Aid Consumers?
Higher interest rates and fees come under scrutiny by the government LINK