Feingold: censure the President
Sen. Russ Feingold appearing on ABCís "This
Week With George Stephnopoulos" called for a censure of the President:
In an exclusive interview on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos,"
Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold called on the Senate to publicly admonish
President Bush for approving domestic wiretaps on American citizens without
first seeking a legally required court order.
"This conduct is right in the strike zone of the concept of high crimes and
misdemeanors," said Feingold, D-Wis., a three-term senator and potential
McCain stunt backfires
Sen. John McCain attended the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in
Memphis this weekend. There were over 1800 people representing 26 states.
While meeting with his supporters, McCain urged them to vote for
President Bush in the "straw poll" sponsored by "Hotline," the national
online political gossip and news website.
The save-face-I'm-not-gonna-win tactic didnít work and a Drudge headline
read, "MCCAIN IN REPUBLICAN STRAW POLL EMBARRASSMENT."
Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN) received 526 first-place votes, or 36.9 percent, in
the Southern Republican Leadership Conference's -82 percent of his votes
came from Tennessee. Gov. Mitt Romney finished second with 14.4 percent and
Sen. George Allen tied with President Bush at 10 percent. McCain finished
5th at 5 percent. Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) finished 6th at 4 percent.
Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KA) finished 7th at 1.5 percent.
Democrats continue to push ahead with changing the presidential nominating
calendar with no likelihood that the Republicans will follow. The Democrat
Party's rules committee met to forge a new plan.
Under the plan, Iowa would hold its traditional spot as first in the nation.
New Hampshire would still hold as the first primary. However, up to two
states would be allowed to hold caucuses after Iowa but before New
Hampshire. One or two other states would be allowed to hold primaries after
New Hampshire, but before Feb. 5. After that date it is wide open. Committee
officials said they would seek applications from states interested in these
Contenders for the earlier slots are Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana,
Missouri, Nevada and South Carolina.
Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) was in Iowa for the Republican County
Conventions and attended county conventions in Waterloo, West Des Moines,
Adel and Davenport.
"There are a number of Republican leaders who are keeping the option open,
and I am one of them," Romney said. "You keep that option open by being
active, and that means visiting early caucus and primary states."