CNN POLL: CLINTON LEADS DEMS; KERRY SLIPS AFTER "JOKE"
Sen. Hillary Clinton is well ahead of her Democratic counterparts in the latest CNN presidential preference poll, released today.
The poll also shows that support for Sen. John Kerry has slipped by five percentage points since last month - which was before his infamous "botched joke" about President Bush.
Sen. Barack Obama placed second in the polling, but is still well behind Clinton.
Here are the numbers:
- Sen. Hillary Clinton 33%
- Sen. Barack Obama 15%
- Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards 14%
- Former Vice President Al Gore 14%
- Sen. John Kerry 7%
- Retired Gen. Wesley Clark 4%
- Sen. Joe Biden 3%
- New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson 3%
- Sen. Evan Bayh 2%
- Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack 1%
WILL CLINTON RUN AT ALL?That question is being asked, at least in some circles today.
The Las Vegas Sun reports that a blogger-induced rumor - that Sen. Harry Reid would give up his post as Majority Leader to Clinton if she would stay out of the presidential race - continues to have legs even though both Reid and Clinton have denied it.
The appeal, according to the Sun's report, is that Clinton would be a strong leader in the Senate and she could be replaced with a less-polarizing candidate for the White House.
SCHWARZENEGGER SEEKING '08 STAGE
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger can't run for president because he was not born in the U.S. But that hasn't stopped him from trying to put his stamp on the '08 race.
The Los Angeles Times reports today that Schwarzenegger is mulling a major policy speech, to be delivered early next year, either in Iowa or New Hampshire, in the hopes it will help to inject his centrist policies into the Republican political discussion.
WOULD BLOOMBERG TAKE THE PLUNGE? WILL SAYS HE WON'T
Another centrist being touted for '08 is New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg. In his nationally syndicated column Sunday, George Will tells us why Bloomberg won't.