The weekend roundup of ’08 presidential race news makes it clear that things are heating up as the primaries draw nearer. Here’s a few of the top stories:
Somehow, though, Giuliani is being introduced to the rest of America as a liberal. And the people pinning the L-word on him aren’t just far-right spokesmen such as James Dobson or Richard Viguerie, to whom even the Bush administration looks squishily centrist. No, it’s supposedly objective journalists who’ve been using the label. ABC News reporter Jake Tapper recently spoke offhandedly about the mayor’s “liberal views on social issues.” Echoed NPR’s Mara Liasson: “Giuliani has liberal views on a number of social issues, including abortion.” On washingtonpost.com, political blogger Chris Cillizza referred to the mayor’s “liberal positions on social issues,” even though Giuliani supports only limited abortion rights and gay rights.
Senator Barack Obama says he will start confronting Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton more forcefully, declaring that she had not been candid in describing her views on critical issues, as he tries to address mounting alarm among supporters that his lack of assertiveness has allowed her to dominate the presidential race.
Mr. Obama’s vow to go on the offensive comes just over two months before the first votes are cast for the Democratic nomination, and after a long period in which his aides, donors and other supporters have battled — and in some cases shared — the perception that he has not exhibited the aggressiveness demanded by presidential politics.
A journalism professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is accusing aides of John Edwards, a former senator from North Carolina, of demanding that he remove from YouTube a student report critical of Mr. Edwards’s Democratic presidential campaign — and of threatening to block the university’s access to Mr. Edwards and the campaign headquarters near campus.
Mr. Edwards’s campaign officials said they did not level any such threat during what were clearly heated discussions with the professor and the student over her approach and over the central question in her report: Why has a campaign focused on poverty based its headquarters in an affluent part of Chapel Hill?
Stay tuned… It’s looks like temperatures will be rising as we head into primary season.