On the trail

The Associated PressDecember 14, 2007 

Clinton adviser pays for Obama remarks

CONCORD, N.H. -- A top campaign adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton resigned Thursday, a day after suggesting Democrats should be wary of nominating Barack Obama because his teenage drug use could make it hard for him to win the presidency.

Clinton herself apologized to Obama as they waited to fly to Iowa for a debate.

Bill Shaheen, a national co-chairman for Clinton and a prominent New Hampshire political figure, had raised the issue during a Wednesday interview published on washingtonpost.com.

Romney declares rival 'too liberal'

MUSCATINE, Iowa -- Trailing in Iowa, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney intensified his criticism of rival Mike Huckabee on Thursday and called him "too liberal" on immigration, crime, spending and taxes.

"I frankly think that the more people come to know Mike Huckabee, the more they realize they don't know about Mike Huckabee," the former Massachusetts governor said a day after all the candidates largely held their fire at their final debate before Iowa's Jan. 3 caucuses.

Huckabee gauged on women rights

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Republican Mike Huckabee's record on women's rights is coming under increased scrutiny, including his endorsement of the Southern Baptist Convention's stance that women should "graciously submit" to their husbands and his opposition to sending women into combat because of his "strong traditional view" on how women should be treated.

Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, defended his record Thursday, saying he appointed many women to high positions in state government and on his staff during his 10 1/2 years as Arkansas governor.

"If you look at my Cabinet, I had more women in my Cabinet and on my staff in key positions, including chief of staff, than any other governor probably in Arkansas history," Huckabee said on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Iowa man charged with broom attack

FORT MADISON, Iowa -- A 71-year-old man has been charged with using a broom to assault a protester at a Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign event here last week.

Jim Mitchell, of Fort Madison, is accused of assaulting Don Holman, who was holding up an anti-abortion banner at an event attended by Clinton campaign staff on Dec. 7. The Democratic White House hopeful was not at the event.

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