Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) joined evangelicals for their "Liberty Sunday" telecast from Boston to churches around the country in an effort to motivate social conservatives to go vote. The main topic of the telecast was banning gay marriage. "Eight states -- Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin -- will be voting on constitutional amendments that would bar same-sex marriage. And two days later, on Beacon Hill, the Legislature is to vote on whether to advance toward the ballot a measure that would overturn same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, the only state where it is legal."
Time magazine devotes its cover to a Democrat who isn't closing the door on running for president in 2008: Sen. Barack Obama.
Addressing Iowa Democrats at a big fundraising dinner on Saturday night, former President Clinton made only a few references to his wife, who has yet to make a campaign stop in the state. Even so, says the Washington Post, his visit may have been meant to shore up her standing. "Iowa Democrats said Clinton's standing reflects more than her absence. They say there is general unease within the party about her ability to win a general election. Beyond that, some Democrats are troubled by her support for the war in Iraq long after other Democratic politicians such as Kerry and Edwards had renounced their votes" for the Iraq resolution.
Speaking at the New Hampshire Jefferson-Jackson dinner over the weekend, Sen. John Kerry (D) used the word 'lie' four times during his speech. 'They,' he said, lied about civil war; lied when they doubted the credibility of reports on Iraqi fatalities; lied in faulting former President Bill Clinton for the North Korean missile test; lied about the Congressional page scandal being a Democratic ploy to win the congressional elections."
Sen. Joe Biden (D) also was in New Hampshire over the weekend, and said he's "confident" that Democrats will take back the House and "hopeful" they'll do the same with the Senate. Biden predicted that the "wave of discontent and doubt swirling around Republican international and domestic policies could turn into a watershed moment for Democrats in the 2006 and 2008 national elections," writes the Manchester Union Leader.
Sunday's Union Leader published the results of the UNH Survey Center's new presidential poll, "its first for the state's 2008 primary." The poll contains a new measure for candidates called the "net popularity" rating, which spells trouble for Kerry and Gov. George Pataki (R).
Sen. Chris Dodd (D) addresses the Council on Foreign Relations in New York today.
And former Sen. John Edwards (D) is en route to China, where he'll meet with "key senior Chinese government officials and American leaders in Beijing to discuss a wide range of critical questions in the U.S.-China relationship, including North Korea, trade, the genocide in Darfur, and global challenges like the environment, energy security, and weapons proliferation, among other issues," per the release from his office. MSNBC's Hardball interviews Elizabeth Edwards at 5:00 pm.