Political Notebook: Condi Rice for VP?

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Pol Polls

Recently there has been a lot of buzz about Condoleezza Rice campaigning to be John McCain’s pick for vice president, and a new poll by Marist College-WNBC found that people seem to like that idea. A McCain-Rice ticket would defeat a Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama ticket in Clinton’s home state of New York, the poll found. The results:

McCain-Rice vs. Clinton-Obama

McCain-Rice: 49 percent

Clinton-Obama: 46 percent

McCain-Rice vs. Obama-Clinton

McCain-Rice: 49 percent

Obama-Clinton: 44 percent

Political Battle of the Week: David Brock vs. John McCain

David Brock, who gained notoriety as an anti-Clinton journalist in the 1990s, is now setting his sights on Republican John McCain. Brock is spearheading a group of independent Democrats looking to spend $40 million on anti-McCain advertisements. Brock (obviously) is not a fan of McCain’s, but he’s especially riled up by what he says is the media’s love affair with the presidential candidate. "It's what McCain is allowed to say without being challenged by facts that will show him to have said something different in the past," he recently was quoted as saying.

The List

In recent decades, dogs have dominated the presidential pet category (Miss Beazley, Buddy, Millie, Checkers, etc.), but there have been some exotic White House denizens as well. Here’s a list of some of the more unusual presidential pets:

5. Zsa Zsa the rabbit (John F. Kennedy)

4. Smokey the bobcat (Calvin Coolidge)

3. Pauline Wayne the cow (William Taft)

2. Josiah the badger (Theodore Roosevelt)

1. Dick the mockingbird (Thomas Jefferson)

On the Issues: Stem Cell Research

Political Notebook’s weekly look at where the presidential front-runners stand on key issues.


Hillary Clinton: An outspoken supporter of stem cell research, Clinton cosponsored the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005. President Bush vetoed the bill, which would have allowed federal financing of stem cell research on new embryonic stem cell lines derived from discarded human embryos originally created for fertility treatments. She has called the ethics of stem cell research "a delicate balancing act."

Barack Obama: Obama supports relaxing federal restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. He voted for the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005, which was vetoed by President Bush. The bill would have allowed federal funding to be used for research on stem cell lines obtained from discarded human embryos originally created for fertility treatments.


John McCain: McCain opposes embryonic stem cell research that uses cloned human embryos but supports research using human embryos left over from fertility treatments. In 2006, McCain supported a trio of Senate bills designed to increase federal funding for adult stem cell research, ban the creation of embryos for research and offer federal support for research using embryos slated for destruction by fertility clinics.


Better Know a Politician: Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) was the third president of the United States (1801–1809), the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776) and one of the most influential Founding Fathers for his promotion of the ideals of republicanism in the United States. Major events during his presidency include the Louisiana Purchase (1803) and the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804–1806). As a political philosopher, Jefferson was a man of the Enlightenment and knew many intellectual leaders in Britain and France. He idealized the independent yeoman farmer as exemplar of republican virtues, distrusted cities and financiers, and favored states' rights and a strictly limited federal government. Jefferson supported the separation of church and state and was the author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (1779, 1786). He was the eponym of Jeffersonian democracy and the co-founder and leader of the Democratic-Republican Party, which dominated American politics for a quarter-century. Jefferson served as the wartime governor of Virginia (1779–1781), first U.S. Secretary of State (1789–1793) and second vice president (1797–1801).

A polymath, Jefferson achieved distinction as, among other things, a horticulturist, statesman, architect, archaeologist, paleontologist, author, inventor and founder of the University of Virginia. When President John F. Kennedy welcomed 49 Nobel Prize winners to the White House in 1962, he said, "I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent and of human knowledge that has ever been gathered together at the White House — with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.” (

Political Pun-dits

"Yeah, more problems for Hillary. For the second time in just a couple of days, Hillary dropped a phony story from her stump speech. I guess she was going around telling these health care stories, and then a hospital today said it is not true. This story is not true. Turns out, Hillary did not discover penicillin ... and did not invent the polio vaccine." -- Jay Leno

This Week in Political History

April 13, 1983 - Harold Washington is elected as the first African-American mayor in Chicago's history.

April 14, 1865 - President Abraham Lincoln is shot in Ford's Theatre by John Wilkes Booth.

April 15, 1955 – The tax-filing deadline moves to its current date.

April 16, 1963 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. pens his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Ala., for protesting segregation.

April 17, 1961 - A group of CIA financed and trained Cuban refugees lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.

April 18, 2007 - The Supreme Court upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision.

April 19, 1775 - The Battle of Lexington and Concord begins the American Revolutionary War.

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