“Hardball” host Chris Matthews gives his take on the day’s top political headlines.
Teachers endorse Hillary
Today Sen. Hillary Clinton won the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers, one of the largest teachers unions in the country. It’s a big boost from a powerful voting block. The Obama campaign saw this one coming, after Obama backed merit-based pay for teachers, which the union strongly opposes.
McCain holds fire
On the Republican side, Sen. John McCain was all set to give a speech today at a military prep school, the Camden Military Academy in South Carolina, blasting Sen. Hillary Clinton for being two-faced on the Iraq War. The Associated Press reports that in prepared remarks emailed around, he was going to say, “The Democratic front-runner wants to have it both ways when it comes to foreign policy. On the one hand, the New York senator voted for the Iraq War. On the other hand, she now opposes it-sort of.” But he didn’t say that. The McCain campaign decided to skip the Hillary attacks altogether, saying the venue wasn’t appropriate.
Rudy Giuliani has moved into an effective tie with Mitt Romney in New Hampshire, according to a WMUR poll. Romney’s support has fallen ten points since July; Giuliani’s has increased by 4. Today Giuliani is out with a new radio ad running in that state. A new Washington Post-ABC poll has half of all Republicans saying Giuliani has the best shot of winning the general election.
Now to Atlantic City, where the mayor, Bob Levy, has gone missing! No one has seen the guy for a full week now. Levy is under investigation for lying about his military service for financial gain specifically, that he lied about receiving a Combat Infantryman’s Badge and about having post-traumatic stress disorder, all so that he’d be entitled to more money. Well, the mayor drove off in a Dodge Durango and literally has not been seen since. That’s one theory of crisis management. When the going gets tough, just get going.
Gore movie: Partisan politics
There has been some British backlash to Al Gore. Get this. Gores’s Oscar-winning documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth” has been sent to every secondary school in England. But this week, a British judge said that the movie promotes “partisan political views Even though he intends to rule that the movie can still be shown, he says teacher’s need to present it as a debatable argument, not simply fact.