Chelsea Clinton swept through Burlington today to drum up enthusiasm for her mother’s
presidential campaign. Clinton dropped in at downtown cafes and stores before taking
questions from students at University of Vermont.
This Tuesday, March 4th, four states, including Vermont, are holding Presidential primaries or caucuses. On the Democratic side, the main focus by the media and the candidates has been on delegate-rich Texas and Ohio. Here to talk about the Democratic race is Ron Elving. Elving is the senior Washington editor for NPR News, where he directs coverage of national politics. He spoke with VPR’s Neal Charnoff.
For months, many political observers have doubted that Vermont’s
presidential primary would have much influence on the nominating process.
But as voters head to the polls in New Hampshire, a scenario is developing
that could raise Vermont’s national profile.
Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean says he’d like to see his party adopt a system of rotating regional presidential primaries beginning in 2012.
Dean says the approach would give most states an opportunity to have a greater influence on the selection of presidential nominees.
Senator Patrick Leahy says the nomination of judge Michael Mukasey as the country’s next Attorney General is in a lot of trouble.
According to Leahy, Mukasey won’t say whether he believes an interrogation technique known as waterboarding is illegal.
Senator Patrick Leahy says he’ll oppose the nomination of Attorney General designee Michael Mukasey if the nominee doesn’t disavow the torture policies developed by the Bush Administration.
Leahy says the White House has deceived the American people and Congress about the existence of these policies.