The news of the day on the campaign trail was the announcement by Republican Chuck Hagel that he is not yet announcing his candidacy. CBS' Jim Axelrod told us about his network's poll results that show Rudolph Giuliani's lead over John McCain shrink in just one month from 50%-v-29% among Republicans to 43%-v-34%. NBC's Ron Allen looked at Giuliani's efforts, "even though he is for abortion rights, gun control and gay rights" to make himself more attractive to the party's conservative base, while videotape of a 1989 speech surfaced in which Giuliani advocated for government funding for poor women's abortions. Giuliani's explanation is that "9/11 changed everything," NBC's in-house political analyst Chuck Todd told Allen.
Democrats are happier (57% satisfied) with their eight 2008 options than Republicans are (40%) with the ten in their field, the CBS poll found. NBC's Tim Russert (at the tail of the Allen videostream) agreed: "There are a lot of Republicans who are dissatisfied and open to more people." However "the entry fee is money" and the longer possible candidates wait in the wings the harder fundraising becomes.
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