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Publishers seeking to present another Romney perspective

Don't make room on your bookshelf just yet, but there could be another Romney book in the offing. And not by Mitt.

Mitt Romney's campaign confirms that publishers have approached Romney's wife, Ann, a sunny and frequent presence on the campaign trail, about writing a book. Her husband already has one to his name, "Turnaround," his account of running the 2002 Winter Olympics.

"There have been several inquiries from publishers about Ann's interest in writing a book," says Romney spokesman Kevin Madden. "But Ann has not entered into any agreements or made any decisions on these inquiries."

A memoir from Ann, assuming that's what it would be, could only help Romney burnish his family-man credentials, which he's worked hard to show off during the primary race. Last week Ann announced on their sons' blog, Five Brothers ( ), that she and other members of the family would begin posting recipes online. The first one is for meatloaf. "I received this recipe when we were first married and [Mitt's] loved it ever since," she wrote.

Southern heat's on Giuliani
Rudy Giuliani's troubles in South Carolina continue.

First, his state chairman, Treasurer Thomas Ravenel, was suspended from state government and forced to resign his position with the campaign last week after being indicted on federal cocaine charges. Now, Giuliani's campaign is taking heat for announcing that Ravenel's father, former US representative and state senator Arthur Ravenel Jr., would serve as one of his regional chairmen in South Carolina.

Arthur Ravenel has been an outspoken advocate of flying the Confederate flag on the grounds of the State House. At a rally for the flag in 2000, he called the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People the "National Association for Retarded People," local media reported at the time. He later said he misspoke, but then apologized to the mentally disabled for comparing them to members of the NAACP, the Charleston Post and Courier reported.

"I didn't apologize to the NAACP," the paper quoted Ravenel as saying. "I apologized to the retarded folks of the world for equating them to the national NAACP."

The Giuliani campaign declined to address Ravenel's past comments.


Edwards TV ad targets NH
WASHINGTON -- John Edwards, a candidate for the Democratic nomination, yesterday announced a new television advertisement in New Hampshire, part of an effort to improve his standing in the first primary state.

The 30-second spot features Edwards giving a speech on how he would make the United States "the country of the 21st century" and includes a clip of his wife, Elizabeth, meeting with a senior citizen voter.

Elizabeth Edwards has been one of the most prominent spouses on the campaign trail. Her fight against breast cancer and her plainspoken appeal have made her a popular draw, especially among women -- a competitive voting bloc in a race featuring Senator Hillary Clinton of New York .

The campaign placed a modest buy to run the spot, spending about $76,000 on broadcast and cable stations in New Hampshire and surrounding media markets.

In the ad, Edwards offers a populist message critical of President Bush, without naming him.

"The strength in America is not just in the Oval Office; the strength in America is in this room, right now," Edwards said as a crowd in a packed gymnasium rises in applause. "It's the American people. And it's time for the president of the United States to ask Americans to be patriotic about something other than war."

Spokesman Jonathan Prince said the campaign had decided to go on the air in New Hampshire earlier than planned to introduce Edwards to voters, taking advantage of the summer months .

And while acknowledging that the campaign's second-quarter fund-raising would come in significantly behind last quarter's $14 million total, Prince said the campaign had enough cash now to buy the extra time.

Clinton has a wide lead in most New Hampshire polls, followed by Senator Barack Obama of Illinois and Edwards. Although Edwards is reportedly leading in Iowa polls, the campaign said it recognizes that he needs to improve his standing elsewhere to be a serious contender (AP)

Giuliani blasts Bill Clinton
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Rudy Giuliani yesterday accused Bill Clinton of not responding forcefully enough to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing or later terrorist attacks. Giuliani spoke at Regent University.

"Islamic terrorists killed more than 500 Americans before Sept. 11. Many people think the first attack on America was on Sept. 11, 2001. It was not. It was in 1993," Giuliani said

Giuliani argued that Clinton treated the World Trade Center bombing as a criminal act instead of a terrorist strike, and said it incited other attacks.

"The United States government, then President Clinton, did not respond," Giuliani said. Osama "bin Laden declared war on us. We didn't hear it." (AP)