(CNN) – After Arlen Specter bolted the GOP Tuesday, Republicans like party chair Michael Steele attacked him as a "leftist" with a history of "left-wing" stands.
That was yesterday.
Twenty-four hours later, his former colleagues in the Senate GOP are rushing to embrace Specter's past in a new campaign designed to highlight the consistency of his Republican record.
"In light of Senator Specter's changing political party, we felt it was our civic duty to adequately inform Pennsylvania Democrat primary voters about their new Senator's record and his close relationship with our former President George W. Bush," National Republican Senatorial Committee spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson said in a Wednesday announcement.
The effort includes a Web page featuring YouTube clips of Specter's positive comments about conservatives like Rush Limbaugh and Rick Santorum, and criticism of Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid. It also involves robocalls to Pennsylvania voters to "help you welcome your newest Democrat senator" that use audio from Specter's old campaign ads - audio featuring what the NRSC describes as "glowing support" from former President George W. Bush.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Coming soon to a battleground state near you: a new effort to revive the image of the Republican Party and to counter President Obama's characterization of Republicans as "the party of 'no.'"
CNN has learned that the new initiative, called the National Council for a New America, will be announced Thursday.
It will involve an outreach by an interesting mix of GOP officials, ranging from 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain to Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and the younger brother of the man many Republicans blame for the party's battered brand: former President George W. Bush.
(CNN) – A new national poll suggests that Americans think Barack Obama's performance as president deserves a grade of B minus.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, released Wednesday as the Obama administration marks 100 days in office, asked respondents to use a grading scale of A, B, C, D and F, where A is excellent and F is very poor.
Twenty-six percent of those questioned gave the President an A, 31 percent a B, 18 percent a C, 15 percent a D and 10 percent a F. Obama's grade averaged out to a B minus.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted April 23-26, with 2,019 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus two percentage points.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – As part of his answer to whether he would reach out to Sen. John McCain as part of a renewed effort on immigration reform, the president said "we reach out to - to Senator McCain on a whole host of issues."
CNN asked McCain's spokeswoman if that's still true. She responded that the senator is actually going to the White House tomorrow with other Armed Services Commitee leaders to talk about procurement reform - a longtime issue for McCain.
However, McCain spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan also said that the White House mostly reaches out to the senator on issues where they have clear agreement, and she underscored a theme he brought up on the Senate floor just today - that he believes President Obama and Democrats don't really want to compromise on big, controversial issues.
"Reaching out and bringing ideas to the table with a real interest in compromise are two different things," Buchanan said.
How has the president handled his first 100 days in office?
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As public concern rises over the swine flu outbreak, is Obama's response adequate?
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Voting ended. You gave the president's handling of the swine flu crisis a B+.
I give Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a B+ for her handling of the job so far.
She has kept a stable pace with some high-powered people put in around her by the president, without any apparent signs of turf battles.
(CNN) – A new national poll suggests that Americans think the performance of the Republican leaders in Congress deserves a grade of C minus.
Five percent of those questioned gave the Republican Congressional leadership an A, 23 percent a B, 39 percent a C, 19 percent a D and 14 percent a F. The grade averaged out to a C minus.
How have Republicans performed during the first 100 day of the Democratic administration?
Grade their performance here, and tell us why in the comments.
Voting has ended. You gave the GOP leaders a C-.
(CNN) - A new national poll suggests that Americans think the performance of the Democratic leaders in Congress deserves a grade of C.
Eleven percent of those questioned gave the Democratic Congressional leadership an A, 29 percent a B, 25 percent a C, 15 percent a D and 20 percent a F. The grade averaged out to a C.