May 14th, 2009
11:24 AM ET
6 years ago

RNC launches 'Priceless' Web video

The RNC is out with a new Web video.
The RNC is out with a new Web video.

(CNN) – The Republican National Committee is launching a new Web video Thursday that parodies the popular "Priceless" MasterCard commercials to coincide with President Obama's upcoming town-hall meeting on credit card debt.

The spot highlights Obama's recent purchase of a Portuguese Water Dog, his courtside seat at a Wizards game earlier this year, the economic stimulus package, and the controversial Air Force One flyover above New York City.

Obama is set to hold a town-hall meeting focusing on credit card debt in Albuquerque, New Mexico later Thursday.

Full Script:

Voice: A new best friend: $2,000

Voice: A court side seat: $500

Voice: Payback to your political cronies: $787,000,000,000

Voice: A cool new photo for your website: $328,000

Voice: Drowning your country in debt: Priceless

Voice: There are some things your money shouldn't buy but that's not gonna stop him from trying

UPDATE: DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan has issued a response to the ad:

"I understand that the RNC is frustrated with the constant infighting and lack of coherent message and all, but going negative on Bo isn't going to help and neither is blatant hypocrisy. What's 'priceless' is a party that doubled our national debt, championed policies that lead to the greatest economic crisis in generations and now can't muster up a single new idea to set right what they got wrong, attacking anyone for investing in the American people to get the economy back on track."


Filed under: RNC
May 14th, 2009
10:51 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll shows majority back Notre Dame's Obama invite

A new Quinnipiac University poll surveys Catholic voters.
A new Quinnipiac University poll surveys Catholic voters.

(CNN) – An overwhelming majority of Catholic voters say the University of Notre Dame should not revoke its invitation for President Obama to speak at the school's commencement ceremonies this weekend.

In a new survey released by Quinnipiac University, 60 percent of Catholic voters are against rescinding the invitation while 34 percent are for it. Among voters as a whole, 56 percent don't think the Catholic school should take back the invite while 31 percent do.

Some Notre Dame Students and alumni have expressed outrage the Catholic school invited Obama to be the commence speaker because of the president's views on abortion and stem cell research.

About 65,000 people have also signed an online petition protesting the address, saying his views "directly contradict" Catholic teachings.

The poll also surveyed Catholic voters' views on abortion compared to the population as a whole. Among the findings, according to Quinipiac:

-15 percent of all voters, including 13 percent of Catholics and 10 percent of observant Catholics, say abortion should be legal in all cases

-37 percent of all voters, including 37 percent of Catholics and 19 percent of observant Catholics, say abortion should be legal in most cases

-27 percent of all voters, including 28 percent of Catholics and 40 percent of observant Catholics, say abortion should be illegal in most cases

-14 percent of all voters, including 16 percent of Catholics and 26 percent of observant Catholics, say abortion should be illegal in all cases

According to an analysis from by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 54 percent of Catholics voted for Obama in 2008, roughly the same percentage as those who voted for President Bush in 2004.

The poll surveyed 2,041 registered voters between April 21-27 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.


Filed under: Polls • President Obama
May 14th, 2009
10:02 AM ET
6 years ago

Bill Clinton: Cheney should stick to target practice

HERNDON, Virginia (CNN) – Bill Clinton jokingly laughed off a question Wednesday about former Vice President Dick Cheney and his recent claims that the country is less safe under the Obama administration.

"I wish him well," Clinton told CNN while greeting voters after a campaign stop with Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. "It's over," he added, apparently a reference to the Bush administration.

"But I do hope he gets some more target practice before he goes out again," Clinton said with a grin before moving along the ropeline.

The former president was alluding, of course, to Cheney's infamous 2006 hunting accident in which he mistakenly fired birdshot into the face of a campaign contributor during a South Texas quail hunt.


Filed under: Bill Clinton • Terry McAuliffe
May 14th, 2009
09:10 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama, Richardson to meet up in New Mexico

 Obama will appear with Richardson Thursday.
Obama will appear with Richardson Thursday.

(CNN) - President Obama is set to meet up with Gov. Bill Richardson at a New Mexico town-hall Thursday, the first time the two will have appeared together since Richardson abruptly withdrew his nomination to commerce secretary in early January.

Richardson - who sought the Democratic presidential nomination himself last year - withdrew his nomination to Obama's Cabinet in early January, citing the distraction of a federal investigation into ties to a company that has done business with his state.

Two Democratic strategists outside Obama's transition team told CNN that Obama aides pushed the withdrawal because they did not want an ethical distraction amid the controversy then surrounding ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Richardson maintains he has not violated any laws.


Filed under: President Obama
May 14th, 2009
05:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Bill Clinton: Terry McAuliffe 'born to lead' Virginia

Bill Clinton is helping former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe campaign for governor in Virginia.
Bill Clinton is helping former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe campaign for governor in Virginia.

HERNDON, Virginia (CNN) – To hear Bill Clinton tell it, Terry McAuliffe is destined to become the 71st governor of the commonwealth of Virginia.

“He was born to lead at this moment,” Clinton said of McAuliffe at a campaign rally in northern Virginia on Wednesday. It was the former president’s third appearance on behalf of his friend and longtime political ally, who is now in the final weeks of a tough three-way primary battle for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

The winner of that contest will face Republican Bob McDonnell, the state’s former attorney general, in the general election.

Clinton praised McAuliffe from all angles, making sure to plug the former Democratic National Committee chairman’s apparent mastery of Virginia issues. McAuliffe has struggled with the perception that he’s a newcomer to Virginia politics, while his two Democratic rivals have labored in the trenches of state government for more than a decade.

The former president even said that if every child were raised as McAuliffe’s five children were, “this country would have about half the problems it’s got.”

Clinton and McAuliffe made their pitch to about 200 voters at a park in the northern Virginia town of Herndon, standing on a stage just downwind of a ripe-smelling pig sty. They held a second, larger rally later in the day a few miles away in the Washington suburb of Annandale.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Bob McDonnell • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
May 14th, 2009
04:50 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama turns controversy into jokes, lesson at commencement

President Obama addresses the graduating class at Arizona State University on Wednesday.
President Obama addresses the graduating class at Arizona State University on Wednesday.

TEMPE, Arizona (CNN) – President Obama on Wednesday turned a flap over his commencement speech at Arizona State University into a joke - then a lesson about never being satisfied with one's accomplishments.
The university said last month that it would not be awarding Obama an honorary degree at the ceremony, saying that "his body of work is yet to come."

Saying he wanted to address "the little controversy everyone was talking about a few weeks back," Obama said, "we all learned an important lesson."

"I learned to never again pick another team over the Sun Devils in my NCAA bracket," he said, referring to the school's basketball team. "It won't happen again."

"President [Michael] Crow and the board of regents will soon learn all about being audited by the IRS," he joked.

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Filed under: President Obama
May 14th, 2009
04:40 AM ET
6 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, May 14, 2009

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The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world.

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CNN: Obama turns controversy into jokes, lesson at commencement
President Obama on Wednesday turned a flap over his commencement speech at Arizona State University into a joke - then a lesson about never being satisfied with one's accomplishments.

CNN: Obama reverses course on alleged prison abuse photos
President Obama said Wednesday he told government lawyers to object to a court-ordered release of additional images showing alleged abuse of detainees because the release could affect the safety of U.S. troops and "inflame anti-American opinion."

CNN: Sources: High court selection process down to finalists
The search for a Supreme Court nominee has been trimmed to about half a dozen candidates by top White House officials, and an announcement may come by month's end, two sources close to the selection process tell CNN.

CNN: Bill Clinton: Cheney should stick to target practice
Bill Clinton jokingly laughed off a question Wednesday about former Vice President Dick Cheney and his recent claims that the country is less safe under the Obama administration.

CNN: Family feud roils Republican Party
President Obama poked fun at the travails of the Republican Party last weekend, telling the party's chairman that no, the GOP does not qualify for a bailout, and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh does not count as a troubled asset.

WSJ: Obama Considers Detaining Terror Suspects Indefinitely
The Obama administration is weighing plans to detain some terror suspects on U.S. soil - indefinitely and without trial - as part of a plan to retool military commission trials that were conducted for prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Telegraph UK: US government renews threat to withdraw intelligence sharing
The High Court agreed to re-open the case last week after lawyers for Mr Mohamed argued that it was unclear if the new government maintained the position of the Bush administration.

Washington Times Exclusive: Choice of shipping exec for post reviewed
The Department of Homeland Security says it is reviewing a last-minute Bush administration appointment of a shipping industry executive and registered lobbyist to serve on a government maritime security board, even as his company faced serious allegations of defrauding the U.S. military in war zones.

LA Times: Supreme Court candidate Elena Kagan has admirers left and right
If there is a Supreme Court candidate with inside connections, it is Elena Kagan, the Harvard Law School dean who was recently named U.S. solicitor general.

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