WASHINGTON (CNN) - A Capitol Hill fundraiser hosted by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Monday night raised $100,000 for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell, a campaign official told CNN.
The fundraiser was held at the American Gas Association, a trade group representing the gas industry.
The event capped off a busy weekend for Romney, who also hosted fundraisers for himself and two other Virginia Republicans in between appearances before the Values Voter Summit and the Foreign Policy Initiative, a neoconservative think tank.
Monday's cash haul was yet another dose of national money for McDonnell, who has also received financial assistance from John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, Bobby Jindal and Sarah Palin. Monday was the second time Romney has helped McDonnell raise money. In addition, the Republican National Committee has committed to spend $7 million on the Virginia governor's race - $2 million more than the Democratic National Committee has promised to Democratic candidate Creigh Deeds.
UNITED NATIONS (CNN) - President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that the global economic recession could hinder the ability of countries to take necessary steps to combat climate change.
"We seek sweeping but necessary change in the midst of a global recession, where every nation's most immediate priority is reviving their economy and putting their people back to work," Obama told a U.N. summit on climate change. "And so all of us will face doubts and difficulties in our own capitals as we try to reach a lasting solution to the climate challenge."
Obama acknowledged that the United States has previously failed to recognize the magnitude of the climate change issue, and he pledged his government's commitment to developing clean energy sources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.
NEW YORK (CNN) - President Obama mixed policy discussion with personal reflections on his daughters and, yes, a few jokes in an appearance on CBS's "Late Show With David Letterman," taped Monday afternoon.
was the first time a sitting president has been a guest on the popular late-night entertainment show, according to the CBS Web site.
After taking the stage to a huge ovation, Obama teased Letterman about being surprised to see the event on his daily schedule, saying: "That's one of those where you ask your advisers, 'who's responsible for this?' "
Later, when talking about summer activities of daughters Malia, 11, and Sasha, 8, Obama said that they "goofed off," which he added was something he couldn't do. Letterman quickly quipped: "Well, you have," prompting a big laugh from both the audience and the president.
On topical issues, Obama promised to ask "tough questions" before deciding whether to send additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, saying it was necessary to have a clear strategy in place before deploying resources.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - South Carolina Republican congressman Joe Wilson has now raised over $2 million in campaign contributions since he shouted "You lie!" at the president earlier this month.
A campaign aide confirmed that Wilson surpassed the $2 million mark on Monday.
Wilson and his 2010 opponent, Democrat Rob Miller, each raised more than $1.5 million in the week after Wilson's outburst, which occurred during President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress on September 9.
The House voted to formally reprimand Wilson last week, amidst an aggressive online fundraising effort by the congressman's staff.
Miller is scheduled to visit Washington on Wednesday for a pair of fundraisers on Capitol Hill.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Less than two weeks after the Tea Party Express wrapped up its cross-country trip with a rally in the nation's capital, organizers of the conservative campaign-style bus tour announced a second coast-to-coast caravan next month.
The Our Country Deserves Better Committee, a conservative political action committee, announced Monday that it was organizing a second tour. It was scheduled to start on Oct. 25 in San Diego, California, and end on Nov. 11 in Orlando, Florida.
"If Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid thought that after 9/12 we'd just go away and give up, well then we have some bad news for them," organizers wrote in a blog item - singling out the president, Senate majority leader and House speaker - that was posted on the Tea Party Express Web site. "We're back, better than ever, and determined to TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!"
Specifically, organizers said they planned to use the second tour to "continue the fight against government-run health care, cap and trade, bailouts, out-of-control deficit spending and the growth in the size and intrusiveness of government." Cap and trade refers to government caps on emissions and trading for environmental credits.
Organizers said the second tour is meant to coincide with the one-year mark before the 2010 mid-term elections.
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LOS ANGELES (CNN) - Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman will officially declare her candidacy for governor of California on Tuesday at an event in Fullerton, California.
Whitman, the 53-year-old former CEO of eBay, will become a leading GOP candidate to succeed current Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010, when he is forced to retire due to term limits. Ms. Whitman, who stepped down as CEO of eBay in March of 2008, has never held elected public office.
California has been beset by a fiscal crisis and massive budget deficits for nearly a year. Whitman advocates cutting the state's spending and reducing the state's workforce.
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