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Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee has a message about health care for President Obama on behalf of the American people: "Listen to them."
"If President Obama is truly interested in a bipartisan approach, then he can start by shelving his hand-me-down health care proposal, and start working with Republicans to put together a health care bill with common-sense incremental reforms that Americans are demanding and our country desperately needs," RNC Chairman Michael Steele said in a statement released Wednesday.
"Instead of listening to the majority of Americans and starting over on health care, the president decided to go forward with a recycled government-run plan that will still cost over $2.5 trillion, puts government in control of personal health decisions, and empowers the government to set prices in the private market," Steele added.
The video features pictures of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown–three Republicans who have recently won seats previously held by Democrats. Republicans contend that the elections were referendums on President Obama and Democratic proposals, including health care.
The video comes a day before President Obama will hold a bipartisan health care meeting in Washington.
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Washington (CNN) - The Senate passed a $15 billion jobs bill Wednesday on a 70-28 vote.
Thirteen Republicans voted for the measure: Sens. Alexander, Bond, Brown (MA), Burr, Cochran, Collins, Hatch, Inhofe, Lemieux, Murkowski, Snowe, Voinovich and Wicker.
Sens. Alexander, Burr, Cochran, Hatch, Inhofe, Lemieux, Murkowski, and Wicker had originally voted against the bill.
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Washington (CNN) - Voters under the age of 30 were Barack Obama's most devoted followers in the 2008 presidential election.
Exit polls indicate that Obama won two-thirds of voters ages 18 to 29. But a new poll indicates that so called "Millennials," voters in their teens and twenties, no longer overwhelmingly back the president or the Democratic Party.
According to a Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday morning, about half of Millennial voters say Obama has failed to change the way Washington works, which was a major promise of his presidential campaign. The poll also indicates that the number of voters in their teens and twenties who identify with the Democratic Party has dropped from 62 percent a year ago to 54 percent now. During the same period of time, the number of Millenials who lean towards the Republican party has jumped 10 points, from 30 percent to 40 percent.
The Pew Research Center poll was conducted Jan 14-27, with 2,020 adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report
(CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney was released Wednesday from the hospital after suffering a mild heart attack, a spokesman said.
"Former Vice President Cheney is feeling good this morning and was discharged from GWU Hospital," spokesman Peter Long said in the statement. "He will resume his normal schedule shortly."
(CNN) – Republican challenger Pat Toomey leads Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania by 10 points in a possible November showdown, according to a new poll.
A Franklin and Marshall College survey released Wednesday morning indicates that 44 percent of likely voters back Toomey, with 34 percent supporting Specter and 16 percent undecided. But according to the poll, among all registered voters in Pennsylvania, Specter leads Toomey 33 percent to 29 percent, with nearly 3 in 10 undecided.
A Franklin and Marshall survey conducted last month indicated Toomey had a 14 point lead among likely voters and was deadlocked with Specter among registered voters.
Toomey is a former congressman and former head of the Club for Growth – a limited-government and anti-tax organization. Specter, a five-term senator, switched parties from Republican to Democrat last spring, saying at the time that the difficulty in winning the Republican primary against Toomey was a factor in his decision.
The poll also indicates that Toomey tops Rep. Joe Sestak 38 percent to 20 percent among likely voters in a hypothetical general election matchup, with nearly 4 in 10 undecided. Among all registered voters, Toomey slightly leads Sestak 25 percent to 22 percent with more than half undecided.
(CNN) – Toyota Chairman Akio Toyoda testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Wednesday about the gas pedal recall.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Administrator David Strickland will also appear before the committee. Live coverage of the Toyota hearing begins at 11 a.m. ET: Watch it live.
Other live highlights Wednesday on CNN.com:
– Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before two congressional committees at 10:30 a.m. ET and 2:30 p.m. ET. Watch the hearings live.
– Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies before the House Budget Committee at 10 a.m. ET. Watch the hearing live.
– Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on "Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy" at 10 a.m. ET. Watch the hearing live.
– President Obama meets with business leaders at 1 p.m. at the St. Regis Hotel here in the nation's capital. Watch the meeting live.
This schedule is subject to change.
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(CNN) - Republican-turned-independent Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island has a narrow lead in his state's gubernatorial race, according to a new survey conducted by Brown University.
The poll, released late Tuesday, shows that the former Republican senator would defeat the leading Democratic candidate, State Treasurer Frank Caprio, by 6 points, 34-28 percent.
Republican candidate John Robitaille, a former aide to current Gov. Don Carcieri, registers 12 percent in the survey. About a third of voters say they remain undecided.
The poll also said that Chafee would soundly defeat state Attorney General Patrick Lynch, another Democrat seeking the gubernatorial nomination, by a 32-17 percent margin. In both scenarios, Chaffee draws support from a third of Democratic voters and 40 percent among independents.
Washington (CNN) - Another prominent Republican is lining up behind Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, in his primary fight against former Rep. J.D. Hayworth.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday he is "proud" to support McCain, calling him "a leader of character, courage and principle."
"Over the last year, the American people have taken a firm stand for smaller government and new pro-growth policies to create the jobs we so desperately need," McDonnell said in a statement. "These are the principles that Senator McCain fights for every day, and we need him now more than ever in the United States Senate."
The Arizona senator and former presidential candidate was a frequent presence on the campaign trail with McDonnell during his closely-watched bid for governor last year. McCain hosted fundraisers for the then-candidate and helped him shore up support among veterans in the commonwealth.
McCain has already collected endorsements from other GOP stars such as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Washington (CNN) - The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee plans to unleash a withering attack Wednesday on private contractors working for the company formerly known as Blackwater in Afghanistan, accusing them of flouting regulations and endangering the U.S. mission.
Key to beating the Taliban in Afghanistan will be the ability of U.S. forces to win support from the Afghan people, many of whom do not distinguish between U.S. contractors and the U.S. military, Sen. Carl Levin will say, according to an advance text of his remarks.
"If we are going to win that struggle, we need to know that our contractor personnel are adequately screened, supervised and held accountable - because in the end, the Afghan people will hold us responsible for their actions," the Michigan Democrat will say.
"If we don't fix the problems of oversight and make sure contractors like Blackwater play by the rules and live up to their commitments - we'll be doing a disservice to our troops by making their already difficult and dangerous job even more so."