April 21st, 2010
03:07 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin stars in new Rand Paul commercial

Sarah Palin is set to star in a new ad for Rand Paul, a candidate for Senate in Kentucky.
Sarah Palin is set to star in a new ad for Rand Paul, a candidate for Senate in Kentucky.

(CNN) – Sarah Palin's weighing in on the contentious Republican Senate primary battle in Kentucky.

The former Alaska governor is appearing in a new ad for Rand Paul, a physician and the son of former GOP presidential candidate and Texas Rep. Ron Paul. Rand Paul is battling Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson for their party's nomination.

In the television commercial, the narrator says "Paul's conservative approach has the support of Sarah Palin."

The ad then uses an audio clip of the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, who backed Paul earlier this year, endorsing the candidate. "He wants limited government. I respect that and I'm proud to support him," Palin is heard saying.

FULL POST


Filed under: 2010 • Kentucky • Rand Paul • Sarah Palin
April 21st, 2010
02:15 PM ET
5 years ago

Senate committee approves Wall Street reform bill

 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he is ‘heartened to hear that bipartisan talks’ on Wall Street reform ‘have resumed in earnest.’
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he is ‘heartened to hear that bipartisan talks’ on Wall Street reform ‘have resumed in earnest.’

Washington (CNN) - A Senate committee on Wednesday passed a proposal aimed at helping protect the economy from future meltdowns and taxpayers from more Wall Street bailouts.

The Senate Agricultural Committee voted 13-8 in favor of the bill, which would impose regulations on the complex system of Wall Street trades known as derivatives. Senate leaders now will look at merging the measure with a financial regulations reform bill already passed by the Senate Banking Committee that is headed for debate by the full chamber.

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa was the lone Republican to vote with Democrats on the agriculture panel for the bill. While Wednesday's hearing was but one step in the legislative process, it could provide part of the framework for a congressional deal on financial reform legislation - a major priority of the Obama administration.

Republican senators who last week expressed unanimous opposition to the Banking Committee's bill now, after continued negotiations, say a compromise is possible.

"Both sides have expressed a willingness to make the changes needed to ensure without any doubt that this bill won't put taxpayers on the hook for future bailouts of Wall Street banks," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said Tuesday. "I'm heartened to hear that bipartisan talks have resumed in earnest."

FULL POST


Filed under: Financial Reform
April 21st, 2010
12:38 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Poll: Will Obama name a liberal to Supreme Court?

A majority of Americans expect President Obama to appoint a liberal to the Supreme Court.
A majority of Americans expect President Obama to appoint a liberal to the Supreme Court.

Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans expect President Obama to appoint a liberal to the Supreme Court, but only one in four want that to happen, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday indicates that 61 percent of the public expect the president to nominate a liberal to replace John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, 21 percent said the president will name a moderate and 16 percent predicted that Obama will nominate a conservative.

Full results (pdf)

But only a quarter of those questioned said the president should nominate a liberal, with 37 percent saying they want Obama to name a moderate and 36 percent pulling for a conservative candidate.

The poll's release comes one day before the president hosts Senate Democratic and Republican leaders at the White House to discuss the vacancy on the high court. Among the participants in the meeting will be the top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will most likely hold confirmation hearings this summer.

FULL POST


Filed under: CNN poll • President Obama • Supreme Court
April 21st, 2010
12:36 PM ET
2 years ago

Indiana Sen. hopeful’s fundraising boost after DeMint backing

Marlin Stutzman, pictured, is seeking the Republican nomination for Senate in Indiana.
Marlin Stutzman, pictured, is seeking the Republican nomination for Senate in Indiana.

Washington (CNN) - In the 24 hours since Sen. Jim DeMint endorsed Marlin Stutzman in the Indiana Senate race, DeMint's political action committee said it has raised "over $50,000" for Stutzman's underdog campaign.

The South Carolina senator, who has recently made a habit of endorsing conservative candidates in contested Republican primaries, endorsed Stutzman yesterday instead of former Sen. Dan Coats, considered the establishment frontrunner in the GOP race. The winner of the primary will take on Democratic Rep. Brad Ellsworth in the general election. The race is to fill the seat being vacated by Sen. Evan Bayh.

"I'm very honored to be able to help Marlin in a small way," DeMint said in a statement announcing the fundraising boost Wednesday. "I know that if Hoosiers pick him on May 4, he will be a strong voice in the Senate for the principles of freedom."

The money comes at a welcome time for Stutzman, who said this month that he has just $70,000 in the bank as the May 4 primary approaches. The little-known state Senator launched his first television ad buy on Tuesday, and the cash from DeMint's PAC could help prop up his campaign in the final weeks of the race.


Filed under: 2010 • GOP • Indiana • Jim DeMint • Marlin Stutzman
April 21st, 2010
12:21 PM ET
5 years ago

DeMint says Tea Party activists leading spiritual revival

 Sen. Jim DeMint says the Tea Party movement is ushering in a spiritual revival akin to the religious fervor that preceded the American Revolution.
Sen. Jim DeMint says the Tea Party movement is ushering in a spiritual revival akin to the religious fervor that preceded the American Revolution.

(CNN) - South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint - whose profile has risen considerably among conservative activists over the past year - says the Tea Party movement is ushering in a spiritual revival akin to the religious fervor that preceded the American Revolution.

"Tea Party crowds [have] a spiritual component. I think it's very akin to the Great Awakening before the American Revolution," DeMint told David Brody of the Christian Broadcast Network in an interview airing Thursday. "A lot of our founders believed the American Revolution was won before we ever got into a fight with the British. It was a spiritual renewal."

The National Humanities Center describes the Great Awakening as a reaffirmation of the view that "being truly religious meant trusting the heart rather than the head, prizing feeling more than thinking, and relying on biblical revelation rather than human reason."

"'I'm 'praying for you' comes up more than anything else in these crowds so I know there's a spiritual component out there," DeMint also said. "I think as this thing (the Tea Party movement) continues to roll you're going to see a parallel spiritual revival that goes along with it."

FULL POST


Filed under: Jim DeMint • Tea Party movement
April 21st, 2010
12:18 PM ET
5 years ago

Wall Street and health care under attack

 $25 million has been spent on TV ads about Wall Street and financial reform since January.
$25 million has been spent on TV ads about Wall Street and financial reform since January.

Washington (CNN) - A whopping $19 million has been spent by candidates and interest groups on television commercials attacking Wall Street in less than four months, a clear sign that the financial industry will be a chief villain in the midterm elections.

Another $6 million has been spent primarily by two organizations, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Committee for Truth in Politics, criticizing President Obama's financial reform legislation, according to a new analysis for CNN by Campaign Media Analysis Group.

In total, $25 million has been spent on TV ads about Wall Street and financial reform since January, said Evan Tracey, president of CMAG and CNN's consultant on political TV advertising.

FULL POST


Filed under: Financial Reform • Health care
April 21st, 2010
12:03 PM ET
5 years ago

GOP candidate in battle to succeed Murtha gets more support

Washington (CNN) - FreedomWorks announced Wednesday that it's backing Tim Burns, the Republican candidate running in the May 18 special election for the House seat of the late Rep. John Murtha.

FreedomWorks' political action committee and the organization's chairman, former top House Republican Dick Armey, officially endorsed Burns. The group also announced they'll fund Burn's get out the vote efforts, which they say will include "door-to-door literature drops, phone banks, and yard sign distribution."

"Tim Burns may be new to the political scene, but it is real-world experience that qualifies him to serve the people of Pennsylvania's 12th District," says Armey in a release. "Tim learned the values of hard work and fiscal responsibility in starting a successful company from the ground up."

FreedomWorks is a nonprofit conservative organization that helps train volunteer activists and has provided much of the organizational heft behind the Tea Party movement.

FULL POST


Filed under: John Murtha • Tim Burns
April 21st, 2010
12:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Majority say Obama will make right choice on nomination

Washington (CNN) – A majority of Americans say they have confidence in President Obama to make the right decision when it comes to filling the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court, according to a new national poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday morning indicates that 53 percent of the public is very or somewhat confident that the president will make the right decision in nominating a justice to the high court, with 46 percent saying they are not too confident or not confident at all when it comes to Obama's decision.

Forty-six percent of people questioned say they trust the president rather than Senate Republicans to make the right choice, with 43 percent saying they trust Senate Republicans over Obama. But by a 48 to 41 percent margin, respondents say senators who don't agree with the president's eventual nominee on key issues should filibuster the choice.

According to the poll, nearly three in 10 say the Supreme Court is too liberal, with nearly one in five saying it's too conservative and four in 10 saying it's about right. The survey also indicates that nearly eight in 10 say that the justices allow political views to enter their decisions.

FULL POST


Filed under: Poll • President Obama • Supreme Court
April 21st, 2010
11:05 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama discusses Supreme Court pick with Senate leaders

(CNN) – President Obama met Wednesday with Senate leaders from both parties to discuss a replacement for retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

The president welcomed Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada; Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky; Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont; and the Judiciary panel's ranking Republican, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, to the White House meeting. Vice President Joe Biden also attended.

Stevens, who turned 90 on Tuesday, has announced that he will retire shortly after the Supreme Court's term ends in late June. White House officials have said they expect the president to pick his nominee by early May.

In brief comments before the meeting, Obama said he wants a new justice to support individual rights, including women's rights, but he stopped short of insisting that his nominee must support abortion rights.

Full story


Filed under: President Obama • Supreme Court
April 21st, 2010
10:56 AM ET
5 years ago

Senate committee debates Wall Street reform bill

Washington (CNN) – A Senate committee began debate Wednesday on another piece of legislation aimed at protecting the economy from future meltdowns and taxpayers from more Wall Street bailouts.

The measure before the Senate Agricultural Committee would impose regulations on the complex system of Wall Street trades known as derivatives. It would be merged with a financial regulations reform measure already passed by the Senate Banking Committee that is headed for debate by the full chamber.

While Wednesday's hearing was but one step in the legislative process, it could provide part of the framework for a congressional deal on financial reform legislation - a major priority of the Obama administration.

Republican senators who last week expressed unanimous opposition to the Banking Committee's bill now, after continued negotiations, say a compromise is possible.

"Both sides have expressed a willingness to make the changes needed to ensure without any doubt that this bill won't put taxpayers on the hook for future bailouts of Wall Street banks," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said Tuesday. "I'm heartened to hear that bipartisan talks have resumed in earnest."

FULL POST


Filed under: Financial Reform
« older posts
newer posts »