May 4th, 2010
03:20 PM ET
5 years ago

Strickland goes negative in first campaign ad

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s new ad features Meghan Cofield, a Dayton factory worker whose job ‘got shipped to China’ thanks to trade deals like NAFTA.
Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s new ad features Meghan Cofield, a Dayton factory worker whose job ‘got shipped to China’ thanks to trade deals like NAFTA.

Washington (CNN) – Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, locked in a tough re-election fight against Republican John Kasich, is going negative in his first television ad of the campaign.

The tough new ad features Meghan Cofield, a Dayton factory worker whose job "got shipped to China" thanks to trade deals like NAFTA, which Kasich voted for when he served in Congress.

The ad also takes on Kasich for his ties to Lehman Brothers, the collapsed Wall Street investment firm. Kasich spent seven years in Lehman's Ohio branch.

"Congressman Kasich couldn't possibly understand what Ohioans are going through right now," Cofield narrates. "And now he wants to be Governor? Does Ohio really need a Congressman from Wall Street for Governor?"

But if the commercial is new, the ad's main character - and some of its footage - is not.

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Filed under: 2010 • Ohio • Ted Strickland
May 4th, 2010
02:58 PM ET
5 years ago

Rubio: Miranda rights could hamper terror investigations

Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio spoke out Tuesday against the Mirandization of Faisal Shahzad.
Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio spoke out Tuesday against the Mirandization of Faisal Shahzad.

Washington (CNN) - Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio questioned Tuesday whether Faisal Shahzad, the suspect in Saturday's botched Times Square car bombing, should have been read his Miranda rights by officials following his arrest.

"If this individual has information that could help us prevent future attacks and loss of life, nothing should stand in the way of that, including Miranda," Rubio told reporters in Washington, where he was visiting for a series of finance-related events.

His remarks mirrored criticism by fellow Republicans like Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, and Rep. Pete King, R-New York, both of whom said Tuesday that law enforcement officials should have interrogated the suspect before reading him the rights.

Shahzad is an American citizen. FBI Deputy Director John Pistole said the suspect was questioned before and after having his Miranda rights read to him.

Attorney General Eric Holder said Shahzad admitted involvement in what authorities have now labeled an attempted terrorist attack.

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Filed under: 2010 • Marco Rubio • Terrorism
May 4th, 2010
02:42 PM ET
5 years ago

Suspect admitted role in Times Square plot, Holder says

 The suspect in the failed Times Square car bombing has admitted involvement in what authorities have now labeled ‘a terrorist plot,’ Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.
The suspect in the failed Times Square car bombing has admitted involvement in what authorities have now labeled ‘a terrorist plot,’ Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.

(CNN) - The suspect in the failed Times Square car bombing has admitted involvement in what authorities have now labeled "a terrorist plot," Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.

Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old Pakistani-American, was arrested around 11:45 p.m. ET Monday at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport moments before he was to fly to Pakistan via Dubai. He is to appear in federal court in Manhattan later Tuesday.

"It is clear that this was a terrorist plot," Holder said. It could have caused "death and destruction in the heart of New York City."

A law enforcement source said Shahzad was on board Emirates Airlines Flight 202 to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, when the plane was called to return to the gate. Shahzad was booked through to Islamabad, Pakistan, via Dubai, a senior airline official confirmed.

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Filed under: Department of Defense • Eric Holder • Terrorism
May 4th, 2010
02:24 PM ET
5 years ago

Is oil spill 'Obama's Katrina'?

Louisiana residents placed this sign near the President Obama's motorcade route when he traveled to the Gulf coast.
Louisiana residents placed this sign near the President Obama's motorcade route when he traveled to the Gulf coast.

Washington (CNN) – From the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico to Washington, critics charge that the Obama administration didn't act fast enough after the April 20 oil rig explosion and subsequent spill.

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh called the incident "Obama's Hurricane Katrina." A Palm Beach Post editorial stated that Obama "acted way too much like George Bush after Katrina." A Washington Examiner headline read: "Gulf oil spill becoming Obama's Katrina: A timeline of presidential delay."

Is the analogy fair?

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Filed under: President Obama
May 4th, 2010
02:20 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama discusses Middle East peace process with Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel and President Obama met Tuesday at the White House. Both are pictured here in a file photo.
Elie Wiesel and President Obama met Tuesday at the White House. Both are pictured here in a file photo.

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama dined with author and historian Elie Wiesel Tuesday at the White House in what an administration spokesman called a "friendly lunch."

The meeting came a few weeks after Wiesel published a full page ad in the Washington Post and other major newspapers, criticizing the Obama administration for its handling of the Middle East peace process.

Following the lunch, Wiesel told White House reporters he had a "good meeting" with the president and that Obama told him the peace process "must continue." Wiesel said the two men agreed "there is no substitute to peace among nations."

On Monday, the White House said Obama spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for about 20 minutes to discuss the way forward to direct negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, and to reaffirm his "unshakable" commitment to Israel's security.

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Filed under: Israel • President Obama • White House
May 4th, 2010
01:25 PM ET
5 years ago

High court contender brings reputation for consensus-building

 As solicitor general, Elena Kagan is the administration's top lawyer before the Supreme Court.
As solicitor general, Elena Kagan is the administration's top lawyer before the Supreme Court.

Washington (CNN) - "You are not my people." That was Elena Kagan's blunt but light-hearted declaration when she greeted conservative legal minds meeting at Harvard's prestigious law school in 2005.

As dean, Kagan warmly welcomed the thousand or so members of the right-leaning Federalist Society but let them know she shared few of their views on the law and society.

Yet the conservative and libertarian faithful that night cheered Kagan's honesty and willingness to mix it up with her ideological opposites. It is that reputation as a consensus-builder that has earned the solicitor general positive reviews on the left and right.

Those bipartisan skills, and her limited public comments on hot-button issues, have generally kept Republican criticism at bay and put the 49-year-old experienced lawyer and policy-maker near the top of the contenders for nomination to the Supreme Court.

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Filed under: President Obama • Supreme Court
May 4th, 2010
01:06 PM ET
5 years ago

CNNMoney.com: The risks and rewards of offshore drilling

New York (CNNMoney.com) - The spilled oil lapping at Gulf Coast beaches and wetlands is one tragic result of offshore drilling.

As the administration's plans to expand drilling proceed, what do we get in exchange for putting more of our coastal environment, and the fishing and tourism economies that depend on it, at risk?

Full story on CNNMoney.com


Filed under: Energy • Obama administration
May 4th, 2010
12:42 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama on economy: 'Storm is receding'

Speaking about the economy Tuesday, President Obama said the recession was 'not just an economic problem -- it's a human tragedy.'
Speaking about the economy Tuesday, President Obama said the recession was 'not just an economic problem - it's a human tragedy.'

New York (CNNMoney.com) - The past two years of recession have been "difficult," but "the storm is receding," President Obama said in a speech to private-sector business leaders Tuesday.

At the annual meeting of the Business Council, comprised of 150 executives from private businesses, Obama said the recession was "not just an economic problem - it's a human tragedy."

The president touched on several major topics throughout the 35-minute speech, including the labor market, education, health care reform and financial reform.

"Last year the economy was in freefall," Obama said. "Now it's growing again. In fact, we've seen the fastest turnaround in growth in nearly three decades."

Obama said his administration "has a relentless focus" on recovery, and that "spurring job creation and economic expansion continues to be our No. 1 priority."

He emphasized the importance of business leaders seeking common ground. Obama also said he was "pleased" Republican legislators dropped a filibuster on debate of Wall Street reform, which he considers "a reasonable, non-ideological approach to target root problems in our financial sector."

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Filed under: Economy • President Obama
May 4th, 2010
12:38 PM ET
5 years ago

Grayson highlights McConnell endorsement in new ad

 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell officially endorsed Trey Grayson on Tuesday.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell officially endorsed Trey Grayson on Tuesday.

(CNN) – Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson is touting a high profile endorsement in his bid for his state's Republican Senate nomination in a new campaign commercial. Grayson was officially endorsed Tuesday by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is also the state's senior senator. Grayson and Rand Paul are the top GOP contenders in the battle for the GOP nomination. Kentucky holds its primary in two weeks.

"Trey Grayson has a proven conservative record as Secretary of State, cutting his office budget by 15% and ensuring that Kentucky's taxpaying families have easy access to information about his office and budget," says McConnell in a statement released by the Grayson campaign.

"I rarely endorse in primaries but these are critical times. President Obama's spending threatens to destroy more jobs. I know Trey Grayson and trust him. We need Trey's conservative leadership to help turn back the Obama agenda," says McConnell, in the new ad.

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Filed under: 2010 • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Rand Paul • Trey Grayson
May 4th, 2010
12:20 PM ET
5 years ago

South Carolina Republican releases new TV ad

South Carolina's Attorney General, who is running for governor of the state, released a new campaign ad Tuesday.
South Carolina's Attorney General, who is running for governor of the state, released a new campaign ad Tuesday.

(CNN) – South Carolina gubernatorial hopeful Republican Henry McMaster is out with a new television ad Tuesday that invokes Ronald Reagan and highlights McMaster's fight against Democrats' health care legislation.

The 30-second spot is the second McMaster ad to feature the role the South Carolina Attorney General played in state lawsuits over the health care bill, claiming that the bill infringes on states' rights.

Related: McMaster uses health care suit in campaign ad

"When Ronald Reagan named me his first U.S. Attorney, I thanked him for the honor," McMaster says in the ad. "And I went to work to defend freedom and to protect the Constitution. When President Obama and the Washington radicals pushed their unconstitutional takeover of health care, I pushed back. I led the fight to overturn the backroom deals – to defend freedom and to protect the sovereignty of South Carolina. Because that's my job."

McMaster hopes to win his party's nomination in a June 8 primary.

The spot will run on broadcast and cable in all of South Carolina's media markets, according to McMaster's campaign.


Filed under: 2010 • Health care • Henry McMaster • South Carolina
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