(CNN) - A longtime South Carolina state Senator with a reputation for blunt language used the term “raghead” to describe Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley and President Obama during an appearance on a political talk show Thursday.
Haley is of Indian-American descent.
State Sen. Jake Knotts, who backs Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer in the four-way Republican primary battle, made the remark during an interview on “Pub Politics,” a popular online political talk show in Columbia.
“We already got one raghead in the White House, we don’t need a raghead in the governor’s mansion,” Knotts said, according to multiple people present for the broadcast.
Knotts made the comment after discussing Haley’s Sikh background, said Phil Bailey, one of the show’s hosts and the communications director for the South Carolina Senate Democratic Caucus.
(CNN) – Despite all the calls for new blood in Washington and for Americans to dismiss "career politicians," thus far primary voters mostly have chosen established party insiders over farmers, businessmen and candidates from outside the political realm.
And far more incumbents have survived than have been toppled.
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"The idea that there's this huge anti-incumbent wave in the election is considerably exaggerated," said Emory University political science professor Alan Abramowitz.
Abramowitz believes all four of the incumbents ousted so far are special cases, with two party switchers (Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania, Rep. Parker Griffith in Alabama), one facing corruption charges (Rep. Alan Mollohan in West Virginia) and one losing at a closed-vote party convention (Sen. Bob Bennett in Utah).
And with just one exception - New Mexico congressional candidate Tom Mullins - the outright winners from Tuesday's House primaries in Alabama, Mississippi and New Mexico were known political figures, backed by members of the establishment.
(CNN) – Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-Louisiana, said Thursday it may just be time for Tony Hayward, the CEO of embattled energy giant BP, to go home to the United Kingdom.
While speaking with the press in Louisiana Sunday, Hayward was asked what he’d say to the people of the state where BP’s heavy, unrefined crude is soiling precious marshes. "The first thing to say is I'm sorry," the energy executive said.
Then, Hayward added, "We're sorry for the massive disruption it's caused their lives. There's no one who wants this over more than I do. I would like my life back."
Hayward used Facebook to apologize for the comment, but it still did not sit well with Melancon, who called on Hayward to resign because of the remark.
The people of Louisiana “would like to have their life back,” Melancon said in an interview on CNN’s The Situation Room. “They’re not responsible for what has happened down here but they’re the ones who are paying the price for it.”
“And if he wants his life back, go on back to Britain — but send us somebody who cares about this state, cares about these people and will be honest with us.”
(CNN) – A Los Angeles chapter of Planned Parenthood is taking on the Republican candidates for governor, accusing them of misleading voters on their views on abortion rights in the final days of the campaign.
In a radio ad airing in the Los Angeles market, the group tells voters, who support abortion rights, to "Say no to Meg Whitman and no to Steve Poizner." The $100,000 buy from the Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, says neither candidate agreed to meet with the statewide group or support their mission.
"Both candidates claim they support choice and both have attacked each other for that same support," said Kathy Kneer, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood affiliates of California.
Washington (CNN) – Energy giant BP has hired a Washington-based, bipartisan political consulting firm to produce its new aggressive national advertising push, including a national TV spot released Thursday, CNN has learned.
Sources familiar with the arrangement say that Purple Strategies, headed up by veteran political consultants Steve McMahon, a Democrat, and Alex Castellanos, a Republican, produced new advertisements now running on both television and in newspapers.
The sources say that BP hired Purple Strategies to produce what will likely be a series of advertisements as part of BP's attempt to rehabilitate its battered image.
Purple Strategies is working alongside the Brunswick public relations firm, which has had BP as a client for some time. Its Washington office is run by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen.
The television ads, running on national cable and broadcast stations, have the same tag line as the full page print ads running in major newspapers: "We will get this done. We will make this right."
In the TV spot, BP CEO Tony Hayward narrates, saying "to those affected and your families, I'm deeply sorry. The Gulf is home for thousands of BP employees and we all feel the impact."
The president and first lady hosted Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur for their first state dinner. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)
(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Thursday he will visit India in November in response to a standing invitation from Prime Minister Singh.
"I'm delighted to announce tonight that I plan to visit India in early November," Obama told a reception at the United States-India Strategic Dialogue.
Obama hosted Singh at the first state dinner of his administration last year. Singh extended the invitation for Obama to visit India at that time.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - The Obama administration has sent a $69 million bill to BP for the U.S. government's efforts to help deal with the energy company's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The current $69 million bill accounts for 75% of what BP owes to date, and the company has until July 1 to pay the full amount, an administration official said Thursday.
The Obama administration will bill BP regularly for costs related to the spill, according to the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command, which is the government and industry task force managing the spill response.
"As a responsible party, BP is financially responsible for all costs associated with the response to the spill," the task force said.
The bill was also sent to Transocean, Andarko, Moex Offshore and QBE Underwriting, a copy of the bill obtained by CNN showed.
Included in the bill sent to BP was a $29 million charge for Federal agencies to operate ships, aircraft and boats to monitor environmental damage and another $29 million charge for the activation and deployment of the National Guard, an administration official said.
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(CNN) - CNN's Larry King sat down with President Barack Obama Thursday for an interview airing at 9 p.m. ET.
– Obama said that Israel "has legitimate security concerns" in Gaza, but the Israeli blockade "is preventing people" from pursuing economic opportunities. This week's incident regarding the flotilla is a "tragic situation," he said. We need to "use [it] as an opportunity" to advance the Middle East peace process.
– Obama criticized Arizona's immigration law, warning that, among other things, it
could lead to "50 different laws in 50 different states." Border security is a federal concern.
– Obama said it would be a "wonderful story" if NBA star LeBron James stays in Cleveland, but he needs a team and coach "that he respects." James is a "wonderful young man" and an
"amazing talent," he said.
– Obama said he still supports off-shore oil drilling "if it can be done safely."
– Obama said that the situation in the Gulf of Mexico "is an unprecedented oil spill." But "it could have been even worse" if the federal government hadn't reacted quickly.
– Obama said that "BP caused this spill ... [and] they're responsible" for paying the costs. "My job is to make sure they're being held accountable," he said. But BP has the "best equipment" to stop the spill.
– Obama said he is "furious at this entire situation" in the Gulf of Mexico because "somebody didn't think through the consequences of their actions." Obama said he has not seen enough of a rapid response from BP.
– Obama said that the government was not extending a moratorium on deep-water oil drilling to shallow-water wells.
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