(CNN) – One week after winning Florida's Republican gubernatorial nomination, Rick Scott's getting some big names to join him on the campaign trail in hopes of healing some deep party rifts.
The Republican Governors Association and the Scott campaign confirm to CNN that Scott will team up Tuesday with RGA Chairman and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in Miami and Jacksonville as part of a unity tour following a bruising primary.
Scott, a multi-millionaire former health care executive, spent around $50 million on his primary bid, beating Florida Attorney General and former congressman Bill McCollum for the GOP nomination. McCollum is refusing to endorse Scott.
Washington (CNN) – CNN and the Boston Media Consortium are partnering to present a live televised debate as Massachusetts voters prepare to select the state’s next governor.
Set to take place September 21, the debate among the candidates for governor will be moderated by John King, CNN’s chief national correspondent and anchor of “John King, USA.”
The one-hour debate will be broadcast live by CNN and members of the Boston Media Consortium. It will start at 7 p.m. ET on September 21.
The Boston Consortium is comprised of The Boston Globe, WCVB-TV, WHDH-TV, New England Cable News, WGBH-TV and radio, and WBUR radio
(CNN) – Additional National Guard troops assigned to the Mexican border under President Barack Obama's border security initiative have started reporting to their posts, officials said Monday.
More than 30 National Guard members have begun their deployment as part of the administration's border protection plan, according to Special Agent Mario Escalante with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Troops will continue to arrive over the next two months, with an expected force of 532 members by the end of October, said Lt. Valentine Castillo of the Arizona National Guard.
Top Republicans - including Arizona Sen. John McCain and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer - have repeatedly accused Obama of failing to provide sufficient security along the U.S.-Mexico border.
(CNN) – A leading Tea Party organization that supported Republican Senate nominees Sharron Angle of Nevada and Mike Lee of Utah, and which gave a big boost to Senate candidate Joe Miller of Alaska, says it's coming to the aid of Christine O'Donnell of Delaware.
Tea Party Express, one of the best known national Tea Party groups, says it will go up with commercials in support of O'Donnell, who is facing off against Rep. Mike Castle in the battle for Delaware's GOP Senate nomination.
Listen: CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Dick Uliano take a look at the Tea Party movement in Delaware.
Tea Party Express spokesman Levi Russell tells CNN that his group hopes to start running two pro-O'Donnell commercials on television in Delaware by the end of the week. Russell says Tea Party Express will spend around $250,000 for the initial ad buy, and says "we'll see where it goes from there."
(CNN) - An offer wasn't even on the table, but the Alaska Libertarian Party has given a pre-emptive no to the idea of Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski running on their ticket in November.
Alaska Libertarian Party chairman Scott Kohlhaas said the executive committee decided to meet "amid all the speculation on the theoretical possibility" Murkowski could be come their candidate if she if loses the final vote in the Republican Primary. She currently trails Joe Miller by 1,668 votes, as the count of absentee and early votes begins Tuesday.
The committee voted 5-0 to not consider having Murkowski replace their Senate candidate, David Haase. Kohlhaas said there had been discussion of benefits to having a major political figure as their candidate. "There was support from our national leadership," he said.
(CNN) - Newt Gingrich's camp refused to respond Monday to some sharp words spoken by fellow Republican Sen. Tom Coburn, just days after the Oklahoma senator said Gingrich is the "last person I'd vote for" during a town hall meeting.
"I'm not going to respond to that," Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler told CNN.
Coburn ripped GOP heavyweight Newt Gingrich on Friday and took a shot at the possible 2012 contender's politics and his personal life.
"[Gingrich is] a super-smart man," Coburn said at a town hall meeting in Wagoner, Oklahoma, but added, "he's the last person I'd vote for president of the United States."
(CNN) - In an interview just taped for The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Austan Goolsbee, one of President Obama’s top political advisors and the chief economist for the White House Economic Recovery Advisory Board, said he doesn’t anticipate a double dip recession.
But the economist added that economists should be “mindful” of the possibility.
The full interview will air this afternoon on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer starting at 5 p.m. ET.
BLITZER: How worried are you about a double dip recession?
GOOLSBEE: I don't think we will have a double dip recession. But it's –clearly anybody should keep their eye on that. You saw at the Jackson Hole fed conference in Wyoming that the - the fed is - is
eying that. The central bankers from around the world are paying attention to it. I think if we passed a small business recovery bill, if we do what the president is asking and extend the middle class tax
cuts, and if we go with his export initiative - he's outlined various ideas to promote exports. I don't think we will have a double dip recession. But it's clearly something we've got to - we've got to be mindful, and we've got to prevent.
(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry essentially closed the door on a 2012 bid for the Republican nomination for president last week at rally held for his gubernatorial campaign.
"I have no intention to go to Washington, D.C.," Perry said, according to The Texas Tribune. He added: "Except maybe to go to a museum, like the Smithsonian."
Perry's spokesman, Mark Miner, confirmed the quote's accuracy for CNN.
Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history and a staunch conservative, is running for an unprecedented third term in office. He had been touted as a possible contender for the Republican Party's nomination for president in 2012.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama blasted Senate Republicans on Monday for blocking a small business assistance bill, calling their opposition "pure partisan politics."
The country needs a "full scale attack" on economic sluggishness, he told reporters at the White House.
"While we have taken a series of measures and come a long way ... too many Americans are still looking for work and too many communities are far from being whole again," he said.
The president also said his economic team is "hard at work" on a series of new measure designed both to spark short-term hiring and lay the foundation for long-term economic growth.
(CNN) - President Obama is headed to Walter Reed Army Medical Center Monday to visit veterans wounded in Iraq.
The visit is not on the President's schedule but an official said the President wanted to make the visit one day before delivering his Tuesday night Oval Office address to the nation marking the removal of all U.S. combat troops from Iraq.