Canton, Ohio (CNN) – A source close to Ohio Democratic Congressman John Boccieri tells CNN that although the White House invited him to President Obama's speech in Cleveland Wednesday, he has not yet decided whether he will attend.
The source says the first term Democrat, who is in a neck and neck race in his conservative district, has his own plan for R&D tax credits for small businesses, and he is waiting for details about the president's. Boccieri already has events scheduled Wednesday, including one with the local police, which the source called "local priorities."
Boccieri's 16th district is about an hour's drive from Cleveland. Although voters there elected Boccieri in 2008, they went for John McCain over Barack Obama. His opponent, Jim Renacci, is following the GOP playbook this year, trying to tie Boccieri to President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
(CNN) - In the wake of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's annoucement that he will not seek another term in office, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel released the following statement:
"While Mayor Daley surprised me today with his decision to not run for reelection, I have never been surprised by his leadership, dedication and tireless work on behalf of the city and the people of Chicago," Emanuel said.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama is scheduled to headline a fundraiser for Congressional Democrats later this month in New York City.
Two Democratic sources confirm to CNN that the president teams up with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for a joint Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee-Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser at a New York City hotel on September 22.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the DCCC chairman, and Sen. Robert Menendez, the DSCC chairman, as well as members of New York State's congressional delegation are scheduled to attend the event.
As of the end of July, the DSCC had nearly $22.5 million cash on hand, slightly ahead of their GOP counterpart, National Republican Senatorial Committee. The DCCC had $35.8 million in the bank, nearly $14 million more than the National Republican Congressional Committee.
CNN Political Research Director Robert Yoon contributed to this report
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Washington (CNN) – House Democrats who voted against one of the Obama administration's signature policy initiatives – health care reform – are now cashing in on their no votes by using campaign ads to highlight their opposition to the legislation.
In March, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic House leadership scrambled to find the votes necessary to ensure the passage of the health care bill, one of the most important parts of the political calculus was which of the most vulnerable Democrats would be allowed to cast their votes against the legislation, thereby increasing their chances of reelection in 2010.
And now a few of the no voters – there are 34 Democrats in total who voted no – are starting to highlight their votes against the health care bill, a position that is likely to pay dividends amid a tough political climate and the president's declining poll numbers.
The latest Democrat to do so is Rep. Walt Minnick, the conservative Democrat running for reelection in Idaho's 1st district.
Daley announced his decision during a press conference at City Hall.
"Now I am ready with my family to begin a new phase of our lives," Daley said, noting that he had considered the decision over the course of the last several months.
"I have always believed that every person, especially public officials, must understand when its time to move on," Daley said. "For me, that time is now."
Daley was elected mayor on April 4, 1989, to complete the term of the late Harold Washington, and was re-elected in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007 according to his biography.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (CNN) - From union activists to Democratic members of Congress, the message to the White House is clear: They want President Obama to present a clearer, more coherent message about his plans to turn around the economy.
In interviews across Pennsylvania, rank-and-file Democrats said that message has been lacking. And selling a clear vision for economic recovery is the only way to improve Democrats' chances and prevent Republicans from taking control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections.
This sense of urgency comes as the president unveils initiatives this week to help spur the economy and job growth.
(CNN) – Mitt Romney is headed to Iowa next month, the latest potential 2012 presidential candidate with plans pay a visit to the crucial early-voting state this fall.
The former Massachusetts governor - who placed second in the 2008 Iowa Caucuses - plans to campaign for the state's GOP gubernatorial candidate, Terry Branstad, at a fundraising dinner in Bettendorf, according to Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom.
It will be Romney's first trip to the Hawkeye State since March, when he did a book signing at the Des Moines Public Library.
The trip is part of the former Massachusetts governor's previously announced tour to 25 states over the next ten weeks leading up to the midterm elections. The tour kicked off late last month when Romney attended a fundraiser in Boston for New Hampshire's Republican Party.
Washington (CNN) - Hours after one of the nation's top non-partisan political handicappers increased his forecast of how many seats the Republicans may pick up in the House of Representatives this November, another also raised the ante.
The Cook Political report put out a new prediction late Tuesday morning pointing towards GOP gains in the chamber of at least 40 seats, up from their most recent forecast of up to 35 seats. The Republicans need a net gain of 39 seats to take back control of the House.
"Over the summer, the 'macro' national diagnostic indicators have pointed toward very large Republican gains but only now can we look race-by-race, a micro-political approach, and see the district level data to say that the House has reached the tipping point," says Cook Political Report House Editor David Wasserman. "We are revising our House forecast to a Republican gain of at least 40 seats, the minimum to give them majority status, and very possibly substantially more."
(CNN) - President Barack Obama will mark this weekend's anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks at a memorial service to be held at the Pentagon, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.
Vice President Joe Biden will mark the anniversary in New York, Gibbs added.
(CNN) - Two of Florida's three Senate candidates are out Tuesday with their first television ads of the general election.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who was elected as a Republican but is running as an independent candidate, literally walks the line between Democrat and Republican in his 30-second spot entitled "Best of Both."
"As an independent, I will take the best ideas of Democrats and Republicans to get things done," Crist says, as he picks up red and blue block letters spelling out the names of the two parties and rearranges them to spell "Americans."
The National Republican Senatorial Committee responded Tuesday to Crist's ad, which they call "hypocritical."