September 19th, 2010
05:57 PM ET
4 years ago

Dems launch first ad targeting O'Donnell

The DSCC is up with its first ad targeting O’Donnell.
The DSCC is up with its first ad targeting O’Donnell.

(CNN) – While it remains unclear if national Republicans will run ads in Delaware supporting Christine O’Donnell, Democrats are already up with a spot attacking the surprise Senate nominee.

In the ad that launched Sunday, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee takes aim at questions surrounding O’Donnell’s financial history.

Full script after the jump:

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Filed under: Christine O'Donnell • DSCC
September 19th, 2010
05:47 PM ET
4 years ago

For first time in months, President Obama attends church publicly

(CNN) - President Obama publicly attended church Sunday morning for the first time in nearly six months, and shortly after a major survey showed that only a third of Americans can correctly identify Obama's faith as Christian.

The first family attended the 9 a.m. service at St. John's Church Lafayette Square, an Episcopal congregation about a block from the White House.

The Obamas – the president, first lady Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha – made the trip on foot.

The family sat a few rows from the altar, among roughly 40 worshippers. Each family member received communion, led by the president.

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Filed under: President Obama
September 19th, 2010
03:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Candy's postgame analysis

Well our cup runneth over. I thought it was interesting that DNC Chairman Tim Kaine, when presented with a number of ads that Democrats are running, touting their opposition to President Obama's health care reform, he said, 'look, I don't tell Democrats how to run their races, and so they're free to do whatever they want,'. This is even though Kaine thinks they ought to be bragging about it, nonetheless, this is called everyman for himself.

I loved Lisa Murkowski and Jim DeMint because you had both sides of the Republican party, as you know DeMint is the big king maker of the tea party candidates, andLisa Murkowski got toppled by a tea party candidate, he had some harsh words for her, and I think what I loved about DeMint when I asked him about a candidate for 2012 and kind of ran through Newt Gingrich, and who do you like here, he mentioned, Gov. Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey, but then he said, 'you know, I'm looking for some kind of cross between Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan, so the search is on there.

And finally, Murkowski, her general defiance, and her belief that the people of Alaska really want her to run as a write-in candidate, she had some harsh words for DeMint, but basically wanted to stay away from that argument and say, 'no this is all about Alaska,' so all in all, we politicos love this kind of thing.

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Filed under: State of the Union
September 19th, 2010
01:48 PM ET
4 years ago

Sounds of Sunday: Most intriguing quotes

 Powell leveled some criticism on President Obama Sunday.
Powell leveled some criticism on President Obama Sunday.

(CNN) - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former President Bill Clinton offered some of the most quotable sound bites from the Sunday morning shows:

On President Obama:
"I think he has lost some of the ability to connect that he had during the campaign. And it is not just me picking on the president. It's reflected in the polling." - Colin Powell, "Meet the Press"

On the Republican Party:
"I still think that there is need for a two-party system and that the Republican Party still has strength in it. It has strength with respect to its feelings about foreign policy and defense policy and our place in the world. And I'm not happy with the rightward switch, shift that the party has taken and I've said that on many occasions. I'm not about to give up." - Colin Powell, "Meet the Press"

On the Tea Party:
"The thing that bothers me about the Tea Party movement is two things. No. 1, according to the profiles and the studies that have been done, it's being bankrolled by people who want to weaken the government so that there will be even more unaccounted-for private concentration of power, and that's what got us in the mess we're in in the first place. And the second thing that bothers me is that it's hard to know where they stand on these specific issues." - Bill Clinton, CBS's "Face the Nation"

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Filed under: Sounds of Sunday
September 19th, 2010
01:08 PM ET
4 years ago

Sunday Wrap: Inner-GOP sniping dominates Sunday talk

Talk of a potential GOP civil war and the Tea Party dominated the talk shows Sunday (Getty Images).
Talk of a potential GOP civil war and the Tea Party dominated the talk shows Sunday (Getty Images).

Washington (CNN) – Tea Party euphoria confronted reality Sunday, with Delaware Senate primary winner Christine O'Donnell backing out of scheduled talk show appearances amid talk of possible civil war among Republicans over the conservative movement.

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Filed under: Tea Party movement
September 19th, 2010
12:44 PM ET
4 years ago

Rove: O'Donnell must explain witchcraft comments

 Rove says O'Donnell needs to explain her witchcraft comments.
Rove says O'Donnell needs to explain her witchcraft comments.

(CNN) – Karl Rove – the top GOP strategist who declared last week that Christine O’Donnell’s surprise victory does “little good” for the party – is now calling on the surprise Senate nominee to explain her comments about witchcraft.

"In southern Delaware where there are a lot of churchgoing people, they're going to want to know what that is all about,” the former aide to President George W. Bush told "Fox News Sunday."

“My view is she can’t simply ignore it,” he said. “She’s got to deal with it and explain it and put it in its most sympathetic light and move on.”

O’Donnell uttered the comments in question during a 1999 appearance on the now-canceled show “Politically Incorrect,” saying then, “I dabbled into witchcraft – I never joined a coven. But I did, I did. ... I dabbled into witchcraft.”

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Filed under: Christine O'Donnell • Karl Rove
September 19th, 2010
11:31 AM ET
4 years ago

Kaine says health care legislation helping Dems

(CNN) - Several House Democrats who voted against the health care overhaul earlier this year are now touting their “no” vote back home, but Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said the legislation is beneficial to the party's chances this November as a whole.

"I travel all over the country. I guess I've been in about 42 states, and most Democrats that I see on the trail are very proud of the accomplishment and they're talking about it," he said on CNN's “State of The Union” with Candy Crowley Sunday.

Perhaps the most striking example of a Democrat seeking to capitalize on his opposition to the measure came Friday, when Texas Rep. Chet Edwards launched a television ad touting the fact he “stood up” to President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on health care. The longtime congressman, once on Obama’s shortlist for a running mate, now faces an uphill battle for re-election in his conservative-leaning Texas district.

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Filed under: issues • Tim Kaine
September 19th, 2010
10:25 AM ET
4 years ago

Murkowski: I was victim of 'smear' campaign

(CNN) – Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is defending her choice to mount a write-in campaign in the wake of her defeat to a Tea Party-backed candidate, telling CNN’s Candy Crowley she was the victim of a “smear” campaign.

“What happened in my particular race, you had the Tea Party Express, this California-based group, come in at the last minute in a campaign, run a mudslinging, smear - just a terrible, terrible - campaign with lies and fabrications and mischaracterizations,” Murkowski told CNN’s Candy Crowley in an exclusive interview. “They came in, dumped $600,000 into a small market here in Alaska, and they absolutely clearly influenced the outcome.”

Murkowski lost her bid to political novice and Alaska attorney Joe Miller late last month in an upset that stunned national Republicans. But party leaders have since said they are supporting Miller, and have urged Murkowski not to mount a write-in bid. Murkowski herself resigned from her leadership post last week ahead of the write-in decision.

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Filed under: Lisa Murkowski
September 19th, 2010
09:59 AM ET
4 years ago

DeMint says GOP in better position to take Senate

(CNN) – Sen. Jim DeMint, the South Carolina Republican who has repeatedly bucked his party’s choice of Senate candidates this cycle, maintains he has helped the GOP's chances of regaining control of the upper chamber.

“I'll tell you this, the only - the only reason we have a chance at a majority now is in large part for the candidates I've been supporting,” said DeMint in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s "State of The Union."

“If the Republican Party in the Senate was now symbolized by [Sen.] Arlen Specter and [Florida Gov.] Charlie Crist, we would not have the energy behind our candidates anywhere in the country,” he continued.

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Filed under: Jim DeMint
September 19th, 2010
09:10 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama urges black lawmakers to rally voters

 President Obama urged Congressional Black Caucus members to help rally their constituents.
President Obama urged Congressional Black Caucus members to help rally their constituents.

(CNN) - President Obama urged Congressional Black Caucus members to help rally their constituents and remind them that more work must be done to move the country forward.

The nation's first black president addressed the group at its annual awards gala on Saturday night. He touched on race issues and his win to office, saying it "wasn't just about electing a black president."

"It was about giving every hardworking American a chance to join a growing middle class," he said. "It was about putting the American dream within reach for all Americans, no matter who you are, what you look like, or where you come from."

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