March 22nd, 2011
10:53 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum: Obama 'missed an opportunity' in Libya


(CNN) – Former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania on Tuesday criticized President Obama's approach to the ongoing situation in Libya.

Appearing on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," the potential 2012 candidate said Obama has been "disengaged" and should have acted earlier to institute a no-fly zone in the African country.

"The president hesitated, not even hesitated, he did nothing. He sort of sat back, made no comment," Santorum said. "He really missed an opportunity to be a positive force."


Filed under: Libya • Rick Santorum • TV-Piers Morgan
Obama hopes resurgent Libyan opposition can topple Gadhafi
March 22nd, 2011
10:03 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama hopes resurgent Libyan opposition can topple Gadhafi

San Salvador, El Salvador (CNN) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday expressed hope that Libya's opposition movement, given new protection by a U.S.-led military mission, can organize itself to revive broad enthusiasm for political change and oust Moammar Gadhafi from power.

In a 13-minute interview with CNN's Spanish-language network, Obama said the immediate goal of the U.N.-sanctioned military mission that began Saturday was to prevent an onslaught of the rebel stronghold of Benghazi by Gadhafi's military.

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Filed under: Libya • President Obama
Obama playing defense over Libya
Libyan rebels wave their flag on top of a wrecked tank belonging to Moammar Gadhafi's forces on the western entrance of Benghazi on March 20, 2011.
March 22nd, 2011
07:55 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama playing defense over Libya

San Salvador, El Salvador (CNN) - In the end, President Barack Obama apparently decided that photos of himself touring historic remnants of a collapsed society might not be the best image for a commander in chief fending off charges even from Democrats that his Libya policy is in shambles.

The controversy over the decision to use U.S. military force has gotten so intense that at a news conference here Tuesday, Obama calmly pushed back at his critics by declaring the effort to stem the humanitarian crisis in Libya has paid important dividends by avoiding a massacre of civilians.

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Filed under: Libya • President Obama
Obama cuts Latin America trip short
March 22nd, 2011
07:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama cuts Latin America trip short

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (CNN) - U.S. President Barack Obama is cutting his Latin America trip short by a few hours to tend to the ongoing situation in Libya.

The president was scheduled to depart San Salvador for Andrews Air Force Base at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday after visiting San Salvador's Metropolitan Cathedral to see a famous tomb and touring the nearby San Andres Mayan ruins.

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Elephants and donkeys stroll across Capitol Hill
March 22nd, 2011
06:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Elephants and donkeys stroll across Capitol Hill

Washington DC (CNN) - On any given day photojournalists in Washington can be found chasing Democrats and Republicans alike around the halls of the U.S. Capitol.

Tuesday, however, the political circus–was different.
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Brown breaks with party on Planned Parenthood debate
March 22nd, 2011
05:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Brown breaks with party on Planned Parenthood debate

Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Scott Brown said Tuesday he disagrees with the Republican House effort to cut off support for Planned Parenthood as part of the ongoing budget negotiations.

"I support family planning and health services for women. Given our severe budget problems, I don't believe any area of the budget is completely immune from cuts," the Massachusetts senator said in a statement. "However, the proposal to eliminate all funding for family planning goes too far. As we continue with our budget negotiations, I hope we can find a compromise that is reasonable and appropriate."
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Filed under: Congress • Planned Parenthood • Scott Brown
Gov. Jerry Brown tells California voters to 'make the hard choice'
March 22nd, 2011
03:52 PM ET
3 years ago

Gov. Jerry Brown tells California voters to 'make the hard choice'

(CNN) Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown is calling for a special election on July 7th, where voters will decide between tax extensions or to double up on cuts in state services, in an effort to combat budget woes plaguing the state.

Brown highlights California's budget quandary in a YouTube video, where he places responsibility in the hands of California voters.
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Filed under: California • Jerry Brown
Poll: U.S. assistance to Japan on the mark
March 22nd, 2011
03:05 PM ET
3 years ago

Poll: U.S. assistance to Japan on the mark

Washington (CNN) – Is the United States doing enough to help out Japan as it tries to recover from a catastrophic earthquake and ensuing tsunami?

According to a new national poll, the answer is yes.
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Filed under: CNN poll • Japan
March 22nd, 2011
03:00 PM ET
3 years ago

CNN/Opinion Research Poll – March 18-20 – Japan, Natural Disasters

TOPICS: Aid to Japan, likelihood of natural disaster in U.S., confidence in government's ability to handle natural disaster

Full results (pdf)


Filed under: CNN Poll Archive • Extra
Dems 'drive' for GOP seats
March 22nd, 2011
01:42 PM ET
3 years ago

Dems 'drive' for GOP seats

(CNN) – The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is pressing forward with its "Drive to 25" campaign to win 25 House seats in 2012. Tuesday the DCCC announced the release of newspaper ads, e-mail, and recorded phone call initiatives that hit House Republicans on Budget Chair Paul Ryan's aim to include cuts to entitlement programs in the budget coming from the majority party.

The ad isolates ten House districts including Ryan, eight freshmen congressmen including Tea Party darlings Allen West of Florida as well as Wisconsin's Sean Duffy, and 21-term veteran Bill Young of Florida. The DCCC did not respond to requests on how large their ad buy is.
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