Obama re-election announcement
April 2nd, 2011
07:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama re-election announcement

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama plans to send supporters a text or e-mail message with a video announcing his intention to run for re-election, multiple Democratic sources tell CNN.

The message could come as early as Monday morning. The sources say his campaign team also hopes to file papers with the Federal Election Commission Monday to launch his 2012 re-election campaign.
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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
Obama reaches out to Boehner, Reid on budget call
April 2nd, 2011
06:38 PM ET
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Obama reaches out to Boehner, Reid on budget call

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama made separate calls on Saturday to House Speaker John Boehner, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to discuss ongoing budget negotiations, according to a statement released by the White House.

In the weekly GOP address released before the call, Boehner made it clear that bipartisan cooperation was not immediately within reach. “You’ve heard Democratic leaders claim an agreement has been reached on this issue, but let me be clear,” he said. “There is no agreement. Republicans continue to fight for the largest spending cuts possible to help end Washington’s job-crushing spending binge.”
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Filed under: Budget • Harry Reid • John Boehner
Huckabee wins 2012 county straw poll in South Carolina
April 2nd, 2011
04:34 PM ET
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Huckabee wins 2012 county straw poll in South Carolina

Washington (CNN) - Mike Huckabee won a 2012 presidential straw poll conducted in a key South Carolina county Saturday.

The informal vote was the first of many upcoming straw polls taking place this month at grassroots GOP gatherings across South Carolina, one of the four crucial early voting states in the presidential nominating process.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mike Huckabee • South Carolina
House GOP budget to call for dramatic changes to Medicare, Medicaid
April 2nd, 2011
04:11 PM ET
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House GOP budget to call for dramatic changes to Medicare, Medicaid

WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, will unveil a highly anticipated 2012 Republican budget next week that proposes dramatic changes to political lightning rods - entitlements.

The plan, to be released Tuesday, calls for a controversial overhaul of Medicare, the health care program for seniors, and imposes deep cuts in Medicaid, which provides health benefits to low-income Americans, according to House Republican sources with knowledge of the proposal.

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Filed under: Budget • House • Medicaid • Medicare
Game on in fight for open New Mexico Senate seat
April 2nd, 2011
03:15 PM ET
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Game on in fight for open New Mexico Senate seat

(CNN) – It seems national Democrats have the candidate they were hoping for in the 2012 fight to keep New Mexico's open U.S. Senate seat in party hands.

Rep. Martin Heinrich announced his candidacy Saturday in the race for the seat of retiring five-term Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman.
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Filed under: 2012 • New Mexico • Senate
New Hampshire state House Majority Leader calls Catholic bishop a 'pedophile pimp'
New Hampshire State House in Concord
April 2nd, 2011
02:37 PM ET
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New Hampshire state House Majority Leader calls Catholic bishop a 'pedophile pimp'

(CNN) - The New Hampshire House majority leader lashed out Friday on his Facebook page at a Roman Catholic bishop, calling the clergyman a "pedophile pimp" who "has no moral credibility to lecture anyone."

The comments come in the wake of a rally Thursday where John McCormack, who is bishop of the Roman Catholic Manchester Diocese, criticized state budget cuts that he argued would hurt "the most vulnerable in our society," according to a transcript of his remarks posted on the diocese's website.

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Filed under: New Hampshire
Which Paul for president?
April 2nd, 2011
01:53 PM ET
3 years ago

Which Paul for president?

(CNN)- Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul makes his first stop in Iowa on Saturday, home of the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus. Paul, son of two-time presidential candidate Ron Paul, will be holding two signing events for his book, "The Tea Party Goes to Washington," but remained vague on which Paul will run for president in 2012.

"We haven't talked about it that much," he told Radio Iowa, in an interview Saturday. "I've told people that the only decision I've made is that I wouldn't run against him."
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rand Paul • Ron Paul
Obama calls for clean energy as Boehner pledges to 'keep the cuts coming'
April 2nd, 2011
10:55 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama calls for clean energy as Boehner pledges to 'keep the cuts coming'

(CNN)-President Barack Obama delivered the weekly address from a UPS customer center in Landover, Maryland to drive home the need for a commitment to clean energy vehicles and highlight recent job gains.

The president noted rising gas prices and outlined his plan to strengthen the economy and reduce the nation's dependency on oil imports. He also praised UPS, FedEx, Verizon, AT&T, and PepsiCo for taking the lead in transitioning to more fuel-efficient cars and trucks.
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Filed under: Energy • GOP weekly address • Jobs • President Obama