Washington (CNN) – Likely Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney thinks President Barack Obama should have called him before implementing “Obamacare.”
“Why didn’t any one of them (Democrats) or the president ever call me and say what worked, what didn’t?,” Romney said Tuesday on CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report.” “Why didn’t he (Obama) pick up the phone?”
(CNN) - Former Republican Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty told CNN's Piers Morgan Tuesday he's focused on running for the White House.
"I'm running for president," Pawlenty said in an interview Tuesday on "Piers Morgan Tonight.” "I'm not putting my hat in the ring rhetorically or ultimately for vice president. I'm focused on running for president."
New York (CNN) – In an interview with CNN's "In the Arena" host Eliot Spitzer, Democratic Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick admitted racism may be playing into the birther movement.
Patrick, a close friend and political ally of the president, campaigned for him in 2008 and plans to appear with Obama during the 2012 presidential campaign.
Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor predicted Tuesday that despite opposition from some key House conservatives, the government spending deal would pass with "strong Republican support" in the House on Thursday.
But when pressed if Republican leaders would need help from House Democrats to pass the bill, Cantor deflected the question, saying "we will always ask for them." The majority leader punted the issue to House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-California, saying "I'm not close enough to the vote count to know so you'll have to ask Mr. McCarthy."
Washington (CNN) – The President and Mrs. Obama will sit down with Oprah Winfrey for a taping of her talk show April 27th, a White House source confirmed to CNN.
This is the final season for Oprah's popular syndicated show, which she has hosted for 25 years. She famously endorsed then-Senator Obama in his bid for president in 2007 on CNN's "Larry King Live." That was the first time the talk show queen inserted herself into a presidential race. Winfrey went on to campaign for Obama and was very visible at his election night victory rally in Chicago's Grant Park.
Washington (CNN) - A key conservative leader in the House of Representatives said Tuesday he opposes the budget deal negotiated last week by President Barack Obama and Speaker John Boehner.
Rep. Jim Jordan - like Boehner an Ohio Republican - called the $38.5 billion in cuts included in the deal insufficient, noting that House Republicans had originally proposed a much larger package of spending reductions. In January, the GOP-controlled House passed a budget blueprint calling for $61 billion in cuts.
Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee raised more than $7 million last month, but is still saddled with a debt of more than $19 million from the 2010 midterm election cycle.
The RNC brought in $7.014 million in March, a big step up from $5.2 million in February, according to party committee officials. The RNC has $3.2 million cash on hand, with a debt of $19.764 million, down from more than $21 million the previous month.
Washington (CNN) – One day after Mitt Romney formed a presidential exploratory committee, a potential competitor - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour - said Tuesday that Romney should be allowed to "have his day" but also took a swipe at Romney's signature health care law saying, "We [Mississippi] don't want it."
The comments from the potential presidential candidate come on the fifth anniversary of the health reform law enacted in 2006 during Romney's term as Massachusetts governor. Democrats in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and elsewhere are drawing attention to the passage of "Romneycare," asking voters to "Thank Mitt Romney," and making comparisons between the Massachusetts law and the national health care law passed under President Obama.
Washington (CNN) – The top Senate Republican on Tuesday laid out a hard-line negotiating stance on upcoming budget battles, rejecting any tax increases and demanding "significant" reforms in exchange for his vote to raise the debt ceiling.
"We're going to require as a condition for raising the debt ceiling something really important about the debt," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, told reporters.
Washington (CNN) - Potential 2012 presidential candidate Haley Barbour isn't putting much stock in Donald Trump's recent surging poll numbers.
"I wouldn't read too much into that in all candor," Barbour told Chris Ryan on WKXL Radio Tuesday. "For some voters it may have just been that pure and simple, I've heard of Donald Trump, nobody else I've heard of I want to be for. So I'll just park my vote for this little poll with Donald Trump."