Santorum announces presidential exploratory committee
April 13th, 2011
10:25 PM ET
4 years ago

Santorum announces presidential exploratory committee

Washington (CNN) - Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania took his first official step toward running for president Wednesday, announcing the formation of a presidential exploratory committee.

"In 2008 Americans wanted a president who they could believe in, but after two years they realized that what they needed is a president who believes in them," Santorum said in a statement. "It's time for America to be America again - an America that rewards innovation and hard work, that stands by our allies instead of our enemies, that protects even the most vulnerable of our society, and an America that says every life is to be cherished. That is what I believe in, and that's why I'm taking this next step in a possible run for president."
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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum
Congressman shows off auctioneer skills
April 13th, 2011
07:50 PM ET
4 years ago

Congressman shows off auctioneer skills

Washington (CNN) - For a moment, Republican Rep. Billy Long sounded as though he were back in the auction house he owns in southwest Missouri.

He rolled the national deficit figures off his tongue Wednesday while introducing a bill that would pay tribute to his profession.
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Filed under: Billy Long • House
Game on in Florida Senate fund-raising battle
April 13th, 2011
07:13 PM ET
4 years ago

Game on in Florida Senate fund-raising battle

Washington (CNN) – It seems Mike Haridopolos is living up to his reputation as a strong fund-raiser.

The Florida state Senate president, who's running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, raised $2.6 million in the first three months this year, a source familiar with his fund-raising figures confirms to CNN.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bill Nelson • Florida • George LeMieux
2012ers react to Obama's speech
April 13th, 2011
06:02 PM ET
4 years ago

2012ers react to Obama's speech

(CNN) - Some of the likely 2012 Republican presidential candidates reacted to President Obama's deficit reduction speech Wednesday. Their responses:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: "President Obama's proposals are too little, too late. Instead of supporting spending cuts that lead to real deficit reduction and true reform of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, the President dug deep into his liberal playbook for 'solutions' highlighted by higher taxes. With over 20 million people who are unemployed or who have stopped looking for work, the last thing we should be doing is raising taxes on job-creators, entrepreneurs, and small business owners across America."
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Filed under: 2012 • Haley Barbour • Herman Cain • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • President Obama • Tim Pawlenty
April 13th, 2011
05:36 PM ET
Democrat facing tough re-elect touts campaign war chest
April 13th, 2011
04:34 PM ET
4 years ago

Democrat facing tough re-elect touts campaign war chest

(CNN) - A Senate Democrat who could face a rough road to re-election is showing off his campaign cash.

Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida raised around $2 million in the first three months of this year and has between $4.5 million to $5 million cash on hand, according to an email release Wednesday from his re-election campaign. Nelson had $3,083,493 in cash on hand as of the end of last year.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bill Nelson • Florida
GOP senators propose raising age for Social Security benefits
April 13th, 2011
04:19 PM ET
4 years ago

GOP senators propose raising age for Social Security benefits

Washington (CNN) – On the day President Obama announced his vision for curbing the costs of entitlement programs and reining in the nation's deepening debt, three conservative Republican senators announced their plan to raise the eligibility age for Social Security to 70 while lowering monthly payments to upper-income retirees.

"There is no way in God's green Earth to save America from bankruptcy until you deal with entitlements," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina. "Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, combined in the next twenty years, is going to absorb every dollar of revenue coming to this place. There will be no money left for anything else."
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Filed under: Social Security
DeMint doesn't want to be vice president
April 13th, 2011
03:57 PM ET
4 years ago

DeMint doesn't want to be vice president

Washington (CNN) - Don't expect Republican Sen. Jim DeMint to petition for the No. 2 spot on the GOP presidential ticket in 2012.

"I have no interest in that," the South Carolina senator told National Review Online. "I would recommend against it. I am more of a change agent than a support actor."
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Filed under: 2012 • Jim DeMint
Top Florida Republican proposes flexible primary date
April 13th, 2011
03:45 PM ET
4 years ago

Top Florida Republican proposes flexible primary date

Washington (CNN) – Saying that he wants to keep Florida early in the presidential primary calendar, a leading Republican state lawmaker is proposing to create a ten member commission that would study the best date for the state to hold its contest.

House Speaker Dean Cannon told reporters Wednesday that a bill would be introduced Thursday to create the commission, which by October 1 of this year would need to pick a primary date between the first Tuesday in January and the first Tuesday in March.
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Filed under: Florida
What would the Tea Party cut?
April 13th, 2011
03:25 PM ET
4 years ago

What would the Tea Party cut?

Washington (CNN) – In many ways, the debate over taming the nation's spending and deficit beasts can be compared to a family's hand-wringing over what to cut, and what to keep, in tough times. It may be easy to nix "luxuries" like vacations and eating out. But should "essentials" like a car or a home be downsized or gotten rid of to save money?

Tough choices about what to keep, kill or cut back on are the kinds of things the nation's lawmakers are considering as they try to trim a $14 trillion debt.

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Filed under: Budget • Tea Party
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