Washington (CNN) – House Republicans back home for congressional recess have been getting some tough questions about plans to overhaul Medicare, but GOP freshman Daniel Webster's town hall meeting in Orlando, Florida, Tuesday was beyond tough - it turned into a chaotic scene.
Webster used charts and graphs to try to explain the controversial House GOP budget he voted for, but he could barely be heard over angry yelling - mostly about the Medicare proposal.
Washington (CNN) – Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani thinks real estate mogul Donald Trump is the "most exciting candidate in the race" for the White House in 2012.
In an interview with The Washington Times, the 2008 Republican presidential candidate said Trump's controversial comments come from the heart.
Washington (CNN) - With a showdown over raising the debt limit looming, House Republican leaders said Tuesday they will hold a series of "listening sessions" for rank-and-file GOP members when Congress returns from its break next week. The sessions are designed to get feedback on how to frame the controversial upcoming vote to raise the nation's debt limit, according to several GOP sources on a conference call for House Republicans.
Washington (CNN) - Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul reacted to his father's decision to form a presidential exploratory committee Tuesday, saying his wife is "quite happy" Texas Rep. Ron Paul is running instead of her husband.
"The interesting thing is the Paul household in Kentucky is breathing a sigh of relief, my wife is quite happy that it's Ron Paul running and not Rand Paul," Sen. Paul said Tuesday on CNN's "John King, USA." "She said she's had enough elections for awhile."
Washington (CNN) – Republican Rep. Ron Paul of Texas officially announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee Tuesday in Des Moines, Iowa, a move CNN reported Monday.
He also revealed his Iowa leadership team who will be three elected members of the Republican Party of Iowa's State Central Committee, the 17-member Board of Directors of the Iowa GOP, according to a press release from the congressman.
(CNN) – Former Olympic star Carl Lewis fails to meet residency requirements in New Jersey and is ineligible to run for the state Senate, Lt. Governor and Secretary of State Kim Guadagno decided Tuesday.
Lewis, a nine-time Olympic gold medal winner, wanted to run for the state Senate seat in the 8th Legislative District.
(CNN) - Republican Rep. Ron Paul said Tuesday his fellow Republicans' reluctance to get into the presidential race may have more to do with President Obama strengths than his weaknesses.
In an interview for CNN's "In the Arena" with Eliot Spitzer to be broadcast at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, the Texas congressman said the potential Republican presidential contenders are being "cautious."
(CNN)-Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal raised $1.7 million for his campaign war chest in the first quarter of this year, according to reports filed with the Louisiana Ethics Administration.
And though he doesn't yet have a challenger for his gubernatorial re-election race, the incumbent governor has $9.5 million in cash on hand to spend in preparation for the October 22 primary.
Washington (CNN) - Ratcheting up the pressure on Democratic leaders to accept steep cuts in government spending, freshman Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said Tuesday he would back a bill that places strict caps on spending enforced by automatic cuts if those caps were breached.
The move by the moderate Democrat, who is up for re-election in a swing state, is evidence of the acute sensitivity many Democrats have about the politically charged issue of reducing government debt. Top Senate Democrats oppose spending caps as too inflexible. Manchin's announcement could weaken Democratic leaders in their negotiations with Republicans over the coming weeks about how to cut spending and curb the nation's debt.
(CNN)–The latest volley between Democrats and Republicans as they try to gain the public relations momentum in the battle of the budget comes from the House Republicans. On Tuesday the National Republican Congressional Committee, responsible for electing Republicans to the House, went up with a campaign aimed at 13 Democratic incumbents.
The committee, launching a similar effort to its Democratic counterpart, is launching radio ads, robocalls and other measures to try to put pressure on the Democrats.