First presidential debate a sign that the GOP field is far from set
May 5th, 2011
03:09 PM ET
3 years ago

First presidential debate a sign that the GOP field is far from set

Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) – The headlines from most presidential debates usually center on who said what or who came under attack. But the headline from the first Republican presidential debate of the 2012 election cycle may well end up being who wasn't there.

Only five probable GOP White House candidates will be on stage at Thursday night's debate being put on by Fox News and the South Carolina Republican Party, another sign of the slow start, compared to the last two cycles, to the start of this race for the White House.
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Filed under: 2012 • Debate • Republicans
'Deathers' take over where 'birthers' left off
May 5th, 2011
03:05 PM ET
3 years ago

'Deathers' take over where 'birthers' left off

Washington (CNN) - With "birthers" mostly silent, "deathers" are now pushing a new conspiracy theory.

The release of President Obama's birth certificate last week apparently tamped down - to a large degree - skeptics who questioned whether he could legally serve as president because they said he wasn't a natural-born citizen. Now, a surprisingly diverse crop of people are questioning whether Osama bin Laden is actually dead.

Some media outlets and bloggers are calling them "deathers."

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Filed under: Osama bin Laden • President Obama
Pawlenty skipping pre-debate Tea Party rally
May 5th, 2011
02:57 PM ET
3 years ago

Pawlenty skipping pre-debate Tea Party rally

Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) – Tea Party organizers had hoped to have him on the program, but former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty won't be appearing at a hotly-anticipated pre-debate Tea Party rally in downtown Greenville.

The day-long rally being held down the street from the site of the first Republican presidential debate will feature a who's who of South Carolina conservatives, the sort of grassroots activists and elected officials that any GOP presidential contender needs to attract to win the state's pivotal primary early next year.
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Filed under: 2012 • Tea Party movement • Tim Pawlenty
Trump withdraws ... from pace car seat
May 5th, 2011
02:45 PM ET
3 years ago

Trump withdraws ... from pace car seat

(CNN) - Potential Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took a permanent detour from driving the Indianapolis 500 pace car Thursday.

The move avoids a political pothole for Trump and for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a Facebook campaign to "bump Trump" from the pace car seat was gaining steam.
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Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump
Will bin Laden mission impact GOP field?
May 5th, 2011
01:31 PM ET
3 years ago

Will bin Laden mission impact GOP field?

Washington (CNN) – Despite President Obama getting a bump in his approval ratings, Republican strategists said Thursday not to expect any major impact on the Republican presidential field after the Osama bin Laden mission.

The advisers conceded the bin Laden operation bolstered the President's image but questioned the long-term impact of that.
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Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Osama bin Laden
Biden hosts budget talks as debt limit nears
May 5th, 2011
12:27 PM ET
3 years ago

Biden hosts budget talks as debt limit nears

Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden huddled behind closed doors with top congressional budget negotiators Thursday, seeking to bridge a cavernous partisan divide over taxes and spending before the federal government slams into its debt ceiling this summer.

Biden and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner met with, among others, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia; Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Dan Inouye, D-Hawaii; Senate Budget Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Montana; and Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, a top member of the Senate Finance Committee.

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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Joe Biden
CNN Poll: Still no front-runner in the battle for the GOP nomination
The Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center on September 4, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
May 5th, 2011
12:15 PM ET
3 years ago

CNN Poll: Still no front-runner in the battle for the GOP nomination

Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) - A new national poll indicates the race for the Republican presidential nomination remains wide-open, with none of the probable or potential GOP White House contenders above 20 percent, according to a new national poll.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey's Thursday release comes hours before the first Republican presidential debate of the 2012 election cycle. The debate is being held in South Carolina, which holds the first southern primary on the road to the White House.
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Filed under: 2012 • CNN poll • Polls • Republicans
May 5th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
3 years ago

CNN/Opinion Research Poll – April 29-May 1 – 2012 Election

TOPICS: Choice for GOP nomination, favorables on GOP candidates, general election match-ups

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Filed under: CNN Poll Archive • Extra
It's official: Pence running for governor
May 5th, 2011
11:02 AM ET
3 years ago

It's official: Pence running for governor

(CNN) – Indiana Rep. Mike Pence announced Thursday he is running for governor of his state, a widely expected move after the popular conservative decided not to run for president earlier this year.

"Over the past several months, we've traveled across this state, meeting with people in every walk of life. We've listened and learned where Hoosiers think we might best serve Indiana in the years ahead," Pence said in a web video announcing his candidacy. "I've been humbled by the outpouring of encouragement we've received from people across this state... and it's for that reason today, I'm announcing my candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor of Indiana in 2012."
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Filed under: 2012 • Indiana • Mike Pence
Romney on top in 2 new New Hampshire polls
May 5th, 2011
10:24 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney on top in 2 new New Hampshire polls

(CNN) – Two new polls indicate that Mitt Romney remains the early front-runner in the battle for the New Hampshire primary.

According to a WMUR/Granite State poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire, 36 percent of likely New Hampshire primary voters say they would support the former Massachusetts governor and 2008 GOP White House candidate if the contest were held today.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Polls
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