Huntsman impresses GOP heavyweights in key early primary state
May 7th, 2011
06:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Huntsman impresses GOP heavyweights in key early primary state

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – Former Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman told a room of South Carolina Republicans on Saturday that he could finalize his thinking about the GOP presidential race before the month is out, multiple sources present for the closed-door meeting told CNN.

One of those in the room, state Rep. Alan Clemmons, tweeted during the meeting that Huntsman said he "will be deciding over the next two to three weeks whether there is critical mass" to mount a White House campaign.
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Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • South Carolina
Herman Cain announcement near on possible presidential bid
May 7th, 2011
06:04 PM ET
3 years ago

Herman Cain announcement near on possible presidential bid

(CNN)- Potential GOP candidate Herman Cain has indicated that he will formally announce he will run for president at an event to be held in two weeks.

And despite many political observers dismissing him as a potential challenger, his campaign's communications director told CNN on Saturday, "We are running an operation because we are first-tier. We're serious."
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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain
South Carolina GOP elects Obama's 'worst nightmare'
May 7th, 2011
04:23 PM ET
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South Carolina GOP elects Obama's 'worst nightmare'

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - South Carolina Republicans elected a new party chairman Saturday who vowed to be President Barack Obama's "worst nightmare."

More than 1,000 Republicans tapped Chad Connelly, a businessman and chairman of the Newberry County Republican Party, to helm the party organization through the state's closely-watched presidential primary season.
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Filed under: 2012 • GOP • South Carolina
Gingrich adds a book to his stack
May 7th, 2011
04:10 PM ET
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Gingrich adds a book to his stack

(CNN)-Potential GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s new tome will hit bookstores in June.

The 356-page treatise, "A Nation Like No Other: Why American Exceptionalism Matters," will explain the theory of American exceptionalism and "issue a stark warning about what we stand to lose if we abandon it."
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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich
Huntsman makes debut as possible White House candidate
May 7th, 2011
11:06 AM ET
3 years ago

Huntsman makes debut as possible White House candidate

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - In a commencement address Saturday at the University of South Carolina, his first public appearance since returning from Beijing to explore a Republican presidential bid, former ambassador to China Jon Huntsman painted his service in the Obama administration as a patriotic duty.

"Give back, as much as you're able," Huntsman told more than 11,000 graduates of the USC College of Arts and Sciences in Columbia. "Work to keep America great. Serve her, if asked. I was, by a president of a different political party. But in the end, while we might not all be of one party, we are all part of one nation, a nation that needs your generational gift of energy and confidence."
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Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • South Carolina
Obama touts clean energy in weekly address
May 7th, 2011
09:49 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama touts clean energy in weekly address

(CNN)-President Barack Obama promoted clean energy for the third week in a row during his weekly address Saturday.

Speaking from Allison Transmissions, described as a clean energy company, Obama again emphasized the importance of clean energy investment and its impact on job creation.
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