Pawlenty running Iowa campaign from Romney's old office
May 26th, 2011
05:29 PM ET
3 years ago

Pawlenty running Iowa campaign from Romney's old office

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – During the 2008 presidential race, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney planted a flag in Iowa and counted on a win in the first-in-the-nation caucus state to - he hoped - vault him to the Republican nomination.

This time around, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is doing similar early spadework. He already has a team of field staffers in place and has recruited a blue-chip roster of prominent Iowans to back his campaign in hopes that a top-three finish in the caucuses punches his ticket to New Hampshire.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Mitt Romney • Tim Pawlenty
Trump heads to 2012 cattle call
May 26th, 2011
05:20 PM ET
3 years ago

Trump heads to 2012 cattle call

(CNN) – He may not be running for president, but real estate mogul Donald Trump is still speaking at a presidential cattle call in June.

Trump, who flirted with a bid for the White House for a few months, will speak at the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington, according to a statement.
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Fox News: No change in Palin status
May 26th, 2011
04:19 PM ET
3 years ago

Fox News: No change in Palin status

Washington (CNN) – Fox News Channel said Thursday that Sarah Palin will remain on air as a paid contributor, despite renewed speculation over whether she will run for president.

Palin's political action committee announced she was launching a week-long bus tour Memorial Day weekend, beginning in Washington and heading to sites of historical significance on the East Coast.
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Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin
Pawlenty: I'd sign Ryan budget plan as president, if I couldn't have my own
May 26th, 2011
03:55 PM ET
3 years ago

Pawlenty: I'd sign Ryan budget plan as president, if I couldn't have my own

Milford, New Hampshire (CNN) – One day after refusing to answer whether or not he'd sign House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's controversial budget plan, Tim Pawlenty said on Thursday he would sign it as president – if he couldn't have his own plan.

The comments from the Republican presidential candidate go a step further than what he said Wednesday, when he spoke at a conservative think tank and answered reporter questions afterwards.
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Filed under: 2012 • Medicare • Tim Pawlenty
House Democratic campaign chief proclaims Democrats have shot to win back the chamber
May 26th, 2011
03:51 PM ET
3 years ago

House Democratic campaign chief proclaims Democrats have shot to win back the chamber

Washington (CNN) - After pulling an upset in a special election in New York earlier this week, the head of the House Democrats' campaign committee proclaimed his party now has a shot at winning back control of the House of Representatives next fall.

"Today I can tell you that I fundamentally believe that the House of Representatives is in play and the Democrats can win a majority in November 2012," Rep. Steve Israel of New York told reporters Thursday.
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Filed under: 2012 • House Democrats • Uncategorized
Obama to choose Army head as next Joint Chiefs chairman, officials say
May 26th, 2011
03:16 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama to choose Army head as next Joint Chiefs chairman, officials say

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will nominate Gen. Martin Dempsey, the relatively new Army chief of staff, to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, several administration officials say.

The term of the current chairman, Adm. Michael Mullen, ends in September.

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Filed under: Mike Mullen • President Obama
Rand Paul sounds off on own GOP leadership
May 26th, 2011
02:48 PM ET
3 years ago

Rand Paul sounds off on own GOP leadership

Washington (CNN)–Freshman Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who angrily squared off with the top Senate Democrat Wednesday, turned his sights on his own party’s leaders Thursday, accusing them of preventing a vote on his amendment to the Patriot Act that would require government investigators to get a court order before reviewing people’s gun ownership records.

The stand off had threatened to cause key post-9-11 anti-terrorism surveillance tools to lapse for several hours past midnight when those provisions of the law are set to expire.
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Filed under: Harry Reid • Patriot Act • Rand Paul • Senate
Santorum to announce candidacy first Monday in June
May 26th, 2011
02:47 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum to announce candidacy first Monday in June

(CNN) – Rick Santorum will make it official on June 6.

A source close to the Santorum campaign confirms to CNN that the former senator from Pennsylvania will formally announce his candidacy for president on that day at a location in the southwestern part of the state, near where his grandfather worked in a coal mine after coming to America from Italy.
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Orszag: Panic needed before debt ceiling boost
May 26th, 2011
02:36 PM ET
3 years ago

Orszag: Panic needed before debt ceiling boost

Washington (CNNMoney) – A former White House budget chief said Thursday that Congress won't reach a deal to raise the nation's ability to borrow until the financial markets panic.

Peter Orszag, who used to run the Office of Management and Budget, said he believes that Congress has no appetite to raise the debt ceiling - just as they had no political will to pass the 2008 bailout package to banks to save the financial system.

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Filed under: Budget • Peter Orszag
Palin launching multi-city tour amid 2012 buzz
May 26th, 2011
01:51 PM ET
3 years ago

Palin launching multi-city tour amid 2012 buzz

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Not two days ago, Sarah Palin was all but written off as a possible presidential contender by the national media and Republican insiders who considered the field of 2012 candidates to be settled.

Now, fittingly, one of the country's most unpredictable political figures is preparing to prove them wrong.
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Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin
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