Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's spokesman Rick Tyler confirmed to CNN Wednesday that the presidential hopeful's campaign trail absence was because of a "planned vacation" with his wife, Callista.
With no warning, Gingrich fell off the Republican presidential candidate radar after his last public appearance on May 27th in Columbia, South Carolina. The timing fueled speculation about his candidacy because it was so soon after he made comments on House Budget chairman Paul Ryan's Medicare voucher plan that incited the conservative base.
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Washington (CNN)– Former Delaware Republican senatorial candidate Christine O'Donnell is hailing the Federal Election Commission's dismissal of a complaint lodged against her right before she captured her party's nomination and is asking for donations to help her mount a strong defense against other allegations.
In what O'Donnell now calls "a sort of Hail Mary pass in act of desperation," the former chairman of the Delaware Republican party lodged the complaint accusing her and the Tea Party Express, a group of tea party activists who had endorsed her and had staged an event to support her candidacy, of illegal coordination breaking FEC regulations.
Washington (CNN)– A top adviser to Sarah Palin fired back at Ed Rollins, the longtime Republican operative tapped to run Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign, after Rollins dismissed Palin as "not serious" in a radio interview this week.
Rollins also told Politico on Tuesday that Bachmann will "be so much more substantive" than Palin, and said he is "not afraid" of the former Alaska governor.
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(CNN) – President Barack Obama's overall approval rating has dropped below 50 percent as a growing number of Americans worry that the U.S. is likely to slip into another Great Depression within the next 12 months, according to a new national poll.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday also indicate that the economy overall remains issue number one to voters, with other economic issues - unemployment, gas prices and the federal deficit - taking three of the remaining four spots in the top five.
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Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama heads to the battleground state of Virginia Wednesday for the second time since he announced his re-election bid on April 4.
The president's scheduled to give an address on the economy and jobs at an event at the Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia. Obama held a town hall in nearby Annandale, Virginia in April.
Washington (CNN) – Veteran Republican campaign strategist Ed Rollins, who signed on to steer Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's looming presidential bid, said his recent criticism of Sarah Palin is not part of an electoral strategy.
Rollins told Fox News' Brian Kilmeade that Palin, who is considering a run for president, has "not been serious over the last couple of years."
Washington (CNN) - For the second straight day, Mitt Romney is on the top of a national poll in the battle for the GOP presidential nomination, and does better against President Barack Obama in a hypothetical general election matchup than any other tested Republican White House hopeful.
According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday, a quarter of Republicans and GOP leaning independent voters say they would back the former Massachusetts governor and 2008 White House candidate if the 2012 Republican primary for president were held today. Fifteen percent of people questioned say they would support former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who is flirting with a bid for her party's nomination.