(CNN) – President Barack Obama told NBC's Ann Curry in an interview to air on Tuesday's "Today," that if he were in Rep. Anthony Weiner's shoes, he would leave Congress.
"I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign," Obama said in a segment released in NBC's "Nightly News" Monday. The president's comments come just days after Democratic leaders, such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, called for Weiner's resignation. The New York congressman has been embroiled in scandal after being caught sending lewd photos of himself to women via Twitter.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama makes a rare presidential visit to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, spending about five hours there on a trip aimed as much at Puerto Ricans on the mainland as those on the island.
The roughly 4 million residents of the U.S. Caribbean territory are American citizens but can't vote for president, while the almost 5 million Puerto Ricans living in the 50 U.S. states have full voting rights, and Obama needs strong support in 2012 from what traditionally has been a largely Democratic constituency.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Going into their first leadership meeting in over a week, Democratic leaders were split on whether to keep pushing New York Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign.
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Steve Israel– chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee– and Rep. Chris Van Hollen all reiterated that Weiner should step down.
(CNN) – David Axelord, senior strategist for President' Obama's re-election campaign, sat down with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King to sound off on the Republican field of presidential contenders ahead of the 2012 GOP presidential debate Monday night. Below is some of what he had to say. Watch the full interview on CNN's "John King, USA" at 7 p.m. ET and tune in for the presidential debate at 8 p.m. ET on CNN.
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann: "I think that she obviously has tremendous amount of appeal to the grassroots of her party. She raised a fantastic amount of money last year for her congressional race so she's got a following. I think she'll, she's got great appeal in the state of Iowa, which is where this process begins. And if she wins there, she could go far in the process."
(CNN) – In a declaration laden with veiled jabs at NBA all star LeBron James, Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Monday declared the Dallas Mavericks honorary Ohioans.
The move came less than 24 hours after the Mavericks defeated James and the Miami Heat in game six of the NBA Finals to win their first ever NBA championship.
Washington (CNN) – A Democratic source who spoke to Anthony Weiner after Democratic leaders called on him to resign Saturday told CNN that even with that public hammer dropped on him, Weiner made clear he was still "on the fence" about whether to step down.
Democratic sources CNN has talked to since Saturday said that Weiner told Democrats pressuring him to go that he wanted to wait for his wife Huma to return from a trip with Hillary Clinton. This Democratic source told CNN that Weiner specifically said in their phone conversation that he needs to "look her in the eye" and discuss this before he makes any decision, because he has done enough to hurt her.
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Hours ahead of the Republican debate in New Hampshire, Democrats took aim at the candidates' chief line of attack: the state of the economy.
At an event minutes from the CNN debate site at St. Anselm College, Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley conceded the sluggish jobs outlook remains a problem area under President Obama, but slammed the economic track record and policies of the GOP field, including Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty.
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Issue number one in presidential politics is certainly the economy and jobs. For many Americans, the social issues, including abortion, are not at the top of the agenda. That is the case even for many conservative Republicans and Tea Party activists who have gathered in New Hampshire for tonight's CNN Republican presidential debate. They are also deeply worried about the nation's mounting debt.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, however, is one candidate who certainly doesn't run away from the social issues. His opposition to abortion rights for women is well-known, though I was surprised to learn the degree of his fierce opposition.FULL STORY
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Tim Pawlenty said Monday that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's health care record will be "fair game" at this evening's Republican presidential debate.
"I don't think contrasting policy differences between the candidates is out of bounds in a debate," Pawlenty told reporters after touring an orthotics and prosthetics company in Manchester. "The American people want to know what you stand for and what do you believe. If you get asked a question about how that differs from other proposals, I think that's fair game."
Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor reiterated his call for Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign and suggested it's now up to Democratic leaders to force the New York Democrat to step down from his House seat.
"I think he should resign. I think his leaders should do everything they can to bring him to that point if he's not already," Cantor said at his weekly session with reporters Monday.