Romney team explains refusal to sign anti-abortion pledge
June 17th, 2011
07:52 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney team explains refusal to sign anti-abortion pledge

New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) – Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is explaining his decision not to sign a tough anti-abortion pledge supported by most of the candidates in the Republican field.

The anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List announced Friday that Republican candidates Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul have signed its Pro-Life Leadership Presidential Pledge.

The group, though, made a point of highlighting Romney’s refusal to sign the pledge.
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Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Mitt Romney
Bachmann: Schools should teach intelligent design
June 17th, 2011
06:52 PM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann: Schools should teach intelligent design

New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann explained her skepticism of evolution on Friday and said students should be taught the theory of intelligent design.

Bachmann, a congresswoman from Minnesota, also proposed a major overhaul of the nation’s education system and said state administrators should be able to decide how they spend money allocated to them by the federal government.
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Rep. Giffords to visit Tucson
June 17th, 2011
06:39 PM ET
3 years ago

Rep. Giffords to visit Tucson

(CNN) - U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will visit her hometown of Tucson, Arizona, to see her family this weekend, her office said Friday.

Giffords was released from a Houston hospital this week to begin outpatient rehabilitation, and the visit will be her first to Arizona since January, her office said in a statement.
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Obama visits Walter Reed
June 17th, 2011
05:41 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama visits Walter Reed

(CNN) - President Obama visited Walter Reed Army Medical Center Friday, during which he met with 21 wounded service members, according to the White House.

The president also awarded two purple hearts in the course of his visit, which was closed to reporters and cameras.

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Obama boosters receive luke-warm embrace at liberal Netroots conference
June 17th, 2011
05:33 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama boosters receive luke-warm embrace at liberal Netroots conference

Minneapolis (CNN) - Might President Obama and Democrats have a tough time rallying their supporters in the 2012 elections?

If responses from a gathering of progressives in Minneapolis is any indication, the answer may be yes.
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Filed under: 2012 • Dan Pfeiffer • Debbie Wasserman Schultz • Democrats • Netroots Nation
New York GOP seeks Weiner's seat
June 17th, 2011
05:22 PM ET
3 years ago

New York GOP seeks Weiner's seat

(CNN) - The New York State Republican Party is wasting no time trying to capitalize on Rep. Anthony Weiner's resignation.

Only an hour after Weiner appeared before cameras Thursday, the party sent an email to members asking for donations to help turn the district over to the Republicans in a special election soon to be called by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
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Filed under: Anthony Weiner • New York
Paul packs them in at major GOP conference
June 17th, 2011
04:31 PM ET
3 years ago

Paul packs them in at major GOP conference

New Orleans (CNN) – Rep. Ron Paul sure knows how to draw a crowd.

Extra chairs were brought into the already packed hotel ballroom where the Republican Leadership Conference is being held to accommodate a swarm of loud and energetic supporters of the longtime congressman from Texas, who is making his third bid for the White House.
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Democrats ramp up grassroots efforts
June 17th, 2011
04:26 PM ET
3 years ago

Democrats ramp up grassroots efforts

Washington (CNN) - Thousands of Democratic activists are going to hit the streets Saturday trying to register voters-and at the time same help the Obama re-election campaign increase its roster of potential supporters.

Across the nation volunteers from the Democratic National Committee's Organizing for America (OFA) effort will be both helping new voters register and make sure others' information is up to date. In addition this effort will help bolster the re-election campaign's list of potential supporters when they ask people to sing "I'm In" pledges, one Obama re-election campaign official told CNN.
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Filed under: 2012 • Democrats • Organizing for America • President Obama
Cain uses speech to tout rise of his candidacy
June 17th, 2011
03:37 PM ET
3 years ago

Cain uses speech to tout rise of his candidacy

New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) - Basking in the glow of his rise in the national polls, Herman Cain closed his speech to the Republican Leadership Conference by asking "how do you like me now?"

The Republican presidential candidate, a former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio talk show host, used his address to criticize those Republican pundits who said Cain didn't have a chance at winning his party's nomination. Once a longest of long shots for the Republican nomination, Cain has risen in the national polls in the GOP horserace, and now stands in the high single digits or low double digits in the most recent surveys.
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Barbour calls on Republicans to unite behind eventual nominee
June 17th, 2011
02:59 PM ET
3 years ago

Barbour calls on Republicans to unite behind eventual nominee

New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) – Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour exhorted Republicans on Friday to put their ideological differences aside and rally around their eventual presidential nominee with the goal of defeating President Barack Obama in 2012.

"We are not going to have a perfect candidate," Barbour told the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. "There has only been one perfect person that has ever walked on this earth and there's not going to be one who runs for president in 2012."
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