(CNN) - During an appearance on CNN's "American Morning" Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum claimed the 2009 stimulus package resulted in a loss of jobs. He cited a government report that he said previously stated 280 million jobs had been created by December and now says only 240 million jobs were created.
When pressed by CNN's Ali Velshi, who said there's a difference between a loss of jobs and creating fewer jobs than initially reported, Santorum remained firm on his position that the current administration has cost Americans' jobs.
(CNN) - The Republican Governors Association raised $22.1 million in the first half of the 2011, the group announced Tuesday.
According to the RGA, the haul eclipses figures from 2007 and outpaces totals from similar periods in 2008 and 2009.
(TIME) - In early June, TIME has learned, a group of prominent figures on the Christian Right held a conference call to discuss their dissatisfaction with the current GOP presidential field, and agreed that Rick Perry would be their preferred candidate if he entered the race. Among those on the call were Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council; David Barton, the Texas activist and go-to historian for the Christian Right; and John Hagee, the controversial San Antonio pastor whose endorsement John McCain rejected in 2008.
Religious conservatives have often played a substantial role in choosing past Republican nominees, but leaders on the Christian Right have been conspicuously quiet so far in this campaign season. Privately, however, they are enthusiastic about Perry and are encouraging the Texas governor to throw his ten-gallon hat into the ring.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty will air a new ad Wednesday in Iowa touting his history of "results, not rhetoric" as governor of neighboring Minnesota.
The 30-second spot chronicles the state's transit strike in 2004 and government shutdown in 2005 while he was governor as examples of his willingness to stand up to labor unions and Democrats in the state's legislature.
Washington (CNN) - Tim Kaine is the first to show his money in what could be one of the most expensive Senate battles of 2012.
The former Virginia governor and former Democratic National Committee Chairman's campaign will announce Tuesday that it has raised $2.25 million since forming on April 5, with more than 4,600 supporters making contributions.
Washington (CNN) - Senators are set to return to work on Tuesday to resume talks about the possibility of raising the federal government's debt ceiling.
House members are scheduled to take up the contentious talks on the issue Wednesday.FULL STORY
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CNN: Congress races for solution as debt ceiling deadline looms
Senators are set to return to work on Tuesday to resume talks about the possibility of raising the federal government's debt ceiling. House members are scheduled to take up the contentious talks on the issue Wednesday. Congressional leaders remain at sharp odds over what sort of conditions should be attached to a hike in the current $14.3 trillion ceiling.