DeMint presidential forum planned
July 11th, 2011
10:09 AM ET
3 years ago

DeMint presidential forum planned

Washington (CNN) – South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, embracing his role as kingmaker in the Republican race for the White House, has organized a presidential forum scheduled to take place in Columbia on September 5.

The Labor Day event, called The Palmetto Freedom Forum, will be more of a question-and-answer session rather than a debate, event organizers said. The GOP candidates will be asked to offer concrete plans for fixing the debt and growing the economy.
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Filed under: 2012 • Jim DeMint • South Carolina
Palin: I can win
July 11th, 2011
09:50 AM ET
3 years ago

Palin: I can win

(CNN) - Sarah Palin said she can win a national election, but has yet to decide if she will take on President Obama in 2012.

"The people of America are desperate for positive change, and deserving of positive change, to get us off this wrong track," Palin said in an interview published in Newsweek Sunday. "I'm not so egotistical as to believe that it has to be me, or it can only be me, to turn things around. But I do believe I can win."
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Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin
GOP candidates caught in slavery controversy
July 11th, 2011
09:38 AM ET
3 years ago

GOP candidates caught in slavery controversy

Washington (CNN) – Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum sought to clarify their support of a pledge that contained a controversial preamble suggesting black children born into slavery had better family structures than black children now.

The excerpt has been removed from "The Marriage Vow - A Declaration of Dependence upon Marriage and Family," a pledge issued by the conservative Christian organization The Family Leader.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann • Rick Santorum
Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton to attend service for Betty Ford
July 11th, 2011
05:00 AM ET
3 years ago

Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton to attend service for Betty Ford

Washington (CNN) – Current and past first ladies Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Nancy Reagan will attend a memorial service Tuesday in California for former first lady Betty Ford.

The White House announced that Obama would travel to Palm Desert, California, for the Tuesday service, which will be followed by a private funeral Thursday in Michigan.

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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, July 11, 2011
July 11th, 2011
04:24 AM ET
3 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, July 11, 2011

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click on the headlines for more.

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CNN: Political leaders plan another day of deficit-reduction talks
A day after a 75-minute session, talks will resume Monday to try to reach a deficit-reduction deal and pave the way for a hike in the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling. …At 11 a.m. that same morning, President Barack Obama will hold a press conference in the White House briefing room, according to his official schedule.

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