Leader of Hispanic organization at center of sought-after voters
August 6th, 2011
07:18 PM ET
3 years ago

Leader of Hispanic organization at center of sought-after voters

(CNN) - For the Rev. Sam Rodriguez, who leads a Hispanic organization that represents more than 24,000 Christian congregations, the future of American Evangelicalism is clear.

"If you are an Evangelical Christian, the fastest growing demographic in the American Evangelical community is embedded in the Hispanic church," said Rodriguez, leader of the National Hispanic Leadership Conference.

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Filed under: Elections
Perry mixes political script with Scripture
August 6th, 2011
05:41 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry mixes political script with Scripture

Houston (CNN) – Turning a Houston football stadium into a Texas-sized mega-church, Gov. Rick Perry took a political leap of faith just as he is contemplating a run for president.

The potential GOP contender delivered a script laced with Scripture at Saturday’s daylong prayer and fasting event, dubbed “The Response.”
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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry
White House says debt negotiations were too divisive
August 6th, 2011
01:21 PM ET
3 years ago

White House says debt negotiations were too divisive

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration said Saturday the extended debate over increasing the federal debt ceiling took too long, and involved too much political squabbling.

"The bipartisan compromise on deficit reduction was an important step in the right direction," White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement. "Yet, the path to getting there took too long and was at times too divisive. We must do better to make clear our nation's will, capacity and commitment to work together to tackle our major fiscal and economic challenges."
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Obama briefed on troop deaths in Afghanistan
August 6th, 2011
01:01 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama briefed on troop deaths in Afghanistan

(CNN) - In a photo released by the White House, President Barack Obama is seen on the telephone speaking with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Chief of Staff Bill Daley, and national security staff, at Camp David.


Filed under: President Obama
Sanford steps out, criticizes Romney and Pawlenty
August 6th, 2011
11:12 AM ET
3 years ago

Sanford steps out, criticizes Romney and Pawlenty

(CNN) - Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford stepped off the political sidelines on Friday, saying he is still searching for a Republican presidential candidate to support.

In the process, he lobbed some thinly veiled criticisms at two candidates already in the race, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
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Filed under: 2012 • Gov. Mark Sanford • South Carolina
Huckabee: Trump should replace Geithner
August 6th, 2011
11:07 AM ET
3 years ago

Huckabee: Trump should replace Geithner

Washington (CNN) – Amid calls by the GOP for Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s resignation, one Republican is offering an unorthodox choice for a potential replacement.

“Ask Donald Trump to be Treasury secretary,” Mike Huckabee said on Fox News Channel.
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Filed under: Donald Trump • Mike Huckabee • Tim Geithner
Obama's 'thoughts and prayers' with families of lost troops
August 6th, 2011
10:15 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama's 'thoughts and prayers' with families of lost troops

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - More than two dozen American troops are believed to have died in the deadly helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, a U.S. military official told CNN.

President Barack Obama issued a statement expressing his condolences to the families of the troops.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the Americans who were lost earlier today in Afghanistan," Obama said. "We also mourn the Afghans who died alongside our troops in pursuit of a more peaceful and hopeful future for their country."

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Filed under: Afghanistan • President Obama
GOP candidates slam Obama after downgrade
August 6th, 2011
09:06 AM ET
3 years ago

GOP candidates slam Obama after downgrade

Washington (CNN) – Republican presidential candidates issued harsh criticism of President Barack Obama Friday after the credit rating agency Standard and Poor’s announced it was downgrading America’s long-term debt status.

“America’s creditworthiness just became the latest casualty in President Obama’s failed record of leadership on the economy,” Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said in a statement. “Standard & Poor’s rating downgrade is a deeply troubling indicator of our country’s decline under President Obama. His failed policies have led to high unemployment, skyrocketing deficits, and now, the unprecedented loss of our nation’s prized AAA credit rating.”
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Filed under: 2012 • Economy • Jon Huntsman • Michele Bachmann • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
Obama, GOP lawmakers shift their focus back to jobs
August 6th, 2011
07:16 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama, GOP lawmakers shift their focus back to jobs

Washington (CNN) - After weeks of wrangling over increasing the federal debt ceiling, President Barack Obama and Republican lawmakers returned their focus to the U.S. job crisis in their weekly addresses Saturday, each calling on the other to take specific steps to get more Americans back to work.

"Our urgent mission has to be getting this economy growing faster and creating jobs," Obama said in his address. "That’s what’s on people’s minds; that’s what matters to families in this country."
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Filed under: President Obama • Republicans • unemployment
Obama administration official: S&P move 'a facts-be-damned decision'
August 6th, 2011
04:17 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama administration official: S&P move 'a facts-be-damned decision'

(CNN) - A senior Obama administration official is calling Standard & Poor's move to downgrade U.S. credit "a facts-be-damned decision," saying the rating agency admitted to an error that inflated U.S. deficits by $2 trillion.

U.S. Treasury officials received S&P's analysis Friday afternoon and alerted the agency to the error, said the administration official, who was not authorized to speak for attribution.

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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Economy