Perry focuses on Obama
September 3rd, 2011
08:13 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry focuses on Obama

Chichester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry focused blame for the economic slump squarely on President Barack Obama in a pair of speeches Saturday, as his stump speech continues to take shape.

Reading from notes, the folksy leader launched a blistering assault on the president for failing to turn around the country's fiscal struggles, and offered his record in Texas as his recipe for success.
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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • President Obama • Rick Perry
Huntsman ends speculation of an Independent run
September 3rd, 2011
07:34 PM ET
3 years ago

Huntsman ends speculation of an Independent run

(CNN) – Ruling out recent questions on whether Jon Huntsman might run for president as an Independent, the former Utah governor put his foot down Saturday and said he's sticking with the GOP.

"I'm running as a Republican, proudly so," he told CNN at a New Hampshire gun show. "And I think we will get a lot of Independent votes, no doubt about that."
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Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • New Hampshire
Palin positions herself as populist outsider in Iowa speech
September 3rd, 2011
05:11 PM ET
3 years ago

Palin positions herself as populist outsider in Iowa speech

Indianola, Iowa (CNN) - Sarah Palin took sharp aim at President Barack Obama and at least one of her potential Republican rivals Saturday at a rain-soaked tea party rally in Iowa, the state that will open the GOP nomination fight early next year.

The former Alaska governor, speaking on the third anniversary of the Republican National Convention speech that transformed her into a conservative darling and global celebrity, did not announce a presidential campaign of her own.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Sarah Palin • Tea Party
TRENDING: Comedian tells 'special needs' joke at Palin event
September 3rd, 2011
04:07 PM ET
3 years ago

TRENDING: Comedian tells 'special needs' joke at Palin event

Washington (CNN) - In comedy, timing is everything.

And minutes before Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor and parent of a child with Down syndrome, made her much-anticipated speech in Iowa, Los Angeles-based comedian Eric Golub told a joke that compared liberal political ideology to “special needs children.”
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Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin • Tea Party
Dem: Obama wouldn't win Virginia today
September 3rd, 2011
10:56 AM ET
3 years ago

Dem: Obama wouldn't win Virginia today

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said if the 2012 presidential election was held today, President Barack Obama wouldn't win Virginia, a state he carried in 2008.

Speaking on local Washington radio station WTOP Friday, Connolly said, "In my opinion, no, today he would not win the state."
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Filed under: 2012 • Gerry Connolly • President Obama
Giffords returns to Tucson
September 3rd, 2011
09:43 AM ET
3 years ago

Giffords returns to Tucson

(CNN) - Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords flew to Tucson Friday for the holiday weekend, marking her second return since leaving for rehabilitation in January.

"The congresswoman misses Tucson very much," said Pia Carusone, chief of staff for Giffords, in a statement. "This weekend will be a welcome respite from her rigorous schedule of therapy. It will be good for her to again be in the desert that she loves."
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Filed under: Arizona • Gabrielle Giffords
GOP to Obama: Push for a balanced budget amendment
September 3rd, 2011
06:00 AM ET
3 years ago

GOP to Obama: Push for a balanced budget amendment

(CNN) – Republicans want President Barack Obama to demand a balanced budget amendment in his upcoming jobs speech to Congress.

“This would ensure spending cuts made today don’t easily disappear tomorrow,” said Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte in the GOP weekly address Saturday. “That doesn’t just mean a fiscal house in order; it also means more certainty for the private sector and a better environment for job creation."
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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Jobs • Republicans
Obama urges Congress to renew transportation bill in weekly address
September 3rd, 2011
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama urges Congress to renew transportation bill in weekly address

(CNN) – President Barack Obama called on Congress Saturday to pass a clean extension of the transportation bill, warning of economic calamity in the failure of its passage.

“This would put a stop to highway construction, bridge repair, mass transit systems and other important projects that keep our country moving quickly and safely,” Obama said in his weekly address.
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Filed under: Congress • Democrats • President Obama • Republicans