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.
(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."
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.
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.”
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."
(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."
(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."
(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.