Axelrod to the media: The president is strong
September 16th, 2011
12:16 PM ET
3 years ago

Axelrod to the media: The president is strong

(CNN) – David Axelrod, President Barack Obama's senior campaign strategist, pushed back against negative media accounts surrounding the president's approval rating and said recent polling shows the majority of Americans agree with Obama's plan to create jobs.

In a memo to members of the media, Axelrod said news accounts of the polls have failed to put the figures into context, which he said includes the impact of the financial crisis as well as low approval numbers of Republicans and Congress. He also cited the figures as an example of the president's support among his base.
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Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • President Obama
Tom Ridge endorses Huntsman
September 16th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Tom Ridge endorses Huntsman

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge endorsed Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire Friday, calling him "the pragmatic leader that America needs now."

"I believe he has the judgment, the temperament and the vision to lead America," Ridge said as Huntsman stood beside him. "I believe he has that vision to make America a more secure and prosperous and competitive nation."
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Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • New Hampshire • Tom Ridge
Obama to lay out debt reduction plan
September 16th, 2011
09:16 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama to lay out debt reduction plan

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - President Obama's debt reduction plan is set to land Monday in the laps of the 12 members of the Congress' bipartisan debt committee.

In recent weeks the president has said his plan would offer specific proposals that can achieve savings "more ambitious" than the committee's $1.5 trillion target. He said it would be "balanced," involving both spending cuts and tax increases. And he promised it would "stabilize debt in the long run."

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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • President Obama
Poll: Americans optimistic about Hillary Clinton presidency
September 16th, 2011
08:52 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Americans optimistic about Hillary Clinton presidency

(CNN) - She lost the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, but over a third of Americans said the U.S. would be better off now if Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were president, according to a new poll.

The Bloomberg survey released Friday showed 34 percent of those questioned said America would be superior under a Hillary Clinton administration, while 47 percent said it would be about the same and 13 percent said it would be worse.
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Filed under: 2012 • Hillary Clinton • Polls • President Obama • Republicans
Obama says reelection odds are better now than 2008
September 16th, 2011
05:21 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama says reelection odds are better now than 2008

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama believes that his odds of being reelected in 2012 are "much higher" than his odds were in the 2008 election.

The president spoke at a small campaign fundraiser in Washington, D.C. on Thursday night, where he sought to reassure donors and play down concerns of his weakness in the 2012 presidential race.

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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, September 16, 2011
September 16th, 2011
04:16 AM ET
2 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, September 16, 2011

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CNN: 36 senators pledge support for the deficit panel to 'go big'
A group of 36 senators from both parties came together Thursday to pledge support for a comprehensive deficit reduction plan, urging the special congressional committee working on the issue to "go big."

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