(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.
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."
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."
(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.
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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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."