Washington (CNN) - Gov. Rick Perry’s meeting Monday in New York with Hispanic business leaders had an unexpected guest in attendance: Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel, who represents the district where the meeting took place.
Rangel said he was simply doing the neighborly thing by welcoming the Republican presidential candidate to his locality. But a statement released by Rangel on Monday night did away with bipartisan pleasantries after the first sentence.
Waterloo, Iowa (CNN) - For at least the second time in less than one week, one of Michele Bachmann's former staffers have criticized her political abilities.
On Monday, the Republican presidential candidate directly responded to one of them: Former campaign manager Ed Rollins. Bachmann said her campaign is "alive and well" after Rollins said in a cable television news interview that Bachmann doesn't have enough political mojo to make it beyond Iowa.
New York (CNNMoney) - Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, a Republican candidate for the presidency, dropped into New York City on Monday to court the support of Hispanic business owners.
Perry met with dozens of supporters at Papasito Mexican Grill and Agave Bar in the heavily Hispanic neighborhood of Inwood in the northern part of Manhattan. He came at the request of Fernando Mateo, a stockbroker who owns several taxi companies and a construction company, and whose wife is an investor in Papasito.FULL STORY
New York (CNN) - As part of an ongoing outreach to Jewish voters and in response to mounting criticism of President Obama's record on Israel, and polls showing support in the Jewish community slipping, the Obama campaign is mounting a vigorous defense beginning with a national conference call on Tuesday.
In an email to Jewish supporters, Ira Forman, Jewish Outreach Director for the Obama campaign said, "the other side is working hard to distort the President's record – particularly when it comes to his strong support of Israel. To set the record straight, it'll be up to supporters like us who know the truth to get the word out."FULL STORY
(CNN) – Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann didn't walk back on recent comments about the dangers of a vaccine Monday, but defended herself by staking her own unique position.
"I wasn't speaking as a doctor. I wasn't speaking as a scientist," she told CNN's "The Situation Room" anchor Wolf Blitzer during an interview. "I was merely passing on...what I had heard."
Washington (CNN) - Two leading national progressive groups that have been critical of President Barack Obama are applauding the president's plan to reduce the nation's budget deficit.
Obama released his long-awaited plan Monday, outlining a roughly $3 trillion savings blueprint that includes $1.5 trillion in new revenue generated largely by higher taxes on the wealthiest Americans, a proposal strongly opposed by GOP leaders who insist that any tax increase will undermine an already weak economy. The president's proposals include a new tax surcharge that could also be imposed on millionaires, the "Buffett Rule," named after investor Warren Buffett, who argues that the richest Americans are not taxed enough.
New York (CNN) - I've been coming to New York almost every September for a long time, because of the United Nations General Assembly. It convenes at the same time each year. Leaders flock from all over the world, making it a good opportunity to sit down with some of them.
In recent years, I've also been able to interview former President Bill Clinton. He hosts his Clinton Global Initiative in New York at the same time, to allow world leaders to attend both the General Assembly and the CGI. In fact, tomorrow, I'll be sitting down with Clinton.FULL STORY