Mackinac Island, Michigan (CNN) - Mitt Romney, speaking Saturday evening at a key Republican conference, slammed President Barack Obama for his stewardship of the economy and said the incumbent is taking the country in the wrong direction.
"I just don't think he is equipped to deal with what is happening," Romney told a dinner of about 1,600 attending the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.
Orlando, Florida (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign was dealt a worrying blow Saturday when he finished in a distant second place to businessman Herman Cain in a closely watched straw poll in Florida.
Cain won 37% of the 2,657 votes cast in the straw poll conducted at Presidency 5, a three-day convention sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida that brought thousands of party activists to Orlando.
Washington (CNN) - While acknowledging the hard-hit black community and budding criticisms in its ranks, President Barack Obama said in a speech Saturday night to the Congressional Black Caucus that he wouldn't give up - and urged members of the black community to join him to jump-start the still sluggish economy.
"I expect all of you to march with me, and press on," Obama said. "... Stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying. We are going to press on. We've got work to do."
Mackinac Island, Michigan (CNN) - Gov. Rick Perry brought some Texas charm to Michigan as he came into what some may consider enemy territory. Perry received an enthusiastic welcome as he spoke to about 1,600 attendees of a key Michigan Republican conference Saturday.
Perry, who has battled Mitt Romney forcefully in the last several weeks, seemed to take some subtle digs at his major challenger for the nomination, a Michigan native who still has strong ties in the state. Not only was Romney raised there, he is the son of a popular governor and has built a strong network of supporters and donors here.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama had a high-profile golf partner Saturday: former President Bill Clinton.
The two hit the links on the golf course at Joint Base Andrews, a course outside of Washington that Obama plays frequently. Rounding out the foursome were Obama’s Chief of Staff William Daley and Doug Band, one of Clinton’s aides.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama says the passage of his new jobs bill will help improve America's troubled economy.
"That's going to make a difference right away," the president told BET network. "It's estimated that that would grow the economy by an extra 2%, put a 1.9 million people back to work. Those aren't our estimates. Those are independent estimates. So that could make a difference."
Mackinac Island, Michigan (CNN) - Emphasizing his roots in Michigan, Mitt Romney started early Saturday morning paying a visit to a diner in the small coastal town of St. Igance, sitting with patrons and recalling his father, who was a popular governor in the state. Romney touched on his time growing up here as well as its various sports teams and even the geography.
He told the diners, "Everything I see around here reminds me of my parents" and that coming back "feels very much like home."
Orlando (CNN) - After emerging bruised from Thursday night's Republican presidential debate in Orlando, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is stepping up his attacks against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, casting his chief GOP rival as "slick" and inauthentic.
"What Americans are looking for isn't the slickest candidate," Perry told Republican activists Saturday. "They are looking for an authentic principled leader. You've seen what happens when our country chooses leaders who emphasize words over deeds."
(CNN) – For the second week in a row, Republicans called for the downsizing of federal regulations in the private sector.
“We Republicans say, enough is enough,” said Sen. Susan Collins of Maine in the GOP weekly address Saturday. “America needs a ‘time out’ from the regulations that discourage job creation and hurt our economy.”
Washington (CNN) – Following new federal rules that give more flexibility in meeting No Child Left Behind requirements, President Barack Obama said states can now better educate their children.
“This will make a huge difference in the lives of students all across the country,” Obama said in his weekly address Saturday.