Washington (CNN) - Speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry focused his speech less on social conservative values and more on the economy, taking a swipe at President Barack Obama along the way.
"[Americans] aren't look for soaring speeches. They're looking for common sense solutions," Perry said Friday. "They know our first order of business to get America working again is sending our current president to the private sector."
(CNN) – In delivering his first major foreign policy speech of the campaign, Republican candidate Mitt Romney really took off on President Obama’s record.
“I will not surrender America’s role in the world,” he said in a carefully-crafted speech at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, an early primary state. “This is very simple: If you do not want America to be the strongest nation on Earth, I am not your president. You have that president today.”
(CNN) - More than one quarter century after dominating the New England Patriots in New Orleans, the Super Bowl XX champion Chicago Bears finally got their chance to celebrate at the White House - much to the joy of one of the team's biggest fans, President Barack Obama.
In remarks in front of the team and onlookers, Obama said that he was a newcomer to Chicago in 1985 when the Bears posted a 15-1 record en route to capturing the NFL title in January 1986. But just days after their Super Bowl win, the squad's ceremonial visit to mark the occasion in Washington was postponed after the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.
Washington (CNN) – As part of his speech to the Values Voter Summit Friday, presidential contender Rick Santorum introduced his “0-0-0” plan, a swipe at Herman Cain’s highly publicized “9-9-9” tax reform plan.
After laying out why he is a strong social conservative, Santorum directed his focus on Cain.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – The tentative date for Iowa's presidential caucus is Jan. 3, 2012, according to two members of the committee that will formally decide the date.
One member, Drew Ivers, told CNN on Friday that is the "consensus date" of the 18-member Iowa GOP Central Committee. Another member, AJ Spiker, told CNN, "The 3rd will clearly be the date."
(CNN) - America loves an underdog. And it looks like the Obama campaign does as well.
In the last week, both the president and vice president have specifically painted themselves with that brush, mindful that a come-from-behind narrative often gins up more donor enthusiasm and television airtime than a campaign that appears to be in cruise control.
Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum struck a tone of togetherness at the Values Voter Summit on Friday, branding himself as a "value voter" that has always been a social conservative.
The former Republican senator from Pennsylvania detailed his career by highlighting the social priorities that he championed while in the House and Senate.
Concord, New Hampshire (CNN) - Don't call Texas Gov. Rick Perry soft on immigration, said the chair of his state's Democratic Party.
"His anti-Latino record, I think, speaks for itself," said Texas Democratic leader Boyd Richie during a visit to the New Hampshire Democratic Party headquarters Friday. "To say that he's soft on immigration is just flat wrong."
(CNN) – The leader of the right-leaning Family Research Council said Friday that simply electing a Republican to the White House in 2012 wouldn't be enough to counter Pres. Barack Obama's four years as president.
"This election is too important to elect a Republican," Tony Perkins said at the Values Voter Summit in Washington. "We need to elect a conservative that will undo the economic and moral and social destruction this administration has unleashed on America. We don't need politicians that promise to slow down decline. We need leaders that are bold and courageous that will undo destructive policies."
(CNN) - Political junkies keeping track of the GOP presidential horserace probably know the candidates by first name only: Mitt, Rick, Michele and so on.
But a new Pew Research Center survey finds only small percentages of Americans can name any of the 2012 Republican candidates. When asked to name a person running for the nomination, only 28% identified Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 27% named former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and 15% identified Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.