Pastor denies remarks against Romney were 'bigotry'
October 8th, 2011
05:09 PM ET
3 years ago

Pastor denies remarks against Romney were 'bigotry'

(CNN) – A megachurch pastor and supporter of Texas Gov. Rick Perry stood firm Saturday on his stance that Christians should vote against presidential hopeful Mitt Romney because of his Mormon faith.

"Those of us that are evangelicals have every right to prefer and select a competent Christian over a competent non-Christian," Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church Dallas, told CNN on Saturday.
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Filed under: 2012 • Faith • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry • Values Voter Summit
Perry avoids questions on pastor's Mormonism remarks
October 8th, 2011
04:49 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry avoids questions on pastor's Mormonism remarks

Orange City, Iowa (CNN) - As others condemn the words of one of Rick Perry's supporters, the Texas governor himself did not want to talk about the brewing controversy while at a campaign appearance in Iowa on Saturday.

Though the Republican presidential candidate openly answered voters' questions about some of his controversial positions regarding Social Security and illegal immigration, Perry would not discuss the political firestorm sparked after prominent Southern pastor Robert Jeffress said Republicans should vote against fellow GOP candidate Mitt Romney because he is Mormon. Jeffress added that the Mormon faith a "cult."
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Filed under: 2012 • Faith • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry • Values Voter Summit
Ron Paul wins Values Voter straw poll
October 8th, 2011
03:46 PM ET
3 years ago

Ron Paul wins Values Voter straw poll

Washington (CNN) - GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul secured yet another straw poll victory Saturday.

The Texas congressman won 37% of the poll at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, sponsored by the Family Research Council, a social conservative group.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ron Paul • Values Voter Summit
Bloomberg says Wall Street protesters trying to destroy jobs
October 8th, 2011
11:40 AM ET
3 years ago

Bloomberg says Wall Street protesters trying to destroy jobs

New York (CNN) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted Wall Street protesters, entering their 22nd day Saturday, for targeting the financial sector and "trying to destroy the jobs of working people in the city."

Speaking on WOR radio Friday, Bloomberg said the city's labor unions - many of whom swelled demonstrator ranks earlier this week - depend on salaries that "come from the taxes paid by the people they're trying to vilify."

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Filed under: Jobs • Michael Bloomberg • New York • Wall Street
Romney jabs controversial speaker at Values Voter Summit
October 8th, 2011
11:09 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney jabs controversial speaker at Values Voter Summit

Washington (CNN) - Addressing the Values Voter Summit in Washington, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney chided a controversial conservative leader who has denounced Mormonism.

The former Massachusetts governor, whose family has deep ties to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, made no mention of the clamor surrounding Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, who called Mormonism a "cult" after appearing at the summit on Friday.

But Romney did take aim at Bryan Fischer, a director at the American Family Association, who was slated to speak directly after the candidate took the stage Saturday.
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Filed under: 2012 • Faith • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry • Values Voter Summit
Rep. Paul: War and abortion pose threats to liberty
October 8th, 2011
10:30 AM ET
3 years ago

Rep. Paul: War and abortion pose threats to liberty

(CNN) - Speaking in Washington on Saturday at the Values Voter Summit, presidential hopeful Ron Paul threaded much of his speech with his familiar anti-war themes and rallying cries for liberty.

"One of the greatest threats to family is war," Paul said. "It undermines the family."
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Filed under: 2012 • Ron Paul • Values Voter Summit
White House sends Solyndra emails to Congress
October 8th, 2011
09:06 AM ET
3 years ago

White House sends Solyndra emails to Congress

Washington (CNN) - The White House, under fire over loan guarantees to a solar energy company that filed for bankruptcy, sent 2,000 pages of email communication to Capitol Hill late Friday afternoon, a source familiar with the congressional investigation looking into the matter told CNN.

There appears to be no smoking gun but the email traffic provides more details about who at the White House was looped in on the deal while red flags were being raised about the financial soundness of "green" company Solyndra Inc.

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GOP lauds pro-trade proposals, ignores Obama's pitch for jobs bill
October 8th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
3 years ago

GOP lauds pro-trade proposals, ignores Obama's pitch for jobs bill

Washington (CNN) – This week's radio spokesperson for the Republican Party said he is "glad to see that President Obama finally" did something to his liking.

South Dakota Sen. John Thune during the weekly Republican address on Saturday expressed relief that President Barack Obama took action on some pro-trade fiscal recommendations he said GOP politicians sent the White House nearly three years ago in an effort to revitalize the economy.
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Filed under: Jobs • President Obama • Republicans