Washington (CNN) - Hundreds of his former colleagues, aides and people from across the political aisle gathered in Washington Friday evening to honor former Republican Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole, who marked his 50th anniversary of being elected to Congress.
Dole, a native of Kansas, told the crowd he got into politics by accident.
(CNN) - Comedian Will Ferrell popped into the briefing room on Friday afternoon while on a tour of the White House with press secretary Jay Carney. Ferrell is in Washington D.C. to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday at the Kennedy Center.
While in the briefing room, Ferrell stood behind the podium and took a picture with Carney and said jokingly, “Jay, why are you forcing me to take a picture? This is all for your benefit.”
(CNN) - National Democrats continued their offense against Mitt Romney Friday, knocking the former Massachusetts governor over statements he made about home foreclosures earlier in the week.
"To Mitt Romney, houses aren't places where people raise their families and build lives," said Brad Woodhouse, communications director for the Democratic National Committee, in a conference call with reporters. "They're investments to make a profit."
TOPICS: Importance of economy, unemployment, deficit, health care, Social Security, terrorism, taxes, size of government, illegal immigration, foreign policy, moral issues
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(CNN) – The economy is the most important issue for voters in the 2012 election cycle, according to a new CNN/ORC International Poll of American adults released Friday.
Fifty-four percent of respondents said the economy will be an extremely important factor in the next election. Unemployment was a close second with 47% followed by the deficit at 45% and health care at 42%. Other issues, like terrorism, foreign policy and moral issues, which previously dominated presidential elections, came in 36%, 23% and 18% respectively.
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(CNN) – For now Vice President Joe Biden is focused on the president's reelection effort, but come 2016 he may be whistling a different tune.
The former presidential candidate and Delaware senator left the door open to running for president again in an exclusive interview with CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.
(CNN) – Some of the Republican presidential candidates were sharply critical Friday of President Barack Obama for his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year. Read their statements below.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney:
Stamford, Connecticut (CNN) - Much of the GOP field will visit the New Hampshire state house next week to file for candidacy in the nation's first primary before the Oct. 28 deadline.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will file his paperwork Monday morning, according to the secretary of state's office. The filing follows a stop Romney will make Saturday at his state headquarters in Manchester.
(CNN) - Nearly seven in ten Americans think Congress has done nothing to address the problems facing America, according to a CNN/ORC International Poll released Friday.
Sixty-nine percent of respondents appear to agree with critics who say the current House and Senate are a "do-nothing Congress," while only 28% said Congress has helped the country this year. Former President Harry Truman helped coin the "do-nothing" phrase during his reelection fight in 1948.
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Miami, Florida (CNN) - Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is calling allegations that he embellished his family's history of immigrating to the United States from Cuba, "outrageous."
"To suggest my family's story is embellished for political gain is outrageous," Rubio said in a statement issued by his office on Thursday. "The dates I have given regarding my family's history have always been based on my parent's recollections of events that occurred over 55 years ago and which were relayed to me by them more than two decades after they happened. I was not made aware of the exact dates until very recently."