(CNN) – A week after proposing his economic recovery plan, Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul said Sunday that the true unemployment rate in the United States is higher than the 9.1% estimated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
"I think the downturn in the economy occurred in the year 2000," Paul told CNN, adding that there have been no new jobs since then "and yet we've had a 30 million increase in population."
(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann continued to hit rival Herman Cain's conservative credentials Sunday amid a recent dust up over comments he made about abortion.
Bachmann said the remarks made earlier this week were further evidence of the businessman's "troubling" policy shifts.
(CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell disagreed Sunday with Vice President Joe Biden’s hypothesis that the 2012 election will be a choice between Democrats and Republicans, and instead labeled it a “referendum” on President Barack Obama.
"The vice president said this election will be a choice. It will be a referendum, a referendum on the president and his performance," McConnell said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "Their policies are in place and they are demonstrably not working."
Stamford, Connecticut (CNN) - Former New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu will endorse Mitt Romney on Monday, Sununu confirmed to CNN.
Republicans in the state had widely expected the New Hampshire Republican wise man to support Romney. His endorsement is highly prized and provides another sign the GOP establishment is backing Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, in the race for the presidential nomination. Sununu, who served as chief of staff to George H.W. Bush, will also serve as chairman of Gov. Romney's national steering committee, the campaign said.
(CNN) - The bumper sticker for the president's re-election effort will be "let's get the economy moving," according to Vice President Joe Biden.
Although Biden was quick to highlight specific growth in the economy, he also stressed the importance of the jobs bill proposed by the Obama administration.
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden said he was not making a political or ideological point when he suggested earlier in the week that rapes and other crimes would increase if Republicans block a measure aimed at preserving police jobs.
"They either are going to figure out how to help those cities the way we want to help them, or some other way. But if they don't get help, crime is going to continue to go up. It's that simple," Biden said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "It's not an ideological point, it's not a political point, it's just a physical reality."
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Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann stressed her social conservatism to a large gathering of evangelicals in Iowa, where she has fallen from high poll positions.
Bachmann keyed in on issues of interest to the roughly 1,000 people at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition in Des Moines on Saturday.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - After sparking questions regarding his position on abortion, Herman Cain tried to drive a stake through any doubt about his pro-life stance on Saturday.
At the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition in Des Moines, the Republican presidential nominee reiterated his views against abortion - then went further so as to leave no room for speculation.
(CNN) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was re-elected to a second term Saturday, winning in a landslide with little opposition from nine other candidates.
Jindal, who was widely favored to win, had 66% of the vote with 98% precincts reporting, according to unofficial results from the Secretary of State.FULL STORY