(CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said the tables have turned in the Republican race for the White House, arguing on Wednesday that he's replacing Mitt Romney as the GOP's most steady presidential front-runner.
"I would have thought originally it was going to be a 'Mitt and Not-Mitt'," Gingrich said, talking about his early predictions for the top two Republican contenders. "It may turn out to be 'Newt and Not-Newt,' and that's a very different formula."
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Herman Cain took questions from the media Wednesday but cleared up little of the confusion surrounding the status of his campaign.
The embattled presidential candidate acknowledged he had lost "a few of our warm-weather supporters" and was reassessing his election effort in the wake of an allegation he carried on a 13-year extramarital affair with a Georgia woman. But it was unclear what, exactly, about the campaign he was reassessing.
(CNN) - GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona apologized Wednesday night for taking a dig at Long Island, prompting Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York to quickly bite back.
"Isn't it true that Justice (Sandra Day) O'Connor was specifically referring to a person who was captured on Long Island? Last I checked, Long Island was part – albeit sometimes regrettably – part of the United States of America," McCain said on the Senate floor Wednesday.
(CNN) – Newt Gingrich can add another Republican presidential foe to the list of those taking aim at his record: Texas Rep. Ron Paul.
In a new web video released Wednesday, Paul's campaign hits the former House Speaker as a "serial" hypocrite and Washington insider.
Washington (CNN) - In an effort to offset the cost of extending the current payroll tax cut for one year, Senate Republicans on Wednesday proposed freezing federal salaries, reducing the federal work force and keeping millionaires from getting food stamps and unemployment benefits.
The proposal would raise the $120 billion to cover the payroll tax and would bring in an additional $111 billion Republicans say would be used to pay down the nation's debt.
Washington (CNN) – While Herman Cain assesses whether he will stay in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, his campaign Wednesday announced it is going on the air in Iowa with a new ad beginning Friday.
The commercial, the campaign’s second of the season in Iowa, seeks to emphasize Cain’s business background–credentials often touted on the campaign trail qualifications to be president.
(CNN) – Brushing aside his recent spat with Newt Gingrich, GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Wednesday said he's more geared up for a fight with national Democrats.
"I think it's kinda curious that they want to jump into our primary and try and throw the primary to someone who they think has a better chance of losing to the president," Romney said in an interview on Sean Hannity's radio show. "I'm kind of invigorated by the fact that they've decided to go after me."
(CNN) – Herman Cain said Wednesday he will make a final decision about whether to remain in the 2012 presidential race in the next several days after he discusses the campaign with his wife and weighs the toll it is taking on his family.
The Republican candidate acknowledged the distress the accusations have caused his wife of 43 years and said he will fly home over the weekend to speak with his family face-to-face.
Orlando, Florida (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie suggested Wednesday that embattled Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain mishandled the multiple scandals engulfing his once-soaring campaign.
But Christie, a leading voice in the Republican Party who is backing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the presidential race, said Cain has to decide on his own whether or not to abandon his White House bid.
Washington (CNN) – A year after Congress voluntarily agreed to give up earmarks - pork barrel spending projects critics say cost too much and may have an outsized influence on some lawmakers - the special-interest provisions have crept slowly back into legislation, two senators warned on Wednesday.
"There is an effort under way to go back to earmarking as usual, as it used to be," said Sen. Patrick Toomey, R-Pennsylvania. "I think that would be a disaster for our country and our congress and we intend to do our very best to prevent that."