Rahm Emanuel labels GOP field 'turkeys'
November 19th, 2011
10:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Rahm Emanuel labels GOP field 'turkeys'

(CNN) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel didn't mince any words Saturday when speaking about Republicans running for the 2012 nomination - calling the group "turkeys."

He lambasted the front-runner, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, for what he called inconsistencies in his record.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rahm Emanuel
N.H. Senator Ayotte to endorse Romney
November 19th, 2011
09:46 PM ET
2 years ago

N.H. Senator Ayotte to endorse Romney

Peterborough, New Hampshire (CNN) - New Hampshire U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, in an e-mail announcing her endorsement, emphasized Mitt Romney's strength in a potential general election match-up against Barack Obama.

Ayotte will officially endorse Romney on Sunday afternoon. The former Massachusetts governor was the "strongest candidate" in the GOP field to take on Obama next year, she wrote supporters.
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Filed under: Kelly Ayotte • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
Romney: I will not support tax hikes by super committee
November 19th, 2011
09:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney: I will not support tax hikes by super committee

Peterborough, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mitt Romney said Saturday he would not support any deal by a congressional debt committee that raised taxes, even as time ran short on a deficit-reduction agreement in Congress.

"I don't believe that raising revenues is the right answer to balancing our budget," he said. "I will not support any proposal based upon increasing taxes or revenues. I will, however, support proposals that are focused on reducing spending."
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Filed under: 2012 • Debt • Deficit commission • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
Gingrich: Laws preventing child labor are 'truly stupid'
November 19th, 2011
07:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich: Laws preventing child labor are 'truly stupid'

(CNN) - Newt Gingrich proposed a plan Friday that would allow poor children to clean their schools for money, saying such a setup would both allow students to earn income and endow them with a strong work ethic.

Speaking at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, the former House Speaker said his system would be an improvement on current child labor laws, which he called "truly stupid."
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Filed under: 2012 • Jobs • Newt Gingrich
Kyl says debt deal is 'pretty doubtful'
November 19th, 2011
05:31 PM ET
2 years ago

Kyl says debt deal is 'pretty doubtful'

Washington (CNN) - Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl, a member of the congressional committee created to craft a bipartisan deficit reduction deal, said Saturday the group will work until the deadline, but it's "pretty doubtful" the bipartisan panel will forge a last-minute compromise.

Leaving his office in the Capitol on Saturday, Kyl noted the deadline for getting a compromise evaluated, or "scored," by the Congressional Budget Office is Monday.
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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit commission
Romney opens first Iowa campaign headquarters
November 19th, 2011
05:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney opens first Iowa campaign headquarters

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign has opened its first 2012 presidential campaign headquarters in Iowa.

Dave Kochel, the top strategist in the state for the Republican presidential candidate, said the office opened last week in Des Moines.
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Filed under: Iowa • Mitt Romney
Deficit committee still talking
November 19th, 2011
04:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Deficit committee still talking

Washington (CNN) - Members of the congressional committee created to craft a bipartisan deficit reduction deal continued working into the weekend despite growing pessimism over their inability so far to reach agreement.

Republican committee members held a conference call Saturday morning, a senior GOP aide said. The aide declined to describe the discussions.

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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit commission
Perry hits Iowa airwaves again, calling himself an "outsider"
November 19th, 2011
01:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Perry hits Iowa airwaves again, calling himself an "outsider"

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry's ad spree continued Saturday as the presidential candidate rolled out another spot that will run on Iowa broadcast stations, as well as national cable networks.

The 30-second ad, called "Outsider," paints Perry as a government reformer, noting his plan to radically change how Congress operates.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Rick Perry
Cain speaks out on Secret Service protection
November 19th, 2011
11:13 AM ET
2 years ago

Cain speaks out on Secret Service protection

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain made his first public comments about receiving protection from the United States Secret Service on Friday, telling reporters in Florida there were concerns from his campaign about his safety.

"We were in New Hampshire and there was some things that, quite frankly, made us feel a little uncomfortable," Cain said at a media availability event in Jacksonville. "So we are glad that the request was approved and it feels great because they do a great job of making things move seamlessly."
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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain
NBA players sign on for 'Obama Classic' fundraiser
November 19th, 2011
10:41 AM ET
2 years ago

NBA players sign on for 'Obama Classic' fundraiser

(CNN) - The chances of seeing professional basketball in 2011 are getting smaller, but fans of the sport will have at least one opportunity to watch pro players at work in December - if they're willing to include a donation for President Barack Obama's re-election bid.

The "First Ever Obama Classic" is slated for a yet-to-be-announced venue in Washington on December 12, three days before the first possible NBA game.
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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
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