(CNN) – In a second poll released Monday measuring New Hampshire support, Mitt Romney held a wide lead over fellow GOP contenders in the race for the White House.
A Suffolk University/7News (WHDH-TV) poll showed Romney with 41% of support in the Granite State, while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul both came in with 14%.
Programming note: GOP presidential candidates face off at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, November 22, in the CNN Republican National Security Debate in Washington, D.C.
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mitt Romney is jumping into the TV ad wars.
The Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Tuesday will release his first paid television commercial of his second bid for the GOP nomination, and President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is already fighting back.
(CNN) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted Congress and President Obama for the failure of the so-called "super committee" to reach a deficit-reduction package Monday, calling the effects of partisan collapse "mind-boggling."
"It is this cowardice and this partisanship in Washington that is really hurting our country. If you take a look at whether it was the deficit ceiling fight or this fight, the number of jobs that were destroyed, the wealth that was ruined and taken away. It's just mind-boggling," Bloomberg told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.
Washington (CNN) – The fact that $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts would be triggered by the failure of the deficit reduction super committee to reach a deal made it harder for the committee to make tough decisions on entitlement and tax reform, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, a GOP member of the committee said Monday.
“I haven’t talked about this publicly at all. I do think having the sequester in place was important for the markets among others, because they knew there would be $1.2 trillion,” Portman said. “I think it was important to be able to pass the debt limit because there had to be some sort of trigger that guaranteed it.”
(CNN) - Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, a former Democratic presidential candidate, seemed to be enjoying his chance to bash the Republican presidential candidates Monday, making fun of their national security views and spotlighting what he says are their flip-floppy stances.
Clark was joined in remarks by former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig and Ret. Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton at the National Press Club on the eve of the CNN Republican National Security Debate in Washington, D.C. It will be the last foreign policy-focused debate before the Iowa caucus in January.
(CNN) – Republican presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich unveiled his plan to reform what he calls the "welfare empire" and make major overhauls to social programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
"There are 185 federal programs that are income-related, that is, that are you know are supposedly helping the poor," Gingrich said St. Anselm College in Manchester. "185. Those programs collectively spend so much money that if you just gave it to the poor, there would be no poor left in America."
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and congressional leaders traded blame Monday for the failure of the congressional "super committee" to forge a deficit reduction deal, but they also called for Congress to work out an agreement before painful automatic budget cuts take place in 2013.
Earlier, the co-chairs of the bipartisan special joint committee said in a statement that "after months of hard work and intense deliberations, we have come to the conclusion today that it will not be possible to make any bipartisan agreement available to the public before the committee's deadline."
New York (CNNMoney) – Look out budget wonks, Newt Gingrich is comin' for you.
The former Speaker of the House labeled the Congressional Budget Office a "reactionary socialist institution" during a speech on Social Security reform in New Hampshire on Monday.
Keene, New Hampshire (CNN) - A handful of Occupy Wall Street activists disrupted a well-attended town hall hosted by Rep. Ron Paul at Keene State College Monday.
After a moderator announced Paul would be taking his last question, a man in the audience stood up and yelled "Mic check!"
(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Monday said Republicans in Congress rejected what he called a balanced approach to deficit reduction that included tax increases on the wealthy.
"Despite the broad agreement that exists for such an approach, there are still to many Republicans in Congress that have refused to listen to the voices of reason and compromise that are coming from outside of Washington," Obama told reporters after a special bipartisan committee announced that it had failed to reach a compromise.