Gingrich shows humane side on immigration
November 22nd, 2011
11:52 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich shows humane side on immigration

Washington (CNN) - In his first debate as the Republican frontrunner, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took a political gamble Tuesday by wading into the volatile issue of limited amnesty for long-time illegal immigrants.

"If you've been here 25 years and you got three kids and two grandkids, you've been paying taxes and obeying the law, you belong to a local church, I don't think we're going to separate you from your family, uproot you forcefully and kick you out," Gingrich said near the end of the CNN debate on national security.

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$1.5 million poured into Huntsman ads
November 22nd, 2011
11:23 PM ET
2 years ago

$1.5 million poured into Huntsman ads

(CNN) - A super PAC supportive of presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has spent nearly $1.5 million on television ads including a new ad buy over Thanksgiving.

A spokesman for Our Destiny super PAC tells CNN the group is spending $650,000 on broadcast and cable advertisements over a trio of media markets covering New Hampshire, the state where Huntsman has placed his presidential hopes.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Jon Huntsman
Commanders' view of Afghan drawdown not as simple as Huntsman and Romney say
November 22nd, 2011
10:53 PM ET
3 years ago

Commanders' view of Afghan drawdown not as simple as Huntsman and Romney say

Washington (CNN) – GOP candidates Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman offered differing views on how a president should reach decisions about matters like U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Romney made it clear he believes a president should listen to his commanders on the ground when making such a decision. "The commander-in-chief makes that decision based upon the input of people closest to the ground," Romney said during Tuesday night's GOP debate.

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Patriot Act, security prompt GOP sparring in CNN national security debate
November 22nd, 2011
09:31 PM ET
3 years ago

Patriot Act, security prompt GOP sparring in CNN national security debate

Washington (CNN) - The Republican candidates for president outlined their visions for fighting terrorism and keeping the country safe during a CNN debate Tuesday held just down the street from the White House they hope to occupy.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the latest GOP frontrunner in this volatile primary season, sparred with libertarian-leaning Texas Rep. Ron Paul over the Patriot Act as the debate opened, with Gingrich calling for an even more robust version of the law.

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Live Blog: CNN Republican National Security Debate
November 22nd, 2011
07:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Live Blog: CNN Republican National Security Debate

Washington, D.C. (CNN) - The CNN Political Ticker is live blogging the CNN Republican National Security Debate in Washington, D.C. Check here for live updates throughout the event and be sure to follow @PoliticalTicker, @CNNPolitics and use #CNNDebate.

10:05p.m. ETpiersmorgan: Good night for Gingrich & Huntsman. Romney flat, Perry better, Paul lively, Cain & Bachmann irrelevant, taxi for Santorum. #cnndebate

10:05 p.m. ET@AWMooneyCNN: Can't get enough of ambiguous letter grades after these debates #cnndebate

10:00 p.m. ET - @rolandsmartin: Media will say @newtgingrich won this debate. NOT TRUE. 1st half: Huntsman. Overall: Ron Paul #cnndebate

9:59p.m. ET Wolf Blitzer closed the debate and says good night.

9:57 p.m. ET – Cain said one of the greatest threats to U.S. is cyber attack. Gingrich agreed with that. Bachmann said threat of terrorism has come home, she raised prosecution in her home state of those convicted of supporting Al Qaeda inspired group in Somalia.
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November 22nd, 2011
07:03 PM ET
3 years ago

'Occupy' protesters disrupt Obama speech

(CNN) – While speaking about his jobs plan in Manchester, New Hampshire on Tuesday, President Barack Obama was interrupted by a group of Occupy Wall Street protesters.

"I appreciate you guys making your point," Obama said. "Let me go ahead and make mine."

Obama is the latest presidential candidate whose speech was disrupted by the demonstrators. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul have each heard from "Occupy" activists at campaign events in recent weeks.


Filed under: Occupy Wall Street • President Obama
$3.5 million spent on pro-Perry ads
November 22nd, 2011
05:55 PM ET
3 years ago

$3.5 million spent on pro-Perry ads

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – More than $3.5 million on advertising for GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry has been spent in less than 30 days, thanks in part to the candidate's deep war chest and the help of an outside political group.

Perry, whose campaign had $15 million cash on hand as of October 1, has gone on an advertising blitz spending up to $2.8 million on television and radio ads primarily in Iowa, but they've also run ads in New Hampshire and nationwide on a cable news station.

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.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Rick Perry
Palin vs. Fox News?
November 22nd, 2011
04:27 PM ET
3 years ago

Palin vs. Fox News?

(CNN) – Did Roger Ailes accuse Sarah Palin of going rogue?

Citing anonymous sources, New York Magazine reports the Fox News chief was "infuriated" that Palin announced her much-anticipated 2012 decision on conservative radio host Mark Levin's show on Oct 5., bypassing the network that holds her million dollar contract.
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Filed under: 2012 • Fox News • Sarah Palin
Is Gingrich's 'NewtHampshire' site too little, too late?
November 22nd, 2011
04:05 PM ET
3 years ago

Is Gingrich's 'NewtHampshire' site too little, too late?

Editor's note: Micah Sifry is co-founder of the Personal Democracy Forum, a website that examines how technology is changing politics, and the author of "WikiLeaks and the Age of Transparency." This commentary is part of a series of "Campaign Tech" articles that will run through 2012 and explore technology's role in the presidential election

(CNN) - Having surged to the top of national polls of likely Republican voters, Newt Gingrich's campaign for president is hoping to capitalize on the attention with a sophisticated website aimed solely at New Hampshire voters called, appropriately enough, NewtHampshire.com.

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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Newt Gingrich
Analysis: What is Obama's post-super committee strategy?
November 22nd, 2011
02:45 PM ET
3 years ago

Analysis: What is Obama's post-super committee strategy?

Washington, D.C. (CNN) - One of the oldest axioms in politics is that you should never let a good crisis go to waste. Now that the hopelessly divided deficit reduction super committee has failed, it is apparent to just about everyone that Washington has a serious crisis of governance.

Question: What - if anything - will President Barack Obama do about it? With the 2012 election season already under way, should he assume a deal is impossible and use the panel's failure as a campaign weapon? Or is he better off knocking heads together on Capitol Hill and trying to ram through a deal that will prevent unpopular automatic spending cuts from taking effect starting in 2013?

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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Deficit commission • President Obama
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