(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday challenged Republicans to "fight as hard for middle-class families as you do for those who are more fortunate," telling a Pennsylvania crowd to push Congress to extend the payroll tax cut enacted a year ago.
Obama met with a family in Scranton, the birthplace of Vice President Joe Biden, then spoke at a nearby high school in what will be a battleground state in next year's presidential election.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Gabriel Zimmerman was the first congressional staffer killed while performing their official duties. Thursday the House of Representatives will vote on a resolution to memorialize the aide to Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords by naming a meeting room in the Capitol complex after him.
The thirty-year-old aide was slain in January after alleged gunman Jared Loughner opened fire on a "Congress on your Corner" event at a Tucson grocery store where constituents gathered to meet with Giffords.
(CNN) – It looks like the gloves are beginning to come off between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. The two Republican presidential frontrunners are starting to go after each other after trying to stay above the fray over the past many weeks and months.
This should not be surprising since they are in a fierce battle for the party's nomination and the clock is ticking; Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada and Florida are coming up quickly.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Embattled Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain suffers from lower support among Republican women than Republican men, a problem that predates the allegations of sexual harassment and an extramarital affair, according to recent polls.
Results from the CNN/ORC International Polls taken before Monday's accusation that he engaged in a 14-year affair with an Atlanta businesswoman, suggest his lower standing among Republican women is due to concerns over his economic policies as well as his personal qualities.
(CNN) - Herman Cain's presidential campaign is going up on Iowa TV Friday with a new commercial.
A source familiar with the decision tells CNN the Cain national headquarters Wednesday gave the go ahead for the ad buy on cable television in the state that holds the first contest in the presidential caucus and primary calendar.
Dayton, Ohio (CNN) - Embattled Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is keeping mum on whether he will remain in the race for the GOP nomination.
When asked by CNN if he is vowing to continue his campaign, Cain declined to give a direct response.
Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich defended his professional record and embraced being labeled a "lifelong politician" by frontrunner rival Mitt Romney Wednesday.
"You know, I haven't been as successful as Mitt Romney," said Gingrich. "I've had a long work record in many different jobs and some of them have been really profitable and some of them didn't pay much."
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mitt Romney is releasing a second ad in New Hampshire, and it's likely to be less controversial than his first.
The television spot features Romney speaking at a CNN debate about his business credentials and his plan to cut federal spending.
Concord, New Hampshire (CNN) - The New Hampshire house of representatives failed Wednesday to override a veto of right-to-work legislation that has drawn the passing support of several GOP presidential candidates.
Supporters could not muster enough votes to block the state's Democratic governor's veto of the bill, which would prevent unions from collecting dues from non-members.
Washington (CNN) - It's an audition without end, because the Republicans still can't figure out how to cast the lead role.
Here's how the internal discussion goes: We need someone who is a true conservative. We need someone who is right on the matters we care about - the deficit, immigration, cultural issues. We need someone we can trust, who won't betray us. And, by the way, we also need someone who can win.FULL STORY