Axelrod: Gingrich to blame for Washington gridlock
December 5th, 2011
09:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Axelrod: Gingrich to blame for Washington gridlock

(CNN) - President Barack Obama’s top strategist said Monday the current frontrunner in the GOP presidential race has a history of creating political animosity.

“I don't think there's any single person in this country that did more to create the kind of discord in Washington that we see today than Newt Gingrich,” Axelrod said on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.”
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Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
Romney’s stand on payroll tax has Dems crying ‘flip-flop’
December 5th, 2011
09:02 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney’s stand on payroll tax has Dems crying ‘flip-flop’

(CNN) - They may be backing the same legislative measure, but Democrats weren’t cheering Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney Monday for coming out in support of extending the payroll tax cut.

“Mitt Romney proved once again he is no ‘man of steadiness and constancy,’” Ben LaBolt, press secretary for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, said. “After belittling the middle-class tax cut the president proposed by calling it a ‘little Band-Aid,’ and saying he ‘is not looking to put money in people’s pockets – that’s the other party,’ Mitt Romney flip-flopped and now says he’s for it.”
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Taxes
Candidates call on Obama to fire U.S. envoy
December 5th, 2011
08:53 PM ET
2 years ago

Candidates call on Obama to fire U.S. envoy

(CNN) - Three candidates vying for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination have called on President Barack Obama to ax the U.S. ambassador to Belgium after the diplomat appeared to link European anti-Semitism to the actions of the Israeli military.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich all say Ambassador Howard Gutman should be fired for remarks made last week at a conference in Brussels.
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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Rick Perry • State Department
Gingrich ready for 'early Christmas gift' from Pelosi
December 5th, 2011
05:43 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich ready for 'early Christmas gift' from Pelosi

New York (CNN) - White House hopeful Newt Gingrich welcomed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's threat to unearth information from an ethics investigation from when the Republican presidential candidate was serving in Congress.

Pelosi was part of the ethics investigative subcommittee that evaluated the charges against the Republican presidential candidate when he was House Speaker in the late 90s.
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Filed under: 2012 • Nancy Pelosi • Newt Gingrich
Pelosi ready to tell all on Gingrich
December 5th, 2011
05:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Pelosi ready to tell all on Gingrich

(CNN) – Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office said Monday that any potentially-damaging information she had on Newt Gingrich was all open to the public, defending earlier comments that she had "a thousand pages" of investigative material on Gingrich during his time as House speaker.

"Leader Pelosi was clearly referring to the extensive amount of information that is in the public record, including the comprehensive committee report with which the public may not be fully aware," said Nadeam Elshami, a Pelosi spokesman, in a statement.
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Filed under: 2012 • House of Representatives • Nancy Pelosi • Newt Gingrich
Dan Quayle to back Romney
December 5th, 2011
05:07 PM ET
2 years ago

Dan Quayle to back Romney

(CNN) - Dan Quayle will throw his support behind GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Tuesday, CNN has confirmed.

The former Republican vice president, who served with former President George H.W. Bush, will make the announcement alongside Romney at an event in suburban Phoenix.
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Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Mitt Romney
BLITZER’S BLOG: With Cain out, '9-9-9' is dead-dead-dead
December 5th, 2011
03:28 PM ET
2 years ago

BLITZER’S BLOG: With Cain out, '9-9-9' is dead-dead-dead

(CNN) - With Herman Cain dropping out of the Republican race for the White House, what happens to his “9-9-9” tax plan? The short answer, of course, is that it’s gone.

What isn’t gone, though, is a desire for major tax reform in the United States.

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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Taxes • TV-The Situation Room
Gingrich and Trump team up
December 5th, 2011
02:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich and Trump team up

New York, New York (CNN) – Republican presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich teamed up with mogul Donald Trump Monday and questioned his opponents who have refused to participate in the Trump-moderated debate in late December.

Texas Congressman Ron Paul has been Trump's most vocal critic, says his involvement in the conservative Newsmax magazine debate could hurt the Republican Party.
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Filed under: Donald Trump • New York • Newt Gingrich
Obama urges Congress to extend payroll tax cut
December 5th, 2011
02:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama urges Congress to extend payroll tax cut

(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Monday said extending the payroll tax cut set to expire at the end of the year will help the nation's economic recovery.

"Our recovery is still fragile, and the situation in Europe has added to that uncertainty," Obama told reporters at the White House.
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Filed under: President Obama • Taxes
Democrats offer payroll tax cut compromise
December 5th, 2011
01:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Democrats offer payroll tax cut compromise

Washington (CNN) – Senate Democrats on Monday offered a new proposal to extend the payroll tax cut before it expires at the end of the year, and President Barack Obama quickly urged Congress to help middle-class Americans by passing it.

In a statement to reporters at the White House, Obama said failure to act would mean almost 160 million people would pay higher taxes next year, violating a pledge by Republican legislators against raising taxes.

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Filed under: Congress • Democrats • Taxes
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