Cain leaves door open to media gig
December 8th, 2011
11:49 PM ET
2 years ago

Cain leaves door open to media gig

(CNN) - Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, who suspended his campaign on Saturday, said he’s considering ways to keep his voice heard in the presidential process.

"Well, obviously the doors to radio or TV, those doors are open," Cain said in an interview on Fox News Thursday night.
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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain
Emails questioned huge contract for firm with ties to Obama admin
December 8th, 2011
10:54 PM ET
2 years ago

Emails questioned huge contract for firm with ties to Obama admin

Washington (CNN) - A series of e-mail exchanges between officials at the Department of Health and Human Services shows growing alarm at the amount of projected profit from a government contract for a drug company whose controlling shareholder is a longtime Democratic Party activist.

Ronald Perelman is controlling shareholder of Siga Technologies, and a long-time Democratic Party activist and fund-raiser. He's also a large contributor to Republicans, but has been a particular friend of the Obama White House.

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Filed under: President Obama
Santorum to score big Iowa endorsement
December 8th, 2011
10:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum to score big Iowa endorsement

(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will receive the backing of Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz on Friday, a GOP source familiar with the announcement confirmed to CNN.

Schultz's endorsement is a big boost for the former Pennsylvania senator, who's made Iowa a main focus of his campaign.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rick Santorum
Obama hosts an early Hannukah reception
December 8th, 2011
08:48 PM ET
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Obama hosts an early Hannukah reception

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama on Thursday celebrated the Jewish holiday of Hannukah a bit early, holding a White House reception more than a week before the eight-day festival begins.

"We're jumping the gun just a little bit," Obama told several hundreds guests at the event taking place 12 days before Hannukah starts on December 20. "The way I see it, we're just extending the holiday spirit."

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Filed under: Israel • President Obama • White House
Romney super PAC prepping Gingrich attack
December 8th, 2011
08:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney super PAC prepping Gingrich attack

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – A political action committee supportive of Mitt Romney posted an ad blasting Newt Gingrich Thursday night, then abruptly took down the spot.

The Restore Our Future ad hit Gingrich for his "baggage," including ethics violations and his past stance on climate change. The ad said Democrats had been attacking Romney in the hopes of a general election match-up against Gingrich.
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Filed under: Ads • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
December 8th, 2011
08:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Trump: Romney surprised me

(CNN) - In an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room," Donald Trump said he was surprised when former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney turned down an invitation to the upcoming Trump-moderated debate.

"He wants my endorsement very badly. We've seen him come up. We speak. I like him a lot. I think he's a terrific guy, but I was really surprised that he didn't want to do the debate," Trump told Wolf Blitzer, anchor of "The Situation Room."

Obama endorses move to keep age restrictions on 'morning after pill'
December 8th, 2011
07:57 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama endorses move to keep age restrictions on 'morning after pill'

The White House (CNN) – President Obama endorsed his administration’s decision to keep in place age restrictions on the purchase of Plan B, the so-called "morning after pill", without a prescription.

"I did not get involved in the process," Obama said when asked if he personally intervened in the matter. "This was a decision that was made by Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of HHS."

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Gingrich reaches out to conservative leaders
December 8th, 2011
07:28 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich reaches out to conservative leaders

Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign is increasing its outreach to conservative leaders to try and quell their skepticism about the Gingrich candidacy.

The effort by the campaign to consolidate its conservative base ranges from phone conversations initiated by Gingrich, email exchanges with the candidate as well as a two-hour session between Gingrich and about 70 prominent conservative activists.
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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich
Bachmann will not take part in Trump debate
December 8th, 2011
07:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Bachmann will not take part in Trump debate

(CNN) - Michele Bachmann became the latest candidate to decline Donald Trump's invitation to his upcoming Republican presidential debate, her top spokesperson, Alice Stewart, told CNN.

She's the fifth candidate to turn down the offer, leaving former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as the only two candidates scheduled to face off at the event.
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Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Michele Bachmann
Santorum on Trump debate no-shows: They're hypocrites
December 8th, 2011
05:52 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum on Trump debate no-shows: They're hypocrites

(CNN) - Rick Santorum scoffed at some of his fellow GOP presidential candidates on Thursday for turning down Donald Trump's debate invitation.

"Many of my opponents jockeyed to be the first to fly up to New York and use Donald Trump for a photo op and no doubt try and secure an endorsement," the former Pennsylvania senator said in a statement. "But when Donald wants to moderate a debate – they refuse to attend. That's what's so wrong with politics today – hypocrisy."
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Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Rick Santorum
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