Washington (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman targeted the frontrunners in the GOP nomination battle during a speech Thursday, saying their proposed solutions to fix Washington are no better than those of President Barack Obama.
Huntsman, the former Utah governor, lumped former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich into the same category as career politicians during his speech in downtown Washington.
Washington (CNN) - As Mitt Romney's campaign turned its focus to Newt Gingrich, a political action committee supportive of Romney is keeping its fire trained on President Barack Obama in a contrast ad released in Iowa Thursday.
The super PAC "Restore Our Future" announced the ad is the start of a major $3.1 million campaign in Iowa that aims to both attack Obama and also tout Romney's business and political record.
(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry will not participate in a debate moderated by real estate mogul Donald Trump and hosted by NewsMax, his campaign announced Thursday.
Perry's Communications Director Ray Sullivan said they "respectfully declined the invitation for the December 27th debate" citing Perry's "traditional retail campaigning in the days and weeks leading up to the Iowa caucus" as top priority for the longest-running Texas governor's presidential campaign.
Washington (CNNMoney) - The Senate on Thursday failed to muster the 60 votes needed to confirm President Obama's pick to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has become the symbol of the administration's efforts to rein in Wall Street excess.
The Senate voted 53-45, along partisan lines, falling 7 short of the votes needed to take up the confirmation of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to be the first director of the bureau. Senate Republicans, except Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, voted against the procedural measure; Olympia Snowe of Maine voted present.
(CNN) - An independent group backing President Barack Obama's reelection campaign will hit airwaves Thursday with an ad reminding voters of former Pres. Ronald Reagan's stance on taxes.
The 30-second spot, from the Democratic group Priorities USA, uses a mock newscast to showcase the former Republican president advocating for higher taxes on millionaires.
(CNN) - The conservative group Crossroads GPS is taking their fight to four competitive Senate battles with new ads airing in Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana and Nebraska, according to the independent organization.
The four spots expected to run for the next two weeks link the three incumbent Democratic senators to President Barack Obama and the leading Democratic candidate in a high profile Senate showdown as a product of Washington, D.C.
Washington (CNN) - Republicans are running out of time to play eeny, meeny, miny, Mitt. With less than four weeks until the Iowa caucuses, GOP voters face a fundamental choice: Go with the candidate who appeals to their heads - or the one who appeals to their hearts.
The smart money has always been on Romney. For months, he waited safely outside of the blast areas that surrounded the implosions of Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Jon Corzine, the former chief executive officer of the bankrupt broker MF Global, apologized for his firm's failure Thursday and told a House committee that he doesn't know where the missing money went.
"I simply do not know where the money is, or why the accounts have not been reconciled to date," said Corzine, the former Democratic senator and governor of New Jersey, in prepared testimony to the House Agriculture Committee on Thursday.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - In all the talk about whether to extend the Social Security payroll tax cut, a lot of the focus is on the economy: Will the recovery suffer if Congress lets it lapse?
Much less prominent in the discussion is the potential effect of the payroll tax cut on the Social Security trust funds.
(CNN) - Newt Gingrich's lead in three key battleground states has expanded into the double digits, according to a poll released Thursday, but Mitt Romney is still slightly more competitive in potential match-ups with President Barack Obama.
The survey - from Quinnipiac University - shows Gingrich, the former House speaker, pulling away with a clear advantage in Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio.