(CNN) - When it comes down to the battle between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, former New York mayor and Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said Monday he thought Gingrich might have an edge.
Speaking to CNN’s Piers Morgan, Giuliani said the former House speaker’s appeal to a wide array of voters would help him, as opposed to potential problems Romney may have in relating to average Americans.
Washington (CNN) - House and Senate negotiators Monday announced an agreement on a giant $662 billion defense authorization bill, including modifications to its detainee language they hope will address White House concerns about that section and avoid a possible veto by President Barack Obama.
In particular, the lawmakers added language to make clear that nothing in the bill requiring military custody of al Qaeda suspects would interfere with the ability of civilian law enforcement to carry out terrorism investigations and interrogations in the United States.
(CNN) - Pizza executive Herman Cain may have left the race for the 2012 GOP nomination, but the former candidate saw remnants of his campaign during Saturday night’s debate.
Cain, speaking on the Fox News Channel on Monday, said the question directed to candidates about marriage was specifically meant to target former House speaker Newt Gingrich as well as allude to sexual harassment claims levied against Cain.
(CNN) - House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers told reporters off the House floor Monday that negotiators have worked out a deal on the year-end spending bill that wraps the nine remaining bills into one package.
The Kentucky Republican said there are some "policy riders" in the deal, but he declined to get into any specifics on which ones, saying he wanted the staff to finish writing the legislation before he talked about any details.
(CNN) - Senate Republicans on Monday blocked President Obama's choice to be ambassador to El Salvador after raising questions about whether her former boyfriend was a spy for Cuba. Republicans also were concerned that Mari Carmen Aponte wrote a commentary about gay pride that offended some citizens in the conservative Catholic country.
Aponte is serving in the post temporarily as a recess appointment that expires at the end of the year. Efforts by the White House and congressional Democrats to defend and promote Aponte to a permanent position fell short when the Senate voted along party lines against her.
(CNN) - One of Newt Gingrich’s high-profile former colleagues warned other GOP White House hopefuls against misjudging the former House speaker’s election prospects.
Speaking to CNN’s Erin Burnett, former Vice President Dick Cheney said he knew Gingrich well and had positive reviews of his political prowess.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum addressed workers at the largest employer in downtown Des Moines Monday afternoon, telling them that when other candidates claim to need their help at the caucuses on January 3 they're lying – because he's the one who really needs it.
"You see them on TV and they get a lot of coverage in the national media. I'm just counting on Iowa," Santorum told a crowd of roughly a hundred people at The Principal Financial Group.
Washington (CNN) – Republicans demanding specific ideological provisions as part of a deal to extend the payroll tax cut appear to be going against their party's anti-tax orthodoxy, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday.
Asked by reporters about a Republican plan to maintain the reduced payroll tax rate for another year, Carney questioned why the party that traditionally supports tax cuts is driving such a hard bargain on one that helps American workers and their families.
(CNN) - Former Louisiana Gov. and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Buddy Roemer counts his losses during the Lincoln-Douglas-style debate between former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntman.
New York (CNNMoney) - Every Republican presidential hopeful has a plan to cut taxes.
But one candidate's plan has been described as so aggressive that it would blow a hole in the federal budget, lead to huge deficits and give the richest Americans a gigantic tax break.
That candidate is current frontrunner Newt Gingrich.