Illinois senator to endorse Romney
December 18th, 2011
11:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Illinois senator to endorse Romney

Washington (CNN) – The Republican who holds Barack Obama's former Senate seat will endorse Mitt Romney on Monday, according to a campaign source.

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk was elected in 2010, replacing Democrat Roland Burris, who was appointed to the seat by Gov. Rod Blagojevich.


Filed under: 2012 • Illinois • Mark Kirk • Mitt Romney
Bachmann pauses in Iowa tour to talk 'myth' of Kinsey Report
December 18th, 2011
06:45 PM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann pauses in Iowa tour to talk 'myth' of Kinsey Report

Clarion, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann continued her super-charged bus tour across Iowa Sunday, attending several more events to shake hands and sign autographs.

Her events have been largely of the meet-and-greet variety - get in and out as fast as she can. The campaign has instituted a "no questions" policy at a majority of her stops this weekend to keep things moving, and that generally applies to both the media and to Iowa voters.
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Filed under: 2012 • Gay rights • Iowa • Michele Bachmann
House leader rejects Senate payroll tax plan
December 18th, 2011
05:35 PM ET
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House leader rejects Senate payroll tax plan

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that he opposed the Senate plan to extend the payroll tax cut for two months, but Senate Democrats responded it was up to the House to either pass the bipartisan compromise or allow taxes on working Americans to go up next year.

The competing statements portended another political showdown in Congress in the coming days over whether to maintain an average $1,000 payroll tax break that is scheduled to expire at the end of the year

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Huntsman: Everyone gets 15 minutes of fame
December 18th, 2011
02:27 PM ET
3 years ago

Huntsman: Everyone gets 15 minutes of fame

(CNN) – Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman isn’t worried that he hasn’t topped national polls measuring support of candidates seeking the 2012 Republican nomination for president.

“Everyone gets their Warholian 15 minutes of fame. They go up and they go down,” Huntsman told CNN Political Correspondent Joe Johns. “I’m getting whiplash watching all of my friends go up and down. I don’t want that to happen to me.”
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Senators trade jabs one day after reaching compromise
December 18th, 2011
02:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Senators trade jabs one day after reaching compromise

(CNN) – One day after the Senate voted 89-10 in favor of a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut, two senators argued Sunday about whether the House of Representatives wanted to move forward on the legislation.

On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, accused House Republicans of playing politics and “itching for a fight with Democrats in the White House” while they undermined tax relief provided in the Senate measure.
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Filed under: John Boehner • President Obama • Robert Menendez • Roy Blunt • Taxes
Gingrich says millions of illegal immigrants should leave
December 18th, 2011
01:24 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich says millions of illegal immigrants should leave

Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich insisted Sunday that some illegal immigrants who have become full community members should be able to stay in the country, but he added that his policy would require 7 million or more to go back to their home nations before having a chance to return.

Appearing on the CBS program "Face the Nation," the front-running Republican presidential hopeful repeated his call for some kind of citizen review board to assess whether illegal immigrants would be eligible to get a residency permit and stay in America.

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Filed under: 2012 • Immigration • Newt Gingrich
Romney shows softer side but keeps up attacks on Obama, Gingrich
December 18th, 2011
12:42 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney shows softer side but keeps up attacks on Obama, Gingrich

Washington (CNN) – In his first appearance on a Sunday political news show since March 2010, Mitt Romney sought to portray himself as a responsible, sober and even occasionally emotional candidate who could go toe-to-toe with President Barack Obama.

The former Massachusetts governor continued his recent trend of opening up about his personal history, speaking about his wife, Ann, and her struggles with multiple sclerosis.
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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • President Obama
Sperling: House won’t ‘disrupt’ Senate compromise
December 18th, 2011
10:40 AM ET
3 years ago

Sperling: House won’t ‘disrupt’ Senate compromise

Washington (CNN) – The director of the National Economic Council said Sunday there was little chance the House would reject a Senate plan to extend the payroll tax cut for two months, but Gene Sperling also expects more political drama over the issue in the next two weeks and added that a longer agreement is possible before the end of the year.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sperling noted the Senate measure to extend the reduced payroll tax rate and unemployment benefits for two months passed Saturday with strong support from both parties,
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Romney wins endorsements from Bob Dole, Iowa newspaper
December 18th, 2011
07:40 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney wins endorsements from Bob Dole, Iowa newspaper

(CNN) - Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has scored the endorsement of Bob Dole, who lauded the former Massachusetts governor in an ad Sunday in Iowa's The Des Moines Register newspaper.

The public endorsement comes one day after the Register - Iowa's largest newspaper - backed Romney in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination and just over two weeks before Iowa's critical presidential caucuses on January 3.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bob Dole • Iowa • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
State of the Union Early Bird for December 18, 2011
December 18th, 2011
05:10 AM ET
3 years ago

State of the Union Early Bird for December 18, 2011

(CNN)-It's early, and State of the Union is bringing you the best of the morning headlines to go with your cup of coffee.

On our radar:  The politics of the payroll tax cut and the last of the U.S. troops leave Iraq.

Joe Johns fills in for Candy Crowley this week.  Be sure to watch the show today at 9am/12pm ET, with guests Jon Hunstman, Gene Sperling, and more!

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