Mt. Pleasant, Iowa (CNN) - Presidential candidate Ron Paul was defensive Wednesday when pressed about controversial newsletters in the 1980s and 1990s that were in his name.
When asked during an interview with CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger whether he looked at them when they were published and decided they did not represent him accurately, he said "not all the time." Pressed on whether he read them he said, "Not all the time. Well, on occasion, yes."
(CNN) – The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised almost $3 million in November, according to the group in charge of electing Republicans to the Senate.
The monthly total of $2.9 million leaves them with $9.1 million cash on hand, having raised $36.9 million during the current election cycle. They head into the 2012 elections with no debt.
Washington (CNN) – In the world of the U.S. Congress, appointing a conference committee is one option for the House and Senate to resolve their differences when each chamber has passed its own version of legislation.
House Republicans now are calling on President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders to agree to such a panel to end the impasse over extending the payroll tax cut before it expires at the end of the year.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama called House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Wednesday as part of an ongoing - and so far unsuccessful - effort to resolve a partisan standoff over how best to extend the expiring payroll tax cut, according to the White House.
A two-month extension passed overwhelmingly with bipartisan support by the Democratic-controlled Senate "is the only option to ensure that middle class families aren't hit with a tax hike in 10 days and gives both sides the time needed to work out a full year solution," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters.
(CNN) - Which one's the pot and which one's the kettle is open to debate-but Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are heading to their own version of a bake-off, one way or the other.
A kitchen analogy dominated heated rhetoric between the two Wednesday, which potentially came to a boil when Gingrich challenged Romney to go toe-to-toe next to the stove.
Washington (CNN) - It's not the Occupy Wall Street protesters yelling "mic check" who are bugging Newt Gingrich at his events these days.
It's the attack ads occupying the airwaves in Iowa.
(CNN) - As polls continue to show the GOP presidential race has yet to establish a frontrunner with a clear advantage, the likelihood of a longer primary season continues to grow.
And according to the Republican National Committee, that could be a good thing for the GOP.
(CNN) – Rick Perry is winning the ad spending wars, beating all other Republican presidential candidates in advertising dollars spent so far ahead of the 2012 elections.
Between January 2, 2011 and December 18, 2011 Perry's campaign spent $1.648 million to air ads on national cable and in Iowa, Nebraska and New Hampshire, according to Campaign Media Analysis Group that tracks ad spending. The political action committee supporting the Texas governor spent an additional $1.023 million on spots in Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, Nebraska and South Carolina.
Fairfield, Iowa (CNN) - Prior to making his endorsement, influential Iowa conservative Bob Vander Plaats approached Rick Santorum and asked him to consider dropping out of the Republican presidential race, the candidate said Wednesday.
CNN first broke the news Tuesday evening that Vander Plaats, the president and CEO of The Family Leader, asked Michele Bachmann to consider dropping her bid or joining forces with another candidate.
(CNN) – When I got up early this morning, I got an e-mail from CNN's Arwa Damon in Baghdad. She had been hearing that CIA Director David Petraeus was spotted in Iraq in recent days. She asked me to check it out with my sources in Washington, which, of course, I did.
I learned that the retired U.S. Army general who once commanded U.S. forces in Iraq had indeed gone to Iraq – this time as head of the CIA. I was also told he was already back in Washington safe and sound.