Ron Paul defensive over past newsletters
December 21st, 2011
09:20 PM ET
3 years ago

Ron Paul defensive over past newsletters

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."
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Filed under: 2012 • Ron Paul
NRSC adds nearly $3 million to war chest
December 21st, 2011
08:00 PM ET
3 years ago

NRSC adds nearly $3 million to war chest

(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.
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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • NRSC
Conference committee unlikely in payroll tax dispute
December 21st, 2011
07:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Conference committee unlikely in payroll tax dispute

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.

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Filed under: Congress • House • John Boehner • President Obama • Senate
Obama calls Boehner, Reid to push two-month payroll tax extension
December 21st, 2011
07:20 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama calls Boehner, Reid to push two-month payroll tax extension

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.

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Filed under: Congress • House of Representatives • Taxes
Gingrich to Romney: Let's meet in the kitchen
December 21st, 2011
06:43 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich to Romney: Let's meet in the kitchen

(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.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
December 21st, 2011
06:32 PM ET
3 years ago

Pro-Romney super PAC slams Gingrich

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.

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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
RNC sees benefit to longer primary and caucus season
December 21st, 2011
05:44 PM ET
3 years ago

RNC sees benefit to longer primary and caucus season

(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.
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Filed under: 2012 • RNC
Perry's gold medal in ad spending
December 21st, 2011
05:33 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry's gold medal in ad spending

(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.
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Filed under: 2012 • Republicans • Rick Perry
Santorum: Faith leader asked me, others to consider dropping out
December 21st, 2011
05:23 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum: Faith leader asked me, others to consider dropping out

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.
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Filed under: Bob Vander Plaats • Iowa • Rick Santorum
BLITZER'S BLOG: Petraeus' secret trip to Iraq
December 21st, 2011
04:29 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: Petraeus' secret trip to Iraq

(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.

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Filed under: David Petraeus
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