(CNN) - Former President George H.W. Bush has joined the ranks of former Republican associates of Newt Gingrich coming out against the White House hopeful.
Bush, who occupied the Oval Office from 1989 until 1993, a time when Gingrich was the House Republican whip, told the Houston Chronicle Thursday he was no promoter of Gingrich.
(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie left the door open Thursday to serving as the vice presidential candidate on the Republican ticket in 2012.
Christie, who endorsed Mitt Romney after deciding against a White House bid of his own, did not rule out the No. 2 spot, but predicted he will still be governor in 2012.
(CNN) - A proposed deal to end the congressional standoff over the payroll tax cut includes a two-month extension to allow time for further negotiations, as well as language to ease the administrative burden on small businesses implementing the plan, a House Republican aide said Thursday.
House Republicans will hold a conference call at 5 p.m. Thursday amid indications of a possible deal to extend the payroll tax cut before it expires on January 1, a top Democratic source told CNN.
(CNN) - Mitt Romney had "no idea" George H.W. Bush was going to publicly support his bid for the White House Thursday, saying at an event in New Hampshire the backing from the former president meant more personally than it did politically.
"I had no idea that was coming," Romney said, adding he thought of Bush as a "hero."
Lancaster, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mitt Romney was more nuanced Thursday when questioned about radio show comments he made regarding deporting President Barack Obama's uncle.
According to The Hill, the former Massachusetts governor was asked by radio host Howie Carr if Onyango Obama, who is allegedly in violation of his immigration status and was arrested for drunk driving this summer, should be deported.
Lancaster, New Hampshire (CNN) – As his campaign bus wound along the twisting roads of New Hampshire's north country Thursday, Mitt Romney told reporters he would not be adding a one-on-one debate to his schedule anytime soon.
Romney declined a challenge by Newt Gingrich to debate mano-a-mano, saying it would be disrespectful to leave the other GOP candidates out of a Republican forum.
(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Thursday seemed to be lowering expectations for the upcoming Iowa caucuses, saying he'd be happy with a third or fourth place finish.
"My goal is to be the top three or four [in Iowa]," the former House speaker said at a campaign stop in Richmond, Virginia. "I'd love to win."
(CNN)– President Barack Obama will deliver a statement from the White House at 1 p.m. Thursday. He is expected to address the payroll tax cut extension standoff in Congress and will "be joined by Americans who would see their taxes go up if the House Republicans fail to act, including some of those Americans who have responded to this call to illustrate what $40 means to them," according to a White House release.
(CNN) - Three Republican presidential candidates released new television ads on Wednesday, set to air in Iowa. But this time the stars of the commercials weren't the candidates.
Their wives took the spotlight, instead. Callista Gingrich, Anita Perry and Ann Romney all spoke on behalf of their husbands.
New York (CNN) - Former Democratic New York Congressman Anthony Weiner became the father of a baby boy Wednesday, a source close to Weiner confirmed.
Weiner, 47, and his wife, Huma Abedin, 36, have named the child Jordan Zain Weiner. Abedin's pregnancy came to light amid a scandal that led to Weiner's eventual resignation from Congress.