(CNN) – For those who thought '9-9-9' would disappear along with Herman Cain's suspended presidential campaign last month, the former pizza executive wants to prove them wrong.
Cain announced Wednesday he plans to start what he calls "Cain's Solutions Revolution," a "movement" he hopes will spread many of his campaign ideas across the political landscape.
(CNN) - Rick Santorum said Wednesday he was “tongue-tied” this weekend and didn’t actually say a word that has sparked a firestorm among some in the African-American community.
Talking about welfare programs at an Iowa campaign stop on Sunday, the Republican presidential candidate was quoted as saying, “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them someone’s money. I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money.”
Laconia, New Hampshire (CNN) – Fourth-place Iowa finisher Newt Gingrich refused to congratulate Mitt Romney for eking out a narrow caucus victory but acknowledged that, unlike Ron Paul, he would endorse the former Massachusetts governor if he clinched the Republican nomination.
Gingrich told reporters in New Hampshire, “Romney is better than (President) Barack Obama, period. I think there are huge weaknesses of Romney. I don’t think he can get elected but if he’s the nominee I would support him.”
(CNN) - Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum raised more than $1 million since finishing second in Tuesday night's Iowa caucuses, a source close to the campaign said.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney edged out Santorum by only eight votes on Tuesday in the closest ever GOP presidential contest.
Washington (CNN) - Congressional Republicans were furious Wednesday after President Obama's recess appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, arguing the move was unconstitutional because the Senate has met every three or four days over the holiday period and therefore was not on a recess.
"This is an extraordinary and entirely unprecedented power grab by President Obama," complained House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in a statement, saying it "would have a devastating effect on the checks and balances that are enshrined in our constitution."
Peterborough, New Hampshire (CNN) - Jon Huntsman will air his first television ad in the days running up to the New Hampshire, a campaign source said.
CNN has learned the campaign raised sufficient funds from a fundraising drive to put an already existing web video on the airwaves in New Hampshire. The campaign's goal was to raise $100,000 to air the ad.
(CNN) - Longtime Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah now has a challenger from the right.
Utah State Sen. Dan Liljenquist, who had been mulling a senate bid for months, announced his candidacy on Wednesday.
Rock Hill, South Carolina (CNN) - Rick Perry's campaign chairman in South Carolina downplayed his candidate's poor showing in the Iowa caucuses on Wednesday, claiming that the Hawkeye state matters little in the nominating process.
Perry plans to hit the reset button in South Carolina instead, said Katon Dawson, Perry's point-man in the Palmetto State.
(CNN) – The White House announced Wednesday that President Obama plans to appoint three new members to the National Labor Relations Board, continuing his end-run around the Congressional approval process.
The White House said in a statement that Obama has tapped Sharon Block, Terence Flynn and Richard Griffin to fill seats on the board via recess appointments.
The NLRB, which is supposed to be governed by a five-member board, is down to three active members because Senate Republicans have opposed Obama's nominees.
(CNN) - On a conference call just hours after a surprisingly tight finish in the Republican caucuses in Iowa on Tuesday, senior members of President Obama's reelection campaign assured reporters that their operation was built to take on whichever candidate arises out of the GOP nominating process.
Yet both campaign manager Jim Messina and senior strategist David Axelrod reserved most of their time – and their harshest words – for caucus winner Mitt Romney.