Romney the focus of questions at anti-abortion forum, despite absence
January 18th, 2012
10:06 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney the focus of questions at anti-abortion forum, despite absence

Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) - Four of the five remaining presidential candidates appeared in Greenville, South Carolina Wednesday night at an anti-abortion forum sponsored by Personhood USA.

But the missing candidate – Mitt Romney – was nonetheless present in both the moderators’ questions and the answers from the GOP contenders.

Tune in Thursday at 8 p.m. ET for the CNN/Southern Republican Presidential Debate hosted by John King and follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate. For real-time coverage of the South Carolina primary, go to CNNPolitics.com or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.
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Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Mitt Romney • South Carolina
Gingrich Florida-bound after South Carolina
January 18th, 2012
09:24 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich Florida-bound after South Carolina

Easley, South Carolina (CNN) – Newt Gingrich said Wednesday he's going to Florida even if he comes in second place behind Mitt Romney in South Carolina's Saturday primary.

Asked by a reporter if Florida is "definitely a go," the presidential candidate replied: "Oh sure."

Tune in Thursday at 8 p.m. ET for the CNN/Southern Republican Presidential Debate hosted by John King and follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate. For real-time coverage of the South Carolina primary, go to CNNPolitics.com or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.
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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Karl Rove • Newt Gingrich • South Carolina
Obama launches first re-election TV ads
January 18th, 2012
08:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama launches first re-election TV ads

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(CNN) – Mark the date. Thursday, January 19, 2012.

As the five remaining Republican presidential candidates face off at the CNN/Southern Republican debate in South Carolina, the man they're trying to replace in the White House, President Barack Obama, is going up with the first paid TV commercials of his 2012 re-election bid.

Tune in Thursday at 8 p.m. ET for the CNN/Southern Republican Presidential Debate hosted by John King and follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate. For real-time coverage of the South Carolina primary, go to CNNPolitics.com or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.
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Romney stops at smokehouse for barbecue fix
January 18th, 2012
07:41 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney stops at smokehouse for barbecue fix

Lexington, South Carolina (CNN) – Mitt Romney betrayed a weakness for pulled pork and a joking desire to see reporters covering his campaign "turn green" during a barbecue run through a South Carolina smokehouse Wednesday.

The GOP candidate bounded off his campaign bus for a stop at Hudson's Smokehouse in Lexington, an authentic barbecue joint he visited during his first presidential run four years ago.

Tune in Thursday at 8 p.m. ET for the CNN/Southern Republican Presidential Debate hosted by John King and follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate. For real-time coverage of the South Carolina primary, go to CNNPolitics.com or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • South Carolina
Canada will look to China to sell its oil
January 18th, 2012
07:13 PM ET
3 years ago

Canada will look to China to sell its oil

Ottoway (CNN) - In a phone conversation that came as little surprise, President Barack Obama called Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Wednesday afternoon to explain why he had rejected the Keystone oil sands pipeline project.

In a statement released by Harper's office, the president is quoted as saying that the decision was not a decision based on the "merits of the project" and that TransCanada, the company looking to build the pipeline, could reapply for permission after a new route had been developed.

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Filed under: Canada • President Obama
Onslaught of TV ads in South Carolina
January 18th, 2012
07:01 PM ET
3 years ago

Onslaught of TV ads in South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Turn on your television here in the Palmetto State, tune it to a local TV station, and during the commercial breaks you get inundated with a barrage of campaign spots.

Unlike Iowa and New Hampshire, which preceded South Carolina in the primary and caucus calendar, this first-in-the-south-primary state is experiencing an avalanche of ads. Many of those commercials are negative in nature, and many of them are coming not from the GOP presidential campaigns, but rather independent super PACs that are supporting the Republican candidates.

Tune in Thursday at 8 p.m. ET for the CNN/Southern Republican Presidential Debate hosted by John King and follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate. For real-time coverage of the South Carolina primary, go to CNNPolitics.com or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads
January 18th, 2012
06:37 PM ET
3 years ago

Paul doesn't have many fans in Congress

Washington (CNN) – Briefly back in Congress doing his day job, Ron Paul met with high school students outside his office.

True to form, he signed copies of the Constitution and wryly told them with a chuckle, "No one around here reads it very much. I'd like to get everybody to read it."

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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Ron Paul
Keystone decision and the politics of timing
January 18th, 2012
06:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Keystone decision and the politics of timing

Washington (CNN) - Why did the Obama administration announce the Keystone XL pipeline decision Wednesday? Why not.

It was already a foregone conclusion that they were going to deny the permit, according to multiple Democratic sources. They had made clear they couldn't approve it within the 60 day deadline set by Congress. With the State of the Union looming next week, this allowed them an opportunity to address the controversy and move on.

Tune in Thursday at 8 p.m. ET for the CNN/Southern Republican Presidential Debate hosted by John King and follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate. For real-time coverage of the South Carolina primary, go to CNNPolitics.com or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.
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Filed under: Democrats • President Obama • Republicans • White House
Rick Santorum's plan to slash taxes
January 18th, 2012
06:02 PM ET
3 years ago

Rick Santorum's plan to slash taxes

New York (CNNMoney) - You can add Rick Santorum to the list of Republican presidential candidates with plans to cut taxes for most Americans, while possibly adding billions to the federal deficit.

Assuming the Bush tax cuts are extended, 69% of Americans would get a tax cut that averages nearly $7,800 under the Santorum plan, according to a new analysis from the Tax Policy Center, a think tank that has been examining each candidate's plan.

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Filed under: 2012 • CNNMoney.com • Rick Santorum • Taxes
TRENDING: Gingrich's Secretary Palin?
January 18th, 2012
05:47 PM ET
3 years ago

TRENDING: Gingrich's Secretary Palin?

(CNN) - If Newt Gingrich wins the White House in November, the former House speaker said Wednesday Sarah Palin may get a big seat at the table.

"I would ask her to consider taking a major role in the next administration if I'm president, but nothing has been discussed of any kind," Gingrich said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

Tune in Thursday at 8 p.m. ET for the CNN/Southern Republican Presidential Debate hosted by John King and follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate. For real-time coverage of the South Carolina primary, go to CNNPolitics.com or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.
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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Sarah Palin • South Carolina • TV-The Situation Room
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