Washington (CNN) – Former Republican Florida Governor Bob Martinez can see much of the state from his office atop a downtown Tampa building. And he's watched the battle for the Florida primary get intense and at times nasty with bemusement.
"For those of us who live in Tampa, and are involved in [planning] the 2012 convention, it certainly is generating an awful lot of excitement."
(CNN) - Newt Gingrich fended off criticism of his work with Freddie Mac Tuesday, the day after the firm he founded released a contract representing one year of work for the mortgage giant.
Gingrich specifically sought to clarify a remark he made at Monday's NBC News debate, when he said his firm hired a lobbying expert to guide them on lobbying rules.
Washington (CNN) – Just as Mitt Romney and his allies are pouring millions of dollars into ads in Florida, a super PAC backing Newt Gingrich Tuesday waded in with a major ad buy of its own.
Winning Our Future bought $6 million in ads in the state beginning Tuesday, spokesman for the group, Rick Tyler, told CNN.
(CNN) - Although many Americans may have wondered just how much money Mitt Romney makes and how much taxes he pays in the lead-up to the release Tuesday of his tax documents, there was little suspense around how much he gives to his church.
That's because all Mormons in good standing with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are required to give 10% of their salaries as a tithe.FULL STORY
(CNN) - As the attention of the nation turns toward Florida ahead of its primary election, the Latino vote has emerged as an important factor.
For decades, Republican candidates could count on that vote to help them win elections in the Sunshine State, especially in the southern part of Florida where a strong Cuban-American community is a political force.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Democratic frontrunner Tim Kaine took in $1.65 million in the fourth quarter for his Virginia Senate bid, his office announced Tuesday.
The former governor, now in a heated race against Republican frontrunner George Allen, finished the year with $5.2 million raised and $3.3 million in the bank.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday is more than a blueprint for fixing the economy, as Democratic aides like to describe it. It's a political speech that will frame the President's re-election message as a choice between two different visions for the future of the country and the role of government.
The President's campaign does not want this election to be a referendum on the president and his stewardship of the economy. That, for them, would be bad. Instead, they want a contrast campaign between a GOP they can define as allied with wealthy interests – the same kind of forces that brought the economy to its knees in 2008 – versus a President who will fight for regular working Americans.
(CNN) – A new Spanish ad hit the Florida radio airwaves Tuesday, blasting Mitt Romney as a "two-faced" candidate to the Latino community.
Co-Sponsored by Priorities USA, a Democratic super PAC, the ads come one week before Florida's high-stakes primary.
Capitol Hill (CNN) - As Congress prepares for President Barack Obama's State of the Union, the hottest seats of the night in the House chamber - other than those in the first lady or the speaker’s boxes - are the coveted seats along the center aisle where members can personally greet the president when he walks in, and, of course, be seen by a national television audience.
Members who arrived early to grab one of only a handful of those prime aisle seats know the drill – they were the same ones who could be spotted on TV at last year's State of the Union: New York Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel, Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (sporting bright green to allow easy spotting by the cameras), Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich, and Ohio Republican Rep. Jean Schmidt.
New York (CNNMoney) - Freddie Mac is in the spotlight of the Republican presidential contest, as Mitt Romney attacks Newt Gingrich for his 2006 work for the mortgage finance firm.
But what the firm did, and the role it and larger rival Fannie Mae played in the housing crisis of the last decade, remain a source of confusion for many Americans.FULL STORY