(CNN) – Mitt Romney compared rival Newt Gingrich to the indecisive character Goldilocks Friday, saying the former House speaker couldn’t decide whether he wanted debates with silent audiences or rowdy crowds.
“Speaker Gingrich said the debate before last night that the crowd wasn’t allowed to cheer, and so he couldn’t do so well because the crowd was too quiet,” Romney said in Orlando Friday. “Then last night he thought the crowd was too loud. It’s like Goldilocks, you know, the porridge is too hot, the porridge is too cold.”
Delray Beach, Florida (CNN) - Newt Gingrich's campaign spokesman confronted a high-profile Mitt Romney surrogate who was sent to spin reporters at a Gingrich event Friday.
Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who acts as a campaign surrogate for Mitt Romney, has become a familiar face at Gingrich's campaign stops this week, along with Florida Rep. Connie Mack. Gingrich Press Secretary R.C. Hammond has not been afraid to engage both congressmen with questions about Romney's record.
(CNN) – She may not be publicly endorsing a candidate for president, but Sarah Palin clearly has a favorite in the ongoing campaign feud between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.
In a post on her Facebook page Friday, the former Alaska governor praised Gingrich's Ronald Reagan connections, while questioning Romney's conservative credentials. Ultimately, Palin said the GOP establishment backing Romney were "cannibals" for attempting to discredit Gingrich.
(CNN) - Texas Rep. Ron Paul said his former secretary was wrong when she said in the Washington Post Friday he had personally approved racist newsletters in the 1990s.
"She's made that story up," Paul said on CNN's "John King USA."
"She also said that I was in and out of the office every single day. The office wasn't even in the town that I live so that's completely false reporting. And they should have verified that. Because I think somebody from my staff answered it but that's completely false."
Lewiston, Maine (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul met with Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Friday, a stop that was not announced as part of the congressman's public schedule.
"He called and asked to meet," Paul told CNN when asked how the meeting with LePage came about.
(CNN) – Congressional Black Caucus chair Emanuel Cleaver came to the aid of an unidentified woman Friday, while traveling from a meeting in his district, according to Michele Rooney, spokesman to the congressman.
The Democratic Missouri congressman was riding in the passenger side of a car when he noticed a hand waving above the weeds in a ditch off the side of the road. Cleaver alerted his staff member to stop and they both jumped out of the vehicle to discover a woman in distress who was going in and out of consciousness
John Zarrella is CNN's principal correspondent for coverage of the U.S. space program, covering such events such as John Glenn’s 1998 return to space, the Mars Pathfinder mission and numerous space shuttle launches. Zarrella was the CNN network correspondent on site when the 1986 Challenger shuttle disaster occurred. In 2011, Zarrella covered the final flights of the Space Shuttle program.
(CNN) – Newt Gingrich got a lot of mileage out of his comments on building a moon colony by 2020. Whether you think that should get him a one-way ticket to the moon on the first flight or you believe his vision is an inspiration, he did accomplish one big thing.
Gingrich got the conversation started. What kind of space program do we want? What kind can we afford? Had Gingrich not said what he said, the space program might have been totally ignored, as it has been so often in the past.
Cape Canaveral, Florida (CNN) - A confident-sounding Mitt Romney claimed victory for two GOP match-ups during a high-energy rally Friday afternoon, telling the Florida audience he expected to debate Barack Obama someday.
Coming off a performance in a CNN/Republican Party of Florida debate Thursday in which Romney seemed to put his chief rival Newt Gingrich on the defensive, the former Massachusetts governor rallied an enthusiastic audience at Astrotech Corporation, a commercial aerospace supplier.
(CNN) - In a rare moment, Vice President Joe Biden on Friday unleashed criticism of the Republican presidential frontrunners, blasting Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich by name for their campaign rhetoric.
Biden, who has largely refrained from commenting on the race, specifically targeted the two candidates while speaking at a Democratic retreat in Maryland.
Washington (CNN) – A coalition of Hispanic groups in Texas say they are close to an out-of-court settlement with state officials over the disputed boundaries of new legislative and congressional districts.
Both sides in the political and legal dispute have been meeting privately in recent days, hoping to end a months-long standoff over the extent of voter representation for the state's growing Hispanic and minority population. Federal courts in Texas and Washington, DC have been involved in trying to carve an acceptable map in time for the state's April 3 voting primary. A special federal judicial panel was holding a key hearing Friday in San Antonio.