(CNN) - Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on Thursday cautioned against some of the foreign policy rhetoric on the campaign trail, particularly words used by the top two Republican presidential frontrunners.
Asked about Newt Gingrich, who calls for a regime change in Iran to prevent the development of a nuclear weapons program, Gates stressed the complexity of the situation in an interview with CNN's "John King, USA."
Reno, Nevada (CNN) – Keeping up his sharp criticism of President Obama's military policy, on Thursday Mitt Romney slammed a proposal that could result in the transfer of some prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.
"Today there's talk about him releasing five people from Guantanamo as a sign of good faith to the Taliban," Romney told an overflow audience standing outside his packed rally in Reno. "Are you kidding me? A sign of good faith to our enemy that's killing our troops? I just, I simply can't get over it."
(CNN) – Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, who recently threw his support behind Mitt Romney, said Thursday he would consider a vice presidential run should he be offered the spot.
"I'm chairman of the Republican Governors Association so I want to win lots of Republican governors races this year, but if somebody called me, I'd sure think about it," McDonnell said.
Washington (CNN) - Aiming to restore voters' faith in Congress, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Thursday that makes clear it's illegal for members of Congress, their staffs and many executive-branch employees to trade stocks and other securities based on inside information learned on the job.
The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, which President Barack Obama has urged Congress to approve, passed 96 to 3.
(CNN) – The Romney campaign first learned of Donald Trump’s decision to endorse Mitt Romney about 24 hours before Trump introduced the presidential candidate at a Las Vegas Hotel. A senior Romney adviser says the flamboyant billionaire businessman essentially told Romney “Hey, I think you’re the best guy for the job and I want to make it public.”
Almost anything could happen with a mercurial guy like Donald Trump on board. He has endorsed and funded many Democrats in years past, and within the past 12 months, he flirted with a Republican presidential run, mocked Romney’s business credentials and changed his party affiliation to independent.
(CNN) – Democratic Rep. Health Shuler of North Carolina will not seek re-election this November.
Shuler, a prominent Blue Dog Democrat, was first elected in 2006 but faced a tough re-election bid due to new redistricting lines.
Las Vegas (CNN) - Sometimes the previews are better than the movie.
After months of an arm's length relationship between real estate mogul Donald Trump and cautious, no-drama GOP candidate Mitt Romney, "the Donald" went all in for the Republican front-runner in a stunningly sedate press conference Thursday in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich got trumped by "The Donald" in Las Vegas when the mogul decided to throw his support behind Mitt Romney Thursday.
Both White House hopefuls are campaigning in Nevada ahead of the state's Republican caucuses on Saturday. Gingrich's two morning events – a speech at Xtreme Manufacturing and a meeting with Hispanic business leaders – were largely overshadowed by the news that Trump was endorsing Romney, his chief rival, on the Vegas strip.
(CNN) - Just two days before the Nevada caucuses Donald Trump announced his presidential endorsement for Mitt Romney. But will the real estate mogul's stamp of approval mean anything to Republicans?
According to a survey conducted January 5-8 among 1,000 adults, by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and The Washington Post, most Republican and Republican-leaning voters say a political endorsement by Trump doesn't make any difference to them.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - What Would Jesus ... Deduct?
President Obama offered a new line of reasoning for hiking taxes on the rich on Thursday, saying at the National Prayer Breakfast that his policy proposals are shaped by his religious beliefs.