BLITZER'S BLOG: What to watch for in tonight's debate
February 22nd, 2012
03:54 PM ET
8 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: What to watch for in tonight's debate

Mesa, Arizona (CNN) – It's been a difficult few days for Rick Santorum. Fairly or unfairly, you always know you have a campaign problem when the media are asking you about statements you've made about Satan and Hitler.

To his credit, he's not ducking and weaving. He's not shying away from answering these questions and others involving his stance on the most sensitive social issues out there including gay rights, abortion, contraception, religion and a woman's role in the military.

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Jan Brewer meets the candidates
February 22nd, 2012
02:58 PM ET
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Jan Brewer meets the candidates

Mesa, Arizona (CNN) – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has met or is trying to meet all four of the Republican contenders while they are in the state for Wednesday's CNN/Arizona Republican Party debate. Her endorsement would be welcome by all of the campaigns.

Brewer met with Rick Santorum Tuesday and Newt Gingrich Wednesday, her spokesman Matthew Benson told CNN.

CNN LIVE: Tune in Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET for the last presidential debate before Super Tuesday, the CNN/Arizona Republican Party Debate hosted by John King. Follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate and on Facebook at CNN Politics. For real-time coverage of the Arizona and Michigan primaries, go to CNNPolitics.com or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.
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Polls indicate Romney on the rise in Arizona
February 22nd, 2012
02:56 PM ET
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Polls indicate Romney on the rise in Arizona

Mesa, Arizona (CNN) - Is Mitt Romney starting to surge in Arizona?

A new poll released Wednesday, six days before the state's primary, indicates the former Massachusetts governor is holding a 16 point lead over former Sen. Rick Santorum.

CNN LIVE: Tune in Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET for the last presidential debate before Super Tuesday, the CNN/Arizona Republican Party Debate hosted by John King. Follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate and on Facebook at CNN Politics. For real-time coverage of the Arizona and Michigan primaries, go to CNNPolitics.com or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.
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TIME: Why the Latino vote in Arizona could be decisive in 2012
February 22nd, 2012
02:53 PM ET
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TIME: Why the Latino vote in Arizona could be decisive in 2012

(TIME) - Consider it an awkward coincidence: The final Republican debate before the Super Tuesday primary is taking place in Arizona, at the epicenter of the national immigration debate.

When the remaining four candidates take the stage on Wednesday night, they will inevitably be asked about the state’s tough crackdown on illegal immigration, which has defined the local Republican Party in recent years, buoyed the hopes of local Democrats and been condemned by, among others, the U.S. Department of Justice. The candidates will have to answer carefully.

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Obama super PAC takes on Romney in Michigan ad
February 22nd, 2012
02:18 PM ET
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Obama super PAC takes on Romney in Michigan ad

(CNN) – The primary super PAC supporting President Barack Obama's reelection campaign is airing a new ad in Michigan which knocks Mitt Romney's business credentials in a state which suffered when the auto industry stumbled.

"Let Detroit go bankrupt," Romney says in the Priorities USA television advertisement, repeating the headline of an op-ed he wrote in 2008, arguing for a managed bankruptcy process rather than a bailout for the industry.

CNN LIVE: Tune in Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET for the last presidential debate before Super Tuesday, the CNN/Arizona Republican Party Debate hosted by John King. Follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate and on Facebook at CNN Politics. For real-time coverage of the Arizona and Michigan primaries, go to CNNPolitics.com or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Michigan • Mitt Romney
Romney: Obama tax proposal would kill jobs
February 22nd, 2012
01:57 PM ET
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Romney: Obama tax proposal would kill jobs

Chandler, Arizona (CNN) - Mitt Romney charged Wednesday that President Obama's new corporate tax proposal would kill jobs, and instead offered some details of his own plan to address the nation's tax code.

"The president would take us in one direction, I'll take us in a different one," Romney told an audience of several hundred in Chandler, Arizona, as the GOP candidate attempted to regain his momentum by emphasizing his economic credentials.

CNN LIVE: Tune in Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET for the last presidential debate before Super Tuesday, the CNN/Arizona Republican Party Debate hosted by John King. Follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate and on Facebook at CNN Politics. For real-time coverage of the Arizona and Michigan primaries, go to CNNPolitics.com or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.

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Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Mitt Romney's plan to cut your taxes
February 22nd, 2012
01:44 PM ET
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Mitt Romney's plan to cut your taxes

New York (CNNMoney) - In a switch to a more aggressive tax plan, Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he now favors cutting marginal tax rates for individuals by 20%.

The candidate had previously said he would "maintain current tax rates on personal income" as president before moving to a "fairer, flatter, simpler tax structure" in the future.

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Obama: Slash corporate tax breaks and rates
February 22nd, 2012
12:37 PM ET
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Obama: Slash corporate tax breaks and rates

New York (CNNMoney) - After more than a year in the making, the Obama administration on Wednesday released its plan to overhaul the corporate tax code.

The main proposal would slash the corporate tax rate to 28% from 35% and pay for the reduction by eliminating "dozens" of business tax breaks. There are currently more than 130 on the books.

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Filed under: 2012 • CNNMoney.com • President Obama • Taxes
Will they or won’t they wear ashes?
February 22nd, 2012
12:20 PM ET
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Will they or won’t they wear ashes?

Washington (CNN) - “You’ve got something on your forehead.”

Every year on Ash Wednesday it’s how the awkward conversation begins. A well meaning co-worker points out a black smudge on someone’s forehead, not knowing it’s supposed to be there.

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February 22nd, 2012
11:19 AM ET
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Franklin Graham clarifies remarks on Obama's faith

(CNN) – The Rev. Franklin Graham clarified his thoughts on President Barack Obama's Christian faith Wednesday, one day after the evangelical leader took heat over making comments about the president's ties to Islam.

"I don't question the president's faith. I'm not questioning whether he's a Christian," Graham said on CNN's "Newsroom." "I disagree with his position on abortion."

CNN LIVE: Tune in Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET for the last presidential debate before Super Tuesday, the CNN/Arizona Republican Party Debate hosted by John King. Follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate and on Facebook at CNN Politics. For real-time coverage of the Arizona and Michigan primaries, go to CNNPolitics.com or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.
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Filed under: 2012 • Faith • President Obama
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