Franklin Graham apologizes for questioning Obama's faith commitment
February 28th, 2012
10:58 PM ET
3 years ago

Franklin Graham apologizes for questioning Obama's faith commitment

(CNN) - The Rev. Franklin Graham on Tuesday apologized for publicly raising questions about President Barack Obama’s Christian faith, saying “I regret any comments I have ever made which may have cast any doubt on the personal faith of our president, Mr. Obama.”

The statement from Graham came in response to a letter from faith leaders associated with the NAACP that said Graham’s statements “have enormous negative effects for America and are especially harmful to the Christian witness.”

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Faith • NAACP • President Obama
Super PACs provide air cover to GOP candidates
February 28th, 2012
10:49 PM ET
3 years ago

Super PACs provide air cover to GOP candidates

Atlanta (CNN) - Heading into the Michigan and Arizona primaries Tuesday night, the two leading men for the Republican presidential nomination benefited heavily from air cover paid for by independent political organizations created to promote their candidacies.

In Michigan, the Restore our Future Fund super PAC spent nearly $2 million in seven media markets to try and persuade Republicans to vote for Mitt Romney, according to a new analysis by Kantar Media, CNN's consultant on political television advertising. The Red White and Blue Fund super PAC, which is backing Rick Santorum for president, dedicated $1.4 million to air TV ads in six media markets.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Michigan • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
BREAKING: Romney wins Michigan primary, CNN projects
February 28th, 2012
10:19 PM ET
3 years ago

BREAKING: Romney wins Michigan primary, CNN projects

(CNN) - Mitt Romney will win Tuesday's Michigan primary in the Republican presidential race, CNN projects based on partial returns and exit poll information.

For the latest developments, follow The Political Ticker's live blog.


Filed under: 2012 • Michigan • Mitt Romney
Live blog of Michigan and Arizona primaries
February 28th, 2012
10:16 PM ET
3 years ago

Live blog of Michigan and Arizona primaries

(CNN) - Voting is underway in Michigan and Arizona Tuesday where the top four Republican presidential candidates, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are competing to capture the state's delegates. It is largely a race between Romney and Santorum for the top spot in the former's native state of Michigan, while Romney has maintained the top spot in polling leading up to Arizona's primary.

Wins in Tuesday's states would provide welcome momentum ahead of Saturday's contest in Washington and in the 10 states set to vote on Super Tuesday, March 6. Check back below for news from our reporters and producers and tune in to CNN throughout the night for live coverage. Read more here.

11:25 p.m. ET @mattyhoyeCNN: And with that, we say goodnight to Grand Rapids. Off to #Columbus tomorrow weather permitting, following @MittRomney to Ohio. #CNNElections

11:20 p.m. ET - @AriFleischer: Super Tue. look ahead: Rom wins VT, MA & VA. Paul wins caucuses in AK, ND, & ID. That means 4state fight in GA, OH, TN, & OK.

11:04 p.m. ET - @davidaxelrod: Two weeks of intensive campaigning in MI, and less than half said they strongly backed their choice. Can't wait until they get to Ohio!

11:03 p.m. ET
- @crowleyCNN: MR's post speech grip and grin continues. He's the one in the back in the dark suit. twitpic.com/8q1e4q

10:58 p.m. ET - Santorum told @jimacostacnn after his remarks that he will not recalibrate his message following the results Tuesday.

"I think that's a pretty good message, the message I’ve been giving," Santorum said. "And obviously it did very very well in Michigan."

Santorum said Tuesday was going to be "Romney's night," but the question was how big.

"And it wasn't very big ... It's a two man race now, that's pretty clear," Santorum said.

10:55 p.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: MR still in election night ballroom shaking hands. This may be a record linger

10:54 p.m. ET - @David_Gergen: Did Romney finally capture in few words the essence of his campaign pledge? "More jobs, less debt and smaller government!" #CNNElections

10:53 p.m. ET - @DWSTweets: Romney's run to the right may have allowed him to stumble forward in the slog for the GOP nomination—but it has hurt him irreparably.
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Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Michigan • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Republicans • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul
BREAKING: Romney wins Arizona primary, CNN projects
February 28th, 2012
09:01 PM ET
3 years ago

BREAKING: Romney wins Arizona primary, CNN projects

(CNN) – Mitt Romney will win Tuesday's Arizona primary in the Republican presidential race, CNN projects based on CNN exit polls.

For the latest developments, follow The Political Ticker's live blog.


Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Mitt Romney
NFL moves opening game for Obama convention speech
February 28th, 2012
08:18 PM ET
3 years ago

NFL moves opening game for Obama convention speech

(CNN) - The National Football League announced Tuesday it will move its season-opening game in September in order to avoid a conflict with President Barack Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Obama is scheduled to make his speech at the convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday, September 6, the same night the NFL was originally set to hold its kickoff game.
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Filed under: 2012 • Democrats • President Obama
Democrats zero in on Romney
February 28th, 2012
07:23 PM ET
3 years ago

Democrats zero in on Romney

Washington (CNN) – Here's an early glimpse at what Democrats plan to argue once the results come in Tuesday night: no matter what the vote totals show, Mitt Romney is the loser after the Michigan and Arizona primaries.

Democratic officials and surrogates are expected to make the case that Romney's campaign is turning off independent voters nationwide who are must-wins in the general election.
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Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Democrats • DNC • Michigan • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Citing partisanship, Snowe stuns with departure news
February 28th, 2012
06:54 PM ET
3 years ago

Citing partisanship, Snowe stuns with departure news

Washington (CNN) – While issuing a harsh critique of the partisanship that often has the Senate in gridlock, Olympia Snowe, a three-term moderate Republican from Maine, stunned her colleagues Tuesday when she announced she would not seek re-election.

Her unexpected decision could make it more difficult for hopeful Republicans to win back the majority in the chamber where Democrats currently hold a 53-47 seat advantage.
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Filed under: 2012 • Maine • Olympia Snowe • Republicans • Senate
February 28th, 2012
06:05 PM ET
3 years ago

Michigan mischief: ‘A deal with the devil’

Dearborn Heights, Michigan (CNN) – A longtime liberal radio host asking Democratic listeners to vote for Rick Santorum in Michigan's Republican primary told CNN Tuesday he loves making mischief.

After spending nearly all of his three hour program encouraging Democrats to get out and vote for Santorum Tuesday, Tony Trupiano made no apologies for his behavior.

CNN LIVE: Tune in tonight at 6 p.m. ET for live coverage of the Arizona and Michigan primaries and follow real-time results on CNNPolitics.com, on the CNN apps and on the CNN mobile web site. Follow CNN Politics on Facebook and on Twitter at #cnnelections.

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Filed under: 2012 • Michigan • Rick Santorum
Tough talk testament to high stakes in Michigan primary
February 28th, 2012
05:35 PM ET
3 years ago

Tough talk testament to high stakes in Michigan primary

Detroit (CNN) – Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum opened up a new front in their battle for the Republican presidential nomination, this time over tactics, as Arizona and Michigan were voting in their primaries on Tuesday.

While 59 delegates are at stake - 29 in Arizona and 30 in Michigan - the bigger prize will be momentum.

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Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Delegates • Michigan • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul
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