(CNN) - Ad spending by Mitt Romney's campaign, combined with spending by the super PAC supporting his candidacy, so far has accounted for 80% of the total money spent on television ads in states voting Super Tuesday, a report showed Thursday.
Romney's campaign spent $1.3 million on ads running in Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts and Ohio between January 1 and Wednesday, according to an analysis by Kantar Campaign Media Analysis Group (CMAG), CNN's consultant campaign advertising. The super PAC supporting the former Massachusetts governor, Restore Our Future, spent $3.5 million in Oklahoma and Tennessee, as well as Ohio and Georgia.
(CNN) – House Republicans on Thursday remembered conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart as a man passionately committed to exposing wrongdoing.
(CNN) - A day after Republicans signaled possible compromise with the White House on energy issues, President Barack Obama called Thursday for Congress to vote in the coming weeks on ending billions of dollars in subsidies for the oil industry.
"Eliminate this oil industry giveaway right away. I want them to vote on this in the next few weeks," Obama told students at Nashua Community College in New Hampshire. "Let's put every single member of Congress on record: You can stand with oil companies, or you can stand with the American people. You can keep subsidizing a fossil fuel that's been getting taxpayer dollars for a century, or you can place your bets on a clean energy future."
(CNN) - A new national poll released Thursday indicates Mitt Romney has expanded his lead over Rick Santorum and now holds an 11 percentage point advantage over the former Pennsylvania senator.
Romney has the backing of 35% of registered Republicans nationwide, while Santorum comes in with 24%, according to results from Gallup's latest daily tracking poll.
(CNN) – GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney released a statement Thursday following the vote in the U.S. Senate killing the "Blunt amendment," a controversial proposal pushed by Republicans that would have allowed religious employers to opt out of providing health care coverage for contraception.
"I applaud the Senators who took a stand today and voted to defend religious freedom," Romney said. "The Obama Administration has directly attacked the First Amendment of our Constitution and individual liberty. The President of the United States must protect and defend the Constitution, not ignore it. This is yet another example of what is wrong with Obamacare, and why I am committed to its repeal."
Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to kill a controversial proposal pushed by Republicans that would have allowed employers to opt out of providing health care coverage they disagree with on moral grounds.
By a 51-48 mostly party line vote, the motion by Democrats to table the amendment succeeded, effectively killing it. Three Democrats joined Republicans in opposing the tabling motion, while one Republican - retiring moderate Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine - voted with Democrats in favor.
(CNN) – Sarah Palin took a hit at the upcoming television film based on her time as the 2008 vice presidential nominee Thursday, releasing a mock trailer portraying her candidacy in a much rosier light than the film's actual preview.
"Game Change," set to air on HBO March 10, stars Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin. A trailer released in January (WATCH) cast Palin as the villain of the 2008 contest, a portrayal advisers to Palin shot down in a conference call with reporters last week.
Fargo, North Dakota (CNN) - While President Barack Obama prepared to give a speech in New Hampshire touting domestic energy production, in energy-rich North Dakota Mitt Romney said the president "should be hanging his head" over his energy policies.
"He doesn't get credit for the increase; he instead has tried to slow the growth of oil and gas production in this country, and coal production in this country," Romney told an enthusiastic audience in Fargo. "So far from taking credit, he should be hanging his head and taking a little bit of the blame for what's going on today."
(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum seized on Mitt Romney's health care flub Thursday to question Romney's convictions and offer further evidence of his own conservative credentials.
"We saw an insight into what's in the gut of Gov. Romney yesterday," Santorum said during a campaign speech in Atlanta. "When Gov. Romney was asked that question his knee jerk reaction was no, I can't be for that."
Washington (CNN) – Rick Santorum is facing an approximate 6-1 spending deficit in the key battleground of Ohio but the super PAC supporting him is trying to narrow that disadvantage.
The Red, White and Blue Fund bought an additional $257,000 of ad time in the state Thursday, the group's spokesman, Stuart Roy, told CNN.