Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) – Mitt Romney is celebrating his 65th birthday. But unlike many seniors who reach that age, the GOP presidential candidate will forgo the Medicare program, according to a source with the Romney campaign.
"No, he's keeping his current private insurance plan," a Romney source told CNN.
(CNN) – Rick Santorum's spokesman, J. Hogan Gidley, tweeted Monday morning that the candidate called to wish fellow presidential hopeful Mitt Romney a happy birthday. Romney, who turned 65 on Monday, was also the subject of Gidley's previous - and less cordial - tweet.
(CNN) – Days before Vice President Joe Biden hits the campaign trail in Ohio on behalf of the Obama re-election effort, the president’s No. 2 will be the headliner at a campaign fundraiser in the swanky Georgetown home of Sen. John Kerry and wife Teresa.
The fundraiser Monday night, which includes a sit-down dinner, is expected to draw upwards of 75 guests, according to an Obama campaign official. Tickets to the exclusive affair begin at $10,000 per couple and go up from there.
Washington (CNN) - Despite calling contests in the South "a bit of an away game" last week, Mitt Romney appears to be in a virtual tie in two polls released Monday for this week's Alabama and Mississippi primaries.
In a poll of likely voters in Mississippi's Republican primary, Romney led rival Newt Gingrich, 34% to 32%, which was within the poll's sampling margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points, meaning they were essentially tied. The survey was conducted Saturday and Sunday. And a poll of likely voters in Alabama's primary conducted Friday through Sunday showed Gingrich holding a 2-point lead there - 34% to 31% - but again within the poll's sampling error.
(CNN) – It's a rare chance to beat President Obama at his own game.
The basketball-fan-in-chief has unveiled his bracket in a highly choreographed ESPN special for the last three years. The same drill is expected this year before the first games begin Tuesday.
Washington (CNN) - A controversial new Texas law requiring voters to present personal identification before going to the polls has been blocked by the Obama administration.
In a letter Monday to state officials, the Justice Department said the legislation could have a discriminatory effect on Hispanics and other minorities.
Ocean Springs, Mississippi (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum called Sunday's shooting rampage in Afghanistan that resulted in the death of 16 civilians "obviously horrific" and "very tragic."
"The person that was involved obviously has to be brought to justice and brought to justice quickly," Santorum said.
Mobile, Alabama (CNN) - Morning in Mobile dawned dark and stormy Monday, but a thunderstorm hovering over his outdoor event did not dampen Mitt Romney's air of confidence.
The GOP candidate, who has added additional events in Alabama and Mississippi over the past several days, sounded an optimistic note about the results of those state's Tuesday contests.
(CNN) – Mitt Romney experienced a bump in the most recent poll of Republican voters in Mississippi, where ballots will be cast Tuesday.
The American Research Group survey released Monday showed Romney edged out Newt Gingrich, 34% to 32%, followed by Rick Santorum at 22% and Ron Paul at 8%. Romney's advantage is well within the poll's sampling error.
(CNN) – One day before Alabama holds a Republican primary, a new poll in the state indicates former House Speaker Newt Gingrich narrowly edging out former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the top spot in the race for the GOP presidential nomination.
According to a survey by American Research Group released Monday, 34% of likely Republican primary voters in Alabama say they are backing Gingrich, with 31% saying they are supporting Romney. Gingrich's three-point margin is within the poll's sampling error, meaning the race is basically all tied up. Twenty-four percent say they back former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, with 6% supporting Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and 7% undecided.