Kaine calls for full disclosure in Virginia Senate race
March 13th, 2012
05:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Kaine calls for full disclosure in Virginia Senate race

(CNN) - Following the creation of a new super PAC supporting Republican George Allen's Senate bid in Virginia, Democratic opponent Tim Kaine sent a letter to Allen Tuesday urging that anyone or any group spending money on the race do so openly.

"Virginia voters are entitled to know who is funding this campaign," the letter stated. "Contributions directly to either of us are already disclosed. But, the third parties filling the airways get to hide behind a cloak of secrecy."
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Filed under: 2012 • George Allen • Senate • Tim Kaine • Virginia
Romney goes on the air in Illinois; Santorum in Louisiana
March 13th, 2012
05:08 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney goes on the air in Illinois; Santorum in Louisiana

Atlanta (CNN) – Mitt Romney's campaign is looking ahead to a big upcoming contest. Tuesday it purchased almost one million dollars of ad time in Illinois, according to the latest ad tracking numbers.

Romney's campaign bought more than $800,000 of broadcast time for ads beginning to air Wednesday with most of the buy concentrated in the Chicago market, according to a Republican media consultant not associated with a campaign or super PAC. It also purchased $135,000 in cable time throughout the state.

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Filed under: 2012 • Louisiana • Mitt Romney
Live blog of Election Day
March 13th, 2012
04:59 PM ET
3 years ago

Live blog of Election Day

(CNN) - Voters in four states cast ballot Tuesday for the Republican presidential nomination, with Rick Santorum winning the largest contests in Alabama and Mississippi. The four Republican presidential candidates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Sen. Santorum of Pennsylvania, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas battled for 110 total delegates in Alabama, Mississippi, Hawaii and American Samoa.

Below is reporting from our producers and correspondents. Follow real time results at CNNPolitics.com. Read more here.

11:51 p.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: Mothership is full of chatter that GOP headed for brokered convention. I'm not there yet.

11:50 p.m. ET - @PeterHambyCNN: Newt adviser floats me idea of a Santorum-Gingrich ticket: "Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum would be a powerful team against Barack Obama."

11:48 p.m. ET - @stevebruskCNN: Latest CNN delegate estimate: Romney 480, Santorum 234, Gingrich 139, Paul 66

11:40 p.m. ET - @DWSTweets: Wasn’t for a lack of trying—Romney had a huge spending advantage over his rivals, which he used to carpet-bomb them with negative ads.
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Filed under: 2012 • Alabama • Hawaii • Mississippi • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul
Carney backpedals on Gingrich slam
March 13th, 2012
04:55 PM ET
3 years ago

Carney backpedals on Gingrich slam

Washington (CNN) – On Monday White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said any politician who claimed they could guarantee $2.50 a gallon gasoline would be "lying." There is only one Republican presidential candidate – Newt Gingrich – who has made headlines calling for exactly that.

On Tuesday, the president's spokesman walked back the impolitic language.
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Filed under: 2012 • Jay Carney • Newt Gingrich
March 13th, 2012
04:26 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: Depressing situation in Afghanistan

(CNN) – The situation in Afghanistan seems to be going from bad to worse despite 10 years on the ground for hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops, diplomats, private contractors and aid workers who have rotated through the country. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent.

The commander of all U.S. and NATO forces, Gen. John Allen, was upbeat in an interview with me Monday. “The campaign is sound,” he said. “It is solid. It does not contemplate, at this time, any form of an accelerated draw-down.”

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Filed under: Afghanistan
Romney focuses on 'magic number'
March 13th, 2012
04:19 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney focuses on 'magic number'

Kansas City, Missouri (CNN) - Mitt Romney downplayed expectations in Mississippi and Alabama's Republican contests, saying he expected to walk away with about a third of the delegates when the votes are counted Tuesday night.

"If that's the case, why, that inches us closer to that magic number," he told reporters on his campaign plane in Missouri, underlining his campaign's ferocious attention to the delegate count in the GOP race.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
Pro- and anti- Kerrey ads hit Nebraska
March 13th, 2012
04:18 PM ET
3 years ago

Pro- and anti- Kerrey ads hit Nebraska

(CNN) – Nebraska airwaves are about to get a lot more political. On Tuesday, former Sen. Bob Kerrey announced he was launching two television spots promoting his U.S. Senate bid, the same day the conservative group American Crossroads said it was buying radio time to slam the Democratic candidate.

Kerrey's campaign ads, each 30 seconds long, are positive spots giving voters a picture of Kerrey's campaign platform. In "Step Up," the candidate says: "America needs to step up its game. Our government is dysfunctional, our schools are not performing at world standards, our competitors are stealing our technology and our debt is crippling our future."

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Filed under: Bob Kerrey • Congress • Nebraska
Progressive group hits GOP for starting a war against women
March 13th, 2012
03:34 PM ET
3 years ago

Progressive group hits GOP for starting a war against women

(CNN) - As voters head to the polls Tuesday in Alabama and Mississippi, the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org released a new television ad to coincide with the primaries, accusing the Republican Party of launching a "war on women."

The 60-second spot features a handful of MoveOn members repeating controversial statements from top conservatives, including presidential candidate Rick Santorum and radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Health care • MoveOn
Romney speaks up for Hatch in new TV ad
March 13th, 2012
03:21 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney speaks up for Hatch in new TV ad

(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stars in a new TV ad for Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who's battling to keep his seat for a seventh term.

In the 30-second commercial, Romney urges viewer to turn out for the senator in the state's GOP neighborhood caucuses on Thursday.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Orrin Hatch • Senate • Utah
Romney focused on Obama and gas prices, not competitors
March 13th, 2012
02:24 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney focused on Obama and gas prices, not competitors

Kirkwood, Missouri (CNN) - Mitt Romney did not mention either of his GOP rivals on the day of a hard-fought pair of Republican contests, but instead kept his focus on President Obama and rising fuel prices at a Missouri rally.

Polls show the GOP candidate riding a wave of momentum in Alabama and Mississippi, where voters weigh in Tuesday night and where his competitors feverishly campaigned hours before the votes.
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Filed under: 2012 • Missouri • Mitt Romney
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