(CNN) – For the first time since 2001, a plurality Americans say there is too much religious talk from politicians, according to a new survey released Wednesday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
The poll showed 38% of Americans saying there was too much religious expression from politicians, compared to 30% who said there was too little. Twenty-five percent said the current level of religious rhetoric was the right amount.
(CNN) - A Washington advocacy group training in-the-trenches religious leaders to speak out on hot-button issues like abortion is nothing new.
But a liberal beltway group training left-leaning clergy to speak out for abortion rights is.
(CNN) – Mitt Romney may be in the driver's seat right now but there is still a chance he won't be able to amass the 1,144 delegates needed to win the Republican presidential nomination before the party convention in Tampa at the end of August.
If he comes up short, there could be a contested convention. That means the delegates actually would have to vote on the convention floor for the nominee.
(CNN) – The fiery Republican nominating battle has forged Mitt Romney as the party's "inevitable nominee," a Romney senior adviser said Wednesday. And when the end is in sight, he continued, other candidates should bow out.
The absence of a GOP challenge could allow Romney to "hit a reset button for the fall campaign," Eric Fehrnstrom said on CNN's "Starting Point."
Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney picked up a highly prized endorsement Wednesday from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush after a convincing victory the night before in the Illinois primary but then saw a top adviser's televised comment provide new ammunition to his trailing rivals in the Republican presidential race.
Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney's senior campaign adviser, was asked in a CNN interview Wednesday morning whether the former Massachusetts governor had been forced to adopt conservative positions in the rugged race that could hurt his standing with moderates in November's general election.
(CNN) - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, whose endorsement has been highly-sought during the 2012 GOP primary contests, announced Wednesday he was backing presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
In a statement, Bush congratulated Romney on his win in Illinois's primary, held Tuesday, and said it was "time for Republicans to unite behind Governor Romney."
(CNN) – As President Barack Obama swings through 2012 battleground states Wednesday and Thursday to highlight American-made energy, an opposing conservative group will hit the airwaves slamming what they say is an "untested and naïve" White House energy plan.
Crossroads GPS, a conservative political action group, said Wednesday it would spend $650,000 to run a 30-second ad in New Mexico, Ohio and Nevada to coincide with Obama's energy tour. All three states are considered battlegrounds in November's general election. Obama is also stopping in Oklahoma, a state that votes solidly Republican.
Washington (CNN) - In the bitter political debate over health care reform two years ago, one of the most contentious issues was a proposed advisory board that would recommend how to achieve needed but as-yet-unreachable Medicare savings.
Opponents dubbed the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) a "death panel" that would ration medical coverage for senior citizens based on cost and effectiveness, rather than decisions reached between patient and doctor.
(CNN) – Financial disclosure forms filed with the Federal Election Commission Tuesday show GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and the super PAC supporting his candidacy raising millions of dollars more than his rivals, while also outspending fellow candidates nearly two to one.
Romney took in $12 million in February, according to his financial filing, the highest of any GOP presidential candidate. Rick Santorum, who won early-February contests in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado, raised $9 million.