(CNN) – As some Republicans look for an end to their party's presidential primary, candidate Newt Gingrich said Thursday he continues to campaign because there is no suitable alternative in the Republican field.
"I'm staying in the race because I believe we ought to have a conservative who's serious, who's had national achievements and who doesn't write his policy on an Etch A Sketch and zig-zag back and forth wildly," Gingrich said on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."
(CNN) – Republican and Democratic opponents alike have sought to align the health care reform laws of Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, but on the federal law’s two year anniversary, Romney penned an op-ed to argue he has nothing to do with “Obamacare.”
On the presidential campaign trail this year, Romney has repeatedly argued for repealing the Affordable Care Act, signed by Obama on March 23, 2010, and in the USA Today op-ed, wrote, “What we need is a free market, federalist approach to making quality, affordable health insurance available to every American.”
Stillwater, Oklahoma (CNN) - President Barack Obama took on critics of his energy policies Thursday, saying in carefully coordinated speeches that they weren't paying attention to increased oil production at home and were misleading the public about the cause of rising gas prices.
"Anyone who says that we're somehow suppressing domestic oil production isn't paying attention," Obama said in Cushing, Oklahoma, on the second day of a four-state tour to tout his policies.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican attorney general of Virginia, announced Thursday he filed papers to launch a bid for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in the Commonwealth.
"This morning my campaign filed with the State Board of Elections to formally establish a campaign committee to seek the office of the Governor of Virginia," Cuccinelli wrote in a statement. "Serving as Attorney General of Virginia has been the most rewarding and fulfilling position I have ever held."
CNN's GUT CHECK | for Thursday, March 22, 2012 | 5 p.m.
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JUST IN: South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint expressed support for Mitt Romney’s presidential bid Thursday, but stopped short of publicly endorsing the former Massachusetts governor, during an interview with CNN’s Kate Bolduan and Ted Barrett. DeMint, an influential voice in the conservative movement, said he was “very impressed” with Romney, who met with Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden is now willing to name names in going after Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. President Obama is now increasingly willing to go after them but he’s still avoiding naming names.
Here’s how he criticized Romney on health care mandates this week in an interview with Public Radio International.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Rick Santorum showed no signs of dropping his Etch A Sketch assault on Mitt Romney Thursday, brandishing the children's toy at an event in Texas and later saying his chief rival was winning states by spending huge amounts of campaign cash.
"You win by giving people the choice. You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who is just going to be a little different than the person in there," Santorum said at the San Antonio speech, held at national headquarters of the veterans' financial firm USAA.
Washington (CNNMoney) - The Senate on Thursday passed by voice vote a bill that makes it illegal for lawmakers and their staffs to make Wall Street trades based on insider information.
The bipartisan measure, which already passed the House, would immediately go to President Obama, who is expected to sign it. Obama called for the law during his State of the Union address in January.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Sen. Jim DeMint, the South Carolina Republican and tea party favorite, said Thursday he was 'excited' about the possibility of Mitt Romney becoming the GOP presidential nominee.
While not an outright endorsement, it is the closest the Republican kingmaker has come to making his preference known in the race for the White House.