(CNN) – Eric Fehrnstrom, a senior advisor to presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, made light Thursday of the Etch A Sketch firestorm he started Wednesday on CNN's "Starting Point".
"Everything changes. It's like Etch A Sketch," he said of the differences between the general and primary election. "You can shake it up and we start all over again."
On Thursday, Fehrnstrom tweeted: "Etch A Sketch stock is up? Psst, I'll mention Mr. Potato Head next. Buy Hasbro tinyurl.com/6qavupa."
Washington (CNN) - Led by its Republican majority, the U.S. House voted Thursday to eliminate from the 2010 health care reform law a proposed advisory board that would recommend how to achieve needed, but as-yet-unreachable Medicare savings.
The repeal measure passed 223-181 on a mostly party-line vote, reflecting the deep partisan divide over health care reform that persists two years after Democrats pushed the measure through Congress. Seven Democrats joined 216 Republicans in support of the repeal, while 10 Republicans voted "no."
(CNN) - ShePAC, a new super PAC focused on supporting Republican women, announced its advisory board Thursday, intended to bolster the independent organization.
The group of 12 women includes Chairwoman of the Tea Party Express Amy Kremer, actress Janine Turner, former Arkansas congressional candidate Princella Smith and former Rep. Michele Bachmann Chief of Staff Elizabeth Pinkerton.
(CNN) - Mitt Romney is "pretending" the health care plan he instituted in Massachusetts is different than the national plan, President Barack Obama said.
In an interview with Public Radio International that aired Thursday, Obama pointed to the similarities between the two plans, without mentioning the Republican frontrunner by name.
Washington (CNN) - About 20 demonstrators with the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) gathered outside a hotel where GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney planned fundraising remarks Thursday and used Etch A Sketch toys recently mentioned by the Romney campaign as part of their protest.
Senior Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom suggested on CNN's "Starting Point" Wednesday that a post-nomination Romney candidate could reset his campaign "almost like an Etch-a-Sketch – you can kind of shake it up, and we start all over again."
Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney headed to the nation's capital Thursday to raise money for his front-running Republican presidential campaign and meet with influential conservative legislators, buoyed by recent primary wins and a key endorsement but also facing fallout from a top adviser's gaffe.
The former Massachusetts governor held talks with key Republicans including South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint and Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee. Both men are leading conservatives who could help Romney gain support from the Republican base by backing him.
Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans, including a plurality of Democrats, think the government should approve the building of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, according to a new national survey.
A Gallup poll released Thursday indicates 57% of the public says the Obama administration should give the go ahead for the pipeline's construction, with 29% disagreeing and 14% unsure.
(CNN) – Mitt Romney, who acknowledged this week that the economy was improving, turned his focus Thursday to the ever increasing federal deficit in a new television ad airing in Wisconsin.
The ad highlights Romney's tenure as governor of Massachusetts, making the case his background as a corporate executive prepared him to run a fiscally-sound government.
(CNN) - A leading national tea party group is jumping into the Republican Senate nomination battle in Missouri.
The Tea Party Express, in an email release Thursday morning, announced they will endorse former Missouri State Treasurer Sarah Steelman, kicking off a two-day roll out in St. Louis, Springfield and Kansas City.
(CNN) – It's advantage President Barack Obama in Connecticut ahead of the 2012 presidential election, according to a new poll.
The Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday showed Obama trumping his potential Republican opponents in the general election. He beat Mitt Romney 53% to 37% and Rick Santorum 55% to 35% among registered voters in hypothetical matchups.