BLITZER'S BLOG: Just a few words can have an enormous impact
March 28th, 2012
03:54 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: Just a few words can have an enormous impact

(CNN) – It's amazed me over the years how a few words spoken by a presidential candidate potentially can have an enormous impact. I've been thinking a lot about that while covering the Republican race for the White House in recent months. The candidates are under enormous scrutiny – as they should be. They understandably have to be very precise.

I've been especially sensitive to the words uttered by candidates since my interview with then-Vice President Al Gore in March 1999. He was already running for the Democratic presidential nomination. Here's the exchange that caused an uproar and certainly had an impact on his eventual general election race against then-Texas Governor George W. Bush.

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Filed under: 2012 • Al Gore
Tweet of the day: Jon 2012 Girls looking to 2016
March 28th, 2012
03:32 PM ET
1 year ago

Tweet of the day: Jon 2012 Girls looking to 2016

(CNN) – They are the media-genic daughters of one-time presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman: known collectively by their handle on Twitter, @Jon2012Girls.

And now, two months after their father dropped out of the GOP field, they're looking toward the next presidential season.
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Filed under: 2012 • 2016 • Jon Huntsman
Gingrich campaign plans fewer attacks on Romney
March 28th, 2012
01:48 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich campaign plans fewer attacks on Romney

Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich's downsized campaign may be leaner. But it won't be meaner.

In an interview with CNN, Gingrich's Chief of Staff Patrick Millsaps said the former speaker plans to steer his attacks away from his one time nemesis Mitt Romney and toward President Barack Obama.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
Who will win Senate 'big oil' tax fight?
March 28th, 2012
01:47 PM ET
3 years ago

Who will win Senate 'big oil' tax fight?

Washington (CNN) - Your pain at the pump is the U.S. Senate's top issue this week.

Senate Democrats and Republicans are arguing over a bill that would end billions in tax breaks for large oil companies - a proposal designed to tap into voter anger over rising gas prices heading into the general election.

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Filed under: Congress • Democrats • Energy • gas prices • Republicans • Senate
March 28th, 2012
01:21 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum's Supreme Court rallying cry

Sparta, Wisconsin (CNN) - Rick Santorum used the legal fight before the Supreme Court on the national health care law to explain how Mitt Romney is "uniquely disqualified" to be the GOP nominee.

Santorum, who believes the health care mandate strips Americans of their rights and freedoms, on Wednesday, described Romney as the "godfather of Obamacare" for implementing the health care law in Massachusetts when he served as governor.
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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum • Supreme Court
Biden takes aim at Romney in Iowa
March 28th, 2012
01:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Biden takes aim at Romney in Iowa

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden returned to the campaign trail Wednesday to deliver a stinging critique of leading Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney before an audience of manufacturing workers in Iowa.

"Mitt Romney has been remarkably consistent - as an individual investor, a businessman, as governor of Massachusetts, and now as a candidate for president ... consistently wrong," the vice president said.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Joe Biden • Mitt Romney
March 28th, 2012
12:58 PM ET
3 years ago

Lawmaker wearing hoodie removed from House floor

Washington (CNN) – A congressman was removed from the House floor Wednesday after giving a speech about Trayvon Martin while wearing a hoodie.

Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, told House members, "racial profiling has to stop."

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Filed under: Congress • House
Bush 41 to endorse Romney
March 28th, 2012
11:37 AM ET
3 years ago

Bush 41 to endorse Romney

Washington (CNN) - In another sign the GOP establishment is coalescing behind Mitt Romney, former President George H.W. Bush is scheduled to formally endorse the Republican frontrunner on Thursday.

A Romney campaign spokeswoman confirmed Bush is expected to officially throw his support behind the GOP contender at an event in Houston, near the former president's home.
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Filed under: 2012 • George H.W. Bush • Mitt Romney
The return of Simpson-Bowles
Co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, former Sen. Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles participate in a Joint Deficit Reduction Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, on November 1, 2011 in Washington, DC.
March 28th, 2012
10:29 AM ET
3 years ago

The return of Simpson-Bowles

New York (CNNMoney) - More than a year has passed since the ambitious Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction plan went down in flames.

In December of 2010, the plan fell short of the 14 votes required for the commission to present its recommendations to Congress for a legislative vote. Much lip service was paid to the "seriousness" of the plan. But most members of Congress gave it no serious consideration. Ditto for the White House.

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Filed under: Alan Simpson • Congress • Erskine Bowles
March 28th, 2012
10:18 AM ET
3 years ago

Top Obama aide calls GOP charges 'despicable'

Washington (CNN) - Deputy Campaign Manager to Obama's re-election bid, Stephanie Cutter, called Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich's backlash over the president's comments on the controversial Trayvon Martin shooting "despicable."

On Wednesday, Cutter told Soledad O'Brien on CNN's "Starting Point" that the Republican candidates should "watch their own words."
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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Republicans • Stephanie Cutter
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