(CNN) – Whether Mitt Romney's campaign is counting down in days or hours to Tuesday's primary in Wisconsin, it isn't wasting either of them.
Romney and his latest high-profile endorser, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, talked entitlement reform in a Friday night television interview.
Green Bay, Wisconsin (CNN) – One day after it was revealed that Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney recently held a "secret" meeting, the former House speaker publicly divulged the "essence" of private conversations he's had with Romney and Rick Santorum.
On Friday, Gingrich did not specifically answer what he and Romney discussed in a private meeting last weekend in Louisiana. Instead, Gingrich told reporters at his Green Bay, Wisconsin, headquarters that he, Romney and Santorum have chatted and have made a broad political agreement.
(CNN) – As voters in Wisconsin, Maryland, and the District of Columbia prepare to cast ballots on Tuesday, Rick Santorum would not say in an interview on CNN's "John King, USA," if this is his last stand.
"My epitaph has been written many, many times throughout the course of this campaign," he said. "So I'm just going to take it a day at a time and we're going to keep working very, very hard and go out and articulate the principles that I think will win this election in the fall."
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin (CNN) - Mitt Romney won't join the millions betting on a lucky Mega Millions ticket, but that didn't stop him from speculating about another possible participant.
At a quick stop at a Fond du Lac diner, the GOP candidate was asked if he would vie for the sky-high payout in the lotto contest.
Portland, Maine (CNN) – President Barack Obama wrapped up an afternoon fundraising swing through the northeast Friday, declaring his Republican opponents have a go-it-alone attitude that threatens to permanently stifle the country's middle class.
"They would gut things that we've always believed is at the core of making America great - education, science, caring for the most vulnerable." the president to chants of "four more years" in a packed Portland, Maine gymnasium. "They are wrong."
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BUSH INSPIRES NEW TUNE ON CAMPAIGN MIX TAPE: Former President George H.W. Bush set the tone and the music for the Romney campaign. Yesterday Bush said, “I do think it’s time for the party to get behind Gov. Romney. And was reminding me Kenny Rogers sang, ‘It’s time when to hold ‘em and time when to fold ‘em,’ Well I think it’s time for people to all get behind this good man.” …. Today, on the trail, our Rachel Streitfeld reports the Romney campaign advance team started playing “The Gambler” at its events.
And what is the song du jour in the Santorum corner? "Game On."
(CNN) – A California political operative whose clients have included Sen. Dianne Feinstein pleaded guilty on Friday to defrauding her clients of over $7 million dollars over 11 years.
Kinde Durkee pled guilty to five counts of mail fraud relating to the embezzlement scheme, the Department of Justice said, and could face prison time.
Appleton, Wisconsin (CNN) – After a relatively quiet week, Mitt Romney shifted sharply into general election mode with a retooled speech Friday.
The GOP candidate – surrounded by an array of American flags arcing widely behind him onstage – assailed President Obama for moving Americans toward "a government-centered society" and called his economic strategy "a bust."
(CNN) – President Barack Obama invoked his oft-used "change" mantra Friday to firmly stand behind the national health care law following three days of hearings over its constitutionality before the Supreme Court.
"Change is the health care reform we passed after over a century of trying," Obama told a crowd at the University of Vermont in Burlington. "Reform that will finally ensure that in the United States of America no one will go broke just because they get sick."
Washington (CNN) - Another major conservative figure backs Mitt Romney. His voice joins a growing chorus of major names in the Republican Party calling for the divisive GOP nomination battle to come to an end.
On Friday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan endorsed Romney's bid for the White House, saying, "I believe he is the right person for the job."