March 30th, 2012
07:35 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum makes no prediction ahead of Tuesday primaries

(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."
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Filed under: 2012 • Maryland • Rick Santorum • Washington D.C. • Wisconsin
March 30th, 2012
07:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney quips on lotto

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.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Wisconsin
March 30th, 2012
06:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama campaigns against GOP 'madness'

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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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
CNN’s GUT CHECK for March 30, 2012
March 30th, 2012
05:40 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN’s GUT CHECK for March 30, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for DAY, DATE, YEAR | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

STOP THE PRESSES: Current TV cuts ties with Keith Olberman and announces Eliot Spitzer program

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."

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
California campaign treasurer pleads guilty to $7 million in fraud
March 30th, 2012
05:30 PM ET
2 years ago

California campaign treasurer pleads guilty to $7 million in fraud

(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.
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Filed under: California
Romney pivots to general election mode
March 30th, 2012
05:27 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney pivots to general election mode

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."
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Obama: 'Change is the health care reform we passed'
March 30th, 2012
04:06 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama: 'Change is the health care reform we passed'

(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."
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Filed under: 2012 • Health care • President Obama
Romney endorsements brighten aura of inevitability
March 30th, 2012
02:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney endorsements brighten aura of inevitability

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."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
March 30th, 2012
01:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney gets Ryan's endorsement, leads Wisconsin poll

Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney picked up another major endorsement Friday when conservative favorite Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, whose state votes Tuesday, called Romney "the right person for the job."

"I am convinced that Mitt Romney has the skills, the tenacity, the principles, the courage and the integrity to do what it takes to get America back on track," Ryan said on Fox News. "I believe he is the right person for the job."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Polls • Republicans • Rick Santorum
Recall vote scheduled in Wisconsin, Republican ad war continues
March 30th, 2012
12:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Recall vote scheduled in Wisconsin, Republican ad war continues

(CNN) - The recall election against Republican Gov. Scott Walker was ordered on Friday by Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board, the board's public information officer confirmed to CNN.

After more than 900,000 signatures were collected, the group voted five to zero to order an election against the incumbent governor on June 5 and schedule a Democratic primary for May 8.
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Filed under: Republicans • Scott Walker • Wisconsin
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