Washington (CNN) – Newt Gingrich, who last week announced he was laying off staff and cutting back on campaign stops, responded coolly Tuesday to President Barack Obama's mention of his past language deriding a GOP budget plan.
In a speech at a media luncheon in Washington, Obama assailed Republicans for what he said was an inflexible position on cutting spending and balancing the federal budget. In making his point, the president dropped in a few references to the former House speaker.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 3, 2012 | 5 p.m.
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NEW PHASE OF THE RACE HAS BEGUN: For the first time in a campaign speech, President Obama names Mitt Romney – and ties him to the Republicans in Congress: "The Republicans running Congress right now have doubled down and proposed a budget so far to the right, it makes the Contract with America look like the New Deal. In fact, that renowned liberal Newt Gingrich first called the original version of the budget radical and said it would contribute to right-wing social engineering. This is coming from Newt Gingrich, and yet this isn't a budget supported by some small hump group in the Republican Party; this is now the party's governing platform. This is what they're running on. One of my potential opponents, Governor Romney, has said that he hoped a similar version of this plan from last year would be introduced on Day One of his presidency. He said that he's very supportive of this new bu dget and he even called it marvelous, which is a word you don't often hear when it comes to describing a budget."
Washington (CNN) - As the four remaining Republican presidential candidates battle for delegates in Tuesday night's primaries, the man they hope to unseat in November – President Barack Obama – will quietly clinch his party's nomination for a second term as the polls close in Maryland and the District of Columbia at 8:00 p.m.
Like his Republican counterparts, President Obama has been competing in primaries and caucuses this year and picking up delegates along the way. Unlike the Republicans, Obama faces no serious opposition in his quest for renomination.
Washington (CNN) - A day after the head of the General Services Administration resigned because of a procurement scandal at the federal agency, officials vowed Tuesday to implement spending reforms and disciplinary action she announced on the way out the door.
A letter Monday from now-former GSA Administrator Martha Johnson agreed with the recommendations of the GSA Inspector General in a report that documented massive overspending, questionable expenditures, and a cavalier attitude toward procurement rules surrounding a regional training conference held in Las Vegas in 2010.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Republican George Allen of Virginia has raised $1.4 million since the beginning of the year for his U.S. Senate bid, his campaign announced Tuesday.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday eased his rhetoric on the Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on health care reform but repeated his belief that the justices should follow legal precedent and uphold the law's constitutionality.
His remarks in response to a question at a media luncheon followed criticism by conservatives that the president had leveled a political salvo at the high court a day earlier when commenting on last week's hearings on the 2010 Affordable Care and Prevention Act.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The number of Muslims in the United States is tiny - less than one in 100 Americans - but their votes could sway the results of the presidential election in November, a new study says.
That's because they are concentrated in a number of key swing states, says Farid Senzai, the author of the report.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Sen. John McCain of Arizona, something of a prolific user of Twitter compared to other senators, took to the site Tuesday to recognize his one-time running mate's guest hosting of a morning television show.
(CNN) – Whether or not the two become running mates, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have something of a "bromance" going.
Romney has hardly been seen in public since Friday - when the Republican congressman from Wisconsin announced his endorsement - without Ryan.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama launched a major assault Tuesday on the House-passed Republican budget proposal embraced by front-running GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, calling it "social Darwinism" that would stifle the American dream.
In a speech to a media luncheon, Obama described the measure prepared by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and passed by the House as a "Trojan Horse" that is disguised as a deficit reduction plan but actually imposes a "radical vision."FULL STORY