(CNN) - Rick Santorum's campaign is again trying to push back on the narrative that Mitt Romney basically has the Republican nomination fight sewn up. However, some of its assumptions are being met with derision by Republican officials.
In a new memo, obtained by CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger, the campaign's delegate strategist John Yob maintained that several factors are not being accurately reported that will help Santorum in the hunt for the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the Republican presidential nomination.
(CNN) – Rick Santorum went to the tee Thursday evening, weighing in on a golf controversy that earlier attracted the attention of the White House and other GOP presidential hopefuls.
The Augusta National Golf Club's tradition of admitting only male members has been highlighted by speculation around how the club will handle Virginia Rometty, the new CEO of IBM, a major Masters
Tournament sponsor. The club hosts the tournament and typically offers the iconic green jacket to the officers of the club's major sponsors.
(CNN) - Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista weighed in Thursday on the debate over admitting women to the all-men Augusta National Golf Club.
The private Georgia golf club, which hosts the Masters Tournament that started Thursday, has not allowed women members since it opened in 1933 (they do allow women to play as guests).
(CNN) – Rick Santorum participated in two meetings with conservative leaders on Thursday which focused on his candidacy, but not on whether rival Newt Gingrich should end his, sources with knowledge of the meetings told CNN.
"There was some frustration about the fact that Gingrich wasn't in Wisconsin, and if his vote had gone to Santorum then Santorum would have won, but I would not in any way say that meeting focused on getting Gingrich out," one participant said. This source and others spoke to CNN on the condition of anonymity because of the non-public nature of the meeting.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 5, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: Mitt Romney waded into the Augusta National controversy over whether women should be members by stating: "Of course. I am not a member of Augusta. I don’t know if I would qualify. My golf game is not that good. Certainly if I were a member, if I could run Augusta, which isn’t likely to happen, of course I’d have women into Augusta."
(CNN) – While Rick Santorum insists he'll pull a victory in his home state of Pennsylvania later this month, another former high-profile senator from the Keystone State said that won't happen.
"This campaign is over for Rick Santorum," Arlen Specter said Thursday of his former supporter. "There's nothing left of his candidacy."
Los Angeles (CNN) - Given the growing influence of the Hispanic vote, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar tried Thursday to seize on the increasingly pivotal role they will likely play in helping President Barack Obama's re-election prospects.
During a White House Hispanic Community Action Summit in Los Angeles, Salazar acknowledged the relative slow pace of economic recovery but emphasized that the nation's steady job growth is benefitting Hispanics across a broad spectrum of economic areas.
Washington (CNN) – Former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter gave an update on her father's condition Thursday, days after he returned home following heart transplant surgery.
"He's doing wonderfully. He's at home. He was out of the hospital after just 10 days, which is just tremendous, and when I talked to him yesterday, he walked outside to the end of the driveway to pick up the newspapers and walked back, and it was a big milestone. So he's doing very well," Liz Cheney said after an event at the American Enterprise Institute.
Washington (CNN) – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Thursday the leading Republican presidential candidate was carrying a "golden bullet" to connect with women voters.
Speaking on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," the Palmetto State Republican said Mitt Romney's wife Ann, along with the candidate himself, would need to answer women with concerns about his platform. Polls released in the past week show Romney trailing President Barack Obama by a large margin among female voters.
Washington (CNN) – South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has already taken her name out of the running for vice presidential consideration this election but that isn't stopping her from touting the candidate she's endorsed for president, Mitt Romney.
"I knew him and Ann. I knew their family. I knew where they were. I knew how he wasn't just a candidate that wanted to win. This is somebody who had thought for the last four years about how he would handle the situation had he been president," Haley said.