Lancaster, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Speaking in Republican stronghold Lancaster County Tuesday, the GOP’s likely presidential nominee Mitt Romney crystallized what’s at stake if his party loses the critical battleground state in November.
“We need to make sure we win Pennsylvania. If we win Pennsylvania, we’ll take back the White House,” Romney told a packed ballroom Tuesday night at the Republican Committee of Lancaster County’s spring event.
Washington (CNN) – As the presidential race moves into the general election this fall, candidates crossing paths in the same battlegrounds will be a daily occurrence. Consider this a sneak preview.
At least three times this week Mitt Romney, the likely GOP nominee, will campaign in the same area as President Barack Obama or top surrogates. Tuesday, first lady Michelle Obama arrived in Pittsburgh for a pair of fundraising events for the Democratic National Committee just an hour after Romney left town following a roundtable event.
Washington (CNN) – With the two top Congressional Republican leaders – House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell - officially endorsing Mitt Romney Tuesday, some conservatives on Capitol Hill who have been reluctant to get behind the former Massachusetts governor's campaign appeared ready to move on to the general election and support the all-but-certain nominee.
But at a gathering of about a dozen House conservatives, the motivation for uniting behind Romney seemed to have more to do with the strong desire to oust President Barack Obama than enthusiasm for Romney's candidacy.
New York (CNNMoney) - A key senator said Tuesday he would try to revive the so-called Bowles-Simpson plan as a starting point in negotiations over a long-term debt-reduction plan.
Democrat Kent Conrad, the Senate Budget Committee chairman, announced he would present the plan as his opening bid at the committee's budget mark-up on Wednesday.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Key senators reacted with anger and disappointment Tuesday to allegations that members of the U.S. Secret Service and the military were involved with prostitutes while on a trip to Colombia in advance of President Barack Obama’s recent visit.
The chairman of a key oversight committee said the troubling charges require a “rigorous investigation” to find out what happened.
(CNN) – Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota said Tuesday that she has recently spoken with likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney, though she did not offer an endorsement of her one-time rival.
In the appearance on CNN's "John King, USA," Bachmann said she sees the GOP coming together, and wants to be "a voice of uniting our party."
The interview will air Tuesday on CNN's "John King, USA" at 6 p.m. ET.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 17, 2012 | 5 p.m.
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NEW TODAY: ROMNEY WITH HIS FAVORABILITY ON THE RISE, HITS “VAST LEFT WING CONSPIRACY” – On Breitbart TV, host Larry O’Connor asked Romney if he was ready to take on "the media and these nonprofits groups that are working together." Romney responded, “There will be an effort by the quote vast left wing conspiracy to work together to put out their message and to attack me. They're going to do everything they can to divert from the message people care about, which is a growing economy that creates more jobs and rising incomes."
DEVELOPING: CNN’s Wolf Blitzer is in Brussels, Belgium, where he will sit down in a rare joint interview with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Panetta and Clinton are both in Brussels for a NATO joint meeting of Foreign and Defense Ministers. Have any questions? Send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To see a picture of Wolf Blitzer en route, check out this link. For a sneak peek of the news, read tomorrow’s Gut Check.
(CNN) – Speaking to a right wing radio host Tuesday, likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney repurposed a phrase from Hillary Clinton, citing a "vast left wing conspiracy" brewing in the media and liberal advocacy organizations to derail his campaign.
Romney was making an appearance on Breitbart TV and was asked by host Larry O'Connor whether he was ready to take on "the media and these nonprofits groups that are working together."
(CNN) – As Mitt Romney increasingly looks toward the general election, the likely GOP nominee announced endorsements Tuesday from the Republican governors of Pennsylvania and Wyoming.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said he was "heartily endorsing" Romney because of his "bold conservative vision."
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