(CNN) - Arizona has voted for only one Democratic presidential candidate in 60 years, but Vice President Joe Biden sounded a confident note in the state Thursday, telling a crowd at a fundraising event in Phoenix there was a chance to turn the state blue in November.
"We think we have a real shot at winning the presidential race here in Arizona," Biden said at the event, which was part of a West Coast campaign swing for the vice president.
Washington (CNN) - It's basically all knotted up between President Barack Obama and all-but-certain Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, according to an average of the six national surveys conducted entirely after former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania suspended his campaign on April 10.
An updated CNN Poll of Polls compiled and released Thursday indicates that, on average, 47% of registered voters in the six surveys say they back Obama, with 44% supporting Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who is making his second bid for the White House. With Obama's three-point margin over Romney less than the sampling error of the surveys, it's fair to say that the race can be considered a dead heat.
Scottsdale, Arizona (CNN) – Mitt Romney will meet privately with members of the Republican National Committee at their meeting in Scottsdale on Friday, CNN has learned.
Romney is also slated to address a committee luncheon later on Friday afternoon.
(CNN) - Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio on Thursday pushed back – ever so slightly - at the suggestion he might join Mitt Romney's presidential ticket, offering nothing of the definitive "no" which some other possible vice presidential candidates have voiced.
Asked on CNN's "John King, USA" if he liked the sound of a Mitt Romney-Rob Portman ticket, Portman demurred.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for Thursday, April 19, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
PANETTA, PART TWO: “WE’RE WITHIN AN INCH OF WAR” – When Wolf Blitzer asks Defense Secretary Leon Panetta about North Korea on CNN’s “Situation Room,” Panetta says, "we're within an inch of war almost every day in that part of the world [North Korea], and we just have to be very careful about what we say and what we do."
(CNN) - The U.S. Secret Service said Thursday that it has resolved any questions regarding rocker Ted Nugent, whom its agents interviewed after he said he would be "dead or in jail" if President Barack Obama were re-elected.
"The issue has been resolved," and the agency "does not anticipate any further action," Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary told CNN after the interview.
(CNN) - For those who have always dreamed of an evening with George Clooney, the president may have the hook up - that is, if you donate to his campaign.
President Barack Obama's re-election team is offering a chance for two supporters to attend a fundraiser with the president and Clooney at the actor's pad in Los Angeles on May 10.
(CNN) - President Obama welcomed the Alabama Crimson Tide football team to the South Lawn on Thursday to congratulate the program on its 2011 BCS National Championship.
This is the second time in three years that Alabama Coach Nick Saban has brought his team to the White House, and given the team’s recent success Obama ended his remarks by saying, “who knows, maybe I’ll see you again.”FULL STORY
Lorain, Ohio (CNN) - Visiting a closed Ohio drywall factory Thursday, Mitt Romney seized on the plant's years-long shuttering to hammer home the point spelled out on a banner hanging over his head: "Obama Isn't Working."
"Had the president's economic plans worked – President Obama's plans worked – it would be open by now. But it's still empty," Romney told a crowd of supporters gathered inside the National Gypsum Company plant in Lorain, Ohio.