McCain: Obama campaign video invoking bin Laden is 'pathetic'
April 27th, 2012
09:32 PM ET
2 years ago

McCain: Obama campaign video invoking bin Laden is 'pathetic'

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain on Friday evening sharply rebuked a web video produced by President Barack Obama's re-election campaign that questioned whether presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would have ordered the raid that culminated in the killing of terrorism mastermind Osama bin Laden.

"Shame on Barack Obama for diminishing the memory of September 11th and the killing of Osama bin Laden by turning it into a cheap political attack ad," McCain said in a statement distributed by the Republican National Committee.
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Filed under: 2012 • John McCain • Mitt Romney • President Obama
West faces fight from all sides in new district
April 27th, 2012
08:03 PM ET
2 years ago

West faces fight from all sides in new district

Washington (CNN) - Few freshmen congressmen have found themselves in the glare of the spotlight as often as Florida Rep. Allen West.

Known for his outspokenness, West rarely backs down from a political fight. Some say he picks them.

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Filed under: 2012 • Allen West
With Ohio college students, Romney talks business
April 27th, 2012
07:27 PM ET
2 years ago

With Ohio college students, Romney talks business

Westerville, Ohio (CNN) - Mitt Romney expanded on his business career and tamped down on the harsh tenor of his recent attacks on President Barack Obama in a speech Friday in the battleground state of Ohio.

Amid calls from some in his party for a more positive message, the presumptive GOP nominee offered an audience at Otterbein University a vision of a conscientious businessman who could deliver results over rhetoric - an oblique reference to his Democratic rival.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Ohio
Tea Party 2.0: Upgraded for 2012
April 27th, 2012
05:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Tea Party 2.0: Upgraded for 2012

Washington (CNN) - While loud and raucous rallies are still a part of the tea party toolbox, the movement, which came to life over dissatisfaction with big government and anger over government bailouts and President Barack Obama's health care reform, is evolving.

"After the 2010 elections, what was interesting, we moved to what I call Tea Party 2.0," said Clyde Fabretti, a conservative activist affiliated with tea party groups in Florida such as the West Orlando Tea Party and the Central Florida Tea Party Council. "2.0 allows for ... our ability to accomplish legislative initiatives, supporting various tea party candidates that adhere to the principles and values. And we have been hugely active."

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Filed under: 2012 • Tea Party
White House misses senator's deadline on prostitution scandal
April 27th, 2012
05:20 PM ET
2 years ago

White House misses senator's deadline on prostitution scandal

(CNN) - The White House has ignored a deadline to provide answers to a senior Senate Republican about the Secret Service prostitution scandal, an aide to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said Friday.

Grassley wants details about an internal administration investigation into any possible role that White House advance staff members may have had in the incident.

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Filed under: Charles Grassley • White House
CNN’s GUT CHECK for April 27, 2012
April 27th, 2012
05:05 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN’s GUT CHECK for April 27, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 27, 2012 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

JUST IN: In an exclusive interview with Candy Crowley, Speaker Boehner says Rubio makes the cut (Daniels & Portman do too):

CROWLEY: And if you had to say ‘Look, my number one, what I would look for in a VP…’ if I were Mitt Romney, what is that quality?

BOEHNER: I think the number one quality is, are they capable of being president in the case of an emergency?

CROWLEY: Does that fit someone like, say, Marco Rubio, who is the new kind of rising star…

BOEHNER: Fits a lot of people.

CROWLEY: Does it fit him?

BOEHNER: Fits Marco. It fits Sen. Portman, Gov. Daniels. I could go down a long list of people.

Full interview airs on CNN’s “State of the Union” at 9am/12 pm ET.

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McCain vs. Palin in Indiana Senate race
John McCain and Sarah Palin attend a campaign rally at Pima County Fairgrounds on March 26, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona.
April 27th, 2012
04:09 PM ET
2 years ago

McCain vs. Palin in Indiana Senate race

(CNN) – They served on the same Republican presidential ticket in 2008, but they're divided over who to support in the 2012 Indiana Senate race.

Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee and his former vice presidential running mate former Gov. Sarah Palin picked their candidates in the state's Republican primary on Friday with McCain backing fellow incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar and Palin supporting Lugar challenger and State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.
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Filed under: 2012 • Indiana • John McCain • Richard Lugar • Sarah Palin • Senate
Former Edwards aide says he was intimidated by donors
April 27th, 2012
04:02 PM ET
2 years ago

Former Edwards aide says he was intimidated by donors

Greensboro, North Carolina (CNN) - A former campaign aide for John Edwards said in court Friday that he had been intimidated in his dealings with the former senator and two high-priced donors.

"I was scared for my life," Andrew Young testified in U.S. District Court in Greensboro, North Carolina. "I was up against two billionaires and a millionaire. I was scared. It was bizarre."

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Warren releases tax returns
April 27th, 2012
03:31 PM ET
2 years ago

Warren releases tax returns

(CNN) – Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's campaign released the last four years of her tax returns Friday, reporting income that peaked at nearly $981,000 in 2009.

Warren, the former consumer protection advocate and Harvard professor, and her husband, Bruce Mann, reported earning $831,021 in 2008, $980,670 in 2009, $954,721 in 2010 and $616,181 in 2011.
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Filed under: 2012 • Elizabeth Warren • Massachusetts • Scott Brown • Senate
White House: Obama would veto GOP student loan plan
April 27th, 2012
01:50 PM ET
2 years ago

White House: Obama would veto GOP student loan plan

Washington (CNN) - The White House said Friday that President Barack Obama would veto a Republican measure passed by the House to extend lower interest rates on federal student loans because it takes money from a health care fund that benefits women.

A White House statement said Obama's senior advisers would recommend a veto if the House measure, which passed 215-195 on a largely party-line vote, were to win Senate approval and reach the president's desk.


Filed under: Nancy Pelosi • President Obama • Republicans
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