Clinton, Obama headline Virginia fund-raiser
April 29th, 2012
09:29 PM ET
2 years ago

Clinton, Obama headline Virginia fund-raiser

(CNN) - In an appearance Sunday alongside President Barack Obama at a fund-raiser for Obama's re-election effort, former President Bill Clinton took a shot at the president’s likely Republican presidential rival, Mitt Romney.

The president has “got an opponent who basically wants to do what they did before – on steroids,” Clinton said, according to pool reports. "Which will get you the same consequences you got before, on steroids."
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Filed under: 2012 • Bill Clinton • Fundraising • President Obama • Virginia
GOP says Obama playing politics with bin Laden anniversary
April 29th, 2012
07:55 PM ET
2 years ago

GOP says Obama playing politics with bin Laden anniversary

Washington (CNN) – Days before the one-year anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, top surrogates for President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took to the national stage to argue the politics of the attack.

Senior Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs defended the campaign's use of the event in a recent Web video and in a speech from Vice President Joe Biden. Meanwhile, senior Romney adviser Ed Gillespie characterized the political steps surrounding the death as a "bridge too far."

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Filed under: 2012 • Osama bin Laden • President Obama • Republicans
Romney: U.S. should protect Chinese dissident
April 29th, 2012
03:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney: U.S. should protect Chinese dissident

(CNN) – Mitt Romney said he hopes the United States government is aiding Chen Guangcheng, a popular Chinese dissident now believed to be hiding in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing after fleeing house arrest in eastern China.

"My concern at this moment is for the safety of Chen Guangcheng and his family," Romney said in a statement released by his campaign on Sunday. "My hope is that U.S. officials will take every measure to ensure that Chen and his family members are protected from further persecution."
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Filed under: 2012 • China • Mitt Romney
Politics of bin Laden: 'Fair game' vs. 'divisive'
April 29th, 2012
11:08 AM ET
2 years ago

Politics of bin Laden: 'Fair game' vs. 'divisive'

Washington (CNN) – Obama campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs on Sunday defended a recent Web video that invoked the killing of Osama bin Laden as evidence of the president's strength as commander in chief.

The spot, partially narrated by former President Bill Clinton, praised President Barack Obama's decision to order the killing of the al Qaeda chief and questioned whether Mitt Romney would have made the same choice.
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April 29th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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Boehner explains jabs at Obama as 'help'

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday described his amped-up rhetoric toward President Barack Obama in recent days as advice.

"The president is getting … some bad advice," Boehner said on CNN's "State of the Union." "Somebody needed to help him out, so I thought I would."
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Filed under: 2012 • John Boehner • President Obama • TV-State of the Union
State of the Union's Early Bird news note
April 29th, 2012
05:14 AM ET
2 years ago

State of the Union's Early Bird news note

Washington (CNN) - Good Sunday morning. The staff is in and we're preparing for today's program. Prepare along with us – read what we're reading this morning.

On our radar: the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, building the campaign war chests and a look at "the Presidents Club."

Check out what we're reading, and be sure to watch our exclusive interview with House Speaker John Boehner. Also on the show: White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, Govs. Bob McDonnell (R-Virginia) and Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) and TIME Magazine editors Michael Duffy and Nancy Gibbs. State of the Union airs today at 9am/12pm ET.

Check out what we're reading this morning.


Filed under: TV-State of the Union
Gingrich to quit presidential race Wednesday
April 29th, 2012
03:11 AM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich to quit presidential race Wednesday

Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will end his presidential bid on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., a source close to the former House speaker told CNN.

Previous reports said Gingrich would likely quit the race on Tuesday.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich
2012 race makes fodder for Obama, Kimmel
April 29th, 2012
01:21 AM ET
2 years ago

2012 race makes fodder for Obama, Kimmel

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama roasted the 2012 Republican contenders during an annual Saturday night dinner that poked fun at a series of things, including the Secret Service scandal and his graying hair.

Obama delivered his comic remarks at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner before the main entertainer, comedian Jimmy Kimmel.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama