Pro-Romney super PAC back on the air
May 2nd, 2012
03:20 PM ET
3 years ago

Pro-Romney super PAC back on the air

Washington (CNN) – The super PAC backing Mitt Romney's candidacy is back on the air with a major $4.3 million ad campaign beginning Wednesday in nine battleground states.

The commercials will air on broadcast and cable in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia, the group announced Wednesday.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
'No Swiss Mitt'
May 2nd, 2012
03:00 PM ET
3 years ago

'No Swiss Mitt'

Washington (CNN) - About 10 people from "American United for Change" chanted "No Swiss Mitt" outside the headquarters of the Republican National Committee, while presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney met with party officials inside.

The small group of activists chanted for less than five minutes, and stopped as soon as the TV crews walked away to go back to waiting for Romney.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
Florida governor rejects Tampa handgun ban during Republican convention
May 2nd, 2012
02:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Florida governor rejects Tampa handgun ban during Republican convention

(CNN) – The Republican governor of Florida rejected Tuesday a request from Tampa's mayor to issue a temporary ban on firearms during the Republican National Convention, slated to take place at the Tampa Bay Times Forum at the end of August.

In a letter addressed to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Gov. Rick Scott wrote such a ban would infringe on Floridians' constitutional right to bear arms.
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Filed under: Florida • Rick Scott
May 2nd, 2012
02:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney links Obama economic policies to Carter

Chantilly, Virginia (CNN) - At a small business in a northern Virginia suburb, Mitt Romney compared President Barack Obama's economic policies Wednesday to one-term Democratic President Jimmy Carter.

"Who would have guessed we would look back at the Carter years as the good old days," Romney said, after calling the Obama administration "the most anti-small business administration I've seen probably since Carter."
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Filed under: 2012 • Economy • Mitt Romney • Virginia
May 2nd, 2012
01:47 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER’S BLOG: What we didn’t hear from President Obama in Afghanistan

Washington (CNN) – It was good that President Obama went to Afghanistan to thank the U.S. men and women serving in the military under very dangerous circumstances. I could see on their faces at Bagram Air Base that they were thrilled to meet with the commander in chief.

Unfortunately, some of the nearly 90,000 American troops still in Afghanistan will be killed or severely wounded. Others will come back to the United States suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other long-term ailments. The costs of this war will continue long after all U.S. combat troops are out of Afghanistan at the end of 2014.


Filed under: Afghanistan • President Obama
Obama to bring in $2 million in Wednesday fundraisers
The W Hotel in Washington, where President Barack Obama will hold two campaign fundraisers Wednesday evening.
May 2nd, 2012
12:39 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama to bring in $2 million in Wednesday fundraisers

(CNN) – President Barack Obama, fresh off a surprise trip to Afghanistan, will attend two fundraisers in Washington Wednesday that will raise major cash for the president's re-election effort.

The two fundraisers will both be held at the W Hotel, a frequent Obama fundraiser location situated around the corner from the White House. Twenty-five supporters will be at each event, and tickets went for $40,000 per person, according to an Obama re-election campaign official.
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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
Second West Virginia Dem unsure about Obama
May 2nd, 2012
11:32 AM ET
3 years ago

Second West Virginia Dem unsure about Obama

(CNN) – West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat, said in an interview published Wednesday he's unsure if he'll vote for President Barack Obama in the upcoming general election.

Tomblin is the second prominent Democrat from West Virginia to express doubts about voting for Obama. Sen. Joe Manchin said in mid-April he may not cast a ballot for Obama in November, citing the effect the president's economic policies have had on his constituents.
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Filed under: 2012 • West Virginia
Iowa GOP highlights increase in Republican voters
May 2nd, 2012
10:33 AM ET
3 years ago

Iowa GOP highlights increase in Republican voters

(CNN) - The Iowa GOP's touting new voter identification numbers that indicate there are now more registered Republicans than Democrats in the Hawkeye State, a crucial battleground state in November's presidential election. But Iowa Democrats say it's inappropriate for state Republicans to highlight the new numbers.

According to voter registration numbers released Tuesday by the Iowa Secretary of State's office, there are now 608,096 Republicans registered in the state, compared to 599,225 registered Democrats. According to state officials, 669,996 voters are not registered with either the Democratic or Republican parties meaning they're independent voters.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa
Obama takes center stage in Massachusetts Senate race
May 2nd, 2012
09:29 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama takes center stage in Massachusetts Senate race

(CNN) – President Barack Obama has made his way into the contentious Massachusetts Senate race with Democrat Elizabeth Warren highlighting her ties to the president and Republican Sen. Scott Brown using a recent White House bill signing to prove his bipartisan streak.

A speech the president delivered in support of Warren anchors a new Warren television ad, in which he praises her as "one of the country's fiercest advocates for the middle class."
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Filed under: 2012 • Elizabeth Warren • Massachusetts • Scott Brown • Senate
May 2nd, 2012
09:13 AM ET
3 years ago

Video: Pawlenty defends Romney over Obama video

(CNN) - Former presidential candidate and current Mitt Romney backer Tim Pawlenty responded to a campaign video released Wednesday by President Barack Obama's re-election campaign that used Newt Gingrich comments criticizing Romney to make their general election case.

"Of course the president is trying to distract Americans and voters from his own record, which is non-existent or bad and trying to get people focused on some old comments by Newt Gingrich," Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor, said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien." "I think shortly Newt will be supporting and endorsing and encouraging Gov. Romney because he's a far better candidate and will be a far better president than President Obama."
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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Tim Pawlenty
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