Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama arrives in Richmond this weekend for his first official campaign visit to the battleground state of Virginia, a hyped rally that is mobilizing both Republican and Democratic ground troops for the general election.
But the fight for Virginia begins in earnest Wednesday in the Washington suburb of Chantilly, a warren of office parks and shopping malls near Dulles International Airport and just 10 miles from where the first major battle of the Civil War unfolded.
(CNN) – The candidates and their campaigns hit the trail Wednesday, making stops in Virginia, California, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
See their full schedules after the jump.
Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - President Barack Obama marked the first anniversary of the death of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden with an unannounced trip to Afghanistan, where he reiterated that U.S. troops will not remain in the country "a single day longer" than necessary.
Obama said he remains committed to pulling 23,000 troops out of the country by the end of summer and sticking to the 2014 deadline to turn security fully over to the Afghan government. He said that NATO will set a goal this month for Afghan forces to be in the lead for combat operations next year.
Washington (CNN) – The Obama campaign is out with a new web video featuring some of Newt Gingrich's fiercest attacks on Mitt Romney, the same day Gingrich is expected to show support for Romney's candidacy.
The video features clips of Gingrich questioning Romney's candor as a politician, querying why he has a swiss bank account, and in response to a question by Wolf Blitzer at a CNN debate, describing Romney as the most anti-immigrant candidate remaining in the race.
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CNN: Romney plays it safe with bin Laden
Mitt Romney bit his tongue and played it safe. He waited until hours after the president’s speech from Afghanistan to release a statement on what was undoubtedly a turning point in the U.S. war against al Qaeda. “I am pleased that President Obama has returned to Afghanistan. Our troops and the American people deserve to hear from our President about what is at stake in this war,” Romney said in the statement released late Tuesday night.
CNN: Gingrich to briefly mention Romney Wednesday; joint event expected in a couple of weeks
Newt Gingrich will briefly mention presumptive nominee Mitt Romney and signal support for his candidacy when the former House speaker suspends his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination on Wednesday, Gingrich's spokesman R.C. Hammond said. Planning is under way for a joint Romney-Gingrich formal endorsement event to be held in a couple of weeks, Hammond said.