(CNN) - North Carolina's largest newspaper rescinded its endorsement in a congressional primary Thursday, saying the Republican candidate "has done nothing but embarrass us and himself" since receiving their backing less than a week ago.
Noting recent "birther" comments Jim Pendergraph made shortly after receiving their nod last Saturday, The Charlotte Observer said in an editorial there are "at least two better choices" among the nine GOP contenders seeking to fill the vacant 9th district seat.
(CNN) – Mitt Romney, who is meeting with former candidate Rick Santorum in Pittsburgh Friday, said in an interview an endorsement from his former chief rival wasn't imminent.
"I don't think we have plans for an endorsement today," Romney said on Fox News. "I think all the Republicans will come together and support my candidacy. We said so on the stage in debates against one another. We'll get the economy going."
Washington (CNN) - Both the presumptive GOP presidential nominee and the chairman of the Republican National Committee were quick to use April's unemployment numbers to criticize President Barack Obama's job on creating jobs.
"It's a terrible and very disappointing report this morning. Clearly the American people are wondering why this recovery isn't happening faster, what's taking years and years for the recovery to occur. And we seem to be slowing down, not speeding up. This is not progress," Mitt Romney said Friday in an interview on Fox News.
Editor's note: Gloria Borger is CNN's chief political analyst, appearing regularly on shows such as "AC360˚", "The Situation Room," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."
(CNN) - As the saying goes about political parties and their candidates: Democrats fall in love and Republicans fall in line.
And that's exactly what Republicans are doing, or trying to do.
New York (CNNMoney) – The unemployment rate unexpectedly fell in April as workers dropped out of the labor force and hiring slowed.
The economy added 115,000 jobs in the month, the Labor Department reported Friday, down from March when the economy added 154,000 jobs.
Washington (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee were on the attack Friday morning, armed with videos critical of the other party's presidential candidate.
With the release of the April unemployment figures Friday morning, the RNC put out an internet video with their new slogan "Hype and Blame," a play on words from Barack Obama's successful 2008 slogan of "Hope and Change."
(CNN) – As President Barack Obama gears up for a big rally in Ohio–his first official campaign event this cycle–his likely opponent Mitt Romney penned a not-so-warm welcome letter for the president in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
"Dear Mr. President: Welcome to Ohio. I have a simple question for you: Where are the jobs?" Romney wrote in the op-ed published Friday.
(CNN) – The candidates and their campaigns hit the trail Friday, making stops in Pennsylvania, California, Washington, D.C. and Virginia.
See their full schedules after the jump.
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