Schwarzenegger asks, ‘What would Ronald Reagan have done?’
May 5th, 2012
10:59 PM ET
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Schwarzenegger asks, ‘What would Ronald Reagan have done?’

(CNN) – Were Ronald Reagan in office today, some Republicans would “start looking for a ‘real’ conservative to challenge him in a primary,” Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote in an op-ed published Saturday evening.

The former California governor said that the man who held that office 30 years before him – before becoming president - is becoming more a distant memory than a model to some Republicans on the “extreme right.” They are playing the role of “ideological enforcers” rather than seeking inclusion and solutions, wrote Schwarzenegger, himself a Republican.
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Filed under: 2012 • Arnold Schwarzenegger • California • Ronald Reagan
Gary Johnson wins Libertarian Party presidential nomination
May 5th, 2012
07:59 PM ET
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Gary Johnson wins Libertarian Party presidential nomination

(CNN) – Former GOP presidential candidate Gary Johnson won and accepted the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party on Saturday, which his campaign said earns him a spot on November ballots in all 50 states.

Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico and business owner, won the nomination with more than 70% of the vote at the party convention in Las Vegas. He entered the Libertarian primary race after dropping his 2012 Republican bid in late December.
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Filed under: 2012 • Gary Johnson • Nevada
Obama outlines case for re-election at first official campaign rally
May 5th, 2012
02:09 PM ET
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Obama outlines case for re-election at first official campaign rally

Columbus, Ohio (CNN) - President Barack Obama formally opened his re-election bid Saturday with two rallies in which he highlighted accomplishments over his three and a half years in the White House and argued that America can't afford to adopt Republicans' "bad ideas."

"We are making progress and now we face a choice," said the president, at his first rally at the Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus. "This is a make or break moment for the middle class, and we can't turn back now."

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Filed under: 2012 • Ohio • President Obama
Romney campaign uses Obama kickoff rally to beef up ground game
May 5th, 2012
12:05 PM ET
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Romney campaign uses Obama kickoff rally to beef up ground game

Columbus, Ohio (CNN) - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is hoping to leverage President Barack Obama's kickoff rally at The Ohio State University.

A Romney campaign bus was parked across the street from the Schottenstein Center, where Obama Saturday was holding his first official campaign rally of his re-election bid. Outside and inside the bus, around 35 Romney campaign volunteers and college students were holding a mobile call center.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Obama’s Sunday campaign strategy meetings
May 5th, 2012
11:27 AM ET
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Obama’s Sunday campaign strategy meetings

Columbus, Ohio (CNN) – Approximately twice monthly on Sundays, President Barack Obama meets with a small group of senior advisers in the White House to discuss his reelection strategy, two sources with knowledge of the meetings told CNN.

The sources said these meetings bring together White House and campaign officials, and include a review of television advertisements and general developments in the campaign, which is run out of offices in Chicago.
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Romney bus welcomes Obama to Ohio
May 5th, 2012
10:51 AM ET
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Romney bus welcomes Obama to Ohio

Columbus, Ohio (CNN) - GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney welcomed President Barack Obama to the Buckeye State on Saturday by parking his campaign bus outside of the site where Obama will hold his first campaign rally of the 2012 campaign.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Ohio • President Obama
ON THE TRAIL: May 5, 2012
May 5th, 2012
08:00 AM ET
2 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: May 5, 2012

(CNN) – President Barack Obama will hit the trail Saturday, making stops in Ohio and Virginia.

See their full schedules after the jump.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ohio • On the Trail • President Obama • Virginia
Obama previews 'new chapter' in U.S., Afghanistan
May 5th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
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Obama previews 'new chapter' in U.S., Afghanistan

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Saturday said a new chapter is afoot in Afghanistan, calling the U.S. military's impending departure an opportunity to "focus on nation building here at home"

The weekly address caps a week when Obama and his Afghan counterpart signed a strategic partnership agreement clarifying the countries' relationship after 2014, when U.S. and NATO combat forces withdraw.
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GOP keeps budget pressure on Democrats in weekly address
May 5th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
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GOP keeps budget pressure on Democrats in weekly address

(CNN) – Sen. Bob Corker continued Republicans’ pressure on his Democratic colleagues to pass a federal budget, pointing out in his party’s weekly address Saturday that the Democrat-led Senate has not done so in three years.

"Last Sunday marked three years since the Senate has passed a budget," Corker said. "The federal government, which spends more than $3.5 trillion a year - much of it borrowed from outside the United States - has no guideline for how that money is spent."
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