Atlanta (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden spoke out forcefully against the Iranian government Tuesday at the Rabbinical Assembly Convention meeting, saying actions taken by the Obama White House were preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. But the Romney campaign was quick to disagree.
Military assistance, coupled with financial and oil sanctions passed by the U.S. and the European Union, would cripple the Iranian economy, Biden promised.
(CNN) – At the close of one of the toughest primary challenges dealt an incumbent this year, Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana argued in an interview Tuesday that he is one of the bright spots in a body many see dimly.
"The public as a whole may be unhappy with one party or the other, but they're very unhappy with the Congress as a whole for their inability to make decisions," Lugar told CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash. "I'm a person who makes sure we do get on with it, that there is progress, and with personal vigor I argue with people.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on Congress to back a five-point plan in his latest attempt to paint the legislature as ineffective ahead of his re-election bid.
Obama unveiled the list of five proposals, all previously addressed by the current White House, while encouraging members of Congress to take "bold action."
(CNN) – Republican Sen. Scott Brown, who's running to keep his seat representing Massachusetts, on Tuesday called for Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren to release confidential documents to show whether or not she claimed her Native American roots on job applications.
"The best way to satisfy these questions is for Elizabeth Warren to authorize the release of her law school applications and all personnel files from the various universities where she has taught," Brown said in a statement.
(CNN) – A poll released Tuesday showed the race for Virginia's hotly contested U.S. Senate seat in a dead heat, six months before voters in the Commonwealth head to the polls.
The Washington Post survey showed former Democratic Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine tied with the state's past Republican governor and senator, George Allen. Both had backing from 46% of registered voters. Among independents, the race was similarly deadlocked: Kaine had support from 46% of independents, while Allen was at 45%.
Lansing, Michigan (CNN) - Mitt Romney invoked former President Bill Clinton during a campaign speech Tuesday in an effort to paint President Barack Obama to the left of the two-term Democrat.
"President Obama chose to apply liberal ideas of the past to a 21st century America. Liberal policies didn't work then, they haven't worked over the last four years, and they won't work in the future. New Democrats had abandoned those policies, but President Obama resurrected them, with predictable results," Romney said during an address in Lansing, Michigan. "President Clinton said the era of big government was over. President Obama brought it back with a vengeance."
New York (CNNMoney) – Mitt Romney argued against the bailout of the U.S. auto industry in 2008, in an article entitled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt." Now three years after the Obama administration bailed out General Motors and Chrysler Group, and with U.S. auto industry sales, profits and hiring all rising, Romney believes he deserves credit for that turnaround.
Romney is right that the 2009 bankruptcy reorganizations at GM and Chrysler played a major role in the turnarounds at those automakers. It allowed them to shed billions in debt, along with plants, workers, brands and dealerships they could no longer afford. And he's correct that the automakers and the United Auto Workers union were initially opposed to the bankruptcy process, uncertain that the companies would survive what they expected could be months if not years in bankruptcy court.
But the billions of dollars from the federal bailout helped the bankruptcy process get done in about two months, must faster than anyone thought was possible, said Van Conway, CEO of Conway MacKenzie, a restructuring firm in Detroit.
Washington (CNN) – A stumble by a Republican National Committee official over Mitt Romney's position on immigration Tuesday may be a first hiccup as the presumptive GOP nominee's campaign and the committee work to sync up operations.
"To my understanding he is still deciding what his position on immigration is," RNC National Hispanic Outreach Director Bettina Inclan told reporters Tuesday morning at what was supposed to be the unveiling of the RNC's new six-state Hispanic outreach program.
(CNN) – Hillary Clinton laughed off the perpetual conversation over her appearance that landed in the spotlight once again Monday when a picture of her sporting glasses sans make-up made the rounds on the internet.
"I feel so relieved to be at the stage I'm at in my life right now," the secretary of state told CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty in an interview. "Because you know if I want to wear my glasses I'm wearing my glasses. If I want to wear my hair back I'm pulling my hair back. You know at some point it's just not something that deserves a lot of time and attention."
(CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign says they're going up with their second round of Spanish language television and radio commercials.
The re-election team announced Tuesday that the ads will run in Colorado, Nevada and Florida, three battleground states with lots of Spanish speaking voters that both Democrats and Republicans are likely to heavily court ahead of November's presidential election. The first round of Spanish language ads, out last month, also ran in the same three states, which Obama carried three years ago.