Indianapolis, Indiana (CNN) - Richard Lugar's landslide loss in Tuesday's Indiana Republican primary isn't just a 36-year veteran getting tossed out of office before he wanted to go.
It's also the latest blow to the political center in an increasingly polarized Senate.FULL STORY
Oklahoma City (CNN) - Mitt Romney reaffirmed his belief that marriage is between a man and a woman, hours after the Wednesday announcement by President Barack Obama in support of same-sex marriage.
The presumptive GOP nominee told reporters he believed states should have the ability to extend some rights to gay couples, short of marriage.
(CNN) - U.S. President Barack Obama's endorsement of gay marriage on Wednesday outraged conservative Christian leaders, who vowed to use it as an organizing tool in the 2012 elections, but the move is also activating the liberal base, raising big questions about who gains and loses politically.
"It cuts both ways – it activates both Democratic and Republican base voters," said John Green, an expert on religion and politics at the University of Akron. "The most likely effect is that it makes an already close election even closer."FULL STORY
(CNN) – Political figures and organizations responded on Wednesday to President Barack Obama's announcement that he supports same-sex marriage.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, to reporters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: "I have the same view on marriage that I had when I was governor, and that I've expressed many times, and that marriage is between a man an a woman.... States are able to make decisions with regard to domestic partnership benefits such as hospital visitation rights, benefits and so forth of various kinds can be determined state by state, but my view is that marriage itself is a relationship between a man and a woman and that's my own preference. I know other people have differing views. This is a very tender and sensitive topic as are many social issues, but I have the same view that I've had since running for office.... I believe that based upon the interview that he gave today on ABC it's said that he had changed his view, but you're a better judge of that than I. I just saw the reports that he previously opposed same-sex marriage and now according to ABC news he supports it. You'll be able to make that determination on your own."
(CNN) – The chairman of the Republican National Committee painted President Barack Obama's endorsement Tuesday of same-sex marriage as a purely political move, issuing a statement soon after news of the president's decision hit.
"While President Obama has played politics on this issue, the Republican Party and our presumptive nominee Mitt Romney have been clear," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus wrote. "We support maintaining marriage between one man and one woman and would oppose any attempts to change that."
Fort Lupton, Colorado (CNN) – Standing atop oil-rich land and before an active well, Mitt Romney criticized President Barack Obama's policies on oil and gas energy in a Wednesday speech.
"I happen to think that the president's policies are shaped by a perspective that's old and outdated," Romney said before hundreds gathered outside on the Spindle Field Sussex formation, near Denver, which has produced nearly 50 million barrels of oil to date.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday he supports same-sex marriage, raising the political stakes on an issue over which Americans are evenly split.
The announcement was the first by a sitting president and put Obama squarely at odds with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Washington (CNN) - With longtime Republican Sen. Dick Lugar going down in defeat, Democrats were quick to paint the conservative candidate who beat him in Indiana's primary as "too extreme."
The result in Indiana was what Democrats had hoped for, but as the old proverb goes: "Be careful what you wish for, it might just come true."FULL STORY
(CNN) – A new ad from the Rep. Denny Rehberg, the Republican Senate candidate in Montana, attempts to negatively tie his Democratic rival, incumbent Sen. Jon Tester, to President Barack Obama.
The 30-second spot and the first from Rehberg during this election cycle, says Tester voted for "higher taxes 55 times, to raise his own pay, spend your tax dollars on bonuses for Wall Street executives, give Obama his way with your money 95% of the time."