(CNN) – Short portions of Mitt Romney's commencement address to the evangelical Liberty University largely skip over the topic of religion, focusing instead on the job market for recent graduates and the importance of family in developing character.
Romney is slated to deliver his address Saturday at the Lynchburg, Virginia, institution. Liberty University, which was started by Moral Majority co-founder Jerry Falwell in 1971, bills itself as the largest Christian evangelical university in the world.
(CNN) - Eying to be the next first lady, Ann Romney offered praise for the current first lady and said Michelle Obama does a good job handling the pressure of having a husband in the White House.
"I think she's lovely," Ann Romney, wife of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, said in a Fox News interview aired Friday.
(CNN) – Rick Santorum's daughter, Bella, turns four on Sunday, the former presidential candidate posted on Twitter Friday, along with a link to a website to send birthday wishes.
"Our daughter Bella's 4th bday is on Sun. Celebrate w/us! Tweet a bday wish w/#happybirthdaybella or send a wish," he wrote.
Bella, the youngest of Santorum's seven children, suffers from a chromosomal condition called Trisomy 18. Half of patients born with the condition do not survive past the first week of life, according to the National Institutes of Health.
(CNN) – Voters are largely split when assessing President Barack Obama's handing of three major economic issues, according to a poll released Friday.
The ABC News/Washington Post survey showed that among all Americans, 47% have a favorable view of Obama's economic stimulus program, compared to 48% who see the plan in an unfavorable way. The plan – enacted in 2009, soon after Obama took office – directed increased federal spending on infrastructure, education, and expanded unemployment benefits.
(CNN) - With Mitt Romney's victories in the April 24 Republican primaries, a new phase of the campaign began at Obama re-election headquarters in Chicago. After a year spent hiring staff and building an organization, Obama for America finally had what it had been waiting for: an opponent.
"The monologue is over," Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said the day after Romney's conclusive five-state primary sweep. "Now Romney has to put his record and his agenda up against the president's, and we look forward to that debate. The general election might just be starting, but we've been at this for more than a year in Chicago."
Washington (CNN) – Phillip Maxwell wishes he had done something to stop it.
Maxwell, a Michigan attorney, is still haunted by what he claims he witnessed on the campus of the state's elite Cranbrook School in 1965: a young Mitt Romney and a group of friends holding down a classmate named John Lauber and cutting off chunks of his long hair.
Washington (CNN) - National Republicans and Mitt Romney's presidential campaign are criticizing President Barack Obama for saying that "sometimes I forget" how bad the economy was when he took over in the White House in January 2009.
The Republican National Committee came out Friday morning with a web video that highlighted the quote from Obama, which the president made at a re-election campaign fundraiser Thursday afternoon in Seattle, Washington.
(CNN) - The Arizona sheriff who resigned his role on Mitt Romney's campaign amid scandal earlier this year announced Friday he has decided to end his congressional campaign.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, who was running for a House seat in the state's 4th Congressional District, said he's suspending his bid in order to run for re-election as sheriff.
(CNN) - Before President Barack Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage this week, White House officials gave mixed signals on just how and when the president had originally planned to roll out his support for the issue.
Some said an announcement had been in the works for a while and was imminent, while others said that the president intended to reveal his beliefs during a previously scheduled appearance on "The View" this Monday.
(CNN) - Hollywood pulled off another blockbuster as a star-studded guest list delivered $15 million into the campaign coffers of President Barack Obama Thursday night.
The fundraiser at the home of actor and activist George Clooney in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles attracted dozens of guests including Clooney's girlfriend, actress/model Stacy Keibler; DreamWorks studio executive Jeffrey Katzenberg; designer Diane Von Furstenberg; Barbra Streisand and her actor husband James Brolin.