(CNN) – A web video released Tuesday by Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign shows Americans struggling with unemployment, making the case that President Barack Obama's economic policies have failed to stem the country's jobs crisis.
The spot, called "A Few of the 23 Million," features three workers in Iowa who have lost jobs or are struggling to make ends meet. Romney returns to the general election battleground Tuesday to deliver an address on America's federal debt. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated in their April jobs report that 12.5 million Americans were unemployed. When people who were underemployed or who dropped out of the workforce were included in the calculation, the number increased to 23 million.
(CNN) – Americans Elect, a non-partisan group tasked with fielding a third party presidential contender in November's general election, announced early Tuesday their supporters had failed to coalesce around a group of candidates by the May 15 deadline.
"Through the efforts of thousands of staffers, volunteers, and leadership, Americans Elect has achieved every stated operational goal," the group's CEO Kahlil Byrd wrote in a statement. "Despite these efforts, as of today, no candidate has reached the national support threshold required to enter the 'Americans Elect Online Convention' this June."
Washington (CNN) – A new poll indicates Americans are divided over President Barack Obama's announcement last week that he personally supports legal same-sex marriages.
According to an ABC News/Washington Post survey released Tuesday, 46% of Americans say they had a favorable impression of the president's announcement, with 47% saying they had an unfavorable response. The poll indicates that 28% felt strongly in favor of the decision, with 38% saying they had a strongly unfavorable reaction.
(CNN) - Mitt Romney returns to Iowa Tuesday, making a stop in Des Moines to deliver what Rep. Steve King called a "major policy speech" on Monday.
"Governor Romney will be in Des Moines tomorrow afternoon at Drake University to give a major policy speech and it'll be based on the out-of-control spending and debt," King said on a conference call Monday.
See the full schedule after the jump.
(CNN) - A leading senator is urging the Supreme Court to "do the right thing" and uphold the constitutionality of the sweeping health care reform law championed by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats.
In a floor speech Monday, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, directly addressed Chief Justice John Roberts, urging him in a sharply partisan tone to keep the law, passed in 2010, in place.
Washington (CNN) - With their eyes on winning control of the U.S. Senate in November, Republicans will be looking Tuesday to the primary for Nebraska's open seat, where the yet-to-be-decided Republican candidate is already favored over the former senator expected to win the Democratic nod.
Sen. Ben Nelson, a Democrat, is retiring, leaving an open race rated by two prominent independent political handicappers as "likely Republican" and "Republican favored."
(CNN) - A super PAC supporting President Barack Obama's reelection is piling onto the fight to define GOP candidate Mitt Romney's business background, spending $4 million in the second half of this month to air a television ad in five states, Priorities USA announced Tuesday.
"He promised us the same things he's promising the United States," a man whom the group says formerly worked at a Kansas City steel company says of Romney in the ad.
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CNN: Poll: Romney up, Obama down among women
Mitt Romney's support among registered voters who are women has grown and is slightly above President Barack Obama's, according to a poll released Monday. The CBS News/New York Times poll shows Obama's support among female voters dropping five points over the last two months, from 49% to 44%. Romney is up 3 from 43% to 46% within that coveted demographic, according to the survey. The margin is still within the survey's sampling error, however.
CNN: Ron Paul to end active campaigning
An announcement from Rep. Ron Paul indicates that the Republican presidential candidate will no longer actively campaign for the GOP nomination, but will continue to work to secure delegates at upcoming Republican state conventions. "Moving forward, however, we will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted," said Paul, in a statement released Monday afternoon. "Doing so with any hope of success would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have."