St. Petersburg, Florida (CNN) - The day after former President George W. Bush gave him an impromptu endorsement, presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney pointedly avoided naming his new supporter in a Wednesday speech.
Instead, Romney referred to Bush five times as a "predecessor" to President Barack Obama.
(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden kicks off a two-day swing Wednesday through the eastern edge of the must-win battleground state of Ohio, an area that President Barack Obama is unlikely to visit this election year.
And while the vice president apologized to the president last week for seemingly jumping the gun on the issue of same-sex marriage, this trip is an illustration of just how valuable Biden is for Obama as he bids for a second term in the White House.
(CNN) - New Jersey voters do not think Republican Gov. Chris Christie would be content serving as vice president, according to a new poll.
The Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday showed 52% of Garden State voters think their governor would not be satisfied in the No. 2 spot. Although 49% of likely Republican voters said he would be content, all other political, gender and regional groups disagreed.
Washington (CNN) - An independent group co-founded by Karl Rove says it's going up with new TV commercials that claim that President Barack Obama has broken promises when it comes to homeowners facing foreclosure, taxes, health care coverage and cutting the deficit.
Crossroads GPS announced Wednesday morning that they will spend $8 million to run their ads in ten battleground states between now and the end of May, and they add that they'll spend $25 million total to air the spots over the next four weeks.
(CNN) – The candidates and their campaigns hold public events in Florida and Ohio Wednesday.
9:10 a.m. ET - Mitt Romney will hold a campaign event in St. Petersburg, Florida.
12:00 p.m. ET - Vice President Joe Biden will deliver remarks on the administration's efforts in the manufacturing and auto industries in Youngstown, Ohio.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign says they brought in $43.6 million last month.
The campaign made their announcement early Wednesday morning on Twitter, saying "in April, #Obama2012 raised $43.6 million across committees. Thanks to everyone who pitched in."
(CNN) - Nebraska state Sen. Deb Fischer won the Republican nomination for an open U.S. Senate seat on Tuesday, official results showed, beating two better-funded candidacies for the opportunity to face off against a former U.S. Senator for the open seat in November.
Fischer's upset toppled state Attorney General John Bruning, seen as the establishment candidate, and state Treasurer Don Stenberg, seen as the tea party favorite.
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