Obama: They still like him, but will they vote for him?
May 17th, 2012
01:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama: They still like him, but will they vote for him?

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama lags in several polls on fixing the economy. His favorability rating is virtually even with that of presumed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. His signature health care reform law appears on the verge of being overturned. Women, once central to his base, are now drifting toward his opponent. He has even lost support among once-passionate young voters.

Yet, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll released this week, 56% of those polled believe the president will cinch re-election this fall, compared to 36% who think Romney will win.

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May 17th, 2012
12:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden to eastern Ohio: I'm just like you

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden, speaking in Ohio's coal country Thursday, slammed rivals for claiming he was engaging in class envy by speaking about the middle class, saying he came from a family that helped build the American dream.

"I don't think these guys understand us, and I'm including 'us' because we come from the same kind of background," Biden said at a car dealership in Martins Ferry, Ohio. Biden was on the second day of a swing through the eastern edge of Ohio, a largely working class part of the key battleground state.
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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Mitt Romney • Ohio
May 17th, 2012
12:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Senators to Saverin: Don't come back. Ever.

(CNNMoney) - Eduardo Saverin's decision to leave the United States with his money, but not his citizenship, has apparently touched a nerve in the Senate.

Two members of the world's greatest deliberative body, Chuck Schumer and Bob Casey, held a press conference Thursday morning on Capitol Hill where they outlined legislation that would prevent the Facebook co-founder from ever returning to the United States.

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Filed under: 2012 • Bob Casey • Charles Schumer • Facebook • Taxes
Obama campaign attacks Rove's 'B.S.'
May 17th, 2012
08:30 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama campaign attacks Rove's 'B.S.'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's deputy campaign manager used a three-minute web video Thursday to take on the latest ad from the independent group Crossroads GPS, point by point.

"Karl Rove's group Crossroads is spending $25 million from secret donors to tear down the president in a new ad," Stephanie Cutter said to open the spot. "Time to tear this thing apart."
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Filed under: 2012 • Crossroads GPS • Karl Rove • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Stephanie Cutter
Romney’s April cash haul nearly matches Obama's
May 17th, 2012
06:47 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney’s April cash haul nearly matches Obama's

(CNN) - Game on.

Mitt Romney nearly matched President Barack Obama in April in the race for campaign cash.

The campaign of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee confirms to CNN that they and the Republican National Committee brought in $40.1 million last month, just shy of the $43.6 million the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised in April.
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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Mitt Romney
ON THE TRAIL: May 17, 2012
May 17th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: May 17, 2012

(CNN) - Mitt Romney continues campaigning in Florida Thursday, holding an event in Jacksonville. He also attends two fundraisers in the state.

Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks in Ohio focusing on manufacturing and the auto industry.

See the full schedule after the jump.
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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Mitt Romney
Obama campaign focuses on military families
May 17th, 2012
05:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama campaign focuses on military families

(CNN) – President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign will focus on military families on Thursday, with outreach events in several key swing states.

The events launch the Veterans and Military Families for Obama campaign, and will emphasize the president’s record as commander in chief. The events will also tout his efforts on behalf of veterans and their families, according to a press conference call by the campaign.

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Filed under: 2012 • Military • President Obama
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, May 17, 2012
May 17th, 2012
04:28 AM ET
2 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, May 17, 2012

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click on the headlines for more.

WASHINGTON/POLITICAL:

CNN: Senate's all-day budget debate dominated by politics
It had all the appearances of a serious-minded debate: Republicans insisted the Senate spend all day Wednesday arguing which party had better budget proposals to fix the economy. But the reality was none of the measures had enough votes to pass, and much of the exercise was an effort by both parties to score political points and embarrass the other side - another display of partisan maneuvering that polls show frustrates voters.

CNN: Issa and DOJ exchange tough words over possible Holder contempt charge
The partisan impasse over potential contempt proceedings against Attorney General Eric Holder continues following a lengthy letter from the deputy attorney general, and a blunt response from the House Oversight Committee chairman. The latest volley started with a 13-page letter from Holder's deputy, James Cole, to committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, arguing against contempt.

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