Bush to return to White House for ceremony
May 18th, 2012
06:54 PM ET
3 years ago

Bush to return to White House for ceremony

(CNN) - Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, will return to the White House on May 31 for the hanging of his official portrait, a spokesman for Bush said.

"They are looking forward to seeing a lot of their friends from the administration and they are grateful to the president and first lady for their hospitality," spokesman Freddy Ford said.

Bush has mostly shied from D.C. and the White House since leaving office. He was in town earlier this week for an event highlighting the work of the George W. Bush Presidential Center to promote political freedom.


Filed under: George W. Bush
May 18th, 2012
05:41 PM ET
3 years ago

Video: Obama loves 'the man in the mirror,' Priebus says

(CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus argued Friday the president was more focused on "the man in the mirror" than holding true to his campaign pledges.

"My point is he's a person in love with the sound of his own voice. He loves giving speeches, but he doesn't love following through on his promises," Priebus said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

Obama ended April with $115 million in bank
May 18th, 2012
05:38 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama ended April with $115 million in bank

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's campaign ended the month of April with over $115 million in the bank, federal campaign filings posted Friday showed.

The campaign had $115,157,432.79 cash on hand after raising $25.7 million that month. Combined with other Democratic efforts, including the Democratic National Committee, they raised $43.6 million in April, slightly more than the $40.1 million GOP candidate Mitt Romney and his allies raised. Romney ended the month with $104 million cash on hand.

But Obama's campaign did report debt: $1,200 owed to a Nebraska company for telemarketing.

-CNN's Kevin Bohn and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • President Obama
May 18th, 2012
04:59 PM ET
3 years ago

Biden: Convict won 'frustrated, angry' votes

(CNN) – Frustration with the economy led to an incarcerated man winning 40% of votes in the West Virginia Democratic primary earlier this month, Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday.

In an interview with WTOV, Biden said he doesn't "blame people, they're frustrated, they're angry."
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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Ohio • West Virginia
CNN’s GUT CHECK for May 18, 2012
May 18th, 2012
04:59 PM ET
3 years ago

CNN’s GUT CHECK for May 18, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for May 18, 2012 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

First on CNN… The Romneys donate their own money to presidential bid: Mitt and Ann Romney each donated $75,000 this week to the Romney Victory Fund, the joint fundraising committee between Romney's campaign and the Republican National Committee, a Romney campaign source told CNN’s Dana Bash.

Just In… Facebook's modest debut: Facebook's stock market debut finally came and went - but for all the breathless hype, shares ended right near their offering price.

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
May 18th, 2012
04:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney mocks 'bridge to nowhere'

Hillsborough, New Hampshire (CNN) – Mitt Romney stood in front of a so-called "bridge to nowhere" Friday and mocked President Obama's stimulus program for failing struggling Americans.

"That's your stimulus dollars at work: A bridge that goes nowhere," Romney told roughly 150 supporters, then generalized his criticism of the stimulus program. "It is without question the largest one-time careless expenditure of government money in American history."
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
NC state rep apologizes for Mormon marriage comment
May 18th, 2012
03:45 PM ET
3 years ago

NC state rep apologizes for Mormon marriage comment

(CNN) – A Democratic North Carolina state representative apologized Friday for saying in an interview with CNN that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's Mormon faith allows individuals to "have multiple wives."

In the interview with CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby, state Rep. Alma Adams said, "From what I understand about the Mormon faith you can have multiple wives. That's sort of a contradiction. There are questions about who Romney is and what he believes in terms of that particular issue."
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Filed under: 2012 • North Carolina • Religion
First on CNN: Romneys donated $150,000 of own money to presidential bid
May 18th, 2012
03:23 PM ET
3 years ago

First on CNN: Romneys donated $150,000 of own money to presidential bid

Washington (CNN) - Mitt and Ann Romney each donated $75,000 this week to the Romney Victory Fund, the joint fundraising committee between Romney's campaign and the Republican National Committee, a Romney campaign source told CNN.

Under the law, $75,800 is the maximum amount an individual can contribute to the fund. Although the law allows a candidate, in this case Romney, to give unlimited funds to his own campaign.

The Romney source said the information will appear in the campaign's Federal Election Commission report for May.


Filed under: 2012 • Ann Romney • Fundraising • Mitt Romney
Romney castigates California
May 18th, 2012
03:04 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney castigates California

Hillsborough, N.H. (CNN) – Mitt Romney knows the chances of California going for him in November are slim, so why not call the state out as an example of economic policy gone awry?

A day after musing over a move to low-tax haven Florida, Romney–who owns a home in La Jolla, California–cast the Golden State as a cautionary tale for overtaxing and overspending.
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Filed under: 2012 • California • Mitt Romney
Making the call: Romney dials up 43
May 18th, 2012
02:16 PM ET
3 years ago

Making the call: Romney dials up 43

(CNN) – Likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney called former President George W. Bush to thank him for his support, two sources told CNN.

On Tuesday, Bush made headlines when he gave an off-the-cuff endorsement for the former Massachusetts governor, telling an ABC News reporter "I'm for Mitt Romney," as the doors of an elevator he was on closed before him.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President George W. Bush
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