New poll: Obama maintains large lead among Latinos
May 23rd, 2012
03:46 PM ET
2 years ago

New poll: Obama maintains large lead among Latinos

Washington (CNN) - On the day Mitt Romney reached out to Latino voters at a gathering in the nation's capital, a new poll indicated that he has his work cut out for him.

According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll, 61% of registered Latino voters said they support President Barack Obama for re-election, with 27% backing Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
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Filed under: 2012 • Latinos • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama
May 23rd, 2012
03:27 PM ET
2 years ago

Powell favors same-sex marriage

(CNN) - Gen. Colin Powell said Wednesday on CNN's "The Situation Room" that he supports legal same-sex marriage, either at the state or federal level.

"I have no problem with it," he said in the interview, which will air at 5 p.m. ET. "In terms of the legal matter of creating a contract between two people that's called marriage, and allowing them to live together with the protection of law, it seems to me is the way we should be moving in this country. And so I support the president's decision."
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Obama campaign pits president vs. Romney on LGBT rights
May 23rd, 2012
03:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama campaign pits president vs. Romney on LGBT rights

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's recent decision to support same-sex marriage was the lead selling point against Mitt Romney in the president's campaign announcement Wednesday of a new drive to court the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender (LGBT) community.

"The choice we're facing as a country and a community could not be clearer," said Joe Solmonese, a national campaign co-chair and president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). "We could re-elect a leader who's working with our community toward full equality under the law, or we could sit back and watch Mitt Romney take us back to where we started."
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Same-sex marriage
Arizona secretary of state closes Obama birth certificate matter
May 23rd, 2012
02:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Arizona secretary of state closes Obama birth certificate matter

(CNN) - Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett wrote in a statement Wednesday his office had received the necessary information about President Barack Obama's birth certificate to put the matter to rest.

"Late yesterday, our office received the 'verification in-lieu of certified copy' from officials within the Hawaii Department of Health that we requested in March," Bennett wrote. "They have officially confirmed that the information in the copy of the Certificate of Live Birth for the President matches the original record in their files."
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Filed under: Arizona • Birthers • President Obama
Romney calls for more school choice
May 23rd, 2012
02:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney calls for more school choice

Washington (CNN) – Calling the nation's falling educational standards "the civil rights issue of our time," on Wednesday Mitt Romney proposed dramatically expanding school choice for low-income and disabled children.

Romney told members of the Latino Coalition gathered at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that millions of American children were "getting a third-world education," adding: "America's minority children suffer the most. This is the civil rights issue of our era."
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Filed under: 2012 • Education • Mitt Romney
Romney promises to bring unemployment down to 6%
May 23rd, 2012
01:35 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney promises to bring unemployment down to 6%

(CNN) - After repeatedly pinning the president for the unemployment level, which now sits at 8.1%, Mitt Romney pledged he could cut the rate by two points if he makes it to the White House.

"I can tell you that over a period of four years, by virtue of the policies that we'd put in place, we'd get the unemployment rate down to 6%, and perhaps a little lower," the presumptive GOP nominee said in a TIME interview published Wednesday.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • unemployment
May 23rd, 2012
01:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama defends global leadership at Air Force Academy

Colorado Springs, Colorado (CNN) - President Barack Obama delivered a strong defense of his international leadership at the U.S. Air Force Academy on Wednesday, telling graduating cadets they'll be building on "new era of American leadership."

Obama told the incoming corps of second lieutenants they are stepping into "a different world" than the one the United States faced when they entered the academy in 2008.

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Filed under: Colorado • President Obama
TIME: Romney talks
May 23rd, 2012
12:37 PM ET
2 years ago

TIME: Romney talks

(TIME) - In a 36-minute Wednesday Manhattan interview, Romney pushes back on President Obama's Bain attack, predicts he can drive unemployment down to six percent by the end of his first term and says he wants Washington to sit still during the lame-duck session.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
Romney blows through cold to fund-raise
May 23rd, 2012
12:27 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney blows through cold to fund-raise

Washington (CNN) – A nagging head cold hasn't kept Mitt Romney from working feverishly to fill his campaign's coffers this week.

After giving an education policy speech in Washington, the presumptive GOP nominee will continue this week's punishing fund-raising schedule with a small finance event in the nation's capital, a campaign aide said.
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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Mitt Romney
Borger: Will Obama's attacks on Romney backfire?
May 23rd, 2012
12:27 PM ET
2 years ago

Borger: Will Obama's attacks on Romney backfire?

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is CNN's chief political analyst, appearing regularly on shows such as "AC360°", "The Situation Room," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."

(CNN) - As the presidential campaign veers off onto the Bain Capital ramp, the predictable arguments ensue: Is the turn simply a political attack meant to distract from bad economic news? (So says Mitt Romney). Or is it an important, valid argument at the heart of the contest? (So says President Barack Obama.)

Distill all the arguments down to an essential core, and they're really about one thing: experience. As in, does past experience matter? Is it an indicator of future behavior? Or of your values? And if you behaved one way at another job in your past, what does that tell us about how you would behave as president? Finally, should your previous experience (or lack of it) in any way disqualify you from the presidency?

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • President Obama
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