(CNN) – Mitt Romney said Monday he wasn’t concerned about Donald Trump’s commitment to the “birther” conspiracy, one day before the GOP presidential candidate hosts a fund-raiser alongside the celebrity business magnate.
Asked on his charter plane whether Trump’s questioning of President Barack Obama’s birthplace gave him pause, Romney simply said he was grateful for all his supporters.
(CNN) – Rep. Darrell Issa, a Mitt Romney supporter, on Monday said the experience of closing failing companies and trimming excess waste as a private equity executive could help the presumptive Republican nominee if he becomes president.
Issa's comments came after several weeks of attacks from Democrats, who have painted Romney as a job killing corporate raider for his tenure as CEO of Bain Capital, the firm he founded in 1984. President Barack Obama's campaign, along with his aligned super PAC, both aired television commercials featuring workers at companies that were closed after being taken over by Bain.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for May 28. 2012 | 5 p.m.
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MEMORIAL DAY GUT CHECK… Put down the BBQ & read this: More than 6,400 U.S. servicemen and women have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and at least 48,000 more have been wounded. Today, there are nearly 1.5 million active-duty U.S soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines in uniform today. LINK
PRESIDENTIAL GUT CHECK: For the first time since 1944, the American race for president features two candidates who have never served in the military. CNN’s Steve Brusk notes that the 1944 race featured President Franklin Roosevelt who served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, but that was a civilian position. He was never an enlisted member of the military.
POLITICIAL GUT CHECK: Dana Bash’s script from the Situation Room, “For a Republican presidential candidate 5 months away from election day- there is no such thing as a politics-free zone. Just look who the former governor with NO military or foreign policy experience chose to join him: his old rival, and war hero – John McCain.”
San Diego, California (CNN) - Speaking to an enthusiastic audience of several thousand on Memorial Day, Mitt Romney cast the presidential campaign as a choice between a candidate who supports a strong military and one who would shrink the defense budget and weaken the nation's armed forces.
The presumptive GOP nominee underlined the urgency of his message by warning supporters the world was "not safe."
(CNN) - A San Diego crowd cheers after Sen. John McCain called a man a jerk for heckling his Memorial Day speech.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama used a Memorial Day ceremony to say it is time for America to properly welcome home Vietnam veterans and show them and their families the respect and gratitude they deserved but didn't receive decades ago.
"You came home and sometimes were denigrated when you should have been celebrated," Obama said beneath a scorching sun at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. "It was a national shame, a disgrace that should have never happened. That's why here today, we resolve that it will not happen again."FULL STORY
(CNN) - If Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wins next week's recall election, the big bucks the Republican governor and his allies have spent to run TV commercials will be a contributing factor.
And the ad wars over the recall contest may give Wisconsin a dubious honor this election year.
(CNN) - Ahead of Mitt Romney's Memorial Day appearance with Sen. John McCain in California Monday, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee released a new web video thanking military troops and veterans.
"A lot of young Americans are risking their lives in distant battlefields today," Romney said in a statement. "Memorial Day is a day to give thanks to them, and to remember all of America's soldiers who have laid down their lives to defend our country. As we enjoy our barbecues with friends and families and loved ones, let's keep them in our thoughts and in our prayers."
(CNN) - As Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama take a campaign break to pay tribute on Memorial Day, a poll released Monday indicates the presumptive GOP presidential nominee has a big lead over Obama among veterans.
Fifty-eight percent of veterans support Romney, while 34% back the president, according to a new Gallup survey.
Washington (CNN) – In what is shaping up to be a classic congressional right vs. left fight over defense and war funding, both the House and Senate are gearing up to battle over some expected and not-so-expected items in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.
On Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee passed its version of the bill, showing its hand to members of the House of Representatives on what it felt should be authorized for military spending.FULL STORY