Washington (CNN) - Vice presidential candidates may be chosen for different reasons, but they all have one main job: show up where the main guy can't.
By that count alone, two potential running mates for Mitt Romney will get some real world experience this week in two key states.
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden encouraged high school graduates to dream big and avoid cynicism, recounting in a commencement speech Monday his memory of the president's inauguration day as an example of progress.
Speaking to graduates of Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Florida - a key swing state this November - Biden threaded his speech with standard graduation language and strongly urged students not to settle for the status quo.
(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama tag-teamed in their criticism of Republicans on Monday night, taking swipes at the GOP and its presidential nominee in a round of New York City fundraisers.
"What the other side is counting on is fear and frustration," Obama said to an audience of donors, arguing that Republicans are not offering any ideas of their own.
(CNN) - While Democrats have zeroed in on Mitt Romney's record as former Massachusetts governor, Kerry Healey, Romney's former lieutenant governor, on Monday said the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has "nothing to be ashamed of" when it comes to his time in office.
"Looking at Governor Romney’s record in Massachusetts is only going to reinforce what a strong candidate he is and how he does understand how to create jobs. It’s a shocking thing to see that these numbers are not only taken out of context, they’re represented in ways that are really quite dishonest," she said on CNN's "John King, USA."
Washington (CNN) - How things change.
In 2008, after a bruising primary battle with Hillary Clinton, then-Sen. Barack Obama was on the outs with former President Bill Clinton. This election cycle, Clinton is one of Obama's most visible surrogates.FULL STORY
(CNN) – An Arizona Republican congressional candidate may have called Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords a “hero of nothing” six months before the tragic shooting that severely wounded the congresswoman, but that’s not stopping a super PAC supportive of his opponent from making sure the statement, out of context, haunts him.
Giffords, who was shot in the head in January 2011 when a gunman opened fire at an event she was holding at a Tucson grocery story, stepped down earlier this year to focus full time on her recovery.
(CNN) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican hero for pushing austerity measures that stripped collective bargaining rights from most public unions, rallied supporters Monday night, one last push before a recall that's drawn lots of outside interest and money.
"We can't spike the ball on the 10-yard line. We've got to take it all the way into the end zone," Walker said in a Green Bay restaurant, within walking distance of the Packers' famed Lambeau Field.FULL STORY
(CNN) - In this election year, when support from women is considered especially crucial, Democrats in Washington made a high-profile push Monday for a bill to help prevent pay discrimination against women.
"Congress has to step up and do its job," President Obama told supporters of the bill on a conference call.
(CNN) - Because of their growing numbers and presence in some of the key battleground states, Latinos are expected to play a prominent role in this year's battle for the White House between President Barack Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
By the numbers, here's a look at Latino voters:FULL STORY
CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 4, 2012 | 5 p.m.
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DEVELOPING… TWENTY-FIVE YEAR STUDY OF AMERICA SHOWS POLARIZED NATION: Key findings from the Pew Research’s “Trends in American Values: 1987-2012”
"Nearly all of the increased polarization since 1987 has occurred during the presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama."
– "Republicans are most distinguished by their increasingly minimalist views about the role of government. Just 40% of Republicans say 'the government should take care of people who can’t take care of themselves,' down 18 points since 2007."
– "Democrats have become more secular. The proportion of Democrats saying they never doubt God’s existence has fallen 11 points over the past decade. Among white Democrats, the decline has been 17 points – from 85% in 2002 to 68% currently."