(CNN) - Mitt Romney has named former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt to lead his presidential transition team should he win November's general election, the Republican presidential candidate's campaign confirmed Monday.
"Governor Romney has asked Governor Leavitt to lead the Readiness Project. This is exactly what the bipartisan legislation signed into law by President Obama in 2010 encouraged candidates to do," Romney's campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul wrote.
(CNN) - The Barack Obama campaign was armed with actress Sarah Jessica Parker in its first national ad of the 2012 general election campaign.
The 30-second commercial ran Sunday night during the MTV Movie Awards and featured a fundraising pitch from the "Sex and the City" star.
(CNN) – Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, said she would like President Barack Obama to win a second term as president.
"As a citizen of the world, I would like him to win," Castro told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an interview set to air Monday. "Seeing the candidates, I prefer Obama."
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's re-election team is taking their attack on Republican challenger Mitt Romney's Massachusetts record into the ad wars.
The Obama campaign announced Monday that they're going up with a new television commercial titled "Heard it Before" with what they call "a significant buy" in nine battleground or swing states. On a conference call with reporters Monday, senior Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod estimated roughly $10 million will be spent on the spots.
Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney's favorable ratings are on the rise, but a new national poll indicates that President Barack Obama remains more popular than his Republican challenger.
According to a CNN/ORC International survey released Monday, Romney's favorable rating among Americans has jumped from 34% in February, during the heat of the divisive GOP presidential primaries, to 48% now. Forty-two percent say they see the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts governor in a negative light.
TOPICS: Favorable ratings for Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Michelle Obama, Ann Romney, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton; opinion of Obama and Romney personalities and stands on issues.
Full results (pdf)
(CNN) - President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will spend Monday fundraising.
Obama is scheduled to travel to New York for several campaign events hosted by former President Bill Clinton. They will attend a fundraiser at a private residence, a gala at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and a "Broadway for Barack" concert at the Amsterdam Theater.
Romney will attend fundraising events in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. Although he will not hold any public events, Team Romney will continue to criticize job creation under Obama, according to the campaign. They will hold conference calls throughout the day in 11 battleground states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, Iowa, New Hampshire, Virginia and New Mexico.
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CNN: Obama outspends Romney on online ads
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is spending record amounts of money for online advertising and more than twice as much as his Republican rival, a CNN analysis of campaign finance data shows. In the first few months of 2012, Obama's campaign bought nearly $16.4 million worth of online ads after spending almost $2.2 million last year - even though he didn't face a Democratic challenger.
CNN: Crunch time for recall volunteers
To Oriannah Paul and many on the right, embattled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is a hero who stood on principles and took the state out of the red and created a surplus. To Lane Hall and many on the left, Walker is a man who should be removed from office for stripping collective bargaining rights and cutting education funding. The past 16 months have been a nonstop slugfest, pitting neighbor against neighbor, and in some cases splitting families in half ideologically.