(CNN) - Sen. Orrin Hatch may look a little stiff at a debate Thursday–given he'll appear as a cardboard cutout.
In response to the senator's refusal to take part in an on-stage debate, his Republican challenger Dan Liljenquist will hold a debate of his own, standing side-by-side a life-size image of the senator.
(CNN) – Bill Clinton regrets the swirl over comments he made earlier in the week in which he appeared to suggest he would be open to extending the so-called Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, the former president said Thursday.
"I'm very sorry about what happened," Clinton said in an interview to air on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "I thought something had to be done on the 'fiscal cliff' before the election. Apparently nothing has to be done until the first of the year."
(CNN) – CNN's Wolf Blitzer asks former President Bill Clinton about being off message. The full interview airs at 5 p.m. ET on CNN.
St. Louis, Missouri (CNN) - Calling it a 'moral failure of tragic proportion,' Mitt Romney argued free enterprise has weakened under President Barack Obama in a speech Thursday.
"But sadly, it has become clear that this president simply doesn't understand or appreciate these fundamental truths of our economic system," he said before hundreds at Production Products, a small minority-owned business that provides ground support equipment to the United States military.
Washington (CNN) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday dismissed Sen. John McCain's accusation that the recent spate of leaks about U.S. intelligence operations was politically motivated, calling the claim a "really a sad statement."
After the White House characterized McCain's remarks as "grossly irresponsible" on Wednesday, the Arizona Republican stood his ground, releasing a tough statement that repeated his assertion.
Washington (CNN) – Congressional leaders agreed Thursday on the need for a full investigation of what one called a recent "cascade" of leaked classified information but differed on exactly how the inquiry should be conducted.
After meeting with Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, the top Democrats and Republicans on the intelligence committees of the House and Senate pledged a bipartisan effort to halt the leaks now and pass legislative changes to prevent future leaks.
(CNN) – A poll released Thursday showed President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney locked in a dead heat in Michigan, an indication the state, which carries 16 electoral votes, will be a big player in November's general election.
The survey from EPIC-MRA showed Romney with the backing of 46% of likely Michigan voters, compared to 45% who back Obama. The one-point margin was well within the poll's sampling error. The last EPIC poll, taken in April, showed the president leading his Republican rival 47%-43%.
(CNN) - The first national cable advertising buy of President Barack Obama's reelection campaign, released on Thursday, calls on Congress to pass a package of economic measures advanced by the White House - and asks supporters to call on Congress, too.
The spot, called "Jobs," features clips from Obama's June 1 speech in Golden Valley, Minnesota, where he pointed to signs that the economy is growing, but not growing fast enough.
(CNN) – Florida's Republican-appointed secretary of state issued a tough rebuke to the United States Justice Department late Wednesday, writing his state's effort to remove non-U.S. citizens from voter rolls was both consistent with federal law and necessary to protect against fraud.
Ken Detzner, appointed to his post by Republican Gov. Rick Scott, was responding to Justice Department questions about the legality of the voter roll "purge," which comes five months ahead of a presidential election in which swing state Florida, with its 29 electoral votes, will play an influential role. In defending his state's decision, Detzner slammed the federal government for restricting access to federal citizenship databases, saying such a constraint was illegal.
(CNN) – Mitt Romney's team announced Thursday it raised $77 million last month, surpassing the total announced earlier in the day by President Barack Obama's re-election effort and marking the first month the Republican effort out-raised the Democrats.
Romney's campaign cash, which includes money taken in by Romney for President, Romney Victory, and the Republican National Committee, included money raised in all 50 states and in Washington, DC, the campaign said.