Dead heat in Mass. Senate race as ads crank up
June 11th, 2012
10:31 AM ET
2 years ago

Dead heat in Mass. Senate race as ads crank up

(CNN) – The contenders for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts both released new television ads Monday, with Republican Sen. Scott Brown placing the focus on his family background and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren highlighting economic problems that she worked to solve as a consumer advocate.

The new ads come after nearly a month in which the Massachusetts race was consumed with the question of Warren's ethnic background. After Boston newspapers reported Warren was listed as Native American in law school directories in the 1990s, Brown's campaign questioned her intentions and pushed her to disclose more information.
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Filed under: Elizabeth Warren • Massachusetts • Scott Brown
June 11th, 2012
10:08 AM ET
2 years ago

Video: What Obama's second term could look like

(CNN) - CNN Political Contributor Ryan Lizza, a staff writer with "The New Yorker," takes a look into what a second term could look like if President Barack Obama were re-elected.


Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
Commerce secretary cited in car accidents had seizure
June 11th, 2012
09:55 AM ET
2 years ago

Commerce secretary cited in car accidents had seizure

Washington (CNN) – U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson, who is under investigation for possible felony hit-and-run after allegedly causing two car accidents in California, suffered a seizure, a Commerce Department spokeswoman said Monday.

Bryson was issued a citation at an area hospital after sustaining minor injuries in the Saturday accidents, said Lt. Ariel Duran of the San Gabriel Police Department. Authorities must still decide whether to formally file any charges.

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Filed under: California
June 11th, 2012
09:07 AM ET
2 years ago

For GOP star, mom, challenges go beyond Congress

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' life is like a well-conducted orchestra: Everything happens on cue in precisely the right note.

That's on most days. But other days she readily admits things don't always happen so smoothly.

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Filed under: Cathy McMorris Rodgers • Congress
June 11th, 2012
08:25 AM ET
2 years ago

Computer model shows perfect storm for Obama

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is running against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, but the economy may truly be his greatest opponent.

"It's not the only factor, but it's arguably the most important factor," said George Washington University associate professor John Sides, who has created a computer model to analyze the impact of the economy on the presidential campaign.

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Filed under: Economy • President Obama
Poll: Majority of union workers back Obama
June 11th, 2012
08:14 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Majority of union workers back Obama

Washington (CNN) - Nearly six in ten union workers say they're backing President Barack Obama in November's general election, according to a new national survey.

A Gallup poll released Monday indicates that 57% of registered union workers say they support Obama, with 35% saying they back Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney.
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Filed under: Jobs • Polls
Dueling web videos turn Monday focus to jobs
June 11th, 2012
08:03 AM ET
2 years ago

Dueling web videos turn Monday focus to jobs

(CNN) - The dust up Friday over President Barack Obama's remark on the private sector showed little sign of quieting Monday, as his rival's campaign put renewed effort in portraying the Democratic incumbent as out of touch with American workers.

A web video from Mitt Romney's presidential campaign - its second in two days - juxtaposed Obama's remark that "the private sector's doing fine" with news bulletins from earlier this month announcing May jobs numbers. The report showed 69,000 jobs were created and the unemployment rate ticked up to 8.2%.
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Filed under: 2012 • Jobs • Mitt Romney • President Obama
On the Trail: June 11, 2012
June 11th, 2012
07:21 AM ET
2 years ago

On the Trail: June 11, 2012

(CNN) - Neither Mitt Romney nor Barack Obama has any public campaign events Monday. Romney will visit his Boston headquarters before heading to Atlanta for a private fund-raiser.

Obama will participate in interviews with local TV anchors, most of whom broadcast in battleground states: Virginia, Florida, Iowa, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Nevada. He will also speak with anchors in Democratic California and Republican South Carolina.


Filed under: Mitt Romney • On the Trail • President Obama
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, June 11, 2012
June 11th, 2012
06:15 AM ET
2 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, June 11, 2012

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click on the headlines for more.

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CNN: McCain: Obama responsible for leaks, Holder has no credibility
Sen. John McCain continued his blitz against the Obama administration Sunday, saying the president was responsible for the recent national security leaks–whether he knew about them or not. "It's obvious on its face that this information came from individuals who are in the administration," McCain said on CNN's "State of the Union." "The president may not have done it himself, but the president certainly is responsible as commander in chief."

CNN: Axelrod weighs in on Obama’s private sector comments
While President Barack Obama walked back his remarks last week and said it was "absolutely clear" that the economy, in fact, was "not doing fine," his campaign's senior adviser on Sunday had a hard time making the same concession. Asked repeatedly about the president's initial comments, in which Obama said Friday the private sector was "doing fine" compared to the public sector, David Axelrod said on CNN's "State of the Union" that the private sector certainly needs more jobs but did not go as far as mirroring the president's clarification on the state of the economy.

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New Spanish-language TV ad targets Romney
June 11th, 2012
12:01 AM ET
2 years ago

New Spanish-language TV ad targets Romney

(CNN) - Priorities USA, a super PAC backing President Barack Obama's re-election bid, paired up with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to unveil their first Spanish-language TV ad Monday, a spot entirely devoted to attacking Mitt Romney.

The ad features clips of some of Romney's notable gaffes on the campaign trail, largely those critics used to highlight his wealth and paint the presumptive GOP presidential nominee as out of touch.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Latinos • Mitt Romney • Priorities USA
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