Obama, Romney campaigns hesitant on confidence
June 14th, 2012
11:01 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama, Romney campaigns hesitant on confidence

(CNN) - Top campaign spokespersons for Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama both had a hard time on Thursday decidedly expressing confidence in their candidate's prospects in the presidential election.

Asked on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" if he felt "increasingly confident" about the campaign, Romney senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom hesitated on giving a definite "yes" or "no" answer.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • TV-Piers Morgan
June 14th, 2012
10:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Aretha Franklin dishes on Obama fund-raiser

(CNN) - Legendary singer Aretha Franklin gave details Thursday night on the celebrity-studded fund-raiser held for the president at actress Sarah Jessica Parker's Manhattan home.

Franklin especially elaborated on the fashion at the event, namely the outfits donned by Parker and her co-host Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue magazine.
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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • New York • President Obama
Obama signs beam at One World Trade
June 14th, 2012
07:32 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama signs beam at One World Trade

(CNN) – With the under-construction One World Trade Center fast approaching its final height, President Barack Obama visited the New York tower Thursday to get an update on its growth and help prepare one of the finishing touches.

"It looks beautiful," the president said to first lady Michelle Obama as they stood at a window on the 22nd floor and looked down on the National September 11 Memorial and Museum being built below.

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Filed under: 2012 • New York • President Obama
Romney bus tour turning into a political carnival?
June 14th, 2012
07:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney bus tour turning into a political carnival?

(CNN) - The battle for the White House has ventured onto the airwaves, into mailboxes, across the internet –and now the bitter contest will hit the asphalt.

On the same day Mitt Romney launches his five-day bus tour in New Hampshire Friday, the Democratic National Committee will kick off a bus tour of its own in the Granite State.
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Filed under: 2012 • DNC • Mitt Romney
Veep contenders to make the rounds on Romney's bus tour
June 14th, 2012
05:49 PM ET
2 years ago

Veep contenders to make the rounds on Romney's bus tour

(CNN) – A host of vice presidential contenders will hit the trail with Mitt Romney on his five-day, multi-state bus trip in the next week.

As Romney starts out in Stratham, New Hampshire on Friday, he'll appear with Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a popular Republican freshman senator who campaigned heavily for Romney in the Granite State during the primaries.
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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Kelly Ayotte • Paul Ryan • Rob Portman
CNN’s GUT CHECK for June 14, 2012
June 14th, 2012
05:14 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN’s GUT CHECK for June 14, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 14, 2012| 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: From CNN producers Ted Barrett and Paul Courson: The nomination of the president’s pick to be ambassador to Iraq appeared to be in jeopardy Thursday as Senate Democrats raised concerns about recent revelations of questionable conduct. The Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said he is “evaluating” controversies surrounding Brett McGurk and may postpone a scheduled committee vote on the nomination next Tuesday.

John Kerry told CNN: “People have become aware of things they weren’t, so we have to evaluate.”

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
Oops! Aetna discloses political donations
June 14th, 2012
05:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Oops! Aetna discloses political donations

New York (CNNMoney) - Insurance giant Aetna inadvertently disclosed more than $7 million in donations to conservative political groups in a regulatory filing made earlier this year, according to a Washington-based advocacy group.

Documents obtained and distributed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington show that Aetna made a $3 million donation to the American Action Network and a $4.05 million donation to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2011.

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Filed under: 2012 • FEC
Affair, racy emails may jeopardize Obama's Iraq ambassador pick
June 14th, 2012
04:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Affair, racy emails may jeopardize Obama's Iraq ambassador pick

Washington (CNN) - The nomination of the president's pick to be ambassador to Iraq appeared to be in jeopardy Thursday as Senate Democrats raised concerns about recent revelations of questionable conduct.

The Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said he is "evaluating" controversies surrounding Brett McGurk and may postpone a scheduled committee vote on the nomination next Tuesday.
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Filed under: Congress • Iraq • President Obama • Senate
Obama outlines 'choice' in November
June 14th, 2012
04:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama outlines 'choice' in November

Cleveland, Ohio (CNN) – As President Barack Obama found himself literally on opposite sides of Mitt Romney Thursday – the rivals were campaigning on either ends of battleground Ohio – he sought to frame the election as a choice between two dramatically disparate views on how to fix the economy.

"What's holding us back is a stalemate in Washington of two fundamentally different views of which direction America should take. This election is your chance to break that stalemate," Obama said.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Ohio • President Obama
June 14th, 2012
04:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama, Romney give dueling speeches on economy

(CNN) – In dueling speeches that sought to frame the economic debate for their election showdown in November, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on Thursday offered differing visions for how to restore strong growth while telling separate Ohio crowds that the other's policies have failed.

The president and the former Massachusetts governor both emphasized particular themes of community in their campaign speeches in a battleground state hit hard by the 2008 recession and its aftermath.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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