Washington (CNN) - Although most Americans think that the economy is currently in poor shape, economic optimism has skyrocketed since last fall, according to a new national poll.
And a CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday also indicates that while voters are divided on whether President Barack Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney would do a better job on the economy, Romney holds an edge among crucial independent voters in the race for the White House.
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TOPICS: Economic conditions, most important problem, Obama or Romney handle issues better
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Washington (CNN) - It was 2002, and things weren't going well for Mitt Romney, then a candidate for Massachusetts governor.
A series of commercials depicting him working blue-collar jobs baling hay and frolicking shirtless with his wife on the beach bombed with voters and hurt him in the contest against Democratic state Treasurer Shannon O'Brian.
(CNN) – George Allen, who's running in a heated Senate race in Virginia, will not be attending the Republican National Convention in August, his campaign confirmed Tuesday.
"Since we are locked in a close race and can't be in two places at once, the focus will continue to be listening and meeting with Virginia families, veterans, and small business leaders on the campaign trail," campaign spokeswoman Emily Davis said.
Washington (CNN) - A senior administration official tells CNN the first family will not be vacationing on Martha's Vineyard this summer as they have done for the past three years.
There had been plenty of speculation about the president's plans given the potential image clash during an election year, of a vacation at an expensive estate on a posh New England island.
Instead of an extended vacation the president is likely to take some long weekends this summer, but where and when is still unclear the official said.
(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton commanded the largest speaking fees of his career in 2011, earning $13.4 million and exceeding his previous record by 25%.
Clinton's fees were detailed in Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's annual financial disclosure report, released Monday. A CNN analysis of those records shows that the former commander-in-chief has earned $89 million from paid speeches since leaving the White House in January 2001.
(CNN) – The chief executive of Barclays, who resigned Tuesday amid a bank lending scandal, will no longer co-host an upcoming fund-raiser for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a campaign spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.
Bob Diamond, who stepped down from his role at one of the world's largest banks following the resignation of Barclay's chief operating officer, was slated to co-host the fund-raiser in London during Romney's upcoming trip to the Olympic Games.
(CNN) - Independent voters largely disapprove of or are indifferent to the plans for the US health care system of President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, according to a new poll.
Only one in four independent voters approve of Romney's plans and only two in five approve of Obama's plans, according to the ABC News/Washington Post poll released on Tuesday. It is the third major national poll conducted and released since the landmark Supreme Court ruling on Obama's law last Thursday.
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden will spend the night before Independence Day in his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, for a campaign reception and fireworks celebration, the Obama campaign said.
Biden will meet with labor leaders and local elected officials in nearby Pittston, Pennsylvania on Tuesday afternoon, a campaign official said.
DEARBORN, Michigan (CNN) - Steve Bengelsvorf and Terry Flynn are chatting over beers on a hot, humid Wednesday night at Bamboozles, a Dearborn, Michigan, bar and restaurant, and a common pit stop for nearby factory workers.
Both these clean-cut men sitting at the bar in polo-style shirts have a lot in common. They work at the nearby Severstal steel company. They're nearing retirement. And they both have strong opinions about who the next president should be.