Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama kicked off two days of campaigning in Virginia by telling a boisterous crowd Friday that he kept his promise to bring change that helped middle-class families, and now it was time for them to work to re-elect him.
"Because of the values we share, I believe in you." Obama told the chanting, cheering supporters in a Virginia Beach school gymnasium. "And I hope you believe in me, because I've kept that promise, and I fought for you and I'm going to keep on fighting for you as long as I have a chance to be your president."
Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney will speak with CNN's Jim Acosta as part of a series of interviews with national television correspondents being done by the Republican presidential candidate Friday.
Acosta's interview will air in its entirety on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" during the 6 p.m. ET hour.
Reporters from all five major television networks are scheduled to interview Romney Friday.
Romney conducted his last interview with CNN on March 26.
(CNN) – Condoleezza Rice has indicated she is firm in her opposition to joining Mitt Romney's ticket as vice president but that hasn't stopped the speculation that she might be the one.
Late Thursday, conservative blog Drudge laid out who they think Romney will pick in clear form with the headline "Romney Narrows VP Choices; Condi as Frontrunner."
(CNN) - The Republican National Committee will launch their first television advertisements in support of Mitt Romney Saturday, an RNC official said.
The $5 million ad buy will air beginning on Saturday in seven battleground states, the official said.
(CNN) – Former President George H. W. Bush said politicians can't be "wedded to some formula by Grover Norquist" when asked about his own experience breaking the now infamous "no new taxes" pledge during his presidency.
Discussing Norquist's no new taxes "Taxpayer Protection Pledge" in a Parade Magazine cover story to be published Sunday, Bush responded with his detestation for the "rigidity of those pledges." Many Republicans have signed on to Norquist's pledge not to raise taxes, including presumptive GOP nominee, Mitt Romney. Norquist is head of the Americans for Tax Reform group and a long-time fixture in Washington as a conservative anti-tax advocate.
(CNN) – Rick Santorum will appear Saturday at an event for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, according to a Romney campaign official.
The event, a campaign office opening outside of Pittsburgh, marks the first time Santorum will officially campaign for his former Republican primary foe.
(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton said Friday that Mitt Romney's overseas financial investments are "relevant" to the 2012 presidential race.
"The public ought to know that and voters can make up their own mind about whether they think it's a good thing for a person who wants to be president to minimize his own tax liability by putting the money in overseas tax shelters," Clinton said on NBC's "Today."
Williamsburg, Virginia (CNN) - Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, a Democrat, questioned the patriotism of Republicans on Friday, saying their sole mission is to defeat President Barack Obama instead of passing meaningful legislation.
"To be a Republican today, you have to deny reality and embrace a message that has no other purpose than to elect their candidate as President of the United States," Malloy said at a press conference with other Democratic governors in Williamsburg, the site of the National Governors Association annual meeting.
Williamsburg, Virginia (CNN) – The war of words over Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain Capital flared Friday morning inside a Virginia trucking company, as the state's normally mild-mannered Gov. Bob McDonnell harshly rebuked the Obama campaign for demanding that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee release more of his tax returns.
At a press conference inside a Williamsburg trucking company organized by the Republican Governors Association to coincide with President Obama's campaign swing through the commonwealth, McDonnell and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker derided the president for using Bain to distract from his "horrible" record in the White House.
(CNN) – While Mitt Romney was raising money in Wyoming with former Vice President Dick Cheney, a screaming headline on a popular and influential conservative website stirred speculation about whom the presumptive GOP presidential nominee will choose as his running mate.
The headline on the Drudge Report Thursday night: Romney had narrowed the field of prospective candidates to a handful, according to sources, "and a surprise name is now near the top of the list: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice! The timing of the announcement is now set for 'coming weeks.' "