July 25th, 2012
10:00 PM ET
2 years ago

'Special' controversy has Biden attacking, Romney denying

(CNN) - Mitt Romney said Wednesday that a racially charged anonymous quote in a British newspaper slamming President Barack Obama for his understanding of the United States' 'special relationship' with Britain did not come from him, and did not reflect the presumptive GOP nominee's views.

"I’m not sure who this person is, but I can tell you that we have a very special relationship between the United States and Great Britain," Romney said in an interview with NBC News. "But I also believe the president understands that."
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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Vice President Biden
July 25th, 2012
09:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama takes on gun violence in New Orleans speech

(CNN) - Days after the Colorado movie theater massacre, President Barack Obama on Wednesday forcefully spoke out against gun violence, making perhaps some of his strongest comments yet as president on the issue.

While the president said he stands by the Second Amendment and recognizes the traditions of hunting and gun ownership in the country, he told a crowd at a gathering for the National Urban League in New Orleans that there is work left to be done in tackling the problem.
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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
Obama launches African-American education initiative
President Barack Obama addresses the National Urban League in July 2010.
July 25th, 2012
08:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama launches African-American education initiative

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced an initiative he said will give African-American students greater access "to a complete and competitive education from the time they're born all through the time they get a career."

Speaking Wednesday night at a National Urban League gathering in New Orleans, Obama said he has issued an executive order establishing the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, saying, "A higher education in a 21st century cannot be a luxury. It is a vital necessity that every American should be able to afford," he said.

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Obama hits Louisiana fund-raisers
July 25th, 2012
06:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama hits Louisiana fund-raisers

(CNN) - On the final stop of his three-day tour of the western United States, President Barack Obama will attend two campaign fund-raisers in New Orleans Wednesday evening while in town to address the National Urban League.

According to an Obama campaign official, the first event is at the home of Lori and Bobby Savoie. The president will meet at Savoie's home in Metarie where roughly 20 people paid $25,000 each to attend. Savoie is the CEO of Geocent, "one of the largest Information Technology and Engineering Services Companies headquartered in New Orleans," according to the company's web site.
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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Louisiana • President Obama
Biden to firefighters: Romney doesn't understand you
July 25th, 2012
05:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden to firefighters: Romney doesn't understand you

Philadelphia (CNN) – Vice President Biden spoke to a friendly convention of firefighters on Wednesday, praising them for their work and stating that Mitt Romney's presidential aspirations represent a threat to their economic livelihoods.

First calling Romney a decent family man, the vice president went on to portray the Republican presidential candidate as out of touch.
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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Mitt Romney • Pennsylvania
Romney calls for a change in hearts, not gun laws
July 25th, 2012
05:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney calls for a change in hearts, not gun laws

(CNN) – Mitt Romney on Wednesday reiterated his position that new gun laws are unnecessary in the wake of the Colorado movie theater massacre that left 12 dead and dozens wounded last week.

"Well this person shouldn't have had any kind of weapons and bombs and other devices and it was illegal for him to have many of those things already," Romney said in an interview with NBC News. "But he had them. And so we can sometimes hope that just changing the law will make all bad things go away. It won't."

CNN's Piers Morgan sits down with Mitt and Ann Romney Thursday in London. Watch "Piers Morgan Tonight" at 9 p.m. ET for their interview.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
CNN's GUT CHECK for July 25, 2012
July 25th, 2012
05:19 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 25, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 25, 2012 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: Senate passes Democratic tax plan, rejects GOP version The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed a Democratic plan to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for middle income Americans while rejecting a Republican alternative to continue all of the cuts - twin votes that help to crystallize the position of the two parties on a critical issue heading into the fall campaign.

JUST IN: READY, SET, DEBATE! … The Commission on Presidential Debates just announced the 2012 general election debate formats.

All four debates - three presidential and one vice presidential - will air from 9 to 10:30 p.m. ET and feature a single moderator. The moderators will be announced next month.

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Senate passes Democratic tax plan, rejects GOP version
July 25th, 2012
05:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Senate passes Democratic tax plan, rejects GOP version

Washington (CNN) – The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed a Democratic plan to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for middle income Americans while rejecting a Republican alternative to continue all of the cuts - twin votes that help to crystallize the position of the two parties on a critical issue heading into the fall campaign.

The Democratic proposal passed in a sharply polarized 51-48 vote, while the Republican plan was defeated 45-54.

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Filed under: Congress • Senate • Taxes
Presidential debates to focus on foreign, domestic policy and undecideds
July 25th, 2012
04:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Presidential debates to focus on foreign, domestic policy and undecideds

(CNN) – The Commission on Presidential Debates announced the presidential and vice presidential debate formats for this fall's election season which includes both traditional moderator formats and a town hall of undecided citizens.

There will be three presidential debates and one vice-presidential debate beginning in October. All debates will take place between 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET.
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July 25th, 2012
04:28 PM ET
2 years ago

GOP strategists: Bain attack ads are this year's Swift Boat campaign

(CNN) – Longtime Republican strategists see something familiar in President Barack Obama's re-election campaign's attacks on GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tenure as head of the private equity firm Bain Capital.

Those critiques, they say, seem to borrow a page from the 2004 Swift Boat Veterans for Truth campaign that called into question the service record of then-Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry, a decorated Vietnam War veteran.

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Filed under: 2012 • Bain Capital • Mitt Romney
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