(CNN) – As Mitt Romney gets ready to depart London for Israel this weekend, the presumptive GOP nominee reaffirmed his position Thursday that military force would be an option, though only as a last resort, in trying to prevent Iran from building its suspected nuclear weapons program.
“We will employ every means short of military power,” Romney said in an interview with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. “We recognize that if all means are exhausted and fail, a military option will have to be considered.”
Washington (CNN) - For the second time this month, President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is hitting Mitt Romney over his opposition to abortion in a television ad, as the two candidates battle for the crucial women's vote.
A new spot from Team Obama starts with a graphic saying "Women speak on Mitt Romney" and then features one woman, named Jenni, saying to the camera: "I've never felt this way before, but it's just a scary time to be a woman. Mitt Romney is so out of touch."
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama broke his silence on the Colorado movie massacre Wednesday night and spoke out on the issue of gun control.
"I believe the majority of gun owners would agree ... that we should check someone's criminal record before they can check out a gun seller; that a mentally unbalanced individual should not be able to get his hands on a gun so easily," said the president.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Last week's massacre at a Colorado movie theater revived the dormant gun control debate in the United States, but neither President Barack Obama nor Republican candidate Mitt Romney is pushing for new laws now to prevent similar attacks.
Obama supports reinstating a ban on manufacturing some semi-automatic weapons for civilian use that expired eight years ago, but congressional inaction on the issue has caused the president to instead seek better enforcement of existing laws, his spokesman said Thursday.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Congressional Republicans told a top Justice official Thursday his department is wrong to fight state voter ID laws and that the government needs to do more to ensure people serving abroad in the military are able to vote.
Rep. Trent Franks, R-Arizona, said the Justice Department "is seeking headlines opposing voter ID laws that an overwhelming majority of Americans support."FULL STORY
(CNN) - CNN's John Berman compares the London Olympics to the 2012 presidential race.
(CNN) - Speaking on foreign turf, Mitt Romney offered some criticism of his own party on Thursday, saying the GOP sometimes uses the wrong phrasing when it comes to regulation reform.
"We have in our party, I think, on occasion misspoken by just saying we're for deregulation–to some that means we want to get rid of all regulation. That's not true," Romney said at a fundraiser in London, according to pool reports.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 26, 2012 | 5 p.m.
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BREAKING: ROMNEY: STOP ATTACKING SUCCESS … Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney hit back against Obama campaign criticism over his success and wealth in an interview that will air at 9 p.m. ET on CNN's “Piers Morgan Tonight.”
“There are people who are trying to attack success … that's not going to be successful,” Romney told Morgan. “When you attack success, you have less of it, and that's what we've seen in our economy over the last few years. Dividing America based on who has money and who hasn't - who is successful and who is less successful… That is not the American way.”
Romney also discussed the debate over gun control in the wake of the Aurora, Colorado, shootings.
“I don't support new gun laws in our country,” Romney said. “We have a lot of gun laws now. We have background checks and other restrictions on gun ownership in our country. But as you say, we have 300 million guns in America. We have a Second Amendment that protects the right of people to bear arms. I support that. I think that the effort to continue to look for some law to somehow make violence go away is missing the point. The real point has to relate to individuals that are deranged and distressed and to find them, to help them and to keep them from carrying out terrible acts.”
(CNN) – The super PAC backing President Barack Obama will not air a television ad using archival footage of the Olympic Games after the U.S. Olympic Committee registered a complaint because of copyright concerns.
The minute long ad from Priorities USA used the Olympic "parade of nations" to mock Mitt Romney's reported overseas investment accounts, and was set to air in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia during broadcasts of the London Games, which begin Friday.
Washington (CNN) - An Electoral College tie.
It's the white whale of American elections: elusive, mythical and never realized.
But could it finally happen this year?FULL STORY