Gov. Haley's husband to deploy to Afghanistan
July 30th, 2012
04:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Gov. Haley's husband to deploy to Afghanistan

(CNN) - South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's husband received orders from the South Carolina National Guard on Monday and is expected to deploy to Afghanistan in January, a spokesman in her office said.

1st Lieutenant Michael Haley will deploy to Afghanistan, spokesman Rob Godfrey said.
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Dems approve draft of same-sex marriage plank for convention platform
July 30th, 2012
02:57 PM ET
2 years ago

Dems approve draft of same-sex marriage plank for convention platform

(CNN) - Democrats meeting in Minneapolis this weekend approved draft language supportive of same-sex marriage as a plank in their party's platform, two Democratic sources confirmed Monday.

The full Democratic platform committee will now consider the same-sex marriage endorsement at a meeting in Detroit, scheduled to take place in two weeks. It will then be voted on by convention delegates in Charlotte. If approved, it would mark the first time support for same-sex marriage is included in the Democrats' platform.
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Romney camp: No further tax returns, despite 'audit' remark
July 30th, 2012
01:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney camp: No further tax returns, despite 'audit' remark

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign said Monday they would not release any more of the candidate's personal income tax information, despite an acknowledgement from Romney that he had been audited in the past.

"Mitt Romney has paid his taxes in full compliance with U.S. Law, and he has paid 100 percent of what he has owed," Romney spokesman Ryan Williams wrote.

Williams later told CNN that "The audit did not result in a fine or penalty."

In his original statement, Williams added, "As has previously been reported, in 2011, the Romneys will pay more than $3.2 million in taxes on $20.9 million in mostly investment income and will have donated more than $4 million to charity. In 2010, The Romneys paid more than $3 million in taxes on $21.6 million in mostly investment income and donated nearly $3 million to charity."

Romney has disclosed his income tax returns from 2010, and released an estimate of his 2011 tax information in April. He has vowed to release 2011's full return one it's completed by his accountant.

Democrats and some Republicans have called on Romney to release more information, saying voters are entitled to know more about a presidential candidate's financial history.

Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith repeated the call in a statement on Monday.

"It's not surprising that Mitt Romney – the most secretive nominee in recent history – is once again siding against transparency and breaking his promise to 'go back and look' at additional tax returns to see if he ever paid less than his 2010 rate of 13.9%," she said. "His refusal to do so raises serious questions about just how much he has paid in taxes and whether he has resorted to tax loopholes and dodges to avoid paying his fair share.

"He can put these questions to rest by following decades of precedent by releasing additional years worth of returns and providing the full account of the income tax rates he paid, as he promised he would just days ago," Smith continued.

Romney and his campaign argue they have met all the legal requirements for tax disclosure, and claim Democrats are waging a war on wealth by demanding more information.

On Monday, Romney said he was confident that the taxes he's paid in the past were all perfectly legal.

"My view is I've paid all the taxes required by law," Romney said on ABC News. "From time to time I've been audited, as happens I think to other citizens as well, and the accounting firm which prepares my taxes has done a very thorough and complete job [to] pay taxes as legally due."

According to an Internal Revenue Service report, nearly 1.6 million audits were conducted in 2010 out of roughly 143,000,000 individual returns filed. That's an audit rate of 1.1%.

Wealthy individuals, however, were subject to a much higher rate – 12.5% for people making more than $1 million in 2011. That was a jump from 8% in 2010 and 6% in 2009.

That spike is partly due to the creation of the IRS's Global High Wealth Industry Group, a division that examines the tax filings of those with incomes or assets of $10 million or more.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Taxes
In Poland, Romney gains support of iconic Solidarity leader
July 30th, 2012
12:30 PM ET
2 years ago

In Poland, Romney gains support of iconic Solidarity leader

(CNN) – Lech Walesa, the shipyard worker who went on to inspire the Solidarity trade union and the eventual fall of the Iron Curtain, said in Poland Monday he wanted U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to be successful in November's general election.

"I wish you to be successful because this success is needed to the United States, of course, but to Europe and the rest of the world, too. Gov. Romney, get your success – be successful!" Walesa said, according to a translation of his remarks provided to a small group of journalists allowed into the meeting between Romney and the Polish leader.
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McCain, Liz Cheney push back on Palin 'mistake'
John McCain and Sarah Palin attend a campaign rally at Pima County Fairgrounds on March 26, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona.
July 30th, 2012
11:49 AM ET
2 years ago

McCain, Liz Cheney push back on Palin 'mistake'

(CNN) - Dick Cheney's assertion that it was a "mistake" for John McCain to put then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on the 2008 Republican ticket drew some pushback Monday from the Arizona senator.

"I'm always glad to get comments four years later," McCain said sarcastically on Fox News. "I respect the vice president. He and I had strong disagreements as to whether we should torture people or not. I don't believe we should have. The fact is I'm proud of Sarah Palin. I'm proud of the job she did. I'm proud of the job she continues to do. Everybody has their own views and I respect those views. But I'm proud of what we did."
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Super PAC ad uses Olympians to tout Romney's Salt Lake experience
July 30th, 2012
11:32 AM ET
2 years ago

Super PAC ad uses Olympians to tout Romney's Salt Lake experience

(CNN) – A television ad from the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC Restore our Future uses the presumptive GOP nominee's experience running the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics as evidence of his leadership ability and financial expertise.

The ad, which the group said would air in battleground states during television broadcasts of the London Games, features gold-medal winning figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi and other Olympians praising Romney for his work on the 2002 Games.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Mitt Romney
Palestinians protest Romney statements as 'racist'
July 30th, 2012
10:16 AM ET
2 years ago

Palestinians protest Romney statements as 'racist'

(CNN) - A Palestinian leader blasted Mitt Romney's statements at a high-dollar fund-raiser in Jerusalem as "racist" Monday after Romney made a comparison between the per capita GDPs of Israel and Palestinian-controlled areas.

Romney, speaking to a group that included Las Vegas casino owner Sheldon Adelson and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, said higher personal wealth among citizens in Israel was an indication that the country was accomplishing something its neighbors were not.
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On the Trail: July 30, 2012
July 30th, 2012
09:25 AM ET
2 years ago

On the Trail: July 30, 2012

(CNN) – Mitt Romney reaches his final stop on his three country foreign swing Monday when he lands in Poland. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama travels to New York City for a campaign fund-raiser.

See the full schedule after the jump.
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Clinton up against NFL opener
July 30th, 2012
09:03 AM ET
2 years ago

Clinton up against NFL opener

(CNN) – Bill Clinton's big speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte may have fewer watching than he would have hoped - the former president's address comes the same night as the NFL's season opener.

Clinton will give a primetime speech on Wednesday, September 5, Democratic sources said Sunday night. That puts him up against the first NFL game of the season, when the Dallas Cowboys will face the New York Giants.
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Romney raises more than $1 million in Jerusalem
July 30th, 2012
08:20 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney raises more than $1 million in Jerusalem

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's final stop in Israel – a fund-raising breakfast at a historic hotel in central Jerusalem Monday – was a chance for the presumptive Republican nominee to describe in personal detail the impact of his trip to the country.

It was also an opportunity to bring in more than $1 million to his campaign coffers, and make inroads with a few of the Republican Party's biggest donors, including the Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who sat directly to Romney's left at the breakfast.
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Filed under: Israel • Mitt Romney
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