Americans for Prosperity launching major ad campaign
August 2nd, 2012
05:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Americans for Prosperity launching major ad campaign

Washington (CNN) - The conservative, nonprofit advocacy group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is buying more than $20 million for commercials in 11 key battleground states, a Democratic ad buying source confirmed to CNN on Thursday.

The group, partially funded by the influential Charles and David Koch, is one of the major players when it comes to the ad wars this campaign season.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Fundraising
Palin to picnic for Steelman in Missouri
August 2nd, 2012
05:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Palin to picnic for Steelman in Missouri

Washington (CNN) – There will be food, drinks and live music Friday in Missouri – and Sarah Palin will be the co-host.

The former GOP vice presidential candidate will serve up barbecue and political red meat at a picnic to support Missouri Republican Senate candidate Sarah Steelman.
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Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Sarah Palin • Senate
CNN's GUT CHECK for August 2, 2012
August 2nd, 2012
04:55 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for August 2, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 2, 2012 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: THE U.S. WANTS A SOFTER LANDING IN SYRIA… A U.S. official tells CNN’s Elise Labott that “we are going to get there,” in regards to Syria. The official requested anonymity in order to speak candidly about the United States’ strategy in the country. “We want to get there in a way that’s a softer landing. We don’t want the institutions to just melt away,” the official said when asked about the possibility of providing nonlethal assistance and humanitarian aid to the opposition.

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Obama wants Florida win for birthday present
August 2nd, 2012
04:52 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama wants Florida win for birthday present

Winter Park, Florida (CNN) - Buoyed by a recent poll indicating a 6-point lead in the crucial swing state of Florida, President Obama addressed an enthusiastic crowd in the Orlando suburb of Winter Park while making a particular birthday request only two days before he turns 51.

“Winning Florida wouldn't be a bad birthday present,” he declared, joking that when he blows out candles on his cake, “my wish will have something to do with electoral votes.”

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • President Obama
Romney unveils simplified campaign message
August 2nd, 2012
04:28 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney unveils simplified campaign message

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney traded accusations on tax policy Thursday, with both claiming at campaign stops in battleground states that the other's strategies have failed.

Romney used a rally in Golden, Colorado, to unveil a simplified campaign message called for by some Republican strategists, laying out a five-point plan that he said would put the nation back on the correct economic path.

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Filed under: 2012 • Colorado • Florida • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Virginia
Romney meets with Colorado shooting victim
August 2nd, 2012
02:53 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney meets with Colorado shooting victim

(CNN) – While making a campaign stop Thursday in Colorado, Mitt Romney said he met with McKayla Hicks, a victim of last month's movie theater massacre in Aurora.

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee began his remarks by mentioning Hicks, who was hit by a bullet that took out some teeth and part of her jaw while seated in the theater next to the one where most of the shootings occurred.
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Filed under: 2012 • Colorado • Mitt Romney
Boehner 'feeling better' about GOP keeping House majority
August 2nd, 2012
01:28 PM ET
2 years ago

Boehner 'feeling better' about GOP keeping House majority

Washington (CNN) - Back in April House Speaker Boehner raised some alarm bells when he said there was a one in 3 chance Republicans would lose control of the House. But with 96 days until the election Boehner is sounding more optimistic.

"I'm feeling better," Boehner replied when asked about that previous assessment at his weekly press conference on Capitol Hill.
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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • John Boehner
Special counsel tab in Waters inquiry may hit $1.3 million
August 2nd, 2012
12:47 PM ET
2 years ago

Special counsel tab in Waters inquiry may hit $1.3 million

Washington (CNN) - Members of the House Ethics Committee have voted unanimously to spend up to $500,000 extending the contract of a special counsel examining alleged wrongdoing by California Rep. Maxine Waters, according to a committee statement released Thursday.

Prominent Washington attorney Billy Martin was hired to take charge of the roughly three-year investigation last summer, at a cost of up to $800,000, in order to investigate reports of possible improper communication between committee attorneys and lawmakers on the ethics panel. His contract has been extended twice and runs through the end of the current Congress.

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Filed under: Congress • Maxine Waters
Romney ad hits Obama on Florida economy
August 2nd, 2012
11:35 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney ad hits Obama on Florida economy

(CNN) - A television ad released Thursday from presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney highlights a stalling economy in Florida, pinning the blame on President Barack Obama.

Obama heads to Florida Thursday for a campaign stop in Orlando.
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Filed under: Ads • Florida • Mitt Romney
First on CNN: Vice Presidential headhunter Beth Myers joining Romney for Colorado trip
August 2nd, 2012
11:04 AM ET
2 years ago

First on CNN: Vice Presidential headhunter Beth Myers joining Romney for Colorado trip

Aspen, Colorado (CNN) – Is Mitt Romney nearing a final decision on who will be his running mate this fall?

Here's one clue: Romney's longtime adviser Beth Myers, who has been tasked with heading up the campaign's search for a running mate, will be traveling with the Republican presidential hopeful on Thursday when he arrives in Colorado to meet with GOP governors, according to a source familiar with the trip.
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Filed under: 2012 VP Pick • Colorado • Mitt Romney
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