(CNN) - Rick Santorum on Friday threw his voice behind Senate hopeful Wil Cardon in Arizona, who's running in heated primary to replace retiring Republican Sen. Jon Kyl, the Senate minority whip.
"Wil is exactly what Washington, DC needs – an outsider beholden to no one other than the Arizona residents he hopes to represent," Santorum said. "We look forward to helping him become not only the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, but Arizona's next U.S. Senator."
(CNNMoney) - The U.S. economy lost 4.3 million jobs in President Barack Obama's first 13 months in office. It still has to gain 316,000 jobs for him to break even.
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(CNN) - Friday's jobs report showing an uptick in the nation's unemployment rate offered presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney an opportunity to blast President Barack Obama for his economic policies, though the unexpectedly high number of jobs created in July gave Democrats a shield against GOP critics.
With three monthly jobs reports remaining until November's general election, Romney sought to capitalize on the rising unemployment rate, writing the jump from 8.2% to 8.3% was a "hammer blow to struggling middle-class families."
New York (CNNMoney) - Businesses stepped up their hiring in July, but the unemployment rate ticked higher.
Employers added 163,000 jobs in the month, the Labor Department reported Friday, way up from June when the economy added 64,000 jobs.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Both candidates are on the trail Friday following the release of July's jobs report. After a campaign event in Las Vegas, presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney will attend several private fund-raisers in Reno. In the evening Romney will head to Sun Valley, Idaho to attend a finance reception.
Meanwhile, President Obama will deliver remarks in Washington, D.C. urging congress to "act to ensure that taxes don't go up on 98 percent of Americans at the beginning of next year," according to the White House. First lady Michelle Obama will attend several fund-raising events in Massachusetts while Vice President Joe Biden travels to Los Angeles for a campaign event Friday evening.
See the full schedule after the jump.
Aspen, Colorado (CNN) - The announcement of Mitt Romney's running mate won't do much to change the dynamics of the presidential race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday.
Perry said the running mate pick will likely grab headlines for a couple of days before the focus of the race quickly shifts back to the choice between Romney and President Barack Obama.
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CNN: Romney to Reid: 'Put up or shut up'
Mitt Romney on Thursday pushed back against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's allegations that the presumptive GOP nominee has not been paying his taxes. "It's time for Harry to put up or shut up," Romney said on Sean Hannity's radio show. In a Huffington Post interview published Tuesday, the leading Democrat said that an unnamed investor with Bain Capital, Romney's former private equity firm, told Reid in a phone conversation that Romney had not paid taxes for a decade.
CNN: Congress closes loophole in stock trading law after CNN report
House Republicans have been forced to close a potential loophole on their much-touted insider trading law - a loophole CNN uncovered and reported about last month. Because of CNN's report, the Senate and House passed new legislation Thursday to close the loophole that could have allowed family members of some lawmakers to profit from inside information.