August 6th, 2012
08:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney huddles with advisers in Wolfeboro

Wolfeboro, New Hampshire (CNN) – Mitt Romney enjoyed a brief respite from the campaign trail Sunday and Monday, though the presumptive GOP nominee still managed to squeeze in work sessions with his team.

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee spent part the day Monday huddling with senior advisers, many of whom made the two-hour drive from his campaign headquarters in Boston to meet with Romney at his property on Lake Winnipesaukee in central New Hampshire.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
August 6th, 2012
07:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama debuts 'Romney Hood'

(CNN) – Legendary outlaw Robin Hood has suddenly assumed a featured role in the 2012 presidential campaign.

Adding a new attack line on Monday to his stump speech, the president railed against rival Mitt Romney's tax proposals, saying they amount to "Robin Hood in reverse."
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Former Edwards' aide will not face contempt charges
August 6th, 2012
06:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Former Edwards' aide will not face contempt charges

(CNN)- Andrew Young, the former aide to one-time presidential candidate John Edwards, will not face contempt charges, a special prosecutor appointed to the investigation confirmed to CNN on Monday.

Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall, appointed in June by Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan to investigate allegations made in a lawsuit filed by Edwards' former mistress Rielle Hunter, has decided not to pursue the contempt charges.
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Obama kicks off August fundraising with star-studded dinner
August 6th, 2012
06:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama kicks off August fundraising with star-studded dinner

(CNN) - On the heels of raising $75 million in July for his reelection bid, President Obama kicks of this month’s cash haul with two lucrative events in Connecticut Monday night.

Obama addressed an early-evening reception in Stamford where 500 supporters were on hand, each of whom paid at least $500 to attend the event, according to a campaign official. Later the president heads to Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s beachfront estate in Westport, Connecticut, for a sit-down dinner where 60 attendees have paid $35,800 to gain admittance. Actress Ann Hathaway and television writer Aaron Sorkin are listed as co-hosts of the event and Joanne Woodward, the widow of actor Paul Newman, is also expected to attend, according to the Los Angeles Times. In all, the president will raise at least $2.4 million from both events before touching back down in Washington late Monday night.

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Filed under: Fundraising • President Obama
Potential VPs to hit the trail with Romney
August 6th, 2012
05:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Potential VPs to hit the trail with Romney

(CNN) – Mitt Romney will be joined by a trio of potential vice presidential picks on his upcoming bus tour through four battleground states, sources confirmed to CNN Monday.

The presumptive GOP nominee will stump with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman on his tour, which begins Saturday.
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Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Marco Rubio • Mitt Romney • Rob Portman • Veepstakes
August 6th, 2012
05:32 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for August 6, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 6, 2012 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING... CHENEY BACKS OFF PALIN CRITICISM... Former vice president Dick Cheney on Monday backed off his comment that it was “a mistake” for John McCain to pick Sarah Palin as his vice presidential nominee in 2008, saying that his comment criticizing the pick was about McCain’s process, not Sarah Palin: "It wasn't aimed so much at Governor Palin as it was against the basic process that McCain used,” Cheney told Fox News’ Sean Hannity in an interview tonight. “My point basically dealt with the process in terms of that basic requirement, is this person prepared to step in to be president of the United States when they're picked? And it was my judgment — I was asked if I thought the McCain process in '08 had been well done or was it a mistake and I said I thought it was a mistake. That's not...meant so much as a criticism of Governor Palin as it is that I just thought it was not — the process didn't meet the standards I would like to see our candidate pursue when they pick a — a running mate."

Gut Check Flashback: Dick Cheney to ABC’s Jonathan Karl on July 29th, asked about how McCain handled his Vice Presidential selection: “That one I don’t think was well handled…. I like Governor Palin. I’ve met her. I know her. Attractive candidate. But based on her background, she’d only been governor for, what, two years. I don’t think she passed that test…of being ready to take over. And I think that was a mistake.”

Gut Check Context: Dick Cheney is now back in alignment with his daughter, Liz Cheney, who publicly disagreed with her father over his ABC statement, and positioned herself as a Republican politician who understands the value of Sarah Palin.

‏@Liz_Cheney’s tweet on July 29th:
Rarely do I disagree with best VP ever but @SarahPalinUSA more qualified than Obama and Biden combined. Huge respect 4 all she's done 4 GOP.

VEEP WATCH: Two sources with knowledge of Mitt Romney’s bus tour starting Saturday tell CNN that among those accompanying Romney will be Gov. Bob McDonnell in Virginia, Sen. Rob Portman in Ohio and Sen. Marco Rubio in Florida.
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Cheney: McCain's process was a mistake, not Palin
August 6th, 2012
04:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Cheney: McCain's process was a mistake, not Palin

(CNN) - She wasn't a mistake after all.

A week after asserting Sen. John McCain made a mistake in picking Sarah Palin as his running mate, former Vice President Dick Cheney clarified he thought the selection process itself was at fault.
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Filed under: Dick Cheney • Sarah Palin
Obama favors cutting Olympians' tax bill
August 6th, 2012
04:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama favors cutting Olympians' tax bill

(CNN) – When the U.S. Olympic team adds to its medal count, it’s not just the fans and Olympians who celebrate. So does the IRS.

That’s because the U.S. Olympic Committee awards each medalist with a cash prize – $25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver, and 10,000 for bronze – money that the U.S. government has always considered taxable income.

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Filed under: Olympics • President Obama
August 6th, 2012
03:24 PM ET
2 years ago

Republicans point to Axelrod as Reid-Romney feud deepens

Washington (CNN) - Republicans on Monday stepped up attempts to undermine Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's unsubstantiated allegations that Mitt Romney went 10 years without paying taxes, saying Reid and other Democrats' accusations are being orchestrated by President Barack Obama's campaign – specifically his senior campaign adviser David Axelrod.

To that end, Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer noted that Axelrod visited Senate Democrats for their weekly lunch last Tuesday. Later that afternoon the Huffington Post story published with Reid's allegations about the presumptive GOP nominee not paying any taxes.
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Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • Harry Reid • Mitt Romney • RNC
Bloomberg blasts 'deafening silence' on guns from Obama and Romney
August 6th, 2012
02:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Bloomberg blasts 'deafening silence' on guns from Obama and Romney

(CNN) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg bemoaned Monday what he called a "deafening silence" on gun control from the two presidential candidates after a pair of high-profile shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin killed a combined 18 people.

Long an outspoken advocate for tighter restrictions on guns, Bloomberg originally called on President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney to lay out their respective plans on stemming gun violence after 12 people were shot at a movie theater outside Denver on July 20.
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Filed under: Gun rights • Michael Bloomberg • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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