Portman: 'I think I'll end up being' in the Senate
August 8th, 2012
08:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Portman: 'I think I'll end up being' in the Senate

Denver (CNN) – Ohio Sen. Rob Portman threw cold water on the idea of becoming Mitt Romney's running mate on Wednesday, saying he thinks he'll "end up staying" in the Senate.

"I just got elected two years ago. I think that's where I'm going to end up staying," Portman said when asked his thoughts about possibly leaving the Senate and becoming vice president.
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Filed under: 2012 VP Pick • Mitt Romney • Ohio • Rob Portman • Senate Republicans
August 8th, 2012
07:29 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich: 'No proof today' to back claims in Romney ad

(CNN)-Newt Gingrich again defended the Romney campaign's attacks on President Barack Obama's "gutting" of the nation's welfare system on Wednesday.

Asked by CNN on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," if he believes the ad, released Tuesday claiming a directive issued by Obama would "gut welfare reform," is misleading, the former House speaker declined, further backing-up his former Republican primary opponent.
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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • The Situation Room • Wolf Blitzer
August 8th, 2012
07:24 PM ET
2 years ago

Video: Gingrich defends probe of Clinton aide

(CNN) - Wolf Blitzer questions former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich about the call for a probe of aide Huma Abedin.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Newt Gingrich
Portman stumps for Romney, 'so goes Colorado, so goes the nation'
August 8th, 2012
07:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Portman stumps for Romney, 'so goes Colorado, so goes the nation'

(CNN) – Rob Portman, campaigning for Mitt Romney in Colorado on Wednesday, reminded supporters of the state's election-day importance saying, "so goes Colorado, so goes the nation" and invoked President Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.

The Ohio senator is shadowing Obama's two-day, four-city swing in the state.
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Filed under: 2012 VP Pick • Colorado • Rob Portman
Obama camp has history with star of new Super PAC ad
August 8th, 2012
07:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama camp has history with star of new Super PAC ad

(CNN) – Representatives from the Obama campaign tried to distance themselves on Wednesday from a new ad released by the pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA that links actions taken by Bain Capital to the death of former steelworker Joe Soptic's wife.

Aboard Air Force One, campaign spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters that the campaign had "no involvement with any ads that are done by Priorities USA."

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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
August 8th, 2012
07:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Pro-Obama super PAC defends controversial ad

(CNN) - Bill Burton, the co-founder of the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action, said Wednesday he "absolutely" stood by an ad tying Mitt Romney to the loss of insurance and eventual death of a laid off steel worker's wife.

"The point of this ad is to tell the story of one guy, Joe Soptic, and the impact on his life that happened for years, and to this day, as a result of decisions that Mitt Romney made," Burton said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "This is one of a series of ads in which we talk about the very long lasting impacts that Mitt Romney's decision had on these communities, on these individuals and their families."
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Filed under: Bill Burton • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Obama opposes Boy Scouts' ban of gay members
August 8th, 2012
07:02 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama opposes Boy Scouts' ban of gay members

(CNN) - A White House spokesman said Wednesday that President Barack Obama disagrees with a ban on gays in the Boy Scouts, despite serving as that organization's honorary president.

In July, the Boy Scouts of America announced it had affirmed its policy of "not granting membership to open or avowed homosexuals."
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Filed under: President Obama
August 8th, 2012
06:43 PM ET
2 years ago

Video: Day two of welfare attacks

(CNN) – Mitt Romney didn't back down Wednesday from his attacks on changes to welfare. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.


Filed under: Mitt Romney
Gingrich's unconventional role at the Republican convention
August 8th, 2012
06:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich's unconventional role at the Republican convention

Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he won't speak in prime time at the Republican convention in Tampa, Florida later this month.

Instead, the former GOP presidential candidate and one-time rival to presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer that he'll hold daily policy workshops for delegates attending the convention.
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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich
Obama focuses on women's issues in Denver
August 8th, 2012
06:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama focuses on women's issues in Denver

Denver (CNN) – At the first stop of a two-day campaign trip through Colorado, President Obama made his pitch to female voters, telling a crowd here that on women's health issues his opponents "want to take us back to the policies more suited to the 1950's than the 21st century."

"The decisions that affect a woman's health, they're not up to politicians, they're not up to insurance companies. They're up to you," Obama said. "And you deserve a President who will fight to keep it that way. That's the President I've been. That's the President I will be if I get a second term as President of the United States, to keep moving this country forward."
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Filed under: Colorado • President Obama
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