Tea party candidate to receive prime RNC speaking slot
August 8th, 2012
06:34 AM ET
2 years ago

Tea party candidate to receive prime RNC speaking slot

(CNN) - Ted Cruz, who defeated an establishment backed candidate in last week's Texas Republican Senate primary, will receive a key speaking slot at the Republican National Convention, a senior GOP official confirms to CNN.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will put out a press release Wednesday announcing that Cruz and four other elected officials including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño and Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens will address the convention.

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Filed under: 2012 • Reince Priebus • Republican National Convention • RNC • Scott Walker • Tea Party
On the Trail: August 8, 2012
August 8th, 2012
06:30 AM ET
2 years ago

On the Trail: August 8, 2012

(CNN) – After a morning campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa, Mitt Romney will head to New Jersey to attend a finance reception. Meanwhile, two possible Romney surrogates thought to be at the top of the the presumptive GOP nominee's shortlist will also be on the trail–Ohio Sen. Rob Portman will campaign for Romney in Colorado while former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will be in Michigan.

President Barack Obama will also campaign on Wednesday, kicking off a two-day, four-city swing through Colorado, where he will make stops in Denver and Grand Junction to deliver remarks on middle-class security.

See the full schedule after the jump.
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Filed under: 2012 • Colorado • Iowa • Mitt Romney • New Jersey • On the Trail • President Obama
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, August 8, 2012
August 8th, 2012
04:46 AM ET
2 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click on the headlines for more.

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CNN: Clinton calls out ‘disappointing’ Romney ad
Bill Clinton said an attack ad from Mitt Romney misconstrues recent changes pushed by President Barack Obama to the welfare reform law Clinton signed as president. “Governor Romney released an ad today alleging that the Obama administration had weakened the work requirements of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act. That is not true,” Clinton said in a statement Tuesday, adding that the Obama administration had taken steps to ensure work requirements for welfare recipients were maintained.

CNN: Voter ID lawsuits could delay election results again
Partisan legal showdowns in battleground states over a spate of new voting laws could turn the 2012 elections into a repeat of the 2000 presidential vote recount saga, political experts say. "Whenever you change the rules by enacting new laws, it triggers a round of litigation. I don't think we'll see an end to this anytime soon," said Dan Tokaji, an Ohio State University law professor. "It could come down to the states counting of absentee ballots. ... We could see a replay of the 2000 election, where we don't have a winner for weeks."

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Clinton calls out ‘disappointing’ Romney ad
August 8th, 2012
01:01 AM ET
2 years ago

Clinton calls out ‘disappointing’ Romney ad

(CNN) – Bill Clinton said an attack ad from Mitt Romney misconstrues recent changes pushed by President Barack Obama to the welfare reform law Clinton signed as president.

“Governor Romney released an ad today alleging that the Obama administration had weakened the work requirements of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act. That is not true,” Clinton said in a statement Tuesday, adding that the Obama administration had taken steps to ensure work requirements for welfare recipients were maintained.

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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Bill Clinton • Massachusetts • Mitt Romney
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