(CNN) - Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, known for his candor, took a jab at former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell's book, "A Nation of Wusses," and launched an attack line at President Barack Obama.
"Obama hasn't passed a budget in four years, he's a wuss," Sununu, a Republican, said Thursday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight." "Obama has rejected the recommendation of his own Simpson-Bowles, on a budget package, he's a wuss. He wants to lead from behind, he's a wuss."
Catch the full interview at 9 p.m. ET on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."
Editor's note: The 2012 presidential race is John King's seventh campaign. With presumptive Republican candidate Mitt Romney set to pick his running mate in the coming days, CNN's chief national correspondent looks at those believed to be in the running to be his potential vice president. On Friday, King profiles Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan.
SHELBY, Ohio (CNN) - At the edge of the Alt farm cornfield, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman gets a firsthand look at the impact of a punishing drought.
"These guys have crop insurance, which will cover most of their losses," Portman says of the Alt family, which has been farming this land since 1959. "But going forward, we need to prove predictability and certainty with a new farm bill."FULL STORY
(CNN) - Asked Thursday what Mitt Romney wants his running mate to say about the presumptive GOP nominee, the candidate said he's looking for someone with "strength of character."
"I don't think I have anything for you on the VP running mate," Romney said in an interview on NBC News. "I certainly expect to have a person that has a strength of character, a vision for the country that adds something to the political discourse about the direction of the country."
Colorado Springs, Colorado (CNN) – President Barack Obama continued to show his Olympic spirit with an unannounced stop at the U.S. Olympic Training Facility here on Thursday, where he said he “couldn’t be prouder” of all U.S. Olympic and Paralympics athletes.
He also took time out to congratulate the U.S. women’s soccer and water polo teams for their gold medals.FULL STORY
CNN's John Berman takes a look at how political candidates coin cutesy terms for their opponents.
(CNN) - A television ad by Priorities USA Action, the main super PAC backing President Obama, linking Mitt Romney to a woman's death continues to dog the Obama campaign.
For the third day in a row, reporters peppered the White House and Obama campaign about the new ad, which CNN fact-checked Tuesday and found to be inaccurate.FULL STORY
Colorado Springs, Colorado (CNN) - As the entire political establishment awaits word of Mitt Romney's running mate, is one potential pick blowing off its importance and potential impact?
When asked by CNN on Thursday if he's awaiting word from the Romney campaign on whether or not he'll be picked, Gov. Bobby Jindal deflected the question – then intimated that the selection itself won't amount to much.
CNN's POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for August 9, 2012 | 5 p.m.
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BREAKING… NEW CNN POLL SHOWS ATTACK ADS TAKING TOLL ON ROMNEY … A CNN/ORC International Poll finds that “Mitt Romney's unfavorables are up, most Americans think he favors the rich, and Americans no longer believe that the economy will get better if he is elected - all signs that a summer of negative campaigning on the part of the Democrats seems to be taking its toll on the presumptive GOP nominee.” Full Poll Results
CNN/ORC POLL – August 7-8
Opinion of Mitt Romney
Favorable 47% (Down from 48% in July)
Unfavorable 48% (Up from 42% in July)
Opinion of Mitt Romney
Favorable 44% (Down from 49% in July)
Unfavorable 52% (Up from 40% In July)
(CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign continued to hurl charges that Mitt Romney has a questionable tax history, releasing a new ad Thursday that links him to a tax avoidance scandal.
The 30-second ad, "Son of Boss," points to an op-ed published on CNN.com that was written by two tax experts, who claim Romney was involved with the reporting of a $70 million fictional tax loss when he served on the board of Marriott International from 1993 to 1998.
Washington (CNN) - They don't get a vote, but if they did, who would rank and file Republicans want as their party's vice presidential nominee?
According to a new national poll, although there is no favorite among Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin top the list. But the survey indicates that the candidates Mitt Romney may be considering as his running mate are not well known.