Washington (CNN) - Like a lion trained on its prey, conservatives are tracking certain Republican nominee Mitt Romney for any gaffe, policy shift or other signal that shows he is really the moderate they fear instead of the right-wing ideologue they want.
The continuing distrust of Romney by some on the political right will be one of the most interesting dynamics at the upcoming Republican National Convention that will formally anoint the former Massachusetts governor as President Barack Obama's challenger in November.
New York (CNN) – Mitt Romney will raise a whopping $5 million after a two-day fundraising swing in New York and New Jersey, according to his finance chairman, Spencer Zwick.
Despite the impressive haul, the host of the Thursday morning reception and owner of the New York Jets, Woody Johnson, warned donors that Republicans still have more work to do.
(CNN) – Parodying the '90s top 40 hit "Barbie Girl," a new music video titled "Romney Girl" has hit the internet mocking Mitt Romney's offshore accounts and undisclosed tax returns with the familiar Democratic refrain that the Republican candidate's wealth makes him out of touch with the average American.
On Tuesday, a video parody of Gotye's recent hit "Somebody that I used to know" generated buzz with a video harping on Obama for not fulfilling the promise of his 2008 campaign.
Washington (CNN) – As it urged presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney to be bold in his choice for a running mate, the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal – a major conservative voice - pushed him to choose House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan.
Ryan, a seven-term House member from Wisconsin, has won praise from many on the right for his budget plan which calls for major reform of Medicare, and emphasizes the need to cut the federal deficit and proposes major tax reform.
(CNN) - After weeks of attacking President Barack Obama's economic record, Mitt Romney took a sharply different tack Thursday in his latest television ad, going after the president for policies the Republican challenger amounts to a "war on religion."
In the spot, which also features footage from Romney's trip in July to Poland, an announcer says Obama's heath care law forces religious institutions to "go against their faith."
(CNN) – Mitt Romney may be playing his vice presidential pick close to the vest, but a Democratic group is gambling on five potential running mates who they've already labeled "deeply flawed."
The liberal super PAC American Bridge has a website in place to spell out the faults of Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan – five men considered likely names on Romney's list of potential running mates.
(CNN) - On Thursday, Mitt Romney will attend fund-raisers in New York and New Jersey while President Barack Obama wraps up his two-day, four-city tour through Colorado.
First lady Michelle Obama also hits the campaign trail Thursday making several stops in Pennsylvania to meet with grassroots supporters. Top Romney surrogates and possible vice presidential picks Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will attend campaign events for Romney.
See the full schedule after the jump.
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CNN: Pro-Obama super PAC defends controversial ad
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.
CNN: Portman: 'I think I'll end up being' in the Senate
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.