Richmond, Virginia (CNN) - Mitt Romney called several of the Republicans on his vice presidential shortlist on Friday evening to tell them he has selected a running mate and to thank them for assisting with his campaign, a Republican familiar with the calls told CNN.
Romney did not indicate who he selected as his running mate, according to the source.
(CNN) - Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will announce his vice presidential candidate Saturday at an event in Virginia, his campaign said.
(CNN) – President Obama will head home to Chicago over the weekend for a series of five high-dollar fundraisers for the Obama Victory Fund, according to a campaign official.
On Sunday, Obama will head back to his old stomping grounds in Hyde Park, holding a fundraiser in his own home. Tickets for this event will cost $40,000 per attendee.
(CNN) – An independent fact-checking group, FactCheck.org, claimed Friday that a new Obama campaign ad attacking Mitt Romney over a tax avoidance scandal is "badly misleading."
"The Obama campaign strikes another low blow with a TV spot accusing Mitt Romney of 'personally' approving a notoriously abusive tax-avoidance scheme and suggesting he may have paid 'zero' tax," the FactCheck.org article states. "That's badly misleading."
CNN's POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for August 10, 2012 | 5 p.m.
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DEVELOPING... HOPE AND CHANGE, ROMNEY BUS TOUR EDITION: CNN’s Dana Bash reports, “Privately frustrated senior Republicans continue to complain to CNN that the Romney camp can’t find its footing in an economic environment that should be devastating for the president. Now Team Romney is trying to get back on offense... launching a bus tour entirely on the president’s turf: Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio - all states the President won in 2008, up for grabs now. … The Romney camp is trying to course-correct not just with where the candidate goes, but what he says. It’s a two-pronged approach: streamline his economic message and reclaim the idea of Romney-the-businessman as a positive, not a negative. .. And try to shred the president's calling card: his credibility and character.... like with this brand new ad slamming the president for a pro-Obama super PAC commercial blaming Romney for a woman's death – an ad CNN found was not accurate.”
(CNN) – A year ago in Des Moines, Iowa, Texas governor Rick Perry worked the Midwest crowd, glad-handing his way to voter approval for his own 2012 presidential bid. Saturday, Perry will do the same but for his former opponent Mitt Romney.
Texans for Rick Perry announced Friday that the former Republican contender would campaign for the current presumptive GOP nominee at the annual Iowa State Fair.
(CNN) – Priorities USA Action, the pro-Obama super PAC that launched a controversial ad earlier this week, came out with a new spot on Friday–one sure to draw less scrutiny.
In the new ad, a former employee at a steel plant purchased by Romney's former private equity firm, Bain Capital, talks about how his life changed after the plant shuttered its doors.
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. King profiled former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Wednesday and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman on Thursday. Scheduling conflicts prevented Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan from sitting down to an interview for this story.
WASHINGTON, DC (CNN) - For Paul Ryan, debating Joe Biden might feel like a bit of a demotion.
He has, after all, been at the center of the budget debate with President Barack Obama and the entire Democratic Party for several years now, including some memorable, direct exchanges with the president.FULL STORY
(CNN) – The Romney campaign attacked President Barack Obama's character in a new advertisement Friday linking him and his campaign directly to a controversial ad produced by pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action.
Titled "America Deserves Better," the commercial responds to the super PAC ad released Tuesday that draws a connection between the death of a steelworker's wife and Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain Capital, his former venture capital firm. Bain bought GST steel in 1993 and then closed it down in 2001, causing steelworker Joe Soptic, among others, to lose their jobs and their health care benefits.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is trying to shift into high gear, but elections experts say his campaign seems to be stuck in second.
With just weeks before the nominating conventions and his national debut before a broader electorate, Romney's struggles to make the case that he is best equipped to pull the nation out of the economic doldrums could derail his quest for the presidency.FULL STORY