Boone, Iowa (CNN) – President Barack Obama addressed an enthusiastic crowd of more than 2,000 supporters in Boone, Iowa, Monday, but even among the most diehard of fans it wasn't hard to find a critic.
Krishna Prabhu, a recent college graduate from Ames, Iowa, stood just over the president's left shoulder throughout his remarks at the Herman Park pavilion. A few minutes after Obama took the stage, Prabhu quietly unfolded a regular piece of white printer paper with the words "FUND PEPFAR" printed on it in big black letters. He held it silently for about five minutes in full view of the audience and all the television cameras aimed at the president's remarks, and then just as quietly, he refolded the paper and put it away.
(CNN) - The battle between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in New Hampshire remains statistically tied, according to a poll released Monday.
The WMUR Granite State Poll, conducted both before and after Romney's announcement of his running mate, showed 49% of likely voters favor Obama and 46% support Romney.
(CNN) – While glad-handing with supporters Monday at an impromptu stop at a fire station in North Carolina, Vice President Joe Biden offered his trademark dating advice to young female supporters.
"No dates until you're 30," Biden told a young girl as he greeted firefighters and their families in a small crowd at Hillsborough Fire Department.
(CNN) - A top adviser to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign said Monday that Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicare plan is on the backburner now that he is Romney's running mate.
"The plan that this ticket will be supporting is the Romney plan, and the Romney plan has slight differences with the Ryan plan," former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, a high profile Romney surrogate, told CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
Denver (CNN) - He's been on the GOP ticket just three days and already Paul Ryan is helping raise money for the Republican party and his presidential running mate Mitt Romney.
The vice presidential candidate will attend two private fundraisers held at homes in the Denver area Monday evening, according to a Romney aide.
Miami, Florida (CNN) – He's the rising star in the Republican Party who won't be on the GOP ticket come November, but Sen. Marco Rubio said Monday he’s not disappointed in being passed over by Mitt Romney.
"No, he made the right choice. Paul Ryan is incredible," the Cuban-American Rubio told CNN in an exclusive interview outside a Romney rally in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood. "Let me tell you, he brings a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm."
Miami, Florida (CNN) - Mitt Romney sidestepped questions Monday about any differences he and Paul Ryan might have on Medicare reform.
"We haven't gone through piece by piece and said 'oh, here's a place where there's a difference,'" Romney told reporters on an airplane tarmac in Miami. "I can't imagine any two people even in the same party who have exactly the same positions on all issues. but my plan for Medicare is very similar to his plan for Medicare."
(CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan has been the GOP vice presidential nominee since Saturday, but has already become a lightning rod on the campaign trail.
CNN Chief National Correspondent John King caught up with Ryan at the Iowa State Fair and asked the candidate about how Democrats are seizing on his controversial Medicare plan.
"We'll play all these issues later," Ryan said. "We'll play stump the running mate later. Our job is to strengthen and protect Medicare. That's what we do. President Obama, they're raiding and ultimately rationing Medicare. We'll deal with these issues later though."
CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 13, 2012 | 5 p.m.
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JUST IN: TOP IOWA REPUBLICANS SAY RYAN BETTER THAN PALIN PICK… Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad tells CNN’s Peter Hamby that Paul Ryan is "unflappable" and said the Wisconsin congressman is "absolutely" a better vice presidential pick than Sarah Palin was in 2008, though he quickly hedged his answer. "I don't want to compare with anybody," he said, "I just want to say that I think he's a great choice, and as the American people get to see him they are going to be more and more impressed that he is a positive guy with new ideas and is the kind of leadership we need for America's future."
ROAR: CROWLEY NAMED PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE MODERATOR, FIRST WOMAN IN TWO DECADES… “As someone who is in awe and grateful every day to be in a country where freedom of the press, free speech and free elections are a way of life, I am wowed, amazed and excited by the opportunity to moderate a 2012 presidential debate,” said Candy Crowley, anchor of CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Paul Ryan's inner circle has shaped up to include close Mitt Romney adviser Dan Senor as well as familiar faces from Capitol Hill, and the vice presidential candidate even gets his own body man.
By the time the presumptive presidential nominee announced his running mate over the weekend the Romney campaign had already hired or assigned many of the 12-person staff working with the V.P. candidate. Some come from Washington Republican circles, others have worked for or spent time on Capitol Hill with the 13-year congressman from Wisconsin and House Budget Committee chair.