What happens if Akin drops Senate bid?
August 20th, 2012
04:59 PM ET
2 years ago

What happens if Akin drops Senate bid?

(CNN) – While Republican Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri has pledged to continue his bid for a U.S. Senate seat, the uproar over the congressman's comments continues to snowball, with many top Republicans calling for him to reconsider his decision.

The Republican recently won his party's nomination to battle incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in November's general election. He pulled out a victory in Missouri's primary earlier this month, defeating businessman John Brunner and former state treasurer Sarah Steelman in a three-way race.
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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Missouri • Senate
August 20th, 2012
04:09 PM ET
2 years ago

GOP lawmakers reprimanded after swim in Sea of Galilee

(CNN) – It was the end of a long, hot day in Israel when it happened: Republican lawmakers, along with a smattering of aides and family members, dived into the Sea of Galilee, a holy site for Christians where the Bible says Jesus walked on water.

Several GOP sources familiar with the events on August 4, 2011 said one of those Republicans, Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas, wasn't wearing any clothes. Others say they dived in for religious reasons.
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August 20th, 2012
03:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Akin stays in race despite conservative outlash, Romney says 'I can't defend him'

(CNN) - Mitt Romney on Monday advanced his criticism of Republican Rep. Todd Akin, saying he could not defend the Senate candidate over his controversial remarks about rape and pregnancy.

In an interview with New Hampshire television station WMUR, Romney said Akin "should spend 24 hours considering what will best help the country at this critical time," according to a tweet by the station's political director Josh McElveen.

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Filed under: 2012 • Missouri • Mitt Romney • Senate
Obama pushes back on welfare attacks, addresses controversial Priorities ad
August 20th, 2012
03:42 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama pushes back on welfare attacks, addresses controversial Priorities ad

(CNN) – President Barack Obama responded to a controversial ad from an outside group backing his presidential campaign while pushing back on Republican claims that his administration would drop the work requirement from welfare-to-work programs, in an unannounced appearance in the White House Briefing Room Monday.

Asked about the ad created by a pro-Obama super PAC, Priorities USA Action, which linked presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney to the death of a steelworker's wife during his tenure at Bain Capital, Obama said that he does not think that Romney is responsible for the woman's death.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Priorities USA
Romney, Ryan get warm reception for first joint town hall
August 20th, 2012
03:14 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney, Ryan get warm reception for first joint town hall

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Republican running mates Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan fielded economic and foreign policy questions from a friendly audience at their first joint town hall in New Hampshire Monday.

Triumphant music was cued when they pulled up in an SUV and emerged with their shirtsleeves rolled up. The two candidates waved and shook hands as they walked toward the stage surrounded by chairs and bleachers filled with more than 3,000 people at St. Anselm College.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Paul Ryan
Obama says tax return fight 'isn't overly personal'
August 20th, 2012
02:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama says tax return fight 'isn't overly personal'

Washington (CNN) – The ongoing battle over Mitt Romney's personal income tax returns isn't personal, President Barack Obama said Monday, saying instead it was essential for voters to understand a presidential candidate's financial background.

Speaking in the White House Briefing Room, Obama pointed to a precedent on releasing tax returns that extended back to Romney's father, George, who ran for the GOP presidential nomination ahead of the 1968 election.
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Filed under: Mitt Romney • President Obama • Taxes
GOP campaign arm bails on Akin's Senate bid, source says
August 20th, 2012
02:35 PM ET
2 years ago

GOP campaign arm bails on Akin's Senate bid, source says

(CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Committee will no longer support Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri in his U.S. Senate bid, a source from the group told CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash on Monday.

It was communicated to the congressman that the NRSC will be pulling out if he decides to stay in the race, the source said one day after the Senate candidate sparked a firestorm by claiming that "legitimate rape" rarely resulted in pregnancy.
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Filed under: 2012 • John Cornyn • Missouri • NRSC • Senate
Leading social conservatives rally to Akin's defense
August 20th, 2012
02:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Leading social conservatives rally to Akin's defense

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – While much of the Republican universe spent Monday condemning Missouri Senate hopeful Todd Akin for his comments about "legitimate rape" and abortion, one of the nation's most prominent conservative organizations rallied to his defense.

Two top officials from the Family Research Council said the Missouri congressman is the target of a Democratic smear campaign and chided those Republicans who have condemned Akin.
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Filed under: Abortion • Tony Perkins
August 20th, 2012
01:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Akin apologizes for rape comment

(CNN) – Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri said he was wrong and apologized Monday afternoon for claiming that "legitimate rape" rarely resulted in pregnancy.

"I made that statement in error. Let me be clear. Rape is never legitimate. It's an evil act, and it's committed by violent predators," the Republican congressman said on Mike Huckabee's radio show.
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Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Health care • Missouri • Senate
Romney congratulates Condoleezza Rice on Augusta membership
August 20th, 2012
12:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney congratulates Condoleezza Rice on Augusta membership

(CNN) - Mitt Romney congratulated former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Twitter Monday for becoming one of the first women admitted as a member to the Augusta National Golf Club.

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Filed under: Condoleezza Rice • Mitt Romney
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