Las Vegas (CNN) - Sticking to his campaign schedule Wednesday despite the recent killings of four State Department employees in Libya Tuesday night, President Barack Obama vowed to a raucous Las Vegas crowd that he intends to seek justice.
"As for the ones we lost last night, I want to assure you we will bring their killers to justice," he said to loud cheers from a crowd of supporters that numbered more than 8,000 in a packed convention room just north of the Las Vegas strip.
Owensville, Ohio (CNN) - In the second of his two campaign appearances Wednesday, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan sharpened his critique of President Obama’s handling of the unfolding crises in Egypt and Libya.
“The administration sent mixed signals to those who attacked our embassy in Egypt, and mixed signals to the world,” Ryan told an outdoor crowd in Owensville, Ohio, in the heart of deep red Clermont County. “I want to be clear; it is never too early for the United States to condemn attacks on Americans, on our properties, and to defend our values. That’s what leadership is all about.”
(CNN) - The Office of the Special Counsel on Wednesday announced it was citing Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius for illegally making political comments at an official event, which is a violation of the federal Hatch Act.
The counsel found that she made the comments when delivering the keynote speech at the Human Rights Campaign Gala in February.
Washington (CNN) - Indiana Republican Dan Coats, a senator with experience as U.S. ambassador, questioned the timing of Mitt Romney's statement which slammed the Obama Administration for sympathizing with protests in Egypt instead of condemning them. He also questioned the timing of a statement issued by the U.S. embassy in Egypt.
"Making a knee jerk or quick political responses or knee jerk policy response – usually you have to amend that – so before we jump to too many conclusions and throw things out that aren't necessarily the best solution in the way they addressed the problem – let's assess all that," Coats told CNN in an interview Wednesday.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama's campaign is making a significant television buy in the key battleground state of Florida, a senior campaign official confirmed to CNN on Wednesday.
The campaign claims it is the largest and earliest general election presidential advertising buy in Miami.
(CNN) – Singer and celebrity Beyoncé Knowles will host a fund-raiser for President Barack Obama's campaign at husband and rapper Jay-Z's club "40/40" next week as the president campaigns in New York City, CNN confirmed Wednesday.
The September 18 event will be similar to previous celebrity-hosted Obama fund-raisers, where people who donate to the president's campaign will be entered for a chance to win tickets to the event.
A post on Beyoncé's Facebook page Wednesday reads: "Beyoncé is hosting President Barack Obama in New York City and you could join them! Make a donation to the President's campaign here and you will be automatically entered to win this once in a lifetime opportunity for you and a guest."
(CNN) - Democratic convention officials issued an apology Wednesday for showing an image of Russian warships during a presentation that honored U.S. veterans at the Democratic National Convention.
The photo came on screen during a tribute on the final night of the gathering last week, as Adm. John Nathman and other veterans spoke on stage. The Navy Times first reported the apology.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for September 12, 2012 | 5 p.m.
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BREAKING: OBAMA SCOLDS ROMNEY IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CBS NEWS... "There's a broader lesson to be learned here. Gov. Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later and, as president one of the things I've learned is you can't do that. It's important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts and that you've thought through the ramifications before you make them.” Asked if Romney's attacks were irresponsible, the president replied, "I'll let the American people judge that."
Washington (CNN) - Attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts in Libya and Cairo sparked a sharp exchange of political attacks Wednesday, as Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama's administration of sending "mixed signals" on American values, and Obama painted his rival as crudely inserting politics where they don't belong.
"I think President Obama has demonstrated a lack of clarity as to a foreign policy," Romney said in Jacksonville, Florida, continuing a line of criticism his campaign began late Tuesday, when it issued a statement that labeled the U.S. response to attacks on the American embassy in Cairo as "disgraceful."