Hatch might 'die before his term' ends, opponent charges
September 18th, 2012
12:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Hatch might 'die before his term' ends, opponent charges

(CNN) - Don't vote for Orrin Hatch, the six-term senator's opponent says.

Why? Because, Democratic candidate Scott Howell says in a fundraising letter, he could "die before his term is through."
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Fortune Exclusive: Romney fund-raiser speaks out
September 18th, 2012
12:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Fortune Exclusive: Romney fund-raiser speaks out

Ed. Note: Fortune’s Dan Primack has the first comments from Marc Leder, the private equity exec who hosted the Boca Raton fundraiser where the Mitt Romney video was recorded.


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- Mitt Romney has spent the past day playing defense, after a video was released of the GOP presidential candidate disparaging 47% of Americans during a private fundraising dinner. Now the man who hosted the dinner, private equity executive Marc Leder, is speaking out.

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September 18th, 2012
12:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Video: Who are the 47%?

(CNN) - CNN's Christine Romans fact-checks Mitt Romney's comments about the 47% of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes.


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Crossroads' six ads hit Obama, other Democratic candidates
September 18th, 2012
11:30 AM ET
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Crossroads' six ads hit Obama, other Democratic candidates

(CNN) - The conservative group Crossroads GPS on Tuesday announced two major television buys totaling more than $10 million targeting President Barack Obama and several Democrats running congressional campaigns.

An $8.3 million buy of time for one week in eight states will target Obama, while a $2.3 million ad buy will target Democrats in four hotly contested Senate rates and one House race.
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What's the fallout? Conservatives split after Romney comments leaked
September 18th, 2012
11:05 AM ET
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What's the fallout? Conservatives split after Romney comments leaked

(CNN) – Videos captured surreptitiously at a Mitt Romney fund-raiser became the latest campaign trail bombshell when they were leaked to a left-leaning magazine on Monday evening.

The tapes show Romney arguing nearly half of Americans will vote for President Barack Obama because they rely on government support, made apparent jokes about wishing he had Latino heritage, and talks about a Chinese factory his former firm considered purchasing.
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Romney's '47%' – Washington's tax break obsession to blame
September 18th, 2012
08:50 AM ET
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Romney's '47%' – Washington's tax break obsession to blame

New York (CNNMoney) – Mitt Romney's videotaped remarks made public this week point to at least one true fact: Nearly half of American taxpayers do indeed end up paying no federal income tax.

In footage taped with a hidden camera at a Romney fundraiser in May, the Republican presidential candidate describes the "47% of the people who will vote [for President Obama] no matter what." He says they are "dependent on government" and "believe they are victims." They "pay no income tax," he says.

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In new tape, Romney casts doubt on peace for Israelis and Palestinians
September 18th, 2012
08:44 AM ET
2 years ago

In new tape, Romney casts doubt on peace for Israelis and Palestinians

(CNN) - A clip of Mitt Romney speaking at a private fund-raiser in May shows the GOP presidential candidate questioning the prospect of ever reaching peace between Israelis and Palestinians, calling a path to a solution in the region "almost unthinkable to accomplish."

The clip, one of a series of videotaped remarks that were posted on the website of the left-leaning magazine Mother Jones, shows Romney speaking in more pessimistic tones about peace in the region than he generally does in public. The clip shows only Romney speaking, and does not include any questions that may have prompted his remarks.
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On the Trail: September 18, 2012
September 18th, 2012
08:23 AM ET
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On the Trail: September 18, 2012

(CNN) – Mitt Romney spends Tuesday fund-raising in Utah and Texas, while his running mate Paul Ryan heads to New Hampshire and Virginia for campaign rallies.

President Barack Obama also spends Tuesday fund-raising, heading to New York City for events at the Waldorf Hotel and at Jay-Z's 40/40 nightclub. That event is hosted by Jay-Z and Beyonce.

Vice President Joe Biden concludes his two-day swing through Iowa with events in Ottumwa and Grinnell.

See the full schedule after the jump.
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, September 18, 2012
September 18th, 2012
05:12 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click the headlines for more.

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CNN: Controversial private fund-raiser video shows candid Romney
Mitt Romney on Monday said his controversial statements caught on tape were "off the cuff" and "not elegantly stated," but he defended the main message of his remarks. In the footage, taped with a hidden camera, Romney argued nearly half of Americans will vote for President Barack Obama because they rely on government support, made apparent jokes about wishing he had Latino heritage, and talks about a Chinese factory his former firm purchased.

CNN: Democrats pounce on Romney's comments from secret video
Democrats were quick to denounce comments made by Mitt Romney in an old video that emerged online Monday. "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Romney says in the footage. "There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing." Democrats, however, sharply took issue with Romney's "47%" comments, as well as other remarks he made in the video

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New Romney ads target voters’ emotions
September 18th, 2012
04:40 AM ET
2 years ago

New Romney ads target voters’ emotions

(CNN) - A new television ad released Tuesday morning by presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign flips the table on Democrats, insisting that it is President Obama’s policies that are “making it harder on women.”

In the ad titled “Dear Daughter” a female narrator welcomes her newborn to America, starting off by telling the infant her share of Obama’s debt: $50,000.

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