GOP Senate candidate cites Romney for bad poll numbers
September 20th, 2012
02:36 PM ET
2 years ago

GOP Senate candidate cites Romney for bad poll numbers

Washington (CNN) - A new poll out of Wisconsin this week shows Republican Senate candidate Tommy Thompson suddenly falling behind in his race against Democrat Tammy Baldwin.

Thompson is blaming the slip, in part, on the rocky campaign of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
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Filed under: 2012 • Tammy Baldwin • Tommy Thompson • Wisconsin
Nailing bipartisanship
September 20th, 2012
01:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Nailing bipartisanship

(CNN) - In a rare moment bipartisanship, some on Capitol Hill Thursday saw the parties joining together to drive a nail, rather than drive a wedge.

House Speaker John Boehner stepped in to assist House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi hammer in a ceremonial first nail.

Boehner, Pelosi, and other legislative leaders were appearing at a ceremony marking the start of construction on the platform for the presidential inauguration in January.


Filed under: 2012 • Congress • John Boehner • Nancy Pelosi
Univision presidential forums stocked with partisans
September 20th, 2012
01:27 PM ET
10 months ago

Univision presidential forums stocked with partisans

(CNN) – Television audiences for the two presidential candidate forums hosted this week by Univision, a Spanish language network, could be excused for coming away with the impression that Latinos are wild about their positions on Latino issues.

But what the viewers might not realize is the Wednesday night program with Mitt Romney and another Thursday night with President Barack Obama at the University of Miami forum are stocked with ringers.
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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Latinos • Mitt Romney
Ryan gives House GOP a 'pep talk'
September 20th, 2012
12:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan gives House GOP a 'pep talk'

(CNN) - GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan gave House Republicans a pep talk on Thursday morning, telling members these final weeks leading to Election Day would see "an up and down race."

"Three polls came out that have us within one point," Ryan said of the ticket he shares with GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, according to a GOP aide who attended the meeting. "They are going to [try to] distract us."
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Filed under: 2012
September 20th, 2012
08:49 AM ET
2 years ago

Revived auto industry gives Obama advantage in Michigan

Sterling Heights, Michigan (CNN) - Joe Cefali has to leave 10 minutes earlier for work in the morning because the traffic is getting worse. And get this: That makes him happy.

"You feel the rejuvenation," the 19-year Chrysler worker says of the mood inside the Sterling Stamping plant and in the busy restaurants and other businesses near the Chrysler and GM factories.

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Filed under: Michigan • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Pawlenty takes post at Financial Services Roundtable
September 20th, 2012
08:06 AM ET
2 years ago

Pawlenty takes post at Financial Services Roundtable

(CNN) – Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, was named Thursday as president and CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable, a Washington-based lobbying group.

Pawlenty will step down as a national co-chairman of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign to assume the new role, which will formally begin November 1.
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On the Trail: September 20, 2012
September 20th, 2012
07:11 AM ET
2 years ago

On the Trail: September 20, 2012

(CNN) - Mitt Romney spends the day in Florida Thursday, with a rally in Sarasota and two fund-raisers in Palm Beach. President Obama also travels to the state to participate in the Univision 'Meet the Candidates" town call, which Romney sat down for Wednesday. Later Obama will attend a campaign fund-raiser in Tampa.

Meanwhile, Paul Ryan, Romney's running mate, is in Washington for official business and a fund-raiser.

See the full schedule after the jump.
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Filed under: Mitt Romney • On the Trail • President Obama
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, September 20, 2012
September 20th, 2012
04:35 AM ET
2 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, September 20, 2012

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

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CNN: Defending Romney, McCain cites 2008 campaign trail misspeak
Sen. John McCain on Wednesday compared a comment he made during his 2008 presidential bid to one made by his party's 2012 nominee, Mitt Romney, which is similarly drawing heavy Democratic flak.

CNN: Rubio: Romney's Latino comment was 'joke'
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was joking when he said at a Florida fundraiser last spring that he would have a better shot at winning the presidency if he were Latino, Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday.

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Romney to ramp up campaign schedule with bus tour
September 20th, 2012
01:21 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney to ramp up campaign schedule with bus tour

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will pick up the pace of his campaign next week with a bus tour of Ohio, his campaign announced Thursday.

He and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will make a series of stops across the state between Monday and Wednesday.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
Rubio stars in new Romney Medicare ad
September 20th, 2012
01:09 AM ET
2 years ago

Rubio stars in new Romney Medicare ad

(CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio takes the starring role in a Romney campaign ad released Thursday, where he argues changes to Medicare for future recipients are necessary, while keeping the current system in place is the "least we can do" for current beneficiaries.

"My mother's 81 and depends on Medicare," the senator from Florida says. "We can save Medicare without changing hers, but only if younger Americans accept that our Medicare will be different than our parents' when we retire in 30 years.

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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Marco Rubio • Mitt Romney
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