(CNN) – While Republicans continue to soul search after their party's loss in the presidential election, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour injected a new term Wednesday to describe the GOP's introspection.
"The ground game is really important, and we have to be, I mean we've got to give our political organizational activity a very serious..." he said, taking a pause and looking for the right word. "Proctology exam. We need to look everywhere."
Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday stuck to his post-election tone of saying he wants to come to agreement with President Obama to avert the fiscal cliff, and he moved to set up a team of House Republicans to help negotiate the details.
"If you've looked closely at what the president had to say and looked closely at what I've had to say, there are no barriers here to sitting down and beginning to work through this process," Boehner told reporters at a press conference on Capitol Hill after House GOP members re-nominated him to his position for the next Congress.
(CNN) – Someone should lose their job in the wake of the September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya, Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront."
But that someone isn't Ambassador Susan Rice, the U.S. delegate to the United Nations who two top Republicans said Wednesday should be denied a promotion, if offered, as much of the GOP furor about the U.S. government’s response focuses on her.
(CNN) – Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana fiercely shot back at Mitt Romney’s claim Wednesday that President Barack Obama outmatched the 2012 Republican presidential nominee by offering "gifts" to African-Americans, Hispanics and young voters.
“I absolutely reject that notion,” Jindal, who was a surrogate for Romney’s campaign, said at the Republican Governors Association conference in Las Vegas. “I think that's absolutely wrong.”
Washington (CNNMoney) - Honeywell International CEO David Cote struck a hopeful note after his meeting with President Obama on Wednesday.
"This is going to get solved one way or another," Honeywell's Cote said in an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett.
(CNN) – Take a larger than life governor who may have designs on the White House and a battleground state crucial in presidential politics, and guess what: 2013 might not be as quiet a political year as you thought.
New Jersey and Virginia are the only two states to hold gubernatorial contests in the year after a presidential election, and in both states, the campaign clocks are already ticking.
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Defending Susan Rice: “She has done exemplary work. She has represented the United States and our interested in the United Nations with skill and professionalism and toughness and grace. … If Senator (John) McCain, Senator (Lindsey) Graham and others want to go after somebody they should go after me. … But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador, who had nothing to do with Benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received and to besmirch her reputation – is outrageous.”
On Tax Cuts: “There is a package to be shaped and I am confident that folks of goodwill in both parties. But what I'm not going to do is extend [the] Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent that we can't afford and according to economists will have the least positive impact on the economy.”
On Tax Cuts: “There is a package to be shaped and I am confident that parties – folks of goodwill in both parties can make that happen But what I'm not going to do is extend [the] Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent that we can't afford and according to economists will have the least positive impact on the economy.”
(CNN) - Mitt Romney may not be on the campaign trail any longer, but he still landed a mention - or two - in President Barack Obama's Wednesday press conference.
Asked about his election night pledge to meet with his former presidential rival, Obama said "we haven't scheduled something yet."
Washington (CNN) – After keeping colleagues and most of her aides in the dark about her post-election plans for more than a week, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi finally told House Democrats she intended to run again for her post. The official vote isn't until after Thanksgiving, but Pelosi will likely get overwhelming support from her colleagues.
After Pelosi revealed her plans at a closed-door caucus meeting on Wednesday, House Democrats cheered loudly and chants of "two more years" erupted in the room, according to several sources in attendance.