(CNN) - A majority of voters in last week's election say the months-long contest between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney was more negative than four years ago, and less focused on issues, according to a poll released Thursday.
The survey, from the Pew Research Center, indicated 68% of 2012 voters thought the there was more negative campaigning than usual, compared to 54% who said the same thing following the 2008 battle between Obama and Sen. John McCain.
(CNN) – It's the season of election post-mortems, and one former Republican National Committee chairman offered his perhaps blunt thoughts about why his party "got outplayed and outflanked" in 2012.
Michael Steele was swept in as the RNC chairman after major GOP losses in 2008, then ousted after some GOP leaders thought the Republicans' gains in the 2010 midterm elections came in spite of his leadership and at great cost. Some saw him as unconventional and others considered him damaging to the party.
Washington (CNN) - Terry McAuliffe is quickly building his campaign for Virginia governor.
A week after the former Democratic National Committee chairman and former top adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton announced that he'll make a second run for Virginia governor, he has hired a campaign manager and deputy campaign manager.
(CNN) – Just over a week after President Barack Obama won a second term in the White House, a new poll indicates Americans think he should get to work rebuilding a strong economy.
Ninety-five percent of respondents in a USA Today/Gallup national survey said fixing the economy is very or extremely important, and over three-quarters said Obama should focus on ensuring the long-term stability of Social Security and Medicare as well as prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
Washington (CNN) - When House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced that she would seek to keep her leadership role she stood flanked by a cheering phalanx of her female colleagues.
Pelosi, who prior to the Democratic Party's loss of the House in 2010 served as its first female speaker, sandwiched her announcement between pointed comments about the Democratic agenda and how she sees her party's policies as helpful to women. Pelosi said she would vie to keep her leadership role "in order to continue work on empowering women."
Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida hit back Thursday at the notion that his upcoming trip to headline a birthday fundraiser for Iowa's governor, Terry Branstad, may be a move to lay some groundwork for a potential presidential run.
Rubio said "the trip to Iowa has nothing to do with 2016," adding that he accepted the invitation before GOP nominee Mitt Romney lost the presidential election.
(CNN) - These are the kind of numbers any politician would like.
Fifty-three percent of Virginia voters approve of the job Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is doing in office, with just 26% giving him a thumbs down, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.
(CNN) – Incoming House members for the 113th Congress, which convenes in January, posed for a traditional class photo Thursday on the steps of the Capitol while in town for orientation.
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.
CNN: Obama: Republican criticism of Rice 'outrageous'
President Barack Obama called out Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain for their "outrageous" comments saying they would block U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice if she is nominated for secretary of state. Earlier Wednesday, Graham and McCain said they would use parliamentary means to hold up her nomination, should it be made, over her characterization of the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
CNN: Jindal slams Romney for 'gifts' comment about minorities, young voters
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.