Christie challenger injured in car crash
February 12th, 2013
10:59 AM ET
2 years ago

Christie challenger injured in car crash

Washington (CNN) – The woman who hopes to unseat New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie suffered a cut to her face in a car crash as she left a campaign event Monday evening.

The crash involving Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono happened in Franklin Township, New Jersey. The Jeep Wrangler she was riding in failed to yield to an oncoming Ford Escape when pulling into traffic, according to a statement from local police.
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Second Mass. Republican jumps into Senate race
February 12th, 2013
10:24 AM ET
2 years ago

Second Mass. Republican jumps into Senate race

(CNN) - Republicans in Massachusetts have a second candidate interested in the race for the seat Secretary of State John Kerry resigned earlier this month.

Gabriel Gomez announced his candidacy Tuesday with a bilingual web video introducing himself to voters.
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GOP tweets en Español
February 12th, 2013
09:48 AM ET
2 years ago

GOP tweets en Español

(CNN) – As the GOP continues its renewed engagement of the Latino community, the House Republican Conference will use a new Twitter handle Tuesday: @GOPespanol.

The Spanish-language Twitter feed, launched Monday, will be active Tuesday night as part of the Republican Party's response to the president's State of the Union address.
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Filed under: Latinos • Republicans
February 12th, 2013
09:00 AM ET
2 years ago

High stakes for Rubio's high-profile response to Obama

West Miami, Florida (CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio's selection to speak right after the president's State of the Union address marks another milestone in the swift rise of the political star.

Rubio became Florida's speaker of the House at just 35, he pulled off an upset victory over Gov. Charlie Crist in the U.S. Senate race in 2010, he was seen prominently campaigning with GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney last year, and he is already talked about as a future contender for the presidency.

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First on CNN: Obama to announce 34,000 troops to come home
February 12th, 2013
08:52 AM ET
2 years ago

First on CNN: Obama to announce 34,000 troops to come home

(CNN) - In his State of the Union speech Tuesday, President Obama will announce that by this time next year, 34,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan will have returned home, according to sources with knowledge of the president's speech.

The move will reduce the number of U.S. forces in the country by half.

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Past presidential guests at State of the Union
February 12th, 2013
08:26 AM ET
2 years ago

State of the Union: The guest list

(CNN) - It's not a typical red carpet, but the guest list for Tuesday's State of the Union address features a range of names from successful CEOs to average Americans to local elementary school students.

Victims of gun violence will especially have a prominent role on the list of attendees, as President Obama is expected to again highlight his firearm proposals. Seated in the gallery will be at least 20 survivors of gun violence invited to attend the annual event by members of Congress, who are each given one ticket for a guest to view the speech in person.

Watch CNN's comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address starting Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET on CNN TV and follow online at CNN.com or via CNN's apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. Follow our real-time State of the Union live blog at cnn.com/conversation.
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Filed under: Congress • Gun control • Gun rights • State of the Union
February 12th, 2013
08:18 AM ET
2 years ago

State of the Union: Obama's promises kept and broken

New York (CNNMoney) – Looking for ways to lift America out of a downward economic spiral, President Obama made a lot of promises in his State of the Union addresses ... and he even kept many of them.

Obama was more successful in pushing his policy goals through Congress in the first half of his first term, when both chambers were in Democratic control. By the time he gave his first address before Congress in 2009, he had already secured the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and put in place a program to assist homeowners facing foreclosure. By midterm, he wrestled lawmakers into approving two other landmark pieces of legislation that dominated his early addresses: health care and Wall Street reform.

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Filed under: President Obama
February 12th, 2013
08:15 AM ET
2 years ago

5 things to watch in Obama's State of the Union

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama delivers the first State of the Union address of his second term on Tuesday.

Here are five things to watch for as the president lays out his second-term agenda:

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Filed under: President Obama • State of the Union
February 12th, 2013
08:13 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll position: Where does Obama stand?

Washington (CNN) - It's arguably the most important poll number for any president: his approval rating.

As President Barack Obama gets ready to give the first State of the Union address of his second term, his approval rating stands at 49%, with 44% saying they disapprove of his performance in the White House, according to a new CNN Poll of Polls, which averages the latest national surveys.

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Filed under: Polls • State of the Union
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
February 12th, 2013
04:37 AM ET
2 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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CNN: Poll position: Where does Obama stand?
It's arguably the most important poll number for any president: his approval rating. As President Barack Obama gets ready to give the first State of the Union address of his second term, his approval rating stands at 49%, with 44% saying they disapprove of his performance in the White House, according to a new CNN Poll of Polls, which averages the latest national surveys. Here's where the president stands as he prepares to lay out his second-term agenda.

CNN: Obama set to challenge and persuade
When President Barack Obama speaks on Capitol Hill Tuesday night he'll have a club in one hand and an olive branch in another, figuratively speaking. According to Democrats close to the administration, he'll challenge Republicans to get on board with his economic agenda, including his plans for deficit reduction, broad tax reform and new investments.

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