March 19th, 2013
10:37 PM ET
1 year ago

Video: Bachmann dodges question on CPAC remarks

CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash asked Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, to support claims she made about President Barack Obama Obama's "lavish" lifestyle.


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March 19th, 2013
09:03 PM ET
1 year ago

Sanford in GOP runoff, Colbert Busch wins Dem nomination

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) – Former Gov. Mark Sanford finished first in Tuesday's crowded Republican primary for the U.S. House special election in South Carolina, CNN projects. However, Sanford fell well short of the 50% margin needed to avoid a runoff.

The former governor will compete against Curtis Bostic, a former Charleston councilman, in a runoff election in two weeks. The third place finisher, state Sen. Larry Grooms, conceded the race Wednesday.
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Filed under: House • Mark Sanford • South Carolina
Breaking: S.C. GOP primary will head to runoff, Sanford in top two spots
March 19th, 2013
08:55 PM ET
1 year ago

Breaking: S.C. GOP primary will head to runoff, Sanford in top two spots

(CNN) – No candidate will reach 50% in the South Carolina 1st District special Congressional primary, forcing a runoff, CNN projects.

CNN also projects Mark Sanford will make the runoff, though it's unclear if he will finish first or second.

The runoff will take place April 2.

On the Democratic side, CNN projects Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, will win the nomination.


Filed under: House • Mark Sanford • South Carolina
Breaking: Colbert Busch wins Democratic primary in S.C. special election, CNN projects
March 19th, 2013
08:31 PM ET
1 year ago

Breaking: Colbert Busch wins Democratic primary in S.C. special election, CNN projects

(CNN) – CNN projects Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, will win Tuesday's Democratic primary for the the South Carolina special election to represent the state's 1st Congressional District.

The longtime area businesswoman was considered the favorite on the Democratic side over opponent Ben Frasier. She'll compete against the Republican nominee in the general election this May.

The winner of the special election will fill the U.S. House seat vacated by now-Sen. Tim Scott, a Republican appointed to fill the Senate spot that Jim DeMint left last month.

Her Republican opponent is not yet known. The Republican primary ballot featured 16 candidates, including former Gov. Mark Sanford and Teddy Turner, son of CNN founder Ted Turner. If no candidate surpasses the 50% mark, a runoff will take place between the top two contenders in the next two weeks.


Filed under: House • South Carolina
Release of immigrant detainees was political, House Republicans say
March 19th, 2013
07:52 PM ET
1 year ago

Release of immigrant detainees was political, House Republicans say

Washington (CNN) – Several House Republicans said Tuesday they believe the February release of more than 2,000 immigration detainees from jail was motivated by politics rather than forced budget cuts.

"From this vantage point, it does look like the decision to release detainees was a political determination and not a monetary determination," said Rep. Trey Gowdy, a Republican from South Carolina. "It appears to me that the release of detainees was part of a sequester campaign that included the fictional firing of teachers, the closing of the White House for student tours, the displacement of meat inspectors and now we're gonna release aggravated felons - some aggravated felons - onto the street."

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Filed under: House • Immigration • Republicans
Eisenhower family supports bill to redesign presidential memorial
March 19th, 2013
07:43 PM ET
1 year ago

Eisenhower family supports bill to redesign presidential memorial

(CNN) – The family of President Dwight D. Eisenhower told a congressional subcommittee Tuesday that it supports legislation to force a redesign of a planned memorial in his honor.

A monument dedicated to the 34th president was commissioned by Congress in 1999 and has already cost nearly $60 million in the planning phase.
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Filed under: Washington D.C.
March 19th, 2013
07:11 PM ET
1 year ago

Feinstein on assault weapons ban: 'I’m not going to lay down and play dead'

(CNN) – Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Tuesday she’s not going to stop fighting to get a vote on her proposed ban on semi-automatic firearms modeled after military assault weapons, hours after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that the measure has no chance of passing the chamber.

“This is very important to me. And I’m not going to lay down and play dead,” Feinstein, D-California, said on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”
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Santa Fe mayor urges allowing same-sex marriage in New Mexico
March 19th, 2013
06:32 PM ET
1 year ago

Santa Fe mayor urges allowing same-sex marriage in New Mexico

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic mayor of Santa Fe, New Mexico, announced on Tuesday he is now urging county clerks in the city to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The mayor's action does not carry the force of law, though county clerks could honor his urging. Yet his action raises a controversial question: could he provoke New Mexico into becoming the 10th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage?
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Filed under: New Mexico • Same-sex marriage
March 19th, 2013
05:51 PM ET
1 year ago

Rand Paul attempts to clarify position on pathway to citizenship

(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul reiterated Tuesday afternoon that he's not calling for a new pathway to citizenship in his immigration proposal, but he's not planning to stand in the way of any undocumented workers who want to eventually become citizens, either.

"It doesn't get you in a green card line. It gets you in a line to enter the country legally to become a citizen like everybody else who wants to come from around the world to be a citizen," he said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
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Filed under: Immigration • Rand Paul • Senate • TV-The Situation Room
March 19th, 2013
04:51 PM ET
1 year ago

Sanford and congressional rivals in a low country boil

Charleston, SC (CNN) - In this heated congressional race along the South Carolina coast known as "Low Country," the candidates haven't exactly taken the high road.

Take the flyer mailed out to voters that takes aim at the state's former governor, Mark Sanford, over the extramarital affair he once tried to hide by saying he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.
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Filed under: House • Mark Sanford • South Carolina
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