June 6th, 2013
04:32 PM ET
10 months ago

Romney talks Christie, IRS, 2016

(CNN) - Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said he has no ill will towards Gov. Chris Christie and weighed in on other flashbacks from the 2012 campaign in a wide-ranging interview with CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger.

The former Massachusetts governor also offered sharp criticism of the Obama administration over the recent Internal Revenue Service controversy and gave his thoughts on some potential 2016 presidential contenders.
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Filed under: 2012 • 2016 • Chris Christie • IRS • Mitt Romney
June 6th, 2013
12:27 PM ET
11 months ago

Romney regrets 47% comments

(CNN) – Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said he was "very upset" for making the "47%" comments that became a big roadblock in his campaign last year in the final months before Election Day.

"There were a number of times that I said things that - that didn't come out right," he said in an interview with CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger.

You can watch extended excerpts of CNN's interviews with Mitt and Ann Romney on "The Lead" at 4 p.m. ET and "The Situation Room" at 5 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
College Republicans: Stereotypes a drag
June 3rd, 2013
10:52 AM ET
11 months ago

College Republicans: Stereotypes a drag

(CNN) – "Solely for the rich." "Lacking in diversity." "Old-fashioned."

That's how young voters perceive the Republican Party, according to a new report by the nation's largest Republican youth organization.
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Filed under: 2012 • Republicans
With campaign in rearview, Ann Romney says there were mistakes
May 30th, 2013
09:27 AM ET
11 months ago

With campaign in rearview, Ann Romney says there were mistakes

(CNN) – No presidential campaign is perfect, Ann Romney admitted Thursday - even her husband's bid for the White House in 2012.

Speaking solo for the first time since November's election loss, Romney said on CBS she had no personal regrets from last year's effort, but conceded there were things everyone would have liked to do differently.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ann Romney • Mitt Romney
Blacks outvoted whites in 2012, the first time on record
Residents of the historically African-American neighborhood of Harlem wait in line to vote on Election Day. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
May 9th, 2013
08:00 AM ET
11 months ago

Blacks outvoted whites in 2012, the first time on record

Washington (CNN) – A new Census Bureau report shows a higher percentage of African-Americans than whites voted in a presidential election for the first time in history last year during the matchup between President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

The report, released Wednesday, found that more than 66% of eligible blacks voted in the presidential contest. Only 64.1% of whites turned out to vote.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Brown, former Massachusetts senator, may return to politics in New Hampshire
April 5th, 2013
04:12 AM ET
1 year ago

Brown, former Massachusetts senator, may return to politics in New Hampshire

(CNN) - Former Sen. Scott Brown, the Massachusetts Republican who in November lost his reelection bid for a full term, said Thursday night he is considering a return to politics, and possibly not in the state which previously sent him to Washington.

"I don't think I'm done with politics, but I'm not going to rule out anything right now because I really haven't thought a heck of a lot about it," he said, when asked by reporters whether he would run for office in New Hampshire.
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Filed under: 2012 • 2014 • Massachusetts • New Hampshire • Scott Brown
Obama advisers top hall of fame inductees
April 4th, 2013
09:33 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama advisers top hall of fame inductees

(CNN) - There are halls of fame for greatness in dunking, run-scoring and strumming, so why should excellence in political consulting go unnoticed?

Leading this year's inductees to the American Association of Political Consultants’ hall of fame are President Barack Obama's campaign strategists David Axelrod and David Plouffe, who steered their candidate to back-to-back wins in the nation's toughest competition: presidential politics.
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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
Romney campaign chief to lead new GOP research group
March 21st, 2013
02:02 PM ET
1 year ago

Romney campaign chief to lead new GOP research group

(CNN) – Post-mortems written after the 2012 campaign focused on a variety of Republican shortcomings: underwhelming television ads, an outdated voter contact model, and a message that was out-of-step with the changing face of America.

Overlooked in the aftermath of Mitt Romney's loss, however, was the fact that Democrats throttled Republicans in the critical practice of opposition research - the age-old tactic of gathering negative information about one's opponent and pushing it into public view through the press or through paid media.
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Filed under: 2012 • 2014 • 2016 • Mitt Romney • Republicans
CNN's GUT CHECK for March 18, 2013
March 18th, 2013
05:29 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 18, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 18, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BLOOMBERG TACKLES TOBACCO: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said his latest push to keep tobacco products out of sight is an attempt to de-glamorize the appeal of the product for kids and teenagers. “Smoking is going to kill these kids,” he said Monday on CNN's “The Lead” in an interview with Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper. “It's going to leave them with not the great career prospects that you'd like, not the education that you'd like.” They mayor said they're trying to dissuade customers from viewing cigarettes as "normal." – Ashley Killough

OBAMA APPROVAL DOWN: A CNN/ORC International poll indicates that President Barack Obama's job approval rating has dipped below 50% for the first time since September, with half of the public saying they disapprove of the job he's doing in the White House. – Paul Steinhauser

GOP APPROVAL DOWN, TOO: According to the poll, 54% of Americans have an unfavorable view of the Republican Party, with less than three in ten saying they view the GOP in a favorable light.

MARKET WATCH: Stocks fall for 2nd straight day. Worries about Cyprus keep investors on edge. Dow falls 61 points.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for March 15, 2013
March 15th, 2013
05:26 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 15, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 15, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

DEVELOPING: Maryland legislature votes to end death penalty By an 82-56 margin, the Maryland House of Delegates voted Friday to ban the death penalty in that state. The bill now goes to Gov. Martin O'Malley's desk. “To govern is to choose, and at a time where we understand the things that actually work to reduce violent crime, when we understand how lives can be saved, we have a moral responsibility to do more of the things that work to save lives,” O'Malley said at a news conference. – Mark Morgenstein

‘A CHANGE OF HEART’: CNN Exclusive: One conservative's dramatic reversal on gay marriage... Sen. Rob Portman has been a leading Republican voice on economic issues for four decades. Now, the prominent Ohio conservative will be known for something else: reversing his hard-line position against gay marriage. "I'm announcing today a change of heart on an issue that a lot of people feel strongly about that has to do with gay couples' opportunity to marry," Portman told CNN. It has to do with another revelation, one deeply personal. His 21-year-old son, Will, is gay. "I've come to the conclusion that for me, personally, I think this is something that we should allow people to do, to get married, and to have the joy and stability of marriage that I've had for over 26 years. That I want all of my children to have, including our son, who is gay," said Portman. – Dana Bash

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