Perry: Politicians aren't perfect
June 15th, 2013
10:26 AM ET
1 year ago

Perry: Politicians aren't perfect

Washington (CNN) - Gov. Rick Perry of Texas made light at a major gathering of conservatives on Saturday of his sometimes rocky 2012 run for the White House.

"I've learned a little bit about humility particularly on national television," he quipped to laughter at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's annual conference, which is one of the largest gatherings of social conservatives.
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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry
The Romney video that never was–starring Donald Trump
June 14th, 2013
09:03 PM ET
1 year ago

The Romney video that never was–starring Donald Trump

Updated 9:15 p.m., Friday, 6/14

(CNN) – Real-estate mogul Donald Trump said Friday night that Mitt Romney's team asked him to appear in a "commercial" for the campaign last year–but it never saw the light of day.

The video, he said, was supposed to run during the Republican National Convention and featured Trump sitting in his office with an actor who looked like President Obama. After telling the faux president "what a lousy job" he's done, Trump said, he delivered his famous line to the actor: "You're fired!"
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Donald Trump • Mitt Romney
June 6th, 2013
04:32 PM ET
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
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