GOP: Website woes create fresh opening to go after Obamacare
October 23rd, 2013
08:06 PM ET
1 year ago

GOP: Website woes create fresh opening to go after Obamacare

(CNN) - Even though polls show House Republicans got much of the blame for the government shutdown triggered by the fight over Obamacare, there are no signs they are giving up on that fight.

With fresh data and the acknowledgment from President Barack Obama that the web portal to enroll in new health care plans isn't working, Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders told House Republicans on Wednesday the website's bumpy rollout gives them an opening to seize public attention.

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Filed under: GOP • Health care • House Republicans
White House denies GOP leader told Obama ‘I cannot even stand to look at you’
October 23rd, 2013
07:36 PM ET
1 year ago

White House denies GOP leader told Obama ‘I cannot even stand to look at you’

(CNN) - The White House Wednesday denied an accusation from a top Democratic Senator that a House Republican leader told President Barack Obama “I cannot even stand to look at you” during a recent White House meeting on the government shutdown.

“I looked into it and spoke with somebody who was in the meeting and it did not happen,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in response to a question about the charge, which Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Senate Democrat, posted online three days ago.
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Filed under: Dick Durbin • GOP • President Obama • White House
October 21st, 2013
04:13 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN Poll: 75% say most Republicans in Congress don't deserve re-election

Washington (CNN) - In a sign of the political hangover congressional Republicans are suffering in the wake of the government shutdown, three-quarters of Americans in a new national poll say that most GOP members of Congress don't deserve to be re-elected.

A CNN/ORC International survey released Monday also found a majority saying that the Republicans' policies are too extreme. And according to the poll, Democrats have an 8-point advantage over the Republicans in an early indicator in the battle for control of Congress. But with more than a year to go until the 2014 midterm elections, there's plenty of time for these numbers to change.

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Filed under: CNN/ORC International poll • Congress • GOP • Polls
GOP, Boehner take shutdown hit in new CNN poll
October 21st, 2013
06:02 AM ET
1 year ago

GOP, Boehner take shutdown hit in new CNN poll

Just more than half the public says that it's bad for the country that the GOP controls the House of Representatives, according to a new national poll conducted after the end of the partial government shutdown.

And the CNN/ORC International survey also indicates that more than six in 10 Americans say that Speaker of the House John Boehner should be replaced.

The poll was conducted Friday through Sunday, just after the end of the 16-day partial federal government shutdown that was caused in part by a push by House conservatives to try and dismantle the health care law, which is President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement.

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Filed under: CNN/ORC poll • GOP • Government Shutdown
October 18th, 2013
04:11 PM ET
1 year ago

A defeated GOP wants to unite, move on, fight another day

Washington (CNN) - In a large conference-style room in the basement of the U.S. Capitol, Republican members of the House, exhausted from more than two weeks of battling on the shutdown and debt ceiling crisis, met for one last time.

They met in a room that had often been filled with contentious debate, snickering rebels, quiet observers and frustrated moderators. But on the night the House voted to reopen the government, the mood was different.

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Filed under: GOP • House Republicans
Another GOP Senator facing primary challenge
October 17th, 2013
01:38 PM ET
1 year ago

Another GOP Senator facing primary challenge

(CNN) - Add Mississippi's Thad Cochran to the list of Republican Senators up for re-election next year who are facing primary challengers.

State Senator Chris McDaniel launched a campaign on Thursday to try to unseat Cochran, who's served in Congress for more than four decades.
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Filed under: GOP • Senate • Senate Republicans
October 11th, 2013
08:59 AM ET
1 year ago

Perkins: Cruz is de facto leader of Republican Party

Washington (CNN) – As trench warfare over the government shutdown drags into its eleventh day, a number of Republicans with visible roles in the stalemate, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, will take a breather from Capitol Hill on Friday to speak at the Values Voter Summit, one of the conservative movement's marquee annual events.

Pretty much everyone in official Washington, including President Barack Obama, is taking a beating in public opinion polls over the shutdown. Republicans, however, continue to shoulder most of the blame.

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Filed under: GOP • Ted Cruz • Tony Perkins • Values Voter Summit
GOP senators skeptical of House debt limit plan
October 10th, 2013
11:09 PM ET
1 year ago

GOP senators skeptical of House debt limit plan

Updated 9:39 a.m. ET, 10/11/2013

Washington (CNN) – Several senior Republican senators from across the ideological spectrum expressed frustration Thursday that the latest proposal from House GOP leaders for a short-term hike in the debt ceiling didn't also include a plan to reopen the government.

"We need to deal with both the continuing resolution and the debt ceiling in a responsible sort of way," said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican leader. "Obviously just doing part of it doesn't solve the whole problem and we need to solve the whole problem."
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Filed under: GOP • House Republicans • Senate Republicans
October 10th, 2013
12:37 AM ET
1 year ago

Sources: House GOP to unveil short term debt ceiling increase as soon as Thursday

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Washington (CNN) - Multiple House Republican members and GOP leadership sources tell CNN that leaders are preparing a proposal to raise the debt ceiling temporarily while keeping the government shut down.

The sources tell CNN that House GOP leaders' plan is to formally discuss the idea with the GOP conference at a meeting Thursday morning.

Senior House Republican sources have been telling CNN since earlier this week the idea of raising the debt ceiling for four to six weeks is the most viable way out of the stalemate.
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CNN Poll: GOP would bear the brunt of shutdown blame
September 30th, 2013
07:31 AM ET
1 year ago

CNN Poll: GOP would bear the brunt of shutdown blame

Washington (CNN) - If the federal government shuts down starting Tuesday because of a bitter partisan battle over the new health care law, more people say congressional Republicans rather than President Barack Obama would be responsible, according to a new national survey.

A CNN/ORC International poll released Monday morning, hours before funding for the government is scheduled to run out, also indicates that most Americans think Republicans in Congress are acting like spoiled children in this fiscal fight, with the public divided on whether the president is acting like a spoiled child or a responsible adult.

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Filed under: Congress • GOP • House Republicans
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