(CNN) – If you think it’s been a rough ride for the Republican candidates during this current campaign season, just wait. This will be seen as child’s play once the general election campaign begins.
I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again: the war of words between President Obama and his campaign supporters versus the eventual Republican nominee and his supporters will be fierce.FULL STORY
Mesa, Arizona (CNN) – Mitt Romney sought to answer lingering questions about his presidential bid and cast himself as the ideal GOP standard-bearer at an appearance before several thousand supporters outside Phoenix on Monday.
Hoping to unite the fractured party and forge ahead to the general election, the GOP candidate touted his conservative credentials and painted his Republican opponents as Washington insiders who could not effectively change the nation's capital.
(CNN) - Donald Trump continued to tease a potential presidential run by changing his voter registration Thursday from Republican to "unaffiliated" and publicly denouncing the behavior of members of his former party.
Michael Cohen, an aide to Trump, said the real estate mogul and reality television star made the switch "in order to preserve his right to run for president as an independent if he's not satisfied with who the Republicans nominate."
Washington (CNN) - It's an audition without end, because the Republicans still can't figure out how to cast the lead role.
Here's how the internal discussion goes: We need someone who is a true conservative. We need someone who is right on the matters we care about - the deficit, immigration, cultural issues. We need someone we can trust, who won't betray us. And, by the way, we also need someone who can win.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has made another decision to keep distance between himself and the race for the 2012 GOP nomination for president.
Daniels declined a bid for the presidency last May, after being encouraged by top Republicans to jump into the race and Tuesday he told Indiana Public Media that he was underwhelmed by a recent endorsement made by another governor who turned down a presidential run.
(CNN)-If half the public says they don't know very much about Mormonism and one-third of Republicans say the Mormon religion is not a Christian faith, how will GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney fare in his bid for the White House?
According to a new national survey, it won't affect Romney in a hypothetical general election faceoff with President Barack Obama, but his Mormon faith may have an impact on the former Massachusetts governor's chances in the GOP primaries and caucuses.
Washington (CNN) - Can a debate without many zingers and gotcha moments be interesting and newsworthy? The answer appears to be yes.
Tuesday night's GOP presidential debate in the nation's capital was short on action, but long on drama. And the debate, like its 10 predecessors so far this campaign season, will most likely have an impact on the race for the Republican nomination.FULL STORY
(CNN) - There is one area where all eight Republican candidates seem to be in complete agreement: In their minds, Barack Obama's presidency has been a failure, and his national security policies have only served to weaken America's standing in the world, and left the United States more vulnerable to attack.
That consensus aside, there are positions each candidate has taken in the areas of foreign policy and national security that set them apart from the field. As CNN prepares to host a debate Tuesday night on national security topics with the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute, here is a look at some distinctive positions and experiences the candidates are raising on the trail.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey in the Republican weekly address Saturday forewarned viewers and listeners that America may soon mirror the current period in Europe he describes as being fraught with economic and social unrest.
"Across the Atlantic, we're watching a fiscal disaster unfold in Europe with social unrest, riots in the streets, governments failing, financial markets imploding and imminent bankruptcy," Toomey said. "Sadly, this is the inevitable result of an extended period of inadequate economic growth and wildly excessive debt."
Washington (CNN) – The Republican National Committee Friday said it raised $8.5 million last month, bringing to nearly $68.7 million the amount the party committee has brought in this year.
"After a record-setting August and September, we have added another $8.5 million in October. The RNC has nearly $13.5 million cash on hand. In the past nine and a half months, we have added over $13 million to our cash on hand and have retired over $10 million in debt," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.