Heating up between Obama, Romney camps
October 31st, 2011
12:38 PM ET
3 years ago

Heating up between Obama, Romney camps

(CNN) - A day after senior Obama adviser David Plouffe denounced Mitt Romney as a man with "no core," two other Obama aides added their own stinging criticisms against the Republican presidential hopeful – the latest sign the president's advisors have zeroed in on Romney as the likely GOP nominee.

As anyone who's watched [Mitt Romney], it's always a question as to where he was and where he is and where he might be on any given issue," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters in an off camera briefing Monday morning. Carney has previously held back direct attacks against Republican presidential contenders.

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Filed under: 2012 • David Plouffe • Jay Carney • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Obama will act alone to help economy, Carney says
October 25th, 2011
05:53 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama will act alone to help economy, Carney says

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will use the power of the executive branch to do as much as possible to reinvigorate the slumping economy without assistance from a divided Congress, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told CNN Tuesday.

"Whatever he can do as president, he will do," Carney said during an appearance on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

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Filed under: Congress • Jay Carney • Jobs • President Obama • TV-The Situation Room
Mr. Ferrell goes to Washington
October 21st, 2011
05:14 PM ET
3 years ago

Mr. Ferrell goes to Washington

(CNN) - Comedian Will Ferrell popped into the briefing room on Friday afternoon while on a tour of the White House with press secretary Jay Carney. Ferrell is in Washington D.C. to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday at the Kennedy Center.

While in the briefing room, Ferrell stood behind the podium and took a picture with Carney and said jokingly, “Jay, why are you forcing me to take a picture? This is all for your benefit.”

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Filed under: Jay Carney • White House
White House: Debt deadline looming
July 26th, 2011
01:07 PM ET
3 years ago

White House: Debt deadline looming

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The White House made clear Tuesday that August 2 remains the deadline for Congress to extend the federal debt ceiling, with Press Secretary Jay Carney telling reporters "beyond that date, we lose our capacity to borrow."

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner "has exercised all the wiggle room available to him" to extend the ability of the government to pay its bills since the nation hit its debt limit in May, Carney said.


Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Jay Carney • President Obama • Tim Geithner
Carney: There has to be a compromise
July 12th, 2011
01:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Carney: There has to be a compromise

Washington (CNN)– Despite rhetoric to the contrary, congressional negotiators recognize the need to raise the federal debt ceiling and that "there has to be a compromise" in deficit reduction talks with President Barack Obama, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday.
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Filed under: Debt • Jay Carney
Carney: Obama has made final decision on rate of Afghanistan troop withdrawals
June 21st, 2011
02:23 PM ET
3 years ago

Carney: Obama has made final decision on rate of Afghanistan troop withdrawals

(CNN) - President Barack Obama has made a final decision on the rate of initial U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed Tuesday.

The president will keep his commitment to start a withdrawal in July, Carney said.

Carney claimed the United States has had "significant" success in meeting its military goals in Afghanistan.

"The process (under which the president's decision was made) was all about the mission that was laid out" by Obama in 2009, Carney said.


Filed under: Afghanistan • Jay Carney • President Obama
Bin Laden was unarmed when killed, White House says
May 3rd, 2011
02:17 PM ET
3 years ago

Bin Laden was unarmed when killed, White House says

Washington (CNN) - Osama bin Laden was not armed when he was shot and killed by U.S. forces in the assault on his compound in Pakistan, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday.

The al Qaeda leader resisted the assault on his compound, Carney said, adding: "I think resistance does not require a firearm."

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Filed under: Jay Carney • Osama bin Laden
Carney slams GOP budget
April 12th, 2011
02:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Carney slams GOP budget

Washington (CNN) - White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that the fiscal year 2012 blueprint put forward by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, "fails the test of balance, and balance is essential."

Ryan's plan puts the burden of balancing the budget on seniors, the middle class and the disabled while failing to ask for more from the richest Americans, Carney said.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to give a speech Wednesday outlining his new deficit reduction plan.


Filed under: Budget • GOP • Jay Carney
Carney: Don't 'play chicken' with economy
April 11th, 2011
01:01 PM ET
3 years ago

Carney: Don't 'play chicken' with economy

(CNN) - White House Press Secretary Jay Carney warned Monday that a failure to raise the debt ceiling would be "Armageddon-like in terms of the economy."

"We do not need to play chicken with our economy," Carney said.


Filed under: Debt • Jay Carney • White House
White House, taxes and the CEO who shall not be named
March 25th, 2011
06:26 PM ET
3 years ago

White House, taxes and the CEO who shall not be named

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - The Obama administration has been talking about corporate tax reform a lot lately. And so it was on Friday - but not through prepared bullet points.

Reporters peppered White House Press Secretary Jay Carney with questions about a story in the New York Times detailing the efforts of General Electric to avoid paying taxes.

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Filed under: Jay Carney • President Obama • White House
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