(CNN) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer questioned the timing of recent reports that she was involved in a 1988 alcohol-related car accident, blaming opposition to her candidacy in the final days of a tight race for her first full term as governor.
"It's interesting that so much stuff rises to the top for whatever the reasons, but yeah it's the silly season, I think people are digging and trying to discredit different candidates not only here in Arizona but certainly across Arizona," Brewer told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King in an interview set to air Thursday on John King, USA at 7 p.m. EST.
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Candidates in the race and on stage: Democrat Alex Sink and Republican Rick Scott
(CNN)– Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski said officials have to be "more realistic" in their approach to problem solving in Washington, and that "consensus should not be a dirty word."
In an interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, Murkowski said, "I think what is important is how you achieve the ends here. When we're talking about reducing spending, lets not deceive people into thinking if you eliminate ear marks all of a sudden we will not be operating out of deficit. "
(CNN) – Two politicians in their final terms in office faced off Friday over a series of tax cuts that are set to expire on January 1.
Democratic Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said that a small business jobs bill signed by President Obama last week "provided some certainty," but argued the Republican argument for extending the Bush tax cuts for individuals making more than $200,000 a year smacks of hypocrisy.
"That was a good bill last week. That provided some certainty," the Michigan Democrat told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. "The - the ability to extend the tax cuts for the middle class and down, I think, are very important. Do the top two percent need that? If you get back to the fiscal conservative argument about paying for it, I think it's really speaking out of both sides of your mouth."
Retiring New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg, a Republican, countered: "It would be hard for me to disagree with that more strongly."
(CNN) – California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina expounded on the message of her new television ad on Friday, saying her Democratic opponent's insistence that she be addressed as "senator" by a high-ranking military officer during a hearing last year was "outrageous."
"Nothing symbolizes stale, entrenched incumbency more than a senator dressing down a general for using the wrong title," Fiorina said on John King USA. "People are tired of politicians who think that the point is their job, when the point is everyone else's job."
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(CNN) - Joe Miller hit back at his on-again opponent Sen. Lisa Murkowski Monday, saying she broke her word to voters by announcing her plans to run as a write-in candidate in the Alaska Senate race.
"I won the Republican primary with the largest Republican voter turnout in the history of this state, and we've had an extraordinary number come behind this campaign in the days following that, and even more coming behind this campaign after [Murkowski] announced her write-in campaign, which of course contradicted the word she gave just a few days before the primary that she would support the victor of the Republican primary," Miller told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.
Murkowski was defeated in Alaska's GOP primary by the once-little-known Miller, who enjoyed the backing of Tea Party activists and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Just a few weeks after conceding the race, Murkowski announced that she would mount a write-in campaign, following an outpouring of support that gave her a "moment of pause from her previous plans to wrap up her career as a senator," a Murkowski spokesman told CNN.
Editor's Note: John King's interview with Elizabeth Warren will air today at 7pm Eastern on CNN's John King, USA.
Washington (CNN) - Consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren, appointed today by President Obama to launch the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, tells CNN Chief National Correspondent John King that her "nomination was on the table" but would have meant "spending a lot of energy fighting" to get the votes necessary in the Senate to secure her nomination as the agency's first official director.
"Millions of American families are hemorrhaging money today and tomorrow and next week on tricks and traps and credit products. We can fix that. That's what this agency is about and we're not going to wait a year to get started," said the harsh critic of Wall Street.
Warren jokingly feigned innocence when asked why bankers do not like her, but admits "there are bankers sure who don't like me. Some of them haven't met me. Some of them have seen enough." But she says that there are people in the financial sector who "welcome this consumer agency, because they're going have a better shot at a competitive marketplace where they're not competing against bankers who've figured out how to make their profits on tricking people and trapping them."
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(CNN) - An Ohio blogger is eating his words after a CNN fact check revealed his assertions that an Ohio gubernatorial candidate made up a story were completely false.
Anthony Fossaceca, a blogger for OhioDaily.com, lambasted Kasich's closing statement in Tuesday's Ohio Governor debate as "the lamest, most cliche closing in debate history."
Kasich told a story about running into a couple at a Bob Evans restaurant who were going over their household budget.
"I said what's – what are you doing there. They said, well my job was downgraded. The lady said my job was downgraded. We're sitting here working on the family budget. We're trying to figure out how to make it work," Kasich recounted in his statement.
In a post entitled "BREAKING: Desperate Kasich Invokes Bob Evans as Debate Opportunity Slips Away", Fosaceca surmised that the entire tale was false.
In an interview with CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King on John King, USA, Steele said he thinks Gingrich's comment, made to the National Review on Saturday, was not based on the president's race.
"I know probably some folks out there want to, but I don't see that," Steele said. "I know Newt. I know that's not his mindset on that. He's talking about a world view that comes from a different part, whether it's Europe, the African continent."