(CNN) – Republican candidate for Senate in Alaska, Joe Miller, admitted he was disciplined for the misuse of local government computers but said it was not a factor in his eventual departure from his job as an attorney at the Fairbanks North Star Borough (an area of Alaska) in September 2009.
The former mayor of Fairbanks said last week that Miller left his post because the borough planned to fire him over using borough computers for election business while attempting to become the head of the Alaska Republican Party. On Monday Miller responded.
(CNN) – The now infamous "I'm You" ad by Republican Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell and the "Demon Sheep" ad by Republican California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina have one big thing in common - they were conceived by Republican ad man Fred Davis.
In an interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King on John King, USA, Davis explained what went into creating those ads, and why he thought it would be a good idea for Christine O'Donnell to say, "I'm not a witch."
(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.
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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."
(CNN) – The architect of President Obama's 2008 presidential campaign Monday sharply criticized remarks made by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich over the weekend that President Obama follows a "Kenyan, anti-colonial" worldview.
"Two words that come to mind are 'sad' and 'reprehensible,'" David Plouffe told CNN's John King on John King USA.
"It makes me think . he's probably pretty sure he's going to run for president," Plouffe added, suggesting Gingrich may have been trying to appease the most conservative elements of the Republican Party.
Gingrich has recently made a number of trips to earlier primary states, fueling speculation that a 2012 bid for the Republican presidential nomination is on his mind.