August 5th, 2010
03:33 PM ET
4 years ago

Update: Palin an 'expert' in not being vetted, DNC says

The DNC's response to former Gov. Palin Thurssday was reminiscent of questions about her background that were raised immediately after she debuted as Sen. McCain's running mate in 2008.
The DNC's response to former Gov. Palin Thurssday was reminiscent of questions about her background that were raised immediately after she debuted as Sen. McCain's running mate in 2008.

Washington (CNN) – A day after former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin suggested that voters had not allowed President Obama to be sufficiently scrutinized before putting him into the Oval Office, the Democratic National Committee is firing back and calling Palin "an expert in not being vetted."

In an appearance on Fox News Wednesday night, Palin essentially said Obama is not up to the task of holding the nation's highest office.

"I think he's quite complacent," the former Republican vice presidential hopeful said. "And I think he's in over his head. And I think he has poor advisers around him. And I think he's really in flux kind of when it comes to what his governing philosophy actually is. Some of this though is a result of he not having much experience and then a complicit media and maybe some voters who chose to not to allow him to be vetted very closely."

In a statement e-mailed to CNN, the DNC turned the tables on Palin, who had faced questions about the vetting process used by the Sen. John McCain's campaign to help select her in 2008.

Related: McCain camp defends vetting process on Palin

"While former half-term governor Palin is certainly an expert in not being vetted, we put our trust in the judgment of the American people who rejected not only the broken policies she and Republicans continue to call for, but also this very kind of childish politics she continues to engage in," DNC national press secretary Hari Sevugan said. "What's been fully vetted and thoroughly rejected by the American people is the failed approach in tone and substance offered by Sarah Palin and her ilk."
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Filed under: DNC • Popular Posts • Sarah Palin
August 5th, 2010
01:42 PM ET
4 years ago

Brown to oppose Kagan for high court

Sen. Scott Brown will not vote in favor of confirmation for Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.
Sen. Scott Brown will not vote in favor of confirmation for Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

Washington (CNN) - Republican Scott Brown will not vote for Elena Kagan, the Massachusetts senator announced Thursday, saying she lacks both the judicial and courtroom experience required of a Supreme Court justice.

"I cannot vote to confirm Elena Kagan. The reason is simple. I believe nominees to the Supreme Court should have previously served on the bench," Brown said in a statement. "Lacking that, I look for many years of practical courtroom experience to compensate for the absence of prior judicial experience. In Elena Kagan's case, she is missing both."

Kagan is expected to be confirmed Thursday as the 112th justice to the Supreme Court and could be sworn in to her judicial post by week's end.

Kagan has spent a substantial portion of her career in academia, a place that Brown views as lacking the real world gravitas of the nation's courtrooms.

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Filed under: Elena Kagan • Popular Posts • Scott Brown • Supreme Court
August 5th, 2010
11:47 AM ET
4 years ago

Palin says Obama 'in flux', suggests he wasn't properly vetted

'I think he's in over his head,' former governor Palin said of the president.
'I think he's in over his head,' former governor Palin said of the president.

(CNN) – Former Republican vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin is not letting up in her constant drumbeat of criticism directed about President Obama.

After saying Sunday that Arizona's female Republican governor has more "cojones" than Obama when it comes to immigration and border security, Palin suggested Wednesday night that the 44th president is still trying to figure out his governing philosophy.

Later: Palin an 'expert' in not being vetted, DNC says

Asked about a narrative – which is a persistent theme particularly in Republican and conservative circles – that Obama is too weak when it comes to issues like national security and immigration, Palin shared her insights on Fox News Channel about why she believes Obama is not doing more to secure the borders.

"I think he's quite complacent," the former Alaska governor said. "And I think he's in over his head. And I think he has poor advisers around him. And I think he's really in flux kind of when it comes to what his governing philosophy actually is. Some of this though is a result of he not having much experience and then a complicit media and maybe some voters who chose to not to allow him to be vetted very closely.

"It's a combination of things that's resulting in a president who's not taking a strong stand on those things that are the will of the people. Obviously, the will of the people is to enforce the laws that we have on the books."
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Filed under: Health care • Immigration • Popular Posts • President Obama • Sarah Palin
August 5th, 2010
10:28 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama dines with Oprah on birthday

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 President Obama and Oprah Winfrey had dinner Wednesday night in Chicago. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)


(CNN) - When you're the President of the United States, your birthday celebrations don't generally involve a low-key evening alone sulking about the loss of your glory days.

President Obama made that point well last night. After a flight from Washington to Chicago, where he was greeted at O'Hare Airport by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn among others, the President took a traffic-avoiding helicopter ride to a landing zone at Soldier Field home of the Chicago Bears and then a motorcade ride to his own home in Chicago's South Side neighborhood of Hyde Park.

But a little more than an hour later the commander in chief was out on the town for dinner at Graham Elliot, a chic Windy City restaurant that bills itself as the city's first 'bistronomic' restaurant. Bistronomic is a term used to describe an establishment that offers four star cooking in a more casual environment.

Oh, and he dined with Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King.

Obama spent more than three hours inside before emerging before a gathering of about 75 onlookers outside the restaurant. The birthday President gave a wave to the cameras before entering his limousine and motorcading home for the night.


Filed under: Oprah Winfrey • Popular Posts • President Obama
August 5th, 2010
07:35 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN 100: Still three months to go in marathon Illinois 11th race

 The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day.
The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day.

Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:

Illinois 11th – Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D) is seeking a 2nd term
Primary: February 2, 2010
Location: Chicago suburbs/Central Illinois
Days until Election Day: 89

Election Day will mark the end of a nine-month general election campaign between Democratic Rep. Debbie Halvorson and her Republican opponent, Adam Kinzinger. Illinois held its primary in February, the earliest of any state in the country, giving these two nominees plenty of time to get to know one another. The race appears to be getting increasingly competitive as the lengthy contest enters its final three months.

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Filed under: 2010 • CNN 100 • Debbie Halvorson • Illinois • Popular Posts
August 4th, 2010
11:58 AM ET
4 years ago

Republicans tout Missouri vote against health care law

 RNC Chairman Michael Steele is touting a primary result in Missouri where voters rejected a key provision of the new health care law.
RNC Chairman Michael Steele is touting a primary result in Missouri where voters rejected a key provision of the new health care law.

Washington (CNN) - National Republicans are touting a primary result in Missouri where voters overwhelmingly rejected a key controversial part of the new health care law. But Democrats downplay the significance of the vote, the first in which the new health care law was on a ballot.

More than 70 percent of Missouri primary voters Tuesday cast ballots in favor of Proposition C. The measure would allow state residents to opt out of mandatory health insurance, a key part of the new health care reform law, which was pushed by President Obama and Congressional Democrats. The proposition prohibits the federal government from requiring people to have health insurance or penalizing them for not having such insurance.

"In a significant blow to the Obama administration, the people of Missouri overwhelmingly struck down a central pillar of ObamaCare by passing a statute that prevents the federal government from requiring individuals to purchase health insurance," says Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, in a statement. "By rejecting ObamaCare with nearly three-quarters of the vote in a critical swing state, Missouri sent a clear message to Democrats and the Obama administration that government-run healthcare is a gross overreach of the federal government that needs to be repealed and replaced."

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Filed under: Health care • issues • Missouri • Popular Posts • RNC
August 4th, 2010
11:25 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN Poll: Quarter doubt Obama was born in U.S.

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President Obama’s birth certificate (left) has been certified authentic by the Republican governor of Hawaii. His birth announcement (right) appeared in print in 1961. (PHOTO CREDIT: State of Hawaii)


Washington (CNN) - It's surely not what the leader of the free world wants for his birthday. But, for a stubborn group of Americans, conspiracy theories about President Obama's birthplace are the gifts that keep on giving.

The president celebrates his 49th birthday Wednesday. On the same day, a new national poll indicates some Americans continue to doubt the president was born in the United States. According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, more than a quarter of the public have doubts about Obama's citizenship, with 11 percent saying Obama was definitely not born in the United States and another 16 percent saying the president was probably not born in the country.

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Forty-two percent of those questioned say they have absolutely no doubts that the president was born in the U.S., while 29-percent say he "probably" was.

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Filed under: CNN Polls • Hawaii • Popular Posts • President Obama
August 4th, 2010
10:50 AM ET
4 years ago

RNC slams Obama on his 49th birthday

The RNC unveiled a new site Wednesday that allows users to send mock birthday messages to the president.
The RNC unveiled a new site Wednesday that allows users to send mock birthday messages to the president.

Washington (CNN) – On President Obama's 49th birthday, the Republican National Committee is out with a new website full of electronic greetings intended to slam the president and national Democrats. The Democratic National Committee is hitting back, referring to the RNC's move as "tired, childish, political games that do nothing to help anyone."

The new site, baracksbirthdaycards.com, hosts 11 digital birthday cards from which users can choose. All of the cards are mock greetings from various political or governmental figures to the president. The mock messages come mostly from Democrats with the exception of the card featuring Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who passed on the GOP primary earlier this year and is now mounting a non-party-affiliated bid for Florida's open Senate seat.
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Filed under: Popular Posts • President Obama • RNC
August 4th, 2010
07:35 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN 100: Virginia 11th rematch could set tone on Election Night

 The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day.
The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day.

Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:

Virginia 11th – Rep. Gerry Connolly (D) is seeking a 2nd term
Primary: June 8, 2010
Location: Northern Virginia/D.C. suburbs
Days until Election Day: 90

Though Virginia's 11th district has no greater strategic importance or significance than any of the other 434 congressional districts in the nation, Republicans would probably still get an extra kick out of defeating its freshman congressman, Democrat Gerry Connolly.

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Filed under: 2010 • CNN 100 • Gerry Connolly • Popular Posts • Virginia
August 3rd, 2010
08:27 PM ET
4 years ago

Should Obama drop Biden for Clinton in 2012?

Former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder argues that President Obama should replace Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton on the 2012 Democratic ticket.
Former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder argues that President Obama should replace Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton on the 2012 Democratic ticket.

Washington (CNN) – Should President Obama drop Vice President Joe Biden from the 2012 Democratic ticket and instead run with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton? That's exactly what's being argued by Douglas Wilder, the former Gov. of Virginia.

"Clinton has been nothing but a team player who has earned good marks since being asked to serve as secretary of state. She has skillfully navigated the globe and been tough and commanding when the moment called for it," Wilder wrote in an op-ed published Monday in Politico.

"Clinton is better suited as the political and government partner that Obama needs," Wilder argues. "I suggest this as one who vigorously supported Obama over Clinton in 2008. In fact, I campaigned across the country and engaged in spirited debates with former colleagues. I don't regret any of that. Yet, now I think Clinton brings bounty to the political table that few can match."

Among the reasons Wilder sites in his argument to replace Biden is that the vice president is a gaffe prone liability. He also says Clinton might help Obama with key Democratic voting blocs.

But Wilder's idea was quickly shot down Tuesday by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

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Filed under: 2012 • Hillary Clinton • Joe Biden • Popular Posts • President Obama
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