Vetoed 'birther bill' prompts talk of GOP divide
April 19th, 2011
06:58 PM ET
3 years ago

Vetoed 'birther bill' prompts talk of GOP divide

(CNN) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's veto of her state's so-called "birther bill" could reflect part of a GOP shift away from a fringe but vocal group that claims President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, analysts say.

"It was an untenable political situation," said Darrell West, vice president of government studies at the Washington-based Brookings Institution. "It seems clear that those who question Obama's birthplace represent a fringe element in the Republican Party."

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Filed under: Arizona • Birthers • Republican
Iowa GOP chief: Presidential race about to heat up
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is expected to enter a presidential exploratory phase Thursday.
March 2nd, 2011
06:50 PM ET
3 years ago

Iowa GOP chief: Presidential race about to heat up

Washington (CNN) – Iowa's Republican Party Chairman predicted Wednesday that the likely entrance of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich into the presidential race will trigger a more aggressive phase of the 2012 Republican primary campaign.

Gingrich is expected to enter a presidential exploratory phase Thursday during a visit to his native Georgia.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Newt Gingrich • Republican
Republicans step up pressure on Democrats over government shutdown
February 25th, 2011
12:18 PM ET
3 years ago

Republicans step up pressure on Democrats over government shutdown

Washington (CNN)– One week before a potential government shutdown House Republican leaders stepped up pressure on Senate Democrats by moving ahead with their proposal that would keep the government running for two more weeks while cutting $4 billion.

"If they walk away from this offer they are actively engineering a government shutdown, " House Deputy Whip Peter Roskam told reporters in a conference call Friday.
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Filed under: Congress • Democrats • Republican
CNN and Tea Party Express to host first-of-its-kind Tea Party presidential primary debate
December 17th, 2010
12:06 PM ET
4 years ago

CNN and Tea Party Express to host first-of-its-kind Tea Party presidential primary debate

Washington (CNN) – CNN is teaming up with the Tea Party Express for a first-of-its-kind presidential primary debate, both organizations announced Friday. The Tea Party debate, featuring 2012 Republican presidential candidates, is scheduled for Labor Day week 2011. It will take place in Tampa, Florida – the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention.

Since the spring of 2009, the Tea Party movement has been increasingly vocal in advocating for less government spending, lower taxes and shrinking the deficit. The Tea Party debate will place specific emphasis on those issues.
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Filed under: 2012 • CNN • Republican • Tea Party Express • Tea Party movement
October 8th, 2010
09:10 AM ET
4 years ago

GOP slams Democrats over jobs report

(CNN) – A top House Republican is blasting the White House and congressional Democrats over the September jobs report.

The nation's economy lost 95,000 jobs in September, but the private sector gained 64,000 jobs, according to the Labor Department report released Friday. The unemployment rate stood steady last month at 9.6 percent. The September report is the last to be released before the November 2 midterm elections.
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Filed under: 2010 • Democrats • issues • Jobs • Republican
September 18th, 2010
11:24 AM ET
4 years ago

GOP address: Stop tax hikes

(CNN) – Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, says Republicans want to stop all the potential tax hikes in the weekly Republican radio and internet address.


Filed under: issues • Republican
September 16th, 2010
03:45 PM ET
4 years ago

Midterm TV ad spending could top $1 billion

Washington (CNN) - Nearly $285 million was spent by Democrats, Republicans and advocacy groups on political television commercials in the 2010 primaries, and when the dust settles on this midterm election, the final tally could reach $1 billion.

Evan Tracey, president of Campaign Media Analysis, notes history shows that three quarters of the money spent on political TV ads occurs in the final 60 days of the campaign.

The debate over health care reform helped influence the number of political commercials aired in this election cycle. Still, the possibility that Republicans have a shot of winning back the House as well as making substantial gains in the Senate has energized what was once a depressed Republican political base just 20 months ago.

Here is a quick snapshot of the spending on commercials in the primary:

House Democrats, parties and allies: $19 million
House Republicans, parties and allies: $33 million
Senate Democrats, parties and allies: $115 million
Senate Republicans, parties and allies: $117 million


Filed under: Democrats • Republican
October 7th, 2009
01:19 PM ET
5 years ago

Toomey raises over $1.5 million for the quarter

Toomey raises over $1.5 million for the quarter.
Toomey raises over $1.5 million for the quarter.

WASHINGTON (CNN)– Republican Senate candidate Pat Toomey - whose looming primary challenge helped drive former GOP Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania into the Democratic Party - raised over $1.5 million this past quarter, his campaign announced Wednesday.

Toomey has brought in over $3.1 million from over 20,000 contributors since announcing his candidacy in April, according to his campaign.

Specter's edge over Toomey in a hypothetical general election matchup appears to have evaporated: polls released last week show the two in a dead heat.


Filed under: Pat Toomey • Republican
July 7th, 2009
05:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Analysis: Is Palin the next GOP 'kingmaker'?

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's decision to step down in late July has rankled both Republicans and Democrats.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's decision to step down in late July has rankled both Republicans and Democrats.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin caught the political world by surprise when she announced that she will resign at the end of July.

Her decision has not only rankled political pundits and observers in Alaska and across the country, it has, oddly enough, united Democrats and Republicans in confusion.

But the 45-year-old governor's future could be aimed at being the ultimate GOP superstar, whether it's giving million-dollar speeches, traveling the lower 48 states on a book tour or even getting her own TV show.

Read More: Virginia and NJ Republicans non-committal on Palin

John Ridley of National Public Radio says she has the potential to be a Republican "kingmaker."

"She was never going to be president of the United States. But who's got all the sway in the Republican Party right now? It's the political pundits; it's the talk show hosts; it's the people who are not responsible to an electorate," Ridley told CNN's Campbell Brown. "I would not be surprised if around 2011 people are circling around Sarah Palin, saying, 'please, anoint us for the road to the White House.' She's never going to be president but possibly a kingmaker."

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Filed under: Republican • Sarah Palin
June 4th, 2009
05:55 PM ET
5 years ago

GOP chastises Obama's speech over Israeli-Palestinian issue

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama's speech to the Muslim world on Thursday faced mixed reaction abroad - and a very clear directive at home from Republicans and conservatives: The United States cannot ruin its relationship with Israel.

Speaking in Cairo, Egypt, the president took on the heated and controversial Palestinian-Israeli conflict by endorsing a two-state solution and urging compromise between "two peoples with legitimate aspirations."

The United States, he said, "does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements."

Those Jewish settlements are spread throughout the Palestinian-controlled West Bank. Israel maintains the settlements are needed, while Palestinians say they are an obstacle to the peace process.

Calling America's "strong bond" with Israel "unbreakable," he said, "It is based upon cultural and historical ties and the recognition that the aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in a tragic history that cannot be denied."

House Minority Leader John Boehner on Thursday blasted Obama's approach to the Israeli-Palestinian question.

"He seemed to ... place equal blame on the Israelis and the Palestinians. I have concerns about this," the Ohio Republican said. "The Israelis have the right to defend themselves."

Boehner's Republican colleague, Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, added that "there was a sense in here of a moral equivalency between those who are driving for a Palestinian state and the state of Israel."

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Filed under: President Obama • Republican
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