Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri ratcheted up the pressure on the other over the fiscal cliff negotiations in their weekly addresses on Saturday.
They sounded optimistic tones about a deal, spoke of the dire consequences of failure, but offered no suggestion the talks had progressed since Friday, when the rhetoric was the same.
(CNN) - Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, said Sunday that Todd Akin "very well may win" the Senate race in Missouri. He said voters are more concerned with the Senate's performance than with the Missouri congressman's embattled candidacy.
"Frankly, I think that anybody else would have been a candidate that clearly would have won, and Todd very well may win," Blunt said on CNN's "State of the Union."
(CNN) - President Barack Obama used his weekly address Saturday to begin pressuring Congress to extend a provision that would keep interest rates on federally subsidized student loans at a low 3.4%.
The address kicks off an effort by the White House to convince Congress to extend the measure, which was passed with bipartisan support five years ago.
(CNN) – One day after the Senate voted 89-10 in favor of a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut, two senators argued Sunday about whether the House of Representatives wanted to move forward on the legislation.
On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, accused House Republicans of playing politics and “itching for a fight with Democrats in the White House” while they undermined tax relief provided in the Senate measure.
Washington (CNN) - It was tea party vs. the establishment in a closely-watched race for an obscure Senate Republican leadership post - and the establishment won.
Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, a former top leader in the House and long time presence on Capitol Hill, defeated tea party-backed Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin for the fifth-ranking Republican leadership position in the Senate Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Just as Hurricane Irene was slamming the East Coast, the political rhetoric was approaching category 5 strength in other parts of the country.
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann joked at a campaign event in Florida that the disaster was a sign from God that federal spending was out of control.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Republican Rep. Roy Blunt has won the Missouri Senate seat left vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Kit Bond, CNN projects. Blunt defeated Democrat Robin Carnahan, the secretary of state with a family history in Missouri politics. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.
(CNN) - Rep. Roy Blunt holds a double digit lead over Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan in the state's Senate battle, according to a new poll.
A CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday indicates that 53 percent of likely voters support the seven term Republican congressman, with four in ten backing Carnahan, the Democrat's nominee, in a fight between two of Missouri's leading political dynasties.
Washington (CNN) - Fox News has sued the Senate campaign of Democrat Robin Carnahan in Missouri, claiming improper use of an interview by the cable channel with her opponent Roy Blunt for a "smear ad."
The 2006 interview with Fox's Chris Wallace was used in a recent Carnahan ad, implying the journalist was supporting Blunt – a Republican congressman. The lawsuit says Wallace, as host of "Fox News Sunday," had asked Blunt about the congressman's efforts to become a permanent House Majority Leader. He served in that post in an interim fashion from 2005-06.
In a lawsuit filed in Kansas City Thursday, Fox News claims copyright infringement and invasion of Wallace's privacy. In a 14-page filing, the Democrat's campaign was accused of violating "FNC's valuable and proprietary creative expression" by using the news clip without permission. "The Carnahan ad is designed to make it appear as if Wallace- a trusted journalist- is instead speaking as a campaign operative," said the complaint.
Read the lawsuit here
(Updated at 8:40 p.m. ET)
(CNN) - The Democratic Senatorial campaign committee is out Saturday with a new attack ad that paints senior Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt as a symbol of Washington insider politics and condemns the Senate candidate for voting for the federal government's massive bailout of the financial industry in 2008.
"A culture of corruption and special interests where Missouri gets left behind," the DSCC's ad says. "And, when our economy collapsed, Washington is where Roy Blunt took the lead and voted for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout."
The bill passed largely due to the support of Democrats - 172 of them voted for the bailout package. It passed the House in October 2008 with 263 votes and with members of both parties split on the issue.
The 30-second television ad calls Blunt "one of Congress' most corrupt politicians," a reference to the unflattering designation bestowed upon him in 2005 and 2006 by the advocacy group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.