Washington (CNN) - It is not a good sign when your high profile political allies have to spend their day explaining and clarifying what you said.
But that's what happened in conversation after conversation with Republican senators on Wednesday as they tried to verbally navigate their way through requests for reaction to Mitt Romney's secretly recorded comments writing off - and dismissing – 47% of Americans who will support President Barack Obama "no matter what."
St. Charles, Missouri (CNN) - Fresh off the heels of Rep. Todd Akin's controversial comments, his constituents in Missouri's 2nd Congressional District seemed to share mixed feelings on his response and whether they'll be supporting him or not in his bid to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
"I cringed," Beverly Johnson said from the front porch of the store she works at in historic St. Charles.
(CNN) – The nation's largest tea party political action committee, the Tea Party Express, is calling on Rep. Todd Akin to step down as Missouri's Republican nominee for a Senate seat on Monday following controversial comments the congressman made about rape.
Answering a question about whether he thought abortion should be legal in cases of rape, Akin said in an interview Sunday that in instances of "legitimate rape" the female body has ways of stopping a potential pregnancy. Video of the interview was posted online by the liberal super PAC American Bridge.
Denver (CNN) – Ohio Sen. Rob Portman threw cold water on the idea of becoming Mitt Romney's running mate on Wednesday, saying he thinks he'll "end up staying" in the Senate.
"I just got elected two years ago. I think that's where I'm going to end up staying," Portman said when asked his thoughts about possibly leaving the Senate and becoming vice president.
Washington (CNN)- The House GOP is coming under increasing fire from fellow Republicans in the Senate for the payroll tax standoff with Democrats – which many in the GOP see as a growing political debacle.
Multiple Senate GOP sources told CNN that frustration with their counterparts in the House is mounting.
Washington (CNN) - A group of Republican senators unveiled job creation legislation Thursday that is designed to be a policy and political counterpoint to the Democratic measures President Obama has pressured Republicans to pass.
Built around well-known GOP principles to shrink the footprint of Washington on the economy by cutting taxes, spending, and federal regulations, Republicans believe having actual legislation they can point to will weaken the president's charge that Republicans aren't doing enough to create jobs.
Washington (CNN) – With his $447 billion jobs bill stalled in the Senate , President Obama on Wednesday previewed several of the attack lines he will level in the coming weeks against Senate Republicans who put the brakes on the legislation from moving forward.
“Last night even though a majority of senators voted in favor of the American Jobs Act, a Republican minority got together and blocked this jobs bill from passing the Senate,” Obama told Latino community leaders at an event in Washington. “They said no to more jobs for teachers. No to more jobs for cops and firefighters. No to more jobs construction workers and veterans. No to tax cuts for small business owners and middle class Americans.”
Washington (CNN) - In response to President Barack Obama's repeated calls for Congress to pass his jobs bill right away, Senate Republicans tried to call his bluff and force a quick vote on that legislation Tuesday.
The move, which Democrats blocked, was designed by Republicans to highlight that even some Democratic senators oppose the president's plan and it can't pass.
Washington (CNN) – Senate Republicans offered a politically inspired fallback option to the debt ceiling impasse Tuesday, proposing three short-term increases in the amount the government can borrow while at the same time registering the disapproval of Congress for such a move.
The proposal is certain to be rejected by President Barack Obama and Democrats. Obama said Monday he would reject any short-term extension of the debt ceiling.
(CNN) – Goodwin Liu, a California law professor nominated by President Barack Obama for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, asked Thursday for his name to be withdrawn after Senate Republicans had invoked a rarely used filibuster to block a final floor vote.
"With no possibility of an up-or-down vote on the horizon, my family and I have decided that it is time for us to regain the ability to make plans for the future," Liu said in a letter to Obama. The letter was provided to CNN by a source at the University of California Law School, where Liu teaches.