(CNN) - In one of the White House’s more elaborate photo-ops surrounding the ongoing fiscal cliff standoff, President Obama Thursday ventured nine miles west of Washington, D.C., to sit down with what his aides described as a “middle class family” in Falls Church, Virginia.
“For them to be burdened unnecessarily because Democrats and Republicans aren’t coming together to solve this problem gives you a sense of the costs involved in very personal terms,” the president told reporters flanked by members of the Santana family in their living room.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – With the leaders in Washington locked in a fiscal cliff standoff, President Barack Obama will visit a “middle class” home in Northern Virginia on Thursday to promote his proposal in the negotiations, according to the White House.
A member of this particular family, the White House said, engaged in the administration’s #My2K Twitter campaign over the last week that encouraged Americans to ask questions of the president and share how the money saved by extending the Bush-era tax cuts for 98% of Americans would impact their lives.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Democrat Tom Perriello announced his decision not to run for governor of Virginia next year, making room for what is expected to be a race between former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe and Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
(CNN) - Two high-profile senators disagreed Sunday on the president's deficit-reduction proposal but expressed optimism that a deal can be reached before Congress hits an end-of-the year deadline to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.
Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire discounted the plan presented by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on Thursday, saying on CNN's "State of the Union" that the proposal was a "rerun" that resembled previous policies President Barack Obama has put forward, yet failed to see through in the Senate.
Washington (CNN) – Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling dropped his bid for the Virginia governorship late Tuesday, a move that clears a path to the Republican nomination for his primary opponent Ken Cuccinelli.
"I know that my decision will surprise most people and disappoint many people, but I'm confident it is the right decision," Bolling wrote in a statement released Wednesday morning. "I hope that my friends and supporters, as well as those who have chosen to support Mr. Cuccinelli, will respect and appreciate the reasons for my decision."
Washington (CNN) - Mark Warner is sticking with Congress.
The first term Democratic Senator from Virginia announced Tuesday that he won't make a bid next year for his old job as the state's governor.
"I loved being Governor, but I have a different job now - and it's here, in the United States Senate," Warner said in a statement, citing a commitment he made to go to Washington and "be a problem solver."
Washington (CNN) - Terry McAuliffe is quickly building his campaign for Virginia governor.
A week after the former Democratic National Committee chairman and former top adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton announced that he'll make a second run for Virginia governor, he has hired a campaign manager and deputy campaign manager.
(CNN) - These are the kind of numbers any politician would like.
Fifty-three percent of Virginia voters approve of the job Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is doing in office, with just 26% giving him a thumbs down, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.
(CNN) – Take a larger than life governor who may have designs on the White House and a battleground state crucial in presidential politics, and guess what: 2013 might not be as quiet a political year as you thought.
New Jersey and Virginia are the only two states to hold gubernatorial contests in the year after a presidential election, and in both states, the campaign clocks are already ticking.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - If Mark Warner wants back his old job as Virginia governor, a new poll suggests it may be his for the taking.