Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched a new ad and fundraising campaign Thursday targeting 44 House Republicans over their party's stance on Medicare and raising the debt ceiling.
The efforts, titled "Accountability August," are the latest steps taken as part of the committee's "Drive for 25" campaign to win control of the House in 2012.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's job approval rating in Florida fell after an agreement was reached between Congress and the White House to raise the debt ceiling, according to a new survey.
The Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, after the deal was announced, showed 44 percent of Sunshine State voters approved of the president and 51 percent disapproved. Between July 27 and July 31, before the deal, 44 percent of voters approved of his performance compared to the 50 percent who did not, a drop from the 51 percent who approved and 43 percent who disapproved of him in May.
(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry voiced support for a federal marriage amendment Wednesday, a departure from earlier comments in support of states' rights.
The Republican governor, who is considering a run for the White House in 2012, said he supports a federal amendment to the Constitution defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
Washington (CNN) - President Obama will head home to Chicago Wednesday for birthday-themed fundraisers.
One thousand five hundred people are expected at the historic Aragon Ballroom Wednesday night, according to Katie Hogan, deputy press secretary for Obama's re-election campaign. Attendees paid a minimum of $50 per ticket, which will flow to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint account with the Democratic National Committee and the Obama re-election campaign.
(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann launched her third television ad Wednesday in Iowa, touting her vote against an increase in the debt ceiling.
"Barack Obama has driven our economy into a ditch. Someone needs to say 'no.'" Bachmann said in the spot. "I voted against raising the debt limit because it's time to balance the budget and pay down the debt. I mean it and you can believe it."
(CNN) - Sarah Palin responded to unsubstantiated accusations that Joe Biden called the tea party "terrorists" over their role in the debt ceiling negotiation, saying President Obama should look into his own past with Bill Ayers if he wants to see "domestic terrorists."
"He didn't have a problem palling around with Bill Ayers back in the day when he kicked off his political career in Bill Ayers' apartment," the former Alaska governor said Tuesday night on Fox News. "You know, shaking hands with Chavez and saying he doesn't need any preconditions with dictators … wanting to read U.S. Miranda rights to alleged, suspected foreign terrorists."
(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain won the Western Conservative Summit 2011 Denver Presidential Straw Poll Sunday, 35 points ahead of second-place finisher Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has yet to announce a bid for the White House.
Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza and radio host, received 48 percent followed by Perry with 13 percent; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania with 10 percent and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann with 9 percent. Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, who has said he will decide about a 2012 bid by September, received 4 percent. The other declared and non-declared candidates garnered fewer than 4 percent support.
Washington (CNN) - Gene Sperling, the director of President Obama's National Economic Council, said Sunday the White House will accept a compromise that only contains mutually acceptable spending cuts, as part of the initial deficit reduction package.
Sperling, who has been at the center of the ongoing negotiations between the White House and Congressional leaders, said the second phase of the plan would tackle more significant deficit reduction, entitlement reform and tax reform that raises revenues.
Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. John Thune isn't ready to rule out the No. 2 spot on the GOP presidential ticket in 2012.
When asked Sunday if he would consider the vice presidency, the South Dakota senator said, "I don't think you rule any options out in politics."
Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday he is not ready to vote for the debt ceiling compromise, but that the Republican Party can declare "limited" victory in the negotiations.
The South Carolina senator said he supports the decision to pay for future debt increases dollar for dollar, but that the agreement fails to address entitlement changes or reduce the size and scope of government.