Senators trade jabs one day after reaching compromise
December 18th, 2011
02:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Senators trade jabs one day after reaching compromise

(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.
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Filed under: John Boehner • President Obama • Robert Menendez • Roy Blunt • Taxes
Will the real tea party candidate please stand up?
December 16th, 2011
09:38 AM ET
2 years ago

Will the real tea party candidate please stand up?

Washington (CNN) – With Herman Cain's departure from the 2012 field of candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination, several contenders have sought to claim the "tea party candidate" mantle. But for those entrenched in the movement, none of the remaining candidates have a legitimate claim to the title.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann founded the tea party caucus in the House in 2010 and was designated one of the top 10 most conservative members of the chamber by Heritage Action, sister organization to the Heritage Foundation, an esteemed conservative think tank. She declared the tea party would "come home" to her campaign the day after Cain suspended his bid for the White House earlier this month.

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Filed under: 2012 • Tea Party
Romney uses Gingrich turn of phrase
December 15th, 2011
09:27 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney uses Gingrich turn of phrase

(CNN) – Mitt Romney turned old words into new weapons Thursday.

The former Massachusetts governor released a 30-second Web spot featuring praise of his record given by none other than his chief rival for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, Newt Gingrich.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
Sen. Rubio for vice president?
December 14th, 2011
12:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Sen. Rubio for vice president?

(CNN) – Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tops a new survey of potential GOP vice presidential picks released Wednesday.

And hot on his heels, Rep. Michele Bachmann fares better as an option for vice president than she has in recent national polls measuring support for Republican presidential contenders.
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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Marco Rubio • Michele Bachmann • Mitt Romney
Perry's back surgery didn't ail him before it did
December 14th, 2011
11:02 AM ET
2 years ago

Perry's back surgery didn't ail him before it did

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry has conflicting descriptions about uneven debate performances in the early days of his campaign.

In an interview late Tuesday, Perry admitted if he could do things differently, he'd have thought more about when to have surgery on his back.
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Filed under: 2012 • Content Partner • Debate • Rick Perry • TV-The Situation Room
O'Donnell's 'unreliable' Gingrich zing
December 14th, 2011
08:33 AM ET
2 years ago

O'Donnell's 'unreliable' Gingrich zing

(CNN) – Political 'troublemaker' Christine O'Donnell revealed she will back former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president Tuesday and touted his "executive experience and consistency" in an interview Wednesday morning, where she also took aim at Romney's rival for the GOP nomination.

O'Donnell told CNN "American Morning" anchor Carol Costello that she'd "thought a lot" about her decision and hoped her endorsement will cause others to give Romney a "second look."
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Poll reveals electability issues for GOP frontrunners
December 13th, 2011
08:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Poll reveals electability issues for GOP frontrunners

(CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich may be the top choice for Republican primary voters according to a survey released Tuesday, but in a hypothetical matchup with President Barack Obama, he’d be defeated if the general election were held today.

But former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who trails Gingrich by double digits in the poll, fares better against the incumbent president, with only two points separating him from an Obama win in the hypothetical race.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Polls • President Obama
Huntsman: I'm not going to set my hair on fire
December 13th, 2011
02:29 PM ET
2 years ago

Huntsman: I'm not going to set my hair on fire

(CNN) – Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman repeated his claim Tuesday that poll numbers haven't been on his side because he refuses to engage in political antics.

"We're in the silly season of politics," he said. "I'm not going to sign those silly pledges, I don't pander…I'm not going to set my hair on fire, I'm not going to Don Trump's debate."
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Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Jon Huntsman • New Hampshire
Poll: Voters want to throw 'em out
December 9th, 2011
11:54 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Voters want to throw 'em out

(CNN) – Anti-incumbent attitudes are more inflamed now than they have been in 19 years.

According to a Gallup poll released Friday, more than three quarters of registered voters say most members of Congress deserve to lose their jobs–the highest number since 1993, the year before the political climate resulted in a Republican "tsunami."
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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Polls
Perry declines Trump debate invite
December 8th, 2011
12:07 PM ET
2 years ago

Perry declines Trump debate invite

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry will not participate in a debate moderated by real estate mogul Donald Trump and hosted by NewsMax, his campaign announced Thursday.

Perry's Communications Director Ray Sullivan said they "respectfully declined the invitation for the December 27th debate" citing Perry's "traditional retail campaigning in the days and weeks leading up to the Iowa caucus" as top priority for the longest-running Texas governor's presidential campaign.
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Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Reince Priebus • Rick Perry • RNC
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