Hagel expected to be nominated as Defense Secretary
January 4th, 2013
05:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Hagel expected to be nominated as Defense Secretary

Washington (CNN) – President Obama is expected to nominate former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel as the next Defense Secretary, sources familiar with the matter told CNN. The nomination is likely to occur early next week, other sources told CNN.

The White House told some senior members of Congress to expect the tapping of Hagel, according to a knowledgeable source. Another source with knowledge of the nomination called it "locked down."
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Borger: Fiscal cliff was bound to collapse
January 3rd, 2013
11:38 AM ET
2 years ago

Borger: Fiscal cliff was bound to collapse

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is CNN's chief political analyst, appearing regularly on shows such as "AC360˚," "The Situation Room" and "State of the Union."

Washington (CNN) - So I remember thinking, when Congress and President Obama concocted the supercommittee on the deficit - and the fiscal cliff as a last resort if all else failed - that it was a generally boneheaded, albeit necessary, idea.

Conceived in desperation as a way to come up with a deal to raise the debt ceiling (and pay our bills) in the summer of 2011, it seemed like the only way out: a way to agree to do what needed to be done in the short term and to force action in the long term on the bigger picture.

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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff
Senate Intelligence Chairwoman calls Petraeus' resignation 'tragic'
November 9th, 2012
05:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Senate Intelligence Chairwoman calls Petraeus' resignation 'tragic'

Washington (CNN) - Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN CIA Director David Petraeus' resignation is "tragic for this human being" and for the country. "He loved the job, had a big design for the job," she said.

Feinstein also made the point that "people are going to say he's a scapegoat for Benghazi and that's absolutely false," referring to the controversy over the timeline of the terror attack at the U.S. mission in Libya that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. "I know what the personal story is. It is not a cover up."
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Filed under: 2012 • David Petraeus • Dianne Feinstein
Romney campaign aims to recalibrate around economic message
September 20th, 2012
04:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney campaign aims to recalibrate around economic message

Washington (CNN) – In response to sagging battleground polls and criticism from some Republican party insiders, the Romney campaign – as part of its recalibration – intends to get more specific with its economic message, trying to reach out to the increasing number of voters who believe Mitt Romney doesn't understand their problems.

In interviews with senior Romney advisers and outsiders close to the campaign, the emerging strategy appears to boil down to a simple point: "We need to reassure Americans that Romney can fix things, and he (President Obama) can't," says one campaign insider. "Voters already believe Romney has a better chance of fixing the economy. We have to tell them just how it will be better for them."
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Filed under: 2012 • Economy • Mitt Romney
September 18th, 2012
03:28 PM ET
2 years ago

Borger: What’s wrong with Romney the candidate

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is CNN's chief political analyst, appearing regularly on shows such as "AC360˚" "The Situation Room," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."

(CNN) - In watching Mitt Romney's painful - and self-destructive - gaffe about the "47 percenters," it at first seemed inexplicable, as if the man was writing off half of the electorate.

Never mind that the self-declared "victims" he's talking about include seniors (who actually voted Republican in 2010) and veterans (many of whom might be inclined to vote for the GOP). Or that they're also people who work hard and pay their payroll taxes, and might be getting some tax benefits for their children.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
August 11th, 2012
10:02 AM ET
2 years ago

Exclusive: How Romney chose his running mate

Washington (CNN) – Beth Myers has long been Mitt Romney's most trusted political adviser, so it's no surprise that he tasked her with the job of helping him find the right running mate

In an exclusive interview with CNN earlier this week, Myers described to CNN what the process entailed.
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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan
August 11th, 2012
06:17 AM ET
2 years ago

Video: Paul Ryan up close

(CNN) - A closer look at Rep. Paul Ryan from CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger.


Filed under: 2012 • Paul Ryan
Romney campaign expected to launch multipronged effort to rebut attacks
July 17th, 2012
08:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney campaign expected to launch multipronged effort to rebut attacks

Washington (CNN) – In the face of a barrage of negative ads about Bain Capital–as well as calls from Republicans for Mitt Romney to release more years of tax returns–expect the Romney campaign to launch a multipronged offensive to fight back.

There is some acknowledgement inside the campaign, according to sources, that the attacks by the Obama re-election team have begun to drive up Romney's negative ratings. While the national horserace numbers have not moved, there is a sense that the underlying numbers are showing some changes–and not in a good way.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bain Capital • Mitt Romney
Romney team defiant in response to Bain attack
July 12th, 2012
07:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney team defiant in response to Bain attack

Boston (CNN) – Senior advisers to Mitt Romney's campaign are calling the latest round of Bain attacks from Team Obama "an act of desperation" and "beyond the pale."

"Either they don't understand what they are talking about or they are completely reckless," a senior Romney adviser tells CNN.
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Filed under: Bain Capital • Mitt Romney
Borger: Will Obama's attacks on Romney backfire?
May 23rd, 2012
12:27 PM ET
3 years ago

Borger: Will Obama's attacks on Romney backfire?

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is CNN's chief political analyst, appearing regularly on shows such as "AC360°", "The Situation Room," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."

(CNN) - As the presidential campaign veers off onto the Bain Capital ramp, the predictable arguments ensue: Is the turn simply a political attack meant to distract from bad economic news? (So says Mitt Romney). Or is it an important, valid argument at the heart of the contest? (So says President Barack Obama.)

Distill all the arguments down to an essential core, and they're really about one thing: experience. As in, does past experience matter? Is it an indicator of future behavior? Or of your values? And if you behaved one way at another job in your past, what does that tell us about how you would behave as president? Finally, should your previous experience (or lack of it) in any way disqualify you from the presidency?

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • President Obama
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