Tea party groups target Senate after presidential 'disappointments'
March 29th, 2012
11:59 AM ET
2 years ago

Tea party groups target Senate after presidential 'disappointments'

Washington (CNN) - After six terms in the Senate, Indiana's Richard Lugar finds himself the latest target of the tea party movement's desire both to have more influence over the policy agenda in Congress and to make the Republican Party more conservative.

"He's an old RINO Republican," Jim Bratten, an Indiana coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, said of Lugar, meaning he's a Republican in name only. "He's been there [in Washington] for over 36 years, but gradually he's gotten closer and closer to the left, and he seems to want to compromise on things that are principle that you really can't compromise on."

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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Senate • Tea Party movement
March 4th, 2012
12:53 PM ET
2 years ago

Snowe retirement a blow to Senate's 'sensible center'

Washington (CNN) - When Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine rocked the political world with her announcement that she would not seek a fourth term in the Senate, she was forthright in expressing her frustration with "an atmosphere of polarization" in politics.

But for all her transparency, it was one of Snowe's Senate colleagues who perhaps best summed up her motivation for deciding to end her decades-long tenure on Capitol Hill.

"I think she lost hope," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, told CNN.

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Filed under: Congress • Olympia Snowe
Conservatives see tough challenges on road to White House
February 9th, 2012
07:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Conservatives see tough challenges on road to White House

Washington (CNN) - Republicans looking to take back the White House in November face a challenging political environment, a trio of conservative political observers said Thursday at an annual gathering of conservative activists.

The recent controversy over health insurance coverage for contraception may help to turn out Catholic swing voters in key states, but the observers also said the Republican Party would do well to have its own positive agenda and clear messaging if it wants to unseat President Barack Obama.

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Filed under: 2012 • CPAC
Super PACs' money could tip balance of power in Congress
January 26th, 2012
01:11 PM ET
3 years ago

Super PACs' money could tip balance of power in Congress

Washington (CNN) - The 2010 Supreme Court ruling that allows unlimited contributions by corporations and unions has already affected the 2012 presidential campaign. But it could play a larger part in the balance of power in Congress this fall.

Voters in three states have been bombarded with television and Web advertising, automated phone calls and direct mailing, most of it directed against a candidate rather than in support of one. And in Florida, which votes Tuesday, spending is going up by the day.

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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Fundraising
Jon Stewart defends controversial book about Obamas
January 17th, 2012
05:07 PM ET
3 years ago

Jon Stewart defends controversial book about Obamas

Washington (CNN) - If you think the more than weeklong controversy over a new book about the first couple had died down, well, you'd be wrong.

"Daily Show" host Jon Stewart joined the fray on his program Monday night.

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Filed under: 2012 • Jon Stewart • Michelle Obama • President Obama
Could newspaper endorsements make the difference in New Hampshire?
January 10th, 2012
08:25 AM ET
3 years ago

Could newspaper endorsements make the difference in New Hampshire?

Washington (CNN) - "The quirkiest of Republican presidential primary seasons is about to become serious - deadly serious . . . "

That's how the Boston Herald began its December 28, 2011, editorial endorsing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's bid for the Republican presidential nomination. The editorial went on to refer to the "clown car nature" of the GOP presidential field and to the "deeply flawed candidacies of Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, and finally Newt Gingrich."

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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Republicans
Can Perry afford to pass on debates?
October 28th, 2011
08:07 AM ET
3 years ago

Can Perry afford to pass on debates?

(CNN) - After a string of disappointing debate performances, the presidential campaign of Texas Gov. Rick Perry is signaling that Perry might be dialing back his participation in several planned televised Republican presidential primary debates.

The new tack raises the question: Can a major candidate with a track record of weak debate performances pass on nationally televised debates?

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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry
Once a long shot, Cain's surge continues
October 15th, 2011
11:35 AM ET
3 years ago

Once a long shot, Cain's surge continues

Washington (CNN) - As the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination has come into sharper focus, an unlikely figure has emerged - former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain.

A CNN poll of polls indicates that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is on top of the GOP field of candidates at 23%, and Cain is just three points behind. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who was a front-runner in the national polls from late August through much of September, trails Cain at 14%. The CNN poll of polls is an average of the latest four national surveys in the GOP race. It was compiled and released Thursday,

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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain
Top Republican sees possible compromise on corporate taxes
October 9th, 2011
11:54 AM ET
3 years ago

Top Republican sees possible compromise on corporate taxes

Washington (CNN) - A leading Republican on fiscal and economic issues said Sunday that, in the midst of rampant disagreement in Washington about how best to turn around the faltering economy, he thinks the White House, Democrats, and his party may be able to reach a compromise on corporate tax rates.

Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, noted that in a recent speech President Obama spotlighted business tax reform and passage of trade agreements as two areas where agreement might be reached and legislative action could be taken soon. "Great," he said. "We agree with those. Let's do those. We're bringing these trade agreements up next week in the House. I think we'll pass these things."

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Filed under: Congress • Economy • Paul Ryan
What's behind the rise of Cain?
October 7th, 2011
06:12 PM ET
3 years ago

What's behind the rise of Cain?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination has begun to come into sharper focus, an unlikely figure has emerged.

"Herman Cain is surprising us all," Amy Kremer, chairman of the Tea Party Express, told CNN. Kremer quickly added that her organization is not ready to support a candidate yet and the tea party movement "hasn't really coalesced behind anybody."

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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain
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