Burke passes on public appearance with Obama - again
August 28th, 2014
12:44 PM ET
3 months ago

Burke passes on public appearance with Obama - again

(CNN) – Mary Burke, Wisconsin's Democratic nominee for governor, will not appear in public with Barack Obama when the President travels to Milwaukee on Monday to mark Labor Day in the key 2014 battleground state.

The President and Burke are both scheduled to attend Milwaukee's annual "Laborfest" celebration, a gathering of union activists that play a critical organizing role in Democratic politics.

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Filed under: Mary Burke • President Obama • Wisconsin
Top House Republican distances GOP from new Akin rape remarks
July 11th, 2014
04:17 PM ET
4 months ago

Top House Republican distances GOP from new Akin rape remarks

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest ranking woman in the House GOP leadership, said Friday that former Rep. Todd Akin's declaration that he now regrets apologizing for his "legitimate rape" comments during the 2012 campaign do not reflect the views of the Republican Party.

"I would say that Todd Akin's comments were not reflective of the Republican Party and the Republican message," McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington, told CNN. The GOP message "is about a better future for every person in this country no matter who you are, no matter your background, and we are about protecting that opportunity for everyone."
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Filed under: Cathy McMorris Rodgers • GOP • RNC • Todd Akin
Dead for now: Kentucky bill allowing twin Paul 2016 runs
April 17th, 2014
03:13 PM ET
7 months ago

Dead for now: Kentucky bill allowing twin Paul 2016 runs

(CNN) - A bill allowing Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul to simultaneously run for the presidency and re-election to his U.S. Senate seat in 2016 died earlier this week when the Kentucky legislature adjourned for the year.

The bill had passed the Republican-controlled state Senate, but stalled in the Democratic-controlled state House of Representatives.
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Filed under: 2016 • Rand Paul
Braley dismisses Grassley's 'Iowa farmer' credentials in video clip
March 25th, 2014
05:51 PM ET
8 months ago

Braley dismisses Grassley's 'Iowa farmer' credentials in video clip

Washington (CNN) – Iowa Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley, a leading candidate for the U.S. Senate this year, was put on the defensive Tuesday by a video clip showing him warning that a Republican Senate takeover could leave the GOP's Chuck Grassley - "a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school" - in charge of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee.

If the GOP captures the Senate majority, "you might have a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school, never practiced law, serving as the next chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee," Braley says in the video.

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Kentucky GOP files legislation for twin Paul 2016 presidential, Senate bids
March 4th, 2014
05:24 PM ET
9 months ago

Kentucky GOP files legislation for twin Paul 2016 presidential, Senate bids

Updated 6:31 p.m. ET, 3/6/2014

Washington (CNN) - A top Kentucky legislative leader allied with GOP Sen. Rand Paul filed a bill Thursday pushing for changes that would allow the libertarian-leaning lawmaker to simultaneously seek both the presidency and re-election to his Senate seat in 2016.

Republican state Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer's bill says Kentucky's law prohibiting running for two offices at the same time is meant to apply only to state-level offices - not federal offices such as the presidency, the U.S. Senate or the U.S. House.

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Filed under: Kentucky • Rand Paul
Liberals claim momentum from Obama address
January 29th, 2014
01:45 PM ET
10 months ago

Liberals claim momentum from Obama address

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's decision to highlight issues like economic inequality and the minimum wage in the State of the Union address is part of a political shift that promises to benefit Democratic candidates in this year's midterms, a top liberal campaign group said on Wednesday.

Two big themes coming out of Tuesday's address are economic populism and a "new willingness to fight" entrenched conservative interests, said Adam Green of the Washington-based Progressive Change Campaign Committee.
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Filed under: President Obama • State of the Union
November 20th, 2013
07:16 AM ET
1 year ago

7 keys to the 2014 midterms

Washington (CNN) - Democratic and Republican leaders don't see eye to eye on much these days.

But political veterans on both sides of the aisle do agree on one point - the stakes are high in the rapidly approaching 2014 midterm races.

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Filed under: 2014
Rand Paul accused of Wikipedia plagiarism
October 31st, 2013
12:00 PM ET
1 year ago

Rand Paul accused of Wikipedia plagiarism

Updated 10/31/2013 at 1:57 p.m. ET

(CNN) - Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul has been accused of plagiarizing from Wikipedia, using several lines in a recent speech that are virtually identical to part of a summary of the 1997 science fiction movie "Gattaca" that had been posted on the popular web site.

While campaigning Monday at Virginia's Liberty University on behalf of that state's Republican gubernatorial nominee, Ken Cuccinelli, Paul drew a parallel between abortion rights and the use of genetics to eliminate certain types of people from society.
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Filed under: Rand Paul
June 15th, 2008
09:45 AM ET
6 years ago

Analysis: Age an issue in the 2008 campaign?

Sen. John McCain, 71, has said his age is not a factor in the presidential race.
Sen. John McCain, 71, has said his age is not a factor in the presidential race.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Is Sen. John McCain too old to be president?

Listen to some Democrats, and you'll think the 71-year-old Arizona senator is a man lost in a perpetual fog. He is "confused" and has "lost his bearings" or is "out of touch."

Listen to the McCain campaign, and you'll be convinced that Democrats are using those terms to exploit concerns that the presumptive Republican nominee is too old to effectively serve as president.

For his part, McCain tends to answer questions about his age with quips such as, "I'm older than dirt and have more scars than Frankenstein, but I've learned a few things along the way."

The first salvo of the general election's age war may have been launched in May, when Sen. Barack Obama argued in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer that McCain had "lost his bearings" while pursuing the Republican nomination.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
June 7th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Analysis: What's next for Bill Clinton?

Former President Clinton watches his wife announce that she is suspending her campaign Saturday.
Former President Clinton watches his wife announce that she is suspending her campaign Saturday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - What a long, strange, unhappy trip it's been for Bill Clinton.

When Sen. Hillary Clinton officially launched her drive for the White House 17 months ago, the former president's possibilities seemed endless. His wife's nomination by many of the party faithful was seen as a virtual certainty.

When the Clintons moved back into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., the political world would once again be Bill Clinton's oyster. Maybe even a co-presidency.

Perhaps he would get another crack at settling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Some even speculated that he would follow in the footsteps of William Howard Taft and become the second ex-president to serve on the Supreme Court.

Suddenly many of those possibilities are gone, or at least significantly reduced. The 42nd president's reputation as a master politician and respected elder statesman has been damaged. Some Clinton partisans are privately grumbling that he helped sink his wife's presidential campaign.

How did this happen? How did it all go so wrong for the man who almost single-handedly led the Democrats out of the political wilderness 16 years ago?

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton
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