October 10th, 2012
03:30 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN Exclusive: How Ryan sharpens debate skills

(CNN) – As Rep. Paul Ryan prepares for his first and only showdown with Vice President Joe Biden, the GOP vice presidential nominee tells CNN in an exclusive interview that he knows what it takes to meticulously prepare for a big event.

A proud and experienced hunter, the Wisconsin congressman is used to going to great lengths to sharpen his game.
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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Paul Ryan • Presidential Debates
Romney's sparring partner offers glimpse into GOP debate prep
October 3rd, 2012
06:58 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney's sparring partner offers glimpse into GOP debate prep

(CNN) - Republican Sen. Rob Portman gets so into character playing Barack Obama during debate prep that his performance four years ago sparring with then-GOP presidential candidate John McCain made his wife, Cindy, run out of the room crying.

"Part of your responsibility in these debates is to be tougher so the candidate you are helping is ready for the worst of it - so you have to be mean. You need to get under their skin. Sometimes the candidate you are working with doesn't appreciate it, and even more often, their family doesn't appreciate it," Portman told CNN in an exclusive interview.

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Presidential Debate • Rob Portman
Akin passes on last chance to drop out, Republicans write off Senate seat
September 25th, 2012
08:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Akin passes on last chance to drop out, Republicans write off Senate seat

Washington (CNN) - Instead giving in to fellow Republicans desperate for him to drop out of the Missouri Senate race, a defiant Todd Akin gathered conservative supporters and launched a campaign bus tour.

"I have one purpose going into November and that's replacing [Democratic Senator] Claire McCaskill," the congressman said to an applauding crowd in St. Louis on Tuesday, the last day state law permitted him to remove his name from the ballot.

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Filed under: Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Senate
FIRST TO CNN: Another GOP senator distances himself from Romney 47% comments
September 19th, 2012
01:41 PM ET
2 years ago

FIRST TO CNN: Another GOP senator distances himself from Romney 47% comments

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada became the latest Republican in a tight race of his own to distance himself from Mitt Romney's caught-on-tape comments writing off, and dismissing, 47% of Americans who will support President Barack Obama "no matter what."

"I have five brothers and sisters. My father was an auto mechanic; my mother was a school cook. I have a very different view of the world and as a United States senator I think I represent everybody, and I think every vote is important," Heller remarked in a hallway off the Senate floor.
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Filed under: 2012 • Dean Heller • Mitt Romney
GOP senator questions timing of Romney statement
September 12th, 2012
06:06 PM ET
2 years ago

GOP senator questions timing of Romney statement

Washington (CNN) - Indiana Republican Dan Coats, a senator with experience as U.S. ambassador, questioned the timing of Mitt Romney's statement which slammed the Obama Administration for sympathizing with protests in Egypt instead of condemning them. He also questioned the timing of a statement issued by the U.S. embassy in Egypt.

"Making a knee jerk or quick political responses or knee jerk policy response – usually you have to amend that – so before we jump to too many conclusions and throw things out that aren't necessarily the best solution in the way they addressed the problem – let's assess all that," Coats told CNN in an interview Wednesday.
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Filed under: 2012 • Dan Coats • Libya • Mitt Romney
McConnell sidesteps Romney diss with a smile
September 11th, 2012
04:45 PM ET
2 years ago

McConnell sidesteps Romney diss with a smile

Washington (CNN) – Often, a person's body language says more than words.

That appeared true Tuesday afternoon when Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell forced a big smile instead of responding to a CNN question about Mitt Romney's weekend comments criticizing fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill.
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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Mitch McConnell • Mitt Romney
Mayor Castro to focus on Mexican American family experience in DNC speech
September 4th, 2012
01:06 PM ET
2 years ago

Mayor Castro to focus on Mexican American family experience in DNC speech

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – Thirty-seven-year-old San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who's set to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic convention Tuesday night, said he will talk about the American Dream achieved by connecting different generations.

Castro, who was walking outside the convention hall with his brother and friends, said he'll talk about his grandmother coming from Mexico to build a life in the United States, and passing her fortitude down to her daughter, his mother.
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Ryan to 'deconstruct' Obama agenda
August 29th, 2012
04:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan to 'deconstruct' Obama agenda

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan will "deconstruct" President Barack Obama's campaign agenda in a tough, direct manner during his speech at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night, according to a Republican source familiar with Ryan's speech.

The congressman will spend most of the policy section of his remarks on the economic issues that are in his wheel house. About a third of that will be on the stimulus program enacted in 2009 and a third will about the federal debt.
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Filed under: 2012 • Paul Ryan • Republican National Convention
August 22nd, 2012
09:13 AM ET
2 years ago

Sources: Republicans prepare to 'grind it out' as Akin stays in

Washington (CNN) – Republicans are preparing to, in the words of one senior GOP source, “grind it out for a while” after embattled U.S. Rep. Todd Akin declared he was remaining in the race for U.S. Senate in Missouri despite calls from his party’s leadership to step aside.

Republican officials said Wednesday that they do not expect Akin to bow out of his race against Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill in the next few days and aren’t sure if he’ll ever drop his bid. They are, however, monitoring a few crucial dynamics in the race that will play out in the days ahead.
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Filed under: Abortion • Missouri • Senate
August 7th, 2012
09:26 AM ET
2 years ago

Reid's Romney tax claims put GOP in a bind

Washington (CNN) - Republican sources say they're in a Catch-22 situation on how to reply to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's claims that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney went 10 years without paying taxes.

They understand that they're taking Reid's bait and that responding to his unsubstantiated claims against Romney to keeps alive the issue of Romney's refusing to release his tax returns.

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Filed under: 2012 • Harry Reid • Mitt Romney
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