(CNN) – The White House and Congressional Democrats are using a Senate vote on Wednesday to try and force Congressional action on a tax cut compromise. At issue is President Obama’s proposal to extend only Bush-era tax cuts on income below $250,000 a year, while allowing cuts for everything over that threshold to expire at the end of the year.
In anticipation of the vote, the National Economic Council released a study on Tuesday surveying the economic effects of the president’s plan, and Vice President Joe Biden held a rare conference call with reporters to hammer home the significance of finding a compromise.FULL STORY
Austin, Texas (CNN) - During his third fundraiser of the day Tuesday evening, President Barack Obama defended his top domestic policy achievement and pushed back against one of the most popular attack lines coming from his Republican opponents.
"We are not rolling back health care reform," Obama said. "The Supreme Court has spoken. We are moving forward."
San Antonio, Texas (CNN) – President Barack Obama took his campaign to one of the reddest states in the country on Tuesday, telling a crowd of roughly 1,200 supporters at a lunch-time fundraiser here that while he may not win their home state in November, Texas Democrats should be optimistic about the future.
“You’re not considered one of the battleground states, but that’s going to be changing soon,” Obama said to applause, referring to Texas’ changing demographics that many analysts predict may help shift the state’s political leaning.FULL STORY
(CNN) - President Barack Obama weighed in Friday on the controversy surrounding when Mitt Romney surrendered leadership of his former financial firm, Bain Capital, saying he thinks the Republican candidate should address questions that have been raised.
Virginia Beach, Virginia (CNN) – Once again setting up this election as a battle between "different visions" for the future of America, President Barack Obama took his campaign to Virginia on Friday and questioned Republicans' commitment to one of their central campaign themes.
Repeating his pledge to let lower tax rates for upper-income workers expire at the end of the year, the president said that his opponents' disagreement means they're not determined to reduce the nation's deficit.
(CNN) – Just hours before the Supreme Court was to announce the fate of President Barack Obama's most significant legislative accomplishment, members of Congress from both sides of the aisle brought their families to the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday night for the annual Congressional picnic.
The president addressed the bipartisan crowd on a stage set for the Marine Corps Band, and as he has done in years past, he made a special point to thank the political families in attendance.FULL STORY
Boston, Massachusetts (CNN) – During a fund-raiser at Symphony Hall here on Monday night, President Barack Obama touched on a sore subject while joking with the crowd prior to diving into his prepared remarks.
“Boston, I just want to say thank you for Youkilis,” Obama said, referencing former Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis who was traded on Sunday to the Chicago White Sox – the president’s favorite baseball team.
Boston, Massachusetts (CNN) – The president's campaign visit to Durham, New Hampshire on Monday was almost derailed due to the substantial cost that a town must incur to beef up security in accordance with US Secret Service demands.
When the Obama campaign informed Durham officials on Thursday morning that it had been selected as the site for the president's rally on Monday, Town Administrator Todd Selig sent a formal request on behalf of the Durham Town Council that the campaign reimburse the town for any security-related costs incurred during the president's visit.
Durham, New Hampshire – President Barack Obama confronted his critics head-on during an address at Oyster River High School here on Monday, redirecting attack lines most often aimed at him and turning them against his opponents instead.
“This is going to be a close election, and from now until November the other side will spend more money then at any time in American history,” Obama said. “And almost all of it will be on ads that tell you the economy’s bad. It’s all Obama’s fault. He can’t fix it because he thinks government’s always the answer, because he doesn’t have the experience of making a lot of money in the private sector, and because he’s in over his head.”FULL STORY
(CNN) - With Mitt Romney's victories in the April 24 Republican primaries, a new phase of the campaign began at Obama re-election headquarters in Chicago. After a year spent hiring staff and building an organization, Obama for America finally had what it had been waiting for: an opponent.
"The monologue is over," Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said the day after Romney's conclusive five-state primary sweep. "Now Romney has to put his record and his agenda up against the president's, and we look forward to that debate. The general election might just be starting, but we've been at this for more than a year in Chicago."FULL STORY