Washington (CNN) – Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis resigned her post Wednesday, offering no specific reason but that she "enjoyed my first opportunity in years to reflect on the past and my future" over the holidays.
"Leaving the department is one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made, because I have taken our mission to heart," she wrote in a letter to colleagues obtained by CNN. "As the daughter of parents who worked in factories, paid their union dues and achieved their goal of a middle class life, and as the first Latina to head a major federal agency, it has been an incredible honor to serve."
Washington (CNN) - Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are tentatively set to meet on May 4th, two senior Santorum strategists confirmed Tuesday. Among the issues they will discuss is a possible endorsement by Santorum, his role as a Romney surrogate and conservative policy issues going forward.
Santorum's goal is to have a policy-oriented session in which he tries to find a "comfort level" about the role "social conservatives, tea party activists and blue collar Republicans will play in the campaign and in the Romney administration," John Brabender, a senior strategist for the Santorum campaign, told CNN. Even so, he said, "we are not walking in there with a litmus test. This is meant to be a candid conversation."
Washington (CNN) - To hear Paul Ryan explain it, there's just one way to cope with becoming the Democrats' favorite man to hate: "I gave fear up for Lent this year," Ryan told CNN during an extensive interview.
And he's not kidding.
Janesville, Wisconsin (CNN) - House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan was on his annual summer camping trip with his family last month and then the quiet of the woods was interrupted.
"All of these stories started exploding saying whether I was going to run for President or not," the Republican congressman told CNN in his first television interview since re-affirming his decision he would not seek his party's presidential nomination.
(CNN)–He thinks he could have won, but he is still not interested in the job.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who announced last month he would not seek the Republican presidential nomination, told CNN, “I don’t believe in looking back, so no, I think we made the right and only decision for our family and I’ve got plenty to keep me busy and occupied.”