(CNN)- GOP 2012 presidential hopeful Rick Santorum struck back at criticism of his decision to sign a controversial marriage pledge earlier this week, maintaining that the vow solidifies his commitment to campaign promises.
"When we sign these pledges, that is what we are doing, solemnizing our words," former Pennsylvania Sen. Santorum wrote in a USA Today editorial published Thursday. "We are asking our fellow citizens for the most precious commitment they can give in a democracy: their vote. In turn, it shouldn't be too much to ask that we offer a guarantee as well. With all candidates say and do, we should not shrink from offering our civic commitments, either."
Washington (CNN) - 2010 California Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina was named the National Republican Senatorial Committee's new vice chair on Tuesday.
"I look forward to working with Carly to elect strong Republican Senators who will finally put a stop to President Obama's failed tax-and-spend agenda, and instead promote the economic growth and job creation Americans so badly need," Committee Chairman, Texas Sen. John Cornyn said in a statement released Tuesday.
Washington (CNN)- Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann says that increasing the debt ceiling won’t solve the country’s fiscal woes.
“The government hasn’t gone on a diet, it’s private business that has gone on a diet and it’s time to have tough love and just do the opposite. It’s federal government that needs to go on a diet,” Bachmann told Fox’s Bill O’Reilly on Monday.
Washington (CNN) - In the midst of ongoing debt talks, the liberal-leaning Progressive Change Campaign Committee is urging people not to donate their time or money to President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign if he agrees to cuts in Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.
More than 160,000 people have pledged to withhold support for Obama in 2012 if concessions in Social Security or health care are made, according to the PCCC.
Washington (CNN)- Astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, put rumors to rest Friday that he may run for political office.
“Gabby is the politician in the family. I’m the space guy and I see no reason to change that,” Kelly said during a National Press Club event on NASA activities.
(CNN) Glenn Beck's farewell show Thursday had the usual elements of long monologues and chalkboards, aside from one usual theme- the host did not shed a tear.
The conservative pundit capitalized on the popularity of his nightly Fox News program and foreshadowed big plans for the future, telling viewers, "This show has become a movement. It's not a TV show. And that's why it doesn't belong on television anymore. It belongs in your home. It belongs in your neighborhoods. Not really television."
(CNN)- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel showed his support for the recently passed New York same-sex marriage law telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an interview Wednesday he would support similar legislation in Illinois.
"I would hope that the state would move in that direction" Emanuel said. "Tremendous progress has been made across the country on a value statement and I think that's very important."
(CNN) - Bristol Palin said her mother, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has made up her mind about whether to run for president in 2012- but didn't reveal the decision.
"She definitely knows," Bristol said Tuesday during an appearance on Fox News. "We've talked about it before. Some things just need to stay in the family."
Washington (CNN) - An effort to pay off Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign debt gives two lucky winners the chance to spend a day in the Big Apple with the current secretary of state's husband, former President Bill Clinton.
By contributing as little as $10 online, people are entered to win a trip for two to New York for a day of adventure with the 42nd president. This will be the second time Bill Clinton has raffled off his time to help pay down his wife's 2008 obligations. He made a similar jaunt last year when the debt total was at $700,000.
(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said he perceives Mitt Romney's well-funded campaign as more of a threat than the man himself, according to The Daily Caller.
"We've got to beat Mitt Romney's money, not Mitt Romney," the radio talk show host said in an article published Saturday.