A debt deal and a middle squeeze
August 1st, 2011
06:10 PM ET
3 years ago

A debt deal and a middle squeeze

Washington (CNN)-With "sacred cows" on the table for both parties in the debt deal brokered between Democrats and Republicans, it's no wonder protests are drowning out cheers.

But the loudest protests are being hurled on the same side of the aisle, as Democrats accuse their own leaders of "capitulating" while Republicans say their leadership has accepted a deal that doesn't do enough.
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Filed under: Club for Growth • Congress • Debt • Deficit • MoveOn
Lone Dem Senator pledges to oppose both debt ceiling proposals
July 28th, 2011
07:59 PM ET
3 years ago

Lone Dem Senator pledges to oppose both debt ceiling proposals

Washington (CNN)–Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin vowed he would not vote for the Republican, plan to raise the nation's debt ceiling Thursday. But he won't vote for the Democratic-backed plan either.

"Washington may be broken, but it will not break me," he said in a speech on the Senate floor.
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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Joe Manchin
Texas Gov. Perry: 'Gay marriage is not fine with me'
July 28th, 2011
02:46 PM ET
3 years ago

Texas Gov. Perry: 'Gay marriage is not fine with me'

(CNN)-Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants you to know he isn't fine with gay marriage.

In an interview with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins he hedged controversial comments made at a dinner in Aspen last week when he said, "Our friends in New York six weeks ago passed a statute that said marriage can be between two people of the same sex. You know what? That's New York, and that's their business, and that's fine with me."
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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Same-sex marriage
NFL owner to Washington: Are you taking notes?
July 25th, 2011
07:20 PM ET
3 years ago

NFL owner to Washington: Are you taking notes?

Washington (CNN) – Congressional leaders could learn a thing or two from the National Football League. At least, according to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

"I hope we gave a little lesson to the people in Washington because the debt ceiling is a lot easier to fix than this was," he said Monday at a presser announcing an end to the months-long stalemate between owners and players.
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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • President Obama
Palin, Perry left off Ames straw poll ballot
July 23rd, 2011
03:58 PM ET
3 years ago

Palin, Perry left off Ames straw poll ballot

(CNN)-Former governors Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman announced they wouldn’t compete at the Ames straw poll in Iowa, but the state GOP added them to the ballot anyway, along with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

But former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Texas Gov. Rick Perry – who haven’t yet decided on a presidential bid – were left off.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rick Perry • Sarah Palin
Texas Gov. Perry: States’ rights trump opposition to gay marriage
July 23rd, 2011
02:15 PM ET
3 years ago

Texas Gov. Perry: States’ rights trump opposition to gay marriage

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s advice on same-sex marriage? “Stay out of their business.”

Perry, who is publicly mulling a bid for the presidency, brought up New York's legalization of same-sex marriage Friday while discussing the reach of federal government with a group of GOP governors and donors in Aspen, Colorado.
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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Same-sex marriage
Obama calls for leaders to work together on debt deal
July 23rd, 2011
11:39 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama calls for leaders to work together on debt deal

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama called on Democratic and Republican leaders to come together and do "the right thing" to resolve the nation's debt crisis Saturday in his weekly address.

He warned that unless an agreement is reached to raise the amount of money the federal government is allowed to borrow, debt will "weaken our economy, cause higher interest rates for families, and force us to scale back things like education and Medicare."
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Filed under: Budget • Debt • Deficit • GOP weekly address • President Obama
Romney wins straw poll in Ohio
July 22nd, 2011
09:18 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney wins straw poll in Ohio

(CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney took the Ohio Republican Party Presidential Straw Poll late Friday, with 25 percent of the vote.

And former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty received needed good news, placing second in the poll, which surveyed attendees at the Ohio Republican Party state dinner. He received 16 percent support.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Tim Pawlenty
Pawlenty on ice over new ad
July 21st, 2011
08:35 PM ET
3 years ago

Pawlenty on ice over new ad

(CNN) - Down in the polls in the crucial state of Iowa, 2012 presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty wants Americans to know he believes in miracles.

But ABC Sports has taken issue with the Pawlenty campaign for a new ad launched Wednesday in the Hawkeye state that airs parts of the famous Al Michaels "Do you believe in miracles?" telecast from the 1980 Olympics.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Tim Pawlenty
Pawlenty's Bachmann barb
July 20th, 2011
09:43 PM ET
3 years ago

Pawlenty's Bachmann barb

(CNN) - On the day Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann released a doctor's letter detailing her treatment for migraines, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty took a not-so-veiled swipe at his 2012 presidential campaign rival.

Although he declined to comment directly on the implications of Bachmann's headaches when questioned, choosing to "defer to the judgment of the medical professionals," Pawlenty did tack on an aside assessment of the qualifications needed to serve as president.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann • Mitt Romney • Tim Pawlenty
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