Chester Arthur, silly politicians and the trust problem
March 16th, 2012
04:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Chester Arthur, silly politicians and the trust problem

Capitol Hill (CNN) - Who can you trust these days?

According to a Pew Research Center survey released last September, the public has serious trust issue with both politicians (59% did not trust information from Congress) and the media (39% did not trust national news organizations).

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Filed under: American Sauce • Congress
Exactly what's in the payroll tax cut deal
February 15th, 2012
02:16 PM ET
3 years ago

Exactly what's in the payroll tax cut deal

Washington (CNN) – What exactly is in this $150 billion Valentine's Day compromise on the table in Congress? Among the details: some significant changes to unemployment benefits. It's not out in public yet, but Republican and Democratic sources have given the CNN Hill team a look at some key specifics.

Keep reading for our quick and clear 101 of the deal.
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American Sauce: How a non-Romney could win
February 13th, 2012
03:44 PM ET
3 years ago

American Sauce: How a non-Romney could win

Washington (CNN) - Cast aside the drama (exciting as it is) of the GOP nomination and you get to the truth: it still comes down to cold, hard delegate numbers. By CNN's estimates, Mitt Romney has a commanding early lead, despite wins and second places by all three of his opponents.

So, let's be realistic. Is there a feasible path for a non-Romney to win? "There is," said Sean Trende, senior analyst for Real Clear Politics. "It's a very narrow path but it's starting to shape up that way."

What is that path? Listen to our American Sauce podcast here. Or keep reading.
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Evangelicals in SC: Not What You Think
January 20th, 2012
12:31 PM ET
3 years ago

Evangelicals in SC: Not What You Think

Charleston, SC (CNN) – Evangelicals may be the most mentioned Republican voter group in the 2012 campaign.

But in South Carolina, evangelicals say they are mislabeled, misunderstood and that they are not the single-candidate or single-issue voters many believe.

Listen to our podcast, focused on busting political myths, here. Or keep reading.
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Filed under: 2012 • South Carolina
Key Perry supporter will back Romney
January 19th, 2012
12:52 PM ET
3 years ago

Key Perry supporter will back Romney

Charleston, SC (CNN) – One of Rick Perry's most well-known supporters in South Carolina, former U.S. ambassador and state speaker of the house David Wilkins, will now back Mitt Romney, he tells CNN.

Perry has endorsed Newt Gingrich but Wilkins' decision illustrates that his key allies in the Palmetto State are not necessarily following suit.

Tune in Thursday at 8 p.m. ET for the CNN/Southern Republican Presidential Debate hosted by John King and follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate. For real-time coverage of the South Carolina primary, go to CNNPolitics.com or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
Foreign media bewildered by length, repetition of U.S. campaign
January 13th, 2012
02:35 PM ET
2 years ago

Foreign media bewildered by length, repetition of U.S. campaign

Washington (CNN) – Jun Takao fully understands the Iowa caucuses, the New Hampshire primary and the complicated fight for convention delegates. But the veteran Japanese journalist and Washington bureau chief does not comprehend one thing about American presidential elections.

"What's interesting for the audience (about) listening to the debate dozens of times?" he asked. "Sometimes it's total repetition."

Listen to Takao's other thoughts and the latest from the campaign trail in our podcast here. Or keep reading for more.

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Filed under: American Sauce • Iowa • New Hampshire
Best GOP predictor? Try the commodity market
January 9th, 2012
01:53 PM ET
2 years ago

Best GOP predictor? Try the commodity market

Iowa City, Iowa (CNN) - As polls and pundits try to handicap the Republican nomination race, the smart money may be on a little-known commodity market which has proven to be a leading indicator of trends in campaigns.

"Traders have incentive not to tell us what they want to happen... but what they think will happen," said Joyce Berg, who directs the Iowa Electronic Markets, or IEM, at the University of Iowa.

To listen to our podcast on the campaign, including what market trends sound like for different candidates, click here. Or keep reading for more.

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Last-day Ron Paul ad is his sharpest anti-Romney attack yet
January 3rd, 2012
02:21 PM ET
3 years ago

Last-day Ron Paul ad is his sharpest anti-Romney attack yet

Des Moines (CNN) - Hours before Iowa caucuses, the Ron Paul campaign has launched its sharpest anti-Romney attack ad yet, a one-minute radio spot calling the former Massachusetts governor a "liberal" who has supported government bailouts, healthcare mandates and big government.

The ad was running in Iowa Tuesday morning and afternoon.

CNN Live: Tune in tonight at 7 p.m. ET for CNN's live special coverage of the Iowa Caucuses and follow real-time results on CNNPolitics.com and on Twitter at #cnnelections. Stay up to date with CNN apps for iPhone, iPad, Android or other phones.
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Filed under: 2012 • American Sauce • Iowa • Mitt Romney • Ron Paul
American Sauce: The art of the caucus
January 2nd, 2012
02:14 PM ET
3 years ago

American Sauce: The art of the caucus

Des Moines (CNN) – Think the Iowa caucuses are about who wins? Think of this as a hard, cold numbers game? Try again. There is an art to the caucuses, an art of strategy and sweat that many outside the Hawkeye State never understand.

"This state has never, in my opinion, been about the win," said Jim Conklin, who trains the caucus volunteers for the Linn County Republican Party, in Cedar Rapids. "It's about the people who get weeded out."

In this week's American Sauce podcast, we lay out the true art of the caucuses: the Republican recruiting bonanza, the show leather game, as well as the sharp battle within the Iowa GOP over religion and what, ultimately, the caucuses mean. Listen here or keep reading.


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Filed under: 2012 • American Sauce • Iowa
Campaign 2012: Embrace the cynicism
December 2nd, 2011
01:36 PM ET
3 years ago

Campaign 2012: Embrace the cynicism

Capitol Hill (CNN) – One month before the Iowa caucuses, a seminal event in American democracy, excitement does not seem to be the dominant feeling among voters. Try cynicism.

Trust in government is at an all-time low. A whopping 72% of Republicans have not made up their minds on a definite candidate yet (an increase in that figure from October). And among a core group of Democrats – whites with no college education – half say they don't want President Obama on the ballot in 2012.

But voters on all sides may be more pessimistic than the situation warrants, or so says an award-winning economist. Listen here for our "Campaign Cynical" podcast or click to keep reading.


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