September 7th, 2010
11:34 AM ET
10 years ago

Meek teaming up with Bill Clinton again

 Former President Bill Clinton will stump for Florida Senate candidate Kendrick Meek on Tuesday.

Former President Bill Clinton will stump for Florida Senate candidate Kendrick Meek on Tuesday.

(CNN) - The Democratic Senate nominee in Florida's making a quick trip to New York City Tuesday afternoon to team up with Bill Clinton.

Rep. Kendrick Meek will appear with the former president at a fundraiser to raise cash for his bid for the Senate.

This is the ninth time Clinton has helped out Meek. The former president joined the four-term congressman and former Florida state trooper at three campaign events in the Sunshine state just prior to the August 24 primary. Meek beat billionaire real estate Jeff Greene by 26 points in the primary in what had been a bitter intra-party battle.

Clinton has also served as the main attraction for Meek at five fundraisers over the past year.

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Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • Florida • Kendrick Meek
September 7th, 2010
11:25 AM ET
10 years ago

Does Tea Party want to defend or change Constitution?

Salt Lake City, Utah (CNN) - Utah's Republican U.S. Senate candidate, Mike Lee, is a vocal defender of what's become the bible of the Tea Party revolution: the U.S. Constitution.

"I hereby pledge to you that I will not vote for a single bill that I can't justify by the text and original understanding of the Constitution," he promised voters at a Tea Party rally this year.

But Lee, an attorney and former clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, has advocated some breathtaking changes to the Constitution.

During his Tea Party-backed Senate campaign, Lee said he would support legislation aimed at altering the 14th Amendment's guarantee of automatic citizenship for people born in the United States. Advocates for tougher measures against illegal immigration say such a change would discourage undocumented workers from having children in the United States.'

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Filed under: Tea Party movement
September 7th, 2010
11:20 AM ET
10 years ago

Haley launches first TV ad of general election

 South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley is out Tuesday with her first TV ad of the general election.

South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley is out Tuesday with her first TV ad of the general election.

(CNN) - South Carolina gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Haley promises voters "an honest conservative government we can be proud of" in her first television ad of the general election.

The 30-second spot, titled "Movement," will begin airing on statewide network and cable channels on Wednesday, Haley's campaign told CNN.

"All across South Carolina, there's a movement taking hold," a narrator says as viewers see images of the Republican candidate greeting voters on the campaign trail.

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Filed under: 2010 • Nikki Haley • South Carolina
September 7th, 2010
10:48 AM ET
10 years ago

Republican Jewish Coalition takes aim at Hagel, Sestak

 The Republican Jewish Council has a new Web ad out Tuesday slamming Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak and former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel.

The Republican Jewish Council has a new Web ad out Tuesday slamming Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak and former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel.

(CNN) –He's been out of the Senate for nearly two years, but that isn't stopping the Republican Jewish Coalition for taking aim at former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel.

Hagel, the former Nebraska senator who became a critic of former President George W. Bush and broke ranks with his party over the Iraq war, formally backed Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak over Republican Pat Toomey for Senate in Pennsylvania

Now the RJC is out with a Web ad that denounces Hagel and calls into question the former senator's commitment to Israel.

"While in the Senate, Chuck Hagel had a troubling record on Israel and Middle East issues. In fact, he consistently had one of the worst pro-Israel records of any Senator. Even the National Jewish Democratic Council described Hagel's record as 'questionable' and warned that if he sought the presidency, he would have 'a lot of questions to answer about his commitment to Israel,'" RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said.

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Filed under: 2010
September 7th, 2010
10:03 AM ET
10 years ago

Orszag Breaks With Obama on Bush Tax Cuts

 President Obama’s former budget director, Peter Orszag, wrote Tuesday that the Bush tax cuts should be extended for two years.

President Obama’s former budget director, Peter Orszag, wrote Tuesday that the Bush tax cuts should be extended for two years.

(CNN) - Former White House Budget Director Peter Orszag is breaking with President Obama on the controversial election-year issue of whether the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy should be scrapped, declaring in a New York Times op-ed that failing to extend the tax cuts for the rich would "make an already stagnating jobs market worse over the next year or two."

To be sure, the crux of Orszag's argument is not complete music to the ears of Republicans because he's proposing a compromise by which all of the Bush tax cuts are extended for two years but then will be ended altogether, something the GOP does not want to endorse.

CNNMoney.com: Orszag: Extend Bush tax cuts for 2 years

But the more sensational part of Orszag's first column for the New York Times is that he is urging the president he worked for just a month ago to sign on to allow the tax cuts for the wealthy to continue in the short-term, borrowing a line of reasoning Republicans are using on the campaign trail.

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Filed under: Economy • issues • Peter Orszag • President Obama • Taxes
September 7th, 2010
08:46 AM ET
10 years ago

Republicans highlight 'summer of failure'

 The NRSC is out with a new web ad Tuesday.

The NRSC is out with a new web ad Tuesday.

(CNN) - It hasn't been the best of summers for congressional Democrats and now Republicans are making an effort to remind voters just how difficult the last three months have been for the party in charge in Washington.

In a new Web video out Tuesday morning, the National Republican Senatorial Committee repeatedly flashes reports from a wide variety of cable news programs that report a rising unemployment rate, question the efficacy of the stimulus program, discuss the possibility of a double-dip recession, and show President Obama's sinking approval ratings.

The ad also takes digs at the president for embarking on a 10 day vacation in Martha's Vineyard and first lady Michelle Obama for visiting Spain on a lavish trip with her daughter earlier this year.

"So … How was YOUR summer?" the ad asks. "The Recovery Starts November 2nd."


Filed under: issues • NRSC
September 7th, 2010
08:36 AM ET
10 years ago

Political handicapper ups prediction on GOP gains

 The Rothenberg Political Report predicted on Tuesday that Republican gains of 37 to 42 seats in the House of Representatives is likely.

The Rothenberg Political Report predicted on Tuesday that Republican gains of 37 to 42 seats in the House of Representatives is likely.

Washington (CNN) - One of the top non-partisan political handicappers is increasing his forecast of how many seats the Republicans may pick up in the House of Representatives this November.

The Rothenberg Political Report is out with a new prediction Tuesday pointing towards likely GOP gains from 37 to 42 seats in the chamber, up from 28 to 33 seats from their most recent forecast. The Republicans need a net gain of 39 seats to take back control of the House.

The Rothenberg Report adds that larger GOP gains in the 45 to 55 seat range are possible.

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Filed under: 2010 • Congress
September 7th, 2010
08:20 AM ET
10 years ago

Tea Party backs O'Donnell in Delaware Republican Senate primary

 The Tea Party Express is planning a news conference Tuesday in Delaware in support of Christine O'Donnell's bid for the U.S. Senate.

The Tea Party Express is planning a news conference Tuesday in Delaware in support of Christine O'Donnell's bid for the U.S. Senate.

(CNN) - With the momentum of Joe Miller's surprising win over Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the Alaska Republican Senate primary, the Tea Party movement is setting its sights on Delaware.

The Tea Party Express on Tuesday announced its support for Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, outlining plans for an aggressive campaign effort in the days leading up to the Sept. 14 Republican primary.

The race pits O'Donnell against moderate U.S. Rep. Mike Castle, a two-term Delaware governor and a Congressman since 1993.

The group outlined plans to hold several events for the candidate over the next week, including a rally on the Delaware Capitol Mall Wednesday, and a radio-thon on WDEL that promises to have "big names" calling in to endorse O'Donnell.

The latest effort comes after the group released a series of TV and radio ads last week that support O'Donnell and rail against Castle as a liberal candidate who "just keeps supporting the failed policies of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid."

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Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware • Tea Party Express
September 7th, 2010
08:00 AM ET
10 years ago

CNN 100: GOP hopes to make Ohio 16th's Boccieri a one-term wonder

 The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day.

The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day.

Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:

Ohio 16th – Rep. John Boccieri is seeking a 2nd term
Primary: May 4, 2010
Location: Canton/Northeastern Ohio
Days until Election Day: 56

There's no shortage this year of House Democrats in traditionally Republican districts who were first elected in the Obama wave of 2008. Now, many of those members, including Rep. John Boccieri from Ohio's Canton-based 16th district, are in serious jeopardy of losing their seats after just one term.

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Filed under: 2010 • CNN 100 • John Boccieri • Ohio
September 7th, 2010
07:35 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama to introduce another business tax cut

President Obama speaks at a Labor Day event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Monday.

President Obama speaks at a Labor Day event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Monday.

(CNN) - In another move aimed at stabilizing the still-shaky economy, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will introduce a new $200 billion tax cut giving businesses across the country an incentive to buy new equipment in the short term, according to a senior administration official.

The tax cut would allow businesses to write off 100 percent of new investments in plants and equipment made between now and the end of 2011, according to the senior administration official.

The new tax cut will be in addition to a $100 billion permanent extension of the business tax credit for research and development, as well as $50 billion in new infrastructure spending included in a package that the president will officially unveil Wednesday during an economic speech in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Filed under: Economy • issues • President Obama
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