[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/09/03/art.palin.0903a.gi.jpg caption ="Sarah Palin took a shot at longtime rival Lisa Murkowski on Friday."]Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Moments after her high-profile speech to the Iowa Republican Party, Sarah Palin addressed Friday's news that Sen. Lisa Murkowski, recently defeated in her GOP primary by Tea Party-backed Joe Miller, will launch a write-in campaign to retain her seat.
“It’s a futile effort on her part, it really is,” she told reporters in Des Moines, in between signing copies of her book for fans. “She certainly has the right to do so, but Joe Miller is the right person to lead the state and this country.”
Palin and several of her advisers backed Miller in the primary.
Tensions have long simmered between the Murkowski family and Palin, who defeated Lisa’s father, Frank, in the 2006 GOP gubernatorial primary.
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(CNN) - The Chairman of the Tea Party Express told CNN on Friday that Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski's decision to mount a write-in re-election effort shows that she doesn't "get it."
"She was fired by the people. The people were given a choice and they voted for somebody else," Amy Kremer told CNN. Kremer said she was shocked to learn of Murkowski's decision.
Kremer's group worked hard to push Joe Miller, the winner of Alaska's GOP Senate primary, over the finish line. After endorsing Miller in June, the Tea Party Express sent in staffers to scour the state in support of his candidacy and spent nearly $600,000 to help his campaign.
Adding yet another twist to the dramatic Republican battle in Alaska, Kremer thought her conservative organization was essentially done beating back Murkowski's re-election bid. But told CNN that given this latest development, "Oh, I'm sure we'll be back up there at some point."
(CNN) -Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Houston Mayor Bill White have spent most of the summer sparring over whether or not to have a debate in their race for the Governor's office with a deadlock being the apparent result.
"There is no formal debate," said Texans for Rick Perry Press Secretary Alejandro Garcia
White had until Sept.15th, a deadline set by Perry to submit the remainder of his tax returns which included returns from the 1990s when he worked under the Clinton Administration.
Candidates running for public office have no formal process when it comes to submitting their tax returns for public viewing. Garcia said it is up to the candidate to decide how they want to make their tax returns public this is separate from the campaign finance reports each candidate must file with the Texas Ethics Commission.
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New York (CNNMoney.com) - Elizabeth Warren told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King on Friday that she is eager to begin setting up the nation's first consumer financial protection bureau, but she stopped short of confirming that she will eventually be put in charge of the agency that was her brainchild.
President Obama appointed Warren earlier that day to be a special adviser in charge of building the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that was a key part of the Wall Street reform bill the president signed into law in July.
In an interview with King on CNN, Warren said she wants to start work as soon as possible.
"I want to worry about Monday," she said. "I want to worry about this week and the week after, about getting this thing started."
But Warren could not say where she would be after the agency is up and running in July 2011.
In an interview with King on CNN, Warren said she wants to start work as soon as possible.
Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. Jim DeMint is sounding the alarm to the GOP, warning that unless the party can come together, it won't matter if Republicans regain control of Congress in November.
"If we get the majority again, even if it's just in the House, and we don't do what we say, I think the Republican Party is dead," DeMint told CNN's Candy Crowley, host of State of the Union and CNN's Chief Political Correspondent.
"The urgency for me here is the Democrat Party - and I know this sounds partisan but - are completely dysfunctional. They're the left of Europe," DeMint added, in an interview that will air Sunday on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley.
Editor's Note: John King's interview with Elizabeth Warren will air today at 7pm Eastern on CNN's John King, USA.
Washington (CNN) – Consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren, appointed today by President Obama to launch the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, tells CNN Chief National Correspondent John King that her "nomination was on the table" but would have meant "spending a lot of energy fighting" to get the votes necessary in the Senate to secure her nomination as the agency's first official director.
"Millions of American families are hemorrhaging money today and tomorrow and next week on tricks and traps and credit products. We can fix that. That's what this agency is about and we're not going to wait a year to get started," said the harsh critic of Wall Street.
Warren jokingly feigned innocence when asked why bankers do not like her, but admits "there are bankers sure who don't like me. Some of them haven't met me. Some of them have seen enough." But she says that there are people in the financial sector who "welcome this consumer agency, because they're going have a better shot at a competitive marketplace where they're not competing against bankers who've figured out how to make their profits on tricking people and trapping them."
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(CNN) - When Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska announces Friday night - as expected - that she is launching a write-in campaign to retain her seat, she'll be stepping into the middle of some very testy Republican infighting.
Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer, whose group campaigned heavily for Murkowski's primary opponent - and eventual primary winner - Joe Miller, said the senator's decision proves she doesn't "get it."
"She was fired by the people. The people were given a choice and they voted for somebody else," she said, adding that she was shocked to learn of Murkowski's decision.
A Republican source told CNN that Murkowski informed "a few" close colleagues that she plans to run as a write-in candidate. A separate source with knowledge of her decision said she expects to announce her write-in candidacy Friday.
Updated 8:45 p.m.
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(CNN) - Campaign finance reform is the issue that the Tea Party and progressives can agree on – at least in new ads designed to drum up support for the Fair Elections Now Act. But not always at the same time.
The legislation -designed to incentivize small donor fundraising in congressional campaigns– is being supported by a six-figure TV ad campaign featuring conservative and progressive voices. Ads with conservative points-of-view will air in Washington, DC during the broadcast networks' Sunday talk shows and on FOX News while ads highlighting progressives and conservatives together are set to air on MSNBC and CNN.
"This is not your grandpa's campaign finance reform bill," says David Donnelly, campaign manager for the national effort to pass the Fair Elections Now Act, known as Campaign for Fair Elections.
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Washington (CNN) - When President Barack Obama heads to Philadelphia Monday, he not only will try and keep Pennsylvania's open Senate seat in Democratic hands, he's also going to help raise big bucks for his party.
CNN learned Friday that Obama will be the main attraction at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee. A party source tells CNN that the event is expected to raise around $1 million. The DNC has committed to spending $50 million to help Democratic candidates running in this year's midterm elections.
While in Philadelphia Monday, the president teams up at a separate fundraiser for Rep. Joe Sestak the party's Senate nominee. The president's visit will come one week after Vice President Joe Biden headlined a Sestak fundraiser in the Philadelphia area. Sestak also teamed up with former President Bill Clinton at a campaign event that same day.
(CNN) – Surprise GOP Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell has canceled her plans to appear on two national Sunday talk shows.
O’Donnell, the Tea Party-backed candidate who upset the establishment pick in Tuesday’s Delaware primary, had scheduled interviews with Fox News Sunday and CBS’ Face The Nation.
But an O’Donnell campaign spokeswoman told The Associated Press on Saturday that the candidate instead must attend events back in Delaware.
"Tomorrow the priorities are back in Delaware," spokeswoman Diana Banister said. "Those are people who supported her, who were very helpful to her in the campaign, and she feels obligated to be there and thank them."
Banister also told the AP she did not know about O’Donnell’s commitments when she accepted the two networks’ invitations to appear on their shows.