Pawlenty: Obama appeasing Muslim Brotherhood
February 11th, 2011
03:45 PM ET
11 years ago

Pawlenty: Obama appeasing Muslim Brotherhood

Washington (CNN) - Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, an all-but-declared candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, accused the Obama administration Friday of "appeasing" the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as the country navigates a path forward in the wake of President Hosni Mubarak's resignation.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper described the Islamic umbrella group as "a largely secular organization" earlier this week, but later corrected the claim.
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Filed under: CPAC 2011 • Tim Pawlenty
February 11th, 2011
03:44 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama marks Gibbs' last day


(CNN) - President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to the White House briefing room Friday to help mark Robert Gibbs' last day as the president's press secretary.

Obama returned a tie to Gibbs he had borrowed to wear while delivering the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.
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Filed under: President Obama • Robert Gibbs
Hatch faces conservative boos
February 11th, 2011
03:29 PM ET
11 years ago

Hatch faces conservative boos

Washington (CNN) - Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch fended off boos at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday when it came to his 2008 vote for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

In a question-and-answer session, an attendee asked Hatch, who is seeking reelection and will likely face a Tea Party-backed challenger, how he can call himself a conservative in light of the massive bank bailout he supported.
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Filed under: CPAC 2011 • Orrin Hatch
Palin look-a-like sets CPAC abuzz
February 11th, 2011
02:56 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin look-a-like sets CPAC abuzz

Washington (CNN) - Did Sarah Palin make the trip from Wasilla, Alaska to Washington, DC for the Conservative Political Action Conference after all?

No. But Palin impersonator Patti Lyons convinced more than a few young conservatives she did.
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Filed under: CPAC 2011 • Sarah Palin
Thune gives few 2012 hints
February 11th, 2011
02:23 PM ET
11 years ago

Thune gives few 2012 hints

Washington (CNN) - He took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference to chants of 'Run John, Run," but Sen. John Thune gave the crowd of eager conservative activists in Washington few hints on whether he will mount a bid for the White House.

The South Dakota Republican did however compare himself to some other likely presidential candidates, noting he caries a decidedly lower profile and may already be a step behind the process of getting his name out.
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Filed under: 2012 • CPAC 2011 • John Thune
Ron Paul takes another step towards '12 bid
February 11th, 2011
02:13 PM ET
11 years ago

Ron Paul takes another step towards '12 bid

Washington (CNN) - Texas Rep. Ron Paul re-launched his political operation this week, the latest sign he will once again pursue the Republican presidential nomination.

Paul has raised $100,000 in the past 48 hours, Jesse Benton, who serves as the congressman's political director, told CNN.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ron Paul
Thune 'coming to final stages' of 2012 decision
February 11th, 2011
01:54 PM ET
11 years ago

Thune 'coming to final stages' of 2012 decision

Washington (CNN) - South Dakota Sen. John Thune told reporters Friday that Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl's decision to retire - a move that will shake up the ranks of Republican leadership in the Senate - has "not really" changed his thinking about a possible presidential bid.

But, he acknowledged, "things are changing all the time" that could influence his decision-making process.
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Filed under: 2012 • John Thune
Mayor Bloomberg Apologizes for Irish Drinking Comment
February 11th, 2011
01:41 PM ET
11 years ago

Mayor Bloomberg Apologizes for Irish Drinking Comment

New York (CNN) –- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg apologized Thursday for controversial comments he made about Irish people at an event hosted by the American Irish Historical Society.

Bloomberg said Wednesday evening at a book launch event celebrating the 250th anniversary of the St. Patrick's Day Parade that he is used to seeing "inebriated" Irish people hanging out of the windows at the center on St. Patrick’s Day, according to the society’s Executive Director Christopher Cahill.
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Filed under: Michael Bloomberg
CPAC organizers concerned about jeers for Cheney, Rumsfeld
February 11th, 2011
01:28 PM ET
11 years ago

CPAC organizers concerned about jeers for Cheney, Rumsfeld

Washington (CNN) - Organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference said they were concerned some of the negative reaction to former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld crossed the line and was inappropriate.

But they said the two speakers did not seem to mind. The conference is the annual gathering of some 11,000 conservative activists and has become an early testing ground for potential GOP presidential candidates.
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Filed under: CPAC 2011 • Dick Cheney • Donald Rumsfeld
Bachmann to New Hampshire 'soon'
February 11th, 2011
12:42 PM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann to New Hampshire 'soon'

Washington (CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann told CNN Friday she will visit the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire "soon" as she explores the possibility of a 2012 presidential bid.

Bachmann spoke only briefly as she walked through the Conservative Political Action Conference with her aides, and offered no further details on the trip. The conference is an annual gathering of conservative activists and is an early testing ground for potential GOP presidential candidates.
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Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • New Hampshire
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