Thune will not seek GOP presidential nomination
February 22nd, 2011
12:09 PM ET
9 years ago

Thune will not seek GOP presidential nomination

Washington (CNN) – After months of speculation, Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, told supporters Tuesday that he will not seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 and instead will focus his time and efforts on Capitol Hill.

Thune released a joint statement with his wife, Kimberley, on his Facebook page shortly after noon saying that, for now, he needs to be in the Senate.
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Filed under: 2012 • John Thune
Political Circus: Inside Obama's bachelor pad
February 22nd, 2011
12:04 PM ET
9 years ago

Political Circus: Inside Obama's bachelor pad

Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all the time.

A long way from Harlem

The New York Daily News takes you inside then-Columbia University student Barack Obama's Harlem digs.

Located on West 109th Street, the small railroad-style apartment housed the future president and his roommate in 1981.
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Filed under: President Obama
Paul to return to New Hampshire for first time since '08
February 22nd, 2011
10:43 AM ET
9 years ago

Paul to return to New Hampshire for first time since '08

Washington (CNN)- Rep. Ron Paul heads to New Hampshire next month, his first visit since the 2008 presidential election to the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House.

A senior adviser to the Republican congressman from Texas, who is considering another run for president, confirms to CNN that Paul will be in the state on March 24 and 25.
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Lugar primary challenger says he has state GOP support
February 22nd, 2011
10:16 AM ET
9 years ago

Lugar primary challenger says he has state GOP support

Washington (CNN)- Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock says Sen. Richard Lugar is "Barack Obama's favorite Republican."

Mourduck made the comments Tuesday morning as he formally announced his primary challenge to Lugar. Mourdock kicked off his campaign with an event in the state capital of Indianapolis, to be followed by a three-day swing across the entire state of Indiana. The state treasurer says he's got the backing of almost three-quarters of the state's GOP county party chairmen and women.
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Filed under: Dick Lugar • GOP
Poll: Could Trump beat Obama in 2012?
February 22nd, 2011
10:13 AM ET
9 years ago

Poll: Could Trump beat Obama in 2012?

(CNN) – The notion of Donald Trump running for president is far-fetched to be sure, but a new poll released Tuesday suggests the real estate mogul and perpetual publicity hound could just beat President Obama.

A new survey from Newsweek and The Daily Beast indicates President Obama is ahead of Trump by only two percentage points, 43-41, well within the poll's sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percent. In fact, Trump fares far better against Obama than Sarah Palin, who would lose to Obama by 11 points, 51-40,  according to the poll.
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Filed under: Donald Trump • President Obama
Chicago candidates hit the streets as polls open amid snow
February 22nd, 2011
10:06 AM ET
9 years ago

Chicago candidates hit the streets as polls open amid snow

Chicago, Illinois (CNN) - Amid a snowfall of a couple of inches, voters headed to the polls Tuesday morning to elect their first new mayor since 1989.

Candidates were hitting the streets hoping to rally voters. Frontrunner Rahm Emanuel, who previously cast his ballot in early voting, was shaking hands at an "L" train stop Tuesday morning while Gery Chico was hitting some polling stations and will vote later Tuesday morning. Carol Moseley Braun was going to her polling place to cast her ballot. Miguel del Valle, who also early voted, was also visiting polling stations throughout the city.
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Filed under: Chicago mayoral race • Rahm Emanuel
Pro-Huntsman effort launches website, offering 2012 clues
February 22nd, 2011
09:59 AM ET
9 years ago

Pro-Huntsman effort launches website, offering 2012 clues

Washington (CNN) - A political action committee created by supporters of United States Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman launched a sleek but cryptic new website Tuesday, providing some of the first clues as to how a possible Huntsman presidential candidacy in 2012 would look and sound.

"Maybe someday we'll find a new generation of conservative leaders," is the first message greeting visitors to Horizon PAC's website, which makes no mention of Huntsman but clearly suggests that he would fill a void in the current field of Republican presidential hopefuls.
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Santorum makes hire, heads back to Iowa
February 22nd, 2011
08:41 AM ET
9 years ago

Santorum makes hire, heads back to Iowa

Washington (CNN) - A former senior producer and guest host of Bill Bennett's "Morning in America" is joining Rick Santorum's political action committee.

The former senator from Pennsylvania and probable 2012 Republican presidential hopeful announced Tuesday that Seth Leibsohn will serve as a senior advisor for policy for his political action committee, America's Foundation, assisting the PAC and Santorum on policy matters and manage speechwriting.
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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum
McDonnell for VP?
February 22nd, 2011
08:33 AM ET
8 years ago

McDonnell for VP?

(CNN) – Forget about the speculation over who will win the Republican nomination next year. Maybe it's time to think about which rising GOP star will occupy the No. 2 spot on the ticket.

Most Republicans are coy when it comes to whether they'd accept the job if it was offered, but popular Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell isn't hiding the ball: he'd likely say yes.
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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Bob McDonnell
As opponents hope for runoff, Emanuel aims for victory in Chicago
February 22nd, 2011
07:50 AM ET
9 years ago

As opponents hope for runoff, Emanuel aims for victory in Chicago

Chicago (CNN) - When Rahm Emanuel entered the race to succeed Richard Daley as mayor of Chicago in November, he was far from the front-runner.

Despite the fact that he was a native of the city, served three terms as a congressman and was chief of staff to President Barack Obama and a key aide to President Bill Clinton, he was not well-known to much of the population.

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Filed under: Chicago mayoral race • Rahm Emanuel
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