Spartanburg and Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) – GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann spent the first day of her bus tour in South Carolina building on the momentum of her Iowa frontrunner status after last weekend’s straw-poll victory.
That win also puts her in direct competition with fellow social conservative Rick Perry, who is becoming a formidable candidate as the two compete for votes in the same early primary states.
(CNN) – Using some of the strongest words yet for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum blasted his fellow GOP presidential candidate Tuesday.
Santorum said on CNN's "John King, USA" that Perry has already “stepped on it a couple times” since entering the race Saturday, arguing the governor's comments about Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke were “completely out of bounds.”
PEOSTA, Iowa (CNN) - President Barack Obama placed the blame for Washington's current political paralysis squarely at the feet of his Republican opponents Tuesday, telling CNN that the GOP's "ideological rigidity" is standing in the way of compromises necessary for stronger economic growth.
In a wide-ranging interview with Wolf Blitzer, the president said the inability of GOP leaders in Congress to support a recent $4 trillion deficit reduction deal focused more heavily on spending cuts than revenue increases is evidence of a party placing political considerations before national interests.FULL STORY
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is fed up with Washington.
And he is doing something about it.
Spurred by what he describes as a failure of leadership on the part of lawmakers, Schultz is mounting a one-man bull rush against a political culture that has "chosen to put partisan and ideological purity over the well being of the people."FULL STORY
PEOSTA, Iowa (CNN) - President Barack Obama laced into his conservative Republican congressional critics Tuesday, accusing them of putting partisan political concerns before the country's interests.
Appearing before a crowd of farmers and small-business owners in the presidential battleground state of Iowa, Obama called on Congress to help boost an anemic economy by passing an extension of the payroll tax cut and a new road construction bill, among other things.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - If you think the battle for the Republican presidential nomination has been a wild ride so far, hang on - it could get even more exciting.
Five presidential debates are scheduled to be held in September and October, including two hosted and produced by CNN. A debate at the Reagan Presidential Library in southern California on September 7 is followed by a CNN debate in Tampa on September 12, and then followed by another Florida debate on September 22. A New Hampshire debate on October 11 is followed a week later by another CNN debate in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 18.FULL STORY
Dubuque, Iowa (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry isn't backing down from comments he made in Iowa on Monday night when he said it would be "treasonous" for Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to try to stimulate the economy by printing more money.
"I am just passionate about the issue and we stand by what we said," the Republican presidential candidate said after a luncheon with small business owners in Dubuque.
Washington (CNN) - The DC-based Progressive Change Campaign Committee has raised over $77,000 in the hope that Elizabeth Warren, the former financial adviser to President Barack Obama, will decide to challenge Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts next year.
The liberal organization announced Monday they would immediately be able to make the funds raised available to Warren should she decide to pursue the Democratic senate nomination. Seven Democrats have already entered the Massachusetts senate race, but none has major name recognition, and the PCCC hopes that it can continue to rally volunteers and donors behind her.
(CNN) - Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said he could have been on the path to the White House had he not been involved in a scandal that derailed his rising political career two years ago.
"I don't know where my life would have gone, but it could well have been in the presidential mix just because I care deeply about these issues and I've long been talking about them," Sanford said Monday in a live interview on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."
(CNN)-Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann stepped all over Elvis Presley's blue suede shoes while stumping Tuesday, when she mistakenly wished "The King" a "Happy Birthday."
August 16 actually marks the 34th anniversary of Presley's death.