McCain chooses former foe Romney over Senate colleague Santorum
January 4th, 2012
03:05 PM ET
8 years ago

McCain chooses former foe Romney over Senate colleague Santorum

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain threw his backing behind former rival Mitt Romney Wednesday in New Hampshire, choosing the former Massachusetts governor despite a bitter battle between the two Republicans during the 2008 fight for the GOP nomination.

In choosing Romney, McCain also elected to forgo endorsing a former Senate colleague, Rick Santorum, with whom his relationship has been tested over the years.
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Filed under: 2012 • John McCain • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
Romney, Santorum on top as GOP race shifts to New Hampshire
January 4th, 2012
02:38 PM ET
8 years ago

Romney, Santorum on top as GOP race shifts to New Hampshire

(CNN) - A reshaped Republican presidential race shifted to New Hampshire on Wednesday as Mitt Romney won the endorsement of an old rival and Michele Bachmann dropped out after a disappointing Iowa showing.

Sen. John McCain, the New Hampshire primary winner in 2000 and 2008, told supporters of the former Massachusetts governor that their votes "will catapult him on to victory in a very short period of time."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Rick Santorum
Rick Santorum feels like Rocky Balboa
January 4th, 2012
12:55 PM ET
8 years ago

Rick Santorum feels like Rocky Balboa

(CNN) – Rick Santorum has two words for Mitt Romney.

"Game on," Santorum said in a speech to supporters after the Iowa caucuses.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
Army soldier rallying for Paul violated military ban on political activity
January 4th, 2012
12:42 PM ET
8 years ago

Army soldier rallying for Paul violated military ban on political activity

(CNN) - Ron Paul spent Tuesday heralding his support among members of the military, but one active-duty supporter may be in trouble after lauding Paul on stage while wearing his Army uniform.

Army Cpl. Jesse Thorsen spoke during Paul's speech at his headquarters in Ankeny, Iowa, Tuesday night. Paul invited Thorsen to speak on stage after a technical glitch cut short an earlier live interview on CNN.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ron Paul
Candidates react to Bachmann campaign suspension
January 4th, 2012
11:46 AM ET
8 years ago

Candidates react to Bachmann campaign suspension

(CNN) – Presidential hopefuls reacted to Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's decision to suspend her campaign on Wednesday after a sixth place finish in the Iowa caucuses Tuesday night.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Jon Huntsman • Michele Bachmann • Mitt Romney
Perry tweets: On to South Carolina
Perry tweeted the above photo Wednesday, with the message that he was headed to South Carolina.
January 4th, 2012
11:37 AM ET
8 years ago

Perry tweets: On to South Carolina

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry suggested Wednesday that he plans to continue his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination despite his fifth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses - and despite saying earlier that he would reassess his candidacy.

"And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State...Here we come South Carolina!!!" Perry said on Twitter on Wednesday morning. Republican voters in South Carolina go to the polls on January 21. The New Hampshire primary happens on Tuesday.

Perry included a photo of himself in running gear with his tweet.


Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • South Carolina
January 4th, 2012
10:35 AM ET
8 years ago

Bachmann ends GOP presidential bid

(CNN) - Michele Bachmann ended her bid for the Republican presidential nomination Wednesday, hours after a disappointing sixth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses.

The Minnesota congresswoman suspended her campaign, a legal technicality that will allow her to continue to raise and spend campaign funds.


Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann
Obama to name Cordray as consumer bureau chief
January 4th, 2012
10:26 AM ET
8 years ago

Obama to name Cordray as consumer bureau chief

(CNN) - In a move that has angered Republicans, President Obama is expected on Wednesday to make a recess appointment of Richard Cordray to be the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, sidestepping the Senate confirmation process, a senior administration official tells CNN.

The president is expected to make the official announcement at a 1:15 p.m. ET speech in Ohio, where Cordray served as attorney general.

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Romney NH ad alleges Obama broke promises
January 4th, 2012
10:08 AM ET
8 years ago

Romney NH ad alleges Obama broke promises

(CNN) - Mitt Romney hit New Hampshire airwaves Wednesday with a one-minute radio spot blasting President Barack Obama for failing to deliver on his 2008 campaign promises.

The ad, called "American Optimism," used clips of Obama campaigning in 2008 spliced with Romney delivering lines from his stump speech.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
Paul: Gingrich a 'chickenhawk'
January 4th, 2012
09:54 AM ET
8 years ago

Paul: Gingrich a 'chickenhawk'

(CNN) - Rep. Ron Paul said Wednesday that rival Newt Gingrich was a "chickenhawk" for voting to send American troops into war while never having served in the military himself.

Paul was responding to a question from CNN's Soledad O'Brien on the program "Starting Point" about Gingrich's assertion that the Texas congressman would be a "dangerous" candidate.
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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Ron Paul
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