Laura Bush's presidential wish for Jeb
January 12th, 2012
02:30 PM ET
11 years ago

Laura Bush's presidential wish for Jeb

(CNN) - Christmas may be over, but a Jeb Bush presidential bid was apparently on the wish list for George and Laura Bush.

The former first lady told a Florida audience Wednesday that she and her husband, the former president, hoped her brother-in-law would decide to run for president this year, according to the Sarasota Herald Tribune.
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Filed under: 2012 • Jeb Bush • Laura Bush
Justice Dept.: Obama recess appointments valid
January 12th, 2012
12:45 PM ET
11 years ago

Justice Dept.: Obama recess appointments valid

Washington (CNN) - The Justice Department Thursday made public its legal opinion that President Barack Obama's controversial recess appointments last week are constitutional.

In an internal opinion, the Justice Department said the president has the authority to make recess appointments during pro-forma Senate sessions in which no business is to be conducted.

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Filed under: Justice Department • President Obama
Michelle Obama joins the Twitterverse
January 12th, 2012
11:49 AM ET
11 years ago

Michelle Obama joins the Twitterverse

(CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama has officially joined the millions of people around the world who tweet.

Her handle, @MichelleObama, will be managed day-to-day by the Obama 2012 campaign, and like her husband's account, most of her tweets will be generated by the campaign staff. The tweets she personally sends will be signed with a "-mo" at the end.

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Filed under: Michelle Obama • Twitter • White House
Perry donor defects to Romney, citing Bain attacks
January 12th, 2012
11:37 AM ET
11 years ago

Perry donor defects to Romney, citing Bain attacks

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - One of Rick Perry's leading financial supporters in South Carolina is defecting to Mitt Romney – and he told CNN Thursday that Perry's sharp criticisms of Romney as a "vulture capitalist" were the main factor in his decision.

Both Perry and Newt Gingrich recently began hammering Romney as a predatory capitalist who looted companies and fired workers when he was running the private equity firm Bain Capital in the 1980s and 1990s.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry • South Carolina
Romney seeks to head off rivals
January 12th, 2012
11:01 AM ET
11 years ago

Romney seeks to head off rivals

Greer, South Carolina (CNN) – Mitt Romney sought to head off his critics Thursday, and addressed a burgeoning assault on his private sector career and stance on abortion rights as the primary battle shifted South.

The GOP candidate gave reporters a more nuanced account of his career at Bain Capital as some of his rivals continued to drub him for jobs lost at companies Romney helped reorganize.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • South Carolina
Santorum to get bigger boost
January 12th, 2012
09:17 AM ET
11 years ago

Santorum to get bigger boost

Washington (CNN) - As Rick Santorum fights for conservative support in South Carolina, the independent super PAC supporting the former senator from Pennsylvania is weighing in with more than a half million dollars of new ad buys in the state.

The Red, White and Blue Fund is buying $600,000 in new ad time Thursday in the state, a source familiar with the buy confirmed to CNN. The new ads are expected to go up on Saturday and remain up through next week's primary, the source said.
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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum • South Carolina
Gingrich is 'desperate,' new ad charges
January 12th, 2012
08:46 AM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich is 'desperate,' new ad charges

Greer, South Carolina (CNN) - An outside group supporting Mitt Romney unleashed a new attack on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as the GOP nomination battle grew increasingly heated.

The Restore our Future PAC said it will air a television ad called "Desperate" in the early voting states of South Carolina and Florida, as part of an already announced multi-million dollar ad buy.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Florida • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • South Carolina
South Carolina's dirty political reputation outlives reality
Supporters of Republican presidental hopeful Mitt Romney line up to enter a campaign rally at The Hall at Senate's End on January 11, 2012 in Columbia, South Carolina.
January 12th, 2012
07:53 AM ET
11 years ago

South Carolina's dirty political reputation outlives reality

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Choose your adjective: Hardball. Bare-knuckle. Down-and-dirty.

South Carolina has a rich and storied history of tough political tactics.

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Filed under: 2012 • Republicans • South Carolina
New Hampshire aftermath: Cleaning up after the campaigns
January 12th, 2012
07:46 AM ET
11 years ago

New Hampshire aftermath: Cleaning up after the campaigns

(CNN) - The votes have been counted, the candidates have moved on to South Carolina, but remnants of a hard-fought battle blanket Manchester, New Hampshire.

The campaigns left behind hundreds, perhaps thousands of political signs on street corners and traffic medians from one end of the city to the other. Now someone has to go around and collect them.

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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Republicans
Obama announces big fundraising haul
January 12th, 2012
06:33 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama announces big fundraising haul

(CNN) – President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign announced Thursday that it raised more than $42 million over the past three months, with the Democratic National Committee bringing in more than $24 million in the fourth quarter of last year.

In a video to supporters, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina announced that 1.3 million people contributed to the Obama re-election campaign, and that 98% of all donations were $250 or less, with the average donation around $55.

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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • President Obama
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