Romney: Licensed to hunt
January 17th, 2012
03:10 PM ET
8 years ago

Romney: Licensed to hunt

(CNN) – Mitt Romney poked fun at himself during Monday's Republican presidential debate, saying he wasn't the best outdoorsman on stage and confused the game he hunted during a recent trip.

"I'm not going to describe all of my great exploits," the Republican presidential frontrunner said. "But I went moose hunting, actually – not moose hunting, I'm sorry, elk hunting with friends in Montana."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
Is Obama the 'food stamp president?'
January 17th, 2012
02:17 PM ET
8 years ago

Is Obama the 'food stamp president?'

New York (CNNMoney) - A record 44.7 million people - or 1 in 7 Americans - were on food stamps last year. But does that make Barack Obama the "food stamp president?"

Newt Gingrich once again slapped that label on Obama during a South Carolina debate Monday night, saying: "The fact is that more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history."

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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
Borger: Republicans put their family feud on display
January 17th, 2012
01:31 PM ET
8 years ago

Borger: Republicans put their family feud on display

Washington (CNN) - "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

With apologies to Leo Tolstoy, his masterpiece "Anna Karenina" - and its opening line - comes to mind when spending some time with the GOP field. They're an unhappy brood all right - dissatisfied with President Barack Obama, with the economy, with what they consider overregulation, with deficits, with big government, with the tax code.

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Defecting S.C. senator backs Santorum
January 17th, 2012
01:20 PM ET
8 years ago

Defecting S.C. senator backs Santorum

Mt. Pleasant, SC (CNN) - Aboard the USS Yorktown Tuesday morning, South Carolina State Senator Larry Grooms made his political defection official by announcing his endorsement of Rick Santorum.

"Just a couple of day ago I was still saying Rick Perry should be President of the United States," Grooms told a crowd of reporters. "I endorsed him early and I believe he is a good man. I believe he would make a fine president, but let's face it. It's time for the conservatives of South Carolina to rally around our best choice to have a true conservative as President of the United Sates."

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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Rick Santorum
Pro-Romney group leads 2012 super PAC spending blitz
January 17th, 2012
12:59 PM ET
8 years ago

Pro-Romney group leads 2012 super PAC spending blitz

(CNN) - Super PACs, the vehicle of choice for outside group spending in the 2012 presidential election, so far have spent at least $6 million on the upcoming South Carolina Republican presidential primary and more than $26 million overall in an effort to influence the outcome of the race for the White House, according to federal campaign records.

So-called super PACs, which were created following a pair of federal court decisions in 2010, are permitted to receive unlimited campaign contributions from corporations, labor unions, and wealthy individual donors. Traditional federal political action committees and candidate campaign committees may only receive limited contributions from individuals, political parties, and other political action committees. Under federal law, candidates and super PACs are not permitted to coordinate campaign activity.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Rick Perry • Rick Santorum
Obama council repeats job-creating ideas
January 17th, 2012
12:14 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama council repeats job-creating ideas

Washington (CNNMoney) - President Obama's jobs council on Tuesday released its latest round of recommendations detailing how the United States can be more competitive.

This time, the recommendations aren't all that new and appear unlikely to get much traction. Versions of all most of the council's recommendations have also been offered before by the Obama administration in an effort to spur job growth.

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Filed under: President Obama
Romney says his effective tax rate is 15%
January 17th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
8 years ago

Romney says his effective tax rate is 15%

Florence, South Carolina (CNN) - Mitt Romney said Tuesday he pays roughly a 15% effective tax rate on his income - an acknowledgment that the multi-millionaire pays a smaller percentage of taxes on his income than many middle-income Americans.

"It's probably closer to the 15 percent rate than anything," Romney told reporters when asked about his effective tax rate. "The last ten years my income comes overwhelmingly from investments made in the past rather than ordinary income or rather than earned annual income."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Taxes
Santorum grabs fourth in official NH tally
January 17th, 2012
11:47 AM ET
8 years ago

Santorum grabs fourth in official NH tally

(CNN) – Official vote totals released Tuesday show Rick Santorum officially edging out Newt Gingrich for fourth in last week's New Hampshire primary.

The two candidates were locked in a virtual tie on the night of the election, which took place January 10. The results released Tuesday, which the New Hampshire Secretary of State's office said were the "final" numbers, show Santorum with 23,408 votes and Gingrich with 23,293. Both stood at 9.4% of the vote total.

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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Rick Santorum
Obama will return to football stadium for convention speech
January 17th, 2012
11:38 AM ET
8 years ago

Obama will return to football stadium for convention speech

(CNN) – Hoping to summon the energy surrounding his 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention, President Obama will again accept his party’s nomination for president next September at a football stadium that seats nearly 80,000 people.

The president will deliver his acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium – home of the Carolina Panthers – in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Democratic National Convention Committee announced Tuesday. In 2008, Obama accepted his party’s nomination at Denver’s Mile High Stadium (home of the Denver Broncos) instead of the much smaller Pepsi Center, where the rest of the convention was held.

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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • White House
Santorum tough on Romney aboard USS Yorktown
January 17th, 2012
11:01 AM ET
8 years ago

Santorum tough on Romney aboard USS Yorktown

Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina (CNN) - At a press conference aboard the USS Yorktown here this morning, Rick Santorum found himself at a loss for words when asked about Mitt Romney's consistent defense of a super PAC ad criticizing Santorum's support of voting rights for former-felons.

"If Mitt Romney believes that an ad that says that I voted to allow felons to vote by showing someone in a prison uniform which gives the clear impression that it means people serving in prison should be able to vote –and he says that is accurate– that is, I, I, I am stunned," Santorum said, visibly upset at Romney's continued defense of the ad. "I am actually stunned."

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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum • South Carolina
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