Countdown to State of the Union
January 21st, 2012
12:24 PM ET
8 years ago

Countdown to State of the Union

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama is "very engaged" in preparing his Tuesday State of the Union address, but "not at a stage yet where he's practicing," according to White House spokesman Jay Carney.

Carney told reporters Friday that the president continued to work with his chief speechwriter, Jon Favreau, on his remarks. The Constitution requires the president "…shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union…"

It's a big day for politics in South Carolina Saturday on CNN. Tune in at 4 p.m. ET to see the candidates debate the issues from Thursday night's edge-of-your-seat debate then, at 6 p.m. ET, CNN's special live coverage of the South Carolina primary begins. See the results as they come in on on CNN, CNN.com/Live and the CNN mobile apps.
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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • State of the Union
CNN S.C. Insiders Survey: 'My heart says one thing, my mind says another'
January 21st, 2012
11:58 AM ET
8 years ago

CNN S.C. Insiders Survey: 'My heart says one thing, my mind says another'

Editor's note: James A. Barnes is former chief political correspondent at the National Journal and is part of CNN's Election Night decision team. He is a contributor to The State of American Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001) and has been a guest lecturer at Oxford University.

(CNN) - As South Carolina Republicans begin voting in the first primary of the south today, GOP insiders say that all the candidates have had their problems in Palmetto State, one reason why today's outcome has been so hard to predict.

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Filed under: Polls • Republicans • South Carolina
Super PACs out spend campaigns in S.C. ad war blitz
January 21st, 2012
11:47 AM ET
8 years ago

Super PACs out spend campaigns in S.C. ad war blitz

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - If Mitt Romney loses to Newt Gingrich in South Carolina's Saturday primary, it won't be from a lack television ad spending.

Just in the last week, Romney's Republican presidential campaign dished out $550,000 to run campaign commercials in the Palmetto State, more than any of his three remaining rivals for the GOP nomination, according to estimates by Campaign Media Analysis Group (CMAG), a company that tracks and estimates the costs of campaign ads running on the air.

It's a big day for politics in South Carolina Saturday on CNN. Tune in at 4 p.m. ET to see the candidates debate the issues from Thursday night's edge-of-your-seat debate then, at 6 p.m. ET, CNN's special live coverage of the South Carolina primary begins. See the results as they come in on on CNN, CNN.com/Live and the CNN mobile apps.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Republicans • South Carolina
Final survey suggests Gingrich leads in SC
January 21st, 2012
11:28 AM ET
8 years ago

Final survey suggests Gingrich leads in SC

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - A new poll suggests that Newt Gingrich has a double digit lead in Saturday's crucial Republican presidential primary in the Palmetto State.

According to an American Research Group survey released Saturday morning, 40% of people likely to vote in South Carolina's GOP contest say they are backing the former House speaker, with 26% supporting former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, 18% backing Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and 13% supporting former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

It's a big day for politics in South Carolina Saturday on CNN. Tune in at 4 p.m. ET to see the candidates debate the issues from Thursday night's edge-of-your-seat debate then, at 6 p.m. ET, CNN's special live coverage of the South Carolina primary begins. See the results as they come in on on CNN, CNN.com/Live and the CNN mobile apps.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Polls • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul • South Carolina
Republicans bombarded by robocalls before South Carolina vote
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney calls voters from a campaign headquarters January 19, 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina.
January 21st, 2012
10:58 AM ET
8 years ago

Republicans bombarded by robocalls before South Carolina vote

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Dinnertime be damned.

Phones in South Carolina rang incessantly (or annoyingly, depending on your view) throughout the week, as the presidential campaigns and their supporters auto-dialed Republicans across the state ahead of Saturday’s primary.

It's a big day for politics in South Carolina Saturday on CNN. Tune in at 4 p.m. ET to see the candidates debate the issues from Thursday night's edge-of-your-seat debate then, at 6 p.m. ET, CNN's special live coverage of the South Carolina primary begins. See the results as they come in on on CNN, CNN.com/Live and the CNN mobile apps.
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Filed under: 2012 • Republicans • South Carolina
GOP candidates to debate Thursday on CNN
January 21st, 2012
10:13 AM ET
8 years ago

GOP candidates to debate Thursday on CNN

(CNN) - The four Republican White House hopefuls will appear at CNN's presidential debate Thursday.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas accepted their invitations to participate in the CNN/Republican Party of Florida/Hispanic Leadership Network debate moderated by CNN's lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer.

The candidates will meet on stage at 8 p.m. ET in Jacksonville, Florida ahead of the Jan. 31 primary.


Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Republicans • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul
Weekly addresses preview State of the Union
January 21st, 2012
06:00 AM ET
8 years ago

Weekly addresses preview State of the Union

(CNN) – Three days before the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama and Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling on Saturday offered what could be previews of their parties' messages next week.

In the GOP weekly address, Hensarling bashed the record of Obama's three-year administration, criticizing the state of unemployment, gas prices, and national debt under his watch.
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Filed under: Democrats • Jeb Hensarling • President Obama • Republicans
Iowa GOP emphasizes Santorum won Iowa
January 21st, 2012
12:40 AM ET
8 years ago

Iowa GOP emphasizes Santorum won Iowa

(CNN) - Seeking to put to rest any confusion, the Iowa Republican Party affirmed late Friday night that Rick Santorum took first place in the Iowa caucuses.

The group sent a statement in an effort to "clarify conflicting reports" after the state party released its certified results Thursday showing Santorum had edged rival Mitt Romney by 34 votes.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rick Santorum
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