(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Monday defended his profane comment directed at a New York Times reporter and used the interaction in a fundraising pitch.
"If you haven't cursed out a New York Times reporter during the course of a campaign, you're not really a real Republican's the way I look at it," Santorum said on Fox News. "It was just one of these harassing moments, and after having answered the question a few times, sort of comes back with the same old fashion, the same old spin."
Seoul, South Korea (CNN) - In a private conversation about the planned U.S.-led NATO missile defense system in Europe, President Barack Obama asked outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for space on the issue.
"This is my last election," Obama told Medvedev. "After my election I have more flexibility."
(CNN) – Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney Monday.
McCarthy, the House majority whip, will also serve as a statewide chair for Romney's efforts in California, the campaign announced.
(CNN) – Your guide to where the race stands for the Republican presidential nomination:
GOP delegate estimate (as of 3/26/2012):
- Mitt Romney: 568
- Rick Santorum: 261
- Newt Gingrich: 137
- Ron Paul: 71
Needed to clinch GOP nomination: 1,144
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Franksville, Wisconsin (CNN) – Rick Santorum on Sunday said Mitt Romney’s ties to universal health care would make him the “worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama” in the general election.
Despite calls from his party to focus on Obama, Santorum has intensified his critique of Romney in recent days.
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CNN: Santorum: Louisiana vote shows the race goes on
Fresh off a big win in Louisiana, Rick Santorum insisted Sunday that Republicans are rejecting the premise that rival Mitt Romney has virtually locked up the GOP presidential nomination. "Even though a lot of folks are saying this race is over, people in Louisiana said, 'No, it's not,' " Santorum said on the CBS program "Face the Nation" about victory in Saturday's Bayou State primary.
CNN: The Supreme Court and election-year blockbusters
The justices on the Supreme Court know very well their rulings can send immediate political shock waves, and those just intensify in a presidential election year. So there is an unusual internal dynamic at work of what cases the court hears and when. But certain legal fights are so important and time-sensitive, this court of last resort is often powerless to refuse or delay. That is true of the current challenges to the health care reform law, which will be argued Monday through Wednesday.