April 18th, 2012
03:12 PM ET
8 years ago

Clinton on being Obama's VP: 'Not going to happen'

(CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday once again squashed notions that she would accept a gig as President Barack Obama's running mate this fall.

"That is not going to happen," Clinton said in an interview to air on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "That's like saying if the Olympic Committee called you up and said are you ready to run the marathon would you accept. Well, it is not going to happen."
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Playing hot potato with hot dog stories
April 18th, 2012
03:09 PM ET
8 years ago

Playing hot potato with hot dog stories

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – Mitt Romney refused to play ball Wednesday over the newest turn in a frenzy dogging the political sphere.

The presumptive GOP nominee brushed off a question about President Obama eating dog meat as a child in Indonesia, telling a conservative radio host: "This campaign is going to ultimately become about jobs, not dogs."
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Borger: Romney won't make McCain's mistake
April 18th, 2012
03:05 PM ET
8 years ago

Borger: Romney won't make McCain's mistake

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is CNN's chief political analyst, appearing regularly on shows such as "AC360˚" "The Situation Room," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."

(CNN) - It's that time in the presidential cycle again. Mitt Romney, presumptive GOP nominee, appoints a trusted adviser to lead his vice presidential search. The questionnaires are readied; the real level of interest of the contenders is gauged (and all public protestations of noninterest dutifully disregarded.)

The candidate's weaknesses are cataloged, both in battleground states and in key demographics. And maybe the candidate weighs in with a guideline or two for the search.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
Paul courts Rhode Island voters with ad
April 18th, 2012
02:48 PM ET
8 years ago

Paul courts Rhode Island voters with ad

(CNN) - While Mitt Romney has essentially locked up the Republican presidential nomination, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas has his eyes set on Rhode Island's upcoming primary with the release of a TV ad in the Ocean State.

The 30-second spot, 'The Plan,' takes a largely positive tone and aims to outline the candidate's proposals to cut $1 trillion from the federal budget in one year, as well as eliminate five federal bureaucracies and cut U.S. military involvement abroad.
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Filed under: 2012 • Rhode Island • Ron Paul
Romney: Obama should 'suck it up'
April 18th, 2012
02:11 PM ET
8 years ago

Romney: Obama should 'suck it up'

(CNN) - Mitt Romney drew new contrasts with President Barack Obama on Wednesday by targeting the president's fondness for golf and vacations with his family.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee said Obama's golf trips make him "scratch his head."
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
April 18th, 2012
01:05 PM ET
8 years ago

Senator encourages GSA to 'clean house'

Washington (CNN) - Describing the billions of dollars in contracts and services handled by the General Services Administration as a den of temptation, senators from both parties called Wednesday for the agency at the center of a spending scandal to clean house as it roots out corruption.

"The party's over," declared Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, at the third congressional hearing in three days on the controversy that has embarrassed the Obama administration in an election year.

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Filed under: Congress • GSA • Senate
Obama camp pushes for Latino vote
April 18th, 2012
01:01 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama camp pushes for Latino vote

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's reelection campaign unveiled a new "Latinos for Obama" initiative Wednesday and sought to portray Republicans as pushing "snake oil" policies harmful to Latinos.

Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey said Republicans – including the party's presidential contenders – spoke on immigration using "a pejorative language that goes directly to our community."
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Robert Menendez
Romney campaign 'bracketing' aims to 'step on president's message'
April 18th, 2012
12:22 PM ET
8 years ago

Romney campaign 'bracketing' aims to 'step on president's message'

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Hearing the term "bracketing" tossed about these days? Sounds like something you do when you're picking a college basketball winner in March. But this has more to do with Mitt Romney's strategy for November.

Take what's happening this week. President Obama has a campaign trip to Ohio. So what does the Romney campaign do? They set up a bunch of interviews for Romney with Ohio radio stations in the hours before the president's speech. Then Romney goes to Ohio the next day to give the response to Obama.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • North Carolina • President Obama
Dems, Republicans make their picks in election to replace Giffords
Democrat Ron Barber (L) and Republican Jesse Kelly (R) will compete in the special election on June 12 to fill the House seat vacated by former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
April 18th, 2012
11:22 AM ET
8 years ago

Dems, Republicans make their picks in election to replace Giffords

(CNN) - Voters in Arizona's 8th Congressional District cast their ballots Tuesday in the primary ahead of the special election to replace former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

The congresswoman resigned from her seat in January to focus on her recovery from the Tucson shooting that killed six and wounded 13 others, including Giffords.
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Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Gabrielle Giffords • House
CNN Poll of Polls: All knotted up between Obama and Romney
April 18th, 2012
10:39 AM ET
8 years ago

CNN Poll of Polls: All knotted up between Obama and Romney

Washington (CNN) - With six and a half months to go until November's presidential election, it's basically all tied up between President Barack Obama and all-but-certain Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, according to an average of the four national surveys conducted entirely after former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania suspended his campaign on April 10.

A CNN Poll of Polls compiled and released Wednesday indicates that, on average, 47% of registered voters in the four polls say they back Obama, with 45% supporting Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who is making his second bid for the White House. With each poll having a sampling error greater than Obama's two-point margin over Romney, it's fair to say that the race can be considered a dead heat.
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Filed under: CNN Poll of polls • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama
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