Conservative group puts millions into Obama energy attack
April 26th, 2012
02:52 PM ET
8 years ago

Conservative group puts millions into Obama energy attack

Washington (CNN) – An independent conservative group launched its latest round of ads Thursday that are set to air in eight presidential battleground states backed by $6.1 million, according to the organization.

The president of Americans for Prosperity said the ad will begin running on Friday on cable and broadcast television stations for two weeks in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Energy • President Obama
April 26th, 2012
02:49 PM ET
8 years ago

Boehner demands Obama campaign repay treasury for 'pathetic' political trips

Washington (CNN) - In a sign that campaign season is in full force on Capitol Hill, House Speaker John Boehner used his weekly press conference Thursday to rip into President Barack Obama, saying his recent trips were "pathetic."

The speaker argued the travel to three battleground states, where the president criticized Republicans on student loans, was political and demanded the Obama re-election campaign repay the Treasury for the cost of the trips.
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Filed under: John Boehner • President Obama
April 26th, 2012
02:07 PM ET
8 years ago

Michelle Obama's White House fantasy

(CNN) – She's known to take discreet trips to Target and Baskin-Robbins, but first lady Michelle Obama said Thursday she'd still like more freedom to get out of the White House.

"Sometimes we can't sneak out often on our own without security and motorcades and people with us," Obama said at a "Take your Child to Work Day" held at the White House. She was explaining what she would change about being the nation's first lady.
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Filed under: Michelle Obama
Major Republican group sees weak economy key to attracting independent voters
April 26th, 2012
01:25 PM ET
8 years ago

Major Republican group sees weak economy key to attracting independent voters

Washington (CNN) – Some of the leading Republican pollsters said they believe their party has a growing chance to grab a large number of independent voters because of their negative view of the economy, especially as experts question whether the economic recovery is beginning to slow.

With the nation politically divided, political analysts said the election's outcome could come down to which party better persuades this key bloc of voters who supported President Barack Obama in 2008 but were a major reason Republicans won back the House of Representatives two years later.
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Filed under: 2012 • Haley Barbour • Mitt Romney
April 26th, 2012
12:50 PM ET
8 years ago

Biden hammers Romney over foreign policy

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden took direct aim at presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in a speech Thursday, hitting the candidate as having an outdated approach to foreign policy that was "fundamentally wrong."

"Governor Romney wants to take us back to a world that no longer exists with policies that are dangerously divorced from today's reality," Biden said in his remarks at New York University.
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Filed under: 2012 • Foreign Policy • Joe Biden • Mitt Romney • New York
Government official acknowledges past Secret Service misconduct
April 26th, 2012
11:29 AM ET
8 years ago

Government official acknowledges past Secret Service misconduct

Washington (CNN) - With more reports surfacing of misconduct by Secret Service personnel and other federal law enforcement officers during overseas trips, a U.S. government official familiar with the Secret Service acknowledged missteps by Secret Service agents in the past, but was quick to defend the government’s internal review process.

"We have had employees that have engaged in misconduct," the official told CNN. "People make mistakes."

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Filed under: President Obama
Thune puts damper on VP speculation
April 26th, 2012
10:01 AM ET
8 years ago

Thune puts damper on VP speculation

Washington (CNN) – He's not saying yes, but he's also not saying no. Sen. John Thune, the number three Republican in the Senate, said Thursday he doesn't expect to be chosen as Mitt Romney's running mate.

Speaking before a meeting of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, Thune was asked whether or not he would run alongside Romney in his bid for the White House.
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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • John Thune • Mitt Romney
Ann Romney: I had a health 'scare'
April 26th, 2012
09:49 AM ET
8 years ago

Ann Romney: I had a health 'scare'

(CNN) – Ann Romney, the wife of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney who suffers from multiple sclerosis, revealed she had a health "scare" leading up to Super Tuesday.

"There have been some days, like before Super Tuesday I was quite fatigued, and I knew I couldn't quit. I didn't tell anybody I was tired," Romney told "Entertainment Tonight" in an interview set to air Thursday. "I just kept going. I kept going."
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Filed under: 2012 • Ann Romney • Mitt Romney
Web ad mocks Obama as 'celebrity president'
April 26th, 2012
09:19 AM ET
8 years ago

Web ad mocks Obama as 'celebrity president'

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's much talked about appearance on Jimmy Fallon's late night TV talk show is being used against the president by a major Republican group that says it's going up with an online ad that criticizes Obama as a "celebrity president."

American Crossroads, the independent super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove that backs GOP causes and candidates, says their spot will run online starting as early as Thursday in the three university towns the president visited during his two day, three battleground state tour Tuesday and Wednesday. Obama held events at the University of North Carolina, the University of Colorado and the University of Iowa as part of his push for the extension of a measure that would hold down federal student loan rates, an important issue for many younger voters.
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April 26th, 2012
09:12 AM ET
8 years ago

Salahi defends run for governor

(CNN) - Tareq Salahi, a reality star best known for crashing a White House state dinner, is mulling a run for governor in Virginia and believes his time in the spotlight will help sway voters to his side.

"The social media, those people that have associated me with television or reality TV, opens up a whole new audience, and frankly the younger audience is going to be very important in winning this governor's race," Salahi said on CNN's "Starting Point."
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Filed under: Virginia
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