February 24th, 2012
04:33 PM ET
8 years ago

Fact-checking Gingrich's charge Obama voted in favor of 'infanticide'

Washington (CNN) - When the topic turned to contraception and reproductive rights at CNN's debate in Arizona on Wednesday, Newt Gingrich went on the attack, saying that in 2008 "not once did anybody in the elite media ask why Barack Obama voted in favor of legalizing infanticide."

It's a striking claim, and he's not the only Republican presidential candidate making it. Speaking at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Forum last March, Rick Santorum said, "any child born prematurely, according to the president, in his own words, can be killed."


Filed under: Fact Check • Newt Gingrich • President Obama
Iowa outcome: What it means for the president
January 4th, 2012
05:44 AM ET
8 years ago

Iowa outcome: What it means for the president

(CNN) - For Democrats the outcome of the Iowa caucuses was a plus but no surprise: no candidate sealed the deal.

Three takeaways from the Democrats point of view. First, it denies Romney the momentum he needs to lock up the nomination early and move up the start of the general election. Even with the surprising rise of Rick Santorum, the Democrats still expect Mitt Romney to ultimately win the Republican nomination. And that's why they still focused all of their fire on Romney tonight. Multiple aides to President Barack Obama pointed out that Romney barely matched his showing from the caucuses four years ago. And his support among middle class Iowans – defined as those making $50,000 or less – fell by five points.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • President Obama