Post Politics: April, 2012

Posted at 06:23 PM ET, 04/27/2012

Romney to college students: Pursue your dreams, even if you have to borrow to do so

Addressing a crowd at Otterbein University, Mitt Romney contended that President Obama’s policies have amounted to an attack on success and on those who aspire to be successful.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:23 PM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 04/27/2012

Romney aide: Obama’s campaign like ‘gyrating, intermittent lawn sprinklers’

The memo from Mitt Romney’s campaign manager comes as the former Mass. governor kicks off a campaign swing at an Ohio university.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:20 PM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, presidential election

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 04/27/2012

Bachmann: Pelosi’s claims of GOP war on women ‘pathetic’

Bachmann fires back at Democratic claims that the student loans freeze proposal constitutes a “war on women.”

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:14 PM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  election-2012

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 04/27/2012

Romney, Obama, the youth vote and the student loan fight (Friday’s Trail Mix video)

TRAIL MIX VIDEO | The battle over student loans centers over how to pay for the $6 billion cost for extending lower rates.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:00 AM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:57 PM ET, 04/26/2012

Romney hires Santorum’s campaign manager

Michael Biundo is joining presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s staff in a key post organizing conservative voters.

By Philip Rucker  |  06:57 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 04/26/2012

Ann Romney’s Super Tuesday MS ‘scare’

The wife of Mitt Romney tells “Entertainment Tonight” that she had a health “scare” ahead of Super Tuesday.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:02 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 04/26/2012

Steny Hoyer: Democrats will take back the House

The No. 2 House Democrat said Thursday that “you can bet your sweet life” Democrats have a good shot at re-taking the lower chamber in November.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:54 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 04/26/2012

Rubio’s DREAM Act ‘disingenuous,’ says Arizona Senate candidate Richard Carmona

The former Bush administration surgeon general said in an interview that he believes Republicans are softening their immigration approach for political purposes.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:13 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 04/26/2012

Could Newt Gingrich help Mitt Romney? (Thursday's Trail Mix)

TRAIL MIX VIDEO | No matter what Gingrich does, it doesn’t look like he’ll be a gamechanger in the race.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:51 AM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:46 PM ET, 04/25/2012

Obama plans first two big rallies of general-election campaign

President Obama will hold his first two major political rallies of the general-election campaign next weekend at colleges in Ohio and Virginia.

By Amy Gardner  |  09:46 PM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 04/25/2012

Marco Rubio delivers foreign policy address with bipartisan tone at Brookings Institution

The Florida senator further stoked speculation about his vice-presidential aspirations with a lengthy foreign-policy address at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:57 PM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marco Rubio, Brookings Institution

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 04/25/2012

What would Marco Rubio bring to the GOP ticket? (Wednesday’s Trail Mix)

TRAIL MIX | Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) delivers a much-anticipated foreign policy speech today, his latest step into the national spotlight. Here’s how he could help Mitt Romney as a vice presidential nominee.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:40 AM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/25/2012

Marco Rubio speech at Brookings Institution: How to follow it

Here are the details on how to follow the speech:

By Natalie Jennings  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:48 PM ET, 04/24/2012

Fan spills yogurt on Obama

During an unscheduled stop at a restaurant and bar in Boulder, Colorado, President Obama met a fan who was so enthusiastic she spilled yogurt on his slacks.

By Amy Gardner  |  09:48 PM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:41 PM ET, 04/24/2012

Mitt Romney, on cusp of GOP nod, to tell voters: ‘A better America begins tonight’

“It’s still about the economy … and we’re not stupid,” Mitt Romney will say in remarks in New Hampshire as five states hold their primaries Tuesday.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:41 PM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 04/24/2012

Obama reaches out to young voters in North Carolina with student-loan issue

At the first of three speeches on college campuses in three battleground states, the president urges Congress to stop student-loan interest rates from doubling in July.

By Amy Gardner  |  03:02 PM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  student loans, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 04/24/2012

Scott Brown’s tax returns: A headache for Mitt Romney?

The same advisers that counseled Romney not to release several years of tax returns are advising Scott Brown to do just the opposite.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:21 PM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Congressional races

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 04/24/2012

Young voters worried about student loans, economy

Nearly three-quarters of all college students say their financial circumstances would be impacted by student loans.

By Krissah Thompson  |  01:22 PM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 04/24/2012

The next act in the student loan fight: Offsetting the cost of lower rates

Both Obama and Romney agree on extending the current rates — but the bigger question is how to pay for it.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:41 AM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:08 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Ann Romney again defends stay-at-home moms during speech at GOP event in Connecticut

“Some people think that I didn’t work, but those are the things that I was pretty busy doing,” she said.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:08 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Ann Romney, Women

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Analysis: What issues are Obama and Romney tweeting about?

We analyzed the candidates’ past 200 tweets to determine what subjects they’re tweeting about the most.

By Mark S. Luckie  |  04:06 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Twitter

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Mitt Romney punts on Marco Rubio’s DREAM Act; talks French vacation

The GOP frontrunner did not weigh in on Rubio’s plan for an alternative DREAM Act for undocumented immigrants.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:16 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Veepstakes, Marco Rubio, Immigration

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Romney backs extension of low student loan interest rate

Announcement comes as a report shows half of recent graduates are jobless or underemployed.

By Felicia Sonmez and Rosalind S. Helderman  |  02:46 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, Economy

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 04/23/2012

Romney says Obama is ‘a president who by his own measure has failed’

On the eve of the Keystone State’s GOP primary, Romney delivered a withering critique of Obama’s leadership on energy and the economy

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:55 AM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  election-2012 | Tags:  Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, Economy

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 04/23/2012

Giuliani endorses Mitt Romney, shelving animosity

The former New York mayor said his one-time political foe has won the Republican nomination “fair and square.”

By Philip Rucker  |  08:59 AM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 04/23/2012

Huntsman says praise from Moore, Carter, Clinton sank his GOP presidential ambitions

To hear the former Utah governor tell it, his GOP presidential campaign was given a “death hug” by prominent figures from across the aisle.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:39 AM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/23/2012

As illegal immigration debate heats up, Marco Rubio hits the trail with Mitt Romney

The Florida senator and potential VP pick will be campaigning with Romney in Pennsylvania Monday afternoon as the illegal immigration debate heats up.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney, Veepstakes

Posted at 07:45 PM ET, 04/20/2012

Romney defends father against Schweitzer’s ‘polygamy’ comment

Responding to Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s comment that Mitt Romney’s family came from a polygamy commune, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee defended his father.

By Kenneth W. Smith Jr.  |  07:45 PM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Brian Schweitzer, Mormonism

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 04/20/2012

Obama campaign returns money raised by supporter accused of fraud

The $50,000 was raised by a New York supporter who was accused in court fraud and other wrongdoing, officials said Friday.

By Dan Eggen  |  06:17 PM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Campaign Finance

Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 04/20/2012

Romney assumes mantle of Republican standard bearer

Romney frames the general election contest against President Obama even as he avoids laying direct claim to the Republican nomination.

By Philip Rucker  |  05:29 PM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  election-2012 | Tags:  Mitt Romney

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 04/20/2012

President Obama and the incumbent’s advantage on the Web

Incumbent presidents almost always enjoy advantages over their rivals. The Obama campaign’s best one might be its digital presence.

By Natalie Jennings  |  02:37 PM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mention Machine

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 04/20/2012

Conservative Crossroads groups raise $49 million

Two juggernaut conservative interest groups, American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, raised $49 million in the first quarter of the year, according to a spokesman for the groups.

By T.W. Farnam  |  12:21 PM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 04/20/2012

Obama heads to N.C., Colorado, Iowa to push for low student loan rates

President Obama will travel to college campuses in North Carolina, Colorado and Iowa to pressure Congress to keep student loan rates down.

By Amy Gardner  |  10:52 AM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Economy

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 04/20/2012

Does Mitt Romney hate cookies?

For Romney, who is not known for his gift of the regular-guy gab, a table with eight regular people, cookies and lemonade can be a recipe for awkwardness.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  06:30 AM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:39 PM ET, 04/19/2012

Romney hires national security spokesman

Richard Grenell brings foreign policy chops and 10-plus years of political experience to the job.

By Philip Rucker  |  06:39 PM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 04/19/2012

Obama, Romney dog fight: Carney and McCain enter the fray

By Natalie Jennings  |  05:40 PM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 04/19/2012

Romney ties Obama to factory closed under Bush

Romney visits a shuttered drywall company in Ohio four years after then-candidate Barack Obama did the same, and says Obama’s policies are to blame for its still being closed.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  03:07 PM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 04/19/2012

Marco Rubio feeds Romney VP talk with slip at National Journal breakfast (Video)

“If in four to five years, if I do a good job as vice president—I’m sorry, as senator—I’ll have the chance to do all sorts of things,” the Florida senator said at a National Journal event.

By Natalie Jennings  |  01:10 PM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marco Rubio, Veepstakes

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 04/19/2012

Romney to give commencement speech at Falwell’s Liberty University

Romney will deliver the commencement address at Liberty University, a bastion of evangelical Christians founded by Jerry Falwell.

By Philip Rucker and Michelle Boorstein  |  11:53 AM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  election-2012

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 04/19/2012

Mitt Romney responds to Obama’s ‘silver spoon’ swipe

Romney accused the president of “attacking people” when he should be “attacking problems.”

By Philip Rucker  |  10:42 AM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Barack Obama

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 04/18/2012

Mitt Romney offers preview of Obama’s nomination speech

Romney hammered President Obama on Wednesday for failing to make good on his promises, using Obama’s words against him.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  05:30 PM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 04/18/2012

Mitt Romney’s Charlotte ‘prebuttal’ speech

Romney will begin to implement his campaign’s “bracket”strategy Wednesday with remarks at 3:40 p.m. ET in Charlotte.

By Natalie Jennings  |  03:27 PM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 04/18/2012

Jim Webb: Health-care law represents a leadership failure for Obama

The Democratic senator from Virginia says president’s credibility was damaged by the way it was handled.

By Karen Tumulty  |  11:58 AM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Health care

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 04/18/2012

Obama endorsed by major environmental groups

Four major environmental groups simultaneously endorsed President Obama’s reelection bid Wednesday

By Juliet Eilperin  |  11:39 AM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 04/17/2012

McConnell joins Boehner in endorsing Romney for president

The Senate minority leader and House speaker are among the Republicans now “unifying” behind the presumptive challenger to President Obama.

By Paul Kane  |  02:46 PM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 04/17/2012

What will the president pay next Tax Day? (Tuesday’s Trail Mix video)

TRAIL MIX VIDEO | On Tax Day we take a look at Obama’s tax rate versus Romney’s.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:01 AM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trail Mix, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 04/16/2012

Mitt Romney to address GOP state party chairs at RNC meeting

Mitt Romney will address GOP state party chairmen Friday at a meeting of the Republican National Committee in Arizona.

By Philip Rucker  |  06:32 PM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 04/16/2012

Romney taps aide Beth Myers to run search for VP running mate

Beth Myers, a confidante and longtime aide, served as chief of staff during Romney’s term as Massachusetts governor and managed his 2008 presidential campaign.

By Philip Rucker  |  10:18 AM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Veepstakes, Mitt Romney

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 04/16/2012

Congress and the campaign game (Monday’s Trail Mix video)

TRAIL MIX VIDEO | The Keystone pipeline takes center stage on Capitol Hill again as Congress reconvenes.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:08 AM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trail Mix, Economy, Congressional races, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 04/15/2012

Geithner: Romney camp’s claims on women and job losses ‘ridiculous and very misleading’

Geither pushed back against claim women held the majority of jobs lost under the Obama administration.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:18 PM ET, 04/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 04/15/2012

Mitt Romney doesn’t need to release all of his income taxes, McCain says

The Arizona senator says there’s no need for Romney to release 23 years of returns to the general public.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:56 PM ET, 04/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 04/15/2012

Mitt Romney camp pounces on Axelrod for comments on economy

Mitt Romney’s camp seized on an interview in which Obama senior adviser David Axelrod appeared to suggest that the country’s economic recovery is not on the right path.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:53 AM ET, 04/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, Economy

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 04/15/2012

Marco Rubio should be Romney’s VP choice, Huckabee says

The former Arkansas governor announces his support for Rubio in the vice presidential sweepstakes.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:42 AM ET, 04/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 04/13/2012

Romney tries to reassure NRA that he will aggressively defend gun rights

In an address to the NRA, Romney pitched himself as a staunch of defender of constitutional rights, including the right to bear arms.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  06:28 PM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 04/13/2012

Mitt Romney requests extension for filing 2011 tax return

By Tom Hamburger  |  05:58 PM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 04/13/2012

Ron Paul: ‘I get very grouchy’ when I don’t exercise

In an interview Thursday night on Fox Business Network, the GOP presidential candidate and congressman revealed why he needs his walk and his bike ride every day.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:12 PM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 04/13/2012

John Thune to campaign for Romney in Colorado

Another potential VP choice hits the trail for the former Massachusetts governor.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:41 PM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Veepstakes

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 04/13/2012

Ron Barber, former Gabby Giffords aide, sees race as call to civility

Ron Barber reconsidered his decision not to run after Giffords personally asked him to make a bid for the seat she vacated in January.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:07 AM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congressional races, Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/13/2012

Who will succeed Gabby Giffords? (Friday’s Trail Mix video)

TRAIL MIX | Ron Barber, Gabrielle Giffords’s district director, is running for the Arizona Democrat’s former House seat. Will he succeed?

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congressional races, Trail Mix, Gabrielle Giffords

Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 04/12/2012

Obama: ‘No tougher job than being a mom’

President Obama distanced himself Thursday from remarks by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, who created a firestorm when she belittled Ann Romney’s past as a stay-at-home mom.

By David Nakamura  |  05:52 PM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Mitt Romney

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 04/12/2012

Hilary Rosen was not ‘freelancing’ with remark on stay-at-home moms, Romney surrogates say

The Romney camp is swinging back hard against the Democratic operative’s comments.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:46 PM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 04/12/2012

The battle for the Senate kicks off (Thursday’s Trail Mix video)

TRAIL MIX | Just as the Republican presidential primary has begun winding down, the race for the Senate is heating up.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:36 AM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congressional races, Trail Mix

Posted at 12:13 AM ET, 04/12/2012

Ann Romney rejects Democratic pundit’s claim that she ‘never worked a day in her life’

The rhetorical war over women escalated Wednesday following a remark by Democratic pundit Hillary Rosen.

By Philip Rucker  |  12:13 AM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:37 PM ET, 04/11/2012

Bob McDonnell: Mitt Romney will win Virginia

The Virginia governor made a prediction that, come November, the Old Dominion will flip from blue to red.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:37 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Veepstakes

Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 04/11/2012

With nomination in sight, Romney makes appeal to women

Flanked by a handful of women entrepreneurs, Mitt Romney hammered the Obama administration for its economic policies, using the “war on women” rhetoric against Democrats.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  06:07 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  women's issues

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 04/11/2012

As Obama stumps on Buffett Rule, Romney camp swings back

Mitt Romney’s campaign slammed the Buffett Rule proposal in a conference call with some of Romney’s top economic advisers.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:19 AM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  election-2012

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/11/2012

The GOP race after Santorum (Wednesday’s Trail Mix video)

TRAIL MIX VIDEO | What happens to the former GOP contender’s delegates? We take a look.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trail Mix, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney

Posted at 08:16 PM ET, 04/10/2012

Romney begins new chapter of campaign

A jubilant Romney declares: “This has been a good day for me,” after telling a crowd that challenger Rick Santorum had decided to bow out of the presidential race.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  08:16 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 04/10/2012

Romney camp turns ‘war on women’ rhetoric back on Obama

A top surrogate for the former Massachusetts governor’s campaign says that Obama’s policies have “set (women) back 20 years.”

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:40 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 04/10/2012

What happens to Rick Santorum’s delegates?

Rick Santorum won a total of 281 national convention delegates. So what happens to them now that he’s suspending his campaign?

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:14 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 04/10/2012

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman to stump for Romney in Pennsylvania on Thursday

The GOP rising star joins the presidential frontrunner for a campaign event in the Keystone State.

By Scott Clement  |  12:17 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  2012 polls, Barack Obama, Presidential Approval | Tags:  Mitt Romney, Rob Portman, Veepstakes

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 04/10/2012

Iowa's Gov. Branstad to hold news conference on GOP presidential race

Gov. Terry Branstad will hold a news conference Tuesday on the Republican presidential race. He

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:34 AM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 04/09/2012

Romney says he speaks more often with Gingrich than with Santorum

“We haven’t had as much interaction, although at each contest’s conclusion we speak with each other,” Romney said of Santorum.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:31 PM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 04/09/2012

Rick Santorum’s daughter Bella may be released from hospital on Monday

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s 3-year-old daughter, Bella, may be released from the hospital as soon as Monday.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:08 PM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/09/2012

How much do the veepstakes matter? (Monday’s Trail Mix)

TRAIL MIX | Does a candidate’s choice of running mate make a difference in the fall? A 2010 Pew survey showed that only 41 percent of Americans could name the vice president.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trail Mix, Veepstakes, Mitt Romney

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 04/06/2012

Bella Santorum hospitalized

Rick Santorum’s three-year-old daughter Bella has been hospitalized, according to a statement issued by the campaign Friday morning.

By Natalie Jennings  |  12:16 PM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Isabella Santorum, Bella Santorum

Posted at 09:38 PM ET, 04/05/2012

Obama to Romney: Release more tax returns

The president and his top aides took aim at Mitt Romney Thursday

By Philip Rucker  |  09:38 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, President Obama, presidential election, campaign finance

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 04/05/2012

Russell Pearce, Arizona immigration law author, says Romney’s ‘policy is identical to mine’

Russell Pearce, author of Arizona’s controversial law, says that he and Romney are on the same page when it comes to illegal immigration.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:58 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russell Pearce, Arizona

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 04/05/2012

Romney plays down chances in Pennsylvania primary

A new poll shows Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in a close race in Pennsylvania, but the GOP frontrunner said Santorum is expected to win his home state.

By T.W. Farnam  |  12:06 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pennsylvania

Posted at 08:50 PM ET, 04/04/2012

In Pennsylvania, Romney focuses on Obama

In stop in suburban Philadelphia, Mitt Romney did not mention Rick Santorum, the former senator who served two terms in both chambers of Congress for the state. Instead, Romney kept a laser focus on the president.

By T.W. Farnam  |  08:50 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 04/04/2012

Herman Cain: Romney must pick VP who will ‘bring some excitement to the ticket’

Cain said in an interview Tuesday night that the best choice for Romney is a VP who will energize the GOP ticket.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:03 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 04/04/2012

Santorum banking on his Pennsylvania roots to win April 24 primary

He kicked off his Pennsylvania campaign with a brunch at Bob’s Diner in an appearance seemingly meant to send one message: I’m home.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  01:50 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  election-2012

Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 04/04/2012

Can Pennsylvania save Santorum? (Wednesday’s Trail Mix)

TRAIL MIX | Pennsylvania is a state Rick Santorum has acknowledged he can’t lose, but with three weeks until the next contests, how can he turn things around?

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:37 AM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trail Mix, Rick Santorum

Posted at 12:30 AM ET, 04/04/2012

Mitt Romney: Wisconsin primary speech (Transcript, video)

By Kenneth W. Smith Jr.  |  12:30 AM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 PM ET, 04/03/2012

Rick Santorum: Wisconsin Primary speech (Transcript, video)

By Kenneth W. Smith Jr.  |  11:30 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:36 PM ET, 04/03/2012

Confident Romney predicts he will be nominee, pledges to start organizing national campaign

“Maybe it’s time to get going” in building a coast-to-coast campaign for the general election, Mitt Romney said in a radio interview.

By Philip Rucker  |  06:36 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 04/03/2012

Romney accuses Obama of deflecting blame for gas prices, economy

Romney lashed out at Obama by accusing him of deflecting blame for the nation’s rising gas prices and the slow economic recovery.

By Philip Rucker  |  01:52 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  election-2012

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/03/2012

Wisconsin Republican primary: How to follow it

Wisconsin’s primary is the most competitive of the Tuesday contests, and also boasts the biggest prize for the winner, who will be awarded 15 delegates.

By Natalie Jennings  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 04/03/2012

Maryland and D.C. primaries: How to follow them

Maryland and District of Columbia Republicans will get their chance to weigh in on the GOP presidential primary Tuesday.

By Natalie Jennings  |  06:30 AM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:52 AM ET, 04/03/2012

Wisconsin, Maryland, D.C. primary day: Can Romney sweep? (Tuesday’s Trail Mix)

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:52 AM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trail Mix

Posted at 09:15 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Obama, Bill Clinton to hold joint fundraiser in McLean

The event in late April will take place at the home of Terry McAuliffe, former DNC chair.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:15 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Santorum returns to Pennsylvania on Wisconsin primary night

The former senator holds a primary-night event in his home state for the second time in the past month.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:09 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Santorum for veep? Not likely, says top Romney surrogate

John H. Sununu tells National Review Online that Santorum’s “softness under pressure” is a factor.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:35 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Veepstakes

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Romney confronted over Mormon doctrines

Romney said that he would talk only about the practices of his faith, not its doctrines.

By Philip Rucker  |  02:18 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 04/02/2012

Obama’s strategic campaign-trail presence (Monday’s Trail Mix)

TRAIL MIX | Election Day is still seven months away, and a GOP nominee has yet to be chosen, but that doesn’t mean the Obama campaign is twiddling its thumbs.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:50 AM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 04/01/2012

Mitt Romney caught off guard by staff’s April Fools’ Day prank

Lawmakers conspire with Romney’s campaign staff to play a trick on the candidate.

By Philip Rucker  |  04:10 PM ET, 04/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 04/01/2012

Campaigning for Romney, John Bolton keeps alive Obama’s open-mike gaffe

Former ambassador says Mitt Romney is the only candidate on Tuesday’s primary ballot suitable to “sit at the big desk” and make the important decisions looming on U.S. foreign policy

By Aaron C. Davis  |  03:18 PM ET, 04/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 04/01/2012

Ron Paul won’t say whether he’d vote for Mitt Romney

Paul also tamped down on suggestions that he might serve as Romney’s running mate.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:52 PM ET, 04/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 04/01/2012

Mitch McConnell not endorsing Romney, but thinks ‘chances are overwhelming’ he’ll win GOP nod

The Senate Minority Leader said Sunday he won’t formally endorse Romney in the GOP primary.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:28 PM ET, 04/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 04/01/2012

Vice President Biden predicts Supreme Court won’t rule health care law unconstitutional

The vice president said on “Face the Nation” Sunday that he doesn’t think the high court will throw out the Obama administration’s signature health care law.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:24 PM ET, 04/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 04/01/2012

Rick Santorum: Pennsylvania polls showing close race are work of ‘Democratic hack’

The former senator dismissed polls showing him in a statistical dead heat with Mitt Romney in Santorum’s home state.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:13 AM ET, 04/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 04/01/2012

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson endorses Mitt Romney

The endorsement from Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) gives Romney another boost heading into Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:50 AM ET, 04/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:44 PM ET, 03/31/2012

Romney predicting victory in Wisconsin GOP primary

The former Massachusetts governor says during a campaign stop in Wisconsin on Saturday that a state he once thought would be “an uphill battle” is looking “better and better.”

By Philip Rucker  |  07:44 PM ET, 03/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 03/31/2012

Romney questions Obama commitment to ‘American exceptionalism’

Mitt Romney again accused the president of promoting “a government-centered society” and questioned his commitment to American exceptionalism.

By Philip Rucker  |  02:50 PM ET, 03/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Wisconsin, Wisconsin primary

 

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