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May 20th, 2012
11:46 AM ET

Candy's Take

Candy gives her take on news made on today's show with Obama 2012 Senior Adviser David Axelrod, RNC Chair Reince Priebus, Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and Barbara Boxer, and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Plus get a preview of next week's Memorial Day special.

May 20th, 2012
11:26 AM ET

Priebus: Give Obama some credit

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus says Obama deserves credit for killing Osama Bin Laden, but doesn't when it comes to his record on job creation.

"President Obama's private business experience hasn't seen the inside of a lemonade stand. And so I think it's time to put someone in the White House who understands how job creation works in this country. And that's Governor Romney. ... Mitt Romney has created - has helped create more net jobs in the state of Massachusetts as governor than Barack Obama has helped net create in the entire country. ... If David Axelrod and this president want to make this campaign about jobs, which is what we want it to be about desperately... there's no chance that Barack Obama wins the presidency in November"


Filed under: Newsmakers • Reince Priebus
May 20th, 2012
11:12 AM ET

Politics and the 2012 campaign

CNN's Dana Bash and The New York Time's Jeff Zeleny discuss politics and the 2012 campaign.


Filed under: Dana Bash • Jeff Zeleny
May 20th, 2012
11:10 AM ET

High stakes in Washington as lawmakers debate possible tax increases

Senators Barbara Boxer and Kay Bailey Hutchison weigh in on the challenge of getting things done in Washington.


Filed under: Barbara Boxer • Kay Bailey Hutchison • Newsmakers • Senate
May 20th, 2012
11:07 AM ET

CNN Confirms: Lockerbie bomber al-Megrahi dies in Libya

CNN confirms Addel Basset al-Megrahi, the only person convicted in connection with the Lockerbie bombing, has died. CNN's Nic Robertson, Senators Barbara Boxer and Kay Bayley Hutchison weigh in.

Sen. Boxer on whether justice has been done in the Lockerbie case: "I don't believe so. ... I have listened to the families. They feel some type of closure, but they also believe that there are more leads that have to be followed. And one thing we know about our country, we'll come after you. So we need to keep on searching. We really do."


Filed under: Barbara Boxer • Kay Bailey Hutchison • Libya
May 20th, 2012
11:03 AM ET

Priebus responds to proposed Rev. Wright ad campaign

RNC Chair Reince Priebus responds to the fallout from the proposed Rev. Wright ad campaign

"It's the Democrats and Barack Obama that want the story out there. He wants this story to play out in the media because for every day that David Axelrod and this president don't have to talk about their broken promises when it comes to jobs, the debt, and the deficit, and the more time they can spend talking about talking about hypotheticals that may or may not come true, is a day that they want to win on."


Filed under: 2012 • Newsmakers • Reince Priebus • State of the Union
May 20th, 2012
11:00 AM ET

Axelrod: Mormonism not "fair game"

David Axelrod weighs in on a GOP plan to reintroduce Rev. Wright into the campaign and says Romney's faith should be off the table.

“We've said that's not fair game. And we wish that Gov. Romney would stand up as strongly and as resolutely consistently to refute these kinds of things on his side.”


Filed under: David Axelrod • Newsmakers
May 20th, 2012
10:57 AM ET

Axelrod on Romney's business record

David Axelrod weighs in on the Obama campaign ad against Bain Capital and Mitt Romney's business record.


Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • Newsmakers
May 20th, 2012
10:12 AM ET

Campaign Trail: Commencement speeches in 2012

It's the end of a school year and the beginning of a general election campaign. The campaign trail runs through commencement.

Candy takes a look at the commencement speeches of 2012.


Filed under: Campaign Trail
May 20th, 2012
04:42 AM ET

Early Bird morning research for Sunday, May 20

Good Sunday morning. The staff is working its way in and we're preparing for today's program. Prepare along with us – check out what we're reading this morning.

On our radar: a deadly earthquake in Italy, protests in Chicago during a NATO summit with world leaders and a recall election in Wisconsin that that political world is watching closely.

Check out what we're reading, and be sure to watch our exclusive interviews with senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus and the secretary-general of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Also joining us: Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-California) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas); and our political panel, Jeff Zeleny of the New York Times and CNN senior congressional correspondent Dana Bash.

State of the Union airs today at 9am/12pm ET. FULL POST

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