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August 19th, 2012
01:46 PM ET

State of the Union Crib Sheet for Sunday August 19th

Policy differences over Medicare, and the growing negative tone in the presidential campaigns were front and center on today’s “State of the Union.” Romney senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom, speaking to CNN’s National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta, said he wasn’t concerned that seniors might be turned off by the Romney/Ryan Medicare plan. “If you look at the last few days of the campaign, you will see that Paul Ryan was down in Florida as you mentioned with his mother talking about the Romney/Ryan plan to strengthen and protect Medicare,” said Fehrnstrom.

Filed under: 2012 • Post-show rundown • Road to 2012 • State of the Union
August 19th, 2012
01:06 PM ET

Santorum: Biden "played the race card"

Rick Santorum sharply criticized Joe Biden for his remark that the GOP will put African Americans "back in chains."

"And when you're in a group, you know, I've been in groups like that, and it's very easy when you're in a group of people that, you know, when you're in the South or when you're up in different areas of the country and different groups of people, you develop an affinity with the group that you're speaking in front of. That's what Vice President [Biden] was doing. He was trying to develop that affinity, and he did so in a very horrendous way. And he should apologize for it. But it is exactly the tone of this campaign."

Filed under: Rick Santorum • State of the Union
August 19th, 2012
12:34 PM ET

Cutter defends Biden's "chains" remark

Obama deputy camp. manager Stephanie Cutter says criticism of Joe Biden's "chains" comment is a "distraction."

"This faux outrage by Mitt Romney, complaining and whining about the tone of this race is really completely hypocritical."

Filed under: 2012 • Barack Obama • Joe Biden • Newsmakers • President Obama • State of the Union • Stephanie Cutter
August 19th, 2012
12:31 PM ET

Romney adviser says taxes "not an issue"

Romney camp. senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom says his candidate's tax returns are not a legitimate campaign issue.

"Look, taxes are not an issue. It is not what the American people are talking about."

Filed under: 2012 • Budget • Eric Fehrnstrom • Medicare • Mitt Romney • Newsmakers • State of the Union • Taxes
August 19th, 2012
12:30 PM ET

Ann Romney expected to kick off GOP convention

Washington (CNN) – Ann Romney is expected to be named the main headliner to kick off the Republican National Convention – establishing a foundation for the week long GOP effort to rally support for her husband’s presidential campaign.

The announcement is likely to come Monday as part of a bigger rollout of the convention schedule, a Republican source with knowledge of the plan tells CNN. The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, cautioned that the schedule could change, as the Romney campaign and organizers seek to put the finishing touches on the four day event.

Read more on the CNN Political Ticker

August 19th, 2012
12:24 PM ET

Florida: A must-win for Mitt Romney?

CNN Political Director Mark Preston and USA Today's Jackie Kucinich discuss the importance of Florida – 2012's must-win.

Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Jackie Kucinich • Mark Preston • State of the Union