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August 23rd, 2012
07:22 PM ET

Candy Explains: Political Conventions

Candy breaks down the ins and outs of political conventions. Why are they important? Who gets to speak? Who exactly are the delegates?

Filed under: Candy Crowley
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
This Sunday...
August 17th, 2012
03:31 PM ET

This Sunday...

Candy is taking a well deserved vacation this week. CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta is coming off the campaign trail to fill her chair.

Get ready for more R & R. Yes, Romney & Ryan will reunite at least once in the battleground state of New Hampshire, while President Obama will continue his assault on Ryan’s Medicare proposal in the toss-up states of Nevada and Ohio. We’ll see who’s getting the upper hand with competing narratives from Romney Senior Adviser Eric Fehrnstrom and Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter.

By now, you’ve heard pundits, politicos, and politicians say this is the nastiest campaign ever. Of course, we say that every four years. Former Senator and GOP Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum was a target of Mitt Romney’s attacks during the 2012 primary season, and he’ll stop by to give us his take on the nastiness of this general election campaign.

Based on post-Ryan announcement polls, CNN turns the important battleground state of Wisconsin from "lean Obama" to true "toss up" on its electoral map. We’ll talk about that and more with CNN Political Director Mark Preston and USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich.

Filed under: State of the Union • This Sunday...
SOTU Sneak Peek
August 16th, 2012
04:50 PM ET

SOTU Sneak Peek

There is no shortage of stories dominating the news this week, but what will be leading the headlines on Sunday morning? These are some of the stories in the news this week.

Medicare Debate: Almost a week after announcing Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney hit the ground running on the hot topic of Medicare. In an interview with CBS News, Romney defended Ryan’s Medicare Plan, claiming that President Obama’s plan cuts more than $700 billion from the program that guarantees health insurance to seniors citizens. A new 30-second ad released from his camp reiterates Romney’s claim. “You paid in to Medicare for years. Every paycheck. Now, when you need it Obama has cut $716 billion dollars from Medicare,” says the narrator. Ryan, who serves as the House Budget Chairman, says that he and Romney aren’t backing down from their claims. “President Obama is actually damaging Medicare for current seniors. It’s irrefutable. And that’s why I think this is a debate we want to have, and that’s a debate we’re going to win.” On his three day bus tour in Iowa, Obama went on the attack on Medicare, stating that Romney and Ryan “know their plan’s not very popular.” “You can tell that because they’re being pretty dishonest about my plan, especially by the way when it comes to Medicare,” said the President.

Crowley Named Presidential Debate Moderator, First Woman in Two Decades
August 13th, 2012
05:59 PM ET

Crowley Named Presidential Debate Moderator, First Woman in Two Decades

In an announcement Monday by the Commission on Presidential Debates, CNN chief political correspondent and anchor Candy Crowley was named as moderator of the second of the 2012 general election presidential debates. Her selection as moderator makes her the first woman in two decades to be chosen for this prestigious role.

Crowley will moderate the only town hall-style presidential debate between President Barack Obama and the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The debate will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 16 on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. The town hall debate will be the only format that allows undecided voters to ask questions of the candidates directly on foreign policy and domestic issues.

“As someone who is in awe and grateful every day to be in a country where freedom of the press, free speech and free elections are a way of life, I am wowed, amazed and excited by the opportunity to moderate a 2012 presidential debate," said Crowley. "Congratulations are in order as well to Martha, Jim and Bob. I am so proud to be in their company.”


Filed under: Candy Crowley • State of the Union
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