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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
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.

SOTU Sneak Peek
August 2nd, 2012
04:04 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.

Senate Dem accuses Romney of not paying taxes: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) caused a commotion when he said Mitt Romney is not releasing his tax returns because he has not paid taxes in over 10 years. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Reid said he learned of Romney’s tax history from “a person who had invested with Bain Capital.” Reid repeated the claim on the Senate Floor today saying “the word's out that he hasn't paid any taxes for ten years.” Romney adviser Eric Fernstrom pushed back hard, telling Fox News “I’m telling you authoritatively speaking on the behalf of the Governor that those charges are untrue, they are baseless, and there is nothing to back them up.”

July 29th, 2012
01:42 PM ET

State of the Union Crib Sheet for Sunday July 29

State of the Union Highlights

On today’s show, Candy spoke with  Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois and Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire about foreign policy and GOP presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s overseas trip. In the separate interviews, the senators also sparred over the impending 'fiscal cliff’ and when to deal with the issue in Congress. We also discussed the recent rash of negative campaign ads and their effectiveness with Ken Goldstein, Ron Brownstein and Michael Scherer. We were live in the noon hour with coverage of Mitt Romney’s speech in Jerusalem, and got reaction from the Obama campaign’s foreign policy adviser, Tim Roemer.

Filed under: 2012 • Barack Obama • Dick Durbin • Iran • Israel • Kelly Ayotte • Michael Scherer • Mitt Romney • Syria
July 29th, 2012
10:03 AM ET

Campaigning with a slumping economy

Sen. Dick Durbin assistant Majority Leader on how the economy will affect the 2012 presidential campaign.

Filed under: 2012 • Dick Durbin • Economy • Newsmakers • State of the Union
July 25th, 2012
08:41 AM ET

No gun law changes likely after shooting

Candy reports on the dormant state of the gun control debate, and why it's likely to remain so.

Filed under: 2012 • Candy Crowley • Gun control
Senate candidates trade jabs over defense cuts, taxes in Virginia debate
July 22nd, 2012
12:43 AM ET

Senate candidates trade jabs over defense cuts, taxes in Virginia debate

(CNN) – At a luxury resort where visitors usually come for rest and relaxation, former Virginia governors George Allen and Tim Kaine, who hope to represent the Commonwealth in the U.S. Senate, squared off Saturday morning in a debate moderated by CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

Both candidates noted Friday's mass shootings in Aurora, Colorado in their opening remarks. Republican Allen praised Democrat Kaine’s handling of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre while he was governor.

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Filed under: 2012 • State of the Union
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