April 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama will publicly kick off his bid for a second term next week, his campaign announced Wednesday evening. The president, along with First Lady Michelle Obama, will travel to Columbus, Ohio, and Richmond, Va., on May 5, events that represent a long-awaited shift from official to purely political travel. At the events, campaign officials say the president "will speak about how far we've come, and lay out the very real stakes in this election: whether we choose to keep moving our country forward, or go back to the failed policies that crashed our economy and left the middle class struggling to catch up. " In an election in which as many as a dozen states will be considered potential battlegrounds, both Ohio and Virginia are expected to be among the most fiercely contested.
April 14, 2012
SATURDAY The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer GOP race: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.); world affairs: Former British prime minister Tony Blair. 3 p.m. CNN The Chris Matthews Show How former presidents help the current president; possibility of a Hillary Clinton presidential bid in 2016. (N) 5 p.m. KNBC McLaughlin Group (N) 6:30 p.m. KCET SUNDAY Today Beluga whales; Today's life illustrated. (N) 6 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N) 6 a.m. KABC State of the Union With Candy Crowley GOP unity, 2012 politics: Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus; the Trayvon Martin case, civility, the 2012 campaign: Bill Cosby.
June 7, 2012 |
Mitt Romney's presidential campaign reached a significant milestone Thursday, surpassing President Obama's fundraising efforts in a single month for the first time with a whopping $76.8 million raised in May. Obama's campaign announced earlier in the morning that it and the Democratic National Committee had raised more than $60 million. In the first full month of joint fundraising between Romney's campaign, RNC and various committees associated with the two, 93% of donations were of $250 of less, totaling 297,442 individuals.
August 8, 2011 |
Republicans immediately pounced on President Obama's speech Monday as insufficient after the nation's credit rating was downgraded for the first time in history last week. In his remarks, the president declared that America remains a "triple-A country" and that the downgrade by Standard & Poor's would hopefully “give us a renewed sense of urgency" to tackle the nation's fiscal troubles. But with the Dow Jones industrial average plunging more than 500 points after Obama's address, the head of the Republican National Committee said the markets had already spoken.
June 8, 2011 |
The White House declined Wednesday to weigh in on the scandal involving Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner, amid new pressure for him to step down. Tim Kaine, the former chair of the Democratic National Committee who is now running for a U.S. Senate seat in Virginia, told a local television station earlier that "lying publicly" about his behavior was "unforgivable and he should resign. " He was the first prominent Democrat to expressly call for him to do so. Asked for President Obama's position, press secretary Jay Carney said at his daily briefing that he had "no comment on that story.
March 30, 2012 |
When the GOP primaries finally do come to a close, the RNC will have a nice wrap-up gift on hand for the eventual nominee: an extra $21 million to spend. The RNC announced yesterday that it has fully funded its Presidential Trust, a fund that can be spent in direct coordination with the eventual Republican nominee's campaign. Those coordinated expenditures are capped by the Federal Election Commission at $21 million for the 2012 cycle “With a fully-funded trust, we stand ready on day one once we have a presumptive nominee.
August 28, 2012 |
Bucking tradition, President Obama set out on a two-day campaign swing on Tuesday, aiming to steal just a bit of the spotlight from Republicans rallying in Tampa, Fla. Obama was scheduled for a college tour, with events at Iowa State University and Colorado State University. He's slated to hold a rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Wednesday. As a courtesy, past presidential candidates have curtailed campaign activities during the other party's conventions. But Obama's campus swing -- aimed at firing up a key demographics -- coincides with the first full day of the Republican speech-making.
August 31, 2011 |
The White House says it's "coincidental" that President Obama's planned address to Congress next Wednesday conflicts with a debate for GOP presidential candidates. Others aren't so sure. Just moments after the administration announced the president was requesting a rare joint-session address to roll out his long-awaited jobs plan, press secretary Jay Carney was peppered with questions about what some viewed as a curious bit of counter-programming. Would the White House really schedule such a major address intentionally to overshadow the Republicans seeking Obama's job?