November 29th, 2012
01:38 PM ET

Heckler gets in Romney's face, later arrested

As he pulled into the White House driveway Wednesday, former Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney received an unwarm welcome from a heckler. The Secret Service told CNN the man was later arrested "for assault of a police officer and unlawful entrance."


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Gov. Romney comes to the White House
November 29th, 2012
08:17 AM ET

Gov. Romney comes to the White House

President Obama welcomes his opponent in the 2012 campaign, Governor Mitt Romney, to the White House today for lunch. The much-anticipated meeting will happen today at 12:30p as the two men sit down in the private dining room of the White House. Unfortunately, there is no coverage of the event so we hope that the White House will release a photo.  Beyond that meeting, the only other meeting on the president's schedule is a meeting with American Nobel prize winners. That, too, is not open to the press. Presumably, the remainder of Obama's day will be spent behind closed doors, working on a solution to the impending fiscal cliff crisis. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney will brief reporters while Romney and Obama are eating lunch.

For the full guidance released by the White House, click below. FULL POST

Obama takes kids' questions; Romney declines
October 8th, 2012
05:03 PM ET

Obama takes kids' questions; Romney declines

Washington (CNN) – President Obama says his most embarrassing moment is when he runs into a wall. It is "par for the course for me…I'm running into doors and desks all the time."

The comments came as he answered kids' questions for the Nickelodeon special: "Kids Pick the President: The Candidates."

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Plouffe questions Romney's disavowal of "47%" remarks
David Plouffe in the spin room after the first presidential debate on Wednesday.
October 5th, 2012
11:58 AM ET

Plouffe questions Romney's disavowal of "47%" remarks

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In brief comments to reporters on Friday, White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe questioned the credibility of Mitt Romney’s most recent attempts to distance himself from controversial comments delivered at a private fundraiser last May.

“I think he said they were inelegant,” Plouffe said, referring to Romney’s initial reaction to recordings of his “47%” comments. “There is no elegant way to attack half the country, say they’re victims, say they won’t take responsibility. These are teachers. These are veterans. These are seniors. And the most important thing is his policies reflect that approach and that disdain because his entire economic philosophy is geared toward the very wealthy and burdening the middle class.”

In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, Romney tried to further distance himself from the remarks, telling Sean Hannity his comments were “completely wrong,” despite having defended his meaning at a press conference held the day after the tapes from the fundraiser were made public.

Noting how much time had passed since Romney originally delivered the remarks and his recent attempts to walk away from them, Plouffe added that the GOP nominee’s most recent disavowal should be viewed with some skepticism.

“I would take with a huge grain of salt trying to clean something up five months after you’ve said it for the first time and after you doubled down on it," Plouffe said.


Topics: 2012 Election • Mitt Romney
That was fast: Romney debate remarks in new Obama ad
October 4th, 2012
03:37 PM ET

That was fast: Romney debate remarks in new Obama ad

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(CNN) – Less than 24 hours after the first presidential debate, President Barack Obama's re-election campaign released a new television ad Thursday attacking Mitt Romney over his comments about taxes in the Denver showdown.

Obama, citing a study from the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, argued Romney's tax policies would cost $5 trillion –a claim Romney forcefully shut down during the debate.

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Briefing Bites: Was strike on Libyan consulate a 'terrorist attack'?
September 26th, 2012
03:35 PM ET

Briefing Bites: Was strike on Libyan consulate a 'terrorist attack'?

Both the Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee released statements Wednesday criticizing President Obama for not explicitly classifying the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya as “terrorist attacks” in public appearances over the past two weeks.

At the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Obama called the violence, “attacks on America,” but stopped short of labeling the perpetrators as terrorists.

“There should be no doubt that we will be relentless in tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice,” the president said.

When specifically asked whether the strikes were terrorist attacks during a television appearance on ABC’s The View on Monday, Obama wouldn’t say. FULL POST


Topics: Briefing Bites • Jay Carney • Libya • Mitt Romney • President Obama • RNC
Obama above 50% in some battleground polls
September 26th, 2012
01:49 PM ET

Obama above 50% in some battleground polls

(CNN) - New polls in three swing states indicate President Barack Obama exceeding 50% support among likely voters and holding leads of nine to 12 points over Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Fueling those numbers, the four polls suggest that Romney has lost his edge on the economy, an issue on which the challenger has based his campaign.

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Topics: 2012 Election • Mitt Romney • Poll • President Obama
President Obama questioned about immigration and Fast and Furious at Univision town hall
President Obama questioned by Univision anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas.
September 20th, 2012
08:51 PM ET

President Obama questioned about immigration and Fast and Furious at Univision town hall

Miami, FL (CNN) - President Barack Obama flew to Miami on Thursday to try to shore up Latino support in a town hall forum broadcast by the Spanish language network Univision.

Before an audience of 700 Spanish speakers – half college students - at the “Meet the Candidates” forum, Obama defended his record on immigration and tried to explain why his administration did not fulfill a 2008 campaign promise to tackle comprehensive reform in his first year in office.

“When we talked about immigration reform in the first year, that was before the economy was on the verge of collapse … the stock market was collapsing. And so my first priority, was making sure we prevented us from going into a great depression.”

Univision host Jorge Ramos pressed Obama on his pledge, saying “a promise is a promise.” FULL POST

Romney omits 'war' from acceptance speech
September 1st, 2012
01:22 PM ET

Romney omits 'war' from acceptance speech

(CNN) - In a new campaign video and in emails sent to reporters throughout the day, the Obama campaign spent much of Friday highlighting what they call an important omission from Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech on Thursday night.

“In an almost 45-minute speech, Mitt Romney didn't find a moment to mention Afghanistan,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said in a statement sent to reporters just after midnight. “With no new plans and evasion about his real plans, Mitt Romney leaves this convention no stronger than he came.”

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Topics: 2012 Election • Mitt Romney • President Obama • RNC
Conservative group’s ad tries to deflate historic presidential remarks
August 24th, 2012
03:38 PM ET

Conservative group’s ad tries to deflate historic presidential remarks

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It’s the video of President Obama announcing to the world that Osama Bin Laden had been killed.

“The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda," the president said.

You can surf the web and replay the moment that the White House considers one of the high points of his presidency.

But one anti-Obama group wants viewers to see something else first: former supporters of the president who have now had a change of heart.
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