Biden: GOP 'holding middle-class tax cuts hostage'
Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a White House Community Leaders Briefing on July 16, 2012 in Washington, DC.
July 24th, 2012
05:49 PM ET

Biden: GOP 'holding middle-class tax cuts hostage'

(CNN) – The White House and Congressional Democrats are using a Senate vote on Wednesday to try and force Congressional action on a tax cut compromise. At issue is President Obama’s proposal to extend only Bush-era tax cuts on income below $250,000 a year, while allowing cuts for everything over that threshold to expire at the end of the year.

In anticipation of the vote, the National Economic Council released a study on Tuesday surveying the economic effects of the president’s plan, and Vice President Joe Biden held a rare conference call with reporters to hammer home the significance of finding a compromise.

“If Congress doesn't get this done, there are going to be 114 million people – middle class families – see their taxes go up and in effect a cut in their wages,” Biden said. “A typical middle class family, making fifty grand, a family of four, is going to pay $2,200 extra.” FULL POST

Obama continues conversation with veterans
July 24th, 2012
04:08 PM ET

Obama continues conversation with veterans

PORTLAND, Oregon (CNN) - One day after delivering remarks to thousands of veterans at the VFW convention in Reno, Nevada, President Obama sat down with a smaller group of veterans for breakfast.

Three veterans from the Portland area sat down at the Gateway Breakfast House to discuss issues such as care for disabled veterans, services in rural areas, and PTSD.

Most of the meeting was out of the view of cameras but pool reporters heard several references to his remarks yesterday in Reno. FULL POST


Topics: 2012 Election • President Obama • Veterans
Obama says Romney 'knowingly twisting my words'
July 24th, 2012
11:48 AM ET

Obama says Romney 'knowingly twisting my words'

OAKLAND, California (CNN) – After taking a break from his re-election bid after last week’s Colorado movie theater shooting, President Barack Obama eased back to the campaign trail Monday by holding several fundraisers in California.

He began his first fundraising remarks by mentioning his trip to Aurora, Colorado, on Sunday to comfort the victims’ families.

“I spent time with the families, and the medical staff, the first responders. And sometimes when bad things happen, horrible things happen, I think it’s easy for us to slip into despair. And yet if you had spent some time, like I did, with those people, who had faced down just unimaginable pain with strength and grace, it would make you extraordinarily optimistic about America,” the president told a fundraiser in Piedmont.

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Obama camp pushes context in web videos
July 24th, 2012
11:43 AM ET

Obama camp pushes context in web videos

(CNN) – As Mitt Romney and fellow Republicans ramp up their attacks on President Barack Obama for his remarks on small business, the president's operation is pushing back with a duo of web videos arguing the comments are out on context.

The battle stems back two weeks, when Obama told a crowd in Roanoke, Virginia, that successful small businesses got that way with the help of governmental support like roads and educators.

"If you are successful, somebody along the line gave you some help," Obama said. "There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet."

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Obama ad uses different tone in drawing contrast with Romney
July 24th, 2012
11:34 AM ET

Obama ad uses different tone in drawing contrast with Romney

(CNN) – President Barack Obama says in a new television spot that the economic plan favored by his rival Mitt Romney is a tired approach that would only favor the wealthy.

The Obama campaign says the minute-long ad, called "The Choice," will air in nine battleground states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Obama's campaign said on Sunday they would not air any ads in Colorado through Friday in light of the shooting there last week. "The Choice" will begin airing in the state on Saturday, the Obama campaign tells CNN.

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POTUS Day Ahead: Northwest fundraising edition
US President Barack Obama arrives to speak during a campaign event at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, California, on Monday.
July 24th, 2012
09:02 AM ET

POTUS Day Ahead: Northwest fundraising edition

President Obama’s re-election campaign schedule is back on track Tuesday as he holds four campaign events in the Pacific Northwest. The president wakes up on the second day of his trip and heads directly to Portland, OR for two fundraising stop at the Oregon Convention Center.

According to the campaign, he will hold a fundraising roundtable in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center with roughly 25 people paying $30,000 per person. The President will then deliver remarks before roughly 1,000 people at a second fundraising reception at the same location where tickets start at $500 per person.

Once this fundraiser wraps up, Obama will head to Seattle, Washington for more fundraising. He’ll attend two fundraisers at private residences in Hunts Point, Washington.

Here’s the schedule as released by the White House: FULL POST


Topics: Daily Schedule
Obama to congressional Republicans: Stop playing politics with our military
President Barack Obama speaks during the 113th National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada.
July 23rd, 2012
10:31 PM ET

Obama to congressional Republicans: Stop playing politics with our military

Reno, Nevada (CNN) – President Obama spoke to thousands of veterans Monday at the National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, but he also delivered a message to congressional Republicans.

"Stop playing politics with our military," Obama told the crowd here.

Responding to recent congressional votes demanding details on the $1.2 trillion dollars in government spending cuts set to go into effect at the start of next year, President Obama tried to shift responsibility back to Capitol Hill. FULL POST

Obama pays tribute to Colorado shooting victims
President Obama greets an attendee of the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention, held in Reno, Nevada.
July 23rd, 2012
06:38 PM ET

Obama pays tribute to Colorado shooting victims

RENO, Nevada (CNN) - President Obama honored members of the military who were victims of last week’s movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado at a speech here on Monday.

During remarks at the annual VFW convention, the president began by paying tribute to four of the 12 shooting victims who were either serving or had served in uniform.

“Yesterday I was in Aurora, with families whose loss is hard to imagine - with the wounded, who are fighting to recover; with a community and a military base in the midst of their grief. And they told me of the loved ones they lost,” Obama told the crowd of thousands of veterans gathered at the convention.

Jesse Childress was a staff sergeant in the Air Force reserves. John Larmier served as a Petty Officer Third Class in the Navy. Rebecca Wingo served as a Chinese translator in the Air Force. And Jonathan Blunk served three Navy tours.

“These young patriots were willing to serve in faraway lands, yet they were taken from us here at home,” Obama said. “And yesterday I conveyed to their families a message on behalf of all Americans: We honor your loved ones. We salute their service. And as you summon the strength to carry on and keep bright their legacy, we stand with you as one united American family.”

On Sunday, President Obama traveled to Aurora and visited with all 12 victims’ families as well as several of the injured being treated at the ICU of the University of Colorado Hospital. He spent more than two hours with the families before making a statement to reporters, but he did not attend the public prayer vigil.

After his visit, Obama continued with his previously schedule west-coast trip, stopping first in Reno, Nevada before continuing on to the San Francisco area for fundraisers Monday night. On Tuesday he’ll hold campaign events in Portland and Seattle.


Topics: Aurora shooting • President Obama • VFW
First Lady to lead U.S. delegation to London Olympics
First Lady Michelle Obama talks with a girl scout while planting the White House garden in March. White House Chef Sam Kass watches in the background.
July 23rd, 2012
03:03 PM ET

First Lady to lead U.S. delegation to London Olympics

(CNN) – The White House held a conference call on Monday to release the details of First Lady Michelle Obama's visit to London as the head of the U.S. delegation to the 2012 Olympic Games. Joining the first lady as part of the delegation will be former Olympics and Paralympics athletes Brandi Chastain, Dominique Dawes, Gabriel Diaz de Leon, Grant Hill and Summer Sanders.

“Leading our nation's delegation and traveling to London is truly a dream come true,” Obama said. “If anybody had asked me when I was 10, or 11 or 20 or actually 40 whether I'd be doing this I would have said not. Some of my fondest memories when I was young and not so young involved watching the Olympics on TV and cheering on Team USA and as part of this trip and my Lets Move! initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity I decided that I wanted to turn that Olympic spirit and inspiration into action by using these games as a way to get more kids up and moving.”

The first lady will head to London on Thursday, and her official visit will begin with an informal breakfast for U.S. Olympians on Friday. Later in the morning, Obama will host a Let's Move! event for the children of American service members stationed in London as well as American and British students. Athletes such as David Beckham, Nadia Comaneci, Shawn Johnson, Carl Lewis, and Dikembe Mutombo will also attend the event. FULL POST

Obama campaign hails Iraq record ahead of VFW speech
July 23rd, 2012
12:13 PM ET

Obama campaign hails Iraq record ahead of VFW speech

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's presidential campaign touted the candidate's achievement of ending U.S. involvement in Iraq in a web video Monday, hours ahead of Obama's address at the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Reno, Nevada.

The video also came the same day attacks across Iraq killed at least 44 people and wounded dozens more. While overall attacks have dropped off in Iraq since the height of violence in 2006, insurgents have routinely targeted Iraqi security forces and civilians since the United States withdrew its troops in December.

The video from Obama's campaign centers on a parade held in St. Louis in January, the first major "welcome home" ceremony to be held by a major U.S. city.

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Topics: 2012 Election • President Obama • Veterans