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  • Voters disappointed but forgiving of congressman

    April 12, 2014 10:19 AM

    MONROE, La. - Louisiana voters say they're disappointed but not surprised by a video showing Republican congressman Vance McAllister in an extramarital encounter with an aide. Several of the congressman's constituents say he should not resign, though Gov. Bobby Jindal and some other Republican Party leaders suggest he should step... more »
  • Defense bill deals with sexual assault in the military

    December 13, 2013 6:15 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A defense policy bill that aims to deal with the epidemic of sexual assaults in the military is heading to the Senate, where it could get slowed by Republican outrage over majority Democrats' limits on GOP power. The House passed the legislation Thursday. The strong bipartisan vote... more »
  • GOP leaders revise strategy on stopgap funding

    September 17, 2013 4:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - House GOP leaders are looking to reverse course and agree to tea party demands to try to use a vote this week on a must-pass temporary government funding bill to block implementation of President Barack Obama's new health care law. A GOP aide says the latest strategy, to... more »
  • Boehner says he supports Obama on Syria

    September 3, 2013 10:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says he will support President Barack Obama's call for the U.S. to take action against Syria for alleged chemical weapons use and says his Republican colleagues should support the president, too. The Ohio Republican says the use of chemical weapons must be responded... more »
  • GOP senators say details needed on Syria strategy

    September 2, 2013 2:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - Two Republican foreign policy hawks say President Barack Obama must make a strong case for attacking Bashar Assad's Syria if he wants to win congressional backing for the operation. Sen. John McCain tells reporters at the White House that Obama's intervention now will be more difficult because Assad... more »
  • Monroe lawmaker says he's running for 5th District

    August 13, 2013 4:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Republican state lawmaker from Monroe says he will run in the October special election for a congressional seat representing northeast and central Louisiana. Rep. Jay Morris says he thinks Gov. Bobby Jindal and Congressman Rodney Alexander tried to orchestrate Alexander's resignation to benefit GOP state Sen.... more »
  • Jindal to speak at Mich. GOP meeting

    August 6, 2013 10:28 AM

    MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will attend a big Republican conference in Michigan in September. The Michigan Republican Party says Jindal will speak at the 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was previously announced as a speaker, and additional speakers... more »
  • Obama: House GOP budget is 'bad bargain'

    July 25, 2013 3:49 PM

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - President Barack Obama says the House Republican budget is a "bad bargain" for the middle class. Obama says the House GOP wants to cut spending on education, science and clean energy when the country should be investing in those sectors. He says cutting back in those areas... more »
  • Port Allen state senator switches parties to GOP

    July 16, 2013 11:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Republican Party has a new member in the Louisiana State Senate: Rick Ward, a first term lawmaker from Port Allen. Ward's defection from the Democratic Party was announced Tuesday by the state Republican Party. The secretary of state's office confirmed Ward filed party change paperwork in... more »
  • Appropriations chairman switches to the GOP

    July 11, 2013 10:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The chairman of the House budget-writing committee has become a Republican. Rep. Jim Fannin, of Jonesboro, says he switched to the GOP on Wednesday because he believes the Democratic Party no longer represents his political views or his constituents' views on issues like marriage, gun rights and... more »
  • Top Republican won't delay Senate vote on EPA pick

    July 9, 2013 2:30 PM

    WASHINGTON- Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter says he won't delay a Senate vote on President Barack Obama's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency after securing a deal to boost transparency at the agency. Vitter, the top Republican on the Senate environment panel, has been one of the biggest obstacles... more »
  • Landrieu, Cassidy report latest fundraising number

    July 9, 2013 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has outpaced her Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, in the latest fundraising cycle for the 2014 Senate race. But both candidates raised more than $1 million in the fundraising period from April through June 30, according to information released Tuesday by... more »
  • Senator draws attention with party switch video

    July 2, 2013 2:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - By jumping to the GOP, Opelousas Sen. Elbert Guillory made history, becoming Louisiana's first black Republican state senator since Reconstruction. With a four-minute video explaining why he left the Democratic Party, Guillory's become a darling of national conservatives. The YouTube video had attracted nearly 700,000 viewers by... more »
  • Ag commissioner says he won't run for governor

    July 1, 2013 10:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says he'll seek re-election to his current position in 2015, rather than running for governor. Strain, a Republican former lawmaker and veterinarian, announced his plans Sunday on his Facebook page. He says friends and supporters asked him to run again to lead the... more »
  • Southern GOP leaders meeting in Alabama

    June 18, 2013 10:32 AM

    BIRMINGHAM - Republican leaders from 10 Southern states are meeting in Alabama to plan strategies for making new GOP inroads across the region. Alabama Republican Chairman Bill Armistead says the two-day meeting of state party chairs and executive directors concludes Tuesday in Birmingham. Party leaders hope to retain all their... more »
  • Immigration splits GOP's national, House interests

    June 17, 2013 2:54 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican establishment hopes an overhaul of immigration laws will help the party run stronger presidential races. But that goal is about to hit big hurdles in the form of House Republicans. Many House Republicans are hostile to the bipartisan immigration bill before the Senate. Even substantial changes... more »
  • Opelousas senator switches to Republican Party

    May 31, 2013 2:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Opelousas Sen. Elbert Guillory has jumped to the Republican Party, becoming Louisiana's only black state senator in the GOP. Guillory announced Friday that he's leaving the Democratic Party. A spokeswoman for the Secretary of State's Office said Guillory filed paperwork on Wednesday registering as a Republican. The... more »
  • Republicans chafe over financial statement request Play Video

    May 23, 2013 2:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Republican Party is blasting the legislative auditor's office after both the GOP and the state Democratic Party were asked to turn over financial statements to comply with a long-overlooked law. Republican officials were angered by the request and accused the office of targeting conservatives. Democrats simply... more »
  • Another round for the House on 'Obamacare'

    May 16, 2013 5:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - One more time, with feeling! The Republican-led House has voted yet again to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, knowing full well that won't stop it. Thursday's party-line vote marked the 37th time in a little over two years that the House has voted to eliminate, defund... more »
  • GOP demands more despite Benghazi email release

    May 16, 2013 8:46 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House's release of nearly 100 pages of emails and notes about the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, has failed to satisfy congressional Republicans demanding more information. A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner says that Republicans hoped the limited release of... more »
  • Budget debate delayed as Republicans negotiate

    May 8, 2013 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has delayed its budget debate, as Republicans continue to haggle over an alternative to Gov. Bobby Jindal's spending proposal. The compromise plan drafted by a block of conservative House Republicans and Democrats includes $329 million in cuts to tax break programs that largely benefit... more »
  • Republicans clash over House budget compromise

    May 7, 2013 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is making a strong bid to kill a bipartisan budget compromise that contains $329 million in cuts to tax break programs that largely benefit businesses. Jindal assembled a group of industry lobbyists Tuesday to criticize the budget proposal, which was devised by conservative House... more »
  • House speaker changes course on budget negotiation

    May 2, 2013 12:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House Speaker Chuck Kleckley has reversed course and thrown his support behind bipartisan budget negotiations in the House between Democratic leaders and a group of conservative Republicans. Kleckley, a Republican, previously was supporting a plan that involved maneuvering the budget through the House and working with the... more »
  • Senate vote nears, background check bill in trouble

    April 17, 2013 7:54 AM

    WASHINGTON - A bipartisan drive to expand background checks is in deep trouble as the Senate approaches a long-awaited vote on the linchpin of the effort to curb gun violence. The Senate planned to vote Wednesday on the proposal. As growing numbers of Republicans declared their opposition to the measure,... more »
  • Democrats bring gun control bill to Senate floor

    April 8, 2013 5:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats have brought gun control legislation to the Senate floor amid a threat from conservative Republican senators to use delaying tactics to prevent formal debate from even beginning. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took the first procedural step to begin debate on Monday. He said Republicans owed relatives... more »
  • Jindal says he won't reconsider Medicaid expansion

    February 14, 2013 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is holding firm to his decision not to expand Louisiana's Medicaid coverage under new health care reforms, despite the participation of several other Republican governors. Jindal said Thursday he won't be including the federal funding for a Medicaid expansion in his state budget proposal... more »
  • Senators pledge action on immigration reform

    January 28, 2013 5:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - Key Democratic and Republican senators are pledging to get a wide-ranging immigration bill through the Senate by summer even as they point to numerous pitfalls ahead. The group of eight senators unveiled proposals Monday to secure the border, allow more guest workers, require tougher verification measures by employers... more »
  • Soul searching in focus as GOP gathers in NC

    January 23, 2013 4:01 PM

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Republican soul searching begins in earnest this week as GOP officials from across the nation come together for the first time since their party's November shellacking. There is broad agreement that the Republican Party needs to undergo fundamental changes to remain competitive. But there is no clear... more »
  • House passes bill to defuse debt crisis

    January 23, 2013 12:29 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has passed a bill to permit the government to borrow enough money to avoid a first avoid default for at least four months, defusing a crisis looming next month and setting the stage for a springtime debate over taxes, spending and the deficit. The House... more »
  • GOP moves to delay debt-ceiling showdown 3 months

    January 22, 2013 4:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans controlling the House are moving quickly to try to defuse a potential debt crisis. They're offering legislation to prevent a first-ever default on U.S. obligations for three months or more. The Republicans are giving up for now on trying to extract spending cuts from Democrats in return... more »
  • GOP official: House to vote on delaying debt limit

    January 18, 2013 12:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - A Republican official says the GOP-controlled House will vote next week to permit the government to borrow more money to meets its obligations. Full details aren't settled yet, but the move is aimed at giving the government about three more months of borrowing authority beyond a deadline expected... more »
  • Boehner: GOP will pass 'responsible' debt bill

    January 14, 2013 1:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - Speaker John Boehner says the GOP-controlled House will "do its job" and pass legislation to lift the nation's borrowing cap and keep the government running, but will insist that Democrats accept new spending controls. Boehner acknowledged Monday that failing to lift the so-called debt ceiling would have bad... more »
  • Obama: Hagel 'leader our troops deserve'

    January 7, 2013 5:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Chuck Hagel, his choice as the new secretary of defense, is "the leader that our troops deserve." Obama formally announced his choice of Hagel in the White House East Room on Monday even as critics questioned the pick over issues including Hagel's views on... more »
  • House re-elects Boehner speaker

    January 3, 2013 12:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - Despite grumbling in his own party, John Boehner has been easily re-elected to a two-year term as House speaker. The vote came a day after blistering attacks from lawmakers, including Republicans, over Boehner's decision to cancel a vote on aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy. In the end,... more »
  • NJ Gov. Christie blasts fellow Republican Boehner

    January 2, 2013 3:23 PM

    NEWARK, N.J. - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is blasting fellow Republican John Boehner for the House Speaker's decision to delay a vote on Superstorm Sandy relief and says the inaction is "inexcusable." Christie said Wednesday that the House is playing politics with the $60 billion aid request and it's... more »
  • GOP leader Cantor opposes Senate 'cliff' bill

    January 1, 2013 2:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - The No. 2 Republican in the House leadership says he opposes a Senate-passed measure to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor told reporters after a two-hour closed-door meeting Tuesday with his GOP lawmakers that he did not support the bill. He said House leaders were... more »
  • Senate debates $60.4 billion Sandy aid package

    December 17, 2012 4:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats are trying to push a $60.4 billion emergency spending package for Superstorm Sandy victims through Congress by Christmas. Republicans are responding: Not so fast. The Senate opened debate on the aid measure Monday, seven weeks after the storm swept up the East Coast, causing extensive damage in... more »
  • Pelosi says time running out for fiscal cliff deal

    December 13, 2012 10:45 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says a deal must be reached "in the next couple of days or the very beginning of next week" to avoid the fiscal cliff of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts. The California Democrat criticized Republican House leaders for sending lawmakers home on... more »
  • Walker welcomes teen alderman Play Video

    December 12, 2012 5:48 PM

    WALKER - Next month, Walker will swear-in their youngest alderman, ever. At just 19-years old, Jonathan Davis is no stranger to politics. He grew up in a Republican household, with two delegates for parents. During high school, Davis worked for the Republican Party, fronted a grassroots organization for... more »
  • Senate GOP leader calls on Dems to spell out cuts

    December 11, 2012 10:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate Republican leader is calling on President Barack Obama and Democrats to spell out where they would cut government spending as part of any deal to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff." Sen. Mitch McConnell complained on Tuesday that Obama has spent his time talking about raising tax... more »
  • RNC looking into what went wrong in 2012

    December 10, 2012 3:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee is launching an independent inquiry into what worked in 2012's elections - and, perhaps more importantly, what did not. RNC chairman Reince Priebus on Monday rolled out his effort, called the Growth and Opportunity Project, to look at how GOP nominee Mitt Romney came... more »
  • Obama, Boehner speak by phone on fiscal cliff

    December 5, 2012 4:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner discussed the fiscal cliff Wednesday in a telephone call. It followed several days of political sparring over steps to prevent a year-end series of tax increases and spending cuts. The call raises the possibility that negotiations will soon resume between... more »
  • Sen. Coburn latest to suggest he could support higher tax rates

    December 5, 2012 4:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - Another Republican is breaking ranks with party leaders on the issue of tax rates. Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma says he could support President Barack Obama's demand for an increase in tax rates at upper income levels, as part of a comprehensive plan to cut federal deficits. Coburn... more »
  • White House rejects GOP fiscal cliff counteroffer

    December 3, 2012 4:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is rejecting a Republican counteroffer aimed at averting the "fiscal cliff," saying it does not meet what the White House calls "the test of balance." White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer says the GOP proposal would lower tax rates for the wealthy and stick the... more »
  • GOP proposes new 'fiscal cliff' offer to Obama

    December 3, 2012 2:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans negotiating with President Barack Obama on avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff are proposing to increase the eligibility age for Medicare and to lower cost-of-living hikes in Social Security benefits. The proposal is a response to Obama's offer last week to hike taxes by $1.6 trillion over... more »
  • Obama, Boehner seem far apart on fiscal cliff

    November 30, 2012 3:51 PM

    HATFIELD, Pa. - President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner don't sound close to a deal to avoid that "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending cuts due to hit in January. Boehner says negotiations are going "almost nowhere" right now. He says Obama's proposal to avoid the fiscal... more »
  • Obama to paint Republicans as obstacles to a deal

    November 30, 2012 7:47 AM

    WASHINGTON - During his visit to the Philadelphia area today, President Barack Obama is planning on insisting on higher taxes for the top two percent of earners. That's according to White House officials, who say Obama will cast Republicans as an obstacle to a deal that would avoid the "fiscal... more »
  • Republicans stepping in own way on immigration

    November 29, 2012 1:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - After Mitt Romney's presidential election loss, Republicans quickly identified one of their mistakes as the party's dysfunctional relationship with Hispanic voters, who overwhelmingly voted for President Barack Obama. But early GOP immigration reform efforts on Capitol Hill seem to miss the mark. A pair of bills offered by... more »
  • Republicans accused Democrats of moving closer to the 'cliff'

    November 29, 2012 1:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican congressional leaders are accusing Democrats of moving the nation closer to the "fiscal cliff," by refusing to outline possible spending cuts. After a meeting with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner today, House Speaker John Boehner said there'd been "no substantive progress" -- and no "specific plan for cutting... more »
  • Nev. brothel owner rides to victory in county race

    November 19, 2012 12:39 PM

    RENO, Nev. - The owner of a Nevada brothel who was recently elected as a county commissioner says he faced few objections during his campaign. Lance Gilman tells The Associated Press that to many voters in Storey County his Mustang Ranch is just a business and a prosperous one at... more »
  • Obama hopes to meet with Romney before year's out

    November 14, 2012 2:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he hasn't yet scheduled a meeting with Republican Mitt Romney. At a news conference Wednesday, Obama said he hopes to have the chance to talk with Romney before the end of the year. Obama said the election was only a week ago, and that... more »
  • Obama: US can't afford across-the-board tax hike

    November 14, 2012 12:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the economy cannot afford a tax increase on all Americans and is calling on congressional Republicans to support an extension of existing tax rates for households earning $250,000 or less. Obama says he is confident that he and Congress can reach an agreement that... more »
  • Ryan: Shocked at loss, Obama won fair and square

    November 13, 2012 5:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan acknowledges that he was shocked when he and presidential nominee Mitt Romney lost last week's election. The Wisconsin congressman says President Barack Obama won fair and square. In an interview with ABC News being aired Tuesday, Ryan says he and Romney thought... more »
  • Senate GOP leader: Obama should offer deficit plan

    November 13, 2012 3:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says it's up to President Barack Obama to present a deficit reduction plan rather than a campaign slogan to Congress. The Kentucky Republican said that like House Speaker John Boehner, he is ready to support new revenue as part of a deal that... more »
  • Deficit talks will test GOP focus on tax rates

    November 12, 2012 4:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican leaders say the government can raise tax "revenues" without raising tax "rates." But they have yet to detail how they would pursue it. The distinction might mean little to Americans who end up with larger tax bills even if their tax rates don't change. This politically tricky... more »
  • GOP groups take stock after $380 million loss

    November 8, 2012 3:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican-leaning independent groups were supposed to be a key to victory for Mitt Romney. But they ended up being among the big losers of the presidential race, spending an eye-popping $380 million on ads to oust President Barack Obama only to come up short. The groups were unleashed... more »
  • Fraud? No, spider delays Mass. town's vote count

    November 8, 2012 12:24 PM

    REHOBOTH, Mass. - It wasn't hanging chads or voter fraud that delayed the vote count in one Massachusetts town - it was a spider. Rehoboth Town Clerk Kathleen Conti says one of the town's aging voting machines malfunctioned Tuesday morning. She called a technician, who said a spider web apparently... more »
  • Pres. Obama faces challenges in next term Play Video

    November 7, 2012 6:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Today in Baton Rouge, there was a lot of talk about President Barack Obama's re-election and what will come with his next four years in office. Voters like Rhonda Sharris said even though the same man's in the White House, changes must be made. "You... more »
  • Ryan says he will return to Congress

    November 7, 2012 10:51 AM

    BOSTON - Paul Ryan says he is returning to Congress. The failed Republican vice presidential nominee said Wednesday that he will be seated when the new House convenes in January. But first, he says he's looking forward to spending some time with his family before resuming his responsibilities as House... more »
  • Boustany/Landry battle headed to December runoff

    November 6, 2012 11:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The hard-fought struggle between Republican U.S. Reps. Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry will continue for another month. Boustany and Landry will face off in a Dec. 8 runoff, after no candidate for the 3rd District seat got more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday night. Boustany... more »
  • AP: Obama re-elected to 2nd term

    November 6, 2012 10:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - Barack Obama has won re-election to a second term as president, beating back a fierce challenge from Republican Mitt Romney. Obama prevailed despite a weak economy and high unemployment. Democrats have also retained control of the Senate, according to election results in so far. Republicans look... more »
  • Romney wins in West Virginia, Kentucky

    November 6, 2012 7:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney has captured West Virginia and its five electoral votes. President Barack Obama is unpopular in the state, and West Virginia GOP officials have been hoping that would lead to victories for other Republicans on the ballot. Romney earlier won in Kentucky, giving him 13 electoral votes... more »
  • La. voters on both sides lament political divide

    November 6, 2012 5:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Turnout has been brisk across Louisiana as voters decide the presidential race, a half-dozen seats in the U.S. House and proposed amendments to the state constitution. Secretary of State spokeswoman Med Casper said Tuesday that there had been reports of occasional, routine problems with machines and long... more »
  • Romney's path: Win indies, stoke base, no errors

    November 2, 2012 2:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney's plan for victory boils down to this: Convince independent voters he'll change Washington, stoke Republican enthusiasm and avoid unforced errors. The Republican nominee's path to reaching the necessary 270 electoral votes cuts straight through Rust Belt states. The Republican has to stop President Barack Obama from... more »
  • Jindal critics ousted from House budget committee

    November 2, 2012 1:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two Republican lawmakers have been kicked off the House budget committee after repeated clashes with Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration over its budget decisions. Jefferson Parish Rep. Cameron Henry, the vice-chairman of the panel, and Assumption Parish Rep. Joe Harrison say they were told Friday of their ouster... more »
  • Obama blasts Romney ad on auto industry in Ohio

    November 2, 2012 10:22 AM

    HILLIARD, Ohio - President Barack Obama is accusing Republican rival Mitt Romney of running dishonest ads on the auto industry to scare voters in Ohio, saying: "This isn't a game. These are people's jobs." The Romney ads, which have been airing in Toledo, the home of a Jeep plant, suggest... more »
  • Storm-wracked states prepare for election Tuesday

    November 1, 2012 4:27 PM

    NEW YORK - Election officials were ordering generators, moving voting locations and figuring out how to transport poll workers displaced from coastal areas as Tuesday's presidential election became the latest challenge for states whacked by Superstorm Sandy. The storm devastated communities up and down the East Coast. It had already... more »
  • Campaigns hit 7 swing states today

    November 1, 2012 2:36 PM

    ROANOKE, Va. - It's the busiest day of the campaign for the two presidential candidates, their running mates and their wives, who are visiting seven of the swing states that will help determine Tuesday which man will occupy the White House for the next four years. Mitt Romney is continuing... more »
  • Romney claims Obama doesn't understand business

    November 1, 2012 10:22 AM

    ROANOKE, Va. - Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama doesn't have a clue about how business works. The Republican presidential nominee also is taking aim at Obama for suggesting the creation of a secretary of business. Romney says "we don't need a secretary of business to understand business. We need... more »
  • Romney campaign challenges criticism by automakers

    October 31, 2012 12:31 PM

    TAMPA, Fla. - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is challenging criticism from U.S. automakers over campaign ads that claim General Motors and Chrysler are adding jobs in China at the expense of Ohio. Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said Wednesday, quote: "Their comments don't refute anything in our ad." Romney ads on... more »
  • Biden calls Romney auto ad an 'outrageous lie'

    October 31, 2012 12:29 PM

    SARASOTA, Fla. - Vice President Joe Biden is calling advertising released by Republican Mitt Romney "an outrageous lie" for asserting that automakers General Motors and Chrysler are adding jobs in China at the expense of workers in Ohio. Biden says in Florida that Romney is "trying to scare the living... more »
  • Romney now is supportive of FEMA, despite earlier suggestion that it be scrapped

    October 31, 2012 12:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney is making it clear that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has a role to play in dealing with events like Hurricane Sandy. In a statement released by his campaign today, he says FEMA "plays a key role in working with states and localities to prepare for... more »
  • Campaigns invade other sides' turf

    October 31, 2012 10:37 AM

    MASON, Ohio - Some campaign workers in the battleground state of Ohio have a particularly challenging mission: find votes in opposition territory. President Barack Obama's campaign did well with that strategy in 2008, and won Ohio. The campaign has expanded such behind-the-lines efforts this year in places such as the... more »
  • Boustany and Landry to meet in talk radio debate

    October 25, 2012 4:29 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The two Republican congressmen fighting each other for re-election to the 3rd District have scheduled their first debate in advance of the Nov. 6 election. The campaigns of U.S. Reps. Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry say the candidates will square off Wednesday - Halloween night - on a... more »
  • Romney: Families face a choice

    October 25, 2012 1:30 PM

    CINCINNATI - Mitt Romney is talking today about choices facing American families -- telling a rally in Cincinnati that if President Barack Obama is re-elected, seniors on Medicare will struggle to find doctors, college students will face a huge loan burden, and parents will lose choices about where to educate... more »
  • Powell standing by Obama in 2012 presidential race

    October 25, 2012 10:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a longtime Republican, is sticking with President Barack Obama in this year's election. He tells "CBS This Morning" he respects Mitt Romney but thinks he's been vague on many issues. Speaking of Obama, Powell said the president got the United States out... more »
  • Jindal on the road for GOP events Play Video

    October 25, 2012 10:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is expected to return to Louisiana on Thursday after hitting the road again for Republican candidates and groups. Jindal's office said the Louisiana governor traveled to Iowa on Wednesday for a Mitt Romney presidential campaign event, followed by a speech at a Republican Party... more »
  • Jindal on the road in Iowa, Florida for GOP events

    October 24, 2012 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is on the road again for Republican candidates and groups. Jindal's office said the Louisiana governor traveled to Iowa on Wednesday for a Mitt Romney presidential campaign event, followed by a speech to the Scott County Republican Party's Ronald Reagan Dinner. A day later,... more »
  • Ryan says Obama misleading on Libya questions

    October 19, 2012 2:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney's running mate is again slamming President Barack Obama for his response to questions about the attack in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans last month. Paul Ryan told a Milwaukee radio station (WTMJ) that Obama's answers have been "inconsistent" and "misleading." Ryan... more »
  • Obama accuses Romney of suffering from 'Romnesia'

    October 19, 2012 2:22 PM

    FAIRFAX, Va. - President Barack Obama is making a direct gender pitch in hotly contested Virginia, telling a college crowd that when it comes to issues important to women's health and jobs, Mitt Romney is distancing himself from past stances and suffers from a case of "Romnesia." He says Romney... more »
  • Nightmare election scenarios worry both parties

    October 18, 2012 2:32 PM

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Democrats and Republicans alike are fretting over what might go seriously wrong before, during - or just after - the Nov. 6 presidential election. Both parties have amassed lawyers and volunteers to watch polling places and appeal to local election officials if problems arise. Campaign... more »
  • Obama: Romney's economic plan a 'sketchy deal'

    October 17, 2012 3:17 PM

    MOUNT VERNON, Iowa - President Barack Obama is ridiculing rival Mitt Romney's five-point plan for the economy as a "sketchy deal" that boils down to helping the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. Obama told a political rally at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, that Romney won't... more »
  • Romney: Obama has failed America's women

    October 17, 2012 3:16 PM

    CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama has failed America's women. The Republican nominee told supporters in Virginia on Wednesday that women have suffered through high unemployment and high poverty rates during Obama's term. Romney says he has a better plan to help them. Romney's push to broaden... more »
  • High court won't block early voting in Ohio

    October 16, 2012 11:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is siding with Democrats in refusing to block early voting in the battleground state of Ohio. The court on Tuesday refused a Republican request to get involved in a dispute over early voting in the state on the three days before Election Day. The campaign... more »
  • Obama out to seize momentum from Romney in debate

    October 16, 2012 10:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will have a chance to persuade at least 80 undecided voters in a debate tonight. That's how many voters will be in the audience at New York's Hofstra University. They'll have the chance to ask questions on domestic issues and... more »
  • Obama mocks Romney, says rival is hiding his views

    October 11, 2012 5:28 PM

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Mocking his Republican rival, President Barack Obama says Mitt Romney once described himself as "severely conservative." But these days, Obama says Romney is trying to convince voters he was, in Obama's words, "severely kidding." Obama says Romney is trying to mask his past stances on tax... more »
  • Mitt Romney meets with Rev. Billy Graham

    October 11, 2012 5:25 PM

    MONTREAT, N.C. - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney met Thursday with Rev. Billy Graham, and the aging evangelist pledged to do "all I can" to help the GOP nominee win the presidency. Romney went to see Graham and his son, the Rev. Franklin Graham, at the elderly evangelist's mountaintop home... more »
  • Watch tonight's VP debate LIVE here

    October 11, 2012 2:31 PM

    DANVILLE, Ky. - Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan pull up a couple of chairs tonight for a vice presidential debate that has mushroomed in importance since Mitt Romney's strong showing in the first presidential faceoff. This time, it's the Obama team looking to put the brakes on the... more »
  • Jindal to campaign for Romney in Virginia

    October 10, 2012 9:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is spending Wednesday in Virginia, campaigning for Republican Mitt Romney's presidential bid. A schedule put out by the Romney campaign says Jindal will join Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell for three campaign stops throughout the day, to rally Romney supporters. The Louisiana governor's... more »
  • Jindal, Christie tapped to lead GOP governors

    October 8, 2012 2:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have been tapped to lead the Republican Governors Association. Both are Republican rising stars considered likely White House contenders in 2016 if Mitt Romney loses in November. Jindal will chair the group next year, with Wisconsin... more »
  • Romney: US should be more assertive on world stage

    October 8, 2012 10:53 AM

    LEXINGTON, Va. - Mitt Romney says the risk of conflict in the Middle East has grown under President Barack Obama's leadership. The Republican presidential contender is calling for a "change of course" in the region. Romney assailed Obama's foreign policy in a speech Monday at the Virginia Military Institute in... more »
  • Romney blasts Obama despite drop in unemployment

    October 5, 2012 2:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says a drop in the nation's unemployment rate to 7.8 percent "is not what a real recovery looks like." The former Massachusetts governor responded to the September jobs report out Friday by arguing that Obama has a failed record on the economy.... more »
  • Romney shifts to center as his confidence grows

    October 4, 2012 4:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is shifting sharply to the political center as he begins to deliver a closing argument aimed at a slice of moderate, undecided voters a month before Election Day. On taxes, immigration and more, the former Massachusetts governor has toned down his heated, campaign... more »
  • Biden: Romney changed his position on tax cut

    October 4, 2012 4:14 PM

    COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - Vice President Joe Biden says Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney renounced his own tax cut during Wednesday's presidential debate. While campaigning in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Biden said a $5 trillion tax cut is the "centerpiece" of Romney's campaign for president. But Biden said that during the... more »
  • Obama, Romney clash in first debate

    October 4, 2012 10:50 AM

    DENVER - President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney have sparred aggressively in their first campaign debate over taxes, deficits and strong steps needed to create jobs in a sputtering national economy. Obama accused Romney of seeking to "double down" on the same economic policies that created the economic downturn... more »
  • Bill Clinton: GOP taking away students' rights

    October 3, 2012 2:01 PM

    DURHAM, N.H. - Former President Bill Clinton is telling college students in the battleground state of New Hampshire that they have the right to vote either where they attend school or at home. Clinton took aim at the state's disputed new voter registration law while campaigning for President Barack Obama... more »
  • Watch tonight's debate LIVE online

    October 3, 2012 1:49 PM

    DENVER - They've spent a lot of time talking about each other -- and now, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will be talking to each other, and to tens of millions of viewers of tonight's first debate between them. You can watch tonight's debate through the... more »

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