Arturo Vargas, Executive Director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, explains what strategies are needed for Romney to win over more Latino voters. Did YOU think Romney's speech today to the NALEO was effective?
President Obama took back statements he made earlier about the economy being "fine," but he's not the first politician to correct a slip-up. Tonight on John King, USA, we explore this and other political blunders. Tune in at 6pm ET/5pm CT.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama, walking back his assertion at a press conference the "private sector's doing fine," acknowledged Friday that "it is absolutely clear that the economy is not doing fine."
The struggling economy, he clarified, is "why I had the press conference."
"That's why I spent yesterday, the day before yesterday, this past week, this part month, this past year talking about how we can make this economy stronger," Obama said in the Oval Office. "The economy is not doing fine. There are too many people out of work. The housing market is still weak, there are too many homes underwater."
(CNN) – In an interview on John King, USA Thursday, former Pennsylvania governor and Democratic Party chairman Ed Rendell admitted to Jessica Yellin he’s uncertain whether President Obama will win this year’s election.
“He should win,” Rendell told Yellin. “He’s got the best plans for turning the economy around, and I think he’s done a good job.” Rendell continued, “He inherited the worst set of problems any president in my lifetime and he’s done a good job advancing the ball. Not as far as any of us would like, including himself. He’s done a good job.”
Rendell also wishes the Obama campaign would “get a sense of humor.”
As an example, he recounted a story from his new book, “A Nation of Wusses.” Rendell recounts his clashes with the 2008 Obama campaign.
Rendell told Yellin that during the 2008 race for the White House, he was reprimanded by Obama campaign senior strategist David Axelrod for making a joke about the president not wearing a flag pin on his lapel during the first campaign.
“I love David Axelrod, and I love Valerie [Jarrett], but they’re too serious all the time,” Rendell said.
Rendell adds the Obama camp has failed to highlight the president’s more candid, humorous side. “He tells funny stories,” Rendell said, “He's a very human, good guy. But they don't use that asset.”
Tonight on John King, USA, we'll have former DNC chairman Ed Rendell on the show to discuss the 2012 presidential campaign. Tune in at 6pm ET/5pm CT.
(CNN) – Mitt Romney's team announced Thursday it raised $77 million last month, surpassing the total announced earlier in the day by President Barack Obama's re-election effort and marking the first month the Republican effort out-raised the Democrats.
Romney's campaign cash, which includes money taken in by Romney for President, Romney Victory, and the Republican National Committee, included money raised in all 50 states and in Washington, DC, the campaign said.
Romney taps former Commerce Secretary Gutierrez to help court Latinos. What do you think Romney needs to bridge the gap with that group of voters?
Virginia Sen. Warner talks to John King about his proposed jobs bill, blaming veteran senators for getting in the way. What do you think – how can the divisive Congress get something done?
CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen talks with John King on Clinton's new support for temporarily extending Bush Tax Cuts. What do you think about the former president re-entering the spotlight?
DGA chairman Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says Obama visit would have nationalized the Wisconsin race. Do you think Obama should have gotten more involved?
Tune in to JKUSA tonight at 6pm ET/5pm CT. we'll talk to Maryland Democratic Mayor Martin O'Malley about his endorsement of Governor Walker's opposing candidate, Democrat Tom Barrett.
(CNN) – Wisconsin voters inundated by advertising and door-to-door canvassing began delivering their judgment Tuesday on whether to recall Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican hero for pushing austerity measures that stripped collective bargaining rights from most public unions.
Both Walker and his opponent, Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee, cast their ballots Tuesday morning in an election expected to hinge on which side does a better job of motivating its supporters to vote.
Romney Campaign adviser Kerry Healey told John King that the first year after getting elected shouldn't count on jobs. Does the same rule apply to Obama? Watch the interview and let us know what you think.