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March 8th, 2011
07:22 AM ET

Bachmann will announce decision on presidential bid by 'early summer'

Under the looming threat of a government shutdown, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was one of six GOP members of the House to vote against a two-week extension on the budget last week.

Congress must now agree on a budget by March 18 or once again risk a shutdown. But, Rep. Bachmann says she will only support a budget proposal that defunds Obamacare and Planned Parenthood. So, would she be willing again to let the government shutdown?

And, will Rep. Bachmann join the 2012 race for the White House? Kiran Chetry talks to Rep. Bachmann in an exclusive American Morning interview.

Filed under: Economy • Elections • Politics • U.S.
March 7th, 2011
08:30 AM ET

2012 race takes shape as possible presidential hopefuls visit Iowa

While no one has officially entered the 2012 race yet, six potential presidential hopefuls will be in Iowa Monday in an attempt to gain the support of future caucus-goers.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, businessman Herman Cain, Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer will all be in the Hawkeye State Monday, where the caucus is less than a year away. CNN Senior Political Analyst Ed Rollins and CNN Contributor John Avlon talk to American Morning's Kiran Chetry about the budding 2012 race and the possible presidential hopefuls.

Filed under: Elections • Politics • U.S.
November 18th, 2010
07:51 AM ET

Murkowski takes her victory lap in final Senate race

(CNN) – Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska Wednesday declared victory over fellow Republican Joe Miller in the nation's last Senate race, saying the result of her write-in candidacy was a "miracle." "Against all odds, we as Alaskans together made history," Murkowski told cheering supporters in Anchorage. If she prevails in a potential challenge, Murkowski would become the second person to ever win a write-in bid for the U.S. Senate. Murkowski's statement was the climax in the state's bitter and prolonged Senate battle.

This morning, Murkowski speaks to American Morning. She explains why she's claiming victory and gives her opinion on Sarah Palin.

Filed under: American Morning • Elections • GOP • Midterm elections • Politics
November 3rd, 2010
09:10 AM ET
November 3rd, 2010
09:06 AM ET
November 1st, 2010
12:18 PM ET

Gut check: Pols prey on seniors?

By Carol Costello and Ronni Berke

Perhaps it's surprising to everyone but seniors, but they are putting their money where their vote will be in a big way.

According to, retirees, many of them on a fixed income, have donated a cool $98 million to federal elections this cycle. That's a record. Some say the politics of fear –- fear of government-run healthcare, fear of losing Social Security and fear in general - has fueled the wave of donations.

Two retirees who have contributed robust amounts this election cycle are Marian Altman and Ellen Roberts, of Silver Spring, Maryland. Altman, a conservative Democrat, gave $1000 to Democratic candidates. “I think the older you get the more you realize how much you want to be involved in the government, you realize how much your vote is worth. When you're young you don't have any fear,” Altman says.

Many seniors, on the other hand, are fearful. Ellen Roberts, a conservative Republican, fears a government take-over or worse. “That is something to be afraid of,” Roberts says. “When you go and you go to the different czars that are in the White House, there are communists in there.”

What really scares many seniors is healthcare reform, and they've been bombarded with political ads that exploit that fear. There are almost 300,000 TV political ads that have an anti-healthcare theme this season. The price tag? More than $116 million. Well worth the money, analysts say, since retirees contributed more than any other group, mostly to Republican candidates.

Roberts says she donated more than $3000. CNN analyst and independent John Avlon finds the trend worrying. “The frustrating part is that politics of fear work. We've seen a long series of people using fear and hate to pump up hyper partisanship to take fundraising dollars from folks, especially older people, who are especially susceptible to the politics of fear.”

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Filed under: American Morning • Elections • Politics
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