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BLITZER'S BLOG: When will President Obama start naming names?
March 22nd, 2012
04:09 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: When will President Obama start naming names?

By Wolf Blitzer, CNN

(CNN)
– Vice President Joe Biden is now willing to name names in going after Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. President Obama is now increasingly willing to go after them, but he’s still avoiding naming names.

Here’s how he criticized Romney on health care mandates this week in an interview with Public Radio International:

“We designed a program that actually previously had support of Republicans, including the person who may end up being the Republican standard bearer and is now pretending like he came up with something different.”

President Obama is certainly in full campaign mode, raising lots of money at fundraising events across the country and speaking in key battleground states like Ohio, but he also wants to take the high road. He’s leaving the harder hitting campaign rhetoric to Biden and his other aides and supporters.

That is the way it is for an incumbent president. That is also smart for now.

I remember covering President Bill Clinton when he was up for re-election 1996 and President George Bush when he was up for re-election in 2004. At this stage in the process, they were both wisely seeking to take full advantage of being in the White House, acting presidential and leaving the more blatant political activity to their supporters.

The so-called Rose Garden strategy can be effective.

But at some point, the presidential gloves really come off. That will certainly happen by the time of the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, in early September. But I suspect it could happen a lot earlier.

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March 22nd, 2012
11:29 AM ET

Teen's dad: Trayvon saw his death coming

A look at why George Zimmerman wasn't arrested in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin – and the teen's parents react to Martin's final moments.


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March 21st, 2012
04:37 PM ET

Social media on the campaign trail

Reliable Sources anchor Howard Kurtz and Daily-Download.com founder Lauren Ashburn talk about politics and the role of social media on the campaign trail.

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BLITZER'S BLOG: What to expect at a contested convention
March 21st, 2012
03:01 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: What to expect at a contested convention

By Wolf Blitzer, CNN

(CNN) – Mitt Romney may be in the driver’s seat right now, but there is still a chance he won’t be able to amass the 1,144 delegates needed to win the Republican presidential nomination before the party convention in Tampa at the end of August.

If he comes up short, there could be a contested convention. That means the delegates actually would have to vote on the convention floor for the nominee.
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March 20th, 2012
10:51 PM ET

Lesbian marriage proposal at hockey game

A gay kiss on center ice at a hockey game. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on the proposal on ice.

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March 20th, 2012
10:44 PM ET

Bristol Palin wants Obama phone call

The daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made headlines this week when she called on President Barack Obama to denounce comments made by his supporter Bill Maher. CNN's Mary Snow reports.

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March 20th, 2012
10:36 PM ET

Gingrich upset with De Niro joke

Newt Gingrich takes issue with Robert De Niro's joke that the U.S. isn't ready for a white first lady.

RELATED STORY: Campaign calls De Niro comment 'inappropriate' after Gingrich blast


Filed under: 2012 election • Barack Obama • Joe Johns • Newt Gingtich
BLITZER'S BLOG: Edith and Carolyn visit The Situation Room
March 20th, 2012
04:32 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: Edith and Carolyn visit The Situation Room

By Wolf Blitzer, CNN

(CNN) – We had a nice surprise in The Situation Room on Tuesday when two special guests dropped by.

I’m talking about Edith Pfeffer and Carolyn Tallett.
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March 19th, 2012
10:46 PM ET

Kid's first ski jump an online hit

Are you as fearless as a fourth-grader? Watch her take the leap. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

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March 19th, 2012
06:08 PM ET

Feds review killing of unarmed teen

Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin talks about developments in the death of an unarmed teen shot by a neighborhood-watch captain.


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