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Romney Says He'd Consider Christie as Running Mate

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney didn’t promise him anything in exchange for his endorsement on Tuesday.

The two men appeared in an interview on NBC’s Today. While Christie shot down questions asking if he was promised a vice presidential spot on Romney's ticket, GOP front-runner Romney didn’t dissuade the running-mate rumors.

Asked if Christie would be on his vice presidential short list, Romney said any GOP candidate would strongly consider the New Jersey governor for the position.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 9:40am

U.S. Issues Worldwide Travel Alert After Thwarted Assassination Plot

The State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for U.S. citizens on Tuesday, the same day the government charged two men with alleged connections to Iran with conspiring both to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States and to bomb the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, D.C.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 9:40am

'Debates Are Not My Strong Suit,' Perry Says

HANOVER, N.H. -- After a two-hour debate on the economy, earnest GOP operatives headed straight to the spin room to tout the merits of their respective candidates. As for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, he headed straight to the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house.

HANOVER, N.H. -- After a two-hour debate on the economy, earnest GOP operatives headed straight to the spin room to tout the merits of their respective candidates. As for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, he headed straight to the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 9:40am

Hotline Sort: Dressed to The Nines

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Romney turned in another solid debate performance, but Cain's 9/9/9 plan was the dominant topic of discussion. Meanwhile, Bill Nelson raises about $2 million in Florida, while Ben Nelson and Jon Tester vote no on the president's jobs bill, and Linda Lingle looks east for inspiration. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 8:40am

U.S. Issues Worldwide Travel Alert After Thwarted Assassination Attempt

The State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for U.S. citizens on Tuesday, the same day the government charged two men with alleged connections to Iran with conspiring both to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States and to bomb the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, D.C.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 8:40am

White House Chief of Staff Daley to Leave at End of Term

White House Chief of Staff William Daley has come under fire lately for his rocky relationships both on the Hill and with his own staff at the White House. Daley has the said criticism was to be expected, and he seemed to brush it off.

But he won’t let those critics follow him into a second term at the White House. Daley announced on Tuesday that he plans to return to Chicago in 2013.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 8:40am

Perry on the Ropes?

Rick Perry’s six-foot frame seemed to slump in his chair during Tuesday’s Republican presidential primary debate, at a time when he should have been rising to the challenge.

The Texas governor sorely needed to notch a solid debate performance to arrest his freefall in the polls and reclaim his status as the biggest threat to the Republican to beat, Mitt Romney. He didn’t, reviving questions about his readiness for the national stage and raising new ones about his ability to sustain an initial, $17 million fundraising blitz.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 8:40am

Passing on White House Bid Boosts Christie's Rating in N.J.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's approval rating has spiked after announcing that he would not seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, with the bulk of the swing coming from women, a group with which he had struggled, according to two new polls released early Wednesday.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 6:40am

Veterans Postal Workers Work to Stop USPS Layoffs

A postal workers' union and VoteVets.org are banding together to tell Congress to stand by veterans as the House Oversight Committee is set to vote on a bill they say would force the postal service to fire workers, many of whom are veterans.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 6:40am

New AARP Ad Protecting Entitlements

AARP is premiering another national TV ad campaign today, reminding lawmakers that cutting Medicare and Social Security risks angering 50 million seniors. And more than 400 AARP volunteers and staffers plan to hit the Hill today to re-enforce thatmessage. 

Here's the ad's script:

I'm not a number. I'm not a line item on a budget. And I'm definitely not a pushover. But I am a voter.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 12:40am