(CNN) - California Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman accused Democratic opponent Jerry Brown of orchestrating the scandal that erupted this week over her former housekeeper, Nicky Diaz-Santillan, in a debate Saturday night.
"Jerry, you know you should be ashamed, you and your surrogates," Whitman said. "You put it out here and you should be ashamed for sacrificing Nicky Diaz on the altar of your political ambitions."
In response, Brown said Whitman was avoiding responsibility for hiring an undocumented worker.
"You have blamed her, blamed me, blamed the left, blamed the unions. But you don't take accountability," Brown said.
11:00 a.m. – – After a bustling week of 'firing up' the Democratic base in backyard chats and rallies, President Obama will spend the weekend off the trail and out of the fray at Camp David with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia.
The brief respite comes as the 2010 midterm elections loom ever closer, and both Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are scheduled to hit the campaign trail yet again next week.
(CNN) - Delaware Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell says she tried "every other kind of religion," including witchcraft and Buddhism but became a Christian because of her love of Italian food.
"I would have become a Hare Krishna, but I didn't want to become a vegetarian," O'Donnell said in an interview with Bill Maher in 1999. "And that is honestly the reason why, because I'm Italian and I love meatballs."
(CNN) - Five weeks after Tea Party enthusiasts rallied in Washington and one month before mid-term elections, a coalition of liberal groups will have their turn on the streets of the U.S. capital.
The "One Nation Working Together" together rally kicks off Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall.
The alliance of progressive and liberal groups say they've joined together to demand more economic opportunities and better education.
(CNN) - With little more than a month until the November elections, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has a message for Americans: Democrats are holding "middle class Americans hostage."
"After maxing out the national credit card on a failed Stimulus bill and a government-run health care bill, they want more," McConnell said in the Republican party's weekly address. "And that's why they are now holding middle class Americans hostage in pursuit of their foolish desire to tax America's job creators in the middle of a recession."
In Saturday's address the five term Republican senator from Kentucky spent most of his time criticizing the Democrats' handling of the vote on tax cuts. Members of Congress headed home to their states and districts this week without voting on whether to extend the tax cuts passed in 2001 and 2003 under the George W. Bush administration.
Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:
New York 01: Rep. Tim Bishop (D) defends his seat
Primary: September 15, 2010
Location: Eastern Long Island
Days until the election: 32
Four-term Democratic congressman Rep. Tim Bishop has a hard fight on his hands, defending his Long Island-based district from a heavily-funded onslaught by GOP businessman Randy Altschuler.