Time is reporting that New Hampshire residents were polled by telephone last month to test their feelings about multiple 2012 Republican candidates. Some 30 questions in the poll were about real estate mogul Donald Trump.
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(CNN) - During a football game Sunday between the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers, Democrat Cedric Richmond aired his first television commercial of the general election, narrated by President Barack Obama.
"Cedric's always been there, making a difference for the community," President Obama says in the ad. "New Orleans needs Cedric Richmond in Congress and so do I."
Richmond, a Louisiana state representative, is challenging Republican Rep. Joseph Cao to represent Louisiana's 2nd district, which encompasses most of the city of New Orleans. Over 90 percent of the district's voters are registered Democrats.
(CNN) - Democrats know they are going to lose congressional seats in the November elections. The question is what can they do to minimize the damage?
With less than a month to voting day, even the most ardent Democrat conceded on Sunday talk shows that the outlook wasn't rosy.
They differed on whether they can retain majorities in both the House and Senate, with the House considered more vulnerable, but all agreed there will be fewer of them working in Congress next year.
(CNN) - Rahm Emanuel officially announced his "tell it like it is tour" of Chicago Sunday in his first web video since he left the White House Friday to begin the process of running for mayor of Chicago.
He said he will spend the next few weeks visiting the city's neighborhoods "at grocery stores, L stops, bowling alleys and hot dog stands."
(CNN) - Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey said Sunday that he introduced immigration legislation just before Congress left town so he could get "lame-duck movement" on the bill after the November mid-term elections.
While Menendez made clear there was zero chance the bill would pass this year, he said the goal of proposing it was to get it moving through the legislative process as soon as possible.
(CNN) - Here are some of the most quotable sound bites from the Sunday morning shows:
On the midterm elections:
"This is going to be a wave election, and it's going to be a referendum on the policies, the unpopular policies, coming out of Washington, D.C., during the last year and a half. ... I think we're going to have a good day on November 2, so I don't know how high or how wide that tsunami will be, but I think it will be significant." - Republican Sen. John Cornyn, CNN's "State of the Union"
"When I hear this 'tsunami,' the Republicans have been saying they're going to win the Triple Crown, which means the president's seat in Illinois that was vacated, the vice president's seat in Delaware, and the majority leader in Nevada. They're not going to win any of that Triple Crown. We will be in the majority in the United States Senate on November 3." - Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, "State of the Union"
A Pakistani ambassador tells CNN's Candy Crowley that Pakistan will handle terrorism inside its borders as it sees fit.
So today, I actually really loved the Pakistani Ambassador for a couple of reasons. First of all, he made a little news confirming that Pakistan has been helping the U.S. gather intelligence about who is plotting against various European cities. He basically confirmed that there appear to be some Germans and a couple of Brits who are operating out of the northern mountainous region of Pakistan and plotting these schemes against various European cities. He also, I thought, was so good on trying to explain why the Pakistanis say some things in public and yet are still working as much as they can to be an ally to the U.S. He said quite simply, the U.S. isn't that popular among their constituency and so you have to be really careful how you proceed with the U.S. I thought that that was great. I think that as far as politics are concerned, Senator Menendez, Senator Cornyn, putting the best face on races where one or the other is going to get upset. Senator Menendez basically admitting that he is going to lose some seats in the Senate and I guess now the question is how many. We'll find out in a month.
(CNN) - If Republicans neglect the concerns of Tea Party activists, the group could break off to form a third party as early as 2012, warned Republican Senator John Thune.
Thune, who is considering a presidential run, said if Republicans manage to take back the Congress next month, they will have to work quickly to deliver results to voters.
"If we do not govern according to our principles and if we don't follow through on the things that we say we're going to do, I think the Tea Party–I think there will be a third party in this country," Thune said on C-SPAN Newsmakers.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama was a central theme of a televised debate Sunday between Kentucky's two U.S. Senate candidates.
Rand Paul, the Tea Party backed Republican who beat a mainstream GOP opponent in the primary, accused Democratic nominee Jack Conway of hewing to Obama's agenda at the risk of the nation's economic stability.
"I think this election really is about the president's agenda," Paul said "Do you support the president's agenda or do you not support it? I think his agenda's wrong for America. I will stand up against President Obama's agenda. And I think that's what people in Kentucky want.