(CNN) - Heading into the crucial midterm elections, the two national political party committees have opened substantial lines of credit that will allow them to draw on millions of dollars to help pay for last minute campaign activities including get-out-the-vote operations.
The Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee have each taken out $15 million line of credits, officials with both organizations confirm to CNN.
(CNN) - An influential social conservative organization is using humor in a new television commercial to try and convince voters that a handful of House Democrats are responsible for helping to expand government and placing a burden on everyday Americans.
"Woke up this morning and it was there, big government on my back," an actor brushing his teeth says to the camera as a suited man clings to his back. "It's a huge problem. It's affecting everyone."
(CNN) - One week before a Delaware Senate debate co-moderated by CNN's Wolf Blitzer, two new polls indicate Democratic Senate nominee Chris Coons has a large lead over Republican counterpart Christine O'Donnell in the battle to win the seat held for nearly four decades by Vice President Joe Biden.
A Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind survey released Wednesday indicates that 53 percent of likely voters in Delaware are supporting Coons, with 36 percent backing O'Donnell.
(CNN) – Hours after White House press secretary Robert Gibbs poured cold water on the notion Hillary Clinton may take the VP slot ahead of the 2012 election, the secretary of state followed suit.
"I don't believe what I read," Clinton said laughing during an appearance at the 12th Annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, adding: "I have absolutely no interest and no reason for doing anything other than just dismissing these stories and moving on."
"I think the vice president is doing a wonderful job. He is a great friend of mine," she continued. "We work together closely. He's an expert on foreign policy, chaired the Foreign Relations Committee in the Senate. We have a great relationship."
Rumors of a potential switch in jobs between Vice President Joe Biden and Clinton were stoked by veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward during an interview with CNN's John King Tuesday.
(CNN) - National Republicans are doubling down on contentious Senate races in Colorado and Kentucky Wednesday with new ads seeking to undermine the all-ready embattled Democratic candidates.
In the new spot hitting Colorado airwaves, the National Republican Senatorial Committee accuses incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet of championing his party's "reckless spending policies" and "more concerned about supporting President Obama's priorities than representing Coloradans' best interests in Washington."
(CNN) - According to the first CNN Poll of Polls in this year's battle for control of Congress, likely voters favor Republican candidates over Democrats in the midterm matchup that's just 27 days away.
The CNN Poll of Polls, compiled and released Wednesday, indicates that 50 percent of likely voters would choose a Republican candidate for Congress if the election were held today. Forty-four percent of likely voters say they would choose a Democrat.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama heads to suburban New York City Wednesday afternoon to help raise money for his party.
The president is the main attraction at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee in Cresskill, New Jersey. According to a Democratic party official, the event is a 50-person dinner at a private residence, with tickets up to $30,400 per plate. The fundraiser is expected to raise around $1 million for the DNC, which has pledged to spend $50 million this campaign cycle to help Democratic candidates in the midterm elections.
The president's trip comes as first lady Michelle Obama also teams up with the DNC to help fundraise in the final four weeks before the midterm elections. The DNC says the first lady will be featured as "a special guest" on a call with Democratic supporters Wednesday.
(CNN) - The House has just adjourned - a week early -to go home so Democrats can run for their political lives. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, ardent as ever, calls in a group of journalists to make her pitch about the productive Congress - and begins with a list of achievements (health care, Wall Street reform, stimulus, small business jobs act).
"I'm so proud of it," she says, sounding like a parent examining a brilliant report card, beaming.
But near the end of the session, the tough, pragmatic Pelosi - the one who has the uphill battle to keep her speakership, the one Republicans boast they want to "fire" - let something slip through her relentlessly upbeat analysis. The unemployment rate, she admits, is a tough reality - and manna for the Republicans.
(CNN) - Rush Limbaugh criticized President Obama's economic positions Tuesday during his radio show with some intense rhetoric, even for him.
"He's a jackass, he's an economic illiterate, he's an economic ignoramus and that's being charitable," Limbaugh said on his popular radio program.
Limbaugh was talking about Obama's tax policy and whether to extend the Bush era tax cuts for individuals making over $200,000 and couples making over $250,000.
Houston, Texas (CNN) - Did Todd Palin turn down a spot on "Dancing With The Stars"?
Sarah Palin let slip Tuesday that the show's producers had wanted her husband to be a contestant - but she didn't say if he was sought out instead of her daughter Bristol, who is currently appearing on the show and narrowly advanced to the fourth week of competition last night.
"They wanted Todd to be on the show," Palin remarked during a speaking appearance in Houston. "I think that would have been cool to see, too. But here Bristol is, out of her comfort zone, doing something all new."