(CNN) - Groups spending millions on campaign ads against Democrats without having to reveal their donors were supplanting the Republican National Committee and threatening American democracy, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.
"They're going to impact this election ... and nobody knows who they are," Gibbs said. "I think that's a threat to the democracy that we have in this country."
(CNN) - Trying to rally young supporters three weeks before congressional elections, President Barack Obama said Tuesday night that they were the best messengers to persuade voters to choose his agenda instead of Republican policies.
"When they hear those things from you directly, that has more credibility than any television ad," Obama told a crowd at George Washington University and people watching online in an event organized by the Democratic National Committee. "You are the most powerful messengers possible. And that's how democracy ultimately should work."
(CNN) - The gloves were off as Democrat Richard Blumenthal and Republican Linda McMahon traded jabs over health care, taxes and personal character their third debate in the race for a U.S. Senate seat from Connecticut.
During the debate in front of a raucous crowd at Garde Arts Center in New London, Connecticut, the candidates returned to themes that have punctuated their campaigns since the primary election.
Las Vegas, Nevada 8:43 p.m. - Sharron Angle wants to be the next U.S. senator from Nevada, but it sure is hard to hear her speak. Her campaign told CNN she would be holding one public event this week – a speech at a health care conference Tuesday – then cancelled the night before the event. Todd Lefkowitz, an organizer with the group, says, "We were disappointed but understand something obviously more important came up in her schedule." They replaced Angle with an anesthesiologist.
(CNN) - Actor George Clooney paid a visit to the White House on Tuesday to meet with President Barack Obama and discuss his recent trip to southern Sudan.
Joining Clooney in the Oval Office meeting was Enough Project Co-Founder John Prendergast, who joined him outside of the West Wing after the meeting to talk to press.
(CNN) - Florida's independent Gov. Charlie Crist has received another endorsement in his bid for the state's open Senate seat. This one came from California's Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Schwarzenegger endorsed Crist via Twitter, writing "Our country needs someone like him in DC right now."
(CNN) - Carly Fiorina, the Republican Senate nominee in California, released two ads Tuesday with the same message: her Democratic opponent, three-term incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer, represents the failures in Washington and she represents change.
Each 30-second spot, intended to target independent voters starts with Californians interviewed by the campaign about the problems they see with Boxer and Washington.
(CNN) - Tea Party Express says they'll add Rep. Barney Frank to their list of lawmakers they're targeting in November's midterm elections.
The national Tea Party organization Tuesday announced that it will go up with ads against the 15-term Democratic congressman from Massachusetts and will hold a rally in the state near the end of their upcoming cross-country bus tour.
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Obama's likability is no help for Democrats: People like the president, just not his policies. A new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll confirms this fact with 59 percent of Americans saying that he has the "personal qualities a president should have."
Good news? Well, not so fast. When asked, "Do you agree with Obama on issues that matter to you," only 42 percent answered yes. Ouch. And I mean ouch for Congressional Democrats, not the president.
Portland, Oregon (CNN) - Oregon's Democratic candidate for governor said Tuesday that President Obama's health care reform bill will be a "toxic" issue in 2012 unless states are given the opportunity to address the problem of rising medical costs.