October 17th, 2010
11:32 PM ET
4 years ago

Political week ahead

With the midterm elections entering the stretch run, here’s a look at where the campaign trail will go over the next week:

Monday
• Tea Party Express begins its pre-Election Day tour in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's home state of Nevada. Tour begins in Reno and makes a stop in Elko and ends the day before Election Day in Concord, New Hampshire. The kickoff will feature 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
• President Obama attends a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser in Rockville, Maryland.
• Vice President Biden appears at a campaign event in Allentown, Pennsylvania for Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan. Callahan is challenging three-term GOP Rep. Charlie Dent.
• First lady Michelle Obama travels to Connecticut for Democratic Senate nominee Richard Blumenthal and then heads south to New York City for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser.
Debates: New York Governor; New Hampshire Senate; West Virginia Senate.
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Filed under: 2010
October 17th, 2010
08:58 PM ET
4 years ago

Senate debate in Kentucky devolves into a name-calling session

(CNN) – An ugly Senate campaign in Kentucky grew even uglier Sunday as Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Rand Paul faced off in a debate that devolved into a name-calling session rather than a give-and-take on the issues facing the state's voters.

The debate at the University of Louisville came a day after Conway, the state attorney general, released a television ad questioning Paul's values.
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Filed under: 2010 • Jack Conway • Kentucky • Rand Paul
October 17th, 2010
07:23 PM ET
4 years ago

White House Dispatch: Obamas mix playful banter with hardcore political pitch

COLUMBUS, Ohio (CNN) – At their maiden campaign event together for the midterm election, First Lady Michelle Obama and President Obama mixed playful banter with a hardcore political pitch to re-elect Democratic incumbents here and across the country.

At a Cleveland fundraiser before heading here for a late-night rally on the campus of Ohio State University, Mrs. Obama introduced her husband as "the love of my life, even though he doesn't always think it. And more importantly, the President of the United States."
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Filed under: 2010 • Michelle Obama • President Obama
October 17th, 2010
05:28 PM ET
4 years ago

Collegians on O'Donnell and Coons: What debate? What witch?

Newark, Delaware (CNN) - The nation's comedians are following the Delaware Senate race, but are the state's college students doing so as well?

The campaign for Vice President Joe Biden's former Senate seat has gotten much attention in the weeks leading up to midterm elections on November 2, largely because of revelations about Republican Christine O'Donnell's past, including an old television clip where she said she had dabbled in witchcraft and questions about her financial and educational history.

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Filed under: 2010 • Chris Coons • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
October 17th, 2010
05:19 PM ET
4 years ago

Can Democrats and Republicans work together after the election?

(CNN) - Bipartisanship is in the eye of the beholder, it seems, as Democrats and Republicans ponder how cooperation between them can improve after the upcoming congressional elections.

The voting on November 2 is expected to diminish Democratic majorities in both chambers and perhaps cost them control of the House. Whatever the final tally, widespread voter dissatisfaction with the hostile political climate in Washington is evident.

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Filed under: 2010 • Democrats • Republicans
October 17th, 2010
04:01 PM ET
4 years ago

White House Dispatch: President hands off to first lady

COLUMBUS, Ohio 3:52 p.m. - Not to be a Monday morning quarterback, but White House officials may have fumbled when they picked the campus of Ohio State University for President Obama's attempt to fire up local Democrats at a campaign rally Sunday night.

After all, there are a lot of long faces on this campus after the Ohio State Buckeyes football team was knocked out of its top spot in the nation in a crushing road loss, 31-18, to the Wisconsin Badgers, and folks here may not be in such a great mood.
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Filed under: 2010 • Michelle Obama • Ohio • President Obama • White House Dispatch
October 17th, 2010
03:48 PM ET
4 years ago

McCain goes after Boxer

(CNN) - Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain dealt some harsh criticism to California's Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer on Saturday.

“Barbara Boxer is the most bitterly partisan, most anti-defense senator in the United States Senate today,” McCain said. “I know that because I’ve had the unpleasant experience of having to serve with her.”

McCain spoke at a rally for veterans and supporters in San Diego for Republican Senate candidate and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.
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Filed under: 2010 • Barbara Boxer • California • Carly Fiorina • John McCain
October 17th, 2010
02:17 PM ET
4 years ago

Candy's post game analysis

Okay first off, in terms of your taxes next year, if you make a return of $250,000 a year, David Axelrod made it sort of clear that they still want taxes to go up, which is another way of saying that they are going to let the Bush tax cuts expire on the upper income level. But then I asked him if there was any wiggle room in that position, and he said, “You heard my answer.” I still don’t know if there is any wiggle room in that position, but you don’t know if there is wiggle room until you start getting into negotiations. But, nonetheless, right now the administration is sort of sticking by “people who make more than $250,000 shouldn’t have their tax cuts continue, everybody else under that, yes.”
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October 17th, 2010
02:11 PM ET
4 years ago

Debate displays differences between Colorado Senate candidates

(CNN) – Colorado voters have a clear choice in the state's upcoming Senate election, as demonstrated by a nationally televised debate Sunday.

Republican Ken Buck, a conservative backed by the Tea Party movement, said in the debate broadcast on the NBC program "Meet the Press" that homosexuality is a choice and that he favors a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget.

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Filed under: 2010 • Colorado • Ken Buck • Michael Bennet
October 17th, 2010
01:40 PM ET
4 years ago

Sound of Sunday: Most intriguing quotes

(CNN) - Here are some of the most quotable sound bites from the Sunday morning shows:

On hopes for bipartisanship in Washington:

"We're going to continue to reach out, and we're going to look for common ground and a way forward to solve the problems facing this country, and we're hoping that - the Republicans will have more seats in Congress regardless of whether they have control or not. We're hoping with that comes a greater sense of responsibility." - White House senior adviser David Axelrod, CNN's "State of the Union"

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