(CNN) - As Election Day gets closer, the rhetoric gets more intense and, shall we say, passionate. Here are some things that you might have missed.
One mighty sweet potato
First lady Michelle Obama's green thumb is obvious, as is her approach to healthy living. But she has a bigger issue on her hands: a giant sweet potato plucked from the White House garden. See the photo HERE
But does he pay rent?
Jimmy McMillan was the relatively unknown New York gubernatorial candidate for the Rent is Too Damn High Party until he stole the show in a recent debate, in which he declared "The. Rent. Is. Too. Damn. High." It turns out he may not pay rent at all.
Candidate in hot water for deer-meat sales
George Hallarn, a Democrat running for commissioner in Fairfield County, Ohio, has been charged with illegally selling deer meat.
(CNN) - Democratic candidates in three states are hoping Bill Clinton's star power will shine brightly on their campaigns today.
A recent Gallup poll showed that Clinton holds more sway than President Obama in convincing voters to support the candidate he's stumping for.
(CNN) - We're reading the cover story in this week's TIME Magazine by our colleague Fareed Zakaria. He writes "How to Restore the American Dream."
It's his first cover story for TIME in the United States.
Be sure to tune in to Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN every Sunday at 10 a.m. ET.
Louisville, KY (CNN) - Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Dr. Rand Paul defended his Christian faith and sharply criticized his Democratic rival, Jack Conway in response to the now infamous "aquabuddha ad." Conway's TV attack ad accuses Paul of once belonging to an organization that mocked Christianity while the GOP contender was a student at Baylor University.
"In my entire live, I've written and said a lot of things. I've never said or written anything un-Christian in my life," Paul said.
(CNN) - Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle continued to assail her opponent, Sen. Harry Reid, on Thursday, releasing her third ad in four days that targets Reid's personal finances.
(CNN) – It was the ad that launched a thousand parodies. Now Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell says she regrets her famous "I am not a witch" ad.
"I haven't publicly stated this and I don't know if I will get in trouble for saying that, but our intention was to kill [the witch story] and that's not what happened," she said in an interview with ABC News.
(CNN) - Hours after the first debate in this year's Senate battle in Pennsylvania, two new polls indicate the race is deadlocked.
According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday, 48 percent of likely voters in the Keystone State say they are backing former Rep. Pat Toomey, the Republican Senate nominee, with 46 percent supporting Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democrats' nominee. Five percent are undecided. Toomey's two point margin is within the poll's sampling error. The 2 point spread is also down from a 7 point advantage in a Quinnipiac survey from late September.
Lt. Dan Choi, the Army National Guard discharged for being gay, and spokesman for Knights Out, reacts on American Morning to the Obama Administration’s blocking of a court decision that would allow gays and lesbians to serve openly.
(CNN) – A major union group launched a new ad for embattled Nevada Sen. Harry Reid on Thursday, adding to the already bitter ad war between Reid and his Republican opponent, Sharron Angle.
In the ad, created by the Services Employee International Union (SEIU), a woman narrator says Angle is "too dangerous to have real power over real people," and questions how her positions would affect women at all stages of life.
"If she was raped and got pregnant, Angle would force her to have the baby," the narrator says as a teenage girl stares directly into the camera.