(CNN) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi used her introduction of President Barack Obama at a Democratic fundraiser Saturday evening to once again blast third-party groups that are spending heavily on Republican campaigns this election cycle.
"Everything was going great and all of a sudden secret money from God knows where - because they won't disclose it - is pouring in,” Pelosi told a crowd of about 100 people gathered for a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) fundraiser at the historic Van Dusen Mansion in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
(Updated 8:11 p.m. ET with comment from Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell)
(CNN) - The White House may be open to a compromise on the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts.
Vice President Biden said Democrats may be willing to raise the $250,000 threshold at which higher taxes come into effect under President Obama's proposal.
"Compromise is always possible," Biden said in an interview on Bloomberg's "Political Capital" airing this weekend. "I think it's important we get the middle-class tax cut made permanent. And so I think we're open to speak to the Republicans, if they really mean it, if they're talking about deficit reduction, if they're willing to move. I think there's a possibility."
(CNN) – Just ten days before Election Day, Sen. Harry Reid said he's confident Nevada voters will choose him over his opponent, Republican Sharron Angle.
"We're going to win and I think that's pretty clear," Reid told CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry, who caught up with the Senate majority leader at the Nevada Democratic Party headquarters in Las Vegas on Saturday.
The senior Senate Democrat was in Las Vegas to meet with campaign volunteers who are making phone calls and canvassing for Reid in his bitter fight to hold on to his top spot in the Senate.
Orlando, Florida (CNN) – As Sarah Palin urged about 2,000 Republican activists Saturday to keep working until the last minute to help guarantee GOP successes, she went after some recent comments by President Obama in which he said Americans are scared and frustrated and may not be thinking straight about the midterm elections. He has suggested Republicans were playing on that fear.
"Well, ya know Mr. President, you got it right on one point there, we are afraid - knowing that your economic policies are driving us off a cliff and your fundamental transformation of America is a nightmare. This is not the America that the rest of the people want, this is not the America that patriots fought and died for and still dying for today," she told the crowd.
She urged those in the audience to "exhaust ourselves" in the last 10 days leading up to the midterm elections to help get the vote out and to make sure no one is complacent.
(CNN) – A last-minute trip to Arizona for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin ended with an unlikely gift from controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
According to Arpaio's Twitter account, the tough on crime, anti-illegal immigration lightning rod gifted Palin a pair of pink underwear similar to those that inmates at his notorious Phoenix jail are supposedly required to wear.
ANNANDALE, Virginia (CNN) – With just ten days before the highly anticipated mid term elections, the candidates for Virginia's 11th Congressional district were out on the campaign trail Saturday. Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly and Republican candidate Keith Fimian walked along the parade route of the Annandale Fall Festival trying to woo voters.
Rep. Connolly is hoping to win a second term in battleground Virginia where polls currently show him with a tenuous lead.
(CNN) – When Ohio Governor Ted Strickland takes the stage in South Port, Ohio Saturday afternoon, you might want to listen – because whether he wins his race could have a direct impact on you, even if you never plan to live in Ohio.
That's because the numbers crunchers at Election Data Services estimate that next year Ohio is going to lose two seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. It's up to the Ohio state government – including the governor - to decide which two House members will go: Democrat or Republican.
Imagine if ten days from now the Republicans win control of the House, but only by a one-seat majority. Republican John Boehner becomes Speaker. But if a Democrat holds the governor's mansion in Ohio and the governor insists that when his state loses two seats both must be districts held by Republicans. That means just through redistricting in Ohio alone the Democrats could, in theory, take back control of the House. That would affect your life – everything from education policy to health care and taxes goes through the House, and which party is in control makes a big difference. It could all hinge on who gets elected governor in states far away from you.
It’s a busy day on the campaign trail Saturday with Sarah Pain, Michael Steele, President Obama and Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland. CNN will have it all covered on “Ballot Bowl” from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET. Watch the best political team on television live from the road to the midterm elections.
Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry and National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin will anchor with special appearances by Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley, Senior Political Editor Mark Preston and Political Producer Peter Hamby.
(CNN) - The president was in Minnesota Saturday, and as a welcome to the state, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty issued a web video explaining some local expressions because, he said, some people "think we talk funny here."
"Minnesotans don't like to offend people by coming right out and saying no, so instead they say 'eh, not so much,' like if you asked Minnesotans 'Do you like the federal take over of the health care system?' They might say 'eh, not so much,'" Pawlenty says in the video.
Another expression? "Uffdah."