Poll: Obama over 50% in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania
August 1st, 2012
07:37 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Obama over 50% in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania

(CNN) - President Barack Obama has a majority of voters backing him in three critical battleground states, according to a survey released Wednesday.

The Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll showed Obama leading his Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Florida 51%-45%, in Ohio 50%-44%, and in Pennsylvania 53%-42%. Florida and Ohio are considered toss-ups in November's general election, while Pennsylvania is rated "lean Obama" on CNN's Electoral Map.
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On the Trail: August 1, 2012
August 1st, 2012
06:45 AM ET
2 years ago

On the Trail: August 1, 2012

(CNN) – Back on the trail, President Barack Obama will campaign in the key battleground state of Ohio while wife Michelle Obama will speak to grassroots supporters in Greensboro, North Carolina. Governor Mitt Romney will spend Wednesday off the trail as he has not announced any public events.

Key Romney surrogates - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker - will participate in a Republican Governors panel discussion at the Aspen Institute.
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Romney Ohio ad hits Obama over auto bailout
August 1st, 2012
05:30 AM ET
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Romney Ohio ad hits Obama over auto bailout

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's presidential campaign released a new television ad Wednesday which criticized President Barack Obama over the auto bailout.

The spot, titled “Dream,” features Al Zarzour, a car dealership owner from Lyndhurst, Ohio, saying that under the bailout measure, "the dream... that we worked so hard for, was gone."

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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Auto Bailout • Mitt Romney • President Obama
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, August 1, 2012
August 1st, 2012
04:29 AM ET
2 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click on the headlines for more.

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CNN: Romney defends 'culture' remark, which drew Palestinian ire
In an opinion piece published online Tuesday, Mitt Romney defended a comment he made in Israel that drew the ire of Palestinians. On Monday, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee pointed to a wealth disparity between Israelis and Palestinians and referenced a book which argued that "culture makes all the difference."

CNN: Leaders of Congress reach deal to fund government, avoid shutdown showdown
Congressional leaders announced a deal Tuesday on a six-month bill to fund the federal government, thereby removing the possibility of a government shutdown - and the political spectacle that would go with it - before the election. "It will provide stability for the coming months," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, told reporters. "It will be free of riders. This is very good because we can resolve these critical issues that directly affect the country as soon as the election is over and move on to do good things."

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Gore Vidal, chronicler of American life and politics, dies
August 1st, 2012
01:03 AM ET
2 years ago

Gore Vidal, chronicler of American life and politics, dies

(CNN) – Author Gore Vidal, who faithfully chronicled the major shifts and upheavals in the United States in his books and essays, has died. He was 86.

An announcement on his official website Tuesday night did not mention a cause of death.

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