CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 15, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
FORMER DEMOCRAT ARTUR DAVIS COMPARES BIDEN TO PAST SOUTHERN DEMOCRATS… In an interview with Wolf Blitzer on “CNN’s The Situation Room,” Artur Davis reacts to Biden’s “chains” comment from Tuesday: “When I heard him reach to the bottom of the deck and talk about one party putting people in chains, when I heard someone that I admired and had been on platforms with talk about ordinary conservative principles as being essential racial viciousness, because that’s the allegation he was making yesterday, I was disappointed by it. But I have to tell you, it brought back memories to me. It brought back memories of these Democratic politicians in the South who think they can go before black crowds and say one thing, that nobody else will hear it and that they can somehow get a cheer in the room and that they can go on about their business.”
(CNN) – Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday questioned Joe Biden's "mental capacity" to lead, delivering a blistering attack against the vice president's competence one day after Biden made a controversial remark on the campaign trail.
"I mean, this guy just isn't bright. He's never been bright. He isn't bright," Giuliani, a Republican, said on CNBC. "And people think, `Well, he just talks a little too much.' Actually, he's just not very smart."
(CNN) - A new national poll indicates that Mitt Romney's announcement of House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan as his running mate has not made an immediate impact on the race for the White House.
According to Gallup, 47% of registered voters supported Romney and 45% supported President Barack Obama in the four days of their daily tracking poll following Romney's Saturday morning announcement that the seven-term congressman from Wisconsin would be his running mate on the Republican ticket.
(CNN) – Polls assessing the state of the presidential race typically survey people likely to vote in November's general election. But what about the millions of Americans who could cast ballots, but won't?
A USA Today/Suffolk University poll released Wednesday found that of the roughly 40% of eligible Americans who aren't likely to vote in November, 2-in-1 would support President Barack Obama. Voters who are registered, but not likely to vote, back Obama over his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, 43%-20%. Another 18% said they'd support a third party candidate, and 15% weren't sure who they would vote for.
(CNN) - A major conservative group rolled out a new ad buy on Wednesday, spending $4.7 million on spots that target Democrats running for U.S. Senate seats.
Crossroads GPS, the private arm for the Karl Rove-backed super PAC American Crossroads, said they will run ads in Nevada, Virginia, Missouri, Montana, Ohio and Wisconsin.
(CNN) - Four days after the naming of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's running mate and there's no let up of political pot shots over Medicare.
The Republican presidential challenger resumed his push back against Democratic attacks on the House Budget chairman's Medicare plan, once again claiming that the president's cut more than $700 billion from the popular entitlement program which guarantees health insurance to seniors.
(CNN) – The increasingly bloody civil war in Syria concerns Americans, a CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday showed, though the prospect of sending military assistance from the U.S. and other countries or using air power to assist rebels has Americans divided.
The poll showed 29% of Americans saying they're very concerned, and 43% saying they're somewhat concerned, about the situation in Syria. Twenty-six percent said the situation in Syria did not concern them.
TOPICS: U.S. concern about Syria; use of air power/ground troops; aid to Syrian rebels; importance of removing Syrian government
Full results (pdf)
(CNN) - A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday decided not to restrict a controversial voter ID law from going into place.
The law, which requires voters to present a state issued photo ID, has been met with fierce opposition by those who claim that the law discriminates against minorities.
Washington (CNN) - The fight to define Paul Ryan is getting more heated by the day. But days after defending against an offensive against his running mate, Mitt Romney's campaign appears to be mounting a counteroffensive.
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign launched a full frontal assault on the House Budget Committee chairman almost immediately after Republican challenger Mitt Romney named the seven-term congressman from Wisconsin as his running mate Saturday morning.