CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 21, 2012| 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: RON PAUL MAKES A DEAL… A stand off between Ron Paul supporters and the Republican National Committee over convention delegates appears to be easing, and both sides are close to announcing a deal that could help avoid a potentially embarrassing moment for Mitt Romney on the day he receives the GOP presidential nomination. – Mark Preston
DEVELOPING: ROMNEY WEIGHS IN, BUT AKIN WON’T BACK DOWN… Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney pushed for Akin to step aside, writing in a statement: “As I said yesterday, Todd Akin's comments were offensive and wrong and he should very seriously consider what course would be in the best interest of our country. Today, his fellow Missourians urged him to step aside, and I think he should accept their counsel and exit the Senate race.”
Yet earlier a defiant Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri said Tuesday he will stay in the Senate race to unseat Democrat Claire McCaskill despite mounting calls from across the political spectrum for him to withdraw over incendiary comments on rape and pregnancy. Akin cited what he called a grass-roots conservative movement in the country that needs a voice in government for his decision to reject increasing pressure from the Republican Party, congressional colleagues and others to step aside. – Tom Cohen
(CNN) - Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, joined a host of fellow Republicans in calling on Rep. Todd Akin to withdraw from his Missouri Senate race Tuesday. His campaign released the following statement:
"As I said yesterday, Todd Akin's comments were offensive and wrong and he should very seriously consider what course would be in the best interest of our country. Today, his fellow Missourians urged him to step aside, and I think he should accept their counsel and exit the Senate race."
(CNN) - With Medicare taking front and center in the presidential race in recent days, a new Pew Research Center poll released Tuesday indicates that GOP proposals to privatize the system remain unpopular among the general public.
According to the survey, 72% of American adults have heard either a lot or a little about a voucher-like program that would give seniors credit to purchase their own health care coverage–a proposal similar to that pushed by Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman and now-running mate for Mitt Romney.
Carnegie, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Paul Ryan revisited some of President Barack Obama's most controversial comments from the 2008 campaign to rally a crowd behind the Republican ticket Tuesday.
"You know, every now and then President Obama sort of drops his veil. He's less coy about his philosophy. He sort of reveals his true governing policy, what he really believes," Ryan said at a steel factory near Pittsburgh.
(CNN) - The ongoing furor over U.S. Rep. Todd Akin's remarks on rape and pregnancy was largely ignored on the campaign trail Tuesday as candidates for president and vice president refocused their attention on the issues that have dominated the election for weeks: Medicare and the economy.
Speaking at a community college in Reno, Nevada, President Barack Obama spoke about education, slamming his Republican rivals for not having a clear plan.
(CNN) - Top Democrats on Tuesday pounced on news that Republicans adopted as part of their party platform a call for a constitutional ban on abortion and sought to tie the controversial policy plank to Mitt Romney’s campaign.
In a conference call with reporters, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz asserted that the measure, which does not provide an exception for pregnancies that result from rape and incest, “was written at the direction of the Romney campaign.”
(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden has plans to be in Tampa during the Republican National Convention next week, the Obama campaign said Tuesday.
Biden has events in Tampa and in other cities next Monday and Tuesday, the campaign said.
Tampa, Florida (CNN) – A stand off between Ron Paul supporters and the Republican National Committee over convention delegates appears to be easing, and both sides are close to announcing a deal that could help avoid a potentially embarrassing moment for Mitt Romney on the day he receives the GOP presidential nomination.
The deal, which is expected to be announced Tuesday afternoon, will seat more Paul delegates at next week's Republican National Convention, an act that could help prevent an organized effort by Paul supporters to try and bring Monday's opening session to a grinding halt.
(CNN) - Republican Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri said Tuesday he is staying in the race for the U.S. Senate despite calls from across the political spectrum for him to drop out because of controversial comments about rape and pregnancy.
"I want to make one thing absolutely clear. We are going to continue with this U.S. Senate race," Akin said.