NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - President Obama and Mitt Romney both say they are focused on improving the lives of middle-class Americans, but a new poll suggests that the president has a slight edge over his challenger with the key demographic group.
Just more than half - 52% - of middle-class adults said the president's policies would benefit them should he win a second term. A lower number - 42% - of respondents said that Romney's policies would help the middle class.FULL STORY
(CNN) – A Congressional Budget Office report released Wednesday on the potentially dismal impact of the impending "fiscal cliff" prompted finger pointing from both parties, not surprisingly, blaming each other.
The White House placed blame for a gloomy economic outlook on Congressional Republicans and Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, named President Barack Obama as the instigator of high projected deficits.
(CNN) – Both Todd Akin’s claim that women’s bodies can prevent contraception in cases of “legitimate rape” and the GOP’s newly-adopted platform language calling for a constitutional ban on abortion have provoked controversy for largely the same reason: They showcase the belief that all abortions should be illegal, without exception.
But even as Democrats and abortion rights groups use the controversies to reinforce allegations of a Republican-led “war on women,” don’t expect the anti-abortion movement to back away from calls for all abortions to be illegal – even for women impregnated by rape or incest.FULL STORY
Roanoke, Virginia (CNN) – Paul Ryan on Wednesday visited the Southwest Virginia town where President Barack Obama made his "you didn't build that" remark that has since been seized upon by Republicans, including Mitt Romney's campaign, and has become a major theme of the presidential race.
The local small business owner who introduced the vice presidential candidate at an outdoor morning rally underscored that point. According to Chris McMurray, owner of Crumb and Get It Cookie Co. in nearby Radford, he turned down an invitation from the Obama campaign for Vice President Joe Biden to appear at his bakery last week.
(CNN) - Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, will campaign together on Friday and Saturday, CNN has learned.
The duo will attend a rally at the Long Family Orchard Farm and Cider Mill in Commerce, Michigan on Friday, the campaign said in a statement. The pair will also campaign in Detroit, Michigan on Friday and in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, Romney senior adviser Kevin Madden said.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - If the so-called fiscal cliff takes effect in 2013, the U.S. deficit outlook will improve, but scheduled tax increases and spending cuts would push the country into recession and unemployment up to 9%.
That's one of the main takeaways from an analysis Wednesday by the Congressional Budget Office, which released its updated budget and economic projections for 2012 through 2022.FULL STORY
(CNN) - A conservative non-profit group is weighing in on races for the U.S. Senate in Nevada and North Dakota races with $635,000 in television advertising, the group said Wednesday.
The American Future Fund ads are critical of the Democrat in each race: Rep. Shelley Berkley of Nevada and former North Dakota state Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp.
Washington (CNN) – Republicans are preparing to, in the words of one senior GOP source, “grind it out for a while” after embattled U.S. Rep. Todd Akin declared he was remaining in the race for U.S. Senate in Missouri despite calls from his party’s leadership to step aside.
Republican officials said Wednesday that they do not expect Akin to bow out of his race against Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill in the next few days and aren’t sure if he’ll ever drop his bid. They are, however, monitoring a few crucial dynamics in the race that will play out in the days ahead.