(CNN) - The latest polls in three critical battlegrounds – Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin – indicate President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney continuing to run neck-and-neck, though Obama has a slight edge in each of the three states.
The Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times surveys indicated Obama with the backing of 49% of likely voters in Florida, compared to 46% who said they supported Romney. In Ohio, 50% of likely voters backed Obama and 44% backed Romney. And in Wisconsin – the home state of Romney's running mate Paul Ryan – Obama had support of 49% of likely voters, compared to 47% who supported Romney. The president's margins in Florida and Wisconsin are with in the polls' sampling error, and in Ohio Obama's margin is just outside the sampling error.
(TIME) - TIME Magazine Managing Editor Rick Stengel and Senior Correspondent Michael Crowley spoke with the Republican presidential candidate on Tuesday for the latest issue of TIME, now available online to subscribers.
(CNN) - Mitt Romney on Thursday heads to Hobbs, New Mexico and Minneapolis for fund-raisers, while his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, attends a defense roundtable in North Carolina.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden stay closer to home and attend meetings in Washington, D.C.
See the full schedule after the jump.
New York (CNNMoney) - The campaign for presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney laid out a plan Wednesday for America to be energy independent by 2020.
On an embargoed conference call with reporters, Romney staffers touched on familiar themes they said would wean the country off imported oil and spark an economic boom at home. Namely, they called for fewer regulations and more drilling.
(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton takes center stage in a new ad released by President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign on Thursday.
The former president, who’s been a top surrogate for Obama this year, largely praises Obama in the spot and attempts to draw a contrast between Republicans and Democrats this election year.
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CNN: Romney: CBO report findings 'unacceptable'
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday referred to a new Congressional Budget Office report that outlines the potentially dismal impact of the impending "fiscal cliff" as "unacceptable." The CBO report found that the spending cuts and tax increases would result in a recession and higher unemployment. However, the report also said it would improve the outlook of the federal government's budget deficit.
CNN: Ryan proud of 'pro-life record'
Vice presidential hopeful Rep. Paul Ryan said Wednesday he is "comfortable" supporting Mitt Romney's less conservative stance on abortion after a Republican congressman revived the policy debate and defied conservatives like Ryan. "I'm proud of my record," Ryan said. "Mitt Romney is going to be president, and the president sets policy. His policy is exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother. I'm comfortable with it because it's a good step in the right direction."