Washington (CNN) - Paul Ryan, R-Wis., returned briefly to his day job in Congress on Thursday, making his first trip to Capitol Hill as the GOP vice presidential candidate.
While Ryan has been barnstorming battleground states and getting prime time television coverage for his recent convention speech, on the Hill he made no public comments nor participated in any congressional debate, choosing to keep his public presence there low key.
(CNN) - A new poll in New Hampshire shows the number of likely voters there unsure of who will receive their presidential vote in November has spiked in recent weeks while the race remains locked in a statistical tie.
The percentage of likely voters who were undecided or favoring a non-major candidate there had remained steady between 6% and 9% since February 2011, according to the WMUR Granite State Poll, but that number shot up to 15% in the most recent sampling.
(CNN) -Mitt Romney's campaign announced Thursday that they're giving select supporters a chance to fly with the Republican presidential nominee on the candidate's charter plane dubbed "Hair Force One" by Ann Romney.
Mrs. Romney coined the term "Hair Force One" in December to honor her husband's famously coiffed mane.
(CNN) - Asked in an interview on Thursday, Mitt Romney declined to continue a terse exchange between himself and President Barack Obama. In the latest volley, the president asserted that his Republican challenger had not "thought through the ramifications" before issuing a statement sharply critical of Obama on Tuesday over the latest unrest in the Arab world.
"Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later, and as president, one of the things I've learned is you can't do that," Obama said Wednesday in an interview with CBS News. "It's important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts and that you've thought through the ramifications before you make them."
Fredericksburg, Virginia (CNN) – After a well-received convention address, first lady Michelle Obama jumped back on the campaign trail Thursday to make an appeal to supporters for her husband's re-election in Virginia as a part of a two-city cruise through the battleground state.
After paying respect to the American diplomats killed in Libya Tuesday, the first lady focused on her campaign message, breaking down the numbers in Virginia and telling the crowd her husband won the state by 235,000 votes in 2008 but that might not suffice this election cycle.
Washington (CNN) - The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday overwhelmingly passed a new version of the Stolen Valor Act, a bill aimed at people who lie about receiving military medals and then attempt to profit from the deception.
The first version of the Stolen Valor Act was struck down by the Supreme Court as a violation of the First Amendment.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama has a narrow advantage over Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in Ohio according to a new poll released Thursday which also found the race for the White House locked up in Florida and Virginia.
The NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls came out hours after another survey of likely voters, conducted by the American Research Group, found Ohio to be statistically tied.
Eau Claire, Wisconsin (CNN) - In the second time in as many days, Vice President Joe Biden began a political event on a somber note: commenting on the violence that killed four American diplomatic workers in Libya.
Yet on Thursday, the vice president went further than he'd gone a day before, stating that the perpetrators of violence "have no real values."
CNN's GUT CHECK | for September 13, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: ARE YOU BETTER OFF THAN YOU WERE FOUR YEARS AGO? 44% OF AMERICANS SAY NO … With regard to their own personal financial situation, 44% of Americans say that they are financially worse off than they were four years ago; 37% say they are financially better off and 19% volunteer that their financial situation has not changed. Since Barack Obama's first year in office, a majority of Americans have said that Bush's policies were more responsible for current economic problems than Obama's policies were. That figure is at 57% today; 35% believe Obama is mostly to blame for economic problems. – Keating Holland