(CNN) - In his weekly podcast on Saturday, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney described President Barack Obama as handling the economy negligently while the country approaches a “fiscal cliff.”
"Political gridlock threatens to plunge us back into recession, but instead of seeking bipartisan solutions, President Obama is passively allowing us to go over a fiscal cliff," Romney said. The White House Budget Office reported this week that a collection of tax increases and spending cuts holds in store harsh consequences for the economy.
Oldsmar, Florida (CNN) - Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan called the Federal Reserve's latest effort to stimulate the economy "insidious" during a speech to Floridians on Saturday.
The Federal Reserve this week announced a new round of quantitative easing, the central bank's program to increase the money supply by buying up billions of dollars worth of debt held in mortgage-backed securities.
(CNN) - Conservative legal scholar Ted Olson has been tapped to play the role of Vice President Joe Biden in Paul Ryan's debate prep sessions, Mitt Romney's campaign said Saturday.
The two men participated in their first mock debate session this past week.
(CNN) - GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is the only major candidate on the campaign trail Saturday.
He holds a rally in Florida around midday.
His running mate and the Democratic ticket have no public events scheduled on Saturday.
See the full schedule below the jump.
(CNN) - Actor Clint Eastwood says he does not care about the reaction to his stand up routine at the Republican convention, which drew more attention on the night Mitt Romney accepted the presidential nomination.
Eastwood spoke to CNN in his first television interview since the convention.
(CNN) - Rep. Allen West of Florida cited his military experience on Saturday in the Republican weekly address, where he called for action from the Senate and White House on the sequester set to begin in January.
"I spent 22 years in active duty in the United States Army and served in several combat zones," the retired lieutenant colonel said. "I can not understate the amount of damage these cuts would do to our military. They would essentially hollow out our armed forces."
(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Saturday mourned the week's attacks on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya which killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to the country.
"These four Americans represented the very best of our country," he said in his weekly address, naming Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, and Ambassador Chris Stevens.
(CNN) - A new television ad released Saturday by President Barack Obama's campaign pushes back against his opponent's argument that middle class Americans are not better off than they were when he took office.
The minute-long spot contrasts the deep job losses that happened early in Obama's term with the job growth since. Considering the 4.3 million jobs lost in Obama's first 13 months in the White House, the president remains 261,000 jobs shy of breaking even and then creating new jobs.