CNN's GUT CHECK | for September 18, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: ROMNEY STANDS BY HIS COMMENTS... In an interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox News moments ago, Romney said, “I recognize that those people who are not paying income tax are going to say, ‘Gosh, this provision that Mitt keeps talking about, lowering income taxes,’ that is not going to be really attractive to them and those that are dependent on government and those that think the government’s job is to redistribute, I am not going to get them. I know there is a divide in the country about that view. I know some believe government should take from some to give to the others. I think the President makes it clear in the tape that was released today that that is what he believes. I think that is an entirely foreign concept. I believe America was built on the principle of government caring for those in need but getting out of the way and allowing free people to pursue their dreams. Free people pursuing free enterprises is the only way we will create and strong and growing middle class and the only way we will help people out of poverty.”
SOCIAL WATCH: ROMNEY’s “47%” COMMENTS REGISTER HIGHER THAN HIS RNC SPEECH ON FACEBOOK… Facebook tells CNN that “The Mitt Romney 47% quote ranked a 5.1 on the Facebook Talk Meter on Monday. This is a touch higher than he had scored the night of his speech at the RNC (a 5.04 on 8/30); also a touch higher than Michelle Obama’s speech at the DNC (5.06, 9/4). It falls below Hurricane Isaac (5.24); NFL Kickoff (6.41); the VMAs (6.67); Bill Clinton’s speech at the DNC (7.08, 9/5); and Obama’s speech (7.28, 9/6). The comment seems to have resonated the most with men over the age of 35. Women between 55-64 also seem to be buzzing about this.”
(CNN) – Mitt Romney said in an interview Tuesday that remarks he made at a fund-raiser in May casting supporters of President Barack Obama as dependent on government were an honest reflection of his campaign's message.
"This is a message I'm carrying day and day out and will carry over the coming months," Romney said on Fox News. "This is a decision about the course of America, where we're going to head. We've seen the president's policies play out over the last four years."
Washington (CNN) - A new poll indicates President Obama with an eight point lead over Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the crucial battleground state of Virginia.
According to a Washington Post survey released Tuesday, 52% of likely voters in Virginia say they support the president, with 44% backing Romney. Among the wider pool of registered voters, the poll indicates Obama with a 50-43% advantage over the former Massachusetts governor.
(CNN) - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court sent a controversial voter ID law back to a lower court Tuesday to assess the availability of alternative forms of identification and whether the new law disenfranchises voters.
The high court said the state's Commonwealth Court has until October 2 to file its supplemental opinion, according to court documents.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday put the brakes on efforts to make public the names of donors funding election "issue ads" from corporations and non-profit groups.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia let stand a federal rule allowing those groups to keep their financiers anonymous.FULL STORY
Editor's note: Gloria Borger is CNN's chief political analyst, appearing regularly on shows such as "AC360˚" "The Situation Room," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."
(CNN) - In watching Mitt Romney's painful - and self-destructive - gaffe about the "47 percenters," it at first seemed inexplicable, as if the man was writing off half of the electorate.
Never mind that the self-declared "victims" he's talking about include seniors (who actually voted Republican in 2010) and veterans (many of whom might be inclined to vote for the GOP). Or that they're also people who work hard and pay their payroll taxes, and might be getting some tax benefits for their children.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Clint Eastwood isn't taking much time to reflect on his unique endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at last month's Republican National Convention, after all he says if they're "dumb enough" to ask him, they'll take what they get.
"If somebody is dumb enough to ask me to go to political convention and say something, they're gonna have to take what they get," said Eastwood in an interview Tuesday with the television show "Extra" about the convention speech that won rave reviews, puzzled looks and slacked jaws.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama's campaign quickly used freshly released tapes of Mitt Romney speaking at a private fund-raiser to blast their rival, using apparent man-on-the-street interviews to cast the GOP nominee as woefully out of touch with average Americans.
"I actually felt sick to my stomach," one person says in the Obama campaign web video, which appears to have been shot in Chicago's Grant Park. Obama's re-election team is based in the Windy City.
Ottumwa, Iowa (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday offered the most high profile response yet from the Obama campaign - albeit a short one - in reaction to the controversial secretly recorded tape of Mitt Romney at a fundraiser event in May.
"I let his words speak for themselves," Biden said when asked his reaction to Romney's telling donors that 47% of Americans back President Barack Obama because they are "dependent on government" and believe "that they are victims."
(CNN) – Just 49 days out from Election Day, a new poll in swing state New Hampshire released Tuesday shows President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney in a statistical tie among registered voters in the state.