(CNN) - CNN Chief National Correspondent John King takes a look at what's behind the new Nevada poll numbers and a troubling battleground trend for Mitt Romney.
(CNN) – Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney ended August with $50 million cash on hand and an anticipated $15 million in debt, monthly reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday showed.
Romney's campaign said Tuesday that the portion of a $20 million loan taken out to bridge his primary candidacy through his party's official nomination when he could tap his general election funds would show on the report, although it said the outstanding debt has been reduced to approximately $11 million. The loan used as collateral his general election war chest, which allows for deposits but no withdrawals until the candidate is officially his party's presidential nominee.
(CNN) – A poll of voters in the key battleground states of Iowa, Colorado and Wisconsin released Thursday shows President Obama with an advantage over Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
The NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist survey indicates Obama pulling ahead among likely voters by five points in both Wisconsin and Colorado with 50% to Romney's 45%, a margin that is within the poll's sampling error. But in Iowa the president holds an eight point lead with 50% to Romney's 42%, which is outside the poll's sampling error.
(CNN) – John Sununu, an outspoken surrogate to Republican nominee Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, criticized fellow conservative Tommy Thompson for blaming bad poll numbers on Mitt Romney earlier Thursday, likening the senate candidate to President Barack Obama himself.
Thompson cited Romney's campaign as being partly to blame for his slipping poll numbers. His comments come after a Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday showed Thompson trailing Democratic opponent Tammy Baldwin by nine points among likely voters in the Senate race. The same poll showed Thompson leading Baldwin by nine points one month earlier.
Sarasota, Florida (CNN) - GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney launched a new line of attack against President Barack Obama on Thursday, seizing on comments Obama made about change in Washington earlier in the day.
"The most important lesson I've learned is that you can't change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside," Obama said Thursday afternoon at a presidential forum the candidate taped to run on the Spanish-language network Univision.
Washington (CNN) - The major super PAC backing Mitt Romney, Restore Our Future, spent almost $21.2 million last month – three times more than the $7 million it raised. The figures were contained in the group's monthly report filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission.
Overall the group reported it has just under $6.3 million cash on hand.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for September 20, 2012| 5 p.m.
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BREAKING: WITH 47 DAYS TO GO, PRESIDENTIAL RACE TIED NATIONALLY: 47% – 47% among registered voters.
And in the battleground state of Nevada, a new CNN/ORC Poll tells us: Obama 49% - Romney 46%, well within the margin of error. Our take below.
OBAMA: NO WE CAN'T, BUT YOU CAN... President Barack Obama at a forum hosted by Univision: "I've learned some lessons... Most important is you can't change Washington from inside, only from the outside. That's how some of our biggest accomplishments like health care got done – mobilizing the American people."
(CNN) – President Barack Obama appears more comfortable sharing "The View's" famed couch with the show's five female hosts than Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
The show announced Thursday both the president and first lady Michelle Obama will appear on the couch next Tuesday in an interview to be taped Monday. The president and the first lady have appeared a number of times on the couch individually but next week's interview marks the couple's first joint interview on the show.
Washington (CNN) – In response to sagging battleground polls and criticism from some Republican party insiders, the Romney campaign – as part of its recalibration – intends to get more specific with its economic message, trying to reach out to the increasing number of voters who believe Mitt Romney doesn't understand their problems.
In interviews with senior Romney advisers and outsiders close to the campaign, the emerging strategy appears to boil down to a simple point: "We need to reassure Americans that Romney can fix things, and he (President Obama) can't," says one campaign insider. "Voters already believe Romney has a better chance of fixing the economy. We have to tell them just how it will be better for them."