Washington (CNN) - A new poll out of Wisconsin this week shows Republican Senate candidate Tommy Thompson suddenly falling behind in his race against Democrat Tammy Baldwin.
Thompson is blaming the slip, in part, on the rocky campaign of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
(CNN) - In a rare moment bipartisanship, some on Capitol Hill Thursday saw the parties joining together to drive a nail, rather than drive a wedge.
House Speaker John Boehner stepped in to assist House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi hammer in a ceremonial first nail.
Boehner, Pelosi, and other legislative leaders were appearing at a ceremony marking the start of construction on the platform for the presidential inauguration in January.
(CNN) – Television audiences for the two presidential candidate forums hosted this week by Univision, a Spanish language network, could be excused for coming away with the impression that Latinos are wild about their positions on Latino issues.
But what the viewers might not realize is the Wednesday night program with Mitt Romney and another Thursday night with President Barack Obama at the University of Miami forum are stocked with ringers.
(CNN) - GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan gave House Republicans a pep talk on Thursday morning, telling members these final weeks leading to Election Day would see "an up and down race."
"Three polls came out that have us within one point," Ryan said of the ticket he shares with GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, according to a GOP aide who attended the meeting. "They are going to [try to] distract us."
Sterling Heights, Michigan (CNN) - Joe Cefali has to leave 10 minutes earlier for work in the morning because the traffic is getting worse. And get this: That makes him happy.
"You feel the rejuvenation," the 19-year Chrysler worker says of the mood inside the Sterling Stamping plant and in the busy restaurants and other businesses near the Chrysler and GM factories.
(CNN) – Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, was named Thursday as president and CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable, a Washington-based lobbying group.
Pawlenty will step down as a national co-chairman of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign to assume the new role, which will formally begin November 1.
(CNN) - Mitt Romney spends the day in Florida Thursday, with a rally in Sarasota and two fund-raisers in Palm Beach. President Obama also travels to the state to participate in the Univision 'Meet the Candidates" town call, which Romney sat down for Wednesday. Later Obama will attend a campaign fund-raiser in Tampa.
Meanwhile, Paul Ryan, Romney's running mate, is in Washington for official business and a fund-raiser.
See the full schedule after the jump.
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CNN: Defending Romney, McCain cites 2008 campaign trail misspeak
Sen. John McCain on Wednesday compared a comment he made during his 2008 presidential bid to one made by his party's 2012 nominee, Mitt Romney, which is similarly drawing heavy Democratic flak.
CNN: Rubio: Romney's Latino comment was 'joke'
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was joking when he said at a Florida fundraiser last spring that he would have a better shot at winning the presidency if he were Latino, Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday.
(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will pick up the pace of his campaign next week with a bus tour of Ohio, his campaign announced Thursday.
He and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will make a series of stops across the state between Monday and Wednesday.
(CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio takes the starring role in a Romney campaign ad released Thursday, where he argues changes to Medicare for future recipients are necessary, while keeping the current system in place is the "least we can do" for current beneficiaries.
"My mother's 81 and depends on Medicare," the senator from Florida says. "We can save Medicare without changing hers, but only if younger Americans accept that our Medicare will be different than our parents' when we retire in 30 years.