Lima, Ohio (CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan offered a grim assessment of President Barack Obama's foreign policy record Monday, citing examples including the latest unrest in the Middle East that Mitt Romney's running mate warned "projects weakness" and threatens the nation's security.
"When the president came into office, he made these grand speeches, beautiful rhetoric, great promises, and he made the case that the power of his personality and his persuasion powers would calm things in the Muslim World, would make things, would make people respect us and like us that much more," Ryan said during a town hall in Ohio's Allen County.
(CNN) – The same day her rival hammered her in a political ad for her claims to Native American heritage, Elizabeth Warren fired back in an ad of her own, saying Sen. Scott Brown was attacking her family.
"As a kid, I never asked my mom for documentation when she talked about our Native American heritage," Warren says in the spot. "What kid would? But I knew my father's family didn't like that she was part Cherokee and part Delaware, so they had to elope."
(CNN) – Stephanie Cutter, the deputy campaign manager for President Barack Obama, said in an interview Monday that she stood by all of the president's television ads, despite the assertion from Obama himself that some of the spots have gone "overboard."
"Absolutely, absolutely," Cutter said on CNN's "The Situation Room" when asked if she could back all of Obama's campaign ads.
New York (CNN) – He may be known for his cool temperament, but the first lady can bring out another side of President Barack Obama.
"I can make him mad any number of ways," Michelle Obama told ABC's "The View" in an interview set to air Tuesday.
CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for September 24, 2012 | 5 p.m.
— n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: OBAMA UP BY FIVE IN OHIO. One day before Mitt Romney's campaign starts a three day bus tour in Ohio, a new poll indicates the Republican nominee is behind President Barack Obama by five percentage points in the Buckeye State. Just over half – 51% – of likely voters back the president, while 46% support Romney, according to a new survey released Sunday and conducted by the University of Cincinnati's Institute for Policy Research. The survey was taken September 13-18, mostly before video emerged of controversial comments Romney made at a May fundraiser, in which he argued nearly half of Americans are "victims" who are "dependent" on the government because they don't pay federal income taxes. – Ashley Killough LINK
(CNN) – A poll released Monday shows voters feel stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to their choices in candidates for the 2012 presidential election.
Only 54% of voters say they are very or fairly satisfied with the presidential choices-a number only slightly changed since June when 56% said they were satisfied. Forty percent however say they are not too or not at all satisfied marking the lowest level of candidate satisfaction since the 1992 presidential election, according to the a national survey by the Pew Research Center and Washington Post.
(CNN) – Sen. Joe Manchin wants people to know he's serious about making cuts–and uses some special scissors in a new television ad to sharpen that point.
"For more than twenty years Joe Manchin has gotten his hair cut by the same barber–his wife Gayle," the ad's narrator says.
Pueblo, Colorado (CNN) – President Barack Obama's suggestion that chaos in the Middle East merely represents "bumps in the road" to democracy was met with scathing criticism from his Republican rival Monday at a campaign stop in Colorado.
Speaking on a runway at a Pueblo airport, Mitt Romney said Obama's comments belittled the gravity of the situation unfolding overseas, including the death of America's ambassador to Libya two weeks ago.
(CNN) – A new CNN Poll of Polls of likely voters in Pennsylvania indicates President Barack Obama with a 49%-40% lead over Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
The poll is an average of the three most recent non-partisan live operator surveys in the Keystone state. All three polls were conducted in the past two weeks, entirely after the end of the Republican and Democratic conventions.