CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 1, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: NEW POLL HAS OBAMA-ROMNEY WITHIN MARGIN OF ERROR; VOTERS SPLIT ON WHO WOULD BEST HANDLE ECONOMY: With the first presidential debate taking place Wednesday in Denver, a new CNN/ORC Poll shows that voters are split on who is best equipped to handle the economy: Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. And in the head-to-head match-up, Obama holds a 3% point lead on Romney - 50% to 47% - well within the poll’s margin of error.
INTRIGUING OPINION: CHRYSTIA FREELAND REPORTS FOR THE NEW YORKER ON WHAT SHE SEES AS THE IRONY OF THE SUPER-RICH BEING ANTI-OBAMA... “The growing antagonism of the super-wealthy toward Obama can seem mystifying, since Obama has served the rich quite well.. … The top 0.01 percent captured thirty-seven percent of the total recovery pie, with a rebound in their incomes of more than twenty percent, which amounted to an additional $4.2 million each. …America’s super-rich feel aggrieved in part because they believe themselves to be fundamentally different from a leisured, hereditary gentry. [Omega Advisors founder Leon] Cooperman’s pride in his work ethic is one source of his disdain for Obama. ‘When he ran for President, he’d never worked a day in his life. Never held a job,’ he said. Obama had, of course, worked — as a business researcher, a community organizer, a law professor, and an attorney at a law firm, not to mention an Illinois state legislator and a U.S. senator, before being elected President. But Cooperman was unimpressed. ‘He went into government service right out of Harvard,’ he said. ‘He never made payroll. He’s never built anything.’
TOPICS: Presidential horse race; favorable ratings; strength of support; enthusiasm; which canddiate would better handle issues
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Washington (CNN) – Two days before the first presidential debate, a new national survey indicates a very close contest between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the race for the White House.
And according to a CNN/ORC International poll, neither candidate appears to have an edge on the economy, which remains the top issue on the minds of Americans and which may dominate Wednesday night's debate on domestic issues in Denver.
(CNN) – An independent conservative group announced Monday it will drop another half-million on ad time in Minnesota, a state considered safe for President Barack Obama.
American Future Fund said it will expand its $500,000 ad buy from last week for a 30-second spot, spending an additional $483,000 to run the commercial statewide on broadcast and cable through October 10.
(CNN) – More Latinos will be eligible to vote in November's election than at any other time in American history, but getting them to the polls will provide campaigns a challenge, according to a report released Monday.
The Pew Hispanic Center report indicated 23.7 million Latinos are eligible to vote November 6, meaning they are U.S. citizens over the age of 18. That's an increase of 22% since 2008, when there were 19.5 million Latinos in America who met the country's voting requirements.
(CNN) - A new poll released Monday in the battleground state of North Carolina shows Republican nominee Mitt Romney with a four point advantage over President Barack Obama.
The American Research Group survey taken over the weekend indicates Romney with 50% to Obama's 46% among likely voters' choice for president. Romney's advantage is within the poll's sampling error.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama is spending the next two days in Nevada gearing up for his first presidential debate of the 2012 campaign.
A senior campaign official tells CNN the president spent "some time" practicing Sunday night and then "reconvened" his sessions Monday morning.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama received one endorsement he definitely did not ask for Monday: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
The leftist leader and strong man, who has used strong anti-United States language in his political rallies and official speeches, told state-owned VTV, "In the point of view of his politics, if I were voting, I would vote for Obama and I believe that if Obama was from Caracas, he would vote for Chavez, I am positive."
Boston (CNN) - As Mitt Romney headed into another session of debate preparations in Boston, his advisers said the nominee still had time to convince swing voters to support him.
In the final five weeks of the election, Romney will seek to appeal to voters on a range of issues, including taxes and spending, job growth, small business growth, health care, energy and foreign policy.