Air Force Two aborts landing twice in one day
October 2nd, 2012
09:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Air Force Two aborts landing twice in one day

Washington (CNN) - For the second time on Tuesday, the aircraft carrying Vice President Joe Biden was forced to abort its original plan for landing.

Late evening, Air Force Two intended to land at Andrews Air Force Base after Biden spent the day campaigning in North Carolina. But heavy fog over parts of Washington forced the plane to circle skies over Washington for a while - then divert.

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New national poll shows close race
October 2nd, 2012
08:52 PM ET
2 years ago

New national poll shows close race

(CNN) - A new national poll released on the eve of the first presidential debate shows that the race between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney remains close.

The overall head-to-head result among likely voters surveyed for the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll matches the latest CNN Poll of Polls, which is an average of this new poll and six other recent surveys conducted in the past week.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama
October 2nd, 2012
07:19 PM ET
2 years ago

New CNN debate digital experience allows viewers to play TV producer

(CNN) - On Wednesday night, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama will be going head-to-head, trading policy points and political “zingers” while trying to convince the American public to choose them as the next president.

But if you missed that stunning one-liner or didn’t fully understand the detailed explanation of stimulus, deficit reduction and supply-side economics, there is a new CNN tool to allow you to view, replay and share your favorite clips on-the-fly.
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October 2nd, 2012
07:07 PM ET
2 years ago

In debates, presidential candidates' tics and tells matter

Washington (CNN) – When Mitt Romney is agitated, his arms flail. President Barack Obama has a tendency to drone on and on. Debate experts say both should keep those quirks in check during the upcoming presidential debates.

That's because in the world of political theater, nobody likes a ham or a know-it-all, said Melissa Wade, a debate professor at Emory University.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
Obama takes field trip to the Hoover Dam
October 2nd, 2012
07:01 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama takes field trip to the Hoover Dam

Las Vegas (CNN) – For the second day in a row, President Barack Obama took an afternoon break from preparing for Wednesday night’s debate with a field trip. Tuesday's trip was a visit to the Hoover Dam.

The president’s motorcade drove 30 minutes to Boulder City, Nevada, where he stopped at the site of a heliport overlooking the Hoover Dam and the Colorado River Bridge

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Filed under: 2012 • Nevada • President Obama
Poll: Obama 46%-Romney 43% in Florida
October 2nd, 2012
06:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Obama 46%-Romney 43% in Florida

(CNN) – On the eve of the first presidential debate, a new poll indicates a close contest between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the race for Florida's 29 electoral votes.

According to a Suffolk University/WSVN-Miami survey released Tuesday, 46% of Sunshine State likely voters say they are supporting the president, with 43% backing Romney and seven-percent undecided. Obama's three-point margin is within the survey's sampling error.

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How #ladyparts went viral
October 2nd, 2012
06:27 PM ET
2 years ago

How #ladyparts went viral

(CNN) - It started as an ecard, became a post on a Obama campaign blog, and eventually became fodder for conservative websites.

It wasn't the average get-out-the-vote banner.

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Pelosi blasts GOP calls for State Department probe
October 2nd, 2012
05:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Pelosi blasts GOP calls for State Department probe

(CNN) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi blasted House Republicans Tuesday for requesting a hearing next week on the State Department's handling of last month's deadly consulate attack in Libya.

With Congress in recess for the campaign season, Pelosi argued on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" that if the GOP wants to look into the Libya issue, they should return for votes on other pending legislation, as well.

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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • House • Nancy Pelosi • State Department • TV-The Situation Room
Obama campaign spending $6.5 million on two minute ad
October 2nd, 2012
05:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama campaign spending $6.5 million on two minute ad

Washington (CNN) - The Obama re-election campaign is spending $6.5 million to run the two minute ad it unveiled last week that could be seen as a preview of the arguments the president will make during Wednesday's debate, according to a Republican ad buying source.

It is unusual, especially more than five weeks from Election Day, for a campaign to put up such a long commercial.

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Filed under: 2012 • Colorado • Florida • Iowa • New Hampshire • Ohio • President Obama • Virginia
CNN’s GUT CHECK for October 2, 2012
October 2nd, 2012
05:27 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN’s GUT CHECK for October 2, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 2, 2012 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING ON CNN: MITT ROMNEY’S PRE-DEBATE ROUTINE INCLUDES WRITING “DAD” ON A PIECE OF PAPER AT THE PODIUM IN HOMAGE TO HIS FATHER, GEORGE ROMNEY …

In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Gloria Borger, ANN ROMNEY says: "As soon as he gets on stage, the first thing he does - actually, there's - there are a few first things he does. He takes off his watch and puts it on the podium. But then he writes "Dad" on the piece of paper. And that's amazing, because he loves his dad, respects his dad. Doesn't want to do anything that would not make his father proud. And just a reminder that, 'Yes, I'm here, but Dad, I love and respect who you are, what you've taught me, what kind of a person you are, and I'm going to honor that.' And so I love the fact that Mitt does that. So he writes that. And then he looks in the audience and he finds me. He has to find where I am. And - he just - he needs just that connection. And almost after every answer that he gives, he'll find me in the audience, to see, 'Was that good? Was that OK?'"

BREAKING: FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA TELLS CNN’S JESSICA YELLIN, “I GET SO NERVOUS”... In an interview set to kick off CNN’s pre-debate coverage at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Michelle Obama compares herself to a mother of an Olympic competitor:

Michelle Obama: “I get so nervous at these debates and, you know, I am like one of those parents watching their kid on the balance beam, standing there, trying not to, you know, have any expression at all.” Asked if she critiques the president, the first lady says she generally gives only positive reinforcement “because he is a great speaker. You know, he is good at this.”

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