October 4th, 2012
11:48 PM ET
2 years ago

Pro-Romney super PAC raises big money after debate

(CNN) – The founder of Restore Our Future, a super PAC supportive of Mitt Romney, said Thursday the group saw money pour in one day after the GOP nominee pulled a widely applauded performance in the first presidential debate.

"I think that today will probably be the best fund-raising day we've had, if not one of the top two fund-raising days we've ever had," Charlie Spies said on CNN's Erin Burnett "OutFront."
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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Mitt Romney
October 4th, 2012
11:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney on 47% comments: I was 'completely wrong'

(CNN) - Mitt Romney said he was "completely wrong" when he argued that nearly half of Americans were "victims" and dependent on government.

The admission came Thursday as the GOP presidential candidate sought to clarify his controversial "47%" comments.
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Filed under: 2012 • Economy • Mitt Romney
Obama campaign breaks fund-raising record
October 4th, 2012
11:14 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama campaign breaks fund-raising record

Washington (CNN) – The Obama re-election team raised more money last month than any campaign has brought in this election cycle, a Democratic source familiar with the fund-raising totals confirmed to CNN.

The campaign's September total is expected to exceed $150 million, the source said.
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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • President Obama
With Ryan by his side, Romney rallies Virginians in debate victory lap
October 4th, 2012
10:16 PM ET
2 years ago

With Ryan by his side, Romney rallies Virginians in debate victory lap

Fishersville, Virginia (CNN) - As favorable reviews of his debate performance continued rolling in, Mitt Romney sought to capitalize on the momentum from his first head-to-head match-up against President Obama at an energetic rally Thursday night in Virginia.

The GOP presidential nominee had a busy night: He reconnected with his running mate Paul Ryan, accepted the endorsement of the National Rifle Association and declared his day brightened by a pre-speech concert by country star Trace Adkins - all at a rollicking outdoor rally attended by more than 6,000 supporters in western Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Virginia
Osama bin Laden movie to air weekend before election
October 4th, 2012
10:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Osama bin Laden movie to air weekend before election

(CNN) – Two days before Election Day on November 6, a movie detailing the raid that killed Osama bin Laden will air on the National Geographic Channel, the cable network announced Thursday.

The film is being distributed by the Weinstein Company, owned by a Harvey Weinstein, a major backer of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.
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Filed under: 2012 • Osama bin Laden • President Obama
Romney adviser fields questions on pre-existing conditions
October 4th, 2012
09:47 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney adviser fields questions on pre-existing conditions

(CNN) – Eric Fehrnstrom, a top aide to Mitt Romney, suggested in a Thursday interview with CNN that the GOP presidential candidate's health plan may achieve his goal of covering individuals with pre-existing conditions through "state initiatives and money."

Asked at Wednesday's debate what he would put in place of President Barack Obama's health care law, Romney offered two particular provisions: "Number one, pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan. Number two, young people are able to stay on their family plan."
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Filed under: 2012 • Health care • Mitt Romney • The Situation Room
Analysis: Five reasons the president fumbled the debate
October 4th, 2012
08:24 PM ET
2 years ago

Analysis: Five reasons the president fumbled the debate

Editor's note: Jessica Yellin is CNN's chief White House correspondent, based in the network's Washington bureau. She was named to the position in June 2011. Yellin contributes to CNN's America's Choice 2012 election coverage, reporting on President Barack Obama's administration and his re-election campaign.

Denver (CNN) - President Barack Obama turned in a less-than-stellar performance Wednesday night in his first debate this election season. On Thursday, his campaign aides said former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney came armed with distortions. But if the president believed that, he barely brought them to the viewers' attention during the debate. Instead, he turned in a distracted, passionless performance.

Here are five reasons he fumbled:

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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Presidential Debates
Vermont's Sen. Sanders: Obama was 'listless' in debate
October 4th, 2012
08:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Vermont's Sen. Sanders: Obama was 'listless' in debate

(CNN) - Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, had some biting criticism for President Barack Obama's debate performance, saying Thursday that the president took a "disastrous" approach in his match-up against Mitt Romney.

Asked to describe the president's demeanor on stage, Sanders said Obama did "poorly."
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Filed under: 2012 • Bernie Sanders • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates • Vermont
Republican senators fundraise off of Mitt 'mo'
October 4th, 2012
05:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Republican senators fundraise off of Mitt 'mo'

(CNN) – The committee tasked with electing Republicans to the Senate sent an email to supporters Thursday, praising Mitt Romney's debate performance and asking for donations to help the GOP nominee continue the "momentum."

The boost comes two weeks after some Republican Senate candidates openly criticized their own party's nominee over Romney's controversial "47%" comments, where he described nearly half of Americans as "victims" dependent on the government because they don't pay federal income taxes.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Presidential Debates • Senate
Fortune: Fact check: Obama isn't killing small banks
October 4th, 2012
05:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Fortune: Fact check: Obama isn't killing small banks

(FORTUNE) - In Wednesday's presidential debate, Mitt Romney said President Obama was both the banking industry's make out partner and grim reaper. It just depends who you are.

In a response to a question about regulation, Romney said Dodd-Frank, the set of banking reforms that Obama pushed for and Congress passed in the wake of financial crisis, was an example of a law that's hurting the economy. Romney said that by specifying certain banks as Too Big to Fail, the government has given "the biggest kiss to New York banks I've ever seen." As a result, Romney said that's making it tough for smaller banks to compete.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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