Pastor at Ryan event once said Romney is not a Christian
October 8th, 2012
09:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Pastor at Ryan event once said Romney is not a Christian

Washington (CNN) – The pastor who delivered a passionate invocation at Paul Ryan's rally in Rochester, Michigan on Monday evening told CNN earlier this year that the man at the top of the Republican ticket, Mitt Romney, is not a Christian.

Romney's running mate was making his first campaign appearance in Michigan since August.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan
October 8th, 2012
07:14 PM ET
2 years ago

Battlegrounds: Colorado is 'ground zero' of presidential election

COMMERCE CITY, Colorado (CNN) - Maria Zepeda-Sanchez remembers the excitement of the "change" argument in 2008.

"There was really a change then," she said with a nostalgic smile. "People were really anxious to have a new person."

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Filed under: Colorado • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Fact Check: Has Obama 'not signed one new free-trade agreement'?
October 8th, 2012
07:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Fact Check: Has Obama 'not signed one new free-trade agreement'?

(CNN) - Mitt Romney stated Monday that President Barack Obama "has not signed one new free-trade agreement in the past four years."

"I'll reverse that failure," the Republican presidential nominee said.

But is his assertion true?

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • President Obama • Trade
Romney revives 8% unemployment critique at rainy rally
October 8th, 2012
06:54 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney revives 8% unemployment critique at rainy rally

Newport News, Virginia (CNN) - Mitt Romney rolled out a new response to last week’s jobs numbers during a rain-soaked rally in Newport News Monday, where he took heart from a group of several hundred hardy - and sodden - supporters.

After the release of Friday's government report showing unemployment had dipped to 7.8%, its lowest rate in years, Romney dropped a regular line attacking President Barack Obama for presiding over 43 months in office with a rate higher than 8%.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Virginia
Fact check: Did Obama say he wants 'daylight' between U.S., Israel?
October 8th, 2012
06:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Fact check: Did Obama say he wants 'daylight' between U.S., Israel?

(CNN) - Throughout his campaign, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has cast himself as an ardent backer of Israel - and, either directly or indirectly, suggested that President Barack Obama hasn't been similarly supportive.

The former Massachusetts governor lashed out again Monday in a speech at the Virginia Military Institute, criticizing Obama on several points. Among them was Israel, with Romney stating the relationship between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "has suffered great strains" in recent years.

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Filed under: Israel • President Obama
Obama camp taps NBA, NFL stars
October 8th, 2012
06:06 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama camp taps NBA, NFL stars

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's campaign is tapping into some athletic star power in three new web videos meant to encourage sports fans to register to vote for the president.

In the latest video, titled "The Greatest" and posted Monday, basketball legends speak directly to the camera against a black backdrop and talk about the definition of "greatness."
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CNN’s GUT CHECK for October 8, 2012
October 8th, 2012
04:50 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN’s GUT CHECK for October 8, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 8, 2012 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: ROMNEY LEADS OBAMA 49% – 45% IN NEW PEW POLL… “Mitt Romney no longer trails Barack Obama in the Pew Research Center’s presidential election polling,” President of Pew Research Center Andrew Kohut writes. “Romney has drawn even with Obama in the presidential race among registered voters (46% to 46%) after trailing by nine points (42% to 51%) in September. Among likely voters, Romney holds a slight 49% to 45% edge over Obama. He trailed by eight points among likely voters last month.”

WHY?By about three-to-one, voters say Romney did a better job than Obama in the Oct. 3 debate, and the Republican is now better regarded on most personal dimensions and on most issues than he was in September. Romney is seen as the candidate who has new ideas and is viewed as better able than Obama to improve the jobs situation and reduce the budget deficit. Fully 66% of registered voters say Romney did the better job in last Wednesday’s debate, compared with just 20% who say Obama did better,” Kohut explains.

METHODOLOGY: “The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Oct. 4-7 among 1,511 adults, including 1,201 registered voters (1,112 likely voters), finds that 67% of Romney’s backers support him strongly, up from 56% last month. For the first time in the campaign, Romney draws as much strong support as does Obama.”

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CNN’s GUT CHECK for October 8, 2012
October 8th, 2012
04:50 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN’s GUT CHECK for October 8, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 8, 2012 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: ROMNEY LEADS OBAMA 49% – 45% IN NEW PEW POLL… “Mitt Romney no longer trails Barack Obama in the Pew Research Center’s presidential election polling,” President of Pew Research Center Andrew Kohut writes. “Romney has drawn even with Obama in the presidential race among registered voters (46% to 46%) after trailing by nine points (42% to 51%) in September. Among likely voters, Romney holds a slight 49% to 45% edge over Obama. He trailed by eight points among likely voters last month.”

WHY?By about three-to-one, voters say Romney did a better job than Obama in the Oct. 3 debate, and the Republican is now better regarded on most personal dimensions and on most issues than he was in September. Romney is seen as the candidate who has new ideas and is viewed as better able than Obama to improve the jobs situation and reduce the budget deficit. Fully 66% of registered voters say Romney did the better job in last Wednesday’s debate, compared with just 20% who say Obama did better,” Kohut explains.

METHODOLOGY: “The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Oct. 4-7 among 1,511 adults, including 1,201 registered voters (1,112 likely voters), finds that 67% of Romney’s backers support him strongly, up from 56% last month. For the first time in the campaign, Romney draws as much strong support as does Obama.”

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Two very different polls in battle for White House
October 8th, 2012
04:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Two very different polls in battle for White House

Washington (CNN) - Two national polls released Monday suggest Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney got a bounce out of last week's first presidential debate, though they differ on how much of a bump the GOP nominee received after his performance in Denver.

According to a Pew Research Center survey released Monday afternoon, 49% of likely voters say they back Romney, with 45% supporting President Barack Obama. The survey was conducted October 4-7, the four days after last Wednesday's first presidential debate in Denver, Colorado. Romney's four-point advantage is within the survey's sampling error.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls
Obama takes kids' questions; Romney declines
October 8th, 2012
03:49 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama takes kids' questions; Romney declines

Washington (CNN) – President Obama says his most embarrassing moment is when he runs into a wall. It is "par for the course for me…I'm running into doors and desks all the time."

The comments came as he answered kids' questions for the Nickelodeon special: "Kids Pick the President: The Candidates."
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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