Fewer barbs in third debate between Brown and Warren
October 10th, 2012
10:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Fewer barbs in third debate between Brown and Warren

(CNN) – After a pair of confrontational debates between Sen. Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, the two candidates toned it down slightly Wednesday for their third faceoff.

The debate focused largely on issues of taxes and the economy, with Warren asserting Brown favored big banks over middle class families, and Brown volleying back that his bipartisan record in the Senate showed he was on the side of working voters.
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Filed under: Elizabeth Warren • Massachusetts • Scott Brown
October 10th, 2012
07:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Rand Paul talks 2016 prospects

(CNN) - Is Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky laying the groundwork for a 2016 presidential bid?

That was the question Wednesday from CNN's Erin Burnett, who cited Paul's new super PAC "Rand PAC." It began running television ads this week calling for the elimination of foreign aid.

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Filed under: 2016 • Rand Paul
October 10th, 2012
07:33 PM ET
2 years ago

King: VP debate no game-changer, but could shift momentum

(CNN) - Yes, the debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan is sure to be entertaining, and it comes at an important moment in a highly competitive presidential campaign. But let's not get carried away.

Some healthy context, courtesy of Republican pollster Whit Ayres: "Dan Quayle got his clock cleaned in his VP debate and still ended up as vice president."

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Filed under: Joe Biden • Paul Ryan • Vice presidential debate
October 10th, 2012
05:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama on debate: 'I had a bad night'

(CNN) - President Barack Obama conceded in an interview Wednesday his first faceoff with Mitt Romney last week in Denver was a "bad night" for him, but maintained his performance at the debate didn't alter the state of the presidential race.

"Gov. Romney had a good night," Obama said in a sit down with ABC News. "I had a bad night."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
It's Time for CNN's Political Gut Check
October 10th, 2012
05:22 PM ET
2 years ago

It's Time for CNN's Political Gut Check

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for October 10, 2012 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

EXCLUSIVE: PAUL RYAN ON HIS DEBATE PREP – AND, THE BIG QUESTION – IS HE GOING TO CALL HIM JOE?
In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, Ryan says: I've always just believed that if you're going to do something, do it well … Joe Biden has been doing this for a long time. He ran for president twice, he's a sitting vice president. He's been on this big stage many times before, so this is new for me. … I'm just doing my homework and studying the issues and I'll know how he'll come and attack us. The problem he has is, he has Barack Obama's record he has to run on.

BASH: The only other person to debate Joe Biden in a vice presidential debate is Sarah Palin. Have you called her for advice?
RYAN: You know, I haven't. I don't really know her, I only met her once and that was about two years ago?
BASH: Would you?
RYAN: Sure, sure, sure.
BASH: She famously or maybe infamously said that she wanted to call him Joe because kept calling him Joe O’Biden in debate practice.
RYAN: You know I've known Joe a long time-
BASH: So you're not going to call him-
RYAN: I know him as Joe and he calls me Paul … You know, I haven't given it that much thought to be honest with you. Probably not unless he wants to make it casual. But we know each other. Actually, we've gotten along quite well over the years. I like Joe personally quite a bit. I just disagree with his policies.

GUT CHECK DVR: Tune into CNN’s Debate Night in America Thursday at 7 p.m. ET for more of the Ryan interview – including Ryan on how debate prep is like hunting.
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It's Time for CNN's Political Gut Check
October 10th, 2012
05:15 PM ET
2 years ago

It's Time for CNN's Political Gut Check

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for October 10, 2012 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

EXCLUSIVE: PAUL RYAN ON HIS DEBATE PREP – AND, THE BIG QUESTION – IS HE GOING TO CALL HIM JOE?
In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, Ryan says: I've always just believed that if you're going to do something, do it well … Joe Biden has been doing this for a long time. He ran for president twice, he's a sitting vice president. He's been on this big stage many times before, so this is new for me. … I'm just doing my homework and studying the issues and I'll know how he'll come and attack us. The problem he has is, he has Barack Obama's record he has to run on.

BASH: The only other person to debate Joe Biden in a vice presidential debate is Sarah Palin. Have you called her for advice?
RYAN: You know, I haven't. I don't really know her, I only met her once and that was about two years ago?
BASH: Would you?
RYAN: Sure, sure, sure.
BASH: She famously or maybe infamously said that she wanted to call him Joe because kept calling him Joe O’Biden in debate practice.
RYAN: You know I've known Joe a long time-
BASH: So you're not going to call him-
RYAN: I know him as Joe and he calls me Paul … You know, I haven't given it that much thought to be honest with you. Probably not unless he wants to make it casual. But we know each other. Actually, we've gotten along quite well over the years. I like Joe personally quite a bit. I just disagree with his policies.

GUT CHECK DVR: Tune into CNN’s Debate Night in America Thursday at 7 p.m. ET for more of the Ryan interview – including Ryan on how debate prep is like hunting.
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Ryan talks debate prep over ice cream
October 10th, 2012
05:07 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan talks debate prep over ice cream

St. Petersburg, Florida (CNN) – During an ice cream stop Wednesday, Paul Ryan acknowledged Joe Biden's debate experience might give him an edge during their upcoming face off but Mitt Romney's running mate said his challenger has one big weakness: Barack Obama's record.

"Joe Biden has been on this stage many times, this is my first time so sure it is a nervous situation because Joe Biden is one of the most experienced debaters we've had in modern politics. But the Achilles heel he has is President Obama's record and I am really looking forward to giving the American people a very clear choice," Ryan said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Paul Ryan • Vice presidential debate
October 10th, 2012
04:53 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney clarifies position on abortion

Delaware, Ohio (CNN) – Mitt Romney sought to clarify his position on abortion Wednesday, saying as president he would move "immediately" to de-fund Planned Parenthood.

Romney sparked controversy a day earlier when he told the Des Moines Register's editorial board that he was not aware of any abortion legislation that would become part of his presidential agenda.
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Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Mitt Romney
Social Security: Where Obama and Romney stand
October 10th, 2012
04:17 PM ET
2 years ago

Social Security: Where Obama and Romney stand

New York (CNNMoney) - When asked directly about Social Security during their first debate, President Obama and Mitt Romney each gave a brief, detail-free answer. Then they used the rest of their time to talk about Medicare.

Granted, Medicare poses a much bigger financial problem than Social Security. But Americans rely on both programs.

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • President Obama • Social Security
Romney ad duo hits Obama on raising taxes
October 10th, 2012
03:54 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney ad duo hits Obama on raising taxes

(CNN) – Republican nominee Mitt Romney's campaign released two new television ads Wednesday criticizing what the GOP nominee says is President Barack Obama's plan to raise taxes.

Using footage from Denver's presidential debate, the ads capitalize on Romney's strong showing at the candidates' first faceoff using clips spliced together of the GOP candidate touting his plan to create jobs.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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