(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday that this presidential election comes down to the two top candidates’ disposition, and on that, there is no comparison.
"Every presidential race always comes down to who the American people think possesses the character and conviction," he said at a fundraiser in Connecticut. "It will not surprise you on that score, I don't even think it's close between President (Barack) Obama and Gov. (Mitt) Romney."
(CNN) - Mitt Romney issued a warning to those in the market for a hotel room in southwestern Ohio: His friend might "fleece" you.
The Republican presidential nominee's light-hearted jab was directed at Sen. Rob Portman, who is helping Romney prepare for this month's debates by standing in as President Barack Obama. The two playfully traded words Saturday, when Portman toured the former Massachusetts governor of the historic Golden Lamb Inn, which his family owns, after a rally the GOP candidate's campaign claimed was attended by 10,700 people.
(CNN) - Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan delivered a weekly podcast Saturday, charging President Barack Obama with raising taxes and further burdening the middle class.
For their part, Ryan and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney "will start with a permanent, across-the-board, 20% cut in marginal tax rates," Ryan said in his remarks.
(CNN) - A new poll of likely voters in Arizona shows the race for the White House is a close contest in the state.
President Barack Obama stands at 44% and GOP challenger Mitt Romney has 42% in the Rocky Mountain poll released Saturday. The margin is within the poll's sampling error.
Youngstown, Ohio (CNN) - Republican running mates Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan sought to cast the current administration as soft on China on Saturday, blaming Democratic President Barack Obama for skipping another opportunity to label China a currency manipulator.
"Over the past several years, the president's failed to call China a currency manipulator," Romney said at a rally in Portsmouth, Ohio. "He had the occasion on Friday to come out with that official designation. Do you know what they said? We're not going to make any determination until after the election."
(CNN) - Topics for the third and final presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney were announced by the moderator and debate commission on Saturday.
Moderator Bob Schieffer of CBS News has selected five topics, though the Commission on Presidential Debates said those topics could change depending on news developments.
(CNN) - With the next presidential debate just days away - on Tuesday - Republican nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are taking some time this weekend to prepare.
Romney spent some of Saturday morning camped out at a hotel in Ohio, preparing with his strategy advisers. His campaign said he will be joined by Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, who has been aiding Romney by playing Obama in their mock debate sessions.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama's newest ad, released Saturday morning, makes the case for a second term by telling the audience the work of his first term is not finished.
The ad, titled "Challenges" and narrated by actor Morgan Freeman, begins: "Every president inherits challenges; few have faced so many." It goes on to detail Obama's accomplishments from his first term.
Richmond, Virginia (CNN) - The message on the front of the brochure looks like something Planned Parenthood might send out to potential supporters.
"It's your health," reads a strip of bolded text, placed just above an ominous-looking photo of two doctors in scrubs, shot from the perspective of an operating table. "Shouldn't it be your choice?"
(CNN) - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will deliver a speech on government spending and the deficit on Friday, a source familiar with the speech said Saturday.
Romney has hammered President Barack Obama over government spending, the federal deficit, and national debt repeatedly, on the campaign trail, in ads, and at the first presidential debate.