CNN's GUT CHECK for October 16, 2012
October 16th, 2012
04:42 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for October 16, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 16, 2012 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA – AS RACE TIGHTENS NATIONALLY IN THE NEW CNN POLL OF POLLS: 48% ROMNEY, 47%.

BY THE FLIP OF A COIN: ROMNEY WILL GO FIRST: Mitt Romney will get the first question at Tuesday's second presidential debate. Pre-game begins at 7 p.m. ET on CNN; the debate begins at 9 p.m. CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley will moderate the town-hall-style debate.

UNCOMMITTED: Tuesday night’s debate audience is comprised of "uncommitted" voters, not "undecided" voters. There is a difference and here is how the Commission on Presidential Debates describes them: "The Gallup Organization was directed by the Commission on Presidential Debates to recruit a sample of uncommitted voters who agreed to be a part of the Town Hall panel for the October 16th presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. The participants were recruited as part of a random sample of all residents living in Nassau County, New York. Each resident contacted as part of this random sample was asked a series of questions about voting status and candidate vote choice, and those who met the screen for uncommitted voters were invited to be a participant in the debate. Uncommitted voters are those who either have no preference for a presidential candidate at this point, or who have a preference but are not committed to a candidate and say there is a chance they could vote for the other candidate."

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White House defends the drop in unemployment
October 16th, 2012
04:18 PM ET
2 years ago

White House defends the drop in unemployment

(CNNMoney) - The Romney-Ryan camp is trying to discredit the falling unemployment rate, claiming it's due mainly to workers dropping out of the labor force. But Obama administration official Gene Sperling shot back Tuesday: "That just ain't so."

Sperling, who heads the White House's National Economic Council, pointed to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which shows the unemployment rate fell to 7.8% last month, down from 9.0% a year earlier. Most of that decline is due to workers getting jobs - not people dropping out of the labor force, Sperling said at the National Association for Business Economics Annual Meeting in New York Tuesday.

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Romney donors and bundlers discuss strategy, fundraise in New York
October 16th, 2012
04:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney donors and bundlers discuss strategy, fundraise in New York

Washington (CNN) – Top donors and bundlers to Mitt Romney's campaign gathered at a retreat in New York City Tuesday where they received a briefing from top officials on the state of the race, heard from some of the nation's leading CEOs about the economy, and got reassuring words from top surrogates, including Ann Romney, Gov. Chris Christie, (R-New Jersey), and Sen. Marco Rubio, (R-Florida).

The event is a three day gathering of some of the campaign's largest financial backers and is being held in conjunction with Tuesday's second presidential debate in nearby Hempstead on New York's Long Island.

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Romney campaign: Ask about Benghazi tonight
October 16th, 2012
04:07 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney campaign: Ask about Benghazi tonight

Hempstead, NY (CNN) - If asked about it at tonight's second presidential debate, Mitt Romney will offer his take on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's attempt to accept responsibility for the attack on the U.S consulate in Libya, campaign officials to the GOP nominee tell CNN.

On an official trip to Lima, Peru, Clinton accepted blame for the diplomatic assault that led to the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
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Filed under: 2012 • Libya • Mitt Romney • Presidential Debates
Billy Graham's group removes Mormon cult reference from website after Romney meeting
October 16th, 2012
03:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Billy Graham's group removes Mormon cult reference from website after Romney meeting

(CNN) – Shortly after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney enjoyed cookies and soft drinks with the Rev. Billy Graham and his son Franklin Graham on Thursday at the elder Graham's mountaintop retreat, a reference to Mormonism as a cult was scrubbed from the website of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

In a section of the website called Billy Graham's My Answer there had been the question "What is a cult?"

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Religion
Obama and Romney on taming deficits
October 16th, 2012
03:14 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama and Romney on taming deficits

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Whoever wins the presidential election on Nov. 6 will be under pressure to tame federal deficits. And the subject, directly or indirectly, is likely to come up during Tuesday's town hall debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

Indeed, the candidates share a similar goal when it comes to the federal debt: They say they want to get it under control.

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Filed under: 2012 • Deficit • Mitt Romney • President Obama
High court allows early voting in Ohio
October 16th, 2012
12:48 PM ET
2 years ago

High court allows early voting in Ohio

(CNN) - The United States Supreme Court has given the green light to early voting in Ohio in the three days prior to November's election.

The brief, one sentence order from the court Tuesday is a setback for Republican leaders in the state, who had asked the justices to step in and allow pending restrictions to take effect.

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Obama on debate day: 'I feel fabulous'
October 16th, 2012
11:36 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama on debate day: 'I feel fabulous'

(CNN) – Hours before his second matchup with Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama told reporters his spirits were high going into Tuesday's town hall-style presidential debate.

"I feel fabulous," Obama said as he strolled through the Kingsmill resort in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he has spent the last three days preparing for Tuesday's debate. The president was walking alongside David Plouffe, a White House adviser, and Anita Dunn, his former communications chief who is playing CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley, the debate's moderator, in the president's practice sessions.

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Crossroads spends another $11 million to air ad in battlegrounds
October 16th, 2012
10:32 AM ET
2 years ago

Crossroads spends another $11 million to air ad in battlegrounds

(CNN) – American Crossroads, the major conservative super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove, said Tuesday it was spending another $11 million to air a spot critical of President Barack Obama in key battleground states.

The ad, which features a woman at her kitchen table directing questions to Obama, will run in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia. It will also air on stations airing Big 10 and SEC college football games.

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Obama backs Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts
October 16th, 2012
09:48 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama backs Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts

(CNN) – She served as one of President Barack Obama's top advisers during the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, so it's no surprise that Obama has thrown his backing behind Elizabeth Warren, who is running for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.

"Elizabeth Warren will be a strong, tireless and determined advocate for the people of Massachusetts, building on her remarkable record of working to help middle class families get ahead," Obama wrote in his statement. "Her life's work has been helping ordinary Americans get the fair shot they need and deserve."

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