October 18th, 2012
10:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Comedic relief: Obama, Romney bring on the jokes at annual dinner

New York (CNN) – President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were within arm's length for the second time this week, as they shared the stage at the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner Thursday and delivered feisty quips at each other's expense.

Donning tuxes at the elaborate event, a traditional election-year stop for presidential candidates, the two paused at the Waldorf Astoria for a night of comedic relief with less than three weeks to go in the already-bitter race.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New York • President Obama
Orlando Sentinel endorses Romney
October 18th, 2012
10:14 PM ET
2 years ago

Orlando Sentinel endorses Romney

(CNN) – The Orlando Sentinel announced Thursday their endorsement of Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential race.

The Florida newspaper cited "anemic" economic growth and a growing poverty rate as reasons to throw their support behind the GOP candidate as opposed to President Barack Obama, which they did in 2008.
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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney
Ryan tries to pit Clinton comment against Obama
October 18th, 2012
09:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan tries to pit Clinton comment against Obama

Fort Myers, Florida (CNN) – Mitt Romney's running mate seized on a comment made by former President Bill Clinton Thursday, one of Barack Obama's chief surrogates, to make the case against another four more years.

"President Bill Clinton said it is true that our economy is not fixed. He is right. And you know what, if the president can't fix Washington from the inside, if the middle class has been buried for the last 4 years and if the economy is not fixed it is time we change presidents and elect Mitt Romney the next President of the United States," Paul Ryan said at an evening rally on Florida's Gulf Coast.
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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Paul Ryan
Polls: Obama has advantage in Wisconsin, Iowa
October 18th, 2012
08:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Polls: Obama has advantage in Wisconsin, Iowa

(CNN) – New polls that were taken partially after the second presidential debate indicate President Barack Obama has an edge over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the battleground states of Wisconsin and Iowa.

Fifty-one percent of likely voters in Wisconsin back the president, while 45% support Romney, according to one of the NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls released Thursday. The six point margin falls within the survey's sampling error, meaning the two candidates are statistically tied in the state.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama • Wisconsin
Ryan delivers economy message to women, seniors in Florida
October 18th, 2012
07:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan delivers economy message to women, seniors in Florida

Fort Myers, Florida (CNN) – Women’s issues permeated a campaign stop with Paul Ryan as the GOP vice presidential nominee warned of tax increases and changes to Medicare in central Florida Thursday.

At the town hall-style event that drew an audience of 2,100 to Ocala Downtown Square, approximately 30 people lined up on one side of the security perimeter, held up signs and shouted comments in support of Democratic President Barack Obama.
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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Paul Ryan
Harassment and discrimination cases rise on Capitol Hill
October 18th, 2012
07:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Harassment and discrimination cases rise on Capitol Hill

Washington (CNN) - The number of harassment and discrimination complaints by congressional employees rose sharply over the past five years, according to a new report.

The congressional Office of Compliance review showed that 142 people claimed discrimination, harassment, and hostile work environments in 2011 compared to 52 in 2007.

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Early voting surge suggests Democratic push pays off in Iowa
October 18th, 2012
07:14 PM ET
2 years ago

Early voting surge suggests Democratic push pays off in Iowa

(CNN) - More than two million Americans have already cast ballots for president less than three weeks before Election Day with a substantial number coming in the battleground state of Iowa.

The state, which holds six key electoral votes, is on pace to exceed the 1.5 million votes cast early in in 2008 - a trend that is not lost on either political party.

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa
After debate, Obama to stump with Biden
October 18th, 2012
07:04 PM ET
2 years ago

After debate, Obama to stump with Biden

(CNN) – President Barack Obama will campaign in Florida on Tuesday after the final presidential debate with Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

The president will deliver remarks at a grassroots event in Delray, Florida before traveling to Ohio for a rare joint-appearance Tuesday with Vice President Joe Biden in Dayton, the Obama campaign announced Friday.
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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Ohio • President Obama • Presidential Debate • Vice President Biden
October 18th, 2012
06:32 PM ET
2 years ago

Video: Borger breaks down the Catholic vote

(CNN) - With both presidential candidates addressing the Alfred E. Smith dinner, sponsored by the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger talks about the Catholic vote in this year’s election. She describes how key it is, what are the issues at play and where the campaigns will be actively looking for Catholic support.


Filed under: 2012
October 18th, 2012
06:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama talks Libya on 'Daily Show'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his administration's handling of the Libya consulate attack, telling Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" that he will ultimately fix any problems involving security for diplomatic posts.

"The government is a big operation and any given time, something screws up," he said in the interview to air Thursday night. "And you make sure that you find out what's broken and you fix it."
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Filed under: 2012 • Jon Stewart • Libya • President Obama
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