Biden shakes it up with 'Etch-A-Sketch' reference
October 18th, 2012
05:49 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden shakes it up with 'Etch-A-Sketch' reference

Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - Long before binders and Big Bird, the outsized catchphrase of this election was "Etch-A-Sketch."

Nearly seven months after the children's toy had its fifteen minutes of fame on the campaign trail, Vice President Joe Biden remixed it with a recent campaign trail moment and unveiled the new hybrid line about Mitt Romney's tax plan at a rally in Nevada.
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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Nevada
CNN's GUT CHECK for October 18, 2012
October 18th, 2012
05:04 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for October 18, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 18, 2012 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: CNN's Peter Hamby reports that Mitt Romney is moving staff out of North Carolina, banking on a win in the state which hosted Barack Obama's convention last month. “With the increasingly widening polls in North Carolina, we will continue to allocate resources, including key senior staff, to other states,” said Romney spokeswoman Sarah Pompei. Make your own map

BORN IN THE USA: Clinton hits Romney at an Obama campaign event headlined by Bruce Springsteen… “This is the first time in my life I ever got to be the warm up act for Bruce Springsteen. … I am qualified because I was born in the USA and unlike one of the candidates for president, I keep all my money here.” (Note: No mention from the former president on where he gets his speaking fees).

WHAT WOMEN WANT: A new poll shows women who are registered to vote in a dozen key states have very different priorities than their male counterparts. The USA Today/Gallup survey found that economic issues are important to both genders, but women see one issue as more important. Nearly four in ten – 39% – of women said abortion is the most important issue in this election, the survey said, while a similar number – 38% – of men ranked jobs as their top issue. – Gregory Wallace

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CNN's GUT CHECK for October 18, 2012
October 18th, 2012
05:04 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for October 18, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 18, 2012 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: CNN's Peter Hamby reports that Mitt Romney is moving staff out of North Carolina, banking on a win in the state which hosted Barack Obama's convention last month. “With the increasingly widening polls in North Carolina, we will continue to allocate resources, including key senior staff, to other states,” said Romney spokeswoman Sarah Pompei. Make your own map

BORN IN THE USA: Clinton hits Romney at an Obama campaign event headlined by Bruce Springsteen… “This is the first time in my life I ever got to be the warm up act for Bruce Springsteen. … I am qualified because I was born in the USA and unlike one of the candidates for president, I keep all my money here.” (Note: No mention from the former president on where he gets his speaking fees).

WHAT WOMEN WANT: A new poll shows women who are registered to vote in a dozen key states have very different priorities than their male counterparts. The USA Today/Gallup survey found that economic issues are important to both genders, but women see one issue as more important. Nearly four in ten – 39% – of women said abortion is the most important issue in this election, the survey said, while a similar number – 38% – of men ranked jobs as their top issue. – Gregory Wallace LINK

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/18/poll-which-issue-is-most-important-men-and-women-split/?hpt=po_c1

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Republicans point to early vote gains in Ohio
October 18th, 2012
04:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Republicans point to early vote gains in Ohio

Middleburg Heights, Ohio (CNN) - They got smoked in the early voting game in 2008, but this time around Republicans are closing the gap with Democrats.

Most observers here expect the early vote to tilt toward President Barack Obama, as it did in 2008. The Obama campaign has worked overtime to get their supporters to vote early and successfully sued the Ohio secretary of state to keep early voting locations open through the weekend preceding Election Day.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ohio
Romney campaign begins shifting out of North Carolina
Romney entering an event in Asheville, North Carolina on October 11.
October 18th, 2012
04:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney campaign begins shifting out of North Carolina

Middleburg Heights, Ohio (CNN) - In a clear sign the campaign is confident about putting North Carolina back in the Republican column this year, Mitt Romney's campaign is moving its spokesman out of the state and plans to shift more staffers out in the coming days.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • North Carolina
October 18th, 2012
03:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Springsteen's new ditty for Obama

(CNN) – The campaign trail got a visit from The Boss on Thursday. Rock legend Bruce Springsteen performed at an event for Obama's campaign in Parma, Ohio, where he debuted a new song he wrote for the president.

Before playing the new tune, Springsteen joked that President Obama had called him up and asked for help writing a campaign theme song.

"I said you called the right guy," Springsteen added.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ohio • President Obama
New Obama ad responds to Romney abortion ad
October 18th, 2012
02:26 PM ET
2 years ago

New Obama ad responds to Romney abortion ad

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney are sparring over abortion on the Virginia airwaves.

Obama's campaign on Thursday released a new television ad, "Seen," in response to a spot Romney's campaign aired on Wednesday.
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Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Virginia
Clinton, Springsteen rally blue collar Ohio for Obama
October 18th, 2012
02:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Clinton, Springsteen rally blue collar Ohio for Obama

Parma, Ohio (CNN) - President Obama has concentrated his recent visits to Ohio on college towns, densely-populated Democratic strongholds where his campaign can shuttle big crowds of students directly from a rally to an early voting location.

But two of the president's most famous supporters campaigned for him on different turf on Thursday.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bill Clinton • Ohio • President Obama
Hillary Clinton: Repeats 'no' for 2016, can't stand 'whining' about life choices
October 18th, 2012
01:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Hillary Clinton: Repeats 'no' for 2016, can't stand 'whining' about life choices

Washington (CNN) – It doesn't matter how many times Hillary Clinton says she won't make another bid for the White House in 2016. There is always someone that a) doesn't believe her b) hopes she will change her mind or c) wants to prevent her from running.

In an interview with Marie Claire magazine, published Thursday, Clinton insists she's done with politics for good. When asked by writer Ayalet Waldman if she will run again for president, she laughed.
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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton
Black voters wary, supportive of Obama
October 18th, 2012
12:53 PM ET
2 years ago

Black voters wary, supportive of Obama

(CNN) – “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?" That commonly-asked question of modern presidential elections is being answered in the negative by some African-Americans.

[:54] “The last four years for me, have been difficult. They’ve been hard.”

Angela Collins is a mother of six. She has a 12-year-old and a 16 year-old still at home, two more kids in college and two grown kids out on their own.

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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
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