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.
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
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
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.
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.
(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.
(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.
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.
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.
(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.