POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, October 18, 2012
October 18th, 2012
04:38 AM ET
6 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, October 18, 2012

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CNN: 'Binders,' cooking and equal pay: Did Romney undo gains with women voters?
Before Tuesday night's debate, polls showed Mitt Romney had gained ground with women voters. But his comments about using "whole binders full of women" as a hiring aid while governor, whiffing on an equal pay law question, and alluding to helping women get home to cook dinner has landed the GOP presidential hopeful in verbal quicksand with some female voters. He'll have to do some serious repair to regain traction, political experts say.

CNN: Did the president hit delete on his national security stump speech?
A standard line in the president's stump speech that touts his administration's efforts to target al Qaeda has been missing from recent stops, in the wake of the Libya terror attacks. At stops in Mt. Vernon, Iowa and Athens, Ohio, the president on Wednesday made no mention of terrorists being "on the run." Republicans have questioned the president's foreign policy achievements, noting that his campaign rhetoric was further eroded by the Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans.


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