Romney's son apologizes to Obama for 'swing' remark
October 23rd, 2012
08:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney's son apologizes to Obama for 'swing' remark

(CNN) – Tagg Romney, Mitt Romney's oldest son, apologized to President Barack Obama Monday for saying he wanted to "take a swing" at him during contentious presidential debates.

Obama and Tagg Romney were seen speaking on the stage after Monday's final presidential debate, held at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Two Obama aides said the conversation included an apology for the remark, made last week during a radio interview.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debate
Bogus letters questioning Florida voter citizenship investigated
October 23rd, 2012
08:27 PM ET
2 years ago

Bogus letters questioning Florida voter citizenship investigated

Washington (CNN) - In the critical battleground state of Florida, the state's Department of Law Enforcement and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service tell CNN they have opened a preliminary investigation into a slew of bogus letters to some voters questioning their citizenship and registration just two weeks before the November election.

Written on fake letterhead of a local county's Supervisor of Elections, the letters say that the county "has received information from the Florida Division of Elections regarding your citizenship status, bringing into question your eligibility as a registered voter."
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Romney: debates have 'super-charged' his campaign
October 23rd, 2012
05:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney: debates have 'super-charged' his campaign

Henderson, Nevada (CNN) – With the high-risk, high-reward debate season finally behind him, Mitt Romney projected an air of sunny confidence Tuesday, telling supporters the head-to-head match-ups with President Obama had "super-charged" his campaign.

"There's no question about it, we're seeing more and more enthusiasm, more and more support," after a series of widely-watched televised debates with the president, Romney told a cheering audience of about 6,000 outside Las Vegas.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan
CNN's GUT CHECK for October 23, 2012
October 23rd, 2012
05:03 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for October 23, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 23, 2012 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

DEVELOPING... ELECTION A JUMP BALL: CNN’s Peter Hamby scores some key inside acknowledgements in his new story filed from Boca Raton:

- Obama campaign officials now privately acknowledge that North Carolina, a state they can afford to lose, is moving perilously out of reach. Internal polling shows Florida also moving slightly toward Romney, but few in either camp believe the Republican nominee has more than a 1- or 2-percentage-point edge here.

- Both campaigns consider Virginia and Colorado tight, with Romney perhaps hanging on to a tiny shred of a lead. New Hampshire is now a jump ball. …

- The president's re-election chances increasingly hinge on a "Big Ten" firewall of Iowa, Wisconsin and, most importantly, Ohio - a state where Romney has been stymied by his opposition to the federal auto bailout and a concentrated effort by Obama forces to portray the former private equity whiz as out of touch with the middle class.

- KEY ADMISSION: One high-ranking Romney official, granted anonymity to speak frankly about campaign tactics, admitted that Michigan is probably off the table because Democrats "have done such a job of sticking a knife in us on the auto bailout." – Read Hamby's great, full story.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for October 23, 2012
October 23rd, 2012
05:03 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for October 23, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 23, 2012 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

DEVELOPING... ELECTION A JUMP BALL: CNN’s Peter Hamby scores some key inside acknowledgements in his new story filed from Boca Raton:

- Obama campaign officials now privately acknowledge that North Carolina, a state they can afford to lose, is moving perilously out of reach. Internal polling shows Florida also moving slightly toward Romney, but few in either camp believe the Republican nominee has more than a 1- or 2-percentage-point edge here.

- Both campaigns consider Virginia and Colorado tight, with Romney perhaps hanging on to a tiny shred of a lead. New Hampshire is now a jump ball. …

- The president's re-election chances increasingly hinge on a "Big Ten" firewall of Iowa, Wisconsin and, most importantly, Ohio - a state where Romney has been stymied by his opposition to the federal auto bailout and a concentrated effort by Obama forces to portray the former private equity whiz as out of touch with the middle class.

- KEY ADMISSION: One high-ranking Romney official, granted anonymity to speak frankly about campaign tactics, admitted that Michigan is probably off the table because Democrats "have done such a job of sticking a knife in us on the auto bailout." – Read Hamby's great, full story.

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October 23rd, 2012
04:57 PM ET
2 years ago

Battleground Blog: Dispatches from the swing states

EDITOR'S NOTE: CNN has sent dozens of reporters, producers, contributors and correspondents to the key battleground states to cover the final days of the 2012 election. Here is a brief report from one team:

(CNN) - Get on board the CNN Express for the Battleground State Bus Tour – 1,800 miles across the key swing states of this presidential election: Florida, Virginia and Ohio.

This election will be decided by swing voters in swing counties of these swing states – and that's who Ali Velshi and I will be talking with in the two week run up to Election Day.
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Obama to appear on MTV
President Barack Obama greets MTV's Sway Calloway during a town hall on October 14, 2010.
October 23rd, 2012
04:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama to appear on MTV

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's pop culture push is on.

Obama will participate in a live television program on MTV Friday, the television network said Tuesday, where he will field questions from young voters.
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Rep. Jackson returning to Mayo Clinic for 'follow-up evaluation'
October 23rd, 2012
04:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Rep. Jackson returning to Mayo Clinic for 'follow-up evaluation'

(CNN) - Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. returned Tuesday for a "follow-up" at the Mayo Clinic, where he had been in treatment for what he called "several serious health issues."

The Illinois congressman left the clinic in early September, and a statement distributed by clinic spokesman Nick Hanson on Jackson's behalf said he returned "for follow-up evaluation to ensure he is on the path to properly manage his health."
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Filed under: 2012 • Jesse Jackson Jr.
October 23rd, 2012
04:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Debate's agreement-fest makes it tough for undecideds to choose

Washington (CNN) – For undecided voters still looking for something to move them into the decided column, Monday night's presidential debate shed little light.

Maintaining Israel as an ally? Both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney agree that relationship is vital and sparred over who is that nation's biggest defender.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
October 23rd, 2012
04:16 PM ET
2 years ago

It all shows: debates do matter in 2012

Washington (CNN) – Mitt Romney waited until the presidential debates in the final five weeks of the election campaign to make his long-anticipated shift to the political center after previously espousing strongly conservative stances to win the Republican nomination.

The move appeared to catch President Barack Obama by surprise at their first face-to-face match up. His lackluster performance against a strong showing by Romney helped the former Massachusetts governor to catch, and in some places, pass the president in the polls.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
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