October 26th, 2012
09:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama rejects role of race in endorsement

(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Friday rejected the suggestion of a top surrogate for Mitt Romney that race may have been behind former Secretary of State Colin Powell's endorsement of Obama, saying that scenario "doesn't make much sense."

Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, a top surrogate for the GOP presidential nominee, made the suggestion during a Thursday appearance on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."
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Filed under: 2012 • Colin Powell • President Obama
October 26th, 2012
07:52 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama courts young voters in MTV interview

(CNN) - President Barack Obama courted younger voters on Friday by pointing to his support for cutting off federal financial aid to colleges whose students leave with high debt.

"We now have to go directly to the source - the colleges and universities - and say, you've got to work on cutting tuition," he told MTV in an interview.
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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
Biden implies Romney, Ryan lack 'moral courage' to condemn rape comments
October 26th, 2012
06:43 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden implies Romney, Ryan lack 'moral courage' to condemn rape comments

Kenosha, Wisconsin (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden on Friday implied that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan lack the "moral courage" to condemn comments from Republican Senate candidates Richard Mourdock from Indiana earlier this week as well as Missouri's Todd Akin from two months ago.

During a campaign event in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the vice president repeated a line being pushed by the Obama campaign against the Republican presidential nominee and his running mate: that the two are on the wrong side of women's issues.
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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Richard Mourdock • Todd Akin
October 26th, 2012
06:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Harry Reid hospitalized after car crash, in good condition

(CNN) - Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, was released from the hospital on Friday afternoon after he sustained non-life threatening injuries following an accident in his motorcade.

Reid was released shortly before 4 p.m. local time, and was in good condition after the accident, said Karen Gordon, a spokeswoman for University Medical Center in Las Vegas.
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Filed under: Harry Reid • Nevada
Blitzer to co-host American Politics on Film on TCM
October 26th, 2012
05:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Blitzer to co-host American Politics on Film on TCM

(CNN) - CNN's Wolf Blitzer, anchor of "The Situation Room," will co-host Turner Classic Movies Friday night to help close out a month-long exploration of politics on film.

Blitzer will join TCM host Ben Mankiewicz at 8 p.m. ET and introduce three politics-infused films: "Advise & Consent," "All the President's Men" and "Seven Days in May."
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Filed under: 2012 • Wolf Blitzer
McGovern remembered as politician, humanitarian, man of conscience
October 26th, 2012
05:17 PM ET
2 years ago

McGovern remembered as politician, humanitarian, man of conscience

(CNN) - George McGovern accomplished more than most could ever dream in his lifetime: as a war hero, a congressman and presidential nominee.

But he was so much more than all that, his family and friends said at the late senator's memorial service Friday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
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Filed under: 2012 • George McGovern • Montana
A gridiron battleground
October 26th, 2012
04:45 PM ET
2 years ago

A gridiron battleground

(CNN) - Early results are in and Mitt Romney finds himself ahead of his competition in North Canton Ohio.

The opponent in this race though – is high school football
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Ohio
CNN's GUT CHECK for October 26, 2012
October 26th, 2012
04:44 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for October 26, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 26, 2012 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: CNN POLL: OHIO WITHIN THE MARGIN OF ERROR: OBAMA 50%-ROMNEY 46% With a week and a half to go until Election Day, a new poll indicates the race for arguably the most important battleground state remains very close. According to a CNN/ORC International survey released Friday, President Barack Obama holds a four point advantage over Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the contest for Ohio's much fought over 18 electoral votes. … The survey was conducted Tuesday through Thursday, entirely after Monday's final presidential debate. – Paul Steinhauser

CASEY WATCH? OR HEAD FAKE?: GOP PUTTING A HALF MILLION IN SLEEPER PENNSYLVANIA SENATE RACE… National Republicans are dedicating half a million dollars to the GOP candidate trying to unseat Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, CNN has learned. With 11 days to go before Election Day, this is the first time the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has invested in this race, a surprise since most political prognosticators consider this Senate seat likely to stay in Democratic hands. – Dana Bash

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CNN's GUT CHECK for October 26, 2012
October 26th, 2012
04:44 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for October 26, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 26, 2012 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: CNN POLL: OHIO WITHIN THE MARGIN OF ERROR: OBAMA 50%-ROMNEY 46% With a week and a half to go until Election Day, a new poll indicates the race for arguably the most important battleground state remains very close. According to a CNN/ORC International survey released Friday, President Barack Obama holds a four point advantage over Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the contest for Ohio's much fought over 18 electoral votes. … The survey was conducted Tuesday through Thursday, entirely after Monday's final presidential debate. – Paul Steinhauser

CASEY WATCH? OR HEAD FAKE?: GOP PUTTING A HALF MILLION IN SLEEPER PENNSYLVANIA SENATE RACE… National Republicans are dedicating half a million dollars to the GOP candidate trying to unseat Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, CNN has learned. With 11 days to go before Election Day, this is the first time the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has invested in this race, a surprise since most political prognosticators consider this Senate seat likely to stay in Democratic hands. – Dana Bash

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Filed under: 2012
October 26th, 2012
04:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Battleground Blog: Tar Heel dynamics

EDITOR'S NOTE: CNN has sent dozens of reporters, producers, conntributors and correspondents to the key battleground states to cover the final days of the 2012 election. Here CNN political contributor John Avlon gives his take upon arriving in North Carolina aboard the CNN Election Express.

(CNN) - The CNN Election Express is rolling up I-95 North right now into Winston-Salem, North Carolina. President Obama won the state by a razor-thin 14,000-vote margin in 2008, buoyed by his landslide win that year. Fast-growing swing districts like Winston-Salem were an important reason why Obama was able to pull the evangelical-heavy state into the Democratic column.
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Filed under: 2012 • Battleground Blog • North Carolina
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