(CNN) – Mitt Romney will hold on Tuesday what his team bills as a storm relief event for those affected by the major storm now engulfing the Northeast coastline, his campaign announced Monday.
Held in Kettering, Ohio, the late-morning event will feature Romney, as well as racecar driver Richard Petty and country music singer Randy Owen.
(CNN) - Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill's 84-year-old mother, Betty Anne Ward McCaskill, died on Monday, the senator from Missouri said in a statement on Monday.
"For some time, mom's health has not been good, and our family takes comfort that she is now at rest," McCaskill wrote. "People all over the state have asked about her, and their prayers and concern have been greatly appreciated."
Youngstown, Ohio (CNN) - It was like watching a tag team of a popular, political heavyweight and a scrappy contender against one fierce and determined opponent.
On Monday, former president Bill Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden entered the arena - battleground Ohio - and launched a double whammy of pushback against a fresh, yet dubious, claim from Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Among the duo's fighting words: essentially accusing Romney of stating "the biggest load of bull;" claiming the Republican nominee will say "anything to win;" and raising a question politicians reserve for only the most egregious arguments: "Have they no shame?"
Washington (CNN) – While the presidential election has topped the news much of the year, it has been pushed aside by Hurricane Sandy as the storm crashed into the East Coast. Both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, their running mates, and backers have pretty much curtailed campaigning, some fundraising and advertising as they wait to see the severity of damage from the storm.
Here are five things to watch for in the storm and its aftermath:
Davenport, Iowa (CNN) – Mitt Romney spoke Monday with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Administration and the National Weather Service as Hurricane Sandy slammed into the U.S. East Coast.
Romney joined the representatives from the agencies, as well as officials from the Department of Homeland Security, on a 20-minute phone call at 4 p.m. ET while the GOP nominee was in Davenport, Iowa for an event, according to campaign spokesman Kevin Madden.
(CNN) – Shortly after Sen. Scott Brown's campaign announced Monday that the Republican incumbent will cancel his appearance at Tuesday's Senate debate in Massachusetts, his Democratic opponent Elizabeth Warren also pulled out of the event. Both cited conditions related to Hurricane Sandy.
"It is simply not appropriate to go forward with a political debate when a disaster strikes," Colin Read, Brown's campaign communications director, said in a statement. "The focus for all of us before, during and after the storm needs to be on emergency response and disaster relief, not campaigns and politics."
(CNN) - With Hurricane Sandy slamming the East Coast, President Barack Obama discarded campaign events in Florida and Virginia to return to Washington and address the nation from the White House. Meanwhile, Gov. Mitt Romney adjusted his schedule to hit the battleground state of Ohio, while directing his campaign resources in Virginia and New Hampshire to focus on storm relief.
The candidates are seeking to balance the real threat of a killer storm against the need to squeeze out any last-minute advantages on the campaign trail.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama's campaign on Monday rolled out a response to a television advertisement quietly put on Ohio airwaves this weekend which levels a dubious charge against President Barack Obama.
Obama's ad opens with the headline to Romney's 2008 op-ed ("Let Detroit Go Bankrupt") and says the candidate "turned his back" on the auto industry when it was on the rocks.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 29, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: SANDY COULD DELAY JOBS REPORT… Hurricane Sandy could delay the release of the highly-anticipated October jobs report set for this Friday. The report is normally released at 8:30 a.m. ET the first Friday of the month. This month's report is the final reading on the health of the job market before the presidential election. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said Monday it hopes to stay on the normal schedule and is working hard to try to do so. But because of the shutdown of federal offices due to the storm, the department is not certain whether it will be able to meet that schedule. – Chris Isidore
The New York Stock Exchange said in a statement it would close its markets Tuesday, after closing today: “NYSE Euronext (NYX) will close its markets in coordination with all U.S. equities, bonds, options and derivatives markets on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. We intend to re-open our U.S. markets on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, conditions permitting.”
DEVELOPING: CNN’s FLORIDA POLL: 50 – 49, ROMNEY ON TOP… It's still a tight race in Florida, with 50% of likely voters choosing Mitt Romney and 49% picking Barack Obama. There is a slightly larger pool of persuadable voters, often called "uncommitted voters" in this election cycle. Roughly 5% of Florida's likely voters say they are truly undecided or have a preference but have not completely made up their minds. Those are the voters in whose hands rest the outcome in the Sunshine State - and possibly the national outcome as well. – Keating Holland