Clinton to head to PA in battleground state swing
November 2nd, 2012
02:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Clinton to head to PA in battleground state swing

Washington (CNN) – Add one more high-profile name to the list of those making surprising, last-minute stops to Pennsylvania just days before Election Day: Former President Bill Clinton.

After Mitt Romney's campaign said Thursday that the GOP presidential nominee and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, would both stump in the Keystone State this weekend, an Obama campaign official confirmed Friday that the 42nd president would also hit the Pennsylvania trail.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Bill Clinton • Pennsylvania
Republican super PAC launches ads in Minnesota, nationally
November 2nd, 2012
01:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Republican super PAC launches ads in Minnesota, nationally

(CNN) – With just four days to go until Election Day, Republican-leaning super PAC American Crossroads and its affiliate Crossroads GPS announced a pair of ads Friday hitting President Barack Obama for the national debt and for lacking a good case for a second term.

CNN reported Tuesday that major Republican-leaning groups would spend almost $50 million in the final week before the election on ads, including $28 million in ad time from American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS.
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Filed under: 2012 • American Crossroads • Crossroads GPS
Romney describes shared conservative vision in 'closing argument'
November 2nd, 2012
12:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney describes shared conservative vision in 'closing argument'

West Allis, Wisconsin (CNN) – In a speech billed as the "closing argument" of Mitt Romney's year-and-a-half long presidential campaign, the GOP nominee Friday presented the case that four years of President Barack Obama had produced few of the economic results that were promised at the beginning of his term.

"The closing hours of a campaign have a dynamic of their own," Romney said in a speech outside Milwaukee, describing how some people were just beginning to tune into the presidential race as the contest comes to a close.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Wisconsin
November 2nd, 2012
12:56 PM ET
2 years ago

King: Battleground Colorado - 'Everyone is on edge'

Editor's note: The 2012 presidential race is CNN Chief National Correspondent John King's seventh campaign. King is traveling through battleground states, where the election will be decided, to find the voters who will determine whether President Barack Obama gets a second term or if the country needs the change in direction that Mitt Romney represents.

Denver (CNN) - After covering seven presidential campaigns, you might think you have seen it all. But two firsts in Colorado on Thursday: drive-through voting and a presidential ballot with the option of voting for Roseanne Barr.

The drive-through action was in downtown Denver, part of a Colorado early voting rush that is likely to account for more than half of the ballots cast in this presidential battleground.

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Obama now a job creator
November 2nd, 2012
12:44 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama now a job creator

New York (CNNMoney) – The U.S. economy now has more jobs than it did when the president took office in January of 2009.

With the addition of Friday's fairly strong jobs report, plus upward revisions over the last couple of months, there are now 194,000 more jobs than there were in January of 2009, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Filed under: 2012 • Jobs • President Obama
November 2nd, 2012
12:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama tries to run over Romney's auto claims

Hilliard, Ohio (CNN) - In auto manufacturing heavy Ohio Friday, President Barack Obama took on recent attacks from Mitt Romney over his efforts toward that industry, saying the charges prove the former governor is attempting to scare Americans into supporting him.

"You don't scare hard working Americans just to scare up some votes," Obama told a crowd of 2,800 in small town Hilliard, Ohio. "That's not what being president is all about, that's not leadership."
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Filed under: 2012 • Ohio • President Obama
Excerpts: Romney's closing argument
November 2nd, 2012
10:35 AM ET
2 years ago

Excerpts: Romney's closing argument

(CNN) - In his speech Friday in Wisconsin, GOP nominee Mitt Romney will lay out the "closing argument" of his campaign. Below are excerpts of his speech, as released by his campaign.
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Final jobs report before election gives ammo for both sides
November 2nd, 2012
09:59 AM ET
2 years ago

Final jobs report before election gives ammo for both sides

(CNN) - The final set of monthly jobs data before Tuesday's presidential election provided both campaigns fodder to drive home their closing arguments on jobs and the economy, with President Barack Obama's team arguing the numbers show the economy on the rebound while Mitt Romney's team claiming it shows an economy still struggling.

The GOP nominee spotlighted the unemployment rate rising to 7.9%, up from 7.8% a month ago. While the rate is lower than the benchmark 8%, it's higher than it was when President Barack Obama took office in 2008.
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Filed under: 2012 • Jobs • Mitt Romney • President Obama
White House on jobs report: Economy 'continuing to heal'
November 2nd, 2012
09:49 AM ET
2 years ago

White House on jobs report: Economy 'continuing to heal'

(CNN) - The Chairman of the Council of the Economic Advisers Alan Krueger said in a statement released Friday that October's jobs report "provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the Great Depression."

"It is critical that we continue the policies that are building an economy that works for the middle class as we dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007," said Krueger.
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Romney: Economy at 'virtual standstill'
November 2nd, 2012
09:16 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney: Economy at 'virtual standstill'

(CNN) - Republican nominee Mitt Romney released the following statement on the October unemployment report:

“Today’s increase in the unemployment rate is a sad reminder that the economy is at a virtual standstill. The jobless rate is higher than it was when President Obama took office, and there are still 23 million Americans struggling for work. On Tuesday, America will make a choice between stagnation and prosperity. For four years, President Obama’s policies have crushed America’s middle class. For four years, President Obama has told us that things are getting better and that we’re making progress. For too many American families, those words ring hollow. We can do better. We can have real economic growth, create millions of good-paying jobs, and give middle-class families the security and opportunity they deserve. When I’m president, I’m going to make real changes that lead to a real recovery, so that the next four years are better than the last.”


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
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