November 2nd, 2010
12:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Campaign Circus: Hillary Clinton MIA from the midterms

Washington (CNN) – Election Day is here. The rhetoric has been intense, interesting and, shall we say, passionate. Here are some things you might have missed.

Where in the world is ... Hillary Clinton?

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, arguably one of the best campaigners out there, is noticeably absent from the 2010 midterm campaign trail, the British newspaper Daily Telegraph reports. So where is she? Asia.

Two days late and a vote short

According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan, the Rock the Vote group took out a full page ad in Colorado State University's student newspaper - the Rocky Mountain Collegian - urging its readers to vote on November 2. The only problem? The paper printed "November 4" instead. It has since issued a correction.

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November 1st, 2010
03:07 PM ET
3 years ago

Campaign Circus: Bloomberg a good-luck charm?

Washington (CNN) - With Election Day just hours away, the rhetoric keeps getting more intense, interesting and, shall we say, passionate. Here are some things you might have missed.

Everything Bloomberg touches turns to ....

Voted in? New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made billions betting on what the stock market would do. It appears his gambling instincts may be good in the political arena, too, the New York Daily News points out. Three statewide candidates that Hizzoner endorsed - including Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo - are leading in the polls and poised to win on Tuesday.

The bid is too damn low!

Jimmy McMillan, the "Rent is Too Damn High" candidate for New York governor, is taking his platform to the Web. He recently endorsed an internet auction site, BidHere.com, which allows users to "bid against each other to win a month's rent ($1,200)," according to POLITICO. Watch McMillan's video endorsement here.

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October 28th, 2010
02:04 PM ET
3 years ago

Campaign Circus: 'Heat' is on for Kendrick Meek

Washington (CNN) - As Election Day gets closer, the rhetoric gets more intense, interesting and, shall we say, passionate. Here are some things you might have missed.

Kendrick Meek gets some Heat

Florida Democratic Senate hopeful Kendrick Meek said in a news release that Miami Heat basketball star Dwyane Wade will vote for him next week. Meek needs to have a better performance than the Heat, which lost its season opener to the Boston Celtics this week.

What's next? Chocolates?

Nevada Republican Sharron Angle, hoping to take down incumbent Democratic Sen. Harry Reid, has taken the high road after comedian Joy Behar - a co-host of ABC's "The View" - called her a "bitch." Angle's response? She sent Behar flowers with the greeting "Joy, raised $150,000 online yesterday, thanks for your help. Sincerely, Sharron Angle."

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October 27th, 2010
01:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Campaign circus: 12 months of GOP hunks

Washington (CNN) - As Election Day gets closer, the rhetoric gets more intense, interesting and, shall we say, passionate. Here are some things you might have missed.

It's certainly not the FDNY calendar

Vanity Fair magazine has unveiled "Red Meat," its official 2010-11 Republican Beefcake Calendar - House Minority Leader John Boehner in a Speedo-style bathing suit is a must see.

Whoopsie

The White House recently sent out a press release with a glaring error. The press shop misspelled first lady Michelle Obama's name. On Wednesday, they sent a corrected press release to reporters.

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October 25th, 2010
01:05 PM ET
3 years ago

Campaign Circus: Joe Miller called a 'clown'

(CNN) - As Election Day gets closer, the rhetoric gets more intense, interesting and, shall we say, passionate. Here are some things you might have missed.

Miller? Miller? Miller?

Ben Stein - famous for his role in the '80s movie classic "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and his political/economic commentary - took to the pages of the Alaska Dispatch to blast Tea Party-backed Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller, calling him a "dangerous, stupid clown."

You know you've made it when ...

"Saturday Night Live" parodies you. The latest person to feel the love is New York gubernatorial candidate Jimmy McMillan, running for the "Rent Is Too Damn High" party. Actor Keenan Thompson gets two gloves up from critics.

Photo of the day: Harry Reid's dance moves

If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fails to win re-election, he may have a backup plan: as a contestant on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars."

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Filed under: 2010 • campaign circus • Harry Reid • Joe Miller • President Obama
October 22nd, 2010
01:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Campaign Circus: Is a wig a campaign contribution?

(CNN) - As Election Day gets closer, the rhetoric gets more intense, interesting and, shall we say, passionate. Here are some things that you might have missed.

Wigged out

The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission ruled that Joan Heffington, the unsuccessful candidate in the state's GOP gubernatorial primary, "cannot accept a $159 wig as an in-kind campaign contribution," according to the Lawrence Journal-World.

Palin 'hurts so good'

Rocker John Mellencamp, while not a fan of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's policy positions, recently said that her intelligence shouldn't be questioned just because she "says things and winks."


California crownin'

Queen Meg is becoming a fixture in the California governor's race - not Meg Whitman, but a caricature of her as a monarch, complete with crown and sash. She's appeared before the debate between Whitman and her Democratic opponent, Jerry Brown, and is a creation of the California Nurses Association, which accuses the former eBay chief of misleading the public and favoring Wall Street over state workers.

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October 21st, 2010
03:24 PM ET
3 years ago

Campaign Circus: First lady's green thumb pays off

(CNN) - As Election Day gets closer, the rhetoric gets more intense and, shall we say, passionate. Here are some things that you might have missed.

One mighty sweet potato

First lady Michelle Obama's green thumb is obvious, as is her approach to healthy living. But she has a bigger issue on her hands: a giant sweet potato plucked from the White House garden. See the photo HERE

But does he pay rent?

Jimmy McMillan was the relatively unknown New York gubernatorial candidate for the Rent is Too Damn High Party until he stole the show in a recent debate, in which he declared "The. Rent. Is. Too. Damn. High." It turns out he may not pay rent at all.

Candidate in hot water for deer-meat sales

George Hallarn, a Democrat running for commissioner in Fairfield County, Ohio, has been charged with illegally selling deer meat.

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October 20th, 2010
02:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Campaign Circus: Random notes from the trail

As Election Day gets closer, the rhetoric gets more intense and, shall we say, passionate. Here some things that you might have missed.

Elvira channels Christine O'Donnell

Elvira - Mistress of the Dark/actor/comedian/80s icon - has jumped on the mock-Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell bandwagon. She recently posted her take O'Donnell's "I'm not a witch. I'm you" ad. Watch it here

What happens in the Climate Fight Club ...

David Arquette, in the news for his breakup with wife Courtney Cox, is out with a "Don't mess with California" ad, fighting against a November ballot measure that would halt the state's greenhouse gas law.

'I didn't write this'

Comedian Tina Fey's resemblance to Sarah Palin made for a dead-on impression of the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate. Now it's paying off: A Fey-autographed copy of Palin's book "Going Rogue" book is currently going for $1,009 on eBay.
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