What do Abraham Lincoln, 'zingers' and pigeon soup have in common?
October 16th, 2012
07:34 PM ET
2 years ago

What do Abraham Lincoln, 'zingers' and pigeon soup have in common?

(CNN) – Presidential debates haven't been around forever. A woman hasn't moderated a presidential debate in 20 years. A German immigrant is to thank for election season's October verbal battles. And Abraham Lincoln might have pioneered debate zingers. Don't believe us? Read on.

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Filed under: 2012 • Presidential Debates
Obama ad 'Challenges' looks back to go 'Forward'
October 13th, 2012
12:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama ad 'Challenges' looks back to go 'Forward'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's newest ad, released Saturday morning, makes the case for a second term by telling the audience the work of his first term is not finished.

The ad, titled "Challenges" and narrated by actor Morgan Freeman, begins: "Every president inherits challenges; few have faced so many." It goes on to detail Obama's accomplishments from his first term.
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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
A fracas? Congressional debate gets ugly
October 12th, 2012
12:51 PM ET
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A fracas? Congressional debate gets ugly

(CNN) - Though it didn't come to fisticuffs, so heated was the exchange between the two debating candidates for a San Fernando, California congressional seat Thursday night that a police officer got up on stage to separate the two.

During the debate Thursday at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, two incumbent Democratic congressmen -Rep. Brad Sherman and Rep. Howard Berman- got into a verbal disagreement over the correct author of the immigration legislation known as the DREAM Act.
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Filed under: Brad Sherman • California • Congress
October 8th, 2012
09:22 AM ET
2 years ago

Columbus Day is early voting day in three states

(CNN) – Voters in California, Indiana and Oregon can take advantage of the Columbus Day holiday to cast their ballots Monday when the three states join ten other states that already have started early voting.

That's less than a week after the first presidential debate and 29 days ahead of Election Day.
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Filed under: 2012 • California • Indiana • Oregon
Clinton appearance signals hope for Arizona Democrats in Senate
October 6th, 2012
05:14 PM ET
2 years ago

Clinton appearance signals hope for Arizona Democrats in Senate

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton will lend his star power to the Senate race in Arizona when he campaigns for Democratic former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona at a rally Wednesday night.

Clinton's appearance at the rally at Arizona State University could be another sign that the Democrats think they could take the Senate seat in the final month of the election.
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Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Bill Clinton
In voting, the early bird skips the line
September 21st, 2012
04:41 PM ET
2 years ago

In voting, the early bird skips the line

Washington (CNN) – Come the first Tuesday in November, when millions are streaming into polling stations across the country, as much as 40% of Americans will have already voted.

In 2004, 22% of Americans voted early and that rate rose to 34% in 2008, according to Paul Gronke, Professor of Political Science who founded and runs the Early Voting Information Center at Reed College in Oregon.

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Filed under: 2012
Politics, parties keep some away from conventions
August 22nd, 2012
04:06 PM ET
2 years ago

Politics, parties keep some away from conventions

Washington (CNN) - When U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill announced in June that she would not attend the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, she joined a number of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle planning to skip the presidential nominating events.

Different reasons were given, but a closer look shows most are in tough races.

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A few memorable convention moments
August 22nd, 2012
03:09 PM ET
2 years ago

A few memorable convention moments

(CNN) – The political party conventions are considered a kickoff to the presidential election season - though the campaign has been going on for months, summer is winding down and Americans are beginning to pay closer attention to the race for the White House.

The conventions have served as a launching pad for future political stars like Barack Obama in 2004 and Sarah Palin in 2008. And from the convention stages came some memorable political speeches – sometimes regrettably memorable from the speaker’s point of view, as in the case of George H.W. Bush’s “Read my lips…” promise.

Here’s a look back at some of memorable speeches. What’s your most memorable speech? Add yours to the comments below.
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August 17th, 2012
02:42 PM ET
2 years ago

'Rage' guitarist rages against Paul Ryan's love of 'Rage'

(CNN) - Paul Ryan's claim that Rage Against the Machine is among his favorite bands did not poll well with the rap metal group's guitarist Tom Morello.

"He can like whatever bands he wants," Morello wrote in a Rolling Stone opinion piece on Friday about the Republican vice presidential hopeful. "But his guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent is antithetical to the message of Rage."
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Artists tell campaigns, delete me from your playlist
August 16th, 2012
04:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Artists tell campaigns, delete me from your playlist

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign can now point to something it has in common with Ronald Reagan's - a musical act is asking it to stop using its music at campaign stops.

The rock band Silversun Pickups this week served Romney's campaign with a cease-and-desist order after it says Romney's campaign used its song, "Panic Switch," at an event earlier this month.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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