(CNN) - The candidates in Kentucky's final Senate debate wasted no time in getting down to business, parsing through policy differences and touting their respective credentials.
It was a contest that almost didn't happen; Republican candidate Rand Paul threatened to pull out after an ad by his opponent, Democratic candidate Jack Conway, attacked his religious views. But with eight days left until election day, Paul decided to participate.
Monday's debate differed from earlier ones that were laced with character attacks. Instead, it involved a series of in-depth discussions over how each candidate approached major issues, including the economy, health care reform and the deficit.
(CNN) - Democrat Alex Sink will debate Republican Rick Scott on Monday, setting up a nationally televised showdown between the two Florida governor hopefuls on CNN.
The debate, co-sponsored by CNN, the St. Petersburg Times and the University of South Florida will be moderated by CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. It will air live at 7 p.m. ET during a special edition of "John King, USA."
(CNN) – If "extreme" was the buzzword in the first Pennsylvania Senate debate, "economy" was the hot topic in the second debate between Republican candidate Pat Toomey and Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak on Friday.
Both candidates continued themes they have used throughout their campaigns - painting each other as "extreme" while attempting to showcase themselves as moderates.
Sestak, a former U.S. Navy admiral and two-term congressman, touted his military record and focused on attacking Toomey as someone who would cater to Wall Street.
(CNN) – Hispanic voters will be hearing President Barack Obama's voice urging them to vote in the final days leading up to the November 2nd election, thanks to new television and radio ads paid for by the Democratic National Committee.
The ads, which will air nationally on the Spanish media network Univision, are part of a $1 million campaign by the DNC to reach out to Hispanic voters.
(CNN)– Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski said officials have to be "more realistic" in their approach to problem solving in Washington, and that "consensus should not be a dirty word."
In an interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, Murkowski said, "I think what is important is how you achieve the ends here. When we're talking about reducing spending, lets not deceive people into thinking if you eliminate ear marks all of a sudden we will not be operating out of deficit. "
Washington (CNN) - Former CIA covert operations officer Valerie Plame, whose identity was revealed during a 2003 scandal regarding intelligence gathering prior to the Iraq war, and her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, are speaking out about what happened in the aftermath of the incident.
In an interview with CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer in the Situation Room, while promoting their new movie about their ordeal, "Fair Game," Wilson called Vice President Dick Cheney a "traitor" and claimed Cheney "betrayed the national security of our country" for being involved in leaking Plame's covert identity.
Wilson insists Cheney was involved in the disclosure, although the only person who has admitted to breaking Plame's cover is Richard Armitage, the former Deputy Secretary of State who said he leaked her name inadvertently to journalist Robert Novak
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Washington (CNN) - President Obama's senior adviser, David Axelrod, is weighing in on what races he thinks will be key indicators for how Democrats will fare on election night.
In an interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, Axelrod spoke about which returns he is most interested to see.
(CNN) - Embattled California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer's campaign released a new radio ad Monday that features President Barack Obama reaching out to voters on Boxer's behalf.
In the ad, entitled "Shoulder to Shoulder," the president says, "This is Barack Obama. On November 2, California has a choice, and the stakes couldn't be higher. I'm asking you to get out and vote for Senator Barbara Boxer."
(CNN) - In a rare campaign trail appearance, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi touted the Obama administration's legislative successes while blasting Republicans for wanting a return to "Bush administration policies" in a Monday speech to the United Steel Workers 'Women of Steel' conference in Pennsylvania.
"We must win this election," Pelosi told the crowd, which cheered and held up signs with the slogan 'Best Speaker ever.'
(CNN) – Cross a big name off the list of possible candidates in the Chicago mayor's race.
Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) has decided not to throw his hat into the ring.