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(CNN) – An Ohio blogger is eating his words after a CNN fact check revealed his assertions that an Ohio gubernatorial candidate made up a story were completely false.
Anthony Fossaceca, a blogger for OhioDaily.com, lambasted Kasich's closing statement in Tuesday's Ohio Governor debate as "the lamest, most cliche closing in debate history."
Kasich told a story about running into a couple at a Bob Evans restaurant who were going over their household budget.
"I said what's – what are you doing there. They said, well my job was downgraded. The lady said my job was downgraded. We're sitting here working on the family budget. We're trying to figure out how to make it work," Kasich recounted in his statement.
In a post entitled "BREAKING: Desperate Kasich Invokes Bob Evans as Debate Opportunity Slips Away", Fosaceca surmised that the entire tale was false.
Washington (CNN) - Nearly $285 million was spent by Democrats, Republicans and advocacy groups on political television commercials in the 2010 primaries, and when the dust settles on this midterm election, the final tally could reach $1 billion.
Evan Tracey, president of Campaign Media Analysis, notes history shows that three quarters of the money spent on political TV ads occurs in the final 60 days of the campaign.
The debate over health care reform helped influence the number of political commercials aired in this election cycle. Still, the possibility that Republicans have a shot of winning back the House as well as making substantial gains in the Senate has energized what was once a depressed Republican political base just 20 months ago.
Here is a quick snapshot of the spending on commercials in the primary:
House Democrats, parties and allies: $19 million
House Republicans, parties and allies: $33 million
Senate Democrats, parties and allies: $115 million
Senate Republicans, parties and allies: $117 million
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/22/art.clinton.gi.jpg caption ="Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discusses the Tea Party movement."] (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out about the Tea Party movement Thursday, drawing a contrast between the rhetoric of campaigns and how candidates eventually govern.
Speaking to ABC's Christiane Amanpour on "Good Morning America," Clinton said candidates are "sobered" when faced with national and international challenges.
"When they have the burden of holding office and the responsibility that goes with it, I've seen them become very sobered very quickly," Clinton said. "Sometimes the poetry can get kind of hot and a little over the top, but the prose brings you down to earth."
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/09/16/art.odonnell.0916t.gi.jpg caption="Christine O'Donnell's campaign said it raised $850,000 in the first 24 hours after her Delaware GOP primary victory."]
Washington (CNN) - Christine O'Donnell's campaign tells CNN it raised $850,000 in the first 24 hours after her upset victory in the Delaware Republican senatorial primary.
Spokeswoman Michelle Lauren says the campaign's website crashed Tuesday night due to the large amount of traffic generated in the wake of her surprise win. The site went back up Thursday morning, she says.
Republican establishment figures continue to reach out to her. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele phoned O'Donnell Thursday. Officials with O'Donnell would not characterize the call.
"I don't know if she can win until we try. How can you claim defeat before you attempt victory? This makes no sense. It makes no sense. So stop it. Stop it," Steele told CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King on Wednesday in reaction to some of the sniping aimed at O'Donnell by Republican critics who say she cannot win the seat.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/28/art.carnahan.0427.carnahan.jpg caption ="Fox News has sued the campaign of Missouri Senate candidate Robin Carnahan."]Washington (CNN) - Fox News has sued the Senate campaign of Democrat Robin Carnahan in Missouri, claiming improper use of an interview by the cable channel with her opponent Roy Blunt for a "smear ad."
The 2006 interview with Fox's Chris Wallace was used in a recent Carnahan ad, implying the journalist was supporting Blunt – a Republican congressman. The lawsuit says Wallace, as host of "Fox News Sunday," had asked Blunt about the congressman's efforts to become a permanent House Majority Leader. He served in that post in an interim fashion from 2005-06.
In a lawsuit filed in Kansas City Thursday, Fox News claims copyright infringement and invasion of Wallace's privacy. In a 14-page filing, the Democrat's campaign was accused of violating "FNC's valuable and proprietary creative expression" by using the news clip without permission. "The Carnahan ad is designed to make it appear as if Wallace- a trusted journalist- is instead speaking as a campaign operative," said the complaint.
Read the lawsuit here
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/09/07/art.odonnell.file1.odonnell.jpg caption ="In 1996, GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell expressed doubt about the theory of evolution."](CNN) - Christine O'Donnell may be the GOP Senate nominee in Delaware, but in 1996 she was the press secretary for the Christian group, Concerned Women for America, and in an interview with CNN, said there was "just as much, if not more evidence" supporting the theory of creationism as there is supporting the theory of evolution.
In the CNN interview with then correspondent Miles O'Brien that aired on March 30, 1996 O'Donnell also said DNA is linked to God.
"I think that when you look at genetic engineering, it all points to creationism, because genetics can be traced back to the obvious existence of a higher being - of God," O'Donnell said.
Although she said she thought the theories creationism and evolution should both be taught in public schools, she voiced her skepticism over the validity of evolution.
Read the full transcript, after the jump:
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/09/16/art.carter.file4.gi.jpg caption ="Former President Jimmy Carter blamed the late Sen. Ted Kennedy for delaying the passage health care legislation."](CNN) - The late Sen. Ted Kennedy is widely hailed for devoting his political career to the cause of providing health care to all Americans. But in an interview set to air on 60 Minutes Sunday, former President Jimmy Carter says Kennedy is the one to blame for delaying legislation to provide such care.
"The fact is that we would have had comprehensive health care now, had it not been for Ted Kennedy's deliberately blocking the legislation that I proposed," Carter told CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl. "It was his fault. Ted Kennedy killed the bill."
Carter proposed health care reform in the late 1970s but was unable to sign any legislation. He said Kennedy blocked the bill in Congress out of spite in advance of the Massachusetts senator's unusual, and ultimately unsuccessful 1980 bid to unseat him.
"He did not want to see me have a major success in that realm of life," Carter said.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/09/15/art.odonnell.election.night.jpg caption="The chairman of the Delaware Republican Party is promising hard work for Christine O'Donnell's Senate campaign, only his statement never mentioned her by name."]
Washington (CNN) - The chairman of the Delaware Republican Party is promising hard work for Christine O'Donnell's Senate campaign, only his statement never mentioned her by name.
Tom Ross was a harsh and frequent critic of O'Donnell's tea party-backed campaign in the Republican primary, going so far as to say she "could not be elected dogcatcher" who couldn't win in November.
But after O'Donnell's upset win, Ross put out a carefully worded statement Thursday morning say he has assured the national party leaders all candidates will "have as much support as possible'.
"The Delaware Republican Party plans on doing what it does every election year – working hard for our candidate," he said.
Washington (CNN)—A senior administration official tells CNN that on Friday, around midday, President Obama will officially announce his appointment of Elizabeth Warren as Assistant to the President and Special advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Warren will join President Obama for the announcement at the White House.
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Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden's heading home to Delaware to try and help keep his old Senate seat in Democratic party hands.
A Biden aide confirms to CNN that the vice president will likely appear with the New Castle County Executive Chris Coons, the Democrat's Senate nominee in Delaware, at an event in the state sometime next week.
Coons will face off in the November midterm elections against conservative commentator and marketing consultant Christine O'Donnell, who upset Delaware's longtime statewide Rep. Mike Castle, in Tuesday's GOP primary.
Polls suggested that Castle, a former governor and moderate Republican, would have been favored in the general election battle over Coons, but with O'Donnell as the party's nominee, surveys indicate that Coon is considered to have the advantage.