(CNN) - "Was that my…uhhh…oh goodness," President Obama said as he looked around at the front of the lectern.
When the presidential seal affixed to his lectern thudded to the floor mid-speech, Obama's serious tone at a business conference took a backseat to comedy for about a minute Tuesday night.
"That's alright. All of you know who I am," he said to laughter and applause.
Where is Christine O'Donnell?
Some local reporters that I've spoke to here in Delaware claim that the Republican Senate nominee has largely avoided the local media. O'Donnell has publicly stated she would avoid contact with the national press.
So we set out to find the candidate. Or, at least, information on her public campaign schedule.
(CNN) - Pennsylvania GOP Senate nominee Pat Toomey has out-raised his Democratic opponent for each of the first three quarters of 2010, according to fundraising numbers released by both campaigns Tuesday.
Toomey brought in $3.8 million in the third quarter, bringing his total individual contributions to $14 million. His third quarter haul represents his biggest fundraising quarter since launching his campaign in April 2009.
Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak raised $3.2 million from July to September.
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden is known for his bluntness, and his comments Tuesday were no exception.
"If I hear one more Republican tell me about balancing the budget, I am going to strangle them," Biden said at a fundraiser in Minnesota. "To the press: that's a figure of speech."
It didn't take Biden long to go after Republicans and the Republicans' new "Pledge for America" that he said would increase the debt by $1 trillion.
(CNN) - President Obama speaks on behalf of Kentucky's GOP Senate nominee in a new television ad.
Well, kind of.
Rand Paul's latest ad, a 30-second spot released Monday and airing statewide, features an Obama impersonator talking about the "stamp of approval" his Democratic opponent, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, has given to "more spending and debt, bigger government and higher taxes."
(CNN) - Only weeks before Election Day, a new poll shows victory likely hinges on the separation of views between registered voters and those likely to actually travel to the polls, especially on topics like Congress, candidates, and the economy.
The ABC/Washington Post poll finds among all registered voters, more prefer Democratic congressional candidates. But the GOP benefits from an active base, as 77 percent of Republicans state they are absolutely certain to vote on Election Day, while only 61 percent of Democrats say the same, a telling spread of sixteen points. This is a bigger GOP lead than in 1994, the last time Republicans wrested control of Congress from Democrats.
(CNN) - Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer received some help from the president Tuesday in a new web video on her campaign website and on Youtube.
The minute long spot, which is not airing on television, shows footage of Obama at a California campaign event earlier in the year.
"You have in Barbara Boxer a sub-compact Senator with a seemingly inexhaustible supply of energy," Obama says in the video. "I expect you to be out there making phone calls and knocking on doors and rallying the troops to make sure that you return Barbara Boxer to the United States Senate."
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced additional, private funding for cash-strapped community colleges in an effort to bridge the growing degree gap between the United States and other nations.
At the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges, Obama said the the United States' decade-long decline from first to ninth in the world in the percentage of young people holding college degrees "not only represents a huge waste of potential; in the global marketplace it represents a threat to our position as the world's leading economy."
(CNN) - Democrats are going up with a hard hitting ad against Florida Republican gubernatorial nominee Rick Scott.
The commercial, which includes clips from various Florida law enforcement officials, calls into question Scott's management of two health care companies that went on to face legal problems.
"Take it from prosecutors who know – Rick Scott just can't be trusted," says Florida State Attorney Michael McAuliffe, in the ad.
(CNN) - In the next couple of weeks Howard Kurtz will leave his job as media critic at the Washington Post to become the Washington Bureau Chief for the political and cultural website "The Daily Beast."
"I love the Washington Post and really grew up there," Kurtz told CNN on Tuesday. "But I've been devoting more of my energy to figuring out the digital world and this seemed like a good time to make that leap. I want to be an entrepreneur online."
In his nearly three decades at the Post, Kurtz covered Congress, the State Department and served as the New York Bureau Chief before becoming the paper's media critic.