(CNN) - It’s President Obama’s first trip back to Chicago since his chief of staff stepped down to foray into the city’s mayoral race, so naturally, he couldn’t help but crack a joke about it.
After introducing local officials (see: state comptroller, treasurer) at a reception for Illinois Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, Obama noticed that someone was missing.
“By the way, have you seen my chief of staff?” he asked. “I was…looking around like what happened?”
Rahm Emanuel, a Chicago native, resigned his post as White House chief of staff last Thursday and announced over the weekend his intention to run for mayor of Chicago.
(CNN) - September's jobs report–the last such report to be released before Election Day–is due out on Friday and President Obama will travel to Bladensburg, Maryland on Friday and make a public statement the numbers, the White House said Thursday.
Wilmington, Delaware (CNN) - Delaware Republican senate candidate Christine O'Donnell says she's "matured" since her now well-known appearances on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher back in the 1990's. But she acknowledged in an exclusive interview with CNN that the resurfaced clips have forced her to reinvent herself in the final weeks of the campaign.
"I haven't been embarrassed. And I'm not saying that I'm proud," O'Donnell said. "I've matured in my faith. I've matured in my policies. Today you have a forty something woman running for office. Not a 20 year old. So that's a big difference," she added.
Watch the full interview, after the jump:
(CNN) - With a little over three weeks before the midterm elections, House Minority Leader John Boehner will deliver a major campaign speech from his hometown in Ohio on Friday. The top House Republican, in an address planned at a small manufacturing company in West Chester, will argue that voters should reject the economic policies of Democrats running Washington and elect Republicans, who he says will make Congress more responsive to the American people.
A Boehner aide familiar with his speech tells CNN that "he will focus on the issue of jobs, and how the November election will be a referendum on President Obama and Washington Democrats' job-killing record."
(CNN) - In a new ad , New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino accused Democratic candidate and state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo of excluding "the only African- American candidate, the only woman candidate and the Green Party candidate," from the gubernatorial race and challenged Cuomo to "come out and debate like a man."
Cuomo's spokesman Josh Vlasto hit back following Paladino's commercial.
"We have accepted a debate hosted by Newsday featuring all candidates, as requested by Carl, and it is Carl who has thus far declined," Vlasto said in a statement Thursday. "Just when you thought he couldn't get any lower, Carl once again debased himself and the entire political process."
(CNN) - President Barack Obama is planning a major campaign swing out West in the final days leading up to the midterm election because party leaders have privately come to the conclusion that control of the Senate could come down to the fate of three highly vulnerable incumbents in that region, according to senior Democratic officials.
The three full days of campaigning in late October will focus on trying to save incumbent Sens. Patty Murray of Washington, Barbara Boxer of California and Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, with the senior Democratic officials telling CNN that party leaders are privately growing particularly worried about whether Reid can survive.
Obama will begin the Western campaign swing on October 20 in Portland, Oregon, to help support Democrat John Kitzhaber in the hotly contested, open-seat gubernatorial race. Kitzhaber, the state's former governor, is neck and neck with Republican Chris Dudley, a former NBA player.
Washington (CNN) - A chief political strategist for President Obama sought Thursday to dispel the idea the upcoming midterms are similar to the 1994 elections when Republicans swept Democrats out of power in Congress. But David Plouffe, who served as Obama's presidential campaign manager, acknowledged his party is up against "some headwinds" in the march towards November 2.
Plouffe, a senior advisor at the Democratic National Committee, said that 16 years ago Democrats were "caught by surprise at the end" by the GOP's momentum and noted at this same point in that election cycle "voters had largely decided" how they were going to vote.
"That is not what is going on here at all," Plouffe said to a group of reporters at DNC headquarters.
Washington (CNN) - In the second ad released this week, Delaware Senate Republican candidate Christine O'Donnell again uses the line "I'm You" trying to portray herself as someone who understands the everyday problems of citizens.
In the new 30-second spot, she says "I didn't go to Yale. I didn't inherit millions like my opponent." Her Democratic opponent is Chris Coons, who is a county executive in the state. He grew up in Delaware and attended Amherst College and then Yale Law School as well receiving a master's degree in ethics from Yale Divinity School before going into law practice.
Washington (CNN) - The House ethics committee will hold trial-like hearings on allegations against two Democratic members - Rep. Charles Rangel of New York and Rep. Maxine Waters of California - after the November 2 congressional elections in which both are running, the panel's chairwoman announced Thursday.
A statement by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-California, who chairs the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, said the adjudication hearing for Rangel would be on November 15, and one for Waters would be on November 29.