(CNN) - In Monday's West Virgina Senate debate, Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin sought to claim his independence and Republican John Raese tried to attach Manchin’s name to President Obama’s as much as possible. The other two candidates seemed to act like buffers.
“I have to inform my opponent that Mr. Obama’s name will not be on the ballot for the U.S. Senate in West Virginia,” Manchin said.
(CNN) - New York's gubernatorial debate lived up to its expectation that it would be political theater as Republican candidate Carl Paladino faced Democrat Andrew Cuomo for the first time in a debate in a race making headlines for its nasty tone.
But the two candidates delivered an unexpected headline: there were no fireworks between them.
(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) - Collecting data on likely voters is not all fun and games, but candidates are creating games on Facebook to collect constituent's e-mails and critical information.
"Facebook games are absolutely underrated in the political space," said Vincent Harris, the CEO of Harris Media, a digital advocacy firm that creates Facebook games for the campaigns. "While users are spending hours a day on Facebook, gaming allows them another medium to interact with and learn about candidates while the campaign is collecting critical data points on the user."
(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.'
Reno, Nevada (CNN) - In an interview with CNN, Sarah Palin said she doesn't think the Tea Party will split the Republican Party but noted the GOP would be "through" if it strays from its core values.
"I think the machine within the GOP will realize the 'we the people' within message is rising and is resonating throughout with independents, with moderates, with hard core conservatives because it's so full of common sense," Sarah Palin said, adding: "And time tested truths that could put the economy back on track that heaven forbid the GOP machine strays from this message if so, the GOP is through."
(CNN) - Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin had a message for the GOP Monday – "man up" and support the Tea Party.
"The bigwigs in the machine they're driving me crazy because they're too chicken to support the Tea Party candidates," Palin said at a Tea Party kick-off rally in Nevada. "The ideas of the Tea Party movement are the American ideals that will put us back to work."
(CNN) - Republican candidate for Senate in Alaska, Joe Miller, admitted he was disciplined for the misuse of local government computers but said it was not a factor in his eventual departure from his job as an attorney at the Fairbanks North Star Borough (an area of Alaska) in September 2009.
The former mayor of Fairbanks said last week that Miller left his post because the borough planned to fire him over using borough computers for election business while attempting to become the head of the Alaska Republican Party. On Monday Miller responded.
Reno, Nevada (CNN) - Some two weeks before the midterm elections, Tea Party activists are set to fire up their army of supporters to forge ahead in, what they see as, a political war.
Their prime tactic: crisscross the country urging voters to oust Democrats from office and purge the Republican Party of members deemed "RINOS," or "Republicans in Name Only" considered not conservative enough.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama hosted the first White House Science Fair on Monday, saying it is time for student inventors to receive the same recognition as sports heroes.
After seeing some of the winning exhibits from science and engineering competitions across the country, Obama told an East Room audience that the
inventions on display and the students who made them are inspiring and demonstrate "the promise of America."
"I could not be prouder of you," Obama said. "I expect some of you to be back here as Nobel Prize winners."