(CNN) - Tuesday yielded good news for Democrats in California with a new poll that shows the nominees for Governor and Senator leading their Republican opponents.
In the Suffolk University poll, attorney general and former Gov. Jerry Brown leads former eBay CEO Meg Whitman by 8 percentage points, 50 percent to 42 percent among likely voters. Five percent supported the third party candidates in the race.
Denver, Colorado (CNN) - In an interview with CNN, Colorado's Republican Senatorial nominee Ken Buck made clear he believes in the separation of church and state. He defended comments he made last year during a candidates forum in which he challenged the way courts have interpreted the First Amendment's religious protections.
Buck told CNN, "I have said I agree with the establishment clause. I agree with the idea that there is a separation of church and state. That teachers should not be leading prayer – a particular kind of prayer in classrooms. What I have said is that I think the federal government and we as a society have come too far in trying to separate good organizations that perform good functions for people just based on the fact one has a religious association and one doesn't."
Los Angeles (CNN) - Former first lady Laura Bush had her audience LOL (laughing out loud) at a women's conference in Long Beach, California Tuesday. Nearly 14,000 women attended the gathering hosted by California's first lady Maria Shriver. Mrs. Bush addressed the overwhelmingly female crowd, taking a bobble head doll of herself to the podium.
"As for me, it's come to this," Mrs. Bush said of her life after eight years in the White House, placing the doll on the glass plate. "This is the Laura Bush bobble head doll. I got this from a friend of mine who found it in the gift shop in the constitutional center a few weeks after the election. It was on the clearance shelf. He said he couldn't resist sending it to me, I told him he could have tried a little harder. But I'm kinda glad to have it."
(CNN) - It was 'Three's Company' in the final Florida Senate debate as Republican candidate Marco Rubio, Democratic candidate Rep. Kendrick Meek and independent candidate, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, met in Orlando one week before the election.
The dominant issues in the debate, which was moderated by NBC Meet the Press anchor David Gregory, were the housing crisis and a rousing conversation about the future of Social Security.
(CNN) - "Shove it" was the most used phrase in the Rhode Island Gubernatorial debate Tuesday night.
Democratic nominee Frank Caprio said the president should "shove it" this week after not endorsing his candidacy. And the topic was the lead off question of the night's debate.
"It was a political answer to a political reaction that the White House took. When you're dealing in a political situation words like that are not uncommon. I stand by my words," Caprio said. "I reacted in a very human way, and I will continue to react in an appropriate way down the road."
Washington (CNN) –We don't know the make or model of the car President Obama and Democrats say they've been trying to push out of the ditch, but at least we know what's on the bumper. "Look, there's, there's an Obama bumper sticker on the car. We get that," said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs in response to a question from CNN.
Gibbs was attempting to illustrate that President Obama is taking responsibility for fixing the economy.
Los Angeles, Calif. (CNN) - A surprisingly candid first lady Michelle Obama discussed her initial fears about going out on the campaign trail alone to promote her husband's 2008 presidential bid in remarks before a women's conference in Long Beach Tuesday.
"I was scared. I was worried that I'd say that wrong thing. I was nervous that someone might ask a question that I didn't know the answer to. I have a tendency to do that thing that a lot of women do, where you get 99 things right, but spend all your time beating yourself up about the one thing you messed up."
Lima, Ohio (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich offered a piece of advice Tuesday to President Obama, urging him to seek counsel from former President Bill Clinton in the increasingly likely event that Democrats lose control of the House next Tuesday.
Gingrich, asked if he thinks this president can re-calibrate after a midterm drubbing in the way Clinton was able to after Democratic losses in 1994, said "it's up to Obama."
(CNN)–The White House is firing back at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell after he told the National Journal that "the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."
With his usual sarcastic tone, spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters "maybe Senator McConnell is interested in running for President."
The White House believes that fixing the ailing economy is the single most important thing, so top aides jumped at the chance to paint McConnell's comments as more business as usual, and part of the problem that landed the "car in the ditch."
Washington (CNN) - Commanders at Fort Richardson, Alaska are investigating two soldiers who were involved in a highly publicized altercation with a reporter at an event for Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller, a base spokesman said.
The soldiers were working as part of Joe Miller's security team when they handcuffed a reporter from the Alaska Dispatch who was trying to ask the candidate questions.
The two security members, it turns out, are active duty soldiers based at Fort Richardson, according to Sgt. Maj. Derrick Crawford.