CNN's GUT CHECK for October 30, 2012
October 30th, 2012
05:07 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for October 30, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 30, 2012 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle


BREAKING: EARLY VOTING SHOWS DEMOCRATS UP IN NEVADA, GOP UP IN COLORADO Early voting turnout numbers released Tuesday in two western battleground states show mixed results one week before Election Day. In Nevada, more Democrats have cast their ballots already, while more Republicans have done the same in Colorado, according to the official numbers. – Ashley Killough MAP

(Answer below)
On this day in 2001, President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch at Game 3 of The World Series in New York City – just months after the attacks of September 11th. This was the second time during the Major League Baseball season that Bush threw out a first pitch. Where was the first?

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What caught our eye today in politics

Mitt Romney’s most effective surrogate in this campaign, in terms of blunt, stark criticism of President Barack Obama, has changed his tone.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is now heaping praise on the president, one week before Election Day. Why? Sandy.

Make no mistake about it, Christie supports Romney for president, but it is hard not to watch and listen to what he has had to say about Obama over the past 24 hours.

The governor did not just make an off-the-cuff remark thanking the federal government for the focus on his state in this time of crisis – the governor has been downright effusive about Obama’s focus on it.

In a trio of tweets over the past 24 hours, Christie expressed: 1. Confidence in the president; 2. Thanked the president personally; 3. Praised the president for his leadership.

Governor Christie (@GovChristie)
I have confidence that we will have support from the President and federal authorities. #Sandy
October 30 at 4:27am

Governor Christie (@GovChristie)
I want to thank the President personally for all his assistance as w recover from the storm.
October 30 at 1:28am

Governor Christie (@GovChristie)
President Obama then said if I needed anything to call him directly. I appreciated that leadership and I will if/when we do.
October 29 at 11:54am

In several interviews, Christie echoed his praise. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe: “It’s been very good working with the president.” On NBC: “I was on the phone at midnight again last night with the president personally. He has expedited the designation of New Jersey as a major disaster area.” To Politico: “The president has been all over this and he deserves great credit.”

Not exactly what you would expect to hear from the tough-talking New Jersey governor, who defied political odds in 2009 to defeat the deep pocketed incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine in one of the bluest of blue states. It is Christie’s “tell it like it is” demeanor that prompted several wealthy Republicans last year to try and convince the New Jersey governor to run for president. Instead, Christie backed Romney and he has become a favorite of Republican audiences on the campaign trail.

But for now, one of Romney’s top surrogates is sidelined as he focuses on helping his state recover from the devastating storm. Asked on Fox & Friends if Romney will visit New Jersey to see firsthand the damage Sandy wrought, Christie was, well, blunt.

“I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested,” he said. “I have got a job to do here in New Jersey that is much bigger than presidential politics. And I could care less about any of that stuff. I have a job to do. I’ve got 2.4 million people out of power, I’ve got devastation on the shore, I’ve got floods in the northern part of my state. If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, than you don't know me.”

As if this wasn’t damning enough to a campaign that is out of the news cycle a week before Election Day, Christie will stand side-by-side with Obama tomorrow as they tour the storm damaged areas.

In the closing days of the campaign, it is a photo-op that a political consultant can only dream of.

Which consultants' dreams came true? In the short term, Obama’s. And next on the list, Christie’s own advisers who have an eye on a different calendar year: The governor’s up for re-election in 2013.

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Leading CNNPolitics: Looking presidential: The optics of leadership during a disaster
As Sandy took aim at the East Coast, President Barack Obama discarded campaign events in Florida and Virginia to return to Washington and address the storm from the White House. Mitt Romney adjusted his schedule to hit the battleground state of Ohio and direct campaign resources in Virginia and New Hampshire to focus on storm relief. – Halimah Abdullah

Leading Drudge: Hell And High Water
A huge fire destroyed 80 to 100 houses in a flooded beachfront neighborhood Tuesday, forcing firefighters to undertake daring rescues and injuring three people. More than 190 firefighters contained the blaze but were still putting out some pockets of fire more than nine hours after it erupted. – Larry Neumeister

Leading HuffPo: Atlas Drenched
If it had been up to Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, disaster response agencies would likely face lower funding to handle the huge costs of dealing with storms such as Hurricane Sandy, a review of his much-touted budget shows. The budget plan put forward by Ryan as chairman of the House Budget Committee requires massive cuts to discretionary spending, which includes everything but entitlements. Those cuts would almost certainly extend to the Department of Homeland Security and its disaster relief programs under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). – Elise Foley

Leading Politico: Hurricane Sandy shakes up campaign calendar
Hurricane Sandy has cut in half the final stretch of the presidential race, leaving both the Obama and Romney campaigns uncertain as to when it’s possible to resume a full political schedule with a week to go until Election Day. – Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman

Leading The New York Times: Storm Pushes Aside Presidential Politics, Mostly
The presidential campaign entered a delicate and disrupted phase on Tuesday morning, suddenly becoming a sideshow to a devastating storm that posed an improvised leadership test to both sides as they sought to navigate the politics of a natural disaster. – Michael Barbaro and Michael D. Shear

The political bites of the day

- Obama: ‘no bureaucracy, no red tape’
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IN A STATEMENT AT THE RED CROSS IN WASHINGTON: “My instructions to the federal agency has been do not figure out why we can't do something, I want you to figure out how we do something. I want you to cut through red tape. I want you to cut through bureaucracy, there's no excuse for inaction at this point. I want every agency to lean forward and make sure we are getting the resources … where they're needed as quickly as possible. So I want to repeat, my message to the federal government: No bureaucracy, no red tape, get resources where they're needed as fast as possible.”

- Romney heralds makings a difference -
MITT ROMNEY AT A CAMPAIGN EVENT IN OHIO: “We won't be able to solve all the problems with our effort this morning. There are a lot of people that will be looking for goods even though we've gathered these things as you know. One of the things you learn in life, is you make the difference you can. And you can't always solve all the problems yourself. But you can make the difference in the lives of one or two people - as a result of one or two people taking an effort.”

- Biden on FEMA: “One hell of a job” -
VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN BEFORE A FLIGHT IN OHIO: “This is working like it's supposed to. FEMA has been reorganized; they are doing one hell of a job. They pre-positioned resources. The governors are all cooperating with one another. Mayor's all cooperating. Never in all my experience (have I) seen cooperation, and acknowledgment of that cooperation, from city, state, and federal levels. It’s working like it's supposed to.”

What stopped us in 140 characters or less









In April of 2001, President George W. Bush was a new president and was invited to throw out the first pitch at the new Miller Park in Milwaukee.

After the September 11th attacks, Bush, in a sign of American strength, threw out the first pitch at Game 3 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium in New York. On October 30, wearing a FDNY sweatshirt, Bush threw a strike in front of the sell out crowd.

Before becoming president, Bush owned the Texas Rangers – the first president to be a baseball owner before occupying the Oval Office.

Bush also threw out a first pitch at the College World Series and the Little League World Series in 2001.

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  1. DanH

    Just have one thing to say. Congress could learn a lesson from Christie and Obama on how to work together to solve problems.

    October 30, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  2. miami

    vote for obama ...please stay away from romney he dont care about or your them families ...thoes who wanna vote for romney your should live in a effected are right now you will see how much he carr about ....people put your sense on your lost it obama and joe.......

    October 30, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. luckjoe

    Romney-Ryan 2012!

    October 30, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  4. Tim

    If Obama would boot Biden and run with Christi he might stand a chance of getting reelected.

    October 30, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    What President Obama is and always has been is a fellow Human Being, he feels your pain. Gop has no time for your pain, period!

    October 30, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. carl subastian

    President Obama is and always been a fellow Human Being, he feels our pain. Gop has no time for your pain or suffering, take care of yourself...period!

    October 30, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. Kathy Mills

    OBAMA 2012

    October 30, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. jessica

    As black person "truth" it would be in your best interest NOT to speak for us. While, I refuse to comment on your email. I will just say this..the bible Says do not argue with a fool because he will hate you for your wisdom. I will just my energy to "vote"

    October 30, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  9. Romney All The Way

    At least we don't have to hear the absolute crap, negativity, name-calling, and outright lies of Obama during this disaster. Now he tries to 'act presidential'....what a joke....but at least it keeps him from dividing the country per usual.

    October 30, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. Jen


    Maybe just once Romney can tell the Truth? We have been dealing with the Bush nightmare for more than eight years. Your man just can't tell the truth and lies everyday. He is a joke, still waiting for the proof???

    October 30, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  11. Expat American

    Truth – From where I am, there are may Republicans voting for the President. The fact that a hypothetical President Romney would defer all foreign policy to Bush/Cheney loyalists is a one of the main reasons why.

    October 30, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. mgrgurich

    Romney can't win because he isn't even playing the same game as Obama

    Presidential politics is like the game civilization. You have to keep your people fed, happy and safe.

    Romney is playing monopoly. The only way to win is to make everyone else go broke

    October 30, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  13. Keith

    Even Governor Christi can admit Obama can help

    October 30, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  14. jpmichigan

    One should not take for granted, that one who is registered as a Democrat has actually voted for the President. I for one, know many Democrats who have not voted for him. Obama is an agrey prson and feels he should not be questioned on his leadership or governing ability. When one is President, he cannot choose when he will demonstrat he is able to lead. The #AM phone call is just as important , even those those choices at times can and should be controlled. The murde of 4 Ameicans could have been avoided, if only this President used leadership to answer the call for help. Unlike the Storm, which could not be prevented, only then did he show leadership by forwarding FEMA to handle any problems due to the storm.

    October 30, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  15. oppositeoftheknowitall

    Well, I have been an Independent since 2001, and prior to that, I was a Republican. I have voted for one Democrat for President since my first election in 1983 (and it wasn't Obama). I was seriously injured in a car accident a week ago, but my broken leg and I will be heading out the day after my birthday to cast a vote for President Obama. Sorry, Truth, not even close to fitting into your myopic profile.

    October 30, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  16. jpmichigan

    The proff of Democrats are voting for Romney, will be shown when Obama packing to return to Chicago.

    October 30, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  17. Debbie

    Romney is a day late and dollar short on his response to the crisis, his lack of support for disaster relief, his lack of support for fire, police, nurses, Romney claims himself to be a businessman, that's great too bad he lacks the core to have an American beating heart that cares.

    October 30, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  18. Thomas

    It's really comforting to have such an able and competent president in charge.

    Through a war, economic recession, and a hurricane (not to mention the aftermaths of the gulf oil spill and Katrina), I'm really impressed with President Obama.


    I agree with you 100 %.

    Romney = GW Bush all over again !
    Same policy , different time is what Romney said .

    The sad thing is I'd take GW Bush anytime over Mitt Romney . At least Bush new something about Baseball !

    October 30, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  19. Ram Riva

    This the time to get together....not political gains.....the President haters...don't have anything else to say or do but show their hate for President Obama...let them in the west coast....we're trying to help the Red Cross as much as we can....there's a lot of people suffering .....when there's one loss of life....that's too mahy.....STOP!!!!!...... go to work and aid your country

    October 30, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  20. Kay

    Give Christie a point for honesty. That makes his endorsement of Romney even worth more. What is dtrange about this whole things is that relief was still not finished from Hurricane Irene (2011) And now they are taking money that was supposed to go toward that and using it for Sandy. The people in the northeast or lucky there is a Presidential election coming up because there is about 2 billion left in the fund, and if they would have acted as urgently in 2011, that money would be gone. But 2011 wasn't an election year for the President. Does Obama really think people that people don't why the responce is so differnt this time. And after Katrina, much was changed regarding FEMA. So maybe Obama could give Bush alittle thank you? yea right.....

    October 30, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  21. Free

    Let's see..., Yep got it perfect I am a President Photo op. Smoke and Mirrors Obama.
    Meantime his cohort Election Money bundler Patricia Strykker walking out the Back door of another defunct SOLAR COMPANY to the tune of $479, 000,000 dollars of stimulus money. Wake Up!

    Dead Seals requested 3 times to assist extraction of the Ambassador 3 times denied, And Obama said today,"We will leave no one behind." Huh?

    Better hope he doesn't say he's gonna help East Coast cause that means..., you all are done for!

    October 30, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  22. guest

    Governor Romney and Christie know that you need to work with both democrats and republicans to get things done.

    October 30, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  23. Jeffrey

    I get sick of people thinking just because your black, your voting for Obama! I'm voting for the man who that's going to finish getting us out the mess that bush got us into! Leave racism out of this and vote for the man that can best do the job as president!

    October 30, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  24. Free

    $479,000,000 to Abourd Solar
    $500,000,000 to Solyndra
    Both money bundlers for Obama Hmm...?

    41% of all oil rigs owned by United States closed by the E.P.A. who is an appointee of Obama
    $1.68 to $1.89 a gallon gas in 2008- $4.98 a gallon gas to $5.29 a gallon in 2012

    Iran development of Nukes speeds up.
    Iran acquiring a predator drone Obama refused to have blown up.
    First Dead ambassador in 30 years
    Muslim Brotherhood in charge of Egypt
    Israel once a great friend / now a good friend?
    Al Qaeda kills our Ambassador and the President conceals 3 facts
    He knew about it
    He had a Predator drone in the area
    He had the ability to send in assistance and refused
    Result dead Seals, and a dead American Ambassador

    "I will cut the deficit in half."
    The deficit has grown to 16 trillion

    We are weaker, poorer, my helpless than 4 years ago..., do you really want more of this?

    October 30, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  25. Thinker

    Now is not the time for romney to be asking to be briefed. He is not in any way involved in the recovery operations. They have more important things to do then to make romney feel important.

    October 30, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
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