November 4th, 2013
05:41 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for November 4, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 4, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKINGJAKE TAPPER SCOOP: OBAMACARE WAR ROOM DOCS REVEAL CONCERN THAT NEXT MEDIA STORY WOULD BE HIGHER PRICES, FEWER OPTIONS: Officials expressed concern that the next shoe to drop in the evolving story about the Affordable Care Act would be disappointment from consumers once they are able to get on the troubled website – disappointment because of sticker shock and limited choice, according to a new document obtained by CNN. See the War Room docs for yourself:

THE MOST IMPORTANT RACE TOMORROW: The Virginia governor's race, billed as the marquee battle of an otherwise anticlimactic 2013 election cycle, is shaping up to be a foregone conclusion. – Peter Hamby

VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN AT A TERRY MCAULIFFE CAMPAIGN EVENT IN VIRGINIA: "I'm not just here for Terry. I'm not just here because I'm a Democrat. I'm here because this race matters well beyond the state of Virginia. … This race has captured the attention of the entire nation not just because it's an off-year race in a bellwether state that has become the face of the new progress in this country. But because it's the first major race between the forces and faces of the new Republican Tea Party, a Tea Party who's social recidivism is outdone only by its hostility to science and technology, innovation and scholarship…. I think the motto of the Tea Party should be, 'back to the future,’ because really, think about it. Think about everything they are talking about. It's about undoing the progress that the vast majority of the American people think was progress."

PRESIDENT OBAMA TOLD VIRGINIANS SUNDAY IN ARLINGTON AT A MCAULIFFE RALLY: “You've seen an extreme faction of the Republican Party that has shown again and again and again that they're willing to highjack the entire party - and the country and the economy - and grind progress to an absolute halt if they don't get 100% of what they want."


MCAULIFFE: A new poll indicates Democrat Terry McAuliffe maintains his advantage over Republican Ken Cuccinelli, one day before the two candidates square off on Election Day in Virginia's gubernatorial race. – Ashley Killough

DE BLASIO: On Election Eve in New York City, a new survey tells the same story: Democrat Bill de Blasio is the overwhelming front runner in the battle for mayor. – Bryan Koenig

CHRISTIE: On the eve of Election Day 2013, three new polls reconfirm the story line of the entire campaign in New Jersey: Republican Gov. Chris Christie's easily going to win re-election. – Paul Steinhauser

GUT CHECK DVR: Jake Tapper travels behind the scenes with Gov. Chris Christie for an exclusive interview on Election Day, airing on CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper at 4p.m. ET.

THE BUZZ: SHOULD WE BEEF UP TSA? AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES NATIONAL PRESIDENT J. DAVID COX SR. IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT: “The sad truth is that our TSA officers are subject to daily verbal assaults and far too frequent physical attacks while performing their security duties. … At this time, we feel a larger and more consistent armed presence in screening areas would be a positive step in improving security for both TSOs and the flying public. The development of a new class of TSA officers with law enforcement status would be a logical approach to accomplishing this goal.”

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks finish little changed, with Dow gaining 24 points. BlackBerry shares fall 16% after buyer search ends.

(Answer below)

How many of Virginia’s 13 congressional officials (Representatives and Senators) are native-born Virginians?

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Leading CNNPolitics: Senate to vote on LGBT discrimination bill
The Senate will take up an anti-discrimination bill to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees from workplace discrimination. -Leigh Ann Caldwell

Leading Drudge: Sauk Rapids Graphic Artist Challenges National Security Agency
It was Edward Snowden’s revelations of domestic spying by the National Security Agency that hatched the idea — graphic artist Dan McCall would take the NSA’s emblem and create a new look with a funny twist. – Bill Hudson

Leading HuffPo: Insurance Companies Use 'Misleading' Cancellation Notices On Obamacare
Some insurance companies are sending cancellation notices or other "misleading" letters to customers in an attempt to push them into pricier alternatives, according to new reports. – Ariel Edwards-Levy

Leading Politico: Ken Cuccinelli fights stench of doom
In politics, it is generally not a good omen when a candidate’s supporters argue that he still has a chance of victory — if the opponent’s supporters neglect to vote. – James Hohmann

Leading The New York Times: Koch Group Has Ambitions in Small Races
Iowa — Election seasons in this small eastern Iowa town are usually cordial affairs. But this year, a group backed by the billionaire Koch brothers has changed that. – John Eligon

The political bites of the day

- "Yes, I'm gay." -
MAINE DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE REP. MIKE MICHAUD COMES OUT IN AN OP-ED IN THE PORTLAND PRESS HERALD: "I wasn’t surprised to learn about the whisper campaigns, insinuations and push-polls some of the people opposed to my candidacy have been using to raise questions about my personal life. They want people to question whether I am gay. . .Allow me to save them the trouble with a simple, honest answer: ‘Yes I am. But why should it matter?’ That may seem like a big announcement to some people. For me, it’s just a part of who I am, as much as being a third-generation mill worker or a lifelong Mainer. One thing I do know is that it has nothing to do with my ability to lead the state of Maine."

- The Speaker knows what it's like to be afraid -
CHAD GRIFFIN, PRESIDENT OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AP ABOUT BOEHNER AND THE SENATE GAY RIGHTS BILL: "The Speaker, of all people, should certainly know what it's like to go to work every day afraid of being fired. Instead of letting the far right trample him again, it's time for Speaker Boehner to stand with the majority of everyday Republican voters and support ENDA."

- My former boss has “questionable principles” -
FORMER SEN. GEORGE LEMIEUX, CHARLIE CRIST'S FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF, IN A CALL ORGANIZED BY THE FLORIDA GOP: "Anyone who wants to be in high political office has to have a guiding set of principles upon which they can make decisions, and those principles are certainly in question here."

- Obama warns hometown heroes: I am term-limited -
PRESIDENT OBAMA TO THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS TEAM AT THE WHITE HOUSE: “So congratulations again to the Blackhawks. To the Bulls, Bears, Cubs, White Sox, I am term-limited so you guys gotta get moving. I need to see you here soon. Championships belong in Chicago.”

What stopped us in 140 characters or less

Tasha Diakides (‏@TashaCNN)
.@PeterHambyCNN with10 more secrets from 'Double Down': Obama:"Turns out I'm really good at killing people."

Glenn Thrush‏ (@GlennThrush)
Irritable Vowel Syndrome MT @MarkLeibovich:11/12 "GOP Needs Serious Proctology Exam," Barbour says. 11/13 "Barbour diagnosis: DC constipated

Liz Mair (‏@LizMair)
Finally, the Rick Perry team is vindicated. No, we didn't push Cain sexual harassment stuff. Our candidate just called him a "big stud."

Washington Post ‏(@washingtonpost)
Not too old, not too young. Not too rich, not too poor. These people seem to be Obamacare's biggest losers:

Ellen Carmichael ‏(@ellencarmichael)
Congressional Internet is spotty/down. Can actually hear screams (some my own) throughout the halls.

Hunter Walker ‏(@hunterw)
Bill de Blasio sniffing leaves and wearing a tropical shirt

Dan Merica (‏@danmericaCNN)
After a weeklong vacation, I have to admit: I didn't miss Twitter... at all.

rolandsmartin ‏(@rolandsmartin)
‘In 39 Years Of #SNL Only Three Black Women Have Been Part Of The Cast’ @rashadrobinson @rolandsmartin discuss...

Mediabistro (‏@Mediabistro)
Bye Bye, Bieber, Katy Perry Is Now Twitter’s Most Popular User (via @alltwtr)

TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer and Virginia Nicolaidis

Two of Virginia’s thirteen Representatives and Senators were born in Virginia, Rep. Randy Forbes and Rep. Eric Cantor. Both of Virginia’s senators, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, were born in the Midwest, from Indianapolis and St. Paul respectively.

The eleven congressmen who are not Virginia-born all hail from the East coast - Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, Pennsylvania and Florida.

Tomorrow, this trend will continue in the state’s gubernatorial seat – unless Libertarian Robert Christopher Sarvis scores a huge upset victory. Sarvis was born in Annandale VA, while Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe was born in New York and Republican Ken Cuccinelli was born in New Jersey. (Current Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was born in Philadelphia.)

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Congrats to Steve Liguori (‏@SteveL3877) and David Daniel ‏(@CNNLADavid) for correctly answering today’s Gut Check Trivia question.

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  1. Please, We have seen and heard enough. Repeal this nightmare.

    Why are the American people being fed a constatnt stream of lies about how good Obamacare will be for us all and how cheap our health insurance will be? When all the time, the government KNOWS this is untrue and a pack of lies. It is going to take the American people a long, long time before EVER trusting the Democrats again. Your lies are now directly affecting the healthcare plans of every USA citizen and for tens of millions of us, that is a very NEGAIVE IMPACT.

    I don't like being lied to. I don't like losing my healthcare plan when I was told I would not. I don't like being lied to about costs decreasing when they are increasing and that was by design. Come 2014 & 2016, I will remember all of this and vote every Democrat I can out of office. On this you have my word. And i do not lie. And there are many like me that will do the same.

    November 4, 2013 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. just asking

    rolandsmartin ‏(@rolandsmartin)
    ‘In 39 Years Of #SNL Only Three Black Women Have Been Part Of The Cast’ @rashadrobinson @rolandsmartin discuss...

    i wonder exactly what the proper quota of black women on snl would have been? didn't even know there was a quota. clearly nbc must be run by racists if they didn't have the right number of black women on.

    November 4, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Why is medical care so expensive in America ?

    Why do Providers change so much in America ?

    Why do insurance companies charge so much in America ?

    Why do Americans disregard the successes Germany has made in there health care system ?

    What ever the failures are with the new evolving Affordable Care Act , it will be worth it in the long run . We need healthcare affordability , we need stability to be a vitally strong economy .

    Personally , Id prefer a Mercedes over a Cadillac any day . Dose that mean I'm a Eurofile , No , it means I prefer a superior product for my money .

    Tesla , car of the year , American made on the Left Coast ! !

    November 4, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. Stuffit

    Anyone actually listen to the Obama speech today? He doubled down on his lies. Are you going to believe your lying ears? What a lying corrupt idiot.

    November 4, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. jpmichigan

    The only way to stop the madness of this administration, is by ridding the nation of ACA. We need healthcare reform but not mandatory healthcare insurance deemed by the Obama Democrats. The Repubs need to come up will reforms and we need to vote more Repubs in the Senate and maintain the House in 2014, so we can override Obama's Veto pledge. COME ON REPUBLICANS COME UP WITH AN ALTERNATVE!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    ACA is a Law. Period. No more Stupid argument. Bribed GOP, hospitals, insurance thugs, hospitals, pharmacy lost the game. SC upheld too. Enough of this bs.

    November 4, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  7. Stuffit

    Remember when our president told us that raising the debt limit did not mean the debt would go up? It rose 409 billion dollars in October. Everything the man says is a lie. And the press does not call him on it.

    November 4, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  8. tom l

    Amazing. Over and over again we were told if we liked our insurance plan we could keep it. Period. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period. We were also told we would save, on average, $2500 per year.

    OMG. I just saw his speech today. It was a small snippet so it might be taken out of context but he just said that if you really liked your plan, what we said was you could keep it, if it hasn't changed since the law passed.

    That "period" sure did move over to the right a whole lot. Indefensible.

    November 4, 2013 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  9. aasii

    Partial government shut down has cost 24 billion; an irresponsible act of few in Congress...

    November 4, 2013 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |