CNN's GUT CHECK for November 5, 2013
November 5th, 2013
05:25 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for November 5, 2013

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



JAKE TAPPER: Every poll has you leading significantly what will you be happy with?

CHRIS CHRISTIE: Well, breaking that record I mean, Christie Whitman was elected twice here and never broke 50 percent.

CHRISTIE TO OBAMA: ‘DON’T BE SO CUTE’: Christie touted his conservative credentials on Election Day and slammed President Barack Obama’s handling of the Affordable Care Act’s problems. As for Obama’s evolving signature promise in selling the Affordable Care Act – “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” the president said in 2009 – Christie remains unimpressed. “Don’t be so cute,” Christie said, adding that if Obama misunderstood how the law would operate, “just admit it to people, say you know what, ‘I said it, I was wrong. I’m sorry, and we’re going to try and fix it, and make it better.’” – Sherisse Pham

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said Mitt Romney called him immediately when news broke that someone had leaked details about the 2012 vice presidential vetting process. Romney “was really embarrassed,” Christie told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

MCAULIFFE: PEOPLE WANT “MAINSTREAM” VA GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE TERRY MCAULIFFE TO CAMPAIGN WORKERS IN CHESTERFIELD VA: "This is a big message tonight that we're going to send. That people want mainstream, bipartisan. . .they want results. They want to get this show on the road. They're tired of the dysfunction in Washington. They're tired of people fighting."


JIM ACOSTA: So if the president could go back he would use those same words again?

JAY CARNEY: Well the president as awesomely powerful as the office is can’t go back in time. What the president’s focus is on is what we are all focused on which is getting this right for the American people.

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end little changed. Dow eases 21 points. S&P 500 drops 0.3%. NASDAQ rises 0.1%.

(Answer below)

Which U.S. states had the highest and lowest percentages of voter turnout in 2012?

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Leading CNNPolitics: GOP taints 2014 Dems with Obama healthcare pledge
The controversy over President Barack Obama's dialing back of his famous healthcare pledge is playing out immediately in real time on the campaign trail. – Paul Steinhauser

Leading Drudge: Obama denies ‘you can keep it’ videotaped promises
President Barack Obama told his enthusiastic supporters Monday night that he never promised what video recordings show him promising at least 29 times. – Neil Munro

Leading HuffPo: Harry Reid Predicts House Passage Of ENDA If John Boehner Stops Blocking It
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) predicted on Tuesday that if the House voted on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, it would pass. The problem, however, is that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) won't let it come up for a vote. – Amanda Terkel

Leading Politico: White House embraces issue roulette
President Barack Obama has a busy schedule this week, jumping from health care to immigration to the economy at events across three different cities. – Jonathon Allen and Carrie Budoff Brown

Leading The New York Times: Big Money Flows in New Jersey Races to Thwart Christie Agenda
Democrats and unions, fearful that a landslide victory by Gov. Chris Christie will reshape New Jersey’s political landscape, have poured tens of millions of dollars into a record-breaking outside spending campaign that has transformed the state’s election season. – Nick Confessore

The political bites of the day

- Office space -
SEN. RAND PAUL (R-KY) IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE NEW YORK TIMES ABOUT EXAMPLES OF PLAGIARISM FROM HIS OFFICE: "What we are going to do from here forward, if it will make people leave me the hell alone, is we’re going to do them like college papers. . .We’re going to try to put out footnotes. We’re going to have them available. If people want to request the footnoted version, we’re going to have it available.”

- "Yes, I have smoked cocaine" -
TORONTO MAYOR ROB FORD ADMITTING TO SMOKING COCAINE TO CBC AFTER DENYING THE ALLEGATIONS FOR MONTHS: "Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine. . .But, no — do I? Am I an addict, no? Have I tried it? Um, probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago.” VIDEO:

- GOP Personalities–
"Bradley Byrne is the John Boehner-style candidate and Dean Young will tell you he is more like Ted Cruz.”

–“ W.T.F”. -
SEN. MARK KIRK (R-IL) TO ADMINISTRATOR FOR THE CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES MARILYN TAVENNER AT A SENATE HEARING ON THE HEALTHCARE.GOV ROLLOUT: "As we would say in the navy. W-T-F, yeah. After hundreds of millions dollars you should have something. I would just wonder what Mr. Roach (head of CGI, one of the contractors) is driving right now. Probably something really nice after all the money you have given to him."

What stopped us in 140 characters or less

Matt Yglesias (‏@mattyglesias)
New Jersey wins with 8,864,590 RT @eliotnelson: Population of Virginia: 8,185,866; Population of New York City: 8,336,697

Mike Memoli (@mikememoli)
Interesting to look at @OFA_NJ & @OFA_VA feeds: no mention of D gov candidates, all about issues. NJ pushing min wage referendum

Jorge Pacheco Klein (@PachecoKlein)
Brazil Acknowledges Spying on Diplomatic Targets, via @nytimes BRASIL TAMBIÉN?

Jake Tapper‏ (@jaketapper)
Scrum after he voted. Breaking: he voted for himself.

Annie Lowrey @AnnieLowrey
"Probably in one of my drunken stupors" is going straight onto my list of Best Political Qualifiers.

Gregory Wallace (@gregorywallace)
Sen. Harkin argues maternity coverage in every health insurance policy is like everyone paying property taxes to fund schools #Obamacare

Matt Vasilogambros (‏@MattVas)
Breaking: Tom Coburn diagnosed with prostate cancer (second time in two years)

Mark Knoller (‏@markknoller)
Election Days begin at @NationalZoo to name the Giant Panda cub. You have until Nov 22 to choose from 5 names at

jennifer bendery ‏(@jbendery)
LOL RT @kasie: Sen. Reid declines to comment on whether Jon Huntsman Sr. was his source for claim that Mitt Romney paid no taxes

Mashable ‏(@mashable)
The 20 Most Popular Passwords Stolen From Adobe

TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer

Minnesota had the highest percentage of voter turnout in the 2012 Presidential election with 76.1%. Hawaii had the lowest with 44.5% (32% higher)

Overall, voter turnout in the 2012 presidential election was lower than 2004 and 2008 at 57.5% of eligible voters.

New Jersey rounded out the list at number 19 with 62.6%, while Virginia had the 11th highest voter turnout in the country with 66.9%.

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

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  1. EddieG

    Can I keep my daughter on MY policy when she turns 21? If you answer yes, can you please come over and help me sign her up. Oh did I mention I'm enrolled in Tricare. Apparently tricare got an exemption.

    November 5, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Gotta love the kangaroo court: Tavenner testified on Tuesday that the data on enrollment would be ready and released next week, so what does Camp (Teatroll chairman of the House Committee holding the hearing)? He subpoenas it, demanding it by Friday. What a freekin farce. I guess he realized his mistake and recognized he better build his case that "they're refusing to obey subpoenas" by deliberately issuing a subpoena he knows they can't comply with because they just testified they couldn't. Shenanigans. Look for a Friday news dump with Camp and other GOP/Teatrolls from the House howling that the administration refused to comply with this subpoena he issued after testimony that they couldn't. Besides, they obviously want the data prior to the public getting it so they can "prime the pump" by mischaracterizing it in the news and coloring everyone's understanding of it BEFORE it gets released to the public. More wasted time on show trial tactics please...they're clearly going to help create jobs and fix the economy....

    November 5, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "After hundreds of millions dollars you should have something. "

    This from someone who supported spending $24B on a guarantee of getting NOTHING? Not the ransom he demanded, not a product being built, not political advantage (the majority blamed the GOP and their ratings fell), not a benefit to the economy (it actually yanked those $24B out of the economy)...$24B on NOTHING....and they have the unmitigated gall to feign righteous indignation that ONE EIGHTIETH of that amount has produced a massive website with some lingering problems that will eventually be fixed and lead to millions getting insurance in a competitive marketplace? Where are the hearings on what to do about $24B government shutdowns that produce NOTHING but damage to the economy and middle-class?

    MSM response: "Yeah, but, so what? Just look at the ad revenue it's helping us generate!!!"

    November 5, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |