Romney's education plans target of new Obama ad
August 22nd, 2012
04:49 PM ET

Romney's education plans target of new Obama ad

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's stance on class sizes in public schools came under fire Wednesday from President Barack Obama's campaign, which released a television spot featuring parents who say their children benefit from lower student-to-teacher ratios.

The ad, called "Children," will air in Ohio and Virginia on Thursday, the campaign said. Those states are key battlegrounds where Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman running as Romney's vice presidential pick, has campaigned this week.

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Presidential 'shoot around' at Obama Classic to raise $3 million
August 22nd, 2012
04:11 PM ET

Presidential 'shoot around' at Obama Classic to raise $3 million

President Obama heads to New York City on Wednesday night to participate in the long-awaited Obama Classic,  a basketball fundraiser with current and former NBA and WNBA stars. Originally scheduled during the 2011 NBA lockout when basketball fans had nowhere to see their favorite players play, the event was canceled after the lockout was resolved and rescheduled for this summer.

As part of the event, the Obama campaign raffled off a dinner with President Obama hosted by basketball legend Michael Jordan. The two will be joined by other participants in the evening's basketball game including Carmelo Anthony, Patrick Ewing, Sheryl Swoopes, Kyrie Irving, and Alonzo Mourning. Including the winners of the campaign's fundraising raffle, approximately 120 people will attend the dinner and tickets cost $20,000 per person. After the dinner the president will join in what the campaign is calling a "casual" shoot around with some of the players.

Earlier in the day there will be two separate fundraising events with some of the players that will not include the president. The first is an autograph signing where approximately 400 people paid $250 for a chance to meet some basketball legends, and the second is a skills camp where about 100 people paid $5,000 per couple to get lessons from professional ball players.

All told the campaign is expecting to raise close to $3 million.


Topics: 2012 Election • Basketball • Campaign • Fundraising • President Obama
Romney, Obama react to fiscal cliff report
August 22nd, 2012
01:52 PM ET

Romney, Obama react to fiscal cliff report

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(CNN) – A Congressional Budget Office report released Wednesday on the potentially dismal impact of the impending "fiscal cliff" prompted finger pointing from both parties, not surprisingly, blaming each other.

The White House placed blame for a gloomy economic outlook on Congressional Republicans and Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, named President Barack Obama as the instigator of high projected deficits.

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POTUS's schedule for Wednesday, August 22
August 22nd, 2012
08:26 AM ET

POTUS's schedule for Wednesday, August 22

After spending most of Tuesday in Ohio, and later a stop in Reno, President Obama wakes up in Las Vegas and holds a campaign event and continues his focus on education. He'll visit Canyon Springs High School in Vegas and hold a roundtable discussion with teachers before delivering this campaign speech. Also, the Obama campaign released an ad this morning focused on education called "Children" where he criticizes the Romney/Ryan education plan. Later in the afternoon, the president flies to New York City for the so-called "Obama Classic" at the Lincoln Center. The event includes former and current professional basketball players and legend Michael Jordan co-hosts the dinner. Campaign officials say about 120 people have bought tickets at $20,000 a pop. We  don' know if the president will actually play basketball with the stars and we won't actually see any of the event because it's closed to the press. President Obama returns to the White House after midnight.

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Topics: 2012 Election • Daily Schedule • Nevada