October 26th, 2010
03:46 PM ET

Obama votes absentee

Washington (CNN) – President Obama filled out his absentee ballot for the midterm election in Illinois from the White House West Wing, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Gibbs said he voted for Democratic candidate Alexi Giannoulias, who is in a tough race against Republican Mark Kirk for the president's former Senate seat. He said the president also voted for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn who is up for re-election.

"I know who he voted for for Governor and Senate in Illinois – the two Democratic candidates who I believe will win," Gibbs said.

Obama made two trips to Chicago this year to raise money for Giannoulias, and first lady Michelle Obama recently campaigned for him. On Saturday, the president will headline a rally in Chicago as part of a multi-state push for Democrats leading up to the Nov. 2 election.

The first lady took advantage of her home state's early voting and cast her vote when she stopped in Chicago during a Midwestern campaign swing two weeks ago.

Topics: President Obama • The News
October 26th, 2010
03:43 PM ET

President Obama phone call to Pakistani President Zardari

Readout of President Obama’s Phone Call with Pakistani President Asif Zardari

President Obama called Pakistani President Asif Zardari to consult with him on the progress made during the recent U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue, and to reinforce America’s commitment to partner with Pakistan on economic, development, and governance priorities.


Topics: Pakistan • President Obama • The Vault
October 26th, 2010
02:33 PM ET

First Lady makes West Coast swing

Washington (CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama kicked off a West Coast tour on Monday to raise money and offer support for Democratic candidates a week ahead of the midterm elections.

For the complete story, check out CNN.com

Topics: Michelle Obama • The Family
October 26th, 2010
02:31 PM ET

Remarks by the First Lady at the Women's Conference

Remarks delivered in Los Angeles, CA with California First Lady Maria Shriver

Wow, there’s a lot of women in this room.  (Laughter.)  It’s very good, very good.  Well, thank you all so much.  And thank you, Maria, for that right on point introduction.  Thank you for your moving words today, and thank you for your courage and your candor in sharing your own experiences and inspiring so many other women, not just here in California but across the country.


Topics: Michelle Obama • The Family
October 26th, 2010
02:10 PM ET

Obama to Stump for Perriello Friday

(CNN) – In a last-minute add to his schedule, President Obama has decided to campaign at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday for freshman Rep. Tom Perriello, one of the most vulnerable House Democrats in the nation, according to two Democratic officials.

Perriello has become a hero to some on the left for voting in favor of much of Obama's agenda – including the trifecta of the stimulus, health care reform, and cap-and-trade energy legislation – despite representing the heavily conservative Fifth Congressional District in Virginia.

Topics: President Obama • The News • Virginia
October 26th, 2010
01:21 PM ET

President Obama to Virginia

Addition to schedule

President Obama will travel to Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday, October 29, 2010, to campaign for Democratic Congressman Tom Perriello (VA-5).

Topics: President Obama • Virginia
October 26th, 2010
01:15 PM ET

Vice President's Schedule – Tuesday October 26, 2010

In the morning, the Vice President will travel to New York City.

At 12:45 PM ET, the Vice President will attend an event for Representative Tim Bishop.

Later, at 5:45 PM ET, the Vice President will attend an event for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

October 26th, 2010
01:14 PM ET

Obama front-and-center in new Chafee ad

(CNN) – As Democrat Frank Caprio made exceedingly clear Monday, President Obama has not made an endorsement in the contentious Rhode Island governor's race.

But you wouldn't know that based on independent candidate Lincoln Chafee's new ad.

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October 26th, 2010
12:59 PM ET

Jill Biden remarks at The Women's Conference 2010

October 26, 2010

Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA


Thank you, Brigadier General Miller for that warm introduction.  And thank you to Maria for the invitation to be here today and to all of the organizers who have worked so hard to make this event possible.

It is wonderful to stand before such an amazing group of women.  I am excited to join you and I’m especially happy to be here with my wonderful partner and dear friend, First Lady Michelle Obama.  Michelle and I have been on an amazing journey together, partnering on issues related to military families, and supporting each other on issues like education, childhood obesity, and women’s health.  We have been so inspired by the tremendous spirit and dedication of the amazing people we’ve met in our travels across this country.

Topics: Jill Biden • The Vault
October 26th, 2010
12:47 PM ET

In West Virginia, 'crazy' and 'friend of Obama' labels fly

(CNN) – A day after West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin released an ad calling his opponent's ideas 'crazy,' Republican John Raese launched his own ad blasting Manchin and "his friend President Obama."

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