Obama campaign: Democratic convention will stall Romney momentum
August 23rd, 2012
04:45 PM ET

Obama campaign: Democratic convention will stall Romney momentum

(CNN) – Senior Obama campaign officials said Mitt Romney will likely get a boost from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida next week–but it won't last long.

With the Democratic convention following the GOP gathering one week later in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Obama campaign feels confident the attention surrounding their convention will halt any momentum Romney may gain as the new nominee.

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Topics: 2012 Election • Campaign • DNC • Mitt Romney • Obama for America • RNC
Clinton stars in new Obama ad
August 23rd, 2012
03:23 PM ET

Clinton stars in new Obama ad

(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton takes center stage in a new ad released by President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign on Thursday.

The former president, who’s been a top surrogate for Obama this year, largely praises Obama in the spot and attempts to draw a contrast between Republicans and Democrats this election year.

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Obama campaign: We're well positioned for final push
August 23rd, 2012
03:21 PM ET

Obama campaign: We're well positioned for final push

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Washington (CNN) – With 75 days left until Election Day, Team Obama's top ranks said Thursday they're encouraged by the campaign's standing among key voting constituencies, including women, African Americans, Latinos and younger members of the electorate.

At a briefing for reporters, senior campaign officials pointed to a consistent lead in national polling as well as a sufficiently favorable view of the president among undecided voters to argue the real story of the general race is one of consistency, not volatility.

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Obama campaign now accepting text donations
August 23rd, 2012
11:21 AM ET

Obama campaign now accepting text donations

WHITE HOUSE (CNN) - President Obama may have been out-raised by Republican Mitt Romney's campaign over the last few months, but Obama for America has a new tool in their pocket to help fill their coffers.

Starting today, supporters can send donations under $50 by texting "GIVE" to 62262, the Obama campaign's text short code.  Customers of Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular will be able to donate via text message starting this week and AT&T and other companies' customers will get the approval soon, according to the Obama campaign.
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POTUS's schedule for Thursday, August 23
August 23rd, 2012
08:06 AM ET

POTUS's schedule for Thursday, August 23

All's quiet on the West Wing front for today. President Obama got back late, late last night from his latest campaign swing and so far the only thing on his schedule is after noon when he and VP Biden receive the Presidential Daily Briefing. Other than that, we can assume he'll have plenty of closed door, not on the public schedule, meetings. We will get to hear from the White House today during Press Secretary Jay Carney's daily briefing at 11:15a.


Topics: Daily Schedule • The Vault
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
Brewers seek White House’s secret beer recipe
August 21st, 2012
06:42 PM ET

Brewers seek White House’s secret beer recipe

(CNN) – President Obama makes a point of being seen enjoying a beer now and again. (See hereherehere, and here).

This may be no surprise, given that the winner of recent presidential elections has usually been the same person that voters have identified in polls as someone with whom they’d prefer to drink a beer.

But the president even went a step further last week during his trip to Iowa, revealing to a voter that his campaign bus was stocked with beer that is brewed in the White House. Obama officials have long been tight-lipped about the home-made beer that is reportedly made with honey extracted from the White House gardens, but now home-brewing enthusiasts are hoping to force their hand.

In a petition on the White House website, individuals identifying themselves as “homebrewers across America” are calling on the Obama administration to fork over the special suds recipe.

“In keeping with the brewing traditions of the founding fathers, homebrewers across America call on the Obama Administration to release the recipe for the White House home brew so that it may be enjoyed by all,” the petition reads.

While the White House website allows for anybody to make a petition on any matter, the administration will not formally respond unless the petition garners at least 25,000 signatures within one month. As of last count, the petition had 880 signatures.

Meanwhile, as reported by Government Executive, at least one user on the home-brewing forum of the website Reddit is going a more bureaucratic route – filing a Freedom of Information Request with the administration. In the request, the individual writes that disclosure of the recipe will “likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government.”

While it’s unlikely the recipe will be forked over anytime soon, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney did divulge a few details last week.

“The President said there are two types - there’s a light and a dark. I think I’ve only tried the light, and it’s quite refreshing,” Carney told reporters.