October 24th, 2012
11:12 AM ET
POTUS' Day Ahead: Campaign blitz begins
President Obama kicks off a multi-state around-the-clock campaign tour Wednesday. The two-day swing will take the president to Iowa, Colorado, California, Nevada, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio.
Full schedule after the jump:
October 23rd, 2012
02:44 PM ET
Romney has 'stage three Romnesia,' Obama says
Delray Beach, Florida (CNN) – President Barack Obama evaluated his debate performance on Tuesday, the morning after his last showdown with Gov. Mitt Romney, and ramped up his "Romnesia" rhetoric, saying Romney's performance Monday night put him at "stage three."
At a rally in battleground Florida the president said Romney shifted his positions on the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq and his commitment to taking down Osama bin Laden.
October 23rd, 2012
10:53 AM ET
Obama makes pitch in new ad, reiterates plan for second term
(CNN) – While he made a closing statement on Monday night's debate stage, President Barack Obama made another argument in a new 60-second television ad, released just hours after his final showdown with Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
In the spot, Obama looks directly at the camera and makes his case for another four years. The ad is part of what the campaign calls a "full-scale, multiplatform organizational effort" that includes direct mail and the distribution of a booklet that lists the president's four-year plan.
October 23rd, 2012
10:50 AM ET
'Horses and bayonets' shows Obama's debate strategy
(CNN) – Perhaps it only makes sense that a candidate who prepared for a presidential debate near Colonial Williamsburg would slam Mitt Romney's plan for more Navy ships with the phrase "horses and bayonets."
President Barack Obama's quip – meant to make the point that modern warfare doesn't require the type of equipment it did in the past – appeared part of a larger strategy of casting his opponent as stuck in a time warp on important issues. And Republicans, seeing an opening, are making sure shipbuilders just down the road from the president' Virginia prep location are aware of the president's suggestion their industry is a thing of the past.
October 22nd, 2012
11:14 AM ET
The White House is exceptionally quiet with only two weeks to go until election day.
The candidates square off for their third and final debate tonight, perhaps sealing who the inhabitant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave will be for the next four years.
Regardless of the outcome, the inaugural preparation and construction will soon get underway, and then the quiet will indeed be gone.
October 18th, 2012
08:17 AM ET
A trip north for votes and laughs
President Obama will continue his campaign today in New England. A Manchester, NH rally will start the day. Obama will be fighting for the four electoral votes when he goes to energize the crowd and encourages them to vote. Absentee ballot-voting has begun but voters can not vote in-person in New Hampshire by absentee. Campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Wednesday that the results of the debate have not changed how they are running this race. They say they continue to run like they are five points behind.
After New Hampshire, the president will make a stop in New York City for a couple of events. First he’ll show his witty side when he tapes an appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”. Then he’ll attend the 67th Annual Alfred. E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at the Waldorf Towers in New York City. This election season dinner is in honor of the memory of Governor Alfred E. Smith and is generally a light-hearted speech. The interesting thing about this event is that Mitt Romney is also expected to speak at the dinner but no word if they will have any more interactions before their final debate next Monday night in Florida.
Full Schedule after the jump
October 17th, 2012
08:48 AM ET
Next up ...Iowa and Ohio
After last night's debate President Obama will head to battle ground states where the polls show the race for the presidency is tightening. He will hold two rallies full of young university students in Iowa and Ohio.
9:25AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews. South Lawn
9:40AM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews
11:45AM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event. Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa
1:55PM THE PRESIDENT departs Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Eastern Iowa Airport
6:00PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
7:30PM In-Town Pool Call Time
7:35PM THE PRESIDENT departs Athens, Ohio. Rickenbacker International Airport
8:45PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews
9:00PM THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House. South Lawn
October 16th, 2012
10:03 AM ET
Debate night in America
All eyes will be on President Obama tomorrow night at 9:00p to see if the second presidential debate will go better than the first for the president. We’ll see if this round of debate prep in Williamsburg is more effective when he faces off with Mitt Romney at the debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.
He leaves Williamsburg just before lunch time and spends the afternoon with nothing on his schedule before the debate. The campaign was still tight-lipped on his preparations in Williamsburg when they spoke with reporters off-camera on Monday afternoon but they say we can expect to see a different Obama in tomorrow night’s town hall debate. “You should expect that he’s going to be firm, but respectful in correcting the record in the times we expect Mitt Romney will hide from and distort his own policies. He’s energized and I expect he’ll also be making a passionate case. But the audience is the people in the room, but also the people at home, and certainly he takes that into account in how he’s preparing and looking ahead to tomorrow,” said Jen Psaki, campaign spokeswoman.
Psaki said he’s watched the video from the first debate and is looking at what he could do better. She also points out that he’s his own harshest critic.
First Lady Michelle Obama will also attend the New York debate.
The Vice President takes a break from the campaign trail to attend the funeral of his friend Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania. He returns to the trail on Wednesday.
Full schedule after the jump
October 15th, 2012
02:59 PM ET
First Lady casts early ballot
WHITE HOUSE (CNN) - First Lady Michelle Obama has officially cast her ballot in the 2012 presidential election.
The Obama for America campaign released a photo of her in the White House, preparing to mail her absentee ballot from the state of Illinois.
The first lady and president have recently been highlighting states' allowances for early voting and absentee ballots. Voting in her native Illinois began on September 27th. In battleground states, such as Colorado and Nevada, absentee voting begins this week. Virginia voters have been able to cast ballots since September 22nd.
“In states around the country, voters can already vote early in person or by mail,” said Mrs. Obama in a press release announcing her vote. “It means you don’t have to worry about your schedule filling up, or getting sick, or having to work late on Election Day. And more than anything, it means you can act right now to move our country forward.”
The campaign also announced President Obama will vote early in Chicago next week.
October 15th, 2012
12:54 PM ET
Campaign stays mum on Obama’s debate prep
Williamsburg, Virginia (CNN) – When it comes to President Obama’s debate preparations at an idyllic Virginia resort, mum’s the word.
The Obama campaign is going to great lengths to keep details of the president’s activities over the last three days under wraps, refusing to reveal nearly any specifics about how he and his top advisors are preparing for the crucial second debate with rival Mitt Romney Tuesday night.
Briefing the two-dozen reporters who followed the president to the picturesque Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia, Monday morning, Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki again and again dodged questions about just how the president is preparing, saying only that he is both “calm and energized.”
Moreover, the campaign has sequestered the pool of reporters tasked with following the president in a separate building entirely from that in which the president’s preparations are taking place, ensuring cameras will not capture the president and his top advisors at work.
The few details we do know: Sen. John Kerry has reprised his roll as Romney in debate practice while Anita Dunn, the president’s chief message officer during the first two years of his term, has been recruited to stand in for debate moderator and CNN anchor Candy Crowley.
Moreover, the president - who during preparations for the last debate told reporters he found the practices to be a “drag” – is taking time off periodically and is “enjoying the grounds, walking around and taking in the beautiful atmosphere we have here,” Psaki said.
But questions the campaign refused to answer ranged from how the preparations are different for a town-hall style format to whether the campaign is videotaping the practices so the president can see his reaction expressions.
“I know you are not going to want to answer this…” one reporter prefaced his question after Psaki had fended off a string of previous debate inquiries.
“You are right, I am not going to answer that,” Psaki replied.