Romney has 'stage three Romnesia,' Obama says
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.

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Topics: 2012 Election
Obama makes pitch in new ad, reiterates plan for second term
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.

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Topics: 2012 Election
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.

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Topics: 2012 Election
So quiet
October 22nd, 2012
11:14 AM ET

So quiet

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.


Topics: 2012 Election
A trip north for votes and laughs
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.

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Next up ...Iowa and Ohio
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.

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8:30AM In-Town Pool Call Time

9:25AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews. South Lawn

9:40AM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews

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10:50AM THE PRESIDENT arrives Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Eastern Iowa Airport

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

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4:15PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Athens, Ohio. Rickenbacker International 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

First Lady casts early ballot
The Obama for America campaign releases a picture of Michelle Obama preparing to mail in her early ballot.
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.

Campaign stays mum on Obama’s debate prep
President Obama speaks on the phone to a volunteer during an unannounced visit to a campaign office in Williamsburg, Virginia. Obama took time out from debate preparation at a nearby resort to stop and greet staff and volunteers at the office.
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.

Michelle Obama to visit "Live with Kelly and Michael"
October 15th, 2012
10:54 AM ET

Michelle Obama to visit "Live with Kelly and Michael"

WHITE HOUSE (CNN)—First Lady Michelle Obama will hit the daytime talkshows once again in the final weeks of her husband’s re-election campaign.

Mrs. Obama will tape an interview with “Live with Kelly and Michael” on Wednesday in New York. Co-host Kelly Ripa announced on Monday’s show that the segment will air on Friday.

Her appearance will be the First Lady’s second time on the show this year. In June, she appeared on the show to promote her book American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America . She also surprised a jump-roping team with a demonstration of her double-dutch jump-roping skills.

Republican candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, appeared on the show in September where they talked about reality TV star Snooki, his pet peeve of Ann’s method of squeezing toothpaste out of the tube, and an embarrassing moment of walking in on former President George W. Bush receiving a massage during a White House visit.

Last week, Mrs. Romney co-hosted ABC’s “Good Morning America” with George Stephanopolous where she made her famous Welsh cakes and interviewed a thoroughbred rider from the Paralympics games in London in August.

POTUS's day 3 of debate prep: 10/15/12
October 15th, 2012
09:09 AM ET

POTUS's day 3 of debate prep: 10/15/12

Good morning! The president continues his debate prep in Williamsburg, Virginia for tomorrow night's debate. Yesterday, he made an outing to deliver pizzas to a local campaign office. He has nothing on his schedule today except to receive the presidential daily briefing. But we won't be shocked if he makes a trip outside Kingsmill, the resort he is staying at to prepare for the second presidential debate.


Topics: 2012 Election • Debate prep • Virginia