POTUS's schedule for Friday, October 12
October 12th, 2012
09:29 AM ET

POTUS's schedule for Friday, October 12

TGIF!! 25 more days until the election! On this morning after the debate, all the talk is about Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. President Obama told the press twice last night when he landed that he couldn't be prouder of his vice president. But today, he lays low. He has nothing on his public schedule until this evening when he goes to dinner with some winners of a recent campaign contest. He leaves tomorrow for debate prep in Williamsburg over the next few days. We can only speculate that there just might be some more debate prep going on today at the White House as well. Press Secretary Jay Carney will hold a briefing at 11:15a this morning and we expect more questions about the administration's response to the attack in Libya to come up as well as more post-debate analysis questions.

Full guidance released by the White House:

6:30PM THE PRESIDENT has dinner with winners of a campaign contest

Washington, DC

Pool Spray at the Top (In-Town Travel Pool)

Briefing Schedule

11:15AM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

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Topics: 2012 Election • White House
A competitive Biden expected in tonight's debate
October 11th, 2012
01:14 PM ET

A competitive Biden expected in tonight's debate

Danville, Kentucky (CNN) – Senior Democrats are predicting a scrappy competitive debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan when they meet onstage in Kentucky Thursday. But both men are collegial people so don't expect a fight club atmosphere.

With polls tightening and new pressure to energize Democrats after last week's presidential debate, Biden has been off the campaign trail for six days hunkered down in debate prep since the weekend.

He's been working out of the same hotel in Wilmington, Delaware that housed his 2008 prep. Each day since Sunday he held a full 90 minute mock debate plus additional work sessions, all run by debate expert and former Biden chief of staff Ron Klain. The vice president's current chief of staff, Bruce Reed, was also present.

Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen played the role of Paul Ryan; he knows Ryan from their work together on the House Budget Committee. Biden communications director Shaliagh Murray played the role of moderator Martha Raddatz, according to senior Democratic officials.

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POTUS's schedule for Thursday 10/11/12
October 11th, 2012
09:00 AM ET

POTUS's schedule for Thursday 10/11/12

All eyes are on the stage of the Vice Presidential debate tonight in Danville, Kentucky where Joe Biden and Paul Ryan will face-off for the only time in this election. But President Obama will be doing his own thing as he travels to the politically important state of Florida. Today's trip is his 12th trip there. New polls are out in the Sunshine State which have the race virtually tied so with 26 more days until Election Day, the events in south Florida are important. While there, he'll have two campaign events- the first is a big grassroots event at the University of Miami's BankUnited Center. Later, he'll attend a smaller fundraising reception at the JW Marriott in Miami. He'll return to the White House by the time the Vice Presidential debate has ended but chances are he'll be watching aboard Air Force One.

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Big Bird the focus in sarcastic new Obama ad
October 9th, 2012
08:08 AM ET

Big Bird the focus in sarcastic new Obama ad

(CNN) – The unlikely star of last week’s presidential debate is now starring in a political ad from President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

The spot, released Tuesday, sarcastically casts Big Bird as a corporate fiend akin to Bernie Madoff and Kenneth Lay. The campaign said it would air on national broadcast and cable.

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Obama camp taps NBA, NFL stars
October 8th, 2012
06:11 PM ET

Obama camp taps NBA, NFL stars

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's campaign is tapping into some athletic star power in three new web videos meant to encourage sports fans to register to vote for the president.

In the latest video, titled "The Greatest" and posted Monday, basketball legends speak directly to the camera against a black backdrop and talk about the definition of "greatness."

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Biden in Delaware for debate prep
October 8th, 2012
05:05 PM ET

Biden in Delaware for debate prep

Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden is currently in Wilmington, Delaware prepping for the vice presidential debate Thursday. However, the Obama campaign does not expect Biden, a former senator and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to make up for the president's showing in the first presidential debate, according to multiple Democratic sources.

While Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod is on hand in Delaware, sources told CNN his presence is not a reaction to the president's weak showing at the Denver debate and that Axelrod was previously scheduled to attend. The vice president's preparations are being run by his former chief of staff Ron Klain, who is in charge of the president's prep as well.

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Obama takes kids' questions; Romney declines
October 8th, 2012
05:03 PM ET

Obama takes kids' questions; Romney declines

Washington (CNN) – President Obama says his most embarrassing moment is when he runs into a wall. It is "par for the course for me…I'm running into doors and desks all the time."

The comments came as he answered kids' questions for the Nickelodeon special: "Kids Pick the President: The Candidates."

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President Obama swings west for campaign cash
President Obama spoke Sunday at a fundraiser at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles where he is expected to raise nearly $9.5 million dollars over two days. The president for the first time addressed his less than stellar debate performance saying, "[E]verybody here are just incredible professionals...and they just perform flawlessly night after night. I can't always say the same." (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
October 8th, 2012
08:27 AM ET

President Obama swings west for campaign cash

LOS ANGELES (CNN) –President Obama is tapping his California ATM with a combination of star studded concerts and intimate high dollar dinners.
He’s expected to raise nearly $9.5 million dollars for the Obama Victory Fund over two days.

The West Coast swing kicks off with a big concert at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, featuring musical acts Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry, Jon Bon Jovi, and Earth Wind and Fire. Actor George Clooney is slatted to deliver remarks.

A campaign official tells CNN an estimated six thousand people are expected at the Sunday evening event with tickets starting at $250.

Mr. Obama will also meet privately with a dozen so called high dollar donors along with former president Bill Clinton, and attend a dinner with 150 guests at $20,000 per person.

On Monday, the president heads to San Francisco where he’ll attend three fundraisers.
**A $40,000 per person event at the intercontinental Hotel.
**A $20,000 per ticket dinner at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
**And another concert featuring John Legend and Michael Franti that’s expected to draw about six thousand people, with tickets starting at $200.

In a separate event at a private residence on Monday in Los Angeles, President Clinton is expected to raise an additional $160 thousand.

Campaign officials say this big fundraising push will help them compete in key battleground states where polls still show a tight race.

Energized Obama touts new jobs report in Virginia, Ohio
President Obama greets well-wishers upon arrival at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland, Ohio.
October 5th, 2012
05:08 PM ET

Energized Obama touts new jobs report in Virginia, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio (CNN) - Appearing newly energized amid the release of a better-than-expected jobs report, President Obama touched down in rain-soaked Cleveland, Ohio Monday and warned that a President Romney would bring the country’s economic recovery to a halt.

“This morning, we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since I took office,” the president told a crowd that local officials say numbered 9,000. “More Americans entered the workforce. More people are getting jobs.”

The stop was the second of the president’s day. Earlier Friday, he rallied 2,000 supporters in Northern Virginia, delivering substantially the same remarks as those in Cleveland.
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Topics: 2012 Election • jobs • Ohio • President Obama • Virginia
Plouffe questions Romney's disavowal of "47%" remarks
David Plouffe in the spin room after the first presidential debate on Wednesday.
October 5th, 2012
11:58 AM ET

Plouffe questions Romney's disavowal of "47%" remarks

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In brief comments to reporters on Friday, White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe questioned the credibility of Mitt Romney’s most recent attempts to distance himself from controversial comments delivered at a private fundraiser last May.

“I think he said they were inelegant,” Plouffe said, referring to Romney’s initial reaction to recordings of his “47%” comments. “There is no elegant way to attack half the country, say they’re victims, say they won’t take responsibility. These are teachers. These are veterans. These are seniors. And the most important thing is his policies reflect that approach and that disdain because his entire economic philosophy is geared toward the very wealthy and burdening the middle class.”

In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, Romney tried to further distance himself from the remarks, telling Sean Hannity his comments were “completely wrong,” despite having defended his meaning at a press conference held the day after the tapes from the fundraiser were made public.

Noting how much time had passed since Romney originally delivered the remarks and his recent attempts to walk away from them, Plouffe added that the GOP nominee’s most recent disavowal should be viewed with some skepticism.

“I would take with a huge grain of salt trying to clean something up five months after you’ve said it for the first time and after you doubled down on it," Plouffe said.


Topics: 2012 Election • Mitt Romney