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John Avlon Stand up for Centrist Candidates – CNN.com

Stand up for Centrist Candidates – CNN.com

There’s more to Election Day than just the presidential campaign. The polarization of the parties has led directly to the divided and dysfunctional Congress we’ve seen over the past two years, leading to the lowest congressional approval ratings in recent … Continue reading

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In Election’s Last Weekend, Obama Gains Moderate Momentum As Romney Flails – The Daily Beast

Draw a line along President Obama’s endorsements by Mayor Bloomberg and The Economist, his post-Sandy stand with Chris Christie, and the deployment of Colin Powell ads to the swing states, and you’ll see why the president suddenly has the Big … Continue reading

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In Last Days of Campaign Ground Game in Ohio Comes Down to Math – The Daily Beast

The weather is getting cold, but the ground game here in Ohio is already hot. The polls are tight in the Buckeye State with President Obama maintaining a small but steady lead of between two and four points in most … Continue reading

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Battleground Blog: Ohio’s Senators Weigh in on Romney Jeep Ad Controversy – CNN.com

Here in Ohio and other Rust Belt battleground states where this election will be decided – the auto bailouts are a personal, political and pocket-book issue. The latest campaign skirmish over the auto industry concerns comments Mitt Romney made on … Continue reading

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Romney’s disputed Jeep claims – CNN

John Avlon offers his take on a controversy surrounding some claims Mitt Romney has made about the auto industry.  

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Romney, Obama battle for Ohio – OutFront – CNN

CNN’s John Avlon is traveling with CNN Election Express to a state that may call the election: Ohio.  

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As Election Nears, Voter Suppression Efforts Kick Into Gear – The Daily Beast

’Tis the season for dirty tricks. Less than one week out from Election Day, we are witnessing a war of attrition, a game of inches. With state polls this close, every vote counts. And so beyond the positive effort to … Continue reading

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As Campaign Closes, Mitt Romney Peddles A Bipartisan Myth – The Daily Beast

Turn on the television in any swing state these days and you’re likely to see Mitt Romney smiling wistfully and saying this: “Republicans and Democrats both love America. But we need to have leadership — leadership in Washington that will … Continue reading

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Shooting Survivor Dean Kahler Passionate About Race – CNN

John Avlon speaks with Dean Kahler, a survivor of the Kent State shooting who is passionate about the 2012 election.  

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Battleground Blog: Shooting Survivor Passionate About 2012 Election – CNN.com

On the Battleground Bus Tour, we’ve met some extraordinary people. Usually, our focus is talking with the swing voters in swing states who will decide this election. But while Hurricane Sandy bore down on the East Coast, we started reporting … Continue reading

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Hurricane Sandy Exposes Mitt Romney’s Self-Made FEMA Problem – The Daily Beast

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, President Obama has been coordinating storm response from the White House—while Mitt Romney has been dodging questions about what critics say was a primary campaign call to cut funding for the Federal Emergency Management … Continue reading

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Obama’s Deficit Plan Closer to What CEOs Favor – CNN.com

The deficit and debt are major concerns for swing voters — and President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have very different visions of how to deal with it. That’s why it was significant to see 80 CEOs of major American … Continue reading

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October Surprise: Shadowy Conservative Groups Dominate Outside Spending – The Daily Beast

The Super-PAC October Surprise is here with unprecedented negative spending – and an overwhelming advantage for conservative shadow money groups flooding the airwaves against Democratic candidates. Total non-party outside spending is now estimated by the Center for Responsive Politics to … Continue reading

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Deficit-Hawk CEOs Bend Toward Obama – CNN.com

The deficit and debt are major concerns for swing voters — and President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have very different visions of how to deal with it. That’s why it was significant to see 80 CEOs of major American … Continue reading

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John Avlon Did Rick Santorum Win the Iowa Caucuses, Not Mitt Romney? – The Daily Beast

Did Rick Santorum Win the Iowa Caucuses, Not Mitt Romney? – The Daily Beast

Incorrect precinct numbers from one Iowa town, and a 20-vote misallocation to Mitt Romney, casts his eight-vote victory in question—along with his claim to be the only candidate to win both Iowa and New Hampshire. Did Rick Santorum win the … Continue reading

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Obama’s Risky Demographic Gamble – The Daily Beast

Demographics are destiny, but Team Obama may be taking that a bit too literally. Play-to-the-base campaigns are particularly risky for Democrats given that only 21 percent of Americans identify as liberal, but the Obama campaign has staked its reelection on … Continue reading

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Mourdock’s Rape Remark and Extremism – CNN.com

Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock believes that rapes resulting in pregnancy are “something that God intends to happen.” Do you? It’s a relevant question as we enter the last two weeks of this election, because Mourdock’s comments are not … Continue reading

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CNN Election Express Sweeps the Swing States – CNN

With two weeks until the election, CNN sent John Avlon and their chief business correspondent Ali Velshi on the road to take the temperature among swing-state voters.    

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Democrat Jim Graves Has a Chance to Unseat Michele Bachmann – The Daily Beast

Meet the man who could defeat Michele Bachmann. Jim Graves is a 58-year-old self-made Minnesota businessman and grandfather of seven, still married to his high-school sweetheart, running against a symbol of unhinged hyperpartisanship in the halls of Congress. Bachmann’s bizarre … Continue reading

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Election Express Hits the Road – CNN

CNN’s Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) and John Avlon (@JohnAvlon) hit the road on the CNN Election Express to interview voters in four swing states. The road trip will start in Boca Raton, Florida, the morning after the third presidential debate. Interviews … Continue reading

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