Republican Mitt Romney has campaign events scheduled in Reno, Nevada, and later in the afternoon or this evening, he's going to be in Cedar Rapids in Iowa.
President Barack Obama is going to need lots of caffeine. He's kicking off a two-day, round-the-clock tour through six states, rally in Davenport, Iowa, then he's off to Denver, Colorado, then to L.A. to tape "The Tonight Show", then to Vegas. The tour ends tomorrow in Ohio.
This morning on "Starting Point," Soledad talks with former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, who is also the national co-chair for the Obama campaign. He explains to Soledad why he thinks President Obama will carry Ohio in the election.
"I think we're in good shape in Ohio," Strickland says. "The President is doing very well in the early voting. We believe we've got a small, but a very meaningful lead. I know of no polls that have ever had Governor Romney leading in Ohio. The President has been here, will be here Thursday night, back in Cleveland. And there's a wonderful ground operation here for the Obama campaign. I've never seen anything like it. I think Ohio will stay in the Obama camp. If Ohio does that, then it's going to be really tough for Mitt Romney to win this election."
Also during the interview, John Berman asks Strickland if the Obama Campaign's recent release of a 19-page booklet dubbed the 'blueprint for America's future' is coming out too late in the election game.
"I think what we're seeing in this pamphlet that has recently been made available to us is a vision for what the President wants to do going forward: advanced energy, education, infrastructure, investments in critical research. Those are the things that are going to move this country forward," Strickland says.
Strickland adds, "I think the President has been clear. But I think what we're seeing in this pamphlet is just an attempt to pull those ideas together and to present them in an organized manner."
"Those who say he has no agenda for the future are just simply wrong or haven't been paying attention," he says.
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The presidential race is entering a whole new ball game, according to at least one new poll.
The Pew Research poll shows Republican Mitt Romney leading President Barack Obama 49% to 45%. Last month when President Obama was ahead the case was Pew talked to more Democrats than Republicans. Meanwhile, Gallup's daily tracking poll shows President Obama ahead of Mitt Romney by five points.
This morning on "Starting Point," Romney Campaign surrogate Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) says one reason more women may be looking to vote for Romney is because of his economic message.
"The number one issue with women is jobs and the economy," Rep. Blackburn says. "The other issues that they are talking to us about are what are you going do to repeal and replace Obamacare? They are incredibly concerned about out of control federal spending and the debt. And what that does to their children's futures and likewise they are very concerned about foreign policy and national security and were quite upset about the mishandling and the missteps around the actions that occurred on September 11th in Egypt, in Libya, and the attacks against our embassies."
She adds, "so I think those security moms looking at national security, economic security, retirement security, and they are saying I'm not comfortable with track I've been on the last four years, and I like what I'm hearing from Mitt Romney."
(CNNMoney) - The unemployment rate tumbled in September as more people returned to the labor force and steady hiring continued.
Employers added 114,000 jobs during the month, down from a revised 142,000 jobs in August, the Labor Department said Friday. But revisions to July and August mean the economy added 86,000 more jobs than originally reported in those months.
Meanwhile, the unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 7.8% in September, from 8.1% the prior month.
Harvard economics professor Ken Rogoff reacts to the jobs numbers on Starting Point this morning, saying that the report "isn't a game changer but it's certainly a small step forward."
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - The labor market lost momentum last month as job growth fell to a disappointingly slow pace.
The unemployment rate fell, but that was largely due to people who stopped looking for jobs.
The economy added 96,000 jobs in August, down from 141,000 jobs in July, the Department of Labor said Friday. Economists polled by CNNMoney were expecting 120,000 jobs to be added in the month.
Meanwhile, the unemployment rate fell to 8.1%, from 8.3% in July.The drop in unemployment was caused because 368,000 people stopped looking for work and therefore were no longer counted in the survey. Economists often say at least 150,000 jobs need to be created each month to simply keep pace with the growing population.
This morning on "Starting Point," CNN chief business correspondent Ali Velshi reports on the latest jobs numbers and how it compares to months past, while Dana Bash, David Frum & Ron Brownstein discuss the political implications of the jobs report on the presidential race.
(CNNMoney) - Businesses stepped up their hiring in July, but the unemployment rate ticked higher anyway.
But at the same time, the unemployment rate unexpectedly rose to 8.3% as households claimed they lost 195,000 jobs.
Austan Goolsbee, former chief economist of President Obama's economic recovery advisory board and professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, joins Starting Point this morning to weigh in on these figures and to explain what factors are hindering economic growth in America.
Senator Stabenow will announce and outline her "Bring Jobs Home" Act, which she will file in the Senate today. The bill ends a tax break that currently rewards U.S.companies for moving jobs abroad.
"Right now, unbelievably, we pay for part of the cost of someone closing their shop and shipping the jobs over seas because they can write that off as a business expense.," Sen. Stabenow tells Soledad on "Starting Point" this morning. She has a message for those outsourcing jobs: "'This is simple. We're just not going to pay for your moving. Period. We'll pay for you to come back, we're not going to pay for you leaving."
In turn, the Michigan senator says the bill will cut taxes for U.S. companies that move jobs from another country back to America. "We're happy to have you write up the cost of bringing jobs home and we'll write up a 20% tax credit," Sen. Stabenow says.
The Senator went on to say this is not a partisan issue but rather an issue that concerns all Americans. Senator Stabenow, who serves as chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, says "we need to make things here, we need to grow things here... we need to bring jobs back."
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu responds to Rep. Gingrey's comments on jobs numbers and blames Congress for inaction.
"I think the president is doing a good job," Landrieu says. "We have 27 months of consistent growth. And I think that the professor is right. This is an economy that the world has not seen in a very, very long time. We're in a global economy and it's really critically important that we all pull together."
Landrieu adds, "One of the things that the economist said is that Congress has done nothing. It's easy to sit back and criticize. If you're not moving forward fry trying to find common ground, it makes it very difficult. It takes two to tango."
Fmr. IMF chief economist Ken Rogoff says regardless of jobs numbers, the big question is where economy does from here.
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) responds to the June jobs report, saying it's bad news for President Obama and American people.
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