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November 6th, 2012
10:01 AM ET

The fight for control of the House and Senate – CNN's Paul Steinhauser breaks down key battles

While most Americans are focusing on the race for the White House, it's the balance of power in the Senate and House that could determine how much gets done on Capitol Hill in the next four years.

CNN's political editor Paul Steinhauser breaks down where the battles for the House and the the Senate stand on "Starting Point" this morning.


Filed under: 2012 Race • Politics
November 6th, 2012
09:59 AM ET

Rep. Clyburn: Hurricane Sandy 'a defining moment of the campaign'

On the eve of the presidential election, Mitt Romney and President Obama both made their emotional final appeals to voters.

Speaking in Des Moines, Michelle Obama delivered a passionate speech about the race and the president appeared to wipe away tears at what will be his final campaign event.

On Starting Point this morning, Obama campaign surrogate Rep. Jim Clyburn discusses the emotional side of political campaigns and weighs in on how Hurricane Sandy may influence the election results.

"Obama did a tremendous job reaching out to the other side time and time again," Clyburn says. "Sandy became a defining moment in the campaign and people got to see just how magnanimous the president is."


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November 6th, 2012
08:18 AM ET

VIDEO: Obama Campaign's Axelrod says Jeep ad created 'larger gulf of trust', campaign optimism based on 'cold-hard data'

This morning on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," Obama Campaign Senior Advisor says he's optimistic that President Obama will win reelection.

"My optimism is based on cold-hard data," Axelrod says. "Their [GOP] optimism is based in some faith."

Axelrod also addresses the controversy over the Romney Campaign's Jeep advertisement, which has received criticism for being misleading about the car company's expansion into China.

"An issue that’s crystallized in the last few days, is this issue of the auto bailout, the auto intervention. The President stepped in, saved the auto industry. In Ohio, one in eight jobs flow from that auto industry. Governor Romney’s opposition to that action as been an issue in the campaign. And then a late ad in that campaign that implied otherwise and suggested that somehow Jeep was moving jobs to China creating a real backlash in that state and I think that’s going to come into play, as well,” Axelrod says.

“What it did was create an even larger gulf of trust and trust is a big issue in this campaign, and particularly for these voters in Ohio for whom questions like the survival of the auto industry are very much questions about their family’s economic well being,” he adds.


Filed under: 2012 Race • Politics
November 5th, 2012
12:00 PM ET

What's the quickest way to 270 electoral votes? Christine Romans explains

With 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency, CNN’s Christine Romans and John Berman explain the quickest way for either campaign to reach the magic number.

They also break down the complications on securing votes in those particular swing-states based on the latest polling.


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November 5th, 2012
11:58 AM ET

Could unemployment, foreclosure figures shape 2012 election? Christine Romans breaks down numbers

As the 2012 race draws to a close, CNN's Christine Romans takes an in-depth look at foreclosures and unemployment in swing states like Nevada, Colorado and Florida.


Filed under: 2012 Race • Economy • Politics
November 5th, 2012
11:55 AM ET

Harvard's Larry Summers on how the auto bailout could shape the election

Fmr. Director of the National Economic Council for President Obama Larry Summers discusses this morning on “Starting Point” whether there was decent in the Obama administration over the auto bailout.

Seeking out whether the Obama campaign was focused on re-election in the Midwest when deciding to support the auto bailout, Ryan Lizza asks Summers about the ‘descent over the auto bailout in the white house.” Summers says, “There was never any question about the largest part of the automobile bailout.” He adds, “I was there. There was descent about the Chrysler piece which was about 1/3 the size of the General Motors piece… He made that judgment…against the advice of many of his political advisors because he believed that the risks to the economy of adding another blow at that moment were just to great. That was the right decision as we’ve seen.”

Summers concludes by saying, “with a different president it can easily have gone a different way and we could easily be looking at a different economy in Ohio and a very different economy in Michigan. In fact, that’s what Governor Romney famously recommended. Just let them go. There were those among the president’s advisors who shared that judgment. Fortunately the president came to a very different conclusion.”


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November 5th, 2012
11:53 AM ET

Daily Beast's Mark McKinnon: New independent polls give ‘Republicans some hope’

Former Presidential Advisor to the 2008 McCain campaign and Daily Beast contributor Mark McKinnon joins “Starting Point” this morning to discuss the importance behind the independent factor.

Despite a tie among independents in a new poll, McKinnon says the results serve as a sign of encouragement for the Romney campaign. “It’s rare when a president wins the campaign without winning independents,” says McKinnon. “Obama won independents by 8% last time against John McCain and in the poll you just showed he’s trailing significantly amongst independents. So whichever way independents goes is generally the way it’s going to turn out.”

McKinnon also says “everyone can always find something in the [polling] to give them enthusiasm for a hopeful turnout.” Adding that the polling has “made for an exciting campaign these last few weeks because it’s really not clear how everything is going to turn out.”


Filed under: 2012 Race • Politics
November 5th, 2012
10:26 AM ET

Tale of two campaigns in Nevada – Miguel Marquez talks to the confident voters in this swing state

With it's six electoral votes, Nevada is one of the key battleground states in the presidential election and 700,000 people across the state have already cast their ballots.

CNN's Miguel Marquez reports from Las Vegas with more on the citizens who will decide which way the state leans on election day tomorrow.


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November 5th, 2012
10:12 AM ET

Priorities USA Action's Burton: Election was always going to be tight

Priorities USA Action senior strategist Bill Burton weighs in on the presidential race one day before Election Day.


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November 5th, 2012
10:10 AM ET

VIDEO: Sen. McCain reflects on his 2008 campaign, jokes he slept 'like a baby' after defeat

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) talks with Soledad O'Brien, reflecting on the last few days of his 2008 presidential campaign & his experience after the loss.

"It's an exciting and incredible experience," Sen. McCain says. "How few people in history have ever had the opportunity? I'm still deeply honored and humbled by having the experience."

McCain jokes, "I have a line that I use all the time. After I lost, I slept like a baby: sleep two hours, wake up & cry, sleep two hours, wake up & cry.


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