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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Bill Cosby Explains The Sad And Honest Truth About Obama

Bill Cosby Explains The Sad And Honest Truth About Obama

Bipartician support for Obama relecton

After being grounded for three days by superstorm Sandy, President Barack Obama was back on the campaign trail Thursday. He was greeted with a flood of endorsements from several key Repubublicans and Republican leaning media outlets.

With his city picking up the pieces left by Sandy, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg used the spotlight today to make a high-profile endorsement. President Obama gets his vote for a second term. Bloomberg singled out the president's leadership on climate change.
Mr. Obama, meanwhile, resumed campaigning. He's holding rallies today in Wisconsin, Nevada and Colorado while his opponent, Mitt Romney, spends the day in Virginia.
SIEGEL: With a handful of days before the election, both candidates are stressing their willingness to work across party lines. As NPR's Scott Horsley reports, Bloomberg's endorsement certainly helps Mr. Obama's bipartisan credentials.
SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: President Obama had all the trappings of commander in chief this morning as he stepped off Air Force One wearing a leather flight jacket. He'd just gotten off the telephone with governors who are wrestling with storm damage. He told the crowd of more than 2,000 in Green Bay that while Americans have been awed by the destructive power of Hurricane Sandy, they've also been inspired by the way the country has responded.
OBAMA: There are no Democrats or Republicans during a storm. There are just fellow Americans.
HORSLEY: That idea that we're all in this together, whatever our party, has been a central feature of the Obama brand ever since he burst on the national scene eight years ago. It was reinforced by Mayor Bloomberg's endorsement today, by kind words from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie yesterday, and it's amplified again in a new campaign ad in which former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who served in Republican administrations, renews his endorsement of Mr. Obama.
COLIN POWELL: When he took over, we were in one of the worst recessions we had seen in recent times, close to the Depression. And I saw over the next several years, stabilization come back in the financial community. Housing is starting to pick up. The president saved the auto industry.
HORSLEY: Chrysler just reported its best October sales in five years. Consumer confidence hit a four-year high today. And tomorrow's jobs report is expected to show another month of slow but steady private sector growth. Mr. Obama told supporters in Wisconsin the economy is on the mend, though he acknowledge there's unfinished business, saying that's why he wants a second term.
OBAMA: Our fight goes on because we know this nation cannot succeed without a growing, thriving middle class and strong, sturdy ladders into the middle class.
HORSLEY: The president accused GOP rival Mitt Romney of using all his talents as a salesman to repackage standard Republican orthodoxy of tax cuts and reduced regulation as positive change. While Mr. Obama promised to compromise with politicians of any stripe who support what he calls a common sense agenda, he vowed not to back down in his battles with lawmakers for whom he says obstruction is a strategy aimed at returning to power.
OBAMA: In other words, their bet is on cynicism. But, Wisconsin, my bet is on you.
OBAMA: My bet is on the decency and good sense of the American people because despite all the resistance, despite all the setbacks, we've won some great fights. And I've never lost sight of the vision we share.
HORSLEY: This, then, is Mr. Obama's closing argument heading into the final week of his often bitter campaign: an effort to reconnect with the inspirational and inclusive message that he ran on four years ago, while giving no quarter in the hard-nosed partisan fight for 2012. Scott Horsley, NPR News, traveling with the president.

Up to 80% of spending this year by PACS, with little or no record of who is giving to whom.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (right), D-Ohio, debates his Republican challenger, Ohio state Treasurer Josh Mandel, at the City Club in Cleveland on Oct. 15.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (right), D-Ohio, debates his Republican challenger, Ohio state Treasurer Josh Mandel, at the City Club in Cleveland on Oct. 15.
Tony Dejak/AP
Most of the attention heading into Election Day may be on the presidential race, but the stakes are also high in the battle for the U.S. Senate, where there are close contests in about a dozen states.
According to an NPR analysis of Kantar Media CMAG data, outside groups are spending more than $100 million blanketing the airwaves. This won't come as a surprise if you live in a state with a competitive Senate race.
Take Ohio, the Senate race with the most TV ad spending. As of last Saturday, broadcast stations had aired more than 64,000 ads, but the majority didn't come from the candidates or the parties — they came from outside groups.
Conservative groups such as Crossroads GPS and the Club for Growth have both run ads criticizing Sen. Sherrod Brown, the Democratic incumbent. The National Education Association's PAC, the NEA Fund, has aired ads attacking the Republican candidate, Josh Mandel.
According to the Kantar data, groups supporting Mandel have run four times more ads than those backing Brown.
"We are being significantly outspent," says Guy Cecil, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. "What we've seen really over the last year is an unprecedented amount of money, largely being spent by a dozen billionaires from around the country who are willing to spend just about anything in order to win."
In reality, it's hard to know where the money is coming from.
On the Republican side in Ohio, more than 95 percent of the independent TV ad spending has come from groups not required to disclose the identities of their donors. This includes Crossroads GPS, the biggest spender in Ohio and in Senate contests nationwide. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a not-so-distant second.
"We're up there. That's good. I'd be disappointed if we weren't," says Scott Reed, the chamber's senior political strategist.
As of last Saturday, the chamber had spent more than $5 million on TV ads in Ohio alone, one of 15 Senate races where its ads were on the air.
Reed describes the chamber's efforts this election year as "the largest, most aggressive voter-education campaign in our 100-year history."
He says the reason so much of this spending is coming from groups with secret donors is free speech. "The chamber is a 501(c)(6) organization that operates legally," Reed says. "We do not have to disclose our donors."
Many argue the Ohio Senate race wouldn't even be competitive without all of the outside spending to boost the Republican challenger.
On the airwaves, Mandel, Ohio's treasurer, spent only a third of the $18 million spent by these independent groups.
David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics and the father of the superPAC, isn't convinced. "The fact that a race may be competitive when it wasn't expected to be? I think we should be celebrating that," Keating says.
When it comes to TV spending by outside groups, the split has been far from even. Republican candidates have benefited more than twice as much as their Democratic counterparts.
In a majority of those races, like in Ohio, the Republican candidate's campaign was actually outspent by outside groups.
In Virginia, former Sen. George Allen has spent less than $3 million on TV, while the outside groups supporting him spent more than $14 million.
In contrast, just two of the 10 Democratic candidates were outspent on TV by outside groups that backed them.
And an even starker partisan divide? More than 80 percent of all the Republican outside money comes from secret donors. On the Democratic side, less than 10 percent of the money is secret.
But money isn't everything. Many political forecasters say they expect Democrats will maintain control of the Senate, something that a year ago seemed nearly impossible.
Cook Political Report's Jennifer Duffy says Republicans were hurt by a surprise retirement and controversial comments on rape by Senate candidates Todd Akin of Missouri and Richard Mourdock of Indiana.
"There is not a thing that millions of dollars of outside group advertising could have done to change those situations," Duffy says.
Still, every one of these groups would most likely say, it was worth the effort and the money no matter the outcome.

By the numbers: Presidential predictions

Wacky election predictions

  • 60 - Percent of sales received at a Halloween store for the President Barack Obama mask
  • 40 - Percent of sales received at the same store for the Mitt Romney mask
  • 59 - Percent of votes Obama has received in the 7-11 contest as of October 31
  • 9 - Nuts eaten out of Romney bowl by an election-predicting squirrel vs. 5 from Obama bowl
(CNN) -- With national polls and polls in many of the battleground states essentially tied just days before November 6, the winner of the presidential election is anybody's guess. So, by the numbers, here's a look at some offbeat predictors of presidential elections:
62.1 - Percent of sales of the President Obama "Chia" planter, as of October 23.
37.1 - Percent of sales of the Mitt Romney "Chia" planter as of October 23.
80 (4 out of 5) - Percent of Family Circle magazine Presidential Cookie Bake-off winners who became first lady after her husband won the election. (Cindy McCain was the one winner who was a loser.)
54 - Percent of the recipes in the Family Circle Presidential Cookie Bake-offs that include chocolate chips.
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16 - Elections in a row, from 1936 until 1996, where the incumbent party stayed in office if the Washington Redskins football team won at home in their last game before the election. (The so-called Redskins Rule didn't apply in 2000, 2004 and 2008.)
60 - Percent of sales received at the Spirit Halloween seasonal store for the President Barack Obama mask.
40 - Percent of sales received at the Spirit Halloween season story for the Mitt Romney mask.
8 out of 9 - Correct predictions of the winner by the General Cinema movie theaters' "StrawVote" polls from 1968 until 2000. The last year of the poll, moviegoers chose Al Gore to win.
16 - States, mostly in the upper Midwest and in the South, which are unable to participate in the "7-11" convenience store "7-Election" coffee cup poll, because there are no "7-11" stores there.
59 - Percent of votes President Barack Obama had received in the 7-11 contest as of October 31.
51 - Percent of voters in the Scholastic Student Vote who voted for President Barack Obama.
45 - Percent of voters in the Scholastic Student Vote who voted for former Gov. Mitt Romney.
10 - Times since 1908 a National League baseball team has won the World Series during an election year.
67 - Percent chance Democrat Barack Obama will win the election since a National League team won the World Series, according to Major League Baseball.
33 - Percent chance Republican Mitt Romney will win the election, according to the MLB.
4 - Games played in the World Series in 2012. The National League's San Francisco Giants won this year, sweeping the American League Detroit Tigers.
1 - Number of times famous Pennsylvania groundhog Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow during an election year.
1 - Number of times Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day in 2012.
9 - Nuts eaten out of his Mitt Romney bowl by Gnocchi, the election-predicting pet squirrel from South Carolina, versus five eaten from his Obama bowl. Gnocchi correctly picked Obama to win in 2008.