Keeping Them Honest, Anderson Cooper points out the lies and the real story behind two new attack ads from Mitt Romney's campaign about the strength of the U.S. Navy and "apology tours."
Anderson Cooper talks to Univision's Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas about who Latinos support and why voter turnout could make all the difference this election.
"When you can compare it to 2008, it is expected to be just as high," says Salinas about turnout, and she tells Anderson that tracking shows enthusiasm has increased to be at 2008 levels.
Recently Ramos challenged Pres. Obama on immigration reform. At the Univision town hall on Sept. 20, he said, "A promise is a promise, and with all due respect, you didn't keep that promise." The president responded in part by saying he takes responsibility, and vowed to work every day to give everyone in America a "fair shot," but never promised that he would "get everything done 100%."
"He broke a promise...it's very difficult for Latinos to believe Pres. Barack Obama," says Ramos. But forced to choose between the two candidates, he explains Obama is preferable because of his support of the Dream Act, and due to Romney backing self-deportation.
Historian Douglas Brinkley gets a rare chance to spend time with President Obama, behind the scenes, on the campaign trail. He tells Anderson Cooper what he saw and what he heard, including the President's raw, uncensored, one-word assessment of Mitt Romney.
New polls show Mitt Romney ahead or closing the gap with President Obama. Jessica Yellin, Jim Acosta, and Gloria Borger report on reaction from both campaigns.
If you think beauty is pain, we've got a cosmetic procedure for you. Supposedly a Thai tradition, customers get slapped in the face in the hopes of firmer skin.
Ari Fleischer and Cornell Belcher talk about campaign strategy, ads and new polling in the weeks before the election.
Reporter's Note: President Obama is busy campaigning, and I am busy writing. So nothing new, really…
Dear Mr. President,
You’re losing your voice! Didn’t I tell you just yesterday to keep an eye on your health? All this “I’m going to campaign for 48 straight hours” is well and good for the PR flacks, but honestly you need to keep in mind how old you are, what kind of schedule you’ve had for the past few years, and be a little more circumspect.
Some campaigner you’ll be if you wind up unable to even croak out “Remember me on Tuesday!”
At this rate, you’re not only going to need Bill Clinton to join you on the trail, you’re going to look like a bad ventriloquist act with him doing all the talking and you just nodding along. I’m not saying that in a demeaning way; I’m just saying that you need to rein it in just a little and get your voice back, or you’ll find yourself regretting it.
I realize that a candidate’s voice cracking really ought not to matter, and yet I know full well that it does. Sure, in one way it makes you look as if you are really putting everything you have into getting re-elected and that is admirable. In another way, however, it might make you seem worn out, desperate, and weak just when voters are looking for you to be energetic, optimistic, and strong. Maybe I’m wrong about that, but my basic contention stands: Get some hot soup, take a nap, and recover a little. You’ll be a better campaigner for the effort.
All that said, I suppose I should not talk. I was up half the night hacking away with this cough that has been plaguing me, and yet I fully plan to be in the throng for the Marine Corps Marathon this weekend despite all the work we’re doing around the clock to get ready for the election. So I guess we’re both a little crazy when it comes to races. Ha!
Call if you can.
What everyone’s talking about:
A Tunisian man is in custody and suspected of having ties to the attack on the U.S. Consualate in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Anderson spoke to CNN’s Intelligence Correspondent Suzanne Kelly about what authorities know about the suspect, and when the U.S. will be permitted to interrogate him. Fran Townsend and Bob Baer also weighed in on new e-mail evidence showing how quickly the State Department knew the assault was a terror attack. They also discussed the suspected involvement of an al-Qaeda in Iraq-affiliated group. And Senator John McCain criticized the State Department’s handling of the situation saying the U.S. media was given facts before members of Congress.
President Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney went head-to-head in their final presidential debate this week. Their back-and-forth about military spending and the needs of the U.S. Navy fueled accusations from both sides. Richard Danzig, President Clinton’s Secretary of the Navy and CNN’s Fareed Zakaria debunk claims about the U.S. Navy’s size and costs. Also CNN’s Gary Tuchman spoke to body language expert Janine Driver about the candidates’ body language during the debate and how it could be perceived by voters.
Editor's note: Anderson Cooper spoke with Bob, Baer, Fran Townsend, and Suzanne Kelly about the e-mail, and the suspect in the consulate attack currently being held in Tunisia.
Two hours after first being notified of an attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, a government e-mail to the White House, the State Department and the FBI said an Islamist group had claimed credit, according to a copy obtained by CNN.
An initial e-mail was sent while the attack was still underway, and another that arrived two hours later - sent from a State Department address to various government agencies including the executive office of the president - identified Ansar al-Sharia as claiming responsibility for the attack on its Facebook page and on Twitter.
The group denied responsibility the next day.
However, the e-mails raise further questions about the seeming confusion on the part of the Obama administration to determine the nature of the September 11 attack that left U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead.