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Tonight on 360°, allegations of race-baiting ahead of Tuesday's elections. We're keeping them honest.
In a recorded call to voters, Democratic Alabama State Senator Hank Sanders warns that a vote for Republicans in the governor and lieutenant governor race would mean returning blacks to "the cotton fields of Jim Crow."
Sanders is an African-American. Hear what he told Anderson about his controversial message.
Plus, a preview of some of the biggest matchups tomorrow across the country. Republicans need 39 seats to take control of the House, and 10 seats in the Senate. Our political panel weighs in on the races to watch.
Plus, see what has Sarah Palin all fired up. It prompted her to say, "I'll just ignore this crap."
Join us for these stories and much more at 10 p.m. ET on CNN. See you then.
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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden smile during a 'Moving America Forward' rally at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 31, 2010. (Photo credit: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
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Staff Winner: Coochie coochie coo, Mr. President! – Will Armsby
Viewer Winner: Vice President Biden urges President Obama to attend his Rally to Restore Profanity. – Tamara from Queens
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CNN Congressional Producer
Editor's note: Deirdre Walsh has covered Capitol Hill for CNN for five years. Prior to joining CNN's Congressional unit, Walsh worked as producer for "Judy Woodruff's Inside Politics," the first television program exclusively focused on political coverage.
Washington (CNN) - With an incoming freshman class of conservative and Tea Party Republicans skewing the GOP conference to the right, there will be little mood for compromise or bipartisan legislation on any major issues in the House, most observers say.
Ron Bonjean, a Republican strategist who worked for the last Republican House speaker, Dennis Hastert, put it bluntly:" It's been a hostile atmosphere, but it will be hostile on nitroglycerin."
While Ohio Republican Rep. John Boehner, who would be the next speaker should Republicans regain control of the House, plans reforms that he says will make the chamber work better, he's already signaled he's not planning to negotiate with the White House or congressional Democrats on his party's top priorities.
Asked last week by talk show host Sean Hannity about a fellow Republican's suggestion to hold off on repealing health care, Boehner said, "This is not a time for compromise, and I can tell you that we will not compromise on our principles."
CNN Political Unit
(CNN) – Sarah Palin is making clear she's no fan of Politico – the news organization that published a story Sunday night quoting anonymous Republican sources saying GOP leaders will try to forestall a Palin White House bid.
"Politico, Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei, they're jokes," Palin told Fox News on Sunday night, referring to the writers of the story. "This is a joke to have unnamed sources tearing somebody apart limb by limb."
"If they would man up and if they would, you know, make these claims against me then I can debate them, I can talk about it, but to me they're making stuff up again," the former Alaska governor continued.
Tom Foreman | BIO
Reporter's Note: The clock is ticking down to one of the bigger midterm elections this country has seen in a while. I mean, uh, since the last one.
Dear Mr. President,
When I am a passenger in a car driven by my producer and she is executing one of her more hair raising automotive tricks (and trust me, there are some that would make David Copperfield’s eyes bug out) I often reach up and grab the plastic handle above the window. It is one of the more pointless things that I do in life. I’m not sure how strong that handle is, but I am almost certain if she launches us over a guardrail and falling through space toward a distant river below, I will neither be able to hold the car up in the air, nor keep myself from being jostled on the descent. And btw, she’s pointed this out to me more than once, as she has laughed maniacally and stomped the accelerator through the floorboard.
The point is, sometimes even when you fear a hard hit is only moments away, you have to recognize your limitations in terms of stopping it, and focus on what you’re going to do afterward.
You are no doubt preparing for tomorrow, and expecting a disappointment. Now, it could be a little disappointment or a big one, but the polls suggest either way you’re not going to be breaking out champagne. So what will you do on Wednesday?
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CNN Congressional Producer
Editor's note: Ted Barrett has covered Congress for CNN for 11 years.
Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats learned this year how difficult it was to pass bills over a determined GOP minority. Now they are bracing for possible legislative gridlock as Republicans are poised to pick up several seats in Tuesday's election.
Any expectations that a more evenly divided Senate might actually lead to cooperation and compromise could be unrealistic. The animosity and distrust between the two parties is already thick, and likely to get worse as the 2012 presidential campaign gets under way.
President Obama regularly talks about bringing the sides together - doing so might allow him to hash out deals this year on energy, education, trade and the debt - but Republicans are highly skeptical he will make compromises. "He will go into campaign mode and try to make us look evil," a senior GOP leadership aide predicted, echoing the broad sentiment of Republicans on the Hill.
Democrats are equally doubtful that Republicans will want to work with them. For starters, they think newly elected Tea Party-backed senators, who have promised to curb Washington's influence, will press Republican leaders not to cut deals.
"Many Republicans appear to be opposed to the very idea of coming here to legislate," said a top Senate Democratic leadership aide.
CNN Ticker Producer
(CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is defending Sarah Palin against recent attacks Monday, telling CNN that GOP detractors of the former vice presidential nominee need to "shut up."
"These Republican leaders who don't put their names in print but make comments in shadows need to shut up," Steele told American Morning's John Roberts Monday. "We're focused on winning elections tomorrow night. We're not focused on 2012."
Steele's comments were in reference to a Politico article out Monday in which a string of unnamed Republicans, feeling Palin could not be a viable presidential contender, said it will be the party's goal to prevent her from running in 2012.