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CNN Anchor's Hardest Election 2016 Moment

Brianna Keilar's mom died suddenly while Keilar was on campaign trail

(Newser) - It's been a tough, emotional election cycle for many Americans, but for Brianna Keilar, the turmoil leading up to Nov. 8 has proven especially difficult. The CNN correspondent recalls how her life on the campaign trail was altered forever in May, when she received a call from her dad... More »

'Slayer-in-Chief' Warren and Clinton Tag-Team on Trump

Mass. senator makes fun of his 'goofy' hat, says he would 'crush you into the dirt' to get his way

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton's eventual running mate or not, as Elizabeth Warren headed out on the campaign trail Monday, she embraced a role she's already been practicing on her own: the "chief public antagonist" against Donald Trump, as CNN describes it (or the "Trump slayer-in-chief," per... More »

Trump's Sleep Preference Sets Him Apart on Campaign Trail

He almost always flies home to sleep in his own NYC bed

(Newser) - While other candidates have made Iowa their home away from home, spending the night in hotels and motels before America's first caucus, Donald Trump has taken a different approach. Trump flies home to Manhattan in one of his private planes or copters so he can snooze in his own... More »

Media: Romney Charged Us $1K a Day for Travel

News outlets fight 'exorbitant' trail bills

(Newser) - Major news organizations are fighting what they say are exorbitant prices charged by Mitt Romney's campaign for reporters' travel expenses including food and transportation. Outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today have told the campaign they will be contesting charges that topped $1,000... More »

Republican Gives Obama a Happy Hug

And Joe Biden pulls a biker gal nearly onto his lap

(Newser) - In a weird day on the trail, President Obama was picked up and Joe Biden nearly picked up a biker gal—at least judging by the photographs. Obama visited a pizza joint in Florida yesterday where owner Scott Van Duzer hugged him so hard that the president was lifted right... More »

Mark Kelly: Gabby Should Find Closure Tomorrow

Ron Barber battles Jesse Kelly for Giffords' old seat

(Newser) - Arizona voters head to the polls tomorrow to determine who will replace Gabrielle Giffords in Congress; yesterday, Giffords herself weighed in on the matter. The former congresswoman made a campaign appearance on behalf of former aide Ron Barber, who faces Republican Jesse Kelly in what's expected to be a... More »

Romney: My Mistakes 'Haunt Me'

Mitt discusses life on the trail with Peggy Noonan

(Newser) - Mitt Romney has made some gaffes this election season, and he's not afraid to admit it. Sometimes he says things "that make me want to kick myself in the seat of my pants," he tells Peggy Noonan in an interview as he's on the cusp of... More »

Candidate Turns 'Home Ec' Into 'Economics' Degree

Missouri contender caught fudging educational background

(Newser) - Tiny note to political candidates: "Economics" and "home economics" aren't quite the same thing. Missouri gubernatorial contender Dave Spence quickly updated his website this week after reporters discovered that his touted "degree in Economics" was actually a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Home Economics, TPM... More »

How to Win Iowa: Stay Away

Best poll numbers go to candidates who meet voters least often

(Newser) - The candidates leading the pack in Iowa and New Hampshire have an unusual strategy: they’re hardly visiting either state. Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain are topping early state polls, yet they’ve been more focused on their book tours than dropping in. Mitt Romney has spent a miniscule amount... More »

Bill Clinton in 11th-Hour Blitz to Rescue Democrats

Ex-president 'bewildered' at lack of party message

(Newser) - The bulldog is back on the scene: Bill Clinton is tearing from coast to coast ahead of Election Day, and winning over Democratic crowds wherever he goes, writes Philip Rucker in the Washington Post . But the former president is dismayed at his party’s inability to craft a clear message... More »

Obama Using Tired Tricks of the Trail

The brouhaha followed by speech is getting old

(Newser) - President Obama’s strategy for dealing with fallout from political controversy is growing tired, writes Frank Rich in the New York TImes. First, Obama stays cool as the crazies and 24-hour news networks explode; then, at a “superdramatic moment,” he delivers a speech the media “reliably hypes... More »

Dems to Palin: 'No Thanks on Campaign Help'

Polled on idea, they give 'awkward' responses

(Newser) - Sarah Palin recently said she’d be up for campaigning for some Democrats, but the interest doesn’t appear mutual, Politico reports: Many dove for cover upon being asked. “That’s a new one on me,” said a Georgia rep before ducking into an elevator. “There may... More »

Clothes Spending Spree 'Out of Our Control:' Todd Palin

(Newser) - Todd Palin says the $150,000 spending spree that outfitted his wife during last fall’s campaign was “out of our control,” the AP reports. “You come into a campaign late,” he told Men’s Journal. “You put all your trust into the team.”... More »

Oops, McCain Camp Sells Phone With Info

Fox reporter gets campaign digits at GOP garage sale

(Newser) - At a McCain campaign garage sale to recoup money spent on the trail, some investigative reporters picked up BlackBerrys—and got a journalistic treat, MyFox Washington reports. One device was full of campaign phone numbers and emails. The Smartphone had belonged to a Democratic organizer for McCain and offered a... More »

Joe the Plumber 'Appalled' by McCain

Campaigning made him feel 'dirty'

(Newser) - Joe the Plumber, a sidekick of John McCain's presidential campaign who came to represent the common man, now says he was "appalled" by the Republican candidate, Politico reports. Plumber Joe Wurzelbacher, who appeared at campaign stops with McCain, told a conservative radio show host his up-close look at presidential... More »

Campaign Vets Get Back to Reality

Readjusting to life away from campaign trail takes time

(Newser) - After months—and maybe years—on the campaign trail, reporters and staffers are still adjusting to post-election life, Politico reports. Sleep is a high priority, and so is reconnecting with long-neglected family and friends. "You have to remind yourself that a campaign is followed by a transition," Time ... More »

Chasing Comeback, McCain Races Through 7 States

15,000 attend 1 am rally in Miami

(Newser) - John McCain spent yesterday on a whirlwind tour, hitting seven states with eight rallies as he looked to make a last-minute comeback, the Washington Post reports. “I am an American, and I choose to fight,” he told crowds from Florida to Arizona, starting with a 1am rally in... More »

McCain Plays Defense With Red-State Stops

Senator digs into territory Bush largely carried in 2004

(Newser) - John McCain’s campaign map for the next few days puts him on the defensive, touring mostly states that President Bush won in 2004, Politico reports. Tomorrow’s schedule puts him in Florida, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Indiana, New Mexico, Nevada, and Arizona, all Bush states except the Keystone State. Meanwhile, Barack... More »

First Lady Leaves Hubby at Home, Stumps for GOP

President's unpopularity leaves him on the sidelines in final days

(Newser) - There’s just one Bush out on the campaign in this final weekend before the election, and her name ain’t George: First lady Laura Bush, still popular among Republicans, is stumping around the country for GOP candidates, who want big-name help but not attachment to the president’s unpopularity,... More »

Which City Are We In? Trail Takes Toll on Press, Too

18 months takes a toll on weary and addicted journalists

(Newser) - If you think you're tired of the election, just think about the reporters who've lived it nonstop for nearly two years. CNN's Candy Crowley tells the New Republic she falls asleep between events, pines for a mundane life and trips to the supermarket, and even resorts to leaving herself notes... More »

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