With the election only 12 days away, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are embarking on the final legs of their campaign tours. Both candidates have plans to appear in battleground states like Ohio and Florida, but they’ve also been paying their dues — Obama especially — to the entertainment beast with recent stints on The Tonight Show, The Late Night with David Letterman and Live! With Kelly and Michael. The latest is Rolling Stone, which, not surprisingly for the historically liberal publication, features a cover-story interview with the President. Conducted by presidential historian Douglas Brinkley — who is staunchly anti-Romney — the interview covers many of the campaign’s familiar talking points: women’s reproductive rights, the economy, Obamacare. But there are indeed some surprises, even for those of us who watched all three debates (or at least saw the highlights). Take a look after the jump at the 10 points that stood out the most.
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Peter Berg may be the big winner in tonight’s debate — as both President Obama and Governor Romney perhaps unwittingly made reference to the director’s work.
When President Obama attacked Romney for calling Russia the biggest geopolitical threat, Romney responded with part of his favorite campaign slogan, cribbed from Berg’s Friday Night Lights. READ FULL STORY
On this morning after last night’s presidential debate, moderator and CNN’s chief political correspondent Candy Crowley has found herself in the center of criticism (mostly from Republicans) for having a part in one of the debate’s most heated exchanges.
When the conversation turned to the consulate attack in Libya, Governor Mitt Romney criticized President Barack Obama for taking “14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.” As CNN (again, her outlet) puts it: “Romney falsely accused the president of not calling the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, a terror attack. But, as the fearless and fact-based Candy Crowley noted, Romney was not telling the truth. The day after the attack, Obama referred to it as ‘terror’ — even before full reports were in.”
Gentlemen — and ladies — start your parody Twitter accounts! A consensus has been reached regarding the most viral moment of last night’s second presidential debate. The question that inspired it: “In what new ways do you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females making only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn?”
President Obama cited the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in his answer. Governor Romney responded by relaying an anecdote about searching for qualified female candidates for his Cabinet — specifically, he “went to a number of women’s groups, and said, ‘Can you help us find folks?’ And they brought us whole binders full of women.”
Why did this phrase hit a nerve? READ FULL STORY
When CNN’s Candy Crowley was announced as the moderator of the second presidential debate back in August, she was lauded for being the first female to be selected for that honor since ABC’s Carole Simpson in 1992. That seemed to be enough of a historical footnote to recognize her role as referee — typically a thankless, forgettable role that is rightfully overshadowed by the rhetorical combatants. But after Jim Lehrer was roundly criticized for being a pushover in the first debate and Martha Raddatz seemed to respond to his passive performance by asserting herself more boldly in the vice-president’s debate, there’s suddenly a lot of pressure on Crowley to strike the right balance.
Her job won’t be easy. The format of tonight’s debate is town-hall style, meaning she’ll have to juggle questions from audience members as well as the more freewheeling back-and-forth between the candidates. Adding to her challenge are rival camps who have united in their insistence that she limit her input once the debate begins. Perhaps fearing a Raddatz-style grip, Democrats and Republicans have negotiated behind the scenes and attempted to dictate a hands-off policy to Crowley. READ FULL STORY
Mention of Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” remark was absent from the first presidential debate (though Joe Biden sought to rectify that when he had his chance), but the “secret video” is still an issue in this election — especially if you’re a member of a Democratic PAC. Actress Rosie Perez just recorded an ad that focuses on a different part of that secret video: the moment when Romney quipped that if his Mexican-born father had had Mexican parents, he would “have a better shot at winning this.” Romney followed that line with this one: “And I say that jokingly. But it would be helpful to be Latino.”
The new video cuts from the laughter of Romney’s bigwig donors to Perez’s own laughter. In a voice dripping with sarcasm, she notes that the Republican candidate is completely right: “Hispanics represent 17 percent of the population and account for less than 2 percent of all elected and appointed officials. The advantage is obvious!” From there, the star of Do the Right Thing mockingly names all of the U.S.’s Latino presidents — Jorge Washington, Jorge Bush — and makes fun of Mitt for being rich. Watch it below:
Sorry, Big Bird. The Internet is leaving you for an older man.
After last night’s Vice Presidential debate, the Internet and the media have found new fodder in the blinding grin of the nation’s 69-year-old Vice President Joe Biden. The veep’s exaggerated guffaws and smirks at Paul Ryan’s assertions and figures arguably drew as much or more attention as the substance of the candidates’ conversation. (The Internet has already gifted us with Twitter accounts like @LaughingJoeBiden and @MalarkyJoe.)
While supporters were thrilled his aggressive demeanor, Biden’s critics found him rude and cranky, combining for an Internet buzz not dissimilar to what happened to Big Bird last week after Mitt Romney said during his Debate that he would cut funding for PBS. (Remember when @FiredBigBird was a thing for a hot second? PBS supporters came out in droves, while Michelle Malkin declared the next morning that Democrats were “hiding behind Big Bird.”) READ FULL STORY
In September, onetime hope and change advocate Lindsay Lohan asked Barack Obama to cut her taxes — and the president had the nerve not to respond to her perfectly reasonable request. As though he’s got other things to worry about! Now it looks like LiLo is taking Obama’s snub to heart: Last night, she revealed that she’s changing her political allegiance to Mitt Romney.
“I think unemployment is very important for now, so as of now I think [my vote] is Mitt Romney,” she told a group of reporters, including a few from Fox News. Evidently, Lohan also has other, more mysterious reasons for endorsing the Mittster — but she’s keeping them under wraps for now. “It’s a long story, but you’re going to have to wait for that,” she explained yesterday. When contacted for comment, Lohan’s publicist declined to elaborate any further.
Did you know that if Mitt Romney gets elected and cuts PBS’s funding, he’ll effectively be canceling his own series? That’s right — unbeknownst to most people, Massachusetts’s ex-governor has been hosting a children’s show on PBS called Mister Romney’s Neighborhood. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon unearthed a clip last night, and it really is a gem.
Romney has a knack for explaining tricky concepts like “wallet” (“Do you know what money is? I’m guessing no, because you’re watching public television”) and “choke,” a.k.a. what his mailman Mr. Obama did at the debate last week. And he really seems more approachable when he arrives home each day and trades his suit jacket in for a different suit jacket. Come, join the Republican candidate in his house and on a trip to the land of make-believe, the magical world where he and Paul Ryan find most of their facts:
Democrats outnumber Republicans in California’s 30th congressional district — which represents rich L.A. suburbs like Santa Monica, Malibu, and Beverly Hills — 48 percent to 26 percent, according to the Los Angeles Times. But there’s one high-profile resident of the Fightin’ 30th who isn’t afraid to voice her support for Mitt Romney: Dionne Davenport, fashionista and graduate of Beverly Hills’ Bronson Alcott High School. Or, at least, Stacey Dash, the actress who played Dee in the big screen and TV versions of Clueless.
Fresh off the pages of EW’s Reunions Issue, Dash made waves yesterday when she tweeted a Romney endorsement. “Vote for Romney,” she wrote, calling the candidate “The only choice for your future.” Dash included a photo of herself posing against a giant American Flag backdrop at the end of her message.
The reaction on Twitter was swift and snarky. READ FULL STORY
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