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OPINION: For Romney, a 'safe' choice for VP is big mistake
July 18th, 2012
11:20 AM ET

OPINION: For Romney, a 'safe' choice for VP is big mistake

(CNN) – CNN Contributor LZ Granderson says many expect Mitt Romney to make a "safe" pick for a conservative running mate, but the better choice would be to go with New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg.

[0:32"It seems he hasn't figured out that as long as Barack Obama is president, his base will be fired up in spite of his dull personality, so what he doesn't need to do is waste this pick on a running mate Republicans will like. What he needs is someone who can attract voters on the fence. A media darling with a successful track record to point to and someone whose social politics won't let them get labeled by independents as 'crazy'."

[1:30] "Bloomberg is viewed as a compassionate leader with many traditional Republican views who would be focused on reducing deficits by increasing revenue in addition to making tough decisions on spending cuts...You know, like that Ronald Reagan guy the new generation idolizes but is reluctant to emulate."

Read more of LZ Granderson's columns at CNN Opinion.

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Zombie voters and lightning strikes: The bitter fight over voter IDs
Polling judges Boisetta Jacobs, left, and Doris Bulter check a voter's ID at a Cleveland, Ohio polling station in November, 2006 after the state's voter ID law went into effect.
July 18th, 2012
11:16 AM ET

Zombie voters and lightning strikes: The bitter fight over voter IDs

By Tommy Andres, CNN

(CNN) - Showing your driver’s license to vote doesn’t sound like such a big deal, so why has it become one in the political world recently?

Texas is fighting the U.S. government to keep its voter ID law passed last year on the books, but the fight has grown into a standoff between Democrats and Republicans and a referendum on state’s rights.

Larry Norden of the Brennan Center for Justice says the reason it’s such a big deal is because, believe it or not, as many as one in ten of us don’t have a driver’s license:

[1:19] “The number of Americans who don’t have the kinds of government-issued photo ID that is required in new laws passed in several states is in excess of 20 million.” FULL POST

Embed America: Ask Dayton
Dayton, Ohio resident Dray Pier hopes the candidates will offer more ideas to get people like him back to work.
July 18th, 2012
08:00 AM ET

Embed America: Ask Dayton

By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN

Dayton, Ohio (CNN) – About a month ago Dray Pier dropped his glasses. They fell on the pavement and broke. He’d like to replace them and get a pair without a chip but it’s just not in his budget.

On a recent hot afternoon in Dayton, Ohio, Pier was one of a handful of people who stopped to talk with us as part of our Embed America coverage. Some have great jobs and were enjoying their working lunches. Some, like Pier,  have struggled to find stable jobs in this economy.

Pier, 44, once had a job in manufacturing but now is unemployed. He mows lawns for neighbors to make ends meet.

He speaks plainly about his situation. No self pity. No pretense. “You gotta rough it,” he shrugs. But he does think that politicians need to do more than just talk about job creation. FULL POST

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