CNN Radio News Day: September 18, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney
September 18th, 2012
04:29 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: September 18, 2012

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

Here are some of the stories we cover in today's edition:

  • Mitt Romney is standing by comments he made at a private fundraising event in May where he said 47% of Americans who are dependent on government assistance will vote for President Obama no matter what.  Professional photographer David Rice, who usually leans Republican, worries Romney's statements may alienate some voters:

[3:47] "I know for a while I had to take  food stamps and it was very painful to pull out that card and use it at the grocery store, extremely painful to do so.  And I would trade in that card any day of the week for a real job."


Congress's fiscal cluster....
The coming budget mess for Congress likely would not please founding father Ben Franklin.
September 18th, 2012
08:36 AM ET

Congress's fiscal cluster....

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

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(CNN) – This week, Congress is expected to avoid another fiscal disaster, at least temporarily, by passing enough funding to keep government running for six more months.

But, that six-month patch does nothing to deal with the coming, enormous budget mess.

[:43] “These are all distractions, It’s like putting a band aid on a bullet wound,” said Wes Messamore who writes about government and policy for the Independent Voter Network.

The bullet wound is the collision of multiple budget issues coming in the next four months and the big picture problems, like Medicare, that Congress has ignored in the long-term.

The near-term dilemmas include the fiscal cliff, which will mean increased taxes and significant budget cuts if Congress doesn’t act.



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