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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."

  • More than 130 Mexican inmates are on the run after escaping from a prison near the U.S. border.  They got out using a tunnel dug through the floor of the prison's woodshop.  Rogelio Flores owns an auto shop in nearby Eagle Pass, Texas.  He says he's frustrated with what he sees happening across the border:

[11:12] "The Mexican government is doing all it can to fix the drug trafficking problem.  They catch them, they judge them, they put 'em in  jail and then they escape."

  • Ever since the HIV/AIDS epidemic began in the early 1980's billions of dollars have been spent trying to fight the spread of the virus. Now a new book titled 'Tinderbox' makes the argument that much of that money could have been better spent.  Co-author Craig Timberg says a critical element – a frank discussion about sex – was overlooked:

[15:31]"Who wants to talk about the way people have sex, how they choose their partners, how many partners they have in the same week or month?  It's a very uncomfortable subject."

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