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CNN Radio News Day: October 23, 2012
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) greets Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (L) following the third and final presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida on October 22, 2012
October 23rd, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: October 23, 2012

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

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

  • The debates are done and both President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney are now zeroing in on battleground states,  courting those few undecided voters who may ultimately decide the presidential election. Tuesday night the two men grappled over foreign policy issues and the world is responding.  Wang Feng is a senior fellow at Brookings and the director of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy in Beijing. He took issue with Romney's characterization of China as a currency manipulator:

“This is a very simple calculation in my view because the decision to be made in Beijing here will not only be based on trade volumes, but also on domestic political concerns.”

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CNN Radio News Day: October 4, 2012
October 4th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: October 4, 2012

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted  Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

You don’t have to be at this blog to listen, we want you to take us with you! Click the download button in the SoundCloud player and put us on your smart phone or tablet and bring us with you in the car, on the train or while you’re working out.

(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

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

  • The presidential candidates are back on the campaign trail, after their first debate.  Analysts and a snap CNN poll agreed Republican Mitt Romney came out on top.  President Obama's camp is downplaying any possible impact on the November election. Debate watcher Lauren Robinson hopes Mr. Obama will be a bit more effective in the next debate:

[4:39] “I think he has to be better about articulating the particulars in terms of how and why his policies are better for the country than Romney." FULL POST

Embed America: What The Candidates Don’t Know About Jobs
Mike Thomas, 52, at a Lewiston, Maine job fair, a regular stop in two years of looking for work.
July 12th, 2012
12:55 PM ET

Embed America: What The Candidates Don’t Know About Jobs

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

Lewiston, Maine (CNN) – President Obama and Mitt Romney can point fingers at each other over outsourcing all they want, but in Lewiston, Maine people told us the candidates neither understand the problem with jobs nor how to solve it.

Lewiston, nicknamed “the industrial heart of Maine," is a near perfect sample of what’s happening across the country – a place that is both creating some jobs and suffering because it has too far few of them.

It is a town of old brick industrial mills. Some closed, some becoming condos. But none leading to many jobs.

[5:23] Unemployed worker Mike Thomas on the election: “I mean bottom line, it doesn’t affect me that much." Lisa: "these two men are running for president and you think it doesn’t affect you?" Mike: "well, what they’re talking about doesn’t trickle down to me. It doesn’t seem to anyway.”

There are a dozen issues Embed America is covering first hand this month, crisscrossing the highways of America. None of them gets more time at the political podium than jobs.

People here in Lewiston pride themselves on being industrious, but many are like Mike Thomas, knocking on every door they can find and getting no offers. For years. There are some people you meet who you don’t ever forget and Mike Thomas, a construction worker who has been looking for a job for two years now, is one of them. He is a big bear of a man who talks about throwing yourself aggressively at any struggle, but who also tears up thinking of the limited food he, his wife and stepson live off now.

[4:37] Thomas on spending months retraining for a possible medical technician job: “Went through 8 hospital rotations from gyn to open heart and after all the tests, we took the natl certificaion which we passed. And just got on the trail to jobs, sending out applications and resumes to every hospital and medical facility in the area." Lisa: "And then what happened?" Mike: "nothing. Nothing happened.”

At the same time, Lewiston is the site of an incredibly good jobs story, one that many hope will set the stage for national change. Boston-based Carbonite, a computer services company, has closed its outsourced call center in India and moved more than 150 jobs stateside, to Lewiston.

[8:04] Carbonite Senior VP Rich Surace: “We haven’t trained our workforce or retrained our workforce to take the next step in the challenges that face us as our economy evolves. One of the biggest challenges we have is to find qualified skilled workers to work for us.”

You can check out all our Embed America coverage here.