CNN Radio News Day: October 12, 2012
The European Union flag flies among European Union member countries' national flags in front of the European Parliament.
October 12th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: October 12, 2012

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

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

  • The European Union was awarded the 2012 Peace Prize on Friday. The honor for the EU comes as Europe remains deep in economic crisis, with nations often pitted against each other. Despite the current issues, the Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the EU's role in bringing healing and reconciliation to the continent. CNN anchor Johnathan Mann says that's the motivation behind this prize:

[2:45] "Europe was a slaughterhouse for centuries, and people forget that because it's so peaceful now. And that's an extraordinary achievement. That's the kind of achievement Alfred Nobel wanted to honor."

  • It was feisty and at times combative.  The Vice Presidential debate in Danville, Kentucky gave Republican Paul Ryan the opportunity to introduce himself to voters under the debate-glare.  And it provided Joe Biden and the Democrats the chance to recoup momentum after last week's lackluster debate performance by President Obama:

[8:33] "He was very, very passionate last night, and I thought that came across very well.  I really wanted to hear somebody who was passionate and tell the truth," says Moira Bidner, a Democratic voter.

  •  The TV airwaves are being dominated by the Presidential race,  when taking into account the debates, advertisements and speeches.  So that's why you might be missing the happenings in Montana. That's where a fight over campaign finance laws is being waged.     C.B. Pearson with the group "Stand with Montanans" says it's a tough battle:

[11:48] " We're never going to be able to compete in that arena with the corporations.  They have so much money, particularly the most wealthy corporations.  They can buy political outcomes in elections, like they buy lumber."

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