New ads hit airwaves two weeks out from election

A day after the third presidential debate, the Obama and Romney campaigns have deployed new ads in battleground states.

Romney’s Apology Tour ad

Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama, in Monday’s debate, of taking an "apology tour" to the Middle East, visiting Muslim countries, but skipping Israel. PolitiFact has rated this talking point, however, as false.

Obama’s Determination Ad

Obama continues his message that economic progress has been made in the last four years. This ad is playing in North Carolina and other battleground states, despite the fact that some Obama surrogates have conceded the Old North State to Romney.

Capital Tonight Oct. 18: NC Supreme Court candidates

On Capital Tonight: We sit down with N.C. Supreme Court candidates Sam Ervin IV and Paul Newby, plus our judicial analysts Bob Orr and Eddie Greene talk about how money affects judicial campaigns.

Financial reports show DNC used corporate contributions

CHARLOTTE — For months the Democratic National Convention Committee said they were right on track for fundraising.

But paperwork filed this week shows they are short by millions of dollars. They used a $10 million loan backed by Duke Energy.

Many members of the host committee would not talk on camera about the numbers.

Steve Kerrigan, CEO of the Democratic National Convention, repeated time and time again, that fundraising was “right on track.”

"Ha ha, at the risk of repeating myself, we are on track," Kerrigan told News 14 Carolina back in August.

No one’s laughing now. And no one is talking either after a report filed with the Federal Election Commission Wednesday, showing the host committee fell millions of dollars short.

They needed to raise more than $30 million for the convention, but as of Oct. 18, documents filed show they raised $24.1 million.

Host committee CEO Dan Murrey was out of town when the numbers came out. He couldn’t be reached for an interview, but did release a statement. Murrey said by most accounts the convention was one of the most successful in history.

He didn’t comment about the fundraising shortfall, but said there was no cost to taxpayers.

Documents also show the committee borrowed nearly $8 million from a $10 million loan backed by Duke Energy. They have less than six months to pay it back.

Duke Energy released a statement, part of it saying they did not use customers funds to pay for any part of the convention.

News 14 Carolina also tried to talk with Mayor Anthony Foxx, co-chairman of the host committee.

He refused an interview and released a statement which didn’t mention the fundraising shortfall or how the money would be paid back.

Statement from Dr. Dan Murrey, chairman of the Charlotte in 2012 host committee:

“I am very proud of the accomplishments we made at this convention. By most accounts, this was one of the most successful political conventions in history. Beyond showcasing Charlotte for the entire world, the convention generated millions of dollars in economic activity for our community and valuable infrastructure improvements that have already yielded increased interests among convention planners. We have accomplished all of this without passing any of these costs on to the taxpayers. The legacy this convention will leave is historic and I am honored to have been part of it.”

Statement from Duke Energy:

Duke Energy joined other local corporations to provide financial and in-kind (non-cash) support for the 2012 Democratic National Convention to showcase Charlotte and North Carolina to the world. By virtually all accounts, the convention was a tremendous success and will drive new economic development throughout the region.

As detailed in a Federal Election Committee report filed today by the Charlotte In 2012 Host Committee, Duke Energy provided a total of $5.7 million in cash and in-kind (non-cash) contributions to support the host committee’s programs to promote economic growth. This includes $4 million in cash and $1.7 million in in-kind (non-cash) contributions for items such as office space that was temporarily available and parking.

In addition, in early 2010, Duke Energy offered to guarantee a $10-million bank line of credit to the host committee to bolster Charlotte’s chance of being selected by the Democratic National Committee to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The purpose of the line of credit is to help the local host committee manage its cash flow during the convention fundraising process.

The host committee’s FEC report states that the committee has borrowed $7.9 million from the $10 million line of credit. The committee has stated that it continues to raise funds to repay the banks and that convention invoices are still being paid.

Duke Energy will continue to work with the convention organizers and others in the coming months to ensure the line of credit is paid. The line of credit line agreement calls for it to be paid in full by Feb. 28, 2013.

Duke Energy has not and will not use any utility customer funds to pay for any aspects of the convention, or events associated with the convention.

Statement from Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx:

"The 2012 Democratic National Convention put Charlotte and North Carolina on the world map, exposing our city and state to thousands of delegates and media, and billions of people around the globe. We promised that the event would be a positive turning point for our city, and it has been. Through the work of thousands and thousands of people, and many partner organizations, we delivered — an event hailed by many as the best convention ever, one that put our community on an international stage, enhanced our ability to recruit new industry and jobs, and came at no expense to city taxpayers."

Capital Tonight Oct. 17: Legislative races preview

On Capital Tonight: We sit down with the Libertarian candidate for governor Barbara Howe, plus we preview the key legislative races that could decide control in the General Assembly.

9th District candidate debate

Watch the 9th District congressional candidate debate between GOP nominee Robert Pittenger and Democratic nominee Jennifer Roberts. The debate, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, is moderated by News 14 Carolina’s Heather Waliga.

Tagg Romney, DNC bus roll through North Carolina

WINSTON-SALEM – With only 20 days left before election day, the push is on to drum up support and capture one of the country’s most hotly contested states in the race for the White House.

The Democratic National Committee’s Gotta Vote bus and Mitt Romney’s eldest son, Tagg, were on the campaign trail in North Carolina a day after the second presidential debate.

Supporters came fired up saying their candidate was the clear victor in the Tuesday night town hall event.

Results of several polls declared President Obama the winner, but at a campaign rally at Manchester Plaza in Winston-Salem Tagg Romney said his father easily matched last week’s performance.

"He did great, just as great as the last one,” said Romney. “He, I think, was pretty clear in pointing out that Obama’s rhetoric doesn’t match his record and that he’s got the right way forward to help us fix the economy."

Some political observers said Mr. Obama offered few details of his plans for a second term. At an Obama campaign rally across town, a state representative disagreed.

"He’s gonna bring in more jobs, so he did lay it out, how he’s gonna help the middle class,” said Rep. Earline Parmon, a Democrat from Forsyth County. “I think he did lay out his plans for the next four years to continue to move America forward."

A Wake Forest University student sided with 58 percent of debate watchers surveyed in a CNN/ORC International nationwide poll who said Mitt Romney was better able to handle the economy.

"I just think that his experience will help the economy better and that’s really important for me since in a couple of years I’m going to be looking for a job," said Denise Peek.

As the race for the White House hurtles toward election day, party leaders urged supporters to stay focused.

"We only have 20 days until this election and I think we’ve got to pour our hearts into this election,” said State Sen. Linda Garrou, a Forsyth County Democrat. “Work hard. Spend time on the phones. Knockin’ on doors. Gettin’ out there and making sure that everybody comes to vote."

The Gotta Vote bus also stopped in High Point and Greensboro. Tagg Romney made additional appearances in Burlington and Raleigh.

Capital Tonight Oct. 16, 10:30 p.m.: Post-debate analysis

On Capital Tonight: Our analysts Bob Orr, Perry Woods and Prof. Roy Schwartzman look who won and who lost in the gubernatorial and presidential debates.

Obama, Romney square off in town hall debate

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — President Barack Obama is coming out swinging in the second presidential campaign debate, striking immediately at Republican Mitt Romney’s opposition to the Democrat’s handling of the auto industry bailout.

Obama was seen as having missed opportunities to make gains in the first debate with Romney two weeks ago. Romney was viewed as having won the debate.

Obama also said Romney’s plan is to let the oil companies write the energy policies.

At least twice Obama has accused Romney of being untruthful. And he’s addressed Romney directly, unlike their first debate in Denver, when Obama primarily addressed the moderator, while Romney criticized the president.

Obama, Romney offer jobs pitch at start of debate

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney offered their jobs agenda at the start of the second presidential debate, responding to a college student concerned about finding a job after graduation.

Romney told the student that his question was one that’s being asked by college student across the nation. He said his administration would try to make it easier for students to afford college and promote economic growth to help students.

Romney said the nation faces more debt and fewer jobs. He says, quote, "I’m going to change that."

Obama says he would build upon the 5 million private sector jobs created during his first term, pushing for more manufacturing jobs. The president said his policies aimed to improve the education system and promote a variety of energy sources.

Romney, Obama joust over tax plans and debt

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama both said their tax plans would benefit the middle class and spur job creation, and both are suggesting their opponent’s plan would do the opposite.

Romney said cutting tax rates across the board would spur job growth. He said bringing rates down makes it easy for small businesses to keep more of their capital and hire more workers.

But Obama, who supports raising tax rates on upper incomes, says Romney’s proposed tax cuts and his calls for increased military spending would add trillions to the federal debt.

Obama said to Romney, a former businessman, quote, "You wouldn’t have taken such a sketchy deal."

He said the American people shouldn’t accept that deal either.

Obama, Romney paint opposing picture of Obama term

President Barack Obama ticked through promises kept as having halted the economic slide but is pledging to go hard after those campaign pledges from 2008 that he has not met.

In response at the presidential debate, Republican challenger Mitt Romney said Obama’s unmet commitments have slowed the nation’s economic recovery.

Obama listed small-business tax cuts, health care legislation and financial regulation as measures that helped stabilize the faltering economy.

Romney said Obama chiefly has failed to meet employment targets.

Watch the second presidential town hall debate

President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney meet in the second presidential debate at Hofstra University on Long Island, NY. CNN’s Candy Crowley moderated the debate.

Capital Tonight Oct. 16, 7 p.m.: Pre-debate coverage

On Capital Tonight: Our analysts Bob Orr, Perry Woods and UNC Greensboro Prof. Roy Schwartzman break down debate strategy for the gubernatorial and presidential debates.