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** FILE ** President George H.W. Bush talks with independent candidate H. Ross Perot (center) as Democratic candidate Bill Clinton stands aside at the end of their second debate. (Associated Press)

Ross Perot endorses Mitt Romney

Ross Perot, the businessman who mounted the last major challenge to the two-party political system, said Tuesday he is backing Mitt Romney for president this year.

Candy Crowley (Courtesy of cnn.com)

Crowley says she will 'cull' town-hall questions

CNN's Candy Crowley, moderator for the second presidential debate, said Monday that she and a small team of assistants will "cull" questions from a town-hall audience in advance to decide which queries are posed to President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

**FILE** President Obama speaks during a Oct. 11, 2012, campaign event at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. (Associated Press)

Auto union gives $1 million to Obama super PAC

The United Auto Workers gave $1 million to President Obama's super PAC and another million to super PACs working to elect Congressional Democrats last month, filings showed Monday. And the union received more than $5 million from its Detroit affiliate, meaning it has millions more left to spend before election day.

** FILE ** Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

Giuliani: Romney is 'problem-solver,' not 'extreme ideologue'

Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani said Monday that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's purported shifts in his positions on a host of subjects is no longer an issue for him and that Mr. Romney, a "practical businessperson," would not be an "extreme ideologue" if elected president.

Beau Biden (AP Photo)

Beau Biden defends father's smiling

Vice President Joseph R. Biden's son on Sunday morning defended his father's recent debate performance and penchant for smiling and laughing while his opponent discussed serious issues.

Stephen Colbert

Colbert gets serious about presidential campaigns

Late-night satirist Stephen Colbert broke from character on Sunday morning and offered a serious assessment of the presidential campaign and opined on what President Obama may do in his second term and on which direction Republican challenger Mitt Romney would take the nation if elected.