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September 16th, 2010
10:13 PM ET
September 16th, 2010
06:12 PM ET

CNN Election Express on the road

474 Miles. Last week, from Sunday through Thursday our caravan traveled that distance: three SUVs loaded with gear and one 45 foot bus.

Viewers of John King, USA are very familiar with the CNN Election Express from our trips through the Gulf covering the oil spill and Arizona for a special on immigration. But, the one person you haven't met is Dale Fountain.

Honestly, Dale's job description doesn't exactly fit his job. Since 2003, Dale has driven the Election Express in circles around the lower 48. He has been a commercial driver since 1994 and has over a million and a half miles under his right foot.

But, for all those miles, Dale is CNN's ambassador and first journalist on site. At every stop, Dale's smile and graciousness may be the only CNNer that you will encounter. But, he is renowned company wide as one of the MVPs. He doesn't just drive the bus, he's the heart of the operation.

While we were in Kentucky, we turned the camera on the shy Mr. Fountain and asked him about life on the road. The man didn't take a vacation from June of 2007 through the end of the election in 2008. And we wanted you to get to know him better.

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September 16th, 2010
05:13 PM ET

Tonight on JKUSA...

Tonight John King, USA takes an in-depth look at the alarming new numbers of poverty in America. Did you know the poverty rate in the United States is at its highest level since 1994? We’ll break down the numbers TONIGHT @ 7p ET!

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September 16th, 2010
03:39 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington:

Forty-seven days out and our friends today focus on the fault lines in the big policy and political fights. Mario without hesitation connects the dots in immigration politics: Leader Reid presses for a vote in the Senate, and forces Republicans to take sides just as they try to court Latino voters in some key midterm races. Erick’s preferred fault line is the tax fight; the growing list of Democrats urging leaving all of the Bush tax cuts in place, at least for another year or two, complicates Democratic messaging. And each focuses on the other’s family feud: Mario loves that the ODonnell surprise in Delaware has caused Rove-Palin tensions; and Erick loves that health care isn’t playing in this campaign in the way top Democrats envisioned a year or so ago. Punchy partisans ... Part of what makes politics fun. Enjoy. – John King

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– The Democrats' new logo is really awful.

– 31 House Democrats are calling for no tax increase on job creators. That's enough to kill the Obama plan.

– More Democrats have run ads against the Democrats' health care reform package than for it. But . . . but . . . Bill Clinton and the White House told them they'd keep the House if they passed it.

Talk Show Host and Online Editor of Mario Solis-Marich:

– On the Mound: Leader Reid winds up and pitches the Dream Act over the plate and suddenly GOP candidates courting Latinos, and conservative Democrats hiding from them, face a new game.

– Spit Ball: GOP infighting reaches peak as Palin goes after Rove and Rove sets Grizzly traps.

– Balk: Conservative bloggers back track on claims that the GOP will take over the Senate, claiming that what they meant was that conservatives will take over the GOP…huh?

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September 16th, 2010
02:24 PM ET

'CNN Confirms: I am a Dumbass'

During his closing statement during Tuesday's Ohio Governor debate, GOP candidate John Kasich said, "About a week ago, ten days ago, I walked into a Bob Evans. As I walked through the restaurant I saw a man and a woman and I went over to them and they were writing numbers on a piece of paper. I said what's – what are you doing there. They said, well my job was downgraded. The lady said my job was downgraded. We're sitting here working on the family budget. We're trying to figure out how to make it work."

Following Kasich's comment, Blogger Anthony Fossaceca of the OhioDaily posted, "Like much of tonight's debate, the words coming out of John Kasich's mouth were fiction. ...(In fact, someone please send me a photo of the Ohio couple in the Bob Evans with the napkin and I'll personally apologize to Congressman Kasich the next time I'm at his country club)."

So, on Wednesday night we did just that. As you may remember, CNN’s John King interviewed Kasich last week during our JKUSA Election Road Trip to Ohio. We had the video to show that Kasich was in fact at the Bob Evans he said he was. Since last night's JKUSA Ohio Fact Check, Fossaceca has issued an apology. "Lo and behold, I was apparently (kinda) wrong. Turns out, John Kasich was actually at a Bob Evans recently. And he actually talked to people there. And two of them actually were working on their household budget. And CNN just happened to have video of it. D'oh!" wrote Fossaceca.

Click here to read his latest post "CNN Confirms: I am a Dumbass".

September 16th, 2010
12:22 PM ET