US Election at a glance: 11 Oct 2010

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Day in a Nutshell

New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino said he had "no problem whatsoever" with homosexuality, only with same-sex marriage.

His remarks came a day after he told an audience in Brooklyn that children should not be "brainwashed" into accepting homosexuality and criticised his Democratic opponent for marching in a gay pride parade.

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The BBC's Katty Kay speaks to Franz Strasser about concerns Americans may have prior to casting their votes in the mid-term elections on 2 November

President Barack Obama was heading to Miami to raise money for the Democratic party, while Vice-President Joe Biden was campaigning for Democratic candidates in Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile, Republicans called on the president and the Democrats to provide evidence for accusations that the opposition is trying to steal the election with secret special-interest money, possibly including money from foreign companies.

And across the US, rival candidates were taking part in television debates in Indiana, Kentucky and Wisconsin senate races, and California's gubernatorial race.

Quote - Unquote

"Exposing them to homosexuality, especially at a gay pride parade - I don't know if you've ever been to one - they wear these little Speedos and they grind against each other and it's just a terrible thing. Why would you bring your children to that?" Carl Paladino tells NBC's Today programme what he thinks about gays.

"When people are angry, they want to focus on their anger. If this is a referendum on anger, we lose. If this is a referendum on choice, we're going to win," Vice-President Joe Biden said at a campaign stop in Pennsylvania.

"I hope he will be confirmed by the Senate as quickly as possible," President Barack Obama said, congratulating Peter Diamond on winning the Nobel Prize in economics. Mr Diamond's nomination to the US Federal Reserve board of governors has been stalled since April.

"I don't see anything wrong about educating the public about events that happened. And that's the whole purpose of historical re-enacting," Rich Iott, a Republican House candidate from Ohio, said when asked if he had erred in wearing a Nazi uniform while taking part in World War II re-enactments.

Key Numbers

A new poll from Gallup and USA Today testifies to the anti-incumbent theme of this year's campaign. When asked to use one word or phrase to describe the government, 72% of 981 Americans surveyed went for negative terms like "too big", "corrupt" or "confused". Only 10% used positive terms like "good".

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Florida Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek hands out Cuban coffee to supporters in Miami