By Candy Crowley
Washington (CNN) - The beauty of being a president and a candidate is that when a monster storm stalks up the East Coast you can run over to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and be seen as a president on the job.
Which also works if you are reapplying.
"It's so important for us to respond big and respond fast as local information starts coming in," President Barack Obama said at FEMA.
Virginia Gov. Bob. McDonnell and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland weigh in on who will in the key battleground states.
Sr. Obama Campaign Adviser Robert Gibbs said Sunday that President Obama will be "more energetic" during the next debate.
On the first debate Gibbs said "I think Mitt Romney's performance was, indeed, magical and theatrical. Magical and theatrical largely because for 90 minutes he walked away from a campaign he had been running for more than six years previous to that."
CNN's political junkies take a look back at the week that was and answer the question: Who won? You may be surprised what they say.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) debated both 2012 presidential candidates in 2008 and gives us a unique perspective as the campaigns try to manage expectations.
"I think it's going to be excellent. I think both candidates are well-prepared, and understandably, you'll see their surrogates lowering expectations, oh, I don't know how our guy will compete, and that's part of the whole routine."
"I think sometimes we expect a major breakthrough, you know, the comment that - that doesn't happen very often. It happened with Reagan and Mondale. It happened with Reagan and Carter."
"Frankly, I can't remember the last time there was one of these comments that grabbed everybody's attention because, frankly, the candidates are too well-prepared. They're well-scripted."
Senators Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin on the shifting campaign momentum in the 2012 election.
Sen. Dick Durbin: "The momentum has shifted in Obama's direction and that's a good thing from our point of view."
Sen. Lindsey Graham: "I think if history holds here and undecided voters break against the incumbent as they generally do, this is a very close race, and quite frankly, I like our position."
On today’s “State of the Union,” with 44 days until Election Day, we got an assessment of the state of the race from two stalwarts of the Senate, Democrat Dick Durbin and Republican Lindsey Graham. House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Rep. Mike Rogers, joined Candy to discuss the Obama administration’s response to the attack that killed the US ambassador to Libya. Finally, a panel of pollsters and reporters; Whit Ayres, Anna Greenberg, Susan Page and Ron Brownstein discussed how the presidential candidates can appeal to that most desirable of demographics: the undecided voter.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to press the U.S to set a clear red line for Iran’s development of nuclear weapons, and responds to criticism that he’s trying to inject himself into the election between Obama and Romney.
Here's our lineup so far for Sunday's big show:
The conventions gave us a clear picture of two distinct visions for the country. We'll talk to two national figures who represent both sides.
We have an exclusive interview with California Governor Jerry Brown (D). We'll get his take on the DNC, and look at the hard decisions he's made such as approving billions in cuts to social services to close the state's budget gap.
And we’ll have an exclusive with former presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich. We'll get his unique insights on President Clinton's role in the Obama Campaign, and ask what advice he'd give to Mitt Romney's campaign heading into the fall.
Sunday, 9a & 12p ET
Policy differences over Medicare, and the growing negative tone in the presidential campaigns were front and center on today’s “State of the Union.” Romney senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom, speaking to CNN’s National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta, said he wasn’t concerned that seniors might be turned off by the Romney/Ryan Medicare plan. “If you look at the last few days of the campaign, you will see that Paul Ryan was down in Florida as you mentioned with his mother talking about the Romney/Ryan plan to strengthen and protect Medicare,” said Fehrnstrom.