US election: Daily Diet - 12 October

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As the election looms, the bombardment of stories, figures and headlines is intensifying. But no longer - we've diced and sliced a daily helping of tasty political morsels for your consumption.

It's a 24-hour news cycle presented in bite-sized chunks - your one-stop shop for all the best titbits from the campaign trail. Send us your contributions using the form at the bottom of the page.

Today we offer a Republican biker, we learn about the political preferences of pornography performers, and we learn that Americans really, really do not like to put sitting members of Congress in the White House.

Picture of the day

A man at a Romney rally in North Carolina

A man holds his hand on his heart at a rally for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in North Carolina on Thursday.

Quote of the day

Kaypro computer An old Kaypro where it belongs - in storage

Don't tell me about Ronald Reagan. When Ronald Reagan was president, gas was 90 cents a gallon and I was writing on a Kaypro.

Gail Collins of the New York Times is sick of hearing fearful Democratic comparisons to the 1980 campaign, when Republican Ronald Reagan defeated an unpopular incumbent Democrat, Jimmy Carter, amid a struggling economy.

Read more at the New York Times

Random stat

68 - Percentage of pornography industry workers who support Obama, compared to 13% for Romney, according to a survey by XBIZ.com, a social networking site for the industry.

The website surveyed 339 workers in the business.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times

Sporting analogy of the day

Foreman and Ali Ali won the 1974 fight by playing defence

"You ever seen me rope-a-dope?" replies Joe Biden, after a reporter asks whether he'll use Muhammad Ali's famous tactic in Thursday's debate against Paul Ryan.

At the storied Rumble in the Jungle fight in 1974, Ali hung against the ropes and blocked as the younger George Foreman punched himself out. When Foreman had exhausted himself, Ali knocked him down for the victory.

Indeed, the vice-president came out of his corner swinging, and was so aggressive some pundits warned his manner may have turned off some swing voters.

Read more at USA Today

Policy wonk's point of the day

Glasses

Nineteen presidents had previously served in the US House of Representatives, but only one sitting House member has been elected president - James Garfield in 1880.

History suggests that if Obama wins re-election and Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman, wants to run for president in 2016, he is advised to get himself another job.

(Source: Office of the Clerk, US House of Representatives)

News in a swing state

Iowa Times-Republican ragout

The Times-Republican of Marshalltown, Iowa, sums up the action in last night's vice-presidential debate.

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