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US election: Daily Diet - 11 October

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.

After three days of endless discussion of poll numbers, at last there's some action on Thursday, when the vice-presidential candidates cross swords in Danville, Kentucky.

Picture of the day

For most students, pretending to be a vice-president beats college. So the debate preparations provided a happy diversion for Ben Boone (left) and Tommy Bunoz, the Centre College students picked to stand in for Vice-President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan during rehearsals.

Quote of the day

"Sausage or pepperoni?"

A lifetime of free pizza is on offer for anyone who puts this question to President Obama or Mitt Romney at the next debate on Tuesday. Difficult to top that.

Read more at Fox News

Random stat

8 - number of debates Ryan has participated in since entering Congress

Not-so-random stat

0 - number of debates Romney thought Ryan had under his belt

Read more at ABC News

Sporting analogy of the day

"You have a seven-game series, we're up two zero and we lose one," President Obama tells TJMS radio host Tom Joyner, in his first interview about his widely criticised performance at the first presidential debate last week.

Read the full transcript at Black America

Placard of the day

Move over, Big Bird.

Sesame Street has been a background theme this week in the campaign, with a row over PBS funding.

But this Romney supporter outside Buns Bakery and Restaurant in Delaware, Ohio, reminds us that there's more to the street than our big fluffy friend.

So no more puns about feathers flying and candidates getting in a flap, please.

You can count them out.

Policy wonk's point of the day

30% of Vice-Presidents went on to take the top job.

(courtesy of the BBC's Analysis & Research unit, a team of highly experienced analysts who provide BBC journalists with briefs on the day's top stories)

Most talked about ad

Romney's victory in the first presidential debate in Denver provides material for his latest television advert, which targets the middle-class with this soundbite: "Look at the evidence of the last four years. Under the president's policies, middle-income Americans have been buried. They're just being crushed."

Read more at the Huffington Post

News in a swing state

Image caption Much attention is being focused on the 'Romney bounce' in the polls

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