News roundup: November 2, 2011

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Leaders in Nevada are calling on Mitt Romney to apologize for his statements that the foreclosure crisis needs to "run its course and hit the bottom." Former Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley, a leader in the state's foreclosure mediation program, has started a petition demanding Romney apologize. So far it has been signed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and six members of the state Senate. "With the highest foreclosure rate in the nation, Nevadans can¹t afford someone in the White House more concerned with Wall Street banks than families struggling to keep a roof over their head," Reid said.

A new Quinnipiac University poll puts Herman Cain well ahead of Mitt Romney in the race for the GOP nomination. The former pizza executive came in at 30 percent while Romney sat at 23 percent, a differential greater than the margin of error. This poll is one of the starkest examples yet of a Republican primary electorate desperate for an alternative to Romney.

The United States is falling behind on investing in infrastructure, spending just 2 percent of GDP on building and maintaining the country's roads, bridges, airports and transit systems. In comparison, Europe spends 5 percent of GDP, and China spends 9 percent of GDP on infrastructure. President Obama is taking a step in the right direction by calling on Congress to pass a standalone part of the American Jobs Act that will invest $50 billion in transportation infrastructure and $10 billion in a National Infrastructure Bank.

With D.C.'s Francis Scott Key Bridge as a backdrop, President Obama delivered remarks this morning urging Congress to pass the transportation provisions of the American Jobs Act. The Key Bridge is one of more than 70,000 bridges around the nation in need of renovation. The President's proposed investment would put hundreds of thousands of construction workers back to work doing badly needed repairs on America¹s roads, bridges, airports, and transit systems nationwide.