You can't have a presidential race without chatter about a so called "October surprise" involving the candidates. Multiple potential surprises - or non-surprises, depending on your point of view – made headlines Wednesday.
Two notorious self-promoters got into the act Wednesday: Donald Trump and Gloria Allred. But the question is, did they live up to the hype?
After days of dangling the promise of a major revelation about President Obama, Donald Trump delivered a big disappointment just after 11 a.m. CST. As revelations go, this one was a bid dud.
"The Donald" promised a $5 million donation to a charity of the president's choice, if the president would turn over all his college applications, transcripts, and passport records.
Those documents, by the way, have long been part of trump's "birther" claims about Mr. Obama. He demanded that the president release them, asserting at times that they would shed light on the president's mysterious foreign ties and origins.
Not to be outdone, super lawyer and Obama supporter Gloria Allred petitioned a judge in Massachusetts to release testimony Mitt Romney gave during the 1991 divorce of his friend Staples founder Tom Stemberg.
Romney was the CEO of Bain Capital at the time, an owner of Staples. The Republican challenger was brought in to testify about the value of the company.
Stemberg's ex wife claims Romney lied during that testimony.
A Romney lawyer told Time magazine, "This is a decades-old divorce case. He has no objection to letting the public see that testimony."
Meantime, both candidates are busy on the campaign trail, with the president in Ohio as part of a six-state marathon, and Governor Romney visiting Nevada and Iowa.
Court will be back in session Thursday morning in the Stemberg case in Massachusetts, meaning we could find out then just what exactly Romney said during that 1991 testimony.
It's worth noting that a number of conservative pundits are furious with Trump, fearing that Wednesday morning's silly stunt could end up helping President Obama.
Michelle Malkin, for example, called Trump a carnival barker and clown who isn't a true conservative.
Neither camp had responded to Trump's "announcement" as of 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.