presidential election

  • February 21, 2012  

    January financial disclosures exposed the power of unaffiliated super PACs funds this election season. Margaret Warner and John Dunbar of the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News discuss the fundraising reports, the $22 million raised and some of the big spenders helping these groups help their preferred candidates. Continue reading

  • February 20, 2012  

    A nationwide Gallup poll showed presidential hopeful Rick Santorum leading the GOP field with 36 percent of Republican voters. The new frontrunner, who is leading rival Mitt Romney by eight points, drew crowds and criticism Monday after he said global warming is “not climate science but political science.” Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

  • February 16, 2012  

    Social media have had a big impact on politics this election season, influencing which issues reach the forefront and affecting how campaigns act and react. A regular new NewsHour segment will track political issues as they play out online, featuring journalists Lauren Ashburn and Howard Kurtz of the new website, Daily Download. Continue reading

  • February 16, 2012  

    While it seems like everything can be done online these days, that’s not actually the case when it comes to elections. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien explores the security, logistical and secrecy challenges of Internet voting. Continue reading

  • February 15, 2012  

    Several national polls now show GOP hopeful Rick Santorum in a new dead heat with longtime front-runner Mitt Romney. Gwen Ifill discusses Santorum’s rise and efforts to win Michigan’s Feb. 28 primary with The Washington Post’s Dan Balz and Bill Ballenger of the Inside Michigan Politics newsletter. Continue reading

  • February 13, 2012  

    Despite weekend wins by Mitt Romney in Maine’s caucuses and the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll, a recent nationwide survey of voters found Rick Santorum slightly ahead. Judy Woodruff discusses the evolving GOP field with USA Today’s Susan Page and The Rothenberg Political Report’s Stuart Rothenberg. Continue reading

  • February 10, 2012  

    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the week’s top political news including President Obama backtracking on the administration’s earlier contraception mandate, the GOP field at the Conservative Political Action Conference and Rick Santorum’s latest surge in the delegate race. Continue reading

  • February 7, 2012  

    President Obama’s senior campaign strategist David Axelrod spoke with Judy Woodruff about the president’s re-election campaign, the new Priorities USA Action super PAC run by former administration staffers, efforts to create jobs and the administration’s ruling on contraceptives that created a firestorm among religious leaders. Continue reading

  • February 6, 2012  

    As Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich campaigned Monday in Colorado, Gingrich targeted Romney, but the former Massachusetts governor focused his attention on President Obama. Gwen Ifill discusses the state of the Republican presidential race with USA Today’s Susan Page and The Rothenberg Political Report’s Stuart Rothenberg. Continue reading

  • February 6, 2012  

    In an interview Monday with the NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff, Speaker of the House John Boehner said that Congress gets along most of the time and that disagreements mostly occur over major bills. He also discussed his relationship with President Obama, the race for the GOP presidential nomination and the chances of a deficit deal. Continue reading