October 2012

Oct 31, 2012

Sandy won’t blow the recovery away

By Jim Tankersley, National Journal

Hurricane Sandy looks on track to wreak a lot of economic damage on the Eastern Seaboard. It’s almost impossible, as of early Monday, to predict how expensive that damage will be in the short term. But most economists expect the overall effect on the U.S. economy to be minimal over the next several months.

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Ohio's deluge of spin

By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

Be glad you don't live in Ohio. It's a fine old state with pretty towns, friendly people and a fairly healthy economy. But over the last six months, its citizens have endured a volume of political advertising unequaled in the history of Western civilization.

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Storm response dominates Obama's agenda

By Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics

With a death toll of at least 50 and losses that could top $45 billion, "super-storm" Sandy put President Obama, East Coast governors, local officials and tens of millions of people to the test Tuesday.

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Obama and Romney in exceedingly close race, poll finds

By Jeff Zeleny and Marjorie Connelly, The New York Times

President Obama and Mitt Romney enter the closing week of the campaign in an exceedingly narrow race, according to the latest poll by The New York Times and CBS News, with more voters now viewing Mr. Romney as a stronger leader on the economy and Mr. Obama as a better guardian of the middle class.

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Storm provides Obama with a commander-in-chief moment

By Karen Tumulty and David Nakamura, The Washington Post

For a day at least, Hurricane Sandy appears to have done for President Obama what he has not been able to do for himself. In a campaign notable mostly for its negativity, the historic storm provided Obama with a commander-in-chief moment a week before Election Day.

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Oct 30, 2012

Obama hopes Nevada turnout team trumps bad economy

By Charles Babington, Associated Press

It's people like Paul Prekop who make Nevada a maddeningly difficult state for President Barack Obama to lock down, and who give Republican Mitt Romney hope that there's a route to the White House even if he loses the big prize of Ohio.

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Obama, Romney Focus on Sandy: Election? What Election?

By Beth Reinhard, National Journal

Hurricane Sandy is injecting a tropical storm-sized dose of volatility into an already unpredictable presidential race, potentially crimping Republican Mitt Romney’s post-debate momentum and President Obama’s much-hyped early-vote operation.

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Mother Nature Plays Politics

by John Dickerson, Slate Magazine

Hurricane Sandy has interrupted the campaign, which makes her the most important woman in the swing states.

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Obama, Romney respond to Hurricane Sandy, as it upends campaign plans

By Jerry Markon and Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post

Hurricane Sandy upended the closely fought presidential campaign Monday, canceling some early voting and disrupting campaign events in battleground states a week before Election Day.

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Early Voters, and a Hurricane, Change the Rhythm of the Campaign

By Michael Cooper and Jeff Zeleny, The New York TImes

With more than one in three votes likely to be cast before Election Day this year, Republicans are stepping up their efforts to chip away at what has been a Democratic advantage in early voting in vital battlegrounds like Ohio and North Carolina.

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Oct 29, 2012

Romney hides positions from U.S. voters, Plouffe says

By Julianna Goldman and Julie Bykowicz, Bloomberg News

White House senior adviser David Plouffe said Republican Mitt Romney is “disingenuously” hiding his positions from voters as polls show the U.S. presidential contest deadlocked in the campaign’s final days.

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Ohio, the Bull’s-eye State: Obama, Romney aim full arsenals at vital electoral prize

By Dan Balz and Felicia Sonmez, The Washington Post

Kathy Wade was out mowing her lawn on a raw and rainy Friday when Doyle and Jane Peyton, volunteer canvassers for Mitt Romney’s campaign, stopped at the curb in her suburban neighborhood 20 miles from Columbus. Doyle asked her: Had she decided how she would vote in the presidential election?

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