October 2012

Oct 29, 2012

Will Sandy add another twist to tight race?

By Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics

President Obama, plowing into the final week of what he calls his last campaign, cannot realistically gauge how Hurricane Sandy might change his fortunes in a election so close it could shift in a breeze, let alone a gale.

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In middle of a messy election, a nightmare makes landfall

By Peter Baker, The New York Times

In the dark of night, when they get what little sleep they get these days, the people running the campaigns for president have more than enough fodder for nightmares. Worse, come daybreak, they realize their worst fears may yet come true.

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Oct 26, 2012

‘Fiscal cliff’ already hampering U.S. economy, report says

By Lori Montgomery, The Washington Post

The “fiscal cliff” is still two months off, but the scheduled blast of tax hikes and spending cuts is already reverberating through the U.S. economy, hampering growth and, according to a new study, wiping out nearly 1 million jobs this year alone.

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Romney pulls even in Colorado, trails in Nevada: polls

By John Harwood, CNBC

Mitt Romney has pulled even with President Obama in the battleground state of Colorado, but continues to trail narrowly in Nevada, according to new NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls.

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Touting momentum, Romney tries to look like a winner

By Sam Youngman, Reuters

He does it too often to be a slip of the tongue. When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses his growing crowds, he always catches himself.

"If I'm president - when, I'm president," Romney says in his speeches now, drawing cheers from the crowd.

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How to deploy your candidate

By John Dickerson, Slate Magazine

As the presidential election heads into its final days, the most important decision strategists in both campaigns are making is where to send the candidate. There is no more precious resource: Every visit initiates a multilevel strategy to capture votes, voter information, and volunteers who can be squeezed for one more hour of effort.

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On a frenetic day, Obama votes and Romney is for change

By Peter Baker and Michael Barbaro, The New York Times

Mitt Romney adopted the mantra that fueled his opponent’s victory four year ago, casting himself as the candidate of “big change” on Thursday in Ohio as he began to outline a closing argument in the state that could decide the race.

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Oct 25, 2012

Obama condemns Mourdock’s remarks on rape and pregnancy

By Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg News

President Barack Obama condemned remarks by an Indiana Republican U.S. Senate candidate who described pregnancy caused by rape as something “God intended,” saying it illustrated the stakes in the presidential election.

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Headed to Splitsville

By Major Garrett, National Journal

The most fascinating dynamic of election night might not be the regimented partisan alignment everyone is predicting, but the reemergence of ticket-splitting and how that might determine the balance of power in the U.S. Senate.

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Obama defends new campaign booklet

By Laura Meckler, Wall Street Journal

President Barack Obama defended his campaign’s decision to issue a booklet spelling out his ideas for a second term just two weeks before Election Day. Asked if the move was evidence that the Obama campaign did not expect to be in such a close race so close to the end, Mr. Obama told NBC News that the booklet simply goes over the same proposals he put forth in his Democratic National Convention speech.

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Romney running hard in Nevada where Obama holds the chips

By Sam Youngman, Reuters

When Mitt Romney landed in Las Vegas on Tuesday, President Barack Obama's advance team had beaten him there.

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Colorado remains big prize as Romney, Obama hold campaign rallies

By Dan Balz, The Washington Post

It was after sunset as the flashing lights of Mitt Romney’s motorcade began the steep and winding climb up the hills west of Denver on Tuesday. By the time the Republican candidate arrived at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, the rocks were rocking.

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