October 2012

Oct 24, 2012

Analysis: Calm Romney pins hopes on momentum

By Charles Babington, Associated Press

Republican Mitt Romney is acting like a challenger who feels he has enough momentum and time to overtake the president by Election Day, two weeks from now.

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Iowa newspaper scolds White House for off-the-record caveat

By Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times

President Obama and his campaign have been diligently working to win the endorsements from newspapers in battleground states, which is why he placed a call to The Des Moines Register on Tuesday.

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Ryan to focus on poverty in Ohio speech

By Nia-Malika Henderson, The Washington Post

As the campaign for the White House enters the final stretch and both campaigns focus on just a handful of states, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan will address upward mobility and the economy in Ohio Wednesday afternoon.

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It’s not about the economy, stupid

By John Dickerson, Slate Magazine

President Obama moved from center stage to center court Tuesday. The day after the third and final debate, Obama started his day at a tennis stadium grinning under the waves of adulation from an eager and approving crowd. The night before, the president was all sharp elbows and crisp declarations about world affairs, but for those arrayed in the bleachers surrounding him on all sides, he was in full campaign mode, joking, switching accents, and returning to the perils of Romnesia—less Situation Room and more The Situation.

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With debates over, candidates race to clinch vital states

By Helene Cooper and Michael D. Shear, The New York Times

President Obama started making his closing argument for a second term on Tuesday, beginning a furious two-week effort to beat back a late surge by Mitt Romney and hang on to battleground states where voters are already casting ballots in large numbers.

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Oct 23, 2012

Sparring over foreign policy, Obama goes on the offense

By Peter Baker and Helene Cooper, The New York Times

President Obama and Mitt Romney wrapped up a series of defining debates on Monday night with a bristling exchange over America’s place in the world as each sought to portray the other as an unreliable commander in chief in a dangerous era.

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A kinder, gentler Romney

By Doyle McManus, the Los Angeles Times

It's a safe bet that President Obama misses the old Mitt Romney — the one who described himself as "severely conservative."

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ANALYSIS: All about the battlegrounds

By Amy Walter and Michael Falcone, ABC News

On the debate stage last night at Lynn University in Boca Raton, President Obama came to play, and Mitt Romney played not to lose.

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Romney rising?

By John Dickerson, Slate Magazine

Mitt Romney brought a knife to a gunfight. A butter knife. In the third and final presidential debate, focused on national security and foreign policy, the Republican challenger seemed to be living by the Hippocratic oath: Do no harm. In this case that meant a mostly passive, heavy-on-agreement discussion with his opponent the commander in chief. President Obama, by contrast, was on the attack, repeatedly calling Romney reckless and looking every bit like the politician who thinks he's behind in the race.

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Obama keeps Romney on his heels in last debate

By Dan Balz and David Nakamura, The Washington Post

President Obama and Mitt Romney clashed repeatedly over foreign policy here Monday night, with the president arguing assertively that Romney has lacked the consistency or clarity of vision to lead the country while the Republican nominee charged that Obama has been weak and ineffective in the face of growing turmoil in the world.

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Oct 02, 2012

Campaigns search for elusive early voters

With Laura Meckler, Wall Street Journal

With early voting under way in Iowa and about to begin in Ohio, the voters the two presidential campaigns are working hardest to motivate are a challenging group: those least likely to vote in the first place. Laura Meckler has details on The News Hub.


Oct 05, 2012

Democrats try to regroup in wake of the debate

By Susan Davis, USA Today

After President Obama's disappointing debate performance, Wednesday, some Democratic strategists lamented that Obama missed opportunities to strike at what they saw as his GOP rival's inconsistencies on policy matters.

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