September 2012

PBS NewsHour: Candidates Push Early Voting on Campaign Trail

Though Election Day is nearly six weeks away, some voters have already cast their ballots. Thirty-five states have early voting or no-excuse absentee voting. Gwen Ifill talks to George Mason University's Michael McDonald for more on the process of early voting and its potential impact on the 2012 election.

PBS NewsHour: In the Face of GOP Criticism, Addressing Obama's Foreign Policy Challenges

In Pueblo, Colo., and at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative, Mitt Romney lambasted President Obama's handling of foreign affairs after the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya. Gwen Ifill talks to former U.S. Ambassador Nicholas Burns and Council on Foreign Relations' Richard Haass about the president's foreign policy.

PBS NewsHour: GOP Scrambles to Contain Damage from Secretly Recorded Video at Fundraiser

A video released this week caught Mitt Romney calling 47 percent of voters unswayable Obama supporters who are 'victims' who don't pay any taxes. Gwen Ifill talks to Tax Policy Center's Roberton Williams and National Journal's Nancy Cook about backlash over Romney's remarks and whether his rhetoric paints an accurate picture.

PBS NewsHour: U.S. Voters Are Highly Engaged: Pew Poll Suggests Big Turnout for 2012 Election

A new Pew poll suggests Americans are paying attention to 2012 campaigns, and that Election Day will see high numbers of voters cast their ballots. Gwen Ifill talks to Pew Research Center's Andy Kohut and the Huffington Post's Mark Blumenthal for what the latest polls say about the mood of U.S. voters.

PBS NewsHour: Poll Numbers Sliding, Mitt Romney Plans to Offer Policy Specifics

In an effort to combat sliding poll numbers, the Romney Campaign announced that Mitt Romney would address voters' hunger for specificity, planning to give more detail on parts of his policy platform. Gwen Ifill talks to USA Today's Susan Page and the Washington Post's Dan Balz on whether this strategy shift can win over voters.

PBS NewsHour: Financing 9/11 Memorials: Money, Control and Plain Old Fashioned Politics

Eleven years after the Twin Towers fell, the final portion of the $700 million New York project to build an underground 9/11 museum remains incomplete, as city, state and federal governments disagree over who pays for what and for how long. Gwen Ifill talks to the New York Times' Charles Bagli about the current challenges.

PBS NewsHour: Libyan Salafists Hope to Assert Power in Embassy Attacks

Since Libya established a secular democracy, conservative Muslims in Libya known as Salafists have felt disenfranchised. Gwen Ifil speaks to RAND Corporation's Frederic Wehrey, a former military attache in Libya, and journalist Robin Wright about the link between Salafi Muslims and the latest attacks in the Middle East.

PBS NewsHour: Julian Castro on his DNC Keynote Speech, Texas 'Turning Blue'

Mayor of San Antonio Julian Castro -- the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday -- stopped by the NewsHour skybox Wednesday evening to talk with Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill. "If you are looking for the bigger tent party across a whole host of issues, that's the Democratic party," he said.

PBS NewsHour: Democrats Play Offense in the South in Hopes of Turning Some Red States Blue

Charlotte, N.C., will play host to the 2012 Democratic Convention. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff talks to Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and University of North Carolina's Kareem Crayton about the changing political landscape of North Carolina and how that will affect both the Democratic and Republican parties come Election Day.

PBS NewsHour: Mass. Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren Asks, 'Who Are You Fighting For?'

Gwen Ifill talks to Massachusetts senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, a keynote speaker at the convention on Wednesday. Warren, a consumer advocate, talks about discouraging partisanship, supporting working families over Wall Street billionaires and the special campaign finance deal she made with her opponent, Sen. Scott Brown.