October 2012

PBS Newshour: A Week Until Election Day, Campaigns Focus on Disaster Relief

As Hurricane Sandy blew in, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney turned their focus to storm victims rather than swing voters. Gwen Ifill talks to Politico's Jonathan Allen about the delicate balance of remaining apolitical in the aftermath of a natural disaster while running the last leg of the race to the White House.

PBS NewsHour: Some Senate Candidates Race Toward Photo-Finish Elections in Fight for Majority

The outcome in extremely tight senate races in states like Connecticut, Arizona, Indiana and North Dakota could determine who controls the Senate and the president's agenda come January. Gwen Ifill talks to Roll Call's Shira Toeplitz and The Rothenberg Political Report's Nathan Gonzales for more on just what's on the line.

PBS NewsHour: With Final Foreign Policy Debate Done, Candidates Start Swing State Sprint

The candidates made an eager return to the campaign trail the day after their final presidential debate in Boca Raton, Fla. Gwen Ifill recaps debate highlights and looks at new ads. Judy Woodruff gets post-debate analysis from Nicholas Burns, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO, and Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations.

PBS NewsHour: Shields and Brooks Post-Debate -- Obama, Romney Fail to Distinguish Policy Visions

Mark Shields and David Brooks disagree a lot but the political analysts were united when they said the candidates, "felt they had to disagree, even when there wasn't any disagreement." In NewsHour's post-debate analysis, Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill review the highlights, remarks and gaffes from the last presidential debate.

PBS NewsHour: In Blue Bay State, Senate Candidates Stress Bipartisanship and Independence

Democrats outnumber Republicans 3-1 in Massachusetts, but rhetoric coming from both sides of the contentious senate race emphasizes moderation and independence -- from Washington and from Wall Street. Gwen Ifill reports on the high profile and increasingly nasty contest between Sen. Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

PBS NewsHour: As Goes Jefferson County so Goes Colo.? Candidates Make Appeals, Repeat Visits

Jefferson County, Colo., is comprised of one-third Democrats, one-third Republicans, and those who have yet to decide whether they will vote for Mitt Romney or President Obama. As one of the most populous purple counties in Colorado, both candidates have become repeat visitors, hoping to swing some votes. Gwen Ifill reports.

PBS NewsHour: As Romney Cuts into Obama's Lead, Both Vie for Critical Votes in Swing States

After the first presidential debate the tides were turned for Mitt Romney, who had been trailing President Obama. In almost every post-debate poll Romney is now statistically tied or leading President Obama. Gwen Ifill reports on the candidates' messages on campaign trail post-debate, especially in swing states.

PBS NewsHour: Missouri Senate Seat in Play as Akin and McCaskill Fight for the Middle

Democrats expected incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., to lose her seat come November. But after her challenger Republican Todd Akin made controversial remarks about rape and abortion, McCaskill has gained a narrow lead. Gwen Ifill reports on the key race, which may dictate which party controls the Senate

PBS NewsHour: First Debate Focused on Details Rather than Larger Themes

Judy Woodruff, Gwen Ifill and Christina Bellantoni discuss the candidates' performances in the first debate with NewsHour's political analysts David Brooks and Mark Shields. For Shields and Brooks, the most interesting part of the debate were the topics the candidates did not bring up and the comments that went unchallenged.