March 16, 2012 |
So long, "hope"; by the looks of a new sleek campaign video, this Obama campaign has a new favorite word: "tough. " President Obama faced tough decisions, tough choices and plenty of tough luck in his term in office, and the president demonstrated toughness in return. Or so goes the narrative in a much-hyped 17-minute extended campaign ad released Thursday night by his campaign. The video was directed by Academy Award winner Davis Guggenheim and narrated by Tom Hanks. It borrows from news clips, speeches and behind-the-scenes White House photos to zero in on the decision points the campaign likes best -- bailing out the auto industry, passing the healthcare law, killing Osama bin Laden and removing troops from Iraq.
August 24, 2012 |
Washington columnist Doyle McManus will report from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Monday to Thursday, which will feature a who's who from the GOP in support of the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan ticket. Speakers include Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Rob Portman, Condoleezza Rice and Rick Santorum. In the months leading up to the convention, McManus has written about Romney's arithmetic problem , attack ad politics and healthcare . He's also asked why President Obamaand Romney haven't addressed the four wars the U.S. is engaged in and, most recently, McManus has questioned whether the outcome of the presidential race will make any difference at all. On Wednesday, McManus will host a half-hour Google+ Hangout from the convention floor beginning at 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. ET)
February 24, 2012 |
A TV commercial released this week by the pro-Mitt Romney "super PAC" looks much like an ad released about four years ago by the official Romney campaign, raising suspicions among watchdog groups of improper coordination between the super PAC and the GOP presidential candidate's current campaign. The commercial, which is running in Arizona and Michigan in advance of Tuesday's primaries, tells the tale of Romney's former Bain Capital colleague Robert Gay, whose then-teenage daughter had run away in New York City for three days.
August 23, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Reprising his role as one of the campaign's top surrogates, Bill Clinton testifies on behalf of President Obama's capacity to boost employment in a new campaign ad launched Thursday. The spot represents how the Obama campaign feels Clinton can best help the president's reelection bid, using what they say is Clinton's strong credibility on the economy to confront Republican attacks on the president's job record. In the ad, Clinton says that the Obama plan to grow the middle class mirrors “what happened when I was president.” “This election to me is about which candidate is more likely to return us to full employment,” Clinton says in the 30-second spot.
May 11, 2012 |
Paul Babeu, the Arizona sheriff who announced that he was gay after he was accused by a former lover of abusing his power, has dropped his bid for a seat in Congress and will seek another term as sheriff. In a letter on Friday to supporters, Babeu said he decided to withdraw because of complications about the succession of his chief deputy, Steve Henry, as Pinal County sheriff. The federal government had ruled that Henry is unable to seek the sheriff's office while serving as chief deputy because the office receives federal funds, the sheriff said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1994
Re "U.S. Judge Blocks Most Sections of Prop. 187," Dec. 15: From the riots to the welfare lines, Southern California has just been one big, open, free market for illegal aliens. A majority of us in California voted to stop this travesty and hopefully reverse it. I guess this is more proof that my vote doesn't count. We don't want anybody to go hungry, we don't want anybody to go uneducated or uncared-for. We just want everybody who is here illegally to go home! And if you're in that foreign country thinking about coming here illegally, don't!
May 16, 2012 |
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Vice President Joe Biden today is traveling to this working-class city to amplify the Obama campaign's tough attack on Mitt Romney's economic credentials, accusing the Republican of profiting at the expense of laid-off manufacturing workers. It's the follow-through of a one-two punch from the president's reelection team concerning Romney's ties to Bain Capital, the private equity firm he controlled for 15 years. A campaign ad that aired in key battleground states told the story of a Kansas City steel plant that went bankrupt and laid off workers after Bain took control.
June 14, 2012 |
CINCINNATI -- It is no small task for Mitt Romney to find new ways to attack President Obama's record on the economy - day after day, week after week, month after month. But when he went at Obama again on Thursday, he was at least guaranteed to get more attention than usual, thanks to Obama's almost simultaneous campaign stop on the opposite side of Ohio, a state better placed than any to decide the November election. “Now you may have heard that President Obama is on the other side of the state, and he's going to be delivering a speech on the economy,” Romney told invited supporters on the factory floor of a manufacturing equipment maker.
September 25, 2012 |
The gloves are officially off in one of the most tightly contested Senate races of the year, with Sen. Scott Brown bringing personal attacks to the forefront of his campaign against Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts. Brown, who recently has fallen behind Warren in several polls, once again targeted the issue of her Native American heritage with a campaign ad released Monday. The new ad, “Who Knows?” combines a series of news clips about the revelation that Warren was listed as a minority in a Harvard Law School directory, and speculation that she attempted to use her claimed heritage for her own gain.
May 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Michele Bachmann, a conservative sensation and briefly a Republican presidential front-runner, announced Wednesday that she won't seek reelection to her congressional seat in 2014. The four-term Minnesota lawmaker told supporters in an online video that it was "the right decision" not to run again. She said it was not a reaction to the difficult challenge she may face to hold the seat, or to federal inquiries into her campaign finances and activities. Bachmann, who won the 2011 Iowa straw poll and showed early strength in the leadoff caucus state before her presidential bid collapsed, did not foreclose a potential future run for national office.