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September 24, 2012 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
DES MOINES - A decade ago, strategist Karl Rove launched the Republican Party's 72-hour plan: a massive door-knocking and phone effort in the final three days before the election that helped generate victories in 2002 and 2004. Early voting this year has rendered Rove's idea obsolete. Ballots have landed on kitchen tables in North Carolina, where two-thirds or more of the vote will probably be cast early. In-person voting starts Thursday in Iowa, a swing state where election season has assumed biblical proportions: 40 days and nights leading up to Nov. 6. Before this month is out, 30 states will be voting.
September 23, 2012 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is denying she muted a call from President Obama last year -- a story that originated in Bob Woodward's latest book and has now made its way into Mitt Romney's newest campaign ad. Woodward's book, “The Price of Politics,” cited an incident during the fight over the national debt limit in 2011, during which Obama placed a call to the House Democratic leader and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)....
September 17, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is set to launch a new enforcement action with the World Trade Organization against China on Monday, alleging that the Asian economic giant is putting U.S. manufacturers at a competitive disadvantage by illegally subsidizing exports of autos and auto parts. The president, blending his roles as candidate and incumbent officeholder, will announce the move at the first of two campaign stops scheduled Monday in Ohio, a state where 1 in 8 jobs is tied directly or indirectly to auto manufacturing.
August 24, 2012 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
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)
August 23, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
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.
August 21, 2012 | By James Rainey
Defiant Senate candidate Todd Akin said in a pair of radio appearances Tuesday that he will not drop out of his race against Sen. Claire McCaskill, promising to “rush to the gunfire” rather than away from it, following his controversial remarks about rape and abortion. Despite urgings from much of the Republican Party hierarchy to drop his candidacy before a deadline this evening, Akin told radio hosts Mike Huckabee and Dana Loesch that he still believes he can beat McCaskill.
August 17, 2012 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
THE VILLAGES, Fla. - In Florida, the jobs picture is worse than the national average. Foreclosures still weigh down home sales, and gasoline prices are back on the rise. But since Paul Ryan joined Mitt Romney's ticket, the campaign debate has turned abruptly away from President Obama's record on jobs and the economy and toward Ryan's proposals for overhauling Medicare, an issue that historically favors Democrats and is generating more than casual interest in senior-heavy Florida.
August 15, 2012 | By Seema Mehta and Michael A. Memoli, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
CHILLECOTHE, Ohio - A comment by Vice President Joe Biden that Mitt Romney's banking policies would "put y'all back in chains" reverberated across the presidential campaign Tuesday, with Republicans accusing President Obama's team of seeking to divide Americans and Democrats accusing their rivals of faux outrage and hypocrisy. Biden made the comment while campaigning in Danville, Va., on Tuesday. "Romney wants to - he said in the first 100 days he's going to let the big banks once again write their own rules," Biden said.
August 11, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - President Obama likes to start his stump speech by addressing a topic on the minds of many voters: What's up with the all the ads? “Now, unless you've managed to completely avoid your television set or your cable is broken, you are aware that there is a pretty intense campaign going on right now,” Obama said in Denver this week, drawing laughter and the weary, knowing nods of beleaguered television viewers. It's not an apology, but it's the closest the president gets to acknowledging what his campaign, Mitt Romney's campaign and third-party "super PACs" have wrought.
August 9, 2012 | David Lauter
With the election still locked in a near-tie, the politics of gender and race have moved into the spotlight of the presidential campaign. For most of the summer, the debate has focused on two things: the state of the economy and Mitt Romney's background in business. But in recent days, the two campaigns have added new, sharp-edged issues to the mix. On Wednesday, President Obama flew to Colorado, a key battleground, where he pushed the issue of access to contraceptives, which is also the subject of a campaign ad in swing states featuring quotes from Romney attacking Planned Parenthood.
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