September 27, 2012 |
If, as seems possible, Mitt Romney is not elected U.S. president on Nov. 6, he will not be the first presidential candidate to run on the issue of competence and then lose because he ran an incompetent campaign. He will not even be the first governor of Massachusetts to do so. In 1988, Michael Dukakis, who was ahead in the polls just after the Democratic convention, declared in his acceptance speech: "This election isn't about ideology. It's about competence. " Then he proceeded to blow his large lead and lose to George H.W. Bush, who turned out to be a tougher old bird than anyone suspected.
September 24, 2012 |
It was a clear sign the campaign has gone on too long when I had a dream about Mitt Romney a couple of nights ago. Other than the fact that the Romney summoned from my unconscious was sitting at a breakfast table with me and was willingly answering questions, the dream was pretty realistic. The candidate was dressed in his ubiquitous Brooks Brothers checked shirt and relaxed-fit jeans. He seemed relaxed, too. But when I asked him a softball question about the personal strains of campaigning, he answered with a generic policy statement.
September 20, 2012 |
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Mitt Romneyhas repeatedly refused to back down from controversial statements he made to donors that those who support President Obama don't pay federal income taxes, consider themselves "victims" and are dependent on the government for their needs. But the multimillionaire GOP presidential nominee spent part of Wednesday pushing back at the suggestion that those statements mean that he doesn't care for those who are not as fortunate as he is. He insisted that he cares for all Americans, including the poor, and empathizes with those who need government assistance.
September 4, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Michelle Obama delivered an affectionate tribute to her husband Tuesday night as a man of courage and unshakable conviction, putting a warm gloss on an opening convention program filled with harsh attacks on Republican Mitt Romney. “I didn't think it was possible, but today I love my husband more than I did four years ago. Even more than I did 23 years ago, when we first met,” the first lady said in a prime-time speech carried live by the major TV networks.
September 4, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Craig Janis, a 28-year-old technology entrepreneur, is a rare species. He's a Mormon Democrat in Utah, a state where only 7% of Mormons are Democrats. Janis' shift from Republican to a Democrat began in college, but four years ago, he wanted to like Mitt Romney The idea of a fellow Mormon, one who reminded him of church leaders of his youth, winning the White House tugged at Janis' heart. Janis said he respected Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts, when he passed a universal healthcare bill.
September 2, 2012 |
BOSTON - As he gave his acceptance address at the Republican National Convention last week, Mitt Romney for the first time gave America an intimate look at the role that his Mormon faith has played in his life and how his work in the church as a pastor helped shape him. When Romney and his wife, Ann, attended church Sunday in Wolfeboro, N.H., his close friend J.W. Marriott (who is known as “Bill”) offered a bookend to that discussion - testifying during the service about how the spotlight on Romney this week had cast the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a positive light and had drawn welcome attention to good works of the church.