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September 23, 2012
Re "Homer Simpson for president," Opinion, Sept. 20 Michael Kinsley has a point about the cartoonish demonizing of the other side by both presidential candidates. However, like the characters in "The Simpsons," the President Obama and Mitt Romney figures are not equivalent. Here is Lisa, for example: "I will iron your sheets when you iron out the inequities in your labor laws. " And here is Mr. Burns, after being told he's very wealthy: "Yes, but I'd trade it all for a little more.
September 19, 2012 | By Paul Richter, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney has privately told donors that if elected president he will not work for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - the official policy of the last three U.S. presidents, and one that Romney has publicly endorsed - because the Palestinians don't want peace, according to a leaked video. The secretly recorded video, which was posted online Tuesday by the liberal Mother Jones magazine, showed the Republican presidential nominee telling several dozen supporters at a May 17 fundraiser in Boca Raton, Fla., that a Romney administration would attempt to "sort of live with" the conflict.
September 19, 2012 | By James Rainey
If you thought Mitt Romney was taking a flogging in the news since the revelation that he said he believes nearly half of Americans feel like they are "victims" who won't take personal responsibility, you would be right, according to a company that tracks television coverage. Silicon Valley-based Boxfish found that in Tuesday's news reports from the three major broadcast television networks and Fox News, President Obama got 16% more positive than negative mentions, while Republican challenger Romney got 7% more negative mentions.
September 16, 2012 | Doyle McManus
In a presidential campaign dominated by voters' unhappiness with the economy, it took a tragedy - the killing of a U.S. ambassador by Libyan extremists - to prompt a real debate on foreign policy. It may be tempting to decide that last week's flap over the candidates' reactions to tumult in the Arab world amounted to little more than campaign talking points and gaffes. Depending on your politics, President Obama showed himself to be a weak and cowering apologist, or Mitt Romney revealed himself to be an inexperienced, reactive hawk.
September 11, 2012 | Steve Lopez
If you weren't already hopelessly cynical about American politics, here's the perfect chance for you to wake up, slowpoke. The presidential campaign is running full bore, meaning there is virtually no chance of hearing constructive conversations about policies that will affect our lives for years to come. 'Tis the season of partisan exaggeration and simplification, multimillion-dollar super PAC distortions, and bold, inspired lack of specificity, particularly when it comes to jobs and the economy, a centerpiece of this election.
September 7, 2012
The Institutional Revolutionary Party's Enrique Pena Nieto has twice been declared the winner of Mexico's presidential election, yet the runner-up, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, refuses to recognize the results. Instead, the leftist candidate is preparing to hold a demonstration Sunday and threatening to establish a kind of shadow presidency, just as he did in 2006, when he narrowly lost that vote. That's unfortunate. Mexico can't afford the kind of long and divisive battle that Lopez Obrador is threatening to wage.
September 2, 2012 | By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
MARGARITA ISLAND, Venezuela - On a campaign visit here last month, presidential candidate Henrique Capriles ran through the streets of beach town Boca del Rio at breakneck speed with hundreds of supporters in tow. At another stop, he played a fast-paced, 10-minute game of full-court basketball with young supporters in Altagracia. His strenuous agenda was designed to contrast his youthful athleticism with the cancer-stricken and now seldom-seen incumbent, President Hugo Chavez. But can the 40-year-old run fast enough and score enough points with voters to unseat the entrenched and charismatic Chavez?
August 29, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
Among the most common adjectives used by supporters to describe Rep. Paul D. Ryan are "genuine" and "principled. " "He's real," said supporter Tim Stephens as he lingered after a Ryan speech outside Philadelphia, bursting with bromance for the Republican vice presidential hopeful. ("I love you, man!" he shouted as Ryan shook hands in the crowd.) "That's what he brings to the ticket. Paul Ryan's real. " It's an important part of Ryan's appeal, along with intellectual heft, a gym rat's physique and a boyish charm that belies his 42 years.
August 29, 2012 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
TAMPA, Fla. - Mitt Romney officially gained a historic presidential nomination Tuesday night as Republicans tried to steer national attention toward their storm-shortened convention and a tight fall race against President Obama. The former Massachusetts governor became the first Mormon to be nominated for president by either major party, a distinction that eluded his father, George Romney, an unsuccessful Republican candidate in the 1960s. The milestone, ensured months ago by Romney's primary-season victories, ended a nomination journey of more than five years that included his defeat in the 2008 contest.
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