October 1, 2012 |
If Mitt Romney wins the Nov. 6 election, would he become our most religious president? It's an odd question, but one that has come up in recent days after writer Nicholas Lemann said as much in a profile of Romney that ran in the New Yorker magazine. “If elected,” Lemann wrote, “Romney, scion of an old, distinguished Mormon family (his ancestors had a direct connection to Joseph Smith and Brigham Young), would arguably be the most actively religious president in American history.” There are a couple of key qualifiers there -- the use of the words “arguably” and “actively.” Still, the claim begs a question -- in fact, more than one. What president would Romney displace from the title of most religious?
February 20, 2012 |
A Massachusetts-based building firm gave $25,000 to pro-Romney "super PAC" Restore Our Future, even though its chief executive is a major backer of President Obama . John Fish's company, Suffolk Construction, made the donation on Jan. 4. The company also donated to the super PAC twice in 2011, giving a total of $35,000 last year. At the same time, Fish raised between $100,000 and $200,000 this year for the president's 2012 bid, according to Open Secrets, and Federal Election Commission filings show that Fish gave $2,300 to the Obama campaign in 2007.
January 23, 2012 |
As Mitt Romney ramped up his attacks on Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker responded dismissively, saying Romney is displaying his frustration at losing handily in South Carolina and seeing his numbers slip in recent Florida polling. “I've been told by a variety of people that Gov. Romney has been saying unkind things. I personally prefer not to believe it,” he told about 150 voters gathered under a blazing sun outside the River Church. “But on the other hand, if you've been campaigning for six years, and you begin to see it slip away, you get desperate, and when you get desperate you say almost anything.” Gingrich said he expects the former Massachusetts governor to go further at Monday night's debate, a critical face-off for the two men. “I've been memorizing old phrases like 'There you go again,' ” Gingrich said, repeating a line that then-candidate Ronald Reagan used repeatedly in a debate against President Carter.
October 10, 2012 |
Among Mitt Romney's recent attempts to appear a more moderate candidate than his rhetoric had previously indicated is a difficult-to-parse line about abortion. In an interview with the Des Moines Register, the GOP candidate responded to a question about whether he had plans for any abortion bills should he be elected: "There's no legislation with regards to abortion that I'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda. " It's not Romney's fault that this has been widely reported as his saying that he has no plans for legislation to restrict abortion access.
October 15, 2012 |
After months of enjoying strong leads over their Republican challengers in battleground Pennsylvania, President Obama and Sen. Bob Casey are edging their opponents by only a few points three weeks before Election Day. Obama is up over Mitt Romney 49% to 45% when factoring in likely voters leaning toward one candidate, according to a new survey released Monday by the Morning Call/Muhlenberg College. Speculation had recently suggested that Romney had all but given up on winning the state , and had redirected campaign resources to the pivotal swing state of Ohio, but the new poll places him within the margin of error of 5%. While the presidential race tightening was somewhat expected given recent polling across the country that shows Romney's continued post-debate surge , more stunning is the Senate matchup.
March 30, 2012 |
As Mitt Romney launched his Wisconsin primary campaign on Friday in the Republican-rich Fox Valley, he was taking pains to be seen as the party's inevitable presidential nominee, starting with an endorsement by a controversial native son, Rep. Paul Ryan. What's more striking in Wisconsin is the endorsement that Romney has not received -- that of Gov. Scott Walker. The Republican governor, who surveys indicate is extremely popular with GOP primary voters, is facing a recall election, most likely in June.