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August 30, 2012 | By Paul West
TAMPA, Fla. -- As Mitt Romney prepares to give the biggest speech of his life Thursday evening, a new national poll suggests that one of his perceived political vulnerabilities - his Mormon faith - has receded as an issue. The opinion survey, by the Pew Research Center, asked Americans what one word came to mind when they heard Romney's name.  Last fall,  “Mormon” was the most frequent response when the independent polling operation asked that question. Today, it is the Romney descriptor that has changed the most.  Only eight out of 1,010 adults volunteered “Mormon,” compared with 60 in the 2011 survey.
October 12, 2012 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
The following are edited excerpts from telephone interviews and email exchanges with leading education analysts, writers and researchers regarding the policies and positions of the presidential candidates. Michelle Rhee Chief executive, StudentsFirst; former chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools Both support expanding educational options for families. President Obama did this, for example, by encouraging states to get rid of unnecessary caps on public charter schools through Race to the Top [grants]
October 22, 2012 | By Shashank Bengali
President Obama said in the third debate that “what I would not have done is left 10,000 troops in Iraq that would tie us down.” But his administration tried to persuade the Iraqi government to allow some U.S. troops to remain in Iraq. Obama administration officials worked for several months in 2010 and 2011 to hammer out a status of forces agreement with the Iraqi government that would allow a few thousand troops to stay in a noncombat role. At first it seemed the Iraqis would agree.
July 26, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
LONDON -- In the midst of round-robin meetings with current and former leaders here Thursday, Mitt Romney praised the "unique relationship" between the United States and Britain -- and pledged to carry on their commitment to common values, world peace and building a stronger world economy.  "The world is a tumultuous and dangerous place," the unofficial Republican presidential nominee said just before meeting with Labor Party leader Ed Miliband....
February 26, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
If Mitt Romney loses the Michigan primary on Tuesday, it could stretch the Republican presidential campaign all the way to the nominating convention, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Romney backer, told CBS' Bob Schieffer on Sunday. “Sure, that's a possibility,” Christie said. “I still don't think it's a likelihood, though.” “This is going to go up and down,” he said, noting that there have been a host of different front-runners, including Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry, all of whom have since dropped out of the race.
October 3, 2012 | By Doyle McManus
Will Wednesday night's debate have much to offer the dwindling band of undecided voters who could well determine the outcome of the presidential election? Aside from predictable moments of combat, can they expect anything to help make up their minds? That will be up to the third person on stage, PBS' unflappable Jim Lehrer. He'll be trying to get the candidates to focus on issues, but that doesn't mean it will be easy. Here are three questions I hope Lehrer will ask -- and, if he doesn't get an answer the first time, ask again: First, for President Obama: Was the partisan gridlock that made it impossible to fix the federal budget entirely the opposition's fault, or was there anything you could have done to produce a better outcome?
February 7, 2012 | By David Horsey
Is Mitt Romney the Republicans' man of destiny or will Rick Santorum finally get his moment in the sun? You remember Rick Santorum, the guy who, in last summer's Republican debates, was placed at the end of the row near the exit sign and never got asked any questions because Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain were so much more weirdly entertaining. Well, Santorum campaign staffers are playing up recent polls that suggest their candidate could beat President Obama. A new GOP-leaning Rasmussen poll posits a general-election match-up in which Santorum beats the president by 1 percentage point, 45% to 44%, while Romney falls short by 4 percentage points and Newt Gingrich trails by eight.
September 14, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg
PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- It was the sort of moment that tests a presidential campaign. A rocky flight. Pouring rain. Gusty winds. A sodden crowd. But Mitt Romney managed to rally a couple of thousand people in this bellwether region of northeast Ohio on Friday, delivering a speech that focused heavily on the message that he is best equipped to rebuild the American economy. "We were promised a recovery and we haven't seen that recovery," Romney said in the speech at Lake Erie College, reciting a litany of statistics about the grim economy: 23 million people out of work or underemployed; more people added to U.S. food stamp rolls over four years than the population of Ohio; middle-income families "treading water at best, drowning at worst.
October 30, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
BOSTON -- President Obama said the buck stops with him on the failures of but accused Republican governors of working against the success of the Affordable Care Act. Speaking to a crowd in Boston, at the historic hall where onetime Republican Gov. Mitt Romney signed that state's 2006 healthcare reform into law, Obama pointed to his former rival as an example of bipartisan cooperation. “You've got some Republican governors . . . who have put politics aside,” Obama said.
October 31, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
SARASOTA, Fla. - Joe Biden delivered a stinging attack on Republicans Wednesday for launching what he called the most “scurrilous” and “flagrantly dishonest ads” he could remember, saying the Romney campaign's use of ads suggesting automakers were taking jobs overseas shows desperation and a lack of character unbecoming of a presidential hopeful. Resuming a campaign schedule that had been disrupted by Hurricane Sandy, the vice president opened his remarks by warning a lively audience here that he was about to “give you the whole load today,” because he was “frustrated with these guys.” The most biting attack would not come for another 40 minutes, however, after he touted the Obama administration's role in a resurgent auto industry.
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