October 12, 2012 |
Thursday's debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan had a few memorable moments, but one of them passed by so quickly that it would have been easy to miss. It came just after Ryan got off his best zinger of the night. Biden had just pounced on Romney's secretly recorded remarks at a fundraiser in which the GOP presidential candidate stated that the 47% of Americans who don't pay income taxes refuse to take responsibility for their own lives and expect government handouts.
November 7, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. -- On Wednesday morning, after another election meltdown in Miami, the result of the presidential race in Florida was still uncertain. By dawn, all precincts in the state had finished reporting, and the totals gave an edge of more than 46,000 votes for President Obama -- about a half-percent. But a number of counties had not yet counted their absentee ballots. In Miami-Dade, election workers still had to count 20,000 absentees. In Pinellas County, which includes St. Petersburg, there were about 9,000 absentees yet to be counted.
May 31, 2013 |
Among several persistently wrongheaded beliefs about the 2012 election, none beats the claim, heard even in the campaign's closing weeks, that President Obama faced a desperately bad situation and had a high probability of losing. That zombie idea kept walking even after multiple attempts by political science experts to kill it. Republican operatives had the most straightforward excuse to keep it alive - no one wants to give potential donors, volunteers and voters a message of pessimism; candidates usually inflate their chances of success.
March 6, 2012 |
For Mitt Romney, Super Tuesday had one benefit that had nothing to do with delegates. It has been two months since the GOP candidate has spent the night at home, so his final trip back to Massachusetts was especially sweet. "We're looking forward to sleeping in our own bed tonight and being with family," Romney told reporters after casting his ballot (for himself) with his wife at their polling place in Belmont, Mass. "I think we'll pick up a lot of delegates, and this is a process of gathering enough delegates to become the nominee.
December 1, 2011 |
Is Mitt Romney a thin-skinned candidate who dislikes being challenged on his record? That's the impression left by Bret Baier, the Fox News Channel anchor who interviewed Romney this week about Romney's complaints about the exchange. Baier showed up on Bill O' Reilly's show on Fox on Wednesday night to say that Romney had, when the interview was over, groused about Baier's “overly aggressive” tone, which he said was "uncalled for," and that he was particularly unhappy about being quizzed yet again about the healthcare plan he helped enact in Massachusetts.
October 5, 2012 |
At this point, "the 47%" Mitt Romney disparaged as moochers in a private talk to a conservative crowd hardly need an introduction or even that much description. The statement has dogged the GOP presidential candidate, though President Obama did not bring it up in this week's debate. Romney, the day after the secretly recorded statements were revealed, acknowledged only that his wording had been inelegant but said he stood by the sentiment. Maybe he thought it was a minor campaign burp that would go away, or that he couldn't afford to be seen as even more of a mind-changer.
June 30, 2012 |
As Mitt Romney has campaigned across the nation, he has promised to repeal President Obama's signature healthcare law and echoed other Republicans' criticism of the law as an inappropriate power grab by the federal government that would lead to rationing of healthcare. Then the Supreme Court ruled the law constitutional, asserting that requiring Americans either to buy health insurance or pay a penalty was permitted because Congress has the authority to levy taxes. Republicans across the nation used the ruling to argue that Obama broke a campaign promise to not raise taxes on the middle class.
September 28, 2012 |
Politics is at best an imprecise science. Who knows what goes into an election victory? Was it the economy? Was it the advertising? Was it personal magnetism? Was it … the fast? If Mitt Romney wins the presidency on Nov. 6, consider the last of those. A group of his fellow Mormons is organizing a fast Sunday so "that he will be blessed in the debates" with President Obama, which begin on Wednesday. "I know that fasting and praying brings about miracles," reads an email reportedly sent by a fast organizer.
July 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama signed a measure Friday to strengthen U.S. security ties with Israel, the move coming a day before his Republican rival for the White House is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The bipartisan legislation calls for enhanced cooperation on missile defense and intelligence sharing, as well as for increased Israeli access to advanced weapons. "In many ways, what this legislation does is bring together all the outstanding cooperation that we have seen really at an unprecedented level between our two countries to underscore our unshakable commitment to Israel's security," Obama told reporters just before he signed the measure.
September 30, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - For Mitt Romney, making a comeback in the race for president will require changing the minds of voters like Barry Hubscher, Cathleen Kimmel and Michael Gray. All three had considered voting for the Republican nominee as recently as August, but lately they have found themselves leaning toward President Obama. Listening to them and others like them helps explain the shift in polls toward Obama since the Democratic convention and illustrates the magnitude of the task that lies before Romney as he tries to catch up in an increasingly challenging race.