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May 16, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
TAMPA, Fla. - Throughout the Republican primaries this year, no other campaign came close to approaching the message discipline and efficiency of Mitt Romney's campaign. But campaign aides took that approach to a new level on Wednesday in Florida when several aides tried to forcibly block reporters from approaching the candidate on the rope line. As Romney wrapped up his remarks about the national debt and walked off the stage to shake hands with voters along the rope line, as is his custom, reporters who headed toward him were blocked by several volunteers and a Romney aide who spread her arms wide and said reporters could not walk freely within the event space as members of the public were allowed to do. Though reporters went through the same security sweeps as guests at the event, the aide insisted that reporters who moved beyond “the press pen” - a cordoned off area surrounded by metal barricades - would not be allowed any closer to the candidate without a Romney staff escort.
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November 3, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
ABOARD THE ROMNEY PLANE - In the waning days of the 2012 campaign, there is a renewed energy to Mitt Romney's rallies: a crackling sense of excitement, chants of “Three! More! Days!” and genuine optimism that the Republican candidate could actually defeat President Obama on Tuesday.   But when Romney retreats to his campaign plane after each event with his aides and his wife Ann there is now a hint of something else: relief. ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE: Ask the Times This has been a long journey for Romney and his team, a corps of aides that first came together for Romney's gubernatorial run in 2002 and expanded their ranks in 2006 as he planned his first run for president.
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July 25, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
Shortly after landing in London to kick-off a three-country overseas tour, Mitt Romney on Wednesday disavowed an anonymous quote purportedly made by one of his advisors that President Obama's White House did not sufficiently appreciate the shared “Anglo-Saxon” heritage of the United States and Great Britain. “We have a very special relationship between the United States and Great Britain. It goes back to our very beginnings, cultural and historical. But I also believe the president understands that,” Romney said during an interview with Brian Williams that aired Wednesday on "NBC Nightly News.
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July 25, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
Shortly after landing in London to kick-off a three-country overseas tour, Mitt Romney on Wednesday disavowed an anonymous quote purportedly made by one of his advisors that President Obama's White House did not sufficiently appreciate the shared “Anglo-Saxon” heritage of the United States and Great Britain. “We have a very special relationship between the United States and Great Britain. It goes back to our very beginnings, cultural and historical. But I also believe the president understands that,” Romney said during an interview with Brian Williams that aired Wednesday on "NBC Nightly News.
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November 3, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
ABOARD THE ROMNEY PLANE - In the waning days of the 2012 campaign, there is a renewed energy to Mitt Romney's rallies: a crackling sense of excitement, chants of “Three! More! Days!” and genuine optimism that the Republican candidate could actually defeat President Obama on Tuesday.   But when Romney retreats to his campaign plane after each event with his aides and his wife Ann there is now a hint of something else: relief. ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE: Ask the Times This has been a long journey for Romney and his team, a corps of aides that first came together for Romney's gubernatorial run in 2002 and expanded their ranks in 2006 as he planned his first run for president.
NEWS
May 22, 2012 | By Patt Morrison
The Ukrainian TV personality who tries to out-Borat Borat got what he wanted: face time with Will Smith. In fact, he got more than that. He got face-smacking time. The morning news TV performer -- I won't call him a reporter -- named Vitalii Sediuk was evidently just up to his usual "hey-look-at-me-messing-with-this-famous-person" hijinks when he accosted Smith on the red carpet at the Moscow premiere of "Men in Black III. " Sediuk was wearing camera-glare white among dark-clad journalists as Smith moved along from op to op. Smith seemed fine for a few seconds with what seemed to start as a man-fan hug -- Smith even momentarily patted the guy on the back.
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1995: Initial Sexual Encounters Monica Lewinsky began her White House employment as an intern in the Chief of Staff's office in July 1995. At White House functions in the following months, she made eye contact with the President. During the November 1995 government shutdown, the President invited her to his private study, where they kissed. Later that evening, they had a more intimate sexual encounter. They had another sexual encounter two days later, and a third one on New Year's Eve. A.
NATIONAL
August 14, 2008 | Seema Mehta
The rigors of campaigning caught up with Cindy McCain on Wednesday. She suffered a minor wrist sprain when an "enthusiastic supporter" shook her hand at a fundraiser. Later in the afternoon, she stood beside her husband, GOP presidential hopeful John McCain, wearing a soft cast on her right arm supported by a black fabric sling that sported a sparkly brooch. "I'm absolutely fine," she said. John McCain joked that his wife now would "not have to shake so many hands" while on the stump.
NEWS
September 3, 2011 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
Sarah Palin did not announce a presidential candidacy Saturday in her speech to the Tea Party of America. Instead, she hit the usual "tea party" high notes about the dangers of a second Obama term and the perilous financial situation the country faces. But in addition to those familiar themes, she also unleashed a high spirited attack on “corporate crony capitalism” and the “permanent political class.” It was not lost on the crowd of about 2,000 that a certain Texas governor has spent most of his career in office and has been accused of rewarding his financial backers.
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December 30, 2007 | Peter Nicholas
She is the best-known person running for president in the 2008 campaign. But for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, maybe even more than some of her rivals, face-to-face campaigning is crucial. Many voters formed an impression of her when her husband was president in the 1990s. And maybe they found her ambitious or conniving or imperious.
NEWS
May 22, 2012 | By Patt Morrison
The Ukrainian TV personality who tries to out-Borat Borat got what he wanted: face time with Will Smith. In fact, he got more than that. He got face-smacking time. The morning news TV performer -- I won't call him a reporter -- named Vitalii Sediuk was evidently just up to his usual "hey-look-at-me-messing-with-this-famous-person" hijinks when he accosted Smith on the red carpet at the Moscow premiere of "Men in Black III. " Sediuk was wearing camera-glare white among dark-clad journalists as Smith moved along from op to op. Smith seemed fine for a few seconds with what seemed to start as a man-fan hug -- Smith even momentarily patted the guy on the back.
NEWS
May 16, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
TAMPA, Fla. - Throughout the Republican primaries this year, no other campaign came close to approaching the message discipline and efficiency of Mitt Romney's campaign. But campaign aides took that approach to a new level on Wednesday in Florida when several aides tried to forcibly block reporters from approaching the candidate on the rope line. As Romney wrapped up his remarks about the national debt and walked off the stage to shake hands with voters along the rope line, as is his custom, reporters who headed toward him were blocked by several volunteers and a Romney aide who spread her arms wide and said reporters could not walk freely within the event space as members of the public were allowed to do. Though reporters went through the same security sweeps as guests at the event, the aide insisted that reporters who moved beyond “the press pen” - a cordoned-off area surrounded by metal barricades - would not be allowed any closer to the candidate without a Romney staff escort.
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