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October 17, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
CHESAPEAKE, Va. -- Mitt Romney on Wednesday basked in his debate with President Obama the night before, saying that the testy clash showed that his rival has no plans for a second term and spent all his time attacking the GOP nominee's proposals. "I have to be honest with you, I love these debates, you know, these things are great, and I think it's interesting that the president still doesn't have an agenda for a second term," Romney told 3,500 supporters at a sunny outdoor rally here.
October 8, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
TOLEDO, Ohio -- What a difference a new unemployment report makes. Last week, after the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly jobs report showing that the unemployment rate had dropped slightly, to 7.8% from about 8.1%, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were robbed of their ability to make a simple but powerful political point against President Obama, who said early in his first term that if he didn't fix the economy, “then there's going to be...
October 2, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
DUBUQUE, Iowa -- It was Monday evening, near the end of a Republican rally at Loras College, a small Catholic institution on the banks of the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa. Paul D. Ryan, dressed casually in a blue Oxford shirt and khakis, stood on an ad hoc stage in the center of the college's field house. Ryan, the Republican vice presidential candidate, had been talking for about 25 minutes to an overflow crowd of nearly 1,000, with sound piped outside to another 500 or so supporters who couldn't get past the fire marshal.
August 29, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
President Obama slammed Mitt Romney's campaign Wednesday for a controversial ad about changes in welfare policy, saying the newly minted GOP nominee “will not let the fact checkers get in the way” of a political attack. Obama cited a remark by Romney pollster Neil Newhouse, who told reporters that Romney's campaign would not be swayed by independent fact checkers who concluded the ad was highly inaccurate. The ad claims that Obama ended the work requirement for people who receive welfare.
August 22, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
ROANOKE, Va. -- Stumping for votes near the scene of President Obama's now-famous "you didn't build that" remark, Rep. Paul D. Ryan whipped up a crowd on Wednesday with an attack on what he described as a presidential mindset that has created "a welfare state with a debt crisis. " "It's an explanation," the presumptive Republican vice presidential candidate said of the president's remark. "It tells us why our economy is not growing like it should. It tells us the mindset that he's using to lead our government.
August 14, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
ZANESVILLE, Ohio -- When Ohio Sen. Rob Portman stood up at a rally here Tuesday and lauded Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate, he was doing more than just walking the party line. He was joining a list of people whom Romney passed over for the job who have spoken out in the hours and the days since in support of his choice. Romney had a deep bench of GOP politicians that he considered before ultimately picking Ryan early this month and announcing his selection Saturday.
August 13, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The soapbox at the Iowa State Fair has long been a tough place for politicians to talk to voters - it's where Mitt Romney famously told a protester that corporations are people as he was heckled by the crowd - but it's probably an even tougher place for a young congressman to speak on his first day solo as a vice presidential candidate. But that was the situation that Paul Ryan walked into Monday, as the newly minted candidate got his first taste of the ins and outs of participating in a national presidential campaign.
August 11, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
ASHLAND, Va. - Mitt Romney praised Paul Ryan's character and ability to work across the aisle, then said Democrats were combing through his new running mate's record because they are running a deeply divisive campaign that has denigrated the presidency. “I know that the Democrats are working very hard today. They're pulling out their books, they're looking at every vote, they're interviewing everybody in his neighborhood. They're not going to find anything but they're doing all that work.
August 4, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Mitt Romney stumped for tea party Senate candidate Richard Mourdock here on Saturday, arguing that as president he will need such supporters in Washington to help him enact policies to restore fiscal order. “You know, we've got to get this guy elected in the U.S. Senate, you know that. He has proven as the treasurer that he knows how to he makes sure to balance books. He's also proven as a campaigner that he can take his message to the people of Indiana, they'll support him. This is a man that I want to see in Washington to make sure that we cannot just talk about changing things but actually have the votes to get things change,” Romney told about 100 supporters gathered in Stepto's Bar-B-Q Shack. “Will you help me elect this guy as the next U.S. senator?
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