Romney: Birth certificate? I don’t need no stinkin’ birth certificate

Romney:  Birth certificate?  I don’t need no stinkin’ birth certificate

Wading into a debunked conspiracy theory, Mitt Romney raised the issue of President Barack Obama‘s citizenship Friday by joking that “no one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate.” At a rally in the suburbs of Detroit, Romney told a crowd of about 5,000 that he and his wife were happy to be back near […]

Mission impossible? Turning a political convention into exciting TV

Mission impossible? Turning a political convention into exciting TV

Patriotic music? Check. Balloon drop? Check. Sign-waving delegates? Check. Viewer interest in this summer’s Republican and Democratic national conventions? Still unclear. With the parties’ quadrennial presidential nominating gatherings fast approaching, organizers on both sides are bedeviled by a similar challenge: how to raise TV viewer interest in the multiday affairs, which threaten to be largely […]

Obama shops for votes in key demographic areas

Obama shops for votes in key demographic areas

For all the recent diversions over Medicare and abortion, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is still running a campaign that paints with a broad economic brush in hopes of rallying voters on jobs and fiscal policy. President Barack Obama, by contrast, is painting by the numbers, filling in the Democratic landscape step by demographic step. […]

Biden & Ryan: Battle of the Number Twos

Biden & Ryan: Battle of the Number Twos

Joe Biden and Paul Ryan are playing growing roles in the race for the White House. The Democratic vice president and Republican Wisconsin congressman have been crisscrossing the country this week to help their No. 1s. This is the first week both presidential candidates have running mates. Mitt Romney formally tapped Ryan on Saturday. Biden […]

Romney’s Medicare promises could backfire

Romney’s Medicare promises could backfire

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s new promise to restore the Medicare cuts made by President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law could backfire if he’s elected. The reason: Obama’s cuts also extended the life of Medicare’s giant trust fund, and by repealing them Romney would move the insolvency date of the program closer, toward the […]

Rock band nails Romney campaign for copyright infringement

Rock band nails Romney campaign for copyright infringement

The Silversun Pickups want Mitt Romney‘s presidential campaign to immediately stop the use of the rock group’s song “Panic Switch.” And the Romney campaign has no problem with that. The Los Angeles-based band’s attorney sent a cease and desist letter to the Republican presidential candidate’s campaign on Wednesday. A news release says neither the band […]

Paul Ryan’s slash and burn: $800 billion in Medicaid cuts

Paul Ryan’s slash and burn: $800 billion in Medicaid cuts

Rep. Paul Ryan‘s plan for Medicare gets all the attention, but the GOP vice presidential candidate has proposed more fundamental changes to medical care for the poor and disabled. Under the Wisconsin congressman’s Medicaid plan, states would take over the program. Simultaneously, Ryan’s proposed budget would reduce projected federal spending by about $800 billion over […]

Romney to Obama: ‘Clean up your act’

Romney to Obama: ‘Clean up your act’

Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney is charging that President Barack Obama is running a campaign “of enmity and jealousy and anger” and called on him to lift the tone of political discourse immediately. Romney tells “CBS This Morning” in an interview Wednesday he believes Obama “seems to be running just to hang onto power” and […]