Storm could wash out campaign travel schedules

Storm could wash out campaign travel schedules

President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney‘s meticulously arranged travel schedules, a crucial element of their final-stretch strategies, could be upended in the last full week before Election Day by a super storm barreling toward some battleground states. And it’s more than just travel that could be disrupted. A confluence of high wind, heavy rain, […]

Gender gap? We don’t have no stinkin’ gender gap

Gender gap?  We don’t have no stinkin’ gender gap

What gender gap? Less than two weeks out from Election Day, Republican Mitt Romney has erased President Barack Obama’s 16-point advantage among women, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows. And the president, in turn, has largely eliminated Romney’s edge among men. Those churning gender dynamics leave the presidential race still a virtual dead heat, with […]

Campaign blitz swing states with tsunami of direct mail

Campaign blitz swing states with tsunami of direct mail

Television commercials may be king, but millions of dollars a week are fueling mail ads that are burying swing-state voters in appeals from the presidential candidates, political parties and their allied groups. Gun owners are told Democratic President Barack Obama is a threat and Republican rival Mitt Romney is “the clear choice.” Bilingual ads going […]

With two weeks to go, does momentum favor Romney?

With two weeks to go, does momentum favor Romney?

  Republican Mitt Romney is acting like a challenger who feels he has enough momentum and time to overtake the president by Election Day, two weeks from now. Judging from Monday’s final debate, President Barack Obama almost seems to agree. Obama was clearly the more aggressive combatant in the 90-minute forum, whacking Romney’s personal investment […]

The final faceoff: Feisty fireworks but little substance

The final faceoff: Feisty fireworks but little substance

President Barack Obama sharply challenged Mitt Romney on foreign policy in their final campaign debate Monday night, accusing him of “wrong and reckless leadership that is all over the map.” The Republican coolly responded, “Attacking me is not an agenda” for dealing with a dangerous world. With just 15 days remaining in an impossibly close […]

The final debate: Hyperbole trumps facts

The final debate: Hyperbole trumps facts

Voters didn’t always get the straight goods when President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney made their case for foreign policy and national security leadership Monday night before their last super-sized audience of the campaign. A few of their detours into domestic issues were problematic too. Romney flubbed Middle East geography. Obama got Romney’s record […]

George McGovern: A liberal who never wavered

George McGovern: A liberal who never wavered

  George McGovern was an unwavering, often unrequited advocate for liberal Democratic causes. He pursued those goals in plainspoken, usually understated, Midwestern style. He was a dedicated, decent man, a devoted Democrat even when the party establishment turned away from him in defeat. He wasn’t good at political gamesmanship. He suffered his worst blunders when […]

Obama, Romney hit the books to cram for last debate

Obama, Romney hit the books to cram for last debate

One day out from their last debate, Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are cramming foreign policy and taking a rare break from swing-state campaigning. Monday’s face-off in Boca Raton, Fla., represents one of the last major opportunities for Obama and Romney to capture the attention of millions of voters — especially that small […]