Obama: ‘I want to preserve Medicare’

Obama: ‘I want to preserve Medicare’

President Barack Obama says the Medicare program is about keeping promises to millions of seniors who have put in a lifetime of hard work. Obama is using Saturday’s radio and Internet address to discuss a surging campaign issue. He says his goal is to strengthen Medicare and preserve the program for future generations. Obama makes […]

Romney used secret data mining system to identify wealthy donors

Romney used secret data mining system to identify wealthy donors

Building upon its fundraising prowess, Mitt Romney‘s campaign began a secretive data-mining project this summer to trove through Americans’ personal information — including their purchasing history and church attendance — to identify new and likely wealthy donors, The Associated Press has learned. The project employs strategies similar to those the business world uses to influence […]

Finally, a Presidential election with some clear choices

Finally, a Presidential election with some clear choices

November’s presidential election offers Americans one of the starkest choices in years. On this, at least, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney can agree. Obama says voters will choose between “two fundamentally different visions of where we take America.” To which his Republican rival counters: “If you want to know where his vision leads, open […]

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 […]

Romney tries to steer campaign message back to the economy

Romney tries to steer campaign message back to the economy

Republican Mitt Romney, seeking to refocus his presidential campaign on the economy after days of distraction, is promoting energy proposals aimed at creating more than 3 million new jobs and opening up more areas for drilling off the coast of two political battleground states, Virginia and North Carolina. Romney’s pivot to energy, a key component […]

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 […]