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Akin mess keeps Republicans in chaos

For Republicans, it could be another lost week in their effort to keep November’s election focused on President Barack Obama’s handling of the weak U.S. economy. After much of the summer news cycle was dominated by immigration, Obama’s healthcare overhaul, Medicare and a gaffe-ridden foreign trip by Mitt Romney, the Todd Akin controversy is further obscuring the Republicans’ central message on jobs. Uproar over comments by Republican congressman Akin that women’s bodies automatically protect them from impregnation after “legitimate rape” is also overshadowing the buildup to the party convention in Tampa next week. Despite appeals from Romney and other leading
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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 of his jobs agenda, comes as the national debate has turned away from the GOP candidate’s jobs message and toward issues like rape, abortion, welfare and Medicare 2½ months before Election Day. Signaling a renewed emphasis on the economy, Romney will travel from Arkansas to
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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. The president’s pointillist approach has been on sharp display in recent weeks as he has alternately tailored his campaign speeches and his ad campaigns to women, older voters and, most recently, new young voters who may not have been old enough to cast a ballot
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Todd Akin on leaving Senate race: Hell no, he won’t go

Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) Tuesday ignored mounting pressure from his own party to drop out of the Senate race against incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill. A 5 p.m. deadline to remove his name from the ballot in Missouri came and went Tuesday as Aiken vowed to stay in the race, claiming he “represents a conservative movement that must be heard.” But what voters heard most from Akin was his comment in a televised interview this past Sunday when he responded to a question about allowing abortions for rape victims with: It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand
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Adding Ryan didn’t give Romney a hoped-for boost in polls

Wisconsin GOP Representative Paul Ryan‘s addition to Mitt Romney‘s Presidential ticket may have energized conservatives and brought in more campaign cash but it hasn’t given the ticket any significant bump in the polls. A new NBC-Wall Street Journal survey shows incumbent President Barack Obama holding on to his lead nationwide — 48 to 44 percent — with only a slight narrowing since Romney added Ryan as his vice presidential selection. In July, Obama’s lead was 49-43 over Romney. Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart says this about the new numbers: Mitt Romney is starting to accumulate a number of negatives on
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Calls for Akin to quit Senate race mount after insensitive rape remark

Senior GOP operatives and Republican leaders are urging Rep. Todd Akin to get out of the race against incumbent Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill after his controversial comments about abortions for women who have been raped, Capitol Hill Blue has learned. Akin faces a deadline of 5 p.m. Tuesday to withdraw as contributions to his campaign have dried up and GOP campaign committees are threatening to withhold money from his once-promising campaign to unseat popular Democratic incumbent McCaskill. Akin’s troubles began Sunday when St. Louis television station KTVI aired Akin’s response to a question on whether or not he would support
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Obama campaign spent far more than it is raised for three straight months

From most accounting perspectives, the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama is in serious financial trouble, having spent far more money than it raised for the past three months. Although the campaign raised $49.1 million in July — a slight increase over the previous month — and is matching the President’s record-setting pace from 2008, it continues to outspend the pace of fundraising — shelling out $58.8 million in July and increasingly depleting its cash-on-had.  The campaign is carrying ever-increasing debt that is closing in on $3 million. “The campaign faces mounting debts and cannot continue to spend at a
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Social issues offer the best contrast between Obama, Romney

Many disenfranchised voters say there really isn’t much difference in America’s two controlling political parties or the candidates for President. But Campaign 2012 finds sharp differences on social issues and the so-called “culture wars.” The campaigns of incumbent President Barack Obama and presumptive GOP challenger Mitt Romney offer stark contrasts on hot button issues like aboriton, same-sex marriages, women’s rights, religion and the role of government in our lives. Obama supports same-sex marriage. Romney does not. Romney opposes abortion rights for women.  Obama is pro-choice. Obama thinks government should provide more protections and control over the lives of all Americans.
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GOP reps on Congressional junket got drunk and skinny-dipped in the Sea of Galilee

A number of Republican Congressmen and others — including the daughter of one member and the wife of another — visiting Israel as part of a Capitol Hill junket last summer, got drunk after dinner, stripped off their clothes and frolicked naked in the Sea of Galilee at the place where Jesus was said to have walked on water. GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas admitted the drunken indiscretion after the web site Politico uncovered an FBI probe into the night of ribald behavior and reported it Sunday. Said Yoder: A year ago, my wife, Brooke, and I joined colleagues
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Ryan gives Romney campaign much-needed boost in polls, fundraising

As John McCain needed in 2008, presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney needed something — anything — to reinvigorate his moribund campaign for President. Tapping Sarah Palin as a vice presidential nominee gave McCain a jump in polls, fundraising and attention. Is Paul Ryan Romney’s Sarah Palin?  The candidate’s staff thinks so. In a memo released Friday morning, campaign manager Matt Rhoades says selecting Ryan as Romney’s running mater has sparked a rise in the polls, an increase in fundraising and lots of activity in social media. The campaign raised more than $10 million in the last week — $7.4 million
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