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Romney admits he was “completely wrong” with “47 percent” comments

In a “God, wish I hadn’t said that” moment, Republican Presidential challenger Mitt Romney now admits he was “completely wrong” in his now-infamous “47 percent” comment. Said Romney on Sean Hannity‘s show on Fox News: Clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question and answer sessions, now and then you’re gonna say something that doesn’t come out right.In this case I said something that’s just completely wrong. When I become president it will be about helping the 100 percent. Romney, of course, was referring to his comments, taped during a fundraiser earlier this year, the
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The Debates, Round One: Aggressive Romney comes out swinging

In a showdown at close quarters, an aggressive Mitt Romney sparred with President Barack Obama in their first campaign debate Wednesday night over taxes, deficits and strong steps needed to create jobs in a sputtering national economy. “The status quo is not going to cut it,” declared the Republican challenger. Democrat Obama in turn accused his rival of seeking to “double down” on economic policies that actually led to the devastating national downturn four years ago — and of evasiveness when it came to prescriptions for tax changes, health care, Wall Street regulation and more. With early voting already under
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As usual, truth is a casualty in Presidential debate

President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney spun one-sided stories in their first presidential debate, not necessarily bogus, but not the whole truth. Here’s a look at some of their claims and how they stack up with the facts: OBAMA: “I’ve proposed a specific $4 trillion deficit reduction plan. … The way we do it is $2.50 for every cut, we ask for $1 in additional revenue.” THE FACTS: In promising $4 trillion, Obama is already banking more than $2 trillion from legislation enacted along with Republicans last year that cut agency operating budgets and capped them for 10
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What you missed on and off stage at the debate

Most voters watched the debate on the television and didn’t get to see what happened before and after President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney took the stage. And even then, some of the nonverbal exchanges were lost in broadcast. Here’s what those voters missed: ___ OUTSIDE THE HALL Not everyone was a fan of what was happening on the University of Denver campus. About 150 protesters with Occupy Denver marched down Yale Avenue, some eight blocks from the campus. Protesters shouted slogans denouncing a two-party system and the war in Afghanistan and demanding affordable health care. Jason Leher, a 23-year-old
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Social media verdict: Bad news for Big Bird, Jim Lehrer

Social networks lit up Wednesday as users argued over who emerged as the key character from Wednesday’s first president debate. The candidates? Forget it — most attention focused on moderator Jim Lehrer, or the cherished children’s TV character Big Bird. Here are some of key online trends from the night: —BIG BIRD: As Republican Mitt Romney pledged to cut funding to PBS — adding, “I like PBS, I love Big Bird” — commenters on Twitter leaped to the defense of their favorite “Sesame Street” characters. Big Bird was a major Twitter trend throughout the night, while Oscar the Grouch and
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Obama’s Katrina speech: Smoking gun or pathetic partisanship?

If one can accept the hyperbole of right-wing blowhards Tucker Carlson and Matt Drudge — two has beens looking for ways to generate Internet “buzz” — a video of a 2007 speech by then-Senator Barack Obama is a “smoking gun” that can bring down his presidency. While a real smoking gun would be a welcome insertion into a lackluster Presidential year, the repackaging of Obama’s speech to black leaders in Hampton Roads, Virginia, ain’t it. Not even close. Carlon, his his highly-partisan “news” site — The Daily Caller — calls his opinionated “exclusive” a major scoop.  He fed info to
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Right wing gets self-righteous over Obama video

Conservatives on Tuesday used a speech President Barack Obama delivered as a candidate in 2007 to accuse him of using racially charged rhetoric. “There’s no way you can listen to this speech and not hear it as a deliberately divisive speech that pits Americans against each other and does so largely with racial innuendoes that are very, very clear when you hear the speech,” former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said on Fox News, which aired segments of the videotaped speech. At issue Tuesday, one day before the first presidential debate and as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney trails in
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For Romney, the stakes are high in first Presidential debate

President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney come face to face for the first time in the presidential campaign Wednesday night for a high-risk nationally televised debate that offers the challenger his best opportunity to revive his struggling presidential campaign. Romney, running short on time to reverse his fortunes, is angling for a breakout performance in the three 90-minute presidential debates scheduled over the next three weeks. Obama, well aware that the remaining five weeks of the race still offer enough time for Romney to catch up, is determined to avoid any campaign-altering mistakes as he presses his case for
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Forget the buzz: The expectations are high in Presidential debate.

If you can believe either of the Democratic or Republican candidates — and that’s asking a lot — neither thinks they can debate worth a damn and neither expects to do well at Wednesday night’s first Presidential debate. President Barack Obama says opponent Mitt Romney is “a good debator…I’m just OK.” Over in the Romney camp, the message is that Obama is a “universally acclaimed public speaker with natural gifts and extensive seasoning under the bright lights of the debate stage.” Welcome to the expectations game, where candidates try to lower the bar in hopes it will be low enough
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Good news for Romney: Ross Perot isn’t endorsing anyone

After a prolonged period of seemingly-endless bad news, the Mitt Romney campaign received some good news — of a sort — Monday. Billionaire and two-time Presidential candidate Ross Perot isn’t endorsing anyone for President in the 2012 election. In an interview with USA Today’s Richard Wolf, Perot passed on a chance to offer an endorsement of either Romney or President Barack Obama. But the still-feisty Perot, who shook up the 1992 Presidential campaign for a bit, he still preaches economic doom and gloom. Says Perot: We’re on the edge of the cliff, and we have got to start fixing it
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