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Obama turns to obscenities to attack Romney

President Barack Obama took Campaign 2012 to a new level —  albeit a lower one — when he referred to his challenger as “a bullsh—r” in an interview with Rolling Stone. Obama, bragging that he does well in the six-to-12 year-old demographic told the magazine: I do very well, by the way, in that demographic. Ages six to 12? I’m a killer. You know, kids have good instincts. They look at the other guy and say, “Well, that’s a bullsh—r, I can tell.” The President’s use of an obscenity in a national publication brought an instant response from the Mitt
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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 Romney favored by 47 percent of likely voters and Obama by 45 percent, a result within the poll’s margin of sampling error, the survey shows. After a commanding first debate performance and a generally good month, Romney has gained ground with Americans on a number
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Colin Powell endorses Obama again

Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on Thursday endorsed Barack Obama’s bid for re-election, citing the Democratic president’s efforts to wind down the war in Afghanistan and tackle terrorism. “I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on,” the Republican, who also backed Obama in 2008, told “CBS This Morning,” adding, “I voted for him in 2008 and I plan to stick with him in 2012.” The move comes just days after Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney clashed over foreign policy in the third and last presidential debate ahead of the November 6 election.
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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 to Latino voters question Romney’s commitment to opportunities for “regular people.” Senior citizens are getting dueling pieces from Obama and Romney casting the other as detrimental to Medicare. Political mail at all levels is big business. The Postal Service says some 1.8 billion political mail
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With less than two weeks to go, Obama & Romney step up the pace

Locked in a stubbornly tight race, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are demonstrating the urgency of the campaign’s final stretch, with the incumbent alone set to cover 5,300 miles in the busiest single day of his re-election bid. Both men claimed a growing edge even as voters showed little give. From Colorado to Iowa to ever-important Ohio, bigger crowds and late October scenery offered the feel of a campaign starting to finally crackle. Obama centered on a closing theme that voters simply cannot trust Romney, while the challenger warned of the bleak times that four more Obama years
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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 record, truthfulness and overseas fundraising. Romney, meantime, went out of his way to blunt his differences with the president on several key foreign policy matters — supposedly the debate’s focus — and to appear calm, moderate and non-threatening. Romney’s approach was one typically taken by
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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 race for the White House, Romney took the offensive, too. When Obama said the U.S. and its allies have imposed crippling sanctions on Iran to halt nuclear weapons development, the Republican challenger responded that the U.S. should have done more. He declared repeatedly, “We’re four
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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 as Massachusetts governor wrong. At the same time, they injected a little more accuracy into two leading misstatements of the campaign: Romney’s claim for months that Obama went around apologizing for America, and the president’s assertion, going back to his State of the Union address
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Latest polls have Obama, Romney in dead heat for Presidency

Republican Mitt Romney has closed the gap with President Barack Obama and the two candidates are now tied in the November 6 presidential race, according to a Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll released on Monday. The online survey of likely voters found Obama and Romney were each supported by 46 percent of the electorate as they prepare for their final televised debate on Monday night. Romney trailed by 1 percentage point when the poll was last published on Saturday. The two candidates have remained within three percentage points of each other since shortly after their first debate on October 3. “Today’s
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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 he strayed from straight talk in his doomed 1972 presidential campaign. It didn’t fit the man and it shook the credibility he treasured. McGovern was a partisan without the poison that increasingly infected American politics. In his career-long quest for programs to feed the hungry,
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