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Can we handle a softer, gentler Mitt Romney?

Mitt Romney is showing his softer side, while President Barack Obama works to extend his cash advantage as both men begin a final month sprint to Election Day. The Republican presidential nominee was spending a second consecutive day campaigning in Florida on Sunday, where he is drawing on the success of his recent debate performance and pressing a populist message. “These are tough years for the middle class and the poor in America,” he told more than 6,000 supporters Saturday night at an amphitheater in Apopka, Fla., near Orlando. He later shared his personal connection to three people who have
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Obama’s fundraising rebounds, rakes in record amounts

President Barack Obama’s campaign and its Democratic allies raised $181 million in September for his re-election effort, the largest total that either side has announced yet in the 2012 campaign. The big September number and a good jobs report on Friday that showed unemployment dipping to 7.8 percent from 8.1 percent shifted some attention from Obama’s lackluster debate performance on Wednesday against Republican Mitt Romney. Helping buoy Obama’s fundraising in September was his party’s convention and a modest lead in the polls over Romney, whose campaign was plagued by his remark that the 47 percent of the population who receive
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Obama trumpets unemployment drop as economic gain

President Barack Obama on Friday hailed a drop in the U.S. jobless rate to the lowest level since he took office, saying the country had “come too far to turn back now,” as he sought to recover from a lackluster debate performance against Republican challenger Mitt Romney. A decline in unemployment to 7.8 percent in September, announced just more than four weeks before Election Day, gave an unexpected shine to the most vulnerable part of Obama’s record – his economic stewardship – and offered him a chance to reset his re-election bid. The rate dropped from 8.1 percent in August.
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Romney cites job crisis even with drop in unemployment

Declaring that the nation is in a “jobs crisis,” Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is charging ahead with his economic arguments in spite of unemployment dropping to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office. Romney all but ignored the positive jobs numbers while campaigning Friday night in Florida, instead highlighting his strong debate performance and presenting a more compassionate message as he sought to overcome Obama’s narrow lead in the polls. He made clear earlier in the day that he did not agree with the president’s assessment that the unemployment statistic — it dipped from 8.1 percent to
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Unemployment drops below 8 percent, but…

America’s “official” unemployment rate dropped below 8 percent in September but the number does not reflect the mounting numbers of long-term unemployed who are no longer actively looking for work. The Labor Department reported Friday that 114,000 jobs were added last month, just a tick below predictions of 115,000 jobs and unemployment dipped to 7.8 percent — the lowest figure in years. While the report could provide some good news for the Obama administration, which faces voter anger over the nation’s poor economy, it does not ease the public’s overall uneasiness over prospects for the future.  Polls show most Americans
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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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