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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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Is Romney packing Twitter with phony followers?

Is the campaign of GOP Presidential contender Mitt Romney padding its Twitter followers count with fakes? Could be, says an analysis by Barracuda Labs, a technology firm, that concludes a spike in followers in July was probably packed with fakes purchased through services that generate phonies to pad the numbers.  Some web sites offer generating up to 10,000 phony Twitter followers for about $50. No happening, says the Romney campaign digital director Zac Moffatt, who adds that it’s not about numbers. Romney currently has more than 861,000 followers in Twitter. President Barack Obama has more than 18 million. Says Moffatt:
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Biden may be a screwup but he’s Obama’s boy

Vice President Joe Biden‘s diarrhea of the mouth may keep him in hot water but President Barack Obama is sticking with his perennial screw-up and no plans to throw him out with the trash. Responding Thursday to a question on whether or not Obama might dump his veep from the tickets after another ground of gaffes, White House spokesman Jay Carney said “that was settled a long, long time ago.” The questions came amid speculation from the Republican camp that Obama might be wise to cut Biden loose. Obama’s opponents in 2008 — Sen. John McCain and tea party centerfold
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