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As usual, facts get lost in rhetoric in another political debate

In the rough-and-tumble of a town hall-style presidential debate, the facts took something of a beating Tuesday night. Mitt Romney wrongly claimed that it took 14 days for President Barack Obama to brand the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya a terrorist act. Obama yet again claimed that ending the Afghanistan and Iraq wars makes money available to “rebuild America,” even though it doesn’t. A look at some of their claims: OBAMA: The day after last month’s attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, “I stood in the Rose Garden and I told the American people and the
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Feisty debate provides good viewing for TV viewers

At the University of Cincinnati, 200 students were expected to turn out to watch the second debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. But organizers hadn’t reckoned on the intense curiosity as to how the president would perform after an admittedly lackluster showing in the first faceoff. The students kept coming, and row upon row of chairs were added at the campus center until more than 500 crammed in. It was not unlike a crowd at a boxing match; many were expecting verbal fireworks, and they weren’t disappointed. “It goes without saying that the knives were out,” said Karim Aladmi,
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Failed ‘fiscal conservative’ GOP Presidential candidates face millions in unpaid campaign debts

Failed Republican primary candidates for President — who preached fiscal responsibility throughout their aborted runs for office — face millions of dollars of debts from their now shuttered campaigns. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich‘s campaign owes creditors close to $5 million, according to his Sept. 30 filing with the Federal Election Campaign. Gingrich, who used private planes and luxury hotels throughout his failed bid for the Presidency, managed to pile on another 50 grand in debt after his campaign ended, the reports reveal. “Newt live large on other people’s money,” GOP strategist Al Waring tells Capitol Hill Blue. 
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Romney continues to gain ground on Obama

While Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has erased President Barack Obama’s overall poll lead, the Democrat remains ahead on some core issues such as healthcare and voters would still rather spend time with Obama than with Romney. Romney, however, has narrowed the gap on “likability” as well as on how “presidential” he is compared to Obama. The shifting numbers in a Reuters/Ipsos poll hint at where the two candidates are vulnerable in Tuesday’s town hall debate in Hempstead, New York. Romney’s position in the horse race improved after the first debate in Denver on October 3, with the Republican drawing
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Can Obama deliver a solid debate performance and stop erosion?

Losing ground to Republican Mitt Romney on a host of issues, President Barack Obama faces a serious challenge to put his re-election bid back on track when the two men face off on Tuesday in their second debate. Obama’s passive performance in their first debate two weeks ago and Romney’s subsequent surge have raised expectations for a more fiery encounter at New York’s Hofstra University. The Democratic president’s team has been encouraged by the feisty performance of Vice President Joe Biden last week in his debate against Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. Now, with Romney having virtually erased Obama’s
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The Tea Party’s lunacy and hype over Agenda 21

Tea Party activist Judd Saul admits that he can sound a little unhinged when he gets talking about an issue close to his heart that most Americans have never heard of. “Agenda 21 is an elusive enemy that floats in and chokes you gradually,” said Saul, of the Cedar Valley Tea Party in Cedar Falls, Iowa. “They want to destroy the middle-class way of life.” “Agenda 21 aims to undermine your property rights and force you” to live in cities, Jake Robinson told Tea Party members at a meeting in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in April. For Joe Dugan, leader of the
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Candidates cram for next debate

With the White House race barreling toward the finish, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney were staying out of the spotlight Monday, underscoring the intense focus each campaign is placing on the second presidential debate. Obama’s campaign, seeking to rebound from a dismal first debate, promised a more energetic president would take the stage Tuesday at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Romney’s team aimed to build on a commanding opening debate that gave the Republican new life in a White House race that had once appeared to be slipping away from him. When the two candidates step back
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Can Obama gets his act together for round two of Presidential debates?

Losing ground to Republican Mitt Romney on a host of issues, President Barack Obama faces a serious challenge to put his re-election bid back on track when the two men face off on Tuesday in their second debate. Obama’s passive performance in their first debate two weeks ago and Romney’s subsequent surge have raised expectations for a more fiery encounter at New York’s Hofstra University. The Democratic president’s team has been encouraged by the feisty performance of Vice President Joe Biden last week in his debate against Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. Now, with Romney having virtually erased Obama’s
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Longtime GOP maverick Arlen Specter dead at 82

For most of his 30 years as Pennsylvania’s longest-serving U.S. senator and prominent moderate in Congress, Arlen Specter was a Republican, though often at odds with the GOP leadership. He helped end the Supreme Court hopes of former federal appeals Judge Robert H. Bork, who was nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Decades later, he was one of only three Republicans in Congress to vote for President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus. His breaks with his party were hardly a surprise: He had begun his political career as a Democrat and ended it as one, too. In between, he was at the
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Obama campaign claims four million donors

President Barack Obama’s campaign says it has surpassed 4 million donors, a record for a presidential campaign. The president’s field director Jeremy Bird announced the total in an email to supporters Saturday night. Obama’s campaign has relied on small donors to boost its fundraising totals through the summer and fall. The campaign raised $181 million in September, its biggest haul of the cycle. Republican Mitt Romney‘s campaign has not yet announced its September fundraising numbers. (c) Copyright 2012 The Associated Press
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