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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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Romney would allow illegal immigrants to remain in America under Obama’s executive order

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he would allow illegal immigrants provided with work permits by President Barack Obama to stay in the United States under the two-year program. Said Romney in an interview with The Denver Post: The people who have received the special visa that the president has put in place, which is a two-year visa, should expect that the visa would continue to be valid. I’m not going to take something that they’ve purchased. Romney has promised immigration reform as part of his campaign platform. Obama signed an executive order this past summer that allows young illegal
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The rabid right wing: Rewriting history in real time

According to the denizens of the rabid right, the polls are all wrong and the election is controlled by a nefarious plot to cheat Mitt Romney out of an election he would win easily if things were on the up and up. That’s the message from the bowels of righteous right Republicanism these days. “I believe if the election were held today, Romney would win by four or five points,” Dick Morris claimed on Fox News last week.  Morris predicted Romney would win Florida, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. But don’t polls show Romney trailing in all four states? That’s
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Obama, Romney cram for first Presidential debate

Nearing their first face-off, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are hunkering down for intense preparations ahead of Wednesday’s presidential debate, where the GOP nominee hopes to change the trajectory of the White House race. Obama was huddling Monday with top advisers at a desert resort in Nevada. Romney had practice planned in Massachusetts, where he also spent most of the weekend working with his debate team. The Republican challenger was then headed to Denver, the site of the first debate, later Monday for a rally and more preparation for the high-stakes event. Five weeks from Election Day, polls
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Biden: Deficit news hit in administration’s first week

Vice President Joe Biden says that he and President Barack Obama had been on the job less than a week when a top economic adviser told them the country was facing a trillion-dollar budget deficit. Biden says that Obama replied, “But I haven’t done anything yet.” Biden blames the deficit on the previous Bush administration, adding that it “put two wars on a credit card” and gave tax cuts to the wealthy after inheriting a balanced budget and revenue surplus from the Clinton administration. Biden hammered GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for comments on a leaked video in which Romney
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Obama to Congress: ‘Approve refinancing plan

Citing historically low mortgages, President Barack Obama is pressing Republicans to back housing policies the White House says would help struggling homeowners refinance their debts and prevent foreclosures. Obama is blaming congressional Republicans for not passing legislation he proposed in February that would lower lending rates for millions of borrowers who have not been able to get out from under burdensome mortgages. Republicans have objected, citing among other things the estimated $5 billion to $10 billion cost of the proposal. “Here we are – seven months later – still waiting on Congress to act,” Obama said Saturday in his weekly
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Ryan to sportsmen: ‘We will protect your rights’

Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan is telling a national sportsmen group that he and Mitt Romney would work to prevent any more restrictions on hunting and gun ownership. Speaking to around 1,000 members of the the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance at a rally on Saturday night, Ryan said he will fight any more restrictions to public lands access for hunters. The Wisconsin congressman, a hunting enthusiast, says he will also fight encroachments on individual’s right to bear arms. Ryan’s speech brought him back to Ohio after campaigning earlier this week in Lima, Cincinnati and the Dayton area. He spoke earlier in
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Romney looking for ways to save Presidential campaign

His path to victory narrowing, Mitt Romney is looking to Pennsylvania to help slow President Barack Obama’s momentum ahead of a high-stakes meeting on the debate stage next week. The Republican presidential nominee was to campaign Friday in the Philadelphia area, first courting donors at a high-dollar fundraiser and then meeting voters at a midday rally. Fresh off a promise to spend more time in the swing states that matter most, Romney will pass much of the day in a state that has not supported a Republican presidential candidate in nearly a quarter-century. His campaign is not running any television
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