Romney hopes the ‘Cheney effect’ will affect his election chances

Republican party grandees gathered in the shadow of Wyoming’s majestic Grand Teton mountains on Thursday for a high-dollar fundraising event that will add to presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s brimming campaign coffers. Hosted by former vice president and native son Dick Cheney, who often goes fly-fishing for trout in nearby streams, the country club reception and dinner are expected to bring in $4 million for Romney, in one of the biggest fundraising nights of the 2012 election season. Business and party figures will huddle at Jackson Hole, a rugged valley settled by beaver trappers in the 19th century that is now
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Romney draws boos from NAACP crowd

Unflinching before a skeptical NAACP crowd, Mitt Romney declared Wednesday he’d do more for African-Americans than Barack Obama, the nation’s first black president. He drew jeers when he lambasted the Democrat’s policies. “If you want a president who will make things better in the African-American community, you are looking at him,” Romney told the group’s annual convention. Pausing as some in the crowd heckled, he added, “You take a look!” “For real?” yelled someone in the crowd. The reception was occasionally rocky though generally polite as the Republican presidential candidate sought to woo a Democratic bloc that voted heavily for
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Cheney tries to boost Romney with conservatives

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is using his popularity with Republican conservatives to give a boost to Mitt Romney, hosting a fundraiser for the party’s likely nominee at a mountain valley resort as well as a private dinner at his Wyoming home. Romney has avoided appearing in public with Cheney or with former President George W. Bush — both are seen as divisive figures by many of the swing voters he needs to win over if he’s going to defeat President Barack Obama. The Cheney-sponsored events Thursday evening at this resort town near Yellowstone National Park represent a welcome endorsement
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Jesse Jackson Jr. suffering from ‘mood disorder’

Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. is receiving intensive treatment for a “mood disorder” and is expected to make a full recovery, his doctor said on Wednesday, responding to mounting political pressure for more information on his condition. Jackson, 47, has been on a month-long leave of absence from his job. Until Wednesday, the nature of the illness had not been disclosed. Rumors that the veteran Democratic congressman from Illinois was being treated for alcohol or drug abuse are not true, his chief of staff Rick Bryant said in a statement. “The Congressman is receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment
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Romney’s fundraising lead brings panic to Obama campaign

President Barack Obama’s embattled campaign is going into panic mode over fund raising efforts that continue to lag behind challenger Mitt Romney. Romney and the Republican National Committee raised $35 million more than the President and the Democratic party in June — the second-straight month that the incumbent President has trailed well Romney with donors. “People in the fundraising offices are shaking their heads and wondering what the hell’s gone wrong,” one Democratic strategist told Capitol Hill Blue.  “There’s a sense of panic.” Obama, who raised far more campaign cash than challenger John McCain in 2008, was expected to top
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A neck-and-neck Presidential race where voters have doubts about both candidates

The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll on the 2012 Presidential race shows a neck-and-neck contest with widespread dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama’s performance in office offsetting strong doubts about Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Americans fault Obama on the economy as well as his handling of health care and immigration issues.  To make matters worse for an incumbent President, 63 percent of those polled say the nation is heading in the wrong direction. But support for Romney is tepid at best and the GOP challenger remains tied with the incumbent President because he is the only choice, not because voter prefer
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In this election year, the only real choice is not any of the available choices

Does Barack Obama deserve a second term as President?  Of course not.  The man is a monumental failure. So does Mitt Romney deserve a first term in the White House? Of course not. The man is an empty suit. So, intrepid voter, whatcha gonna do come election day? Vote for Gary Johnson, the failed Republican contender now running on the Libertarian candidate?  He might or might not be on the ballot in your state but even if he is, his chance of winning are as much as any libertarian candidate for President has ever been — zero. But with near-zero
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Obama introduced by crook who stole from his former boss

If it is true that one is judged by those associated with you then President Barack Obama needs to fire whomever vets folks for his campaign rallies. On Friday, the Ohio man picked by the campaign to introduce Obama at a rally stole trade secrets from a former boss and still owes a court judgement of a half million dollars. Reports The Associated Press: An Ohio man who says he once lost his job and introduced President Barack Obama at a rally on Friday had been accused of stealing trade secrets by a former boss. Court records show that Daniel
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Morgan Freeman on Barack Obama: He’s not black, he’s half-white

Actor Morgan Freeman says Barack Obama is many things but he’s not America’s first black president because the nation has not yet sent a purelt black man or woman to the White House. “He’s America’s first mixed-race president,” Freeman said in an interview with National Public Radio (NPR): First thing that always pops into my head regarding our president is that all of the people who are setting up this barrier for him … they just conveniently forget that Barack had a mama, and she was white — very white American, Kansas, middle of America, There was no argument about
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June jobs report: Just more bad news in an election season of doom and gloom

No President in modern times has run for re-election with unemployment is as high as it is now and if Barack Obama thought Friday’s jobs report would ease that situation he was no doubt disappointed. June’s job figures showed unemployment holding stedy at 8.2 percent and lackluster numbers for jobs growth remain the highest since the Great Depression. Democratic strategists tell Capitol Hill Blue that depression is just what they are seeing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue these days. “Let’s just say the mood in the West Wing is not good,” says one, who asked not to be identified.  “There is
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