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Campaign 2012 gets an October surprise in September

Campaign 2012 gets an October surprise in September

Septembers shock, Octobers surprise, early Novembers can knock a campaign sideways. In a presidential race’s waning weeks, almost anything can happen — bedlam in the Middle East, financial panic at home, a scandal in the headlines. And as Election Day ticks closer, candidates get less and less time to absorb the blow. Sometimes the kind […]

McCain calls Obama’s foreign policy ‘feckless’ at best

McCain calls Obama’s foreign policy ‘feckless’ at best

Sen. John McCain, who lost to  President Barack Obama four years ago, is accusing his formal rival of pursuing “a feckless foreign policy” that compromises American influence around the world. Speaking on NBC’s “Today,” McCain said: “I’d like to see the president of the United States speak up once for the 20,000 people that are […]

Mitt Romney’s big night: Can he deliver?

Mitt Romney’s big night:  Can he deliver?

Mitt Romney is stepping up for the most important speech of his Republican presidential campaign, to an audience of millions, after a rousing warm-up from a running mate who vowed the days of dodging painful budget choices will end if voters toss President Barack Obama from office. Having grasped the nomination on his second try, […]

Lackluster election, choices leave voters undecided, unexcited

Lackluster election, choices leave voters undecided, unexcited

Call them maybes. Two months out from Election Day, nearly a quarter of all registered voters are either undecided about the presidential race or iffy in their support for a candidate, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows. These voters could well prove decisive in a close contest. And they will be tough nuts for Barack Obama […]

Mission impossible? Turning a political convention into exciting TV

Mission impossible? Turning a political convention into exciting TV

Patriotic music? Check. Balloon drop? Check. Sign-waving delegates? Check. Viewer interest in this summer’s Republican and Democratic national conventions? Still unclear. With the parties’ quadrennial presidential nominating gatherings fast approaching, organizers on both sides are bedeviled by a similar challenge: how to raise TV viewer interest in the multiday affairs, which threaten to be largely […]

Obama campaign spent far more than it is raised for three straight months

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, […]

Ryan gives Romney campaign much-needed boost in polls, fundraising

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 […]

Biden may be a screwup but he’s Obama’s boy

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 […]

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