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Pennsylvania Takes a Back Seat in the Swing State Frenzy

Friday, October 19, 2012

Battleground states can make or break a candidate's election, but this season, some typically contentious regions are being left off the map. Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Rob Gleason and political reporter James O'Toole discuss where the Keystone State stands when its out of the political spotlight.

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Cuomo Tapped to Campaign in Swing States

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo will be hitting the campaign trail in the coming weeks for President Barack Obama.

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Virginia and the 2012 Election

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Virginia is one of the prized swing states in this year’s presidential election. Washington Post Local Columnist Robert McCartney discusses the major issues that the state’s voters care about this year, on both the national level and in the tight Senate race there. Plus, we’ll look at the impact of economic shifts in Virginia over the last four years.

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Transcript And Audio: Second Presidential Debate

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Transcript and audio of the second debate between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

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Fact Check | Stumbles in Latest Presidential Debate

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

In the rough-and-tumble of a town hall-style presidential debate, the facts took something of a beating Tuesday night.

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Before Debate, Economic Anxieties and Little Party Loyalty on Long Island

Monday, October 15, 2012

Most Long Islanders reported they’d selected their man—but their party registration had little to do with it.

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What's All This Malarkey About Malarkey?

Friday, October 12, 2012

Malarkey is "meaningless talk, nonsense." Vice President Biden said that's what GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan was spreading. Where the word came from is a bit of a mystery.

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The Borowitz Report

Friday, October 12, 2012

Andy Borowitz, author of the Borowitz Report on NewYorker.com, is back to talk about how Joe Biden and Paul Ryan performed in the vice presidential debate. He’ll also look at Mitt Romney’s post-debate bump and what it means for President Obama’s campaign. 

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Transcript And Audio: Vice Presidential Debate

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Transcript of the debate between Vice President Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

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Fact Check | Slips on Libya, Syria, Auto Bailout and More in Vice Presidential Debate

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden has mangled a heaping helping of facts over the years. Despite being newer to presidential-campaign politics, Republican Paul Ryan has already earned something of a reputation for taking flying leaps past reality. How'd they do Thursday night?

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VP Debate: Biden, Ryan at Each Other on Everything

Thursday, October 11, 2012

At odds early and often, Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan squabbled over the economy, taxes, Medicare and more Thursday night in a contentious, interruption-filled debate. "That is a bunch of malarkey," the vice president retorted after a particularly tough Ryan attack on the administration's foreign policy.

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Listener Challenge: Jingles for Obama and Romney

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Back in the days of “I Like Ike,” presidential candidates hired Madison Avenue ad men to come up with winning jingles.  These days, campaign ads are all message, no flare.  We want you to come up with an original jingle for one or more of the presidential candidates.

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Obama's Momentum in New Hampshire Cools after Debate

Thursday, October 11, 2012

New Hampshire could be politically pivotal again with its four electoral votes in a close election for president. The state’s famously engaged voters watched the first presidential debate – and it made a difference. Going into their first meeting, President Barack Obama had opened up a 15-point lead in polls over Republican Mitt Romney, but that advantage has narrowed down to six points in the last week.

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Romney Taps Christie to Headline in Battleground State of Ohio

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Romney campaign has turned to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to headline at least five campaign events in 24 hours in the key battleground state of Ohio.

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Romney Shows His Soft Side; President Tightens His Pitch

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney showed his softer side and President Obama got to his points more quickly in Tuesday appearances on the campaign trail. Romney was in Iowa; Obama, in Ohio.

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Revealing Dark Money and Big Data

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Bradley Smith, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Center for Competitive Politics, Adam Rappaport, Chief Counsel of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, and ProPublica’s Kim Barker discuss how social welfare nonprofit groups, known as 501(c)(4)s are avoid regulation to finance the campaigns. They’ve already spent more than $71 million on television ads, more than all super PACs combined, according to estimates from Kantar Media's Campaign Media Analysis Group. Kim Barker has been reporting the series Revealing Dark Money and Big Data for ProPublica.

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David Brooks

Monday, October 08, 2012

Alec talks with David Brooks on stage at Joe’s Pub. Brooks is known as a Conservative voice, but former Obama advisor David Axelrod described him as a “true public thinker.” 

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Campaign Ads Nauseam

Friday, October 05, 2012

The real problem with campaign ads today, Kurt Andersen thinks, is that they’re boring.  Why? "The same people that would do great commercials for products and services would also do political commercials," advertising veteran Bob Gardner tells Kurt. “But this ended a few ...

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Fact Check | Presidential Debate Missteps

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney spun one-sided stories in their first presidential debate, not necessarily bogus, but not the whole truth.

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Obama and Romney Delve into the Details

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Americans demanded details and, boy, did they get them. In the first presidential debate, the candidates delved into dense discussions on taxes, health care, entitlement programs and more.

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