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Transcript And Audio: First Obama-Romney Debate

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

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

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In Colorado, Campaigns Talk Economy while Voters Talk Abortion

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Leading up to today’s first presidential debate, Colorado voters are getting barraged with campaign advertising. Most of it focuses on numbers – the size of the debt, unemployment figures, and 47 percent. But voters about talking about something else entirely: Abortion.

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New York’s Gillibrand Looking to Go National with Women

Monday, October 01, 2012

This November, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is running for her first full six-year term in the Senate. It's been nearly four years since she was tapped to fill Hillary Clinton's seat. She’s still building name recognition in New York, but her ambitions extend way beyond the state’s borders.

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Energy in North Dakota and the 2012 Election

Thursday, September 27, 2012

We’ve seen huge economic changes across the country since 2008. The Associated Press’s Dale Wetzel talks about the natural gas and oil industries in North Dakota and throughout the Plains states that has grown over the last four years, and what that means for voters in November. Plus, we’ll look at the race for Kent Conrad’s seat. The Democratic senator announced his retirement in January 2011.

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Candidates Banter Over The Best Side Of The Beltway

Sunday, September 23, 2012

President Obama and Mitt Romney seem to have switched places in recent days. The incumbent president is promising to change Washington from the outside. Meanwhile, Romney, who made his fortune turning businesses around, says he wants to work within the existing political system.

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In Northern Virginia, Class and Race Dominate Election Talk

Saturday, September 22, 2012

For skeptical voters in the battleground state of Virginia, Mitt Romney’s recorded remarks at a Florida fundraiser last week were just the latest in a line of revelations that are stoking doubts about the Republican nominee.

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Romney's 2011 Tax Return Shows He Paid At 14.1 Percent Rate, Campaign Says

Friday, September 21, 2012

That rate is in line with earlier statements the candidate made about how much he paid in taxes last year. He's also releasing a summary of his taxes from the past 20 years — which may not satisfy Democrats who want him to offer more details.

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The Auto Industry and the 2012 Election

Thursday, September 20, 2012

In 2008, we broke down the election map state-by-state. In 2012, we’re breaking it down by industry. Each week, we’ll look at a different industry that changed dramatically over the last four years and  find out how that might affect the presidential election. Catherine Rampell of the New York Times talks about the automotive industry and the continuing impact of the 2009 bailout as well as the president’s announcement that the Federal Trade Commission was moving against China, alleging that the country illegally subsidizes its auto part industry—and how all of that affects voters in states from Michigan to Missouri.

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Tim Pawlenty Exits Romney Campaign To Lead Bank Lobbying Group

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tim Pawlenty's resignation as co-chairman of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign comes less than seven weeks before Election Day and during a bad stretch for the candidate.

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Despite Recent Romney Stumbles, Presidential Race Is Far From Over

Monday, September 17, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appears a man under siege. But while Democrats are licking their chops and many Republicans are despairing at the state of the Romney campaign just seven weeks from Election Day, more dispassionate observers suggest that the race is still very close.

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Obama Polishes His 'Regular Guy' Image With Beer

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Both President Obama and Mitt Romney have been criticized for not being approachable. Their campaigns have spent the last few months convincing Americans to like them. But in the battle for likability, Obama has one tool that Romney doesn't: beer.

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Paul Ryan A Star Attraction For Values Voters

Saturday, September 15, 2012

At the same summit last year, many religious conservatives said they would support Mitt Romney only as a last resort. Now, he has Ryan to vouch for him. The GOP vice presidential nominee slammed President Obama on foreign policy, the economy and abortion in his speech Friday.

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Post-Convention, Swing Voters Unswayed

Friday, September 14, 2012

Swing voters we met earlier this summer are still leaning the same ways they were weeks ago, but now their fuzzy instincts and impressions are crystallizing, revealing partisan battle lines that would have been wholly unpredictable four years ago.

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Romney Tempers Foreign Policy Criticism After Flap Over Libya Remarks

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A day after Mitt Romney ignited a debate over his criticism of President Obama's handling of events in North Africa, he largely steered clear of discussing the attack on an American consulate in Libya that left four Americans dead.

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“Did Barack Obama Save Ohio?”

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Matt Bai, The New York Times Magazine’s chief political correspondent, investigates the state of Ohio, and whether it was Obama’s auto bailout that saved Ohio from falling off the cliff or the policies of the Republican Governor, or if it was something else entirely. He argues that the answer could decide the next presidency. His article “Did Barack Obama Save Ohio?” appears in the September 9 issue of the magazine.

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Exit Interview: Axelrod’s Take on DNC 2012 and the Road Ahead

Friday, September 07, 2012

The Charlotte airport was abuzz Friday, as David Axelrod, a senior Obama campaign advisor, was swarmed by out going Democratic delegates as they sought pictures with President Barack Obama’s key strategist.

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Anna Sale on the President's Speech

Friday, September 07, 2012

WNYC's Anna Sale talks about President Obama's speech last night at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

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Fact Checkers Ding Obama And Biden For Some Spinning

Friday, September 07, 2012

From claims about deficit reduction and job creation to things Mitt Romney has said about Russia and Detroit, the Democratic ticket twisted a few words here and there, independent watchdogs say.

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Andy Borowitz on the Conventions

Friday, September 07, 2012

Andy Borowitz, author of The Borowitz Report on the newyorker.com, talks about what we learned from the conventions.

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Asking for 2nd Term, Obama Says Nation Will Recover

Thursday, September 06, 2012

His re-election in doubt, President Barack Obama conceded only halting progress Thursday night toward fixing the nation's stubborn economic woes, but vowed in a Democratic National Convention finale, "Our problems can be solved, our challenges can be met."

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