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Romney Makes Appeal to Latino Voters

Friday, June 22, 2012

During primary season, Mitt Romney was attracting barely more than a quarter of the Latino vote. But yesterday, at the meeting of the National Association of Latino and Elected Appointed Officials, or NALEO, the prospective GOP nominee made his pitch. Where does Romney go from here as he seeks to make inroads with the Latino community?

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On The Media

Reaction to Obama's Support of Gay Marriage

Friday, May 11, 2012

Barack Obama made history this week as the first sitting president to support gay marriage and the Republican response to the unprecedented announcement has been relatively quiet. Brooke speaks to NewYorker.com writer Alex Koppelman, who says republicans are playing a game of wait-and-see before deciding how to react.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Will the NYC GOP Find a Mayoral Candidate?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

No high profile Republican candidate has emerged as a favorite for next year's mayoral race. Azi Paybarah, reporter for Capital New York, and Doug Muzzio, professor of political science at Baruch College and host of "City Talk" on CUNY/TV, talk about the buzz surrounding an effort to draft Ray Kelly, and the leadership void in the local GOP.

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The Takeaway

The Republican Problem for Republicans

Friday, March 23, 2012

WNYC

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is leading the pack of GOP hopefuls, but that doesn't mean he's escaped criticism for not being able to unify the Republican party: some say he's not conservative enough, or that he's not likable. Of course, the perceived inability to unify the party isn't unique to Romney.

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The Takeaway

Anti-Establishment Fervor In, GOP Elders Out?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush endorsed Mitt Romney yesterday, following the former Massachusetts governor's lopsided victory in Illinois. But whereas that might have been the gold-standard endorsement a few years back, the seal of establishment approval isn't so sought after these days. Anna Sale, reporter for It's a Free Country, looked into the changing face of the Republican Party and joins us to discuss these changes and the implications on the GOP as we once knew it.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Obama Fights Back

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

David Corn, Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones, discusses his new book, Showdown, and how Obama is gearing up for a fight with the GOP.

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The Takeaway

2012 Primary: A Less Predictable Deep South

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

For Republican presidential candidates, capturing the Deep South means capturing the base of American conservatism. But southern voters have yet to decide on any one candidate, and southern sensibilities are broadening. Our partner, the New York Times, reported that the southern conservative electorate may be far more diverse than it once was. Are the Southern Republican voters going to gravitate towards Rick Santorum’s conservative social agenda, or are voters more about Newt Gingrich, the only one on the ballots with actual ties to the south? And what about Mitt Romney — are Southern evangelicals ready for a Mormon president?  

The Takeaway

Does the South Still Influence the GOP?

Friday, March 09, 2012

The South has played a crucial role to the Republican Party for decades. Since 1996 every Republican presidential nominee has had some personal connection to the South. Furthermore, each of those nominees achieved their position by aggressively courting the Southern vote by reflecting their ethics and policy positions. Not so with Mitt Romney. Does that reflect more on the former Massachusetts governor's strategy, or a realization that the south may be experiencing a waning influence over the GOP?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Party People

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent for The New Yorker, breaks down the results from Super Tuesday and talks about the dynamics of race for the Republican presidential nomination. His latest article, “Life of the Party," appears in the March 12 issue of the magazine.

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The Takeaway

Ohio and Georgia GOP Chairs Talk Super Tuesday

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

By the numbers, Georgia is the biggest prize this Super Tuesday with 76 delegates. Perhaps most telling will be Newt Gingrich’s performance in his home state: if he wants to stay competitive in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, he’s going to need a decisive victory in the Peach State. Ohio, with 66 delegates of its own, may be the biggest psychological prize. Many have declared this the race to watch, as no Republican nominee has ever become president without winning the swing state in the general election.

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The Takeaway

Does the GOP Need to Fix its Primary System?

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Here's a question you may not have asked yourself: why does the Republican party hold primaries and caucuses at all? Is there a better system than the long, drawn out process of staggered elections which push and pull the political momentum towards different candidates at different points in the cycle? Wouldn't it be easier to have all of the states elect their nominee at once? Or is there another way entirely to choose our political leaders? 

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The Takeaway

Does the GOP Alienate Women Voters?

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

In recent weeks, the Republican party has had a difficult time charming a key slice of its political base: women.
For his part … Rick Santorum has been advocating against women’s access to contraception.  And even more recently… conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is facing heat for the inflammatory and misogynistic comments made on his show.  
It should be noted that both Romney and Santorum have distanced themselves from Limbaugh’s comments. 
My next guest says that these isolated incidents speak to a bigger problem among the Republican party as a whole; specifically, that the grand old party has been ignoring, marginalizing or just offending women for years.  And that polls show this is going to hurt the party in the short term and the long. 
We’re joined now by Jennifer DeJournett [deh-JOOR-nett], president and co-founder of VOICES of Conservative Women, a non-profit that works to get women engaged in the political process.
In recent weeks, the Republican party has had a difficult time charming a key slice of its political base: women. Rick Santorum has been advocating against women’s access to contraception. Although both Romney and Santorum have distanced themselves from Rush Limbaugh's comments, the conservative radio host is facing heat for the inflammatory and misogynistic comments made on his show.

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The Takeaway

Ohio Voters on the Super Tuesday Ad Push

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

It’s Super Tuesday, and Ohio is among the most pivotal states in the race. In order to gain an edge, the two frontrunners — Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum — secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in ads which began airing last weekend in Ohio. Are the ads working?

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The Takeaway

Romney Looks to Take Arizona Primary

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

While Mitt Romney may have a hard time in his home state of Michigan, he is expected to win the state of Arizona in today's primary contest. Romney, long believed to be the eventual nominee, has faced stiff resistance for insurgent candidates along the trail. Buzz Conover, reporter for Arizona Public Media in Tuscon, joins The Takeaway to talk about today's primary and how it could help Romney's flailing campaign. 

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The Takeaway

Santorum Robo-Calls Try to Lure Democrats

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Voters in Arizona and Michigan go to the polls today. It's no secret that Michigan,  the state where Mitt Romney grew up,  is a must-win for Romney. Add in the fact that any registered voter is allowed to vote in Michigan's open primary it sounds like Rick Santorum has caught the Democratic bug. In a robocall circulated in Michigan yesterday, Santorum tried to woo the Democrats.

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The Takeaway

GOP Primary in Arizona

Monday, February 27, 2012

We have both the Arizona and Michigan primaries tomorrow. And while much of the debate is over Romney and Michigan, we'll leave that to the pundits for the time being and focus on Arizona. Often our reporting from that part of the country has been informed by Peter O'Dowd, news director from KJZZ in Arizona. Peter joins us in studio this morning here in New York where he gives us an update on the primary race in his home state.

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The Takeaway

Friday Follow: GOP, Affirmative Action, and Satan

Friday, February 24, 2012

The NYPD has been monitoring Muslims. Affirmative Action is under attack. A Koran was burned in Afghanistan sparks protests. The GOP primary race roles on, and Rick Santorum believes in Satan. These stories and more will be covered by our panel which includes Kai Wright, editor of Colorlines, Farai Chideya, a journalist and blogger at Farai.com, and Ron Christie, Republican political strategist, CEO of Christie Strategies, and former special assistant to President George W. Bush.

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The Takeaway

GOP Leaders May Agree to Extend Payroll Tax Cut

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Despite months of partisan bickering, plans to extend the payroll tax cut have remained at an impasse — and all the while, the end-of-the-month expiration date was drawing nearer. But Monday afternoon, GOP leaders reversed their stance and agreed to extend the payroll tax cuts for another ten months beyond February. They have also rescinded their demand that congress find a way to pay for it.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: GOP Race, Obama's Budget, Greek Riots

Monday, February 13, 2012

Over the weekend, Romney won both the CPAC straw poll and Maine caucuses; he'll head to Arizona on Monday while Santorum heads to Washington. After rioting and looting in Athens, Greece's parliament approved an austerity and debt-relief bill early Monday. Back in the States, President Obama unveils a budget blueprint Monday. Later this week, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping visits the White House. Fourth quarter earnings reports from more than 50 S&P 500 companies are expected this week. 

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The Takeaway

Republican Voters Roundtable

Thursday, February 09, 2012

The Takeaway continues its series where we talk with voters to see what the political and economic situation feels like on the ground. With the annual Conservative Political Action Conference kicking off Thursday night, we gathered Republican voters to give their opinion on the current state of the GOP. Joining the roundtable discussion are Karen Martin, organizer of the Spartanburg Tea Party; Brad Cranston, pastor at Heritage Baptist Church and member of Iowa Baptists for Biblical Values; William Smith, a conservative blogger for FirstInTheNation.US; and Lisa, a Ron Paul Supporter out of Michigan.

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