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The Takeaway

The Rest of Romney's VP Pick Options

Thursday, June 28, 2012

For the past few days, The Takeaway has been speaking with reporters about possible vice presidential candidates. After discussing Marco Rubio, Rob Portman, and Chris Christie, now it's time to look at everyone else.

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The Takeaway

VEEP-Stakes: Who Will Romney Pick?

Monday, April 09, 2012

In the few days since Mitt Romney swept the Wisconsin, Virginia and Washington, DC primaries, the GOP appears to be finally coalescing around the former Massachusetts governor. As Mitt Romney counts his delegates and prepares for the final stretch of the primary season, the media's spotlight turns to potential running-mates. So who's he going to pick? Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains.

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The Takeaway

Republican Contenders Compete for Conservative South

Monday, March 12, 2012

Nearly three months after the Iowa Caucuses, the GOP race is still anyone’s game. Rick Santorum won the Kansas Caucuses on Saturday, while Romney picked up delegates in Wyoming, as well as Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Newt Gingrich continues to trail Romney and Santorum, but he has campaigned aggressively in the South, where primary voters will go to the polls in Alabama and Mississippi on Tuesday. How will Mitt Romney fare in the South, a conservative stronghold? Do Santorum’s wins in staunchly conservative states like Kansas and Oklahoma spell trouble for Romney? And how does Gingrich figure into the race going forward?

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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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WNYC News

City Immigration Advocates Rip Romney's Self-Deportation Plan

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

On the heels of Mitt Romney’s wins on Super Tuesday, leaders of New York City’s immigrant organizations criticized the Republican frontrunner’s self-deportation plan, saying it was unfeasible and that it would eventually hurt him in the general election if he clinches the nomination.

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WNYC News

Analysis: Romney Must Ease Independents' Concerns

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Mitt Romney's lackluster showing in Super Tuesday's primaries nonetheless moves him closer to the Republican presidential nomination. He was able to pad his delegate lead, but a string of events and voter data underscore his challenge in winning independent voters turned off by the long, divisive primary.

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Look | Super Tuesday Primaries

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

As voters in ten states headed to the polls, the four Republicans vying to be the party's presidential candidate in November battled for the more than 400 delegates up for grabs.

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The Takeaway

Todd's Take: Three Bellwethers to Watch in the 2012 Election

Friday, March 02, 2012

The Republican presidential hopefuls aren't the only ones who have been flocking to states like Ohio and Michigan. President Obama has also been campaigning hard in the rust belt. Manufacturing jobs and the state of the economy are on everyone's mind.

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The Takeaway

Senator Olympia Snowe Will Not Seek Reelection

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

In a surprising move, Maine Senator Olympia Snowe announced on Tuesday that she will not pursue a fourth term in November. One of the three Republicans to support president Obama's 2009 stimulus package, Snowe cited the senate's "atmosphere of polarization" as one of the reasons she decided not to run. Her departure is yet another sign that moderates are less influential in D.C.

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The Takeaway

Romney and Santorum Sharpen their Message for Super Tuesday

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

With Super Tuesday approaching, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum used their speeches after last night's primaries in Michigan and Arizona to position themselves favorably. Santorum reached out to women after sparking controversy regarding his position on contraceptives, and Romney drove his message home with a new slogan.

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The Takeaway

Newt Gingrich's Super Tuesday Strategy

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Newt Gingrich hasn't been able to wrestle a significant percentage of voters since South Carolina. The former speaker of the house's super PAC, Winning the Future, is going on an ad buy blitz in seven out of ten Super Tuesday states, spending upwards of $10 million. Focusing on Southern states, these new ads mainly attack Romney for being "out of touch," but also target Santorum for lack of leadership experience.

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The Takeaway

Romney Wins Michigan and Arizona Primaries

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Romney campaign may be breathing a sigh of relief this morning. A loss in Mitt's home state would have been devastating, which makes the victory all the sweeter. Rick Santorum came close to pulling off a coup, but in the end Romney won with 41 percent of the votes. It was more decisive in Arizona and that means Romney had a very good night.

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The Takeaway

Connecting with White Middle Class Voters

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

With shifting demographics, the white, working-class worker isn't the only voting block that matters — but they're still very vocal and powerful one. Sharing some beliefs and experiences of disillusionment, these voters primarily cast their ballots based on social issues. As Romney continues to slide in his home state the day before the election, it's possible that Santorum could yet again surpass him in the Michigan and Arizona primaries.

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The Takeaway

The Role of Religion in Politics

Monday, February 27, 2012

On Sunday, during an appearance on ABC News' "This Week," Rick Santorum pushed his socially conservative message to new heights by denouncing the separation of church and state. Specifically, he stated that John F. Kennedy's 1960 speech supporting the split "made [him] want to throw up," and began the turn away from American values. However, some historians assert that the age-old debate over the role of religion in politics is actually quite recent, and only entered public discourse with the rise of the religious right in the late 80s and early 90s.

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The Takeaway

Rising Gas Prices and President Obama's Re-Election

Monday, February 27, 2012

With high unemployment numbers, a slowly recovering economy, protest movements like Occupy and the Tea Party, the economy has been a hot topic for this election cycle. And for some politicians, the most important economic indicator is the price at the gas pump: last week Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich released a 30-minute ad that faults the Obama administration for rising gas prices.

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The Takeaway

Throwing a Wrench into the Michigan Primary Machine

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

In recent years cross-voting, the practice of supporting or voting for an opposing party's second-best interest, has become increasingly popular. For example, in 2008 Rush Limbaugh hoped to dilute some of Barack Obama's momentum by founding "Operation Chaos" which encouraged conservatives to vote for Hillary Clinton. And now with Michigan's open primary, the Daily Kos is calling for Michigan Democrats to vote for Rick Santorum in order to make things difficult for Mitt Romney.

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The Takeaway

Electoral Demographics and a History of Presidential Primaries

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

In a recent op-ed for The New York Times, writer Timothy Egan makes this observation about the voters turning out for GOP primary contests around the country: "There is no other way to put this without resorting to demographic bluntness: the small fraction of Americans who are trying to pick the Republican nominee are old, white, uniformly Christian and unrepresentative of the nation at large." He goes on to make this observation about the demographic of the Republican primary electorate: "They are much closer to the population of 1890 than of 2012."

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The Takeaway

Why Some Mormons Don't Support Romney in Arizona

Monday, February 20, 2012

Mitt Romney has had a hard time garnering support among social conservatives. But since he's a minister in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, you'd think that unanimous support among Mormons would be a given. That's not the case in Arizona, where strict adherence to Mormon teachings have led some to adopt libertarian views — and support Ron Paul.

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The Takeaway

Attracting the Female GOP Vote

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Over the weekend, passages from Rick Santorum's 2005 book "It Takes a Family" attracted media attention and landed the Republican candidate in the hot seat. They pertained to women in the work force: "The radical feminists succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness." In the past, Santorum has also spoken out against women taking part in combat operations. With an increasingly vocal female presence in the party, these remarks could push the Santorum surge down — again.

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The Takeaway

Notes from the Conservative Political Action Conference

Friday, February 10, 2012

The 39th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) began on Thursday with speeches from Jim DeMint, Stephen Halbrook, Michele Bachmann, Anne Coulter, and President Eisenhower’s granddaughter Susan Eisenhower, among others. With invocations of Reagan and cries for party unity, the three-day event could help give focus to what has been a lukewarm GOP race.

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