Scott Horsley

Scott Horsley is a White House correspondent for NPR News. He reports on the policy and politics of the Obama Administration, with a special emphasis on economic issues.

The 2012 campaign is the third presidential contest Horsley has covered for NPR. He previously reported on Senator John McCain's White House bid in 2008 and Senator John Kerry's campaign in 2004. Thanks to this experience, Horsley has become an expert in the motel shampoo offerings of various battleground states.

Horsley took up the White House beat after serving as a San Diego-based business correspondent for NPR where he covered fast food, gasoline prices, and the California electricity crunch of 2000. He reported from the Pentagon during the early phases of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Before joining NPR in 2001, Horsley was a reporter for member station KPBS-FM, where he received numerous honors, including a Public Radio News Directors' award for coverage of the California energy crisis.

Earlier in his career, Horsley worked as a reporter for WUSF-FM in Tampa, Florida, and as a news writer and reporter for commercial radio stations in Boston and Concord, New Hampshire. Horsley began his professional career as a production assistant for NPR's Morning Edition.

Horsley earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and an MBA from San Diego State University.

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Election 2012
4:52 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Obama Campaign Tries To Up Fundraising Game

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 5:27 am

When it comes to fundraising, Republicans have been running circles around President Obama lā€” out-raising his campaign in each of the last three months. The president and his allies don't expect to even the score, but they are trying to up their game. Obama even had a basketball fundraiser on Wednesday.

Presidential Race
4:37 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Obama Defends Government As A National Caretaker

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 7:59 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

At his White House briefing this week, President Obama himself took issue with Mitt Romney's welfare claim.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: You can't just make stuff up. That's one thing you learn as president of the United States. You get called into account. And I feel very comfortable with the fact that when you look at the campaign we're running, we are focused on the issues and the differences that matter to working families all across America.

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Election 2012
5:21 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Obama Highlights Steps To Affordable Education

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 7:23 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Battleground states are not always neighbors. And for President Obama, yesterday was one of those days when a candidate stops in one and flies across most of the entire country to another. Mr. Obama was in Ohio and then Nevada, visiting college campuses. This morning he'll keep with the education theme at a high school near Las Vegas. The president has been highlighting steps he's taken to make higher education more affordable.

Here's NPR's Scott Horsley.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: How many students do we have here?

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Presidential Race
4:12 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Romney To Obama On Tax Deal: No, Thanks

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 9:02 pm

After weeks of saying he would not release his tax returns, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney told reporters Thursday he had checked them and could report he had always paid at least 13 percent annual in federal income tax. But Romney still refuses to make public more of his tax returns, despite a new offer from the Obama campaign.

Election 2012
4:42 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Obama, Romney Must Woo Seniors On Medicare Plans

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 11:06 am

For a week now, charges and counter charges have flown on the campaign trail about who would do what to Medicare. Did President Obama really cut $700 billion from the program? Does Republican challenger Mitt Romney really support a voucher system to replace the current program?

Politics
4:17 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Obama Wraps Up Iowa Bus Tour

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 6:23 pm

President Obama wraps up a four-day bus tour of Iowa this evening. The president seemed to enjoy the barnstorming ā€” delivering speeches before enthusiastic throngs, high-fiving kids along the way, and knocking back beers with their folks. A look at the trip, and the messaging woven through the speeches and seemingly spontaneous exchanges.

Election 2012
5:14 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Obama Backs Wind Energy, Romney Favors Coal

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 5:22 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

You could say that the presidential campaign got a jolt of energy this week. President Obama was in Iowa yesterday, touting the electric potential of wind power. Republican rival Mitt Romney was in Ohio, talking up that old standby, coal. Each man accused the other of standing in the way of a rival energy source.

NPR's Scott Horsley has more.

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Presidential Race
4:50 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Obama Calls Out Paul Ryan Over Farm Bill In Iowa

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 6:09 pm

President Obama began a three day bus tour of Iowa on Monday. He held up the stalled out farm bill as an example of uncompromising Republican congressional leaders and an appropriate role for the federal government.

Election 2012
4:34 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Obama Disagrees With Romney-Ryan Economic Vision

President Obama says he wants this campaign to be about ideas and differing outlooks for the future. The selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's running mate offers the chance for just such a fight. Ryan is the author of a conservative and controversial budget.

Election 2012
4:48 am
Fri August 10, 2012

In Colorado, Obama Visits Olympic Training Center

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 6:28 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. Good morning.

We're going to start this morning by visiting two swing states seen as crucial to each presidential candidate: one is Florida, the other Colorado, where President Obama this week sampled Mexican food in Pueblo, courted women voters in Denver, and dropped by the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Our coverage starts with NPR's Scott Horsley.

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