Election 2012

It's All Politics
5:38 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

In Ohio, Obama Seeks Middle-Class Mantle Romney's Team Would Deny Him

President Obama argued in Mansfield, Ohio, that he was the true defender of middle-class voters.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

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Election 2012
7:18 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Will Romney's Trip Move Needle For GOP?

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 2:05 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

Mitt Romney has finished an overseas tour that generated bad headlines at every stop. Now the question is whether a stream of awkward moments will influence voters. Here's NPR's Ari Shapiro.

ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Before Mitt Romney took off last week, Robert Danin of the Council on Foreign Relations described the reasons for and the potential risks of a trip like this.

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Election 2012
7:18 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Tea Party-Backed Cruz Gets GOP Nod In Texas

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 7:31 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The Tea Party got a big win yesterday in Texas. Its candidate for a U.S. Senate race won the Republican primary. Ted Cruz is the former state's solicitor general. He defeated the lieutenant governor who was backed by the governor, Rick Perry.

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Ted Cruz received millions of dollars in backing from national conservative groups. And now he is the Republican nominee and heavy favorite to win this fall, a Canadian-born Texan with Cuban ancestry. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

Presidential Race
5:53 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Teens Petition For A Woman To Moderate Fall Debate

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 6:35 pm

Audie Cornish speaks with a high school student who gathered almost 120,000 signatures on a petition she created with two civics classmates. Emma Axelrod of Montclair, N.J., and her friends are asking the Commission on Presidential Debates to select a woman to moderate at least one of this fall's presidential debates. The young women point out in their petition that it's been 20 years since a female moderator has run a presidential debate. They tried to deliver that petition to the Commission in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

Presidential Race
5:52 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Romney Campaign Stokes VP Tension With New App

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 6:35 pm

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As Mitt Romney returns from Poland, the suspense continues to build over who he'll pick as his running mate. And Romney's campaign has been stoking the tension. Earlier this month, they offered a lottery to supporters who donated a mere $3. The prize, a meeting with Romney and his V.P. pick. Last week, the woman in charge of the search for a vice presidential candidate, Beth Myers, tweeted out the names of several top contenders, sending the Twitter world into a tizzy.

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Presidential Race
5:50 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Political Stumbles Mark Romney's Trip Abroad

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 2:04 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wrapped up a week-long foreign trip today with a speech in Warsaw. Romney hailed Poland as a symbol of economic and political freedom and met with Polish leaders before boarding a plane for the U.S.

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It's All Politics
5:10 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Obama And Bush's Shared First-Term Obsession: Battleground States

What does President Obama have in common with his immediate White House predecessor?

Both men spent a disproportionate amount of their first terms making appearances in battleground states, Brendan Doherty, a political scientist at the U.S. Naval Academy, writes in a post on The Monkey Cage political-science blog.

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The Party Line
4:12 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Obama, Romney Seek Breakaway States To Join 'Base Regions'

No matter how you cut it, this year’s presidential race, from a national view, is one of the closest that we have seen a very long time.  According to various tracking polls, such as at Talking Points Memo, the race is a coin-toss

While this will be the feature of many commentators and pundits going into the conventions and the general campaign, the national picture isn’t where the focus necessarily should be — but rather on the states.

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It's All Politics
1:39 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Obama Chooses San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro As Convention Keynoter

In what now looks like practice for the big show to come, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro gives the keynote address at the Texas Democratic Convention in Houston on June 8.
Pat Sullivan AP

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 4:29 pm

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It's All Politics
11:25 am
Tue July 31, 2012

As Romney Heads Home, Campaign Steers Talk Back To Running Mate

Mitt Romney speaks at the University of Warsaw Library in Warsaw, Poland, on Tuesday.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 1:40 pm

After a weeklong international trip took the focus off of Bain Capital and taxes, the Mitt Romney campaign may be ready to take the focus off of its international trip.

On Tuesday, Romney wrapped up his three-nation tour with a speech in Poland, while back home, his campaign announced a new app to keep track of the running mate selection process: "The historic announcement is getting closer," said campaign adviser Beth Myers.

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