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Oct 4, 2012

Romney scores in debate, but will it be enough?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After several difficult weeks, Republican Mitt Romney found his footing on Wednesday night in a strong debate performance against Democratic President Barack Obama. The question is whether it is too late to make a difference.

Romney could see a burst of fundraising, new interest from undecided voters and a wave of support from his fellow Republicans after he appeared to have emerged as a clear victor in his first face-to-face confrontation with Obama. Romney likely will benefit from favorable news coverage as well.

Oct 4, 2012

Analysis: Romney scores in debate, but will it be enough?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After several difficult weeks, Republican Mitt Romney found his footing on Wednesday night in a strong debate performance against Democratic President Barack Obama. The question is whether it is too late to make a difference.

Romney could see a burst of fundraising, new interest from undecided voters and a wave of support from his fellow Republicans after he appeared to have emerged as a clear victor in his first face-to-face confrontation with Obama. Romney likely will benefit from favorable news coverage as well.

Sep 30, 2012

Five things to watch in the presidential debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney on Wednesday marks the first time the two candidates will be able to challenge each other directly on the economic issues that have been the focus of the presidential campaign.

Viewers should be able to determine how each candidate fares by keeping an eye on the following five factors:

Sep 30, 2012

Five things to watch in the U.S. presidential debate

WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The debate between President
Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney on Wednesday
marks the first time the two candidates will be able to
challenge each other directly on the economic issues that have
been the focus of the presidential campaign.

Viewers should be able to determine how each candidate fares
by keeping an eye on the following five factors:

Sep 20, 2012

Obama, Romney tiptoe around housing morass as they woo voters

LAS VEGAS, Sept 20 (Reuters) – If pocketbook issues are the
main focus of the U.S. presidential election, President Barack
Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney have remarkably little to
say about a topic that directly affects most voters: the
still-dismal housing market.

The two candidates battle daily over taxes, gas prices and
job creation, but as they make their final pitch to voters
before the Nov. 6 election, they have been largely silent on
housing, which accounts for one-sixth of the economy.

Sep 19, 2012

Despite his rhetoric, Romney needs the “47 percent” to win

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney isn’t backing down from a hidden-camera video that shows him disparaging nearly half the nation’s voters.

But it was clear on Tuesday that he has a lot more explaining to do if he wants to win over the broad swath of voters whose support he will need to oust Democrat Barack Obama from the White House in the November 6 election.

Sep 19, 2012

Analysis: Despite his rhetoric, Romney needs the “47 percent” to win

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney isn’t backing down from a hidden-camera video that shows him disparaging nearly half the nation’s voters.

But it was clear on Tuesday that he has a lot more explaining to do if he wants to win over the broad swath of voters whose support he will need to oust Democrat Barack Obama from the White House in the November 6 election.

Sep 13, 2012

White House to report on automatic spending cuts Friday: spokesman

GOLDEN, Colorado (Reuters) – The White House will deliver to Congress on Friday a report on possible deep year-end automatic spending cuts, spokesman Jay Carney said on Thursday.

The spending cuts would go into effect under a process called sequestration if lawmakers cannot reach a deal on preventing them. President Barack Obama is required under law to specify how funding for specific programs would be affected.

Sep 13, 2012

Back on the campaign trail, Obama avoids mention of Romney

LAS VEGAS, Sept 12 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
observed a cardinal rule of politics as he returned to the
campaign trail on Wednesday: don’t interfere when your opponent
is committing political suicide.

As Republican rival Mitt Romney scrambled to contain the
fallout from his reaction to the attacks on U.S. diplomatic
facilities in Libya and Egypt, Obama spoke broadly about the
tragedy in a manner that emphasized the vast power he commands
as commander in chief.

Sep 7, 2012

In convention speech, Obama confronts ghosts of 2008

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) – President Barack Obama delivered a scaled-back pitch for another term in office on Thursday, steering clear of ambitious promises and warning voters that the next four years could hold disappointment even if he won.

It was a sharp contrast to the speech Obama delivered four years ago in Denver, when he emerged as a transformative candidate, the first African-American to win the presidential nomination of a major party.

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