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May 30, 2012

Insight: As governor, Romney picked winners and losers of his own

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It would be a triumphant moment for any governor: A cutting-edge company announces plans to build a new plant that will create hundreds of high-paying jobs and bolster one of the state’s most prominent industries.

For Mitt Romney, the June 2006 announcement by drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb served as a signature accomplishment as his four-year stint as Massachusetts governor drew to a close and a U.S. presidential bid beckoned.

May 24, 2012

Obama campaign to target Romney’s record as governor

CHICAGO, May 24 (Reuters) – After weeks of painting
Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney as a job-slashing
corporate raider, President Barack Obama’s campaign plans to
broaden its focus to Romney’s time as Massachusetts governor,
arguing his policies hurt the state.

The move, described by campaign officials, marks a sharp
strategy shift from the campaign’s recent focus on Romney’s time
as a private equity executive at Bain Capital in a bid to cast
him as more concerned with the wealthy than the middle class.

May 17, 2012

Insight: Swing states: Could Europe decide the U.S. election?

NAVARRE, Ohio/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The busy shop floor at Miller Weldmaster Corp could make a great location for an Obama campaign ad.

As workers assemble the family-owned company’s hot-air fabric welders, used to manufacture everything from inflatable rafts to truck tarps, it’s hard to know the recession of 2007-2009 ever happened.

May 17, 2012

Swing states: Could Europe decide the US election?

NAVARRE, Ohio/WASHINGTON, May 17 (Reuters) – The busy shop
floor at Miller Weldmaster Corp could make a great location for
an Obama campaign ad.

As workers assemble the family-owned company’s hot-air
fabric welders, used to manufacture everything from inflatable
rafts to truck tarps, it’s hard to know the recession of
2007-2009 ever happened.

Apr 13, 2012

Obama likely paid higher tax rate than Romney in 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama released tax forms on Friday that reveal he will probably pay a higher tax rate on much lower income than likely Republican opponent Mitt Romney in 2011, adding fuel to a Democratic election-year effort to raise taxes on the rich.

Obama and his wife, Michelle , paid an effective tax rate of 20.5 percent on income of $789,674 last year, the White House said. Romney has estimated he will pay a 15.4 percent tax rate on income of $20.9 million, though he has not filed his return yet.

Apr 13, 2012

Obama paid 20.5 pct tax rate in 2011, White House says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle paid an effective federal tax rate of 20.5 percent on income of $789,674 in 2011, the White House said on Friday amid a debate over tax burdens that is likely to shape the November presidential election.

Obama and his fellow Democrats have accused likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney of backing policies that would shift the burden from wealthy taxpayers to the less affluent.

Apr 13, 2012

Analysis: Obama’s “green jobs” have been slow to sprout

By Andy Sullivan

(Reuters) – Three weeks ago, President Barack Obama stood in front of a sea of gleaming solar panels in Boulder City, Nevada, to celebrate his administration’s efforts to promote “green energy.”

Stretching row upon row into the desert, the Copper Mountain Solar Project not far from Las Vegas provided an impressive backdrop for the president.

Apr 10, 2012

Snap Analysis: Santorum exit boosts Romney’s chances against Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rick Santorum’s exit from the race for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday was good news for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who now will have an easy path to the November 6 election against Democratic President Barack Obama.

Here’s what Santorum’s departure means for Romney and the U.S. presidential race in the weeks to come:

Apr 4, 2012

Most coveted endorsement in presidential race? Ronald Reagan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – He hasn’t held office since 1989. In fact, he’s been dead since 2004. But former President Ronald Reagan has been a regular presence on the campaign trail this year.

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has made pilgrimages to Reagan’s home town and the factory that makes his favorite candy as he tries to rally conservative voters to his fading campaign. Newt Gingrich regularly calls himself a “bold Reagan conservative.” Mitt Romney has proposed a “Reagan economic zone” to boost free trade.

Apr 4, 2012

Analysis: Romney graduates from front-runner to underdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With a sweep of three presidential primaries on Tuesday, Mitt Romney graduated from Republican front-runner to underdog in a November match-up against Democratic President Barack Obama.

Romney’s wins in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C. gave him a prohibitive lead in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination, analysts said, and effectively consigned chief rival Rick Santorum to also-ran status.

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