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Mar 13, 2012

Afghanistan killings put new pressure on Obama, Republicans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – What a difference a few weeks can make.

Just as President Barack Obama was enjoying the fruits of an improving economy and a bitter fight among Republican presidential contenders, rising gas prices and a massacre in Afghanistan have put a spotlight on potential vulnerabilities for the Democrat’s re-election campaign.

The killings of 16 civilians in an Afghan village on Sunday, allegedly by a U.S. Army sergeant, were a reminder that unpredictable world events can suddenly change the narrative of Obama’s bid to hold on to the White House in the November 6 election — and give Republicans an opening for criticism.

Mar 9, 2012

Factbox: Romney’s long March could lead to sunny April

By Andy Sullivan

(Reuters) – The Republican presidential nominating contest could stretch into June after front-runner Mitt Romney failed to force his rivals from the race in this week’s “Super Tuesday” contests in 10 states.

Romney could be in for a rough couple of weeks as the battle shifts to conservative-leaning states in the South and the Midwest in March, but analysts say he could possibly wrap up the nomination with a strong showing in April.

Mar 8, 2012

Santorum left at the altar by fellow Catholics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rick Santorum has put his Catholic faith front and center as he courts religious conservatives in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. That may be hurting his chances with a crucial group of voters: his fellow Catholics.

Santorum has lost the Catholic vote consistently in states that have held nominating contests so far, exit polls show.

Mar 5, 2012

Limbaugh tries to cap fallout from ‘slut’ comment

WASHINGTON, March 5 (Reuters) – U.S. conservative
broadcaster Rush Limbaugh said he had gone too far when he
branded a birth-control activist a “slut,” as he scrambled on
Monday to defuse a controversy that has driven advertisers from
his influential radio show.

In apologizing, the firebrand talk-show host couldn’t resist
taking a swipe at his opponents.

Mar 2, 2012

Is the long primary schedule hurting Republicans?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For Republicans, “Super Tuesday” will not be quite as super as it used to be.

In recent presidential campaigns, the wave of state contests on the same day in February or March has been a defining moment, often settling the Republican race. That will not happen this Tuesday, when 10 states hold Super Tuesday contests that could boost Mitt Romney as the clear front-runner but will not hand him the nomination.

Feb 27, 2012

Plans for US manufacturing may yield more votes than jobs

EASTLAKE, Ohio, Feb 27 (Reuters) – U.S. factories are
hiring again, and Democratic President Barack Obama and some of
his Republican rivals are pitching tax breaks to fuel a rebound
in manufacturing and help rebuild a battered middle class.

A focus on manufacturing may be good politics, as Rust Belt
states like Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania are likely to be
hotly contested in the Nov. 6 election.

Feb 21, 2012

Santorum gaining on Romney in Arizona: poll

By Andy Sullivan

(Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is essentially tied with rival Mitt Romney in Arizona, according to an opinion poll released on Tuesday that points to another possible surprise in the topsy-turvy nominating race.

The Time/CNN poll found Romney ahead of Santorum 36 percent to 32 percent, a lead that is within the 4.5 percentage point margin of error.

Feb 15, 2012

Romney calls for quick end to U.S. auto bailout

WASHINGTON, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Republican presidential
candidate Mitt Romney called on the U.S. government on Tuesday
to quickly sell its stake in General Motors, a move that
could lock in about $14 billion in losses for U.S. taxpayers.

In an opinion piece in The Detroit News, Romney criticized
Democratic President Barack Obama’s $81 billion auto bailout in
2009 as “crony capitalism” that rewarded unions and other
political allies of the president.

Feb 13, 2012

Obama’s budget vs. Republican candidates’ plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s budget proposal released on Monday stands little chance of becoming law but it lays out a stark contrast with the tax and spending proposals of Republican presidential candidates.

Following is a summary of Obama’s budget plan, as well as ideas put forward by the four Republicans remaining in the race for their party’s nomination to face Obama in the November 6 election:

Feb 13, 2012

Factbox: Obama’s budget vs. Republican candidates’ plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s budget proposal released on Monday stands little chance of becoming law but it lays out a stark contrast with the tax and spending proposals of Republican presidential candidates.

Following is a summary of Obama’s budget plan, as well as ideas put forward by the four Republicans remaining in the race for their party’s nomination to face Obama in the November 6 election:

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