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Sep 19, 2012

Romney struggles to steady campaign after secret videos

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney struggled on Tuesday to steady his reeling White House campaign after a secretly recorded video showed him dismissing President Barack Obama’s supporters – almost half the country’s voters – as victims who are too dependent on government.

The video from a closed-door fundraiser in Florida in May sparked a new wave of criticism of Romney’s gaffe-plagued presidential bid and raised questions about his ability to come from behind in the polls and win the November 6 election.

Sep 18, 2012

New video on Palestinians spells more trouble for Romney

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Already reeling from a secret video showing him deriding 47 percent of the U.S. electorate, Republican Mitt Romney’s campaign hit more trouble on Tuesday when new images surfaced in which he accused Palestinians of not wanting peace.

The videos, taken at the same closed-door fundraiser in Florida in May, have knocked Romney’s gaffe-plagued campaign even more off stride and raised fresh questions about whether he can come from behind in the polls and win the White House in November.

Sep 17, 2012

Romney retools strategy, dismisses report of disarray

WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – After a difficult week that
sparked a burst of Republican hand-wringing, Mitt Romney’s
campaign team fought back on Monday against a report of disarray
in his inner circle and promised to retool his message with more
specifics of his policies.

Senior adviser Ed Gillespie struck an optimistic tone
despite the Republican worries, saying President Barack Obama’s
post-Democratic convention bounce in polls had faded and the
race for the White House had tightened again ahead of the Nov. 6
election.

Sep 17, 2012

Romney camp retools message, dismisses report of disarray

WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – After a difficult week that
sparked a wave of Republican hand-wringing, Mitt Romney’s
campaign team fought back on Monday against a report of disarray
in his inner circle and promised to retool his message with more
specifics of his policies.

Senior adviser Ed Gillespie struck an optimistic tone
despite the Republican worries, saying President Barack Obama’s
post-convention bounce in polls had faded and the race for the
White House had tightened again ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

Sep 14, 2012

Republican Ryan says Obama panders to extremists on abortion

WASHINGTON, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Republican vice presidential
nominee Paul Ryan launched a broad assault on President Barack
Obama in a speech to social conservatives on Friday, accusing
him of pandering to extremists on abortion and emboldening U.S.
enemies in the Middle East.

The Wisconsin congressman told the Values Voters Summit, an
annual gathering of religious and conservative activists, that
Obama had led a “reckless expansion of federal power” and waged
economic class warfare.

Sep 13, 2012

Blasting Obama on Libya and Egypt, Romney accused of opportunism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For Mitt Romney, it began late Tuesday as an aggressive effort to criticize President Barack Obama’s policies in Egypt and Libya by portraying the administration as apologetic while mobs attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and the embassy in Cairo.

By the end of the day on Wednesday, Romney’s venture into a fast-moving foreign policy crisis that involved the slayings of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other diplomats had become a public relations debacle for the Republican’s presidential campaign.

Sep 12, 2012

Conservatives hammer Romney for skimping on policy details

WASHINGTON, Sept 12 (Reuters) – For months, Republican Mitt
Romney’s presidential campaign has been built on broad themes:
cut taxes, repeal and replace Democratic President Barack
Obama’s healthcare overhaul, increase defense spending.

But when it comes to specifics – namely, how to pay for the
tax cuts and extra spending, and what exactly a Romney
healthcare plan would look like – Romney has been reluctant to
give details, essentially gambling that Americans’ frustration
with high unemployment rates and a struggling economy will be
enough to propel him to the White House.

Sep 11, 2012

Obama lead grows, Romney still in striking distance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has a growing lead in polls and an easier path to the White House than challenger Mitt Romney, but the Republican is still within striking distance with eight weeks to go before the election.

Obama expanded his edge over Romney after their back-to-back nominating conventions and has leads in eight of the top nine battleground states, giving him an advantage but not a lock on the race.

Sep 10, 2012

Obama expands lead, Romney still in striking distance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has a growing lead in polls and an easier path to the White House than challenger Mitt Romney, but the Republican is still within striking distance with eight weeks to go before the election.

Obama expanded his edge over Romney after their back-to-back nominating conventions and has leads in eight of the top nine battleground states, giving him an advantage but not a lock on the race.

Sep 7, 2012

Obama convention glow dimmed by grim jobs data

WASHINGTON/CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) – A bleak monthly U.S. jobs report poured cold water on President Barack Obama’s hopes for a post-convention bounce on Friday, putting him on the defensive as he entered the final two-month sprint to the November 6 election.

Just hours after basking in the glow of his supporters’ adulation on Thursday night at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, Obama was hit by a stark reminder of the challenge he faces convincing voters to give him a second term despite stubbornly high unemployment on his watch.

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      "John Whitesides has covered U.S. politics, elections and Congress for 13 years, based in Washington. He joined Reuters in Asia, where he worked as an editor and correspondent in Hong Kong."
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