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Oct 4, 2012

In the spin room, Republicans gloat, Democrats struggle

DENVER (Reuters) – Republicans were quick to claim bragging rights after Mitt Romney’s aggressive performance in the first presidential debate on Wednesday, while Democrats struggled to explain President Barack Obama’s often flat showing.

Within minutes of the debate’s end, a dozen gleeful Republicans rushed into the media spin room to praise Romney and declare that his struggling presidential campaign had turned a corner before the November 6 election.

Oct 4, 2012

Romney takes fight to Obama in first debate

DENVER, Oct 3 (Reuters) – An aggressive Mitt Romney took the
fight to President Barack Obama on Wednesday and the Republican
candidate appeared to breathe new life into his struggling
campaign with a solid performance at their first debate.

As polls showed Obama with a slight edge among voters,
Romney was on the offensive throughout the 90-minute encounter
between the two rivals at the University of Denver.

Oct 4, 2012

Romney goes after Obama in fight about economy at debate

DENVER (Reuters) – Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama on Wednesday of promoting “trickle-down government” policies that are burdening the U.S. economy, as the Republican candidate sought to use a high-stakes debate to right his struggling campaign before the November 6 presidential election.

As polls showed Obama with a slight edge among voters, Romney was the aggressor throughout the 90-minute encounter between the two rivals at the University of Denver.

Oct 4, 2012

Obama and Romney fight about US economy at debate

DENVER, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Mitt Romney accused President
Barack Obama on Wednesday of promoting “trickle-down government”
policies that are burdening the U.S. economy, as the Republican
candidate sought to use a high-stakes debate to right his
struggling campaign before the Nov. 6 presidential election.

As polls showed Obama with a slight edge among voters,
Romney was the aggressor from the start of a 90-minute encounter
between the two rivals at the University of Denver.

Oct 3, 2012

Reuters/Ipsos polls show scope of challenge facing Romney

DENVER (Reuters) – Heading into his first debate with Democratic President Barack Obama on Wednesday, Republican Mitt Romney has some convincing to do.

During the next five weeks – and three debates – Romney will make an appeal to voters aimed at overcoming an Obama campaign that has outflanked his own for much of the past four months. Romney enters the final sprint to the November 6 election behind in national polls and trailing in most of the nine or so politically divided “swing” states that are likely to decide the election.

Oct 3, 2012

Analysis: Reuters/Ipsos polls show scope of the challenge facing Romney

DENVER (Reuters) – Heading into his first debate with Democratic President Barack Obama on Wednesday, Republican Mitt Romney has some convincing to do.

During the next five weeks – and three debates – Romney will make an appeal to voters aimed at overcoming an Obama campaign that has outflanked his own for much of the past four months. Romney enters the final sprint to the November 6 election behind in national polls and trailing in most of the nine or so politically divided “swing” states that are likely to decide the election.

Sep 28, 2012

Obama’s lead over Romney dips to 5 points: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s lead over Republican Mitt Romney dipped slightly to five percentage points ahead of next week’s first debate in the race for the White House, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday.

Obama leads Romney among likely voters by 47 percent to 42 percent in the daily online tracking poll, down from Thursday’s 7-point advantage of 49 percent to 42 percent.

Sep 28, 2012

Obama-Romney debate challenge: handling the off-script moment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If history is a guide, Democrat Barack Obama will have a tough time in the first presidential debate on Wednesday, Republican Mitt Romney will be particularly aggressive, and both will risk committing a damaging gaffe if they wander off their talking points.

The 90-minute showdown in Denver – the first of three televised Obama-Romney encounters in October that will set the tone for the final month of the presidential campaign – will feature two experienced and competent debaters who are at their best in scripted settings.

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.

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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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