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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.

Sep 7, 2012

With conventions over, final campaign sprint begins

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney launch a two-month sprint to the November 6 election on Friday, hours after Obama closed the Democratic convention with an urgent plea for more time and patience to finish his economic agenda.

Obama’s high-stakes nationally televised acceptance speech for a second term capped two weeks of back-to-back nominating conventions for Obama and Romney.

Sep 6, 2012

Bill Clinton: Who needs a script?

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) – When you’re Bill Clinton, you don’t really need a script.

The former president electrified the Democratic convention on Wednesday night with an impassioned defense of President Barack Obama’s record and a sharp denunciation of the economic policies of Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

Sep 6, 2012

Obama to lay out economic plan in high-stakes speech

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) – President Barack Obama makes his argument for re-election on Thursday in a high-profile closing act at the Democratic National Convention that he will use to spell out his plans to revitalize the stumbling U.S. economy.

Obama gives his acceptance speech for his party’s presidential nomination in a much smaller venue than planned, the 20,000-seat Time Warner Cable Arena, after the threat of severe weather forced a move from a 74,000-seat outdoor football stadium.

Sep 6, 2012

Obama to lay out economic plan in high-stakes speech

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) – President Barack Obama makes his argument for re-election on Thursday in a high-profile closing act at the Democratic National Convention that he will use to spell out his plans to revitalize the stumbling U.S. economy.

Obama gives his acceptance speech for his party’s presidential nomination in a much smaller venue than planned, the 20,000-seat Time Warner Cable Arena, after the threat of severe weather forced a move from a 74,000-seat outdoor football stadium.

Jul 30, 2012

Romney’s foreign controversies overshadow economic message

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney’s campaign tried to keep the domestic political focus on the U.S. economy and jobs on Monday, although the effort was overshadowed by more controversy from a foreign trip after he made remarks that upset Palestinians.

Hoping to take advantage of President Barack Obama’s “you didn’t build that” comment, Romney’s campaign sent teams of high-profile supporters to 18 events in a dozen swing states to hammer home its message that Obama is an anti-business lover of big government.

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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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