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Jun 26, 2012

Democrats lament not making healthcare sale

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prominent U.S. Democrats conceded on Tuesday they could have done a better job of selling President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul to the public, but said the law could still be an effective campaign issue even if it is struck down by the Supreme Court.

Two days before the high court rules on the law’s constitutionality, congressional Democrats told the Reuters Washington Summit they hoped to put Republicans on the defensive during the campaign for opposing the law’s more popular elements.

Jun 21, 2012

Finally talking immigration, Romney addresses Latinos

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney tried to make up ground with Hispanic voters on Thursday, promising a long-term solution to allow young illegal immigrants to stay in the United States, but offering just a few minor immigration proposals.

After days of struggling for a clear message on the issue, Romney directly addressed the deportation of immigrants brought to the country illegally by their parents.

Jun 18, 2012

Romney says U.S. can “learn a lot” from Wisconsin governor

By John Whitesides

JANESVILLE, Wisc. (Reuters) – Mitt Romney made a campaign stop with Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin on Monday and said Americans can “learn a lot” from the Republican who survived a Democratic recall effort two weeks ago.

Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, praised Walker’s leadership and said his approach to limiting government and slashing spending in his state was a stark contrast to President Barack Obama.

Jun 12, 2012

Reuters Poll: Obama’s ratings sink on economic doubts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have dipped to their lowest level since January on deep economic worries, wiping out most of his lead in the White House race over Republican rival Mitt Romney, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.

The percentage of Americans who approve of Obama’s job performance dropped from 50 a month ago to 47, matching his mark in early January. The number who think the country is on the wrong track rose 6 percentage points in a month to 63 percent.

Jun 12, 2012

Obama ratings sink on economic doubts, worries

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have dipped to their lowest level since January on deep economic worries, wiping out most of his lead in the White House race over Republican rival Mitt Romney, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.

The percentage of Americans who approve of Obama’s job performance dropped from 50 a month ago to 47, his lowest level since early January. The number who think the country is on the wrong track rose 6 percentage points in a month to 63 percent.

Jun 9, 2012

Liberals shed frustration, gear up for election fight

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (Reuters) – After a gut punch in Wisconsin and frequent bouts of disappointment with President Barack Obama, liberal activists could be excused for a lack of enthusiasm about November’s U.S. election.

But many of those attending Netroots Nation, a three-day gathering of grassroots progressives in Rhode Island, said the stark choices in the looming battle for control of the White House and Congress were all the motivation they need.

Jun 8, 2012

U.S. liberals shed frustration, gear up for election fight

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (Reuters) – After a gut punch in Wisconsin and frequent bouts of disappointment with President Barack Obama, liberal activists could be excused for a lack of enthusiasm about November’s U.S. election.

But many of those attending Netroots Nation, a three-day gathering of grassroots progressives in Rhode Island, said the stark choices in the looming battle for control of the White House and Congress were all the motivation they need.

Jun 6, 2012

Wisconsin recall raises warning flags for Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s recall victory raised numerous warning flags for President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats, who badly flunked the first big political test of the 2012 campaign.

Walker’s surprisingly easy win over Democrat Tom Barrett on Tuesday was fueled by a big turnout from a motivated Republican base of voters, and by heavy spending by out-of-state conservatives who flooded Wisconsin with campaign cash.

Jun 6, 2012

Analysis: Walker’s win in Wisconsin boosts conservatives

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker scored more than a personal victory in Tuesday’s state recall vote. He delivered a psychological boost for the Republicans and a blow to Democrats that could linger until the November 6 U.S. presidential election.

Walker, a Republican, sailed to a surprisingly easy win over Democrat Tom Barrett, ending a bitter 15-month political battle over Walker’s efforts to eliminate most collective-bargaining rights for Wisconsin’s public sector unions.

Jun 6, 2012

Analysis – Walker’s win in Wisconsin boosts U.S. conservatives

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker scored more than a personal victory in Tuesday’s state recall vote. He delivered a psychological boost for the Republicans and a blow to Democrats that could linger until the November 6 U.S. presidential election.

Walker, a Republican, sailed to a surprisingly easy win over Democrat Tom Barrett, ending a bitter 15-month political battle over Walker’s efforts to eliminate most collective-bargaining rights for Wisconsin’s public sector unions.

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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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