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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.

Jul 21, 2012

Colorado shooting unlikely to spur changes in gun laws

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is a member of a coalition called Mayors Against Illegal Guns, but when he issued a statement expressing shock and horror on Friday after a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater, he had nothing to say about gun control.

Neither did President Barack Obama nor his Republican rival Mitt Romney, though both canceled campaign speeches on Friday and expressed sorrow for the victims of the shooting rampage.

Jul 20, 2012

Analysis: Colorado shooting unlikely to spur changes in gun laws

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is a member of a coalition called Mayors Against Illegal Guns, but when he issued a statement expressing shock and horror on Friday after a mass shooting at a movie theater, he had nothing to say about gun control.

Neither did President Barack Obama nor his Republican rival Mitt Romney, though both canceled campaign speeches on Friday and expressed sorrow for the victims of the shooting rampage.

Jul 10, 2012

Reuters Poll – Obama expands lead on Romney, voters more optimistic

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama expanded his lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney to 6 percentage points in the White House race this month as voters became slightly more optimistic about the economy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.

Four months before the November 6 election, Obama leads Romney among registered voters 49 percent to 43 percent. In June, Obama held a slim 1-point lead over the former Massachusetts governor.

Jul 10, 2012

Obama expands lead on Romney, voters more optimistic

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama expanded his lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney to 6 percentage points in the White House race this month as voters became slightly more optimistic about the economy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.

Four months before the November 6 election, Obama leads Romney among registered voters 49 percent to 43 percent. In June, Obama held a slim 1-point lead over the former Massachusetts governor.

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.

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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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