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May 17, 2012

Plan for ads about Obama’s former pastor ignites firestorm

WASHINGTON, May 17 (Reuters) – A proposed $10 million
conservative ad campaign seeking to revive President Barack
Obama’s link to his controversial former pastor Jeremiah Wright
ignited a political firestorm on Thursday, with Obama’s camp and
Republican Mitt Romney trading charges of character
assassination.

A conservative group backing Romney looked at but then
rejected a plan to air television ads reminding voters of
Wright, the Chicago pastor whose racially charged sermons
prompted Obama to give a major speech on race during the 2008
presidential campaign.

May 17, 2012

Conservative group rejects ads targeting Obama’s former pastor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A conservative group backing Republican Mitt Romney on Thursday rejected a planned $10 million ad campaign that would have revived the link between President Barack Obama and his controversial former pastor Jeremiah Wright.

A divisive figure from the 2008 presidential election, Wright was briefly at the center of a fire storm again when an independent “Super PAC” group was reported to be considering a series of ads reminding voters of Obama’s association with him.

May 16, 2012

Insight: In Ohio, “fracking” boom a delicate issue for Obama

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (Reuters) – Out past the vacant storefronts and abandoned buildings, beyond the shuttered steel mills and decaying industrial plants, residents of eastern Ohio suddenly are seeing dollar signs.

In a region more accustomed to hard times than optimism, residents hope that a boom in shale gas drilling using the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing – or “fracking” – will lead to wealth, jobs and a reservoir of domestic energy that could dramatically boost the area’s fortunes.

May 1, 2012

Analysis: Obama “playing defense”, but has advantage on electoral map

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The battle for the White House is still in its early, often silly stages – a time when issues such as the economy and national security can be overshadowed by spats over which candidate would be better for dogs.

But in the end, the November 6 election between Democratic President Barack Obama and presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney will hinge on 10 politically divided states, nine of which Obama won when he defeated Republican John McCain in 2008.

May 1, 2012

Obama “playing defense,” but has advantage on electoral map

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The battle for the White House is still in its early, often silly stages – a time when issues such as the economy and national security can be overshadowed by spats over which candidate would be better for dogs.

But in the end, the November 6 election between Democratic President Barack Obama and presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney will hinge on 10 politically divided states, nine of which Obama won when he defeated Republican John McCain in 2008.

Apr 18, 2012

Obama vs. Romney: Close, nasty and unpredictable

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The 2012 presidential election is more than six months away, but here is what we know so far: It is going to be close, it is going to be nasty, and the outcome could turn on a series of unpredictable events.

Democratic President Barack Obama is a slight favorite now, but as tightening poll numbers suggest, his lead over Republican Mitt Romney is tenuous.

Apr 12, 2012

Obama, Romney trade blows as fight for White House narrows

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney fired sharp attacks at each other on Wednesday as they opened a seven-month battle for the White House that got ugly fast.

Both campaigns moved quickly to frame the choice for voters one day after Romney’s chief rival, conservative Rick Santorum, dropped out, giving the former Massachusetts governor a clear path to the Republican nomination to challenge Obama in November’s election.

Apr 11, 2012

White House campaign opens with sharp attacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney fired a series of sharp attacks at each other on Wednesday as they opened a seven-month battle for the White House that is getting ugly fast.

Both campaigns moved quickly to frame the choice for voters one day after Romney’s chief rival, conservative Rick Santorum, dropped out, giving the former Massachusetts governor a clear path to the Republican nomination to challenge Obama in November’s election.

Mar 28, 2012

Republican race takes backseat in divided Wisconsin

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – The presidential nomination race has been gripping Republicans across the nation, but it’s just a sideshow for many voters in Wisconsin’s primary next week.

Instead of the battle between White House hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, it’s the passionate struggle to save Republican Governor Scott Walker from a Democratic-led recall effort that is consuming Wisconsin Republicans.

Mar 21, 2012

Santorum has few chances left to stop Romney

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rick Santorum is running out of time and opportunities to stop front-runner Mitt Romney’s slow, grinding march to the Republican presidential nomination.

Romney’s convincing rout of Santorum in Illinois on Tuesday, along with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s endorsement of Romney on Wednesday, were a one-two punch that intensified questions about how long Santorum can keep his conservative campaign alive.

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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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