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Oct 31, 2012

Obama, Republican Christie tour storm-hit New Jersey

, Oct 31 (Reuters) – President Barack
Obama and Republican Governor Chris Christie put aside partisan
differences on Wednesday to visit storm-swamped parts of New
Jersey together and oversee relief efforts after the devastation
of the storm Sandy.

Obama and Christie lifted off by helicopter under cloudy
skies for an hour-long aerial tour of affected areas. With them
was Federal Emergency Management Administration director Craig
Fugate.

Oct 29, 2012

As election, Sandy draw near, pressure mounts on disaster chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As Hurricane Sandy bears down on the U.S. East Coast little more than a week before the presidential election, President Barack Obama’s fortunes may in part depend on how well a former volunteer firefighter from Florida does his job.

Craig Fugate, a former paramedic and firefighter who rose to become Florida’s top emergency management official, heads the Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the man Obama is counting on to bring relief quickly to millions of people expected to be hit by monster storm Sandy.

Oct 27, 2012

Obama shrugs off Romney adviser’s comment on Powell endorsement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama shrugged off the suggestion by a top Mitt Romney adviser that former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s endorsement of Obama was due to race rather than support for his positions.

“Any suggestion that General Powell would make such a profound statement in such an important election based on anything other than what he thought was best for America, I think, doesn’t make much sense,” Obama told radio host Michael Smerconish.

Oct 18, 2012

Top bankers urge Washington to avoid fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top financial industry executives urged the Obama administration and Congress on Thursday to stop automatic fiscal austerity measures from kicking in at year-end, but did not propose fresh ideas for replacing those harsh budget and tax measures.

“The consequences of inaction … would be grave,” members of the Financial Services Forum, an industry trade association, wrote to President Barack Obama and members of Congress in a letter released on Thursday.

Oct 17, 2012

Obama comes out swinging after debate – in swing states

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (Reuters) – President Barack Obama hit rival Mitt Romney hard on women’s issues as he headed back on the campaign trail on Wednesday after a spirited debate performance that re-energized his bid for a second term.

A day after a much-improved performance in the second of three presidential debates, a revitalized Obama continued sparring with his Republican opponent, making fun of Romney’s comment that he had received “binders full of women” to consider for cabinet positions when he was governor of Massachusetts.

Oct 17, 2012

Energized by debate, Obama knocks Romney on women’s issues

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa, Oct 17 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack
Obama bounced off a strong debate performance to target women
voters on Wednesday with a dig at Republican Mitt Romney’s
comment that he received “binders full of women” for cabinet
jobs when he was governor of Massachusetts.

Obama and Romney are eager to win over women in swing states
such as Iowa and Ohio, where the Democratic incumbent was
campaigning a day after his energetic debating rejuvenated his
re-election campaign.

Oct 17, 2012

Did not! Did too! Obama, Romney quote each other to score points

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney consumed a good portion of Tuesday night’s debate fact-checking one another.

And while they sometimes sounded like squabbling siblings in the back seat of the family car, their words, albeit occasionally out of context, zeroed in on vulnerabilities that could be critical in the campaign’s final weeks.

Oct 12, 2012

Fact check: U.S. vice presidential debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his Republican rival, Paul Ryan, faced off on Thursday in their only debate before the November 6 presidential election. Here is some fact-checking of claims made by the candidates.

RYAN: ECONOMIC GROWTH IS SLOWER NOW

During the debate, Ryan said the economy is “growing at 1.3 percent. That’s slower than it grew last year and last year was slower than the year before.”

Oct 12, 2012

Fact or fiction in the U.S. vice presidential debate?

WASHINGTON, Oct 12 (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden
and his Republican rival, Paul Ryan, faced off on Thursday in
their only debate before the Nov. 6 presidential election. Here
is some fact-checking of claims made by the candidates.

RYAN: ECONOMIC GROWTH IS SLOWER NOW

During the debate, Ryan said the economy is “growing at 1.3
percent. That’s slower than it grew last year and last year was
slower than the year before.”

Oct 5, 2012

Obama touts jobs report as he seeks to lift campaign

, Oct 5 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Friday hailed a drop in the U.S. jobless rate to the lowest
level since he took office, saying the country has “come too far
to turn back now,” as he sought to recover from a lackluster
debate performance against Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

A decline in unemployment to 7.8 percent in September,
announced a month before Election Day, gave Obama an unexpected
shine to the most vulnerable part of his presidential record -
his economic stewardship – and offered him a chance to reset his
re-election bid.

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      "Mark Felsenthal is a Reuters White House correspondent who covered Barack Obama's re-election in 2012 and the fiscal crisis that immediately followed. Since joining Reuters in 2001, he has written about monetary policy, currency wars, and the housing market meltdown."
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