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Oct 11, 2012

Democrats fret about Big Bird’s star turn in Obama campaign

WASHINGTON, Oct 10 (Reuters) – In 2008, singer will.i.am
provided Barack Obama’s presidential campaign with music for its
signature anthem, “Yes We Can.” On Tuesday, at a rally for Obama
in Columbus, Ohio, the performer chose to play something new:
the theme song for “Sesame Street.”

For Obama’s supporters, already dismayed by the president’s
halting performance in last week’s debate with Republican Mitt
Romney, that change in tune is a new source for concern as they
fret that a children’s TV show has become a new backdrop for
their candidate’s campaign.

Oct 10, 2012

Democrats frustrated by Obama’s “Big Bird” campaign turn

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In 2008, singer will.i.am provided Barack Obama’s presidential campaign with music for its signature anthem, “Yes We Can.” On Tuesday, at a rally for Obama in Columbus, Ohio, the performer chose to play something new: the theme song for “Sesame Street.”

For Obama’s supporters, already dismayed by the president’s halting performance in last week’s debate with Republican Mitt Romney, that change in tune is a new source for concern as they fret that a children’s TV show has become a new backdrop for their candidate’s campaign.

Oct 5, 2012

Romney was sweating, not cheating, spokeswoman says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney’s campaign laughed off suggestions on Friday that the presidential candidate had used a cheat sheet during his debate with President Barack Obama, saying the object in question was a handkerchief to battle sweat.

As he walked to the podium Wednesday night, Romney was seen reaching into his right pocket and removing a white object, which he placed on the podium.

Oct 4, 2012

White House in sight, Romney steers a more moderate course

WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – A beaming Mitt Romney made a
surprise visit to a meeting of conservative activists in Denver
on Thursday, telling the group that his debate with President
Barack Obama the night before had given voters “a choice between
two different visions for America.”

During the first of three debates between the two
presidential candidates, Romney himself appeared to have made a
few choices, less than five weeks before the Nov. 6 election.

Oct 4, 2012

For Obama, words not said in debate spoke the loudest

WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – During their 90-minute debate
on Tuesday night, President Barack Obama talked four minutes
longer than Republican challenger Mitt Romney. But when the
debate was over, it was what Obama didn’t say that defined the
evening – and helped make it a good one for Romney.

In a debate that largely was a mix of campaign talking
points and tedious policy detail, the themes that Obama’s
campaign have emphasized to drive down Romney’s approval ratings
did not surface.

Oct 1, 2012

Despite turmoil, election seen yielding status quo in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In forecasting what the U.S. Congress will look like after the November 6 elections, Princeton University’s Sam Wang is what his fellow analysts call an “outlier.”

Wang, one of a dozen or so leading academics who use statistical data to forecast elections, says there is a 74 percent probability that the Democrats will gain the net 25 seats they need to take control of the 435-seat House of Representatives from the Republicans.

Oct 1, 2012

Analysis: Despite turmoil, election seen yielding status quo in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In forecasting what the U.S. Congress will look like after the November 6 elections, Princeton University’s Sam Wang is what his fellow analysts call an “outlier.”

Wang, one of a dozen or so leading academics who use statistical data to forecast elections, says there is a 74 percent probability that the Democrats will gain the net 25 seats they need to take control of the 435-seat House of Representatives from the Republicans.

Oct 1, 2012

Expectations game in full swing for U.S. presidential debate

WASHINGTON/LAS VEGAS, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Three days before
the first presidential debate of the 2012 campaign, allies of
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney sought to influence expectations on
Sunday, with the president describing his debating skills as
“just OK.”

The Democratic incumbent and the Republican former governor
of Massachusetts face off in Denver, Colorado, on Wednesday for
their first of three televised debates.

Sep 30, 2012

Before first presidential debate, allies debate stakes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three days before the first presidential debate, allies of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney debated on Sunday how the encounter between the White House contenders will influence the U.S. election.

In typical straight-talking fashion, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie predicted that fellow Republican Romney’s performance at Wednesday’s debate would alter the course of the campaign, weeks before the November 6 vote.

Sep 29, 2012

With charts and charm, Paul Ryan aims to steady a shaken ticket

VANDALIA, Ohio, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Trailing in the must-win
state of Ohio, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney
asked his running mate Paul Ryan to meet him here this week.

After 24 days apart, Romney and Ryan reunited on an airport
tarmac on Tuesday amid grumbling from some Republicans that the
campaign has grown complacent, leaving Ryan, its strongest
advocate, off the national stage.

    • About Samuel

      "Sam is a Reuters correspondent covering the 2012 campaign. Previously, he was an associate editor at Newsweek and a staff reporter for The Daily Beast. His writing has also appeared in The Boston Globe and The New York Observer."
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