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Jun 27, 2012

Democratic campaign chair tells candidates to avoid convention

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The man responsible for getting Democrats elected to the U.S. Congress this fall has a message for his party’s candidates: Stay away from the Democratic National Convention.

“If they want to win an election, they need to be in their districts,” New York congressman Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told the Reuters Washington Summit on Tuesday.

Jun 15, 2012

Independents say Obama hurts job creation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney delivering dueling visions for the U.S. economy in speeches on Thursday, a majority of independents said that Obama’s policies have made it harder for Americans to gain employment, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Friday.

Fifty-two percent of independents said they agreed with the idea that the president has not helped create more jobs in America, an argument central to Romney’s campaign.

Jun 15, 2012

Could Libertarian Johnson hurt Romney in the West?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In Republican Mitt Romney’s bid for the White House, there are the obvious obstacles: namely a sitting president, Democrat Barack Obama, and his massive campaign organization.

And then there are the less predictable hurdles – such as Gary Johnson, a self-effacing former New Mexico governor who could complicate Romney’s efforts to challenge Obama in New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada in the November 6 election.

Jun 4, 2012

Obama, Romney hobnob for cash at fundraisers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With economic turmoil unsettling the 2012 U.S. presidential race, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney spent Monday tending to their own campaign wallets, mingling with big-money donors on the East and West Coast.

Obama was attending three fundraisers in New York City, including an appearance on a Broadway stage with former president and fellow Democrat Bill Clinton, who last week seemed to muddle the Obama campaign’s criticism of Romney’s work as a private equity executive by praising Romney’s business record.

Jun 2, 2012

Marijuana initiative could make or break Obama in Colorado

DENVER, June 2 (Reuters) – Throughout his presidency, Barack
Obama hasn’t exactly been a friend to marijuana users.

Sure, he has acknowledged smoking pot as a young man, but he
has disappointed marijuana advocates by opposing its
legalization, regulation and taxation like alcohol.

May 23, 2012

Away from presidential race’s glare, battles for Congress rage

SCHAUMBURG, Illinois (Reuters) – Republican Representative Joe Walsh was campaigning recently at a diner in this Chicago suburb when he came across an elderly woman who rebuffed his charms.

“You’re tough. Shake the hand!” the energetic House freshman said, before asking: “Who got us into this mess?”

May 11, 2012

Ohio town on front lines of the race for U.S. president

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (Reuters) – Last week, President Barack Obama launched his re-election campaign in the university town of Columbus, Ohio. His hopes for a second term, however, likely lie not with the student-heavy crowd but in places like this small city, an hour’s drive south.

Anchored by a paper mill in the foothills of Appalachia, Chillicothe has a knack for picking presidents. It is the seat of Ross County, which has sided with the winning presidential candidate in all but four elections since 1908.

May 8, 2012

Thanks to Biden, Democrats pressed on gay marriage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tim Kaine, a Democratic candidate for Senate and one of President Barack Obama’s closest allies, met with reporters on Tuesday to discuss politics nationally and in his home state, Virginia.

And here’s what everyone wanted to know: What do you, Tim Kaine, think about gay marriage?

May 7, 2012

Biden’s backing of gay marriage pressures Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Was it a signal by President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, designed to attract gay and lesbian supporters? A trial balloon to test voters’ feelings about same-sex marriage? Or just a case of the vice president wandering from the campaign’s message?

Whatever it was, Vice President Joe Biden’s endorsement on Sunday of the right of gay couples to marry revved up the activist community – and created a bit of a headache for Obama’s re-election campaign, which wanted to spend Monday talking about the economy and other issues.

Apr 26, 2012

Gingrich to quit White House race after stormy bid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Newt Gingrich is quitting the U.S. Republican presidential contest after a tumultuous campaign marked by flashes of brilliance in debates, staff desertions and offbeat ideas.

Gingrich, a powerful figure in the 1990s as House of Representatives speaker, briefly reached the heights of Republican presidential front-runner this year, but stumbled badly under attack from rivals. The collapse of his campaign threatened to turn the proud intellectual into a punch line.

    • 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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