Tales from the Trail

Married v. unmarried could be the new election “gender gap”

October 24, 2012

Despite the American obsession with voting differences between men and women – the famed U.S. election “gender gap” – there is a far bigger “gap” dividing likely voters in 2012 - the yawning divide between marrieds and unmarrieds.

Vice presidential candidates by the numbers

By Gabriel Debenedetti
October 9, 2012

The vice presidential candidates who will take the stage for a debate at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky this week are just as polarizing as their running mates, according to Reuters/Ipsos polls. “Very unfavorable” was the most commonly held view of both men.

Obama heads to Florida for re-election fundraising effort

By Eric Johnson
October 9, 2012

President Barack Obama on Thursday will travel to Florida for a fundraiser at a hotel in Miami with hundreds of guests that could raise at least $1 million for the Democratic incumbent and Democrats’ re-election coffers, according to a major donor.

Swing state ad from hawkish Democrats hits Romney on foreign policy

By Eric Johnson
October 5, 2012

A group of hawkish Democrats with close ties to President Obama’s re-election campaign announced on Thursday a new swing state television advertisement attacking Mitt Romney on national security and foreign policy issues.

Romney’s strong debate draws cheers and relief from Republicans in Congress

October 4, 2012

Mitt Romney’s strong debate performance eased concerns by fellow Republicans in Congress that his recent struggles could be a problem for all of them on Election Day.

The “likability” factor

By Gabriel Debenedetti
October 2, 2012

Is Mitt Romney “likable enough”? The eve of the first 2012 presidential debate is a good time to revisit that concept, made famous in an exchange between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton during a primary debate in 2008.

Rock band The National to headline Obama fundraiser in Ohio

By Eric Johnson
September 22, 2012

Music group The National and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz will headline a fundraiser benefiting President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in Cincinnati on October 5, a donor to the campaign said.

Hollywood actors pose for Obama campaign social media drive

By Eric Johnson
September 21, 2012

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is launching a “celebrity portrait shot” social media drive, a source close to the campaign said, drawing again on its base of Hollywood supporters to drum up enthusiasm for the Democratic incumbent ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

Union leader sees opportunity in Romney’s dismissal of the “47 percent”

September 18, 2012

Democrats have reacted gleefully to the release of Mitt Romney’s secretly videotaped dismissal of 47 percent of American voters – whom he identified as supporters of President Barack Obama – as victims who do not pay their share or “care for their lives.”

Not expecting a call from the president? Try the second line

September 9, 2012

A warning to those who are sometimes slow to pick up the phone: you may miss a call from the president.