Tales from the Trail

Obama gets a surprising ‘lift’ in Florida pizza joint

September 9, 2012

President Obama is hugged by Scott Van Duzer at a pizza shop in Florida

President Barack Obama met his match in the fitness category at an impromptu campaign visit on Sunday.

Obama and Romney wrangle over welfare policy

By Eric Johnson
August 13, 2012

The Obama administration’s July change to a 1996 bipartisan welfare-to-work law has devolved into a mudslinging contest on the campaign trail.

Air Obama: President’s re-election campaign goes Dream Team

August 7, 2012

President Barack Obama’s campaign fundraising “Win a date with a celebrity” lottery has gone Dream Team.

Business comments taken out of context, Obama says in new ad

By Eric Johnson
July 24, 2012

President Barack Obama’s campaign released a new television advertisement on Tuesday pushing back against a wave of attacks that followed remarks the Democratic incumbent made that Republicans deemed anti-business.

Outside campaign groups can coordinate – with each other

June 25, 2012

 

Super PACs and other outside campaign organizations are barred from coordinating with the candidates they support or political parties, but there is nothing keeping a Super PAC from coordinating with another Super PAC, or several Super PACs. And indeed, some of them do.

Blunt says to keep an eye on Virginia

June 25, 2012

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt, a Republican who is Mitt Romney’s point person in Congress, doesn’t think Ohio or Florida will be the main states to watch on election night. He will have his eyes on Virginia.

Conservative group parodies Dos Equis beer commercials in anti-Obama ad campaign

By Eric Johnson
June 20, 2012

Conservative political group RightChange came out on Tuesday with a pejorative spoof of the hit Dos Equis beer commercials that replaces “The Most Interesting Man in the World” with a superlatively arrogant President Barack Obama.

Obama campaign launches voter drive around gay marriage

By Eric Johnson
May 23, 2012

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, looking to tap support for the president’s embrace of same-sex marriage, launched a voter drive in key electoral states on Wednesday, saying a Mitt Romney presidency would be the “ultimate deal breaker” for proponents of “marriage equality.”

Washington Extra – The Pentagon and the poor

May 8, 2012

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) shows a copy of the "FY2013 Budget - The Path to Prosperity" during a news conference at Capitol Hill in Washington March 20, 2012. U.S. House Republicans placed a major election-year bet Tuesday on a deficit-slashing budget proposal the party hopes will win over voters and quell any concerns about the plan's most controversial element - a sweeping revamp of Medicare. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana

Washington Extra – Moonshot no more

April 26, 2012

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich bows his head in prayer before speaking at First Redeemer Church while on a campaign tour in Cumming, Georgia, February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Tami Chappell