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Demographics are destiny, but Team Obama may be taking that a bit too literally.Play-to-the-base campaigns are particularly risky for Democrats given that only 21 percent of Americans identify as liberal, but the Obama campaign has staked its reelection on an even more elusive target—the evolution of the American electorate.
What does the president really think? An off-the-record interview forThe Des Moines Register gave him a chance to say it, and on Wednesday, the president agreed it could be published. In the interview, Obama says he’s confident immigration reform will be completed next year because Republicans will be interested in the growing Latino vote.
With two weeks to go until the big day, the presidential race is closer than ever. Gone are the days of Romney’s wide lead or Obama’s wide lead—a Washington Post/ABC News poll found the race almost tied at 49 percent for Romney and 48 percent for Obama (and within the poll’s margin of error).
Mitt Romney may be gaining in the polls, but his campaign spots trail President Obama’s, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks and analyzes political advertisement spending data.
Thirteen days. The final countdown. Barring an external event of significant proportion, not much will change to affect the outcome. And it’s now all a turnout game.Forget the national polls showing President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney in a dead heat or a statistical tie in the race for the White House.
In the third and final U.S. presidential debate on Monday, Mitt Romney once again vowed to declare China a currency manipulator on his first day in office. Most Chinese observers think this position is as extreme as it is unlikely, but ever since Romney first made that pledge a year ago, the reaction by policymakers in China has been a mix of frustration and exasperation.
Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock publicly apologized—sort of—Wednesday for comments during a debate implying that pregnancy caused by rape may be “intended” by God. “I did not intend to suggest that God wants rape,” Mourdock said during the presser, clarifying that he’s not apologizing for what he said but for how it was interpreted.
Although he appears without his trusty empty chair, Clint Eastwood is featured in a new Mitt Romney ad paid for by American Crossroads, Karl Rove’s super PAC. “When someone doesn’t get the job done, you have to hold them accountable,” Eastwood explains.
Will it outsell Rielle Hunter? Herman Cain’s former mistress Ginger White says she is writing a tell-all about her time with the onetime Republican presidential candidate. White said she hopes the book will help Cain “to be a little more honest with his wife, because the details that I share, only she would know.
To be fair, he does know a thing or two about divorce. Donald Trump is inserting himself in the presidential campaign again, as rumors are swirling Tuesday that Trump has unearthed supposed divorce papers filed by the Obamas, according to a tweet this morning from Douglas Kass, a financial adviser who appears on CNBC.
Gloria Allred has an “October surprise” for Mitt Romney. Her latest client, the ex-wife of Staples founder Tom Stemberg, is ready and willing to reveal to the public a testimony Mitt Romney gave on behalf of her husband during their 1990s divorce trial.
Utah Republican fundraiser Greg Peterson escaped 25 charges of assault, rape, and kidnapping by committing suicide Tuesday in the same cabin he once used both to host political events and allegedly rape some of his victims. He’d been released from jail on Friday on a $2 million bond, but faced life in prison if convicted of all the charges.
Richard Mourdock recently had an epiphany. During a debate Tuesday, the Indiana Republican running for Senate explained, “I came to realize life is that gift from God. And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen.
A severe-looking young man, sitting in the front row of a grand ballroom in the Chicago Hilton, turns to his equally severe-looking comrades and blithely says, “Virgil Goode is kind of a false prophet.” Goode, a Virginian who looks to have had all the fat burned away from his bones and speaks with a drawl that cannot be reproduced phonetically, would make a great pro-wrestling manager, but is instead running, hopelessly, for president, on the Constitution Party line.
After winning the underage vote, President Obama is hitting MTV Tuesday to court youngsters who actually can cast a ballot. The president will be filmed taking questions from young voters for a segment called “MTV’s Ask Obama Live” that will air Friday.
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On 'The Daily Show's first post-election episode, Jon Stewart questioned the Sunshine State's relevance. Sorry, Florida, we elected a president without you.
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