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Despite a lackluster debate performance, President Obama maintains a slight lead over Mitt Romney. A Reuter/Ipsos poll found Obama leading with 47 percent support among likely voters compared with Romney’s 45 percent. It’s a virtual tie, but it does indicate that Obama is recovering from his debate performance.
The electoral map is changing—and changing fast. Just a few weeks ago, Obama was nearing 270 electoral votes. The president appeared to have 265 electoral votes as opposed to 191 for Mitt Romney. As of this morning, however, Obama is only leading by 10 electoral votes, according to Real Clear Politics—201 to 191.
President Obama’s debate team is clearly anxious that a second poor performance could seriously hurt him among undecided or “soft” Obama supporters,” despite history suggesting that presidential debates rarely impact an election.
Buzzfeed departed from its short-form formula on Monday when it published a nearly 11,000-word exposé that blew the myth of George Romney apart like an abandoned automotive plant. Taking aim at the moderate Republican halo that has come to surround presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s father—the auto executive, Michigan governor, and presidential candidate in his own right—the thorough going-over by BuzzFeed contributor John R.
Rudy Giuliani smells something fishy about the Obama administration’s response to the recent attacks in Benghazi, Libya. “Who put Susan Rice on it? The State Department? Or the political people? It was a political appearance on CNN,” the former NYC mayor said on CNN Monday morning.
Good for Martha Raddatz. In last Thursday’s vice-presidential debate, she served up the first serious, widely watched discussion of the foreign-policy differences between this year’s Democratic and Republican tickets. And in so doing, she revealed what foreign-policy wonks already know.
With the advent of early voting, Election Day has become Election Month in many states—like Noah’s flood, it now lasts for 40 days and 40 nights. And that is forcing both presidential campaigns to play what might be called a hurry-up offense.
Looks like that whole “donate what you can” grassroots campaign strategy is working for President Obama. The president’s campaign announced Saturday it has just surpassed 4 million donors. The cash the Obama camp has raked in is impressive too—$181 million was raised in September alone.
The second debate hasn’t even happened, and we’re already getting prepped for the third. Moderator Bob Schieffer of CBS News will be discussing issues of foreign policy during the third and final presidential debate Oct. 22. On Saturday, Schieffer announced the five topics he’s selected for the debate: “The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism,” “Our Longest War—Afghanistan and Pakistan,” “Red Lines—Israel and Iran,” “The Rise of China and Tomorrow’s World,” and last but not least, “America’s Role in the World.
Paul Ryan switched line of attack from Libya to China. At a rally in Ohio on Saturday, Ryan told the crowd that Obama has had his chance to label China as a currency manipulator and he hasn’t seized it. The vice-presidential nominee assured that Romney would not allow jobs or property rights to be stolen by the Asian nation.
Does this mean Bruce Springsteen is weighing in on the whole birther debate? The “Born in the U.S.A.” singer will appear with President Clinton at a rally for President Obama in Ohio on Thursday, the campaign announced on Saturday.
Maybe the GOP is trying to make voters forget another option exists? Mitt Romney and his allies are going all-out during the last few weeks of the election, spending large amounts of money on a media surge aimed at burying Obama in advertisements.
Not even Sarah Palin at her nuttiest would have told a car crash story involving hurt kids while debating a man who lost his wife and young daughter in just such a tragedy.But Paul Ryan did.And he veered out of his way to do it.
On Thursday night, Joe Biden showed that he was the master of a technique that’s a staple of film acting but is rarely, if at all, associated with politics: the reaction shot. He laughed, shook his head, and smirked his way to victory over Paul Ryan.
No malarkey jokes please. Vice President Joe Biden was the victor of Thursday night’s veep debate, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Friday. Forty-two percent of registered voters crowned Biden winner, while 35 percent tipped their hat to his Republican challenger Paul Ryan.
Megyn Kelly: Santa is White
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Sen. Aide Arrested for Child Porn
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Photog: I Took Obama Selfie Pic
“I captured the scene almost reflexively.”More
George H.W. Bush Joins Twitter
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House, Senate Strike Budget Deal
Will cut $63 biliion from sequestration.More
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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