Election 2012

Obama’s challenges carry over to his second term

President Barack Obama confronts a daunting array of domestic and foreign policy challenges as he begins a second term amid a political climate so fractured that compromise has become all but impossible. | 11/07/12 14:46:41 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

Voters endure delays, lines and misinformation to cast ballots

A massive turnout, voting machine breakdowns and misinformation about voter eligibility requirements snarled balloting at many of the nation’s polling places Tuesday, forcing Americans determined to help decide the fiercely fought presidential race to wait as long as five hours to vote. | 11/06/12 23:38:02 By - By Greg Gordon and Tony Pugh

Obama narrowly leads in Florida, according to early results

With thousands of Floridians still lined up to vote, the presidential race in the nation’s largest battleground state is as close as can be, according to exit polls showing that President Obama might have an edge. | 11/06/12 20:40:29 By - By Marc Caputo and Scott Hiaasen

Women make gains in Democratic Senate, House stays Republican

The election will bring a host of fresh faces to Congress, but the control of the two chambers will remain the same: Republicans keep a majority in the House of Representatives, and Democrats hold onto control of the Senate. | 11/07/12 10:53:30 By - By William Douglas and Erika Bolstad

Obama wins, tells nation 'we can seize this future together'

Winning a second term in a closely divided election, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that America's "common bond" can help the country overcome its biggest disagreements, because "that's who we are." | 11/07/12 07:18:15 By - By David Lightman and Curtis Tate

First lady Michelle Obama fires up crowd at final N.C. rally

First lady Michelle Obama repeated Monday what her husband did four years ago – held an election eve rally in Charlotte and urged supporters to stay “fired up” for one more day. | 11/06/12 07:03:23 By - Jim Morrill

Poll: Fewer Californians will vote this time around

The number of Californians who vote in today's election is expected to drop by 1 million compared with four years ago, despite a record number of registered voters in the state. | 11/06/12 06:44:01 By - Laurel Rosenhall

Ohio shaping up as ground zero for Election Day disputes

Meanwhile, in New Jersey and New York, damage from Hurricane Sandy sent election officials scrambling to create makeshift polling stations and to limit what could be long lines and confusion for hundreds of thousands of people. | 11/05/12 19:35:01 By - By Tony Pugh and Greg Gordon

Election Day: Time for voters to have their say

After billions of dollars, hours of debates and frantic last-minute pitches from the candidates, it’s up to the voters Tuesday to decide whether to give President Barack Obama a second term or change course with Republican Mitt Romney. | 11/05/12 17:10:07 By - By David Lightman

Bill Clinton stirs Obama rally in N.C. capital

Bill Clinton acted as salesman-in-chief for Barack Obama Sunday, both touting the president’s policies as having saved the country from a Depression, while writing off Mitt Romney’s proposals as the failed “trick-down” economics of the past. | 11/05/12 07:30:25 By - Rob Christensen

First lady Michelle Obama makes one more stop in North Carolina

The race for North Carolina hurtles toward the finish Monday with the last in a flurry of high-profile visits on behalf of President Barack Obama and predictions of a voter turnout that could rival the record of 2008. | 11/05/12 07:24:56 By - Jim Morrill and Elisabeth Arriero

Romney makes a play for Pennsylvania, Obama plays the Bill Clinton card

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney clashed Sunday over who could deliver change to a gridlocked nation as they crisscrossed the country on the second to last day of campaigning in a race that remains too close to call. | 11/04/12 20:14:28 By - By William Douglas and Anita Kumar

Third party vote could swing a state – and the election

If Tuesday’s election is as close as polls suggest, the presidency might be decided by someone named Gary Johnson. Or Virgil Goode. Or Jill Stein. | 11/04/12 14:44:30 By - By Maria Recio

Pentagon unit pushed email voting for troops despite security concerns

As Election Day approaches, county clerks’ offices in 31 states are accepting tens of thousands of electronic absentee ballots from U.S. soldiers and overseas civilians, despite years of warnings from cyber experts that Internet voting is easy prey for hackers. | 11/04/12 11:31:50 By - By Greg Gordon

Obama and Romney race across map in final weekend

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney dashed across the map in search of votes Saturday, the hours growing short and polls showing still that either man still could win the presidency on Tuesday. | 11/03/12 17:18:31 By - By Anita Kumar, William Douglas and David Lightman

As election looms, many voters fear the process is compromised

Only days before millions of Americans cast their ballots, a climate of suspicion hangs over Tuesday’s national elections. | 11/02/12 17:57:57 By - By Tony Pugh

Jobs report fuels campaign push by Obama, Romney

President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney roar into the 2012 presidential campaign’s final weekend deadlocked, offering closing arguments laced with very different visions of how they’d govern. | 11/02/12 16:56:15 By - By William Douglas and David Lightman

Safe California lawmakers still beating the bushes for cash

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California enjoys the safest of safe seats. Still, the last-minute money keeps rolling in. | 11/02/12 15:54:10 By - By Michael Doyle

Whether it’s Obama or Romney, the political divide is likely to remain

America next week chooses a president. It may not choose a course for the nation. The country nears Election Day 2012 divided and polarized over the two major party candidates, suggesting a close verdict in either direction and a refusal to coalesce behind one or the other. | 11/02/12 15:41:04 By - By Steven Thomma

Romney’s Jeep charge highlights globalization’s gray areas

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been roundly criticized for insinuating that Chrysler planned to reopen a Jeep plant in China at the expense of U.S. workers in Ohio, but his comments and the reaction they provoked underscore the complex gray areas of international trade and globalization. | 11/01/12 19:48:51 By - By Kevin G. Hall and Rob Hotakainen

The fates of Obama and Romney are tied up in 11 key states

Eleven states are likely to decide whether President Barack Obama or Republican Mitt Romney will be elected president Tuesday. | 11/02/12 15:17:28 By - By David Lightman

NYC's Bloomberg endorses Obama

Climate change roared back into presidential campaign Thursday, as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose city remains partially underwater and crippled by Hurricane Sandy, endorsed President Barack Obama. | 11/01/12 17:43:21 By - Erika Bolstad

Issue of U.S. exporting fuel is absent from presidential campaign

While President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney trumpet the need for lower fuel prices and American energy security, the United States has exported petroleum products at a record pace. | 11/01/12 17:26:28 By - By Sean Cockerham

Boys and girls on the bus – snapshots from the campaign trail

Day in, day out, the food’s the same. The music’s the same. The plane is the same. The speeches are the same. Until you switch sides. | 11/01/12 16:41:59 By - By Anita Kumar, Lesley Clark, William Douglas and David Lightman

Mitt Romney, Benjamin Netanyahu share donors as well as friendship

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have acknowledged a friendship that goes back decades, but the financial ties that also bind them became evident last month when the premier revealed his list of campaign donors. | 11/01/12 16:34:48 By - By Sheera Frenkel

Officials investigating complaints of Obama effigy outside NC voting site

State election officials are looking into reports that someone was outside an early voting site this morning in Goldsboro with a trailer displaying effigies of President Barack Obama and others, including a judge and law enforcement officials, hanging from a noose. | 11/01/12 13:11:45 By - Austin Baird

Voting complaints on the rise in North Carolina

Allegations of voter fraud in North Carolina began long before voting started in North Carolina. Now, after two weeks of early voting, there have been almost daily complaints about intimidation, aggressive campaigning and attempts to misinform voters. | 11/01/12 07:16:49 By - Austin Baird

PAC vows to spend $800,000 on Todd Akin in Missouri

A group that calls itself the Now or Never Political Action Committee announced Wednesday it will spend $800,000 on television ads to back Todd Akin for the U.S. Senate in Missouri. | 11/01/12 07:10:43 By - Steve Kraske

California Dems seek probe of GOP House candidate Maldonado

The California Democratic Party called Wednesday for a state investigation into whether the Republican former lieutenant governor, enmeshed in a tight race for the U.S. House of Representatives, failed to disclose two 2007 state campaign fund-raising events to regulators in violation of campaign financing law. | 10/31/12 18:33:40 By - By Jonathan S. Landay

GOP hold on House looks secure, but there’s still drama

While control of the House of Representatives isn’t likely to change, the composition, tone and political tenor of the chamber probably will. The House is likely to have a huge influx of freshmen, thanks in part to contests for 39 open seats, 19 new seats and four vacant seats. | 10/31/12 18:07:13 By - By William Douglas

Senate control teeters on a handful of states

Democrats appear poised to retain control of the Senate, but this year’s forecasts are full of more uncertainty than usual. | 10/31/12 17:08:31 By - By David Lightman

Online-data companies try to pick your vote out of a crowd

Political campaigns are taking advantage of the same data-mining and consumer-profiling techniques that retailers commonly use to customize ads for certain audiences. | 10/31/12 18:15:14 By - By Lindsay Wise

Akin rally draws nearly as many protestors as supporters

A first-thing-in-the-morning rally at Union Station in Kansas City for Todd Akin today drew nearly as many protestors as it did backers of the Republican Senate candidate. | 10/31/12 13:15:56 By - Steve Kraske

Todd Akin says he'll match Claire McCaskill on TV in campaign's final week

Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin said today in Lee's Summit that he'll match his Democratic rival, Claire McCaskill, in TV ad spending in the race's final week. | 10/31/12 07:17:03 By - Steve Kraske

Poll: Obama holds slim lead over Romney among Florida's Hispanic voters

Call it the Cuban Conundrum — a problem for pollsters who find Florida Hispanics are far more Republican than anywhere else in the nation. | 10/31/12 07:06:06 By - Marc Caputo and Patricia Mazzei

Hurricane Sandy is a duty and opportunity for Obama

In the final days of his final election, President Barack Obama is finding that a storm IS his campaign. | 10/30/12 18:46:12 By - By Anita Kumar , Lesley Clark and David Lightman

Outside groups have spent $840 million on 2012 election

“Super” political action committees and nonprofits unleashed by the Citizens United 2010 Supreme Court decision have spent more than $840 million so far on the 2012 elections, with the overwhelming majority of it favoring Republicans, particularly presidential nominee Mitt Romney. | 10/30/12 17:37:34 By - By Michael Beckel and Russ Choma, The Center for Public Integrity & The Center for Responsive Politics

Sandy’s damage worse than Irene, far from Katrina

Residents along most of the East Coast on Tuesday began cleaning up the wreckage left behind by Hurricane Sandy, and it was immediately clear that all Americans will get slapped with the astronomical bill for the late-season storm. | 10/30/12 14:28:11 By - Kevin G. Hall

Voters weigh economy that’s not too hot, not too cold

A flurry of positive data on jobs, growth and consumer confidence suggest that the economy is slowly, steadily improving. Yet few economists think that the sluggish upward movement will improve much next year, regardless of who wins the presidential election. | 10/30/12 13:39:50 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Obama, Romney campaigns playing ground game in N.C.

Kathryn Lamb, a 59-year-old gray-haired grandmother and retired paralegal, spent her Saturday like she has spent nearly every weekend for the past year – working to re-elect President Barack Obama. | 10/30/12 07:23:19 By - Rob Christensen and John Frank

Storm scrambles campaign, maybe Election Day, too

Obama canceled a campaign appearance in Florida and raced back to the White House, mindful that his performance leading the federal government response could become a major boon or liability to his re-election chances. Romney canceled campaign events for Monday night and Tuesday, and both campaigns curtailed fundraising efforts in states that Sandy was expected to hit. | 10/29/12 17:55:43 By - By David Lightman and Erika Bolstad

Obama, helped by Latino vote, tries to cling to Nevada

If there’s any battleground state that should concern President Barack Obama, it’s Nevada. The state leads the nation in unemployment. It ranks fifth in foreclosures after months in the top spot – or bottom, depending on how you look at it. | 10/29/12 17:48:05 By - By Franco Ordonez McClatchy Newspapers

Obama fights for female voters he may have lost

President Barack Obama sports a pink breast cancer awareness bracelet on his wrist as he campaigns across battleground states. He slams rival Mitt Romney as a throwback with 1950s views of women. And he’s airing an edgy new ad enticing women casting their first ballot to pick the right man, him. | 10/29/12 15:46:21 By - By Lesley Clark and Maria Recio

Poll: Obama, Romney are in dead heat in N.C.

Just over a week before Election Day, a new Elon University poll shows a dead heat between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney in North Carolina. The poll shows each candidate with the support of 45 percent of like voters. Five percent are undecided. | 10/29/12 13:26:50 By - Jim Morrill

Defense cuts are biggest political issue on California Marine base

On Monday, six hours before the final presidential debate began, Danielle Wagner was rushing from class at the Copper Mountain College campus to get home to say goodbye to her husband. Again. Like most people whose lives depend on Pentagon spending, she has paid close attention to the presidential election, especially when it comes to what President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have to say about the military. | 10/29/12 12:12:17 By - Sam Stanton

As nights cool down, homeless families in California desperate for shelter

"For the first time in 20 years, we are seeing at least one family every day walk through the door who slept outside the night before," Connie Frank, director of Maryhouse, a Sacramento day program for homeless families, said. "We are talking about people with kids, toddlers, babies." | 10/29/12 11:27:03 By - Cynthia Hubert

Young voters feel less engaged this election year than in ‘08

The love affair between young voters and President Barack Obama that ignited his candidacy in 2008 and powered him to the White House seems like a distant memory in 2012. | 10/29/12 09:52:20 By - By Tony Pugh

First-time Puerto Rican voters could be game-changers in presidential race

Diana Caballero is the ultimate swing voter in the ultimate swing state, a member of a sought-after demographic that could help decide the 2012 presidential race. | 10/29/12 07:05:42 By - Frances Robles

Obama and Romney not that different on national security, foreign policy

After a campaign that’s been about jobs, jobs and more jobs, the next president will be faced with a world full of problems that have little to do with improving the American economy. These are issues that often bear a geographic name: Afghanistan, Benghazi, Iran, Syria, Israel, or with out-thinking and overcoming those who seek to harm Americans. | 10/29/12 00:00:00 By - By Matthew Schofield

GOP surprise? Party says Pennsylvania is in play

The Republican campaign bus roared into the party headquarters parking lot in the northwestern Pennsylvania town of Erie on a chilly afternoon for a rally that had all the trappings of a close contest. | 10/29/12 12:21:24 By - By William Douglas

Once a sign of his game-changing appeal, Virginia now could slip away from Obama

As he stood waiting for President Barack Obama to arrive for a campaign rally at a minor league baseball field, longtime Virginia resident Rick Flaherty marveled that his state could help the Democrat remain in the White House. | 10/28/12 20:36:31 By - By Anita Kumar

Campaign races against Hurricane Sandy

Racing to get their last-minute messages across before campaigning is overshadowed by Hurricane Sandy, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney Saturday made impassioned pitches to voters in the swing states of Florida and New Hampshire. | 10/27/12 22:58:42 By - By David Lightman and Anita Kumar

Rep. Jeff Denham sues over ad in hotly contested California race

The closely watched San Joaquin Valley congressional race between Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., and challenger Jose Hernandez has veered again into court, with the incumbent suing Democratic operatives for defamation. | 10/26/12 17:13:47 By - By Michael Doyle

In blur of final days, Obama adopts tone of challenger

Heading toward the final week of a long campaign, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are locked in a neck-and-neck contest, with Obama scrapping like a challenger and Romney campaigning like a president. | 10/26/12 17:09:57 By - By David Lightman

Analysts: Neither Obama nor Romney will win Arab friends without progress on Israeli-Palestinian peace

A key obstacle the next U.S. president will face in winning the friendship of Arab countries was clear during Monday night’s foreign policy debate: Israel was mentioned 22 times, the Palestinians just once – and then only in passing. | 10/25/12 18:25:29 By - By Hannah Allam

Obama casts vote as he and Romney scramble for other early voters

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney dueled Thursday across America’s swing states, working feverishly to push early voters to the polls and battling hard for the votes of women. | 10/25/12 20:13:44 By - By William Douglas and David Lightman

Road to White House runs down Orlando boulevard

On one side of Semoran Boulevard there’s Lecheron el Barrio, a Puerto Rican restaurant where a banner boasts of President Barack Obama’s summer visit. Inside, servers dish up steaming plates of pulled pork and rice and beans beneath a photo of Obama, and a largely Spanish-speaking clientele gathers in what might be the unofficial headquarters of Orlando’s Puerto Rican vote. | 10/25/12 17:12:56 By - By Erika Bolstad

Obama tops Romney in N.C. fundraising

Four months after Barack Obama first announced for president in 2007, Steve Lerner hosted a fundraiser for the Illinois senator at his Chapel Hill home. He's been raising money for Obama ever since. | 10/25/12 07:13:36 By - Jim Morrill and Gavin Off

Latin America gets short shrift in US election

There's a running joke in Latin America that the region should be allowed to vote for the U.S. president because the outcome matters so much here. | 10/25/12 07:00:57 By - Jim Wyss

Trade gets short shrift in presidential campaign

Over the course of the long presidential campaign, neither candidate has offered much detail on how he’d boost trade, a main engine of economic growth and an increasingly important source of earnings for U.S. farmers and ranchers. | 10/24/12 18:58:47 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Obama and Romney barnstorm the country

Now in the presidential campaign’s final two weeks, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney crisscrossed the nation Wednesday in search of support from the remaining undecided voters in swing states who will determine the next occupant of the White House. | 10/24/12 18:55:33 By - By William Douglas, Lesley Clark and Anita Kumar

Democrats hit GOP candidate Richard Mourdock’s comments on pregnancy

Democrats seized Wednesday on a Republican Senate candidate’s comments about pregnancy, looking to regain an upper hand with female voters not only in that state but also in the nationwide presidential campaign. | 10/24/12 21:08:48 By - By David Lightman

Democrats: Not your father’s peaceniks anymore

The perception of the Democratic Party is shifting under President Barack Obama, whose national security and military policies are significantly chipping away at the image of the Republican Party as a better steward of military and national security issues. | 10/24/12 16:31:33 By - By William Douglas

Democrats face steep odds in bid to take U.S. House

Analysts tracking the House campaigns say Democrats probably will pick up some seats, but not won’t be enough to wipe out the advantage Republicans won two years ago, when they picked up 63 seats in the tea party wave elections. | 10/24/12 14:42:30 By - By James Rosen

Obama: Mourdock's remarks on rape were "outrageous and demeaning"

President Obama thought the comments uttered Tuesday by Indiana Republican Richard Mourdock that pregnancy from rape is "something God intended to happen" were "outrageous and demeaning to women,'' his spokeswoman said this morning. | 10/24/12 11:40:16 By - Anita Kumar

Report: Todd Akin had multiple arrests for anti-abortion protests

When Republican Todd Akin was in Kansas City on Sept. 28, he acknowledged he was arrested at an anti-abortion protest about 25 years ago. | 10/24/12 07:04:39 By - Steve Kraske

Romney distances himself from Mourdock's rape remark

The Democratic National Committee is seizing on remarks made tonight during an Indiana Senate debate in which Republican candidate Richard Mourdock said that he opposes abortion even in the case of rape because a pregnancy from rape is "something God intended to happen." | 10/24/12 06:23:28 By - Lesley Clark

To tally the Navy’s strength requires more than math

America’s Navy is stronger, smaller, more dominant, more vulnerable and more lethal than at any time since World War I. So, for those confused by dueling candidates on the topic during Monday night’s presidential debate, hope that’s cleared up things. | 10/23/12 19:08:07 By - By Matthew Schofield

Presidential debates offered nothing on climate change

For the first time since the topic surfaced in a presidential race in 1988, nominees made no mention of climate change during the prime-time television debates this year between the presidential contenders themselves or their running mates.Debate moderators also chose not to ask President Barack Obama or former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney about the issue, despite a clamor by climate activists and some not-so-gentle prodding on the part of pundits and scientists. | 10/23/12 19:00:17 By - By Erika Bolstad

Obama, Romney race across shifting electoral map

The campaign sprint to Election Day began Tuesday, promising to follow a changing path to victory that’s winding through states where President Barack Obama’s once-healthy lead has been shrinking. | 10/23/12 17:13:55 By - By David Lightman

Obama campaign says North Carolina is still in play

President Barack Obama's top campaign officials rejected suggestions Tuesday that they are writing off North Carolina two weeks before Election Day. | 10/23/12 15:53:14 By - Tim Funk

Obama, Romney head back to battleground states

President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney joined their running mates in rallying thousands of supporters in must-win battleground states Tuesday as they entered the final, frenzied, two-week stretch of the presidential race. | 10/23/12 19:14:34 By - By Lesley Clark, William Douglas and Anita Kumar

As leader of the free world, Obama is a loner at the top

Barack Obama hits the exit early at glitzy fundraisers with rock stars. He makes only brief small talk in a roomful of supporters or at a rope line. He rarely rewards a supporter, donor or lawmaker with a game of golf, a drink at the White House or a trip to the presidential retreat at Camp David. | 10/23/12 13:54:24 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

Romney, used to role as fixer, might find different managing challenge as president

To his supporters, Mitt Romney exudes cool fire. The rigid jaw, the focused eyes, the straight shoulders and the perfect hair all project the image of a man who seems born with confidence – a fixer. Romney looks presidential, and in the White House, the Republican nominee promises to be a leader who would calmly analyze the economy, devise remedies, check the numbers on a balance sheet and work from there. | 10/23/12 13:39:36 By - By David Lightman

Obama presents second term agenda to Delray Beach crowd

Don't trust Mitt Romney, a fired-up President Barack Obama told a boisterous crowd of about 11,000 in this South Florida city Tuesday, as the candidates began their final push for votes. | 10/23/12 12:12:13 By - David Lightman

Obama plays critic; Romney tries being presidential

How they debated reflected where they stand in the closing days of the 2012 presidential campaign. President Barack Obama wanted to shake things up. Mitt Romney wanted to settle things down. | 10/22/12 23:35:04 By - By Steven Thomma

Full transcript of the third presidential debate

Full text of the third and final presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. | 10/22/12 23:25:55 By -

Facts and fiction in foreign policy debate

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney traded barbs on foreign policy Monday night, dueling over everything from military spending to Middle East events to how best to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. | 10/22/12 23:09:37 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Obama, Romney tackle Libya, Iran and Syria in final debate

President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney spent their final debate Monday circling the globe’s hot spots as they clashed over the merits of diplomacy and brinkmanship in Libya, Israel, Iran, the Middle East and other volatile areas. | 10/22/12 23:14:25 By - By David Lightman and Lesley Clark

Todd Akin likens Claire McCaskill to a dog during fundraiser

Republican Todd Akin compared his Democratic opponent in the Senate race, incumbent Claire McCaskill, to a dog at a Springfield fundraiser Saturday. | 10/22/12 07:13:43 By - Steve Kraske

Miami Herald to host live debate shows today at noon

The Miami Herald will produce two live video shows on Monday about the final debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. | 10/22/12 07:06:52 By -

Obama, Romney wage war for women

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are engaged in a furious duel for women’s votes, battling daily with attack ads, massive rallies and heartfelt testimonials from supportive women. | 10/19/12 17:26:47 By - By David Lightman

Changing face of Colorado turns state into political battleground

The Rev. Brian Young has been preaching tolerance ever since two conservative families left his evangelical church four years ago, furious about a Barack Obama bumper sticker in the parking lot. | 10/19/12 17:09:24 By - By David Siders

Have Iran sanctions worked? That depends on what you think the goal is

When President Barack Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney square off Monday for a foreign policy debate, the question of whether sanctions on Iran have worked is sure to be one topic. But the question really is a larger one: Do sanctions work? And the answer depends on how the objective is defined. | 10/19/12 16:09:00 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Romney and Obama divided over abortion, contraception, gay marriage

The economy still may dominate the nation’s to-do list, but a nation divided in its values continues to passionately debate social issues: abortion, birth control and gay marriage. | 10/19/12 15:55:26 By - By Anita Kumar

Romney campaign begins pulling out of North Carolina

The presidential campaign of Mitt Romney has begun shifting staff out of North Carolina, saying Thursday it was feeling confident enough that the state would go Republican next month. | 10/19/12 07:23:10 By - Rob Christensen

Activists want climate change on presidential debate agenda

Despite a year that has produced unprecedented ice melts in the Arctic and Greenland, a devastating drought across much of the country and hundreds of record high temperatures around the world, the subject of climate change has managed to remain in the deep freezer of presidential politics. | 10/19/12 07:13:44 By - Curtis Morgan

Many Latino evangelicals welcome Romney to the flock

As Mitt Romney seeks to cut into the President Barack Obama’s commanding lead among Latino voters, he might want to pay particular attention to Hispanic evangelicals. | 10/18/12 18:16:43 By - By Franco Ordonez

Conservative women give backing to Todd Akin

Ignited by the controversy that cost their candidate the backing of national GOP leaders, conservative and anti-abortion women rallied Wednesday in Kansas City to support U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin. | 10/18/12 07:02:53 By - Rick Montgomery

Campaigns debate ‘binders full of women’

The women’s group that gave Mitt Romney binders of women’s resumes contested his version of the story on Wednesday, while Democrats worked to criticize his record, although Romney apparently named a comparable percentage of women to top spots as President Barack Obama. | 10/17/12 19:02:22 By - By Lindsay Wise

Obama and Romney continue to scrap, but in key states and miles apart

. President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, energized by their showings at a debate whose impact was still being debated, revved up eager swing state audiences on Wednesday with pointed partisan appeals. | 10/17/12 19:55:55 By - By David Lightman and Lesley Clark

Cornyn drives GOP’s Senate effort, but the road has turned unexpectedly rocky

Senate Republican campaign chief John Cornyn of Texas was riding high after gaining seven seats during his first stint as the election boss two years ago, but the volatile 2012 cycle has produced so many bumps in the road that he’s had to change course. | 10/17/12 16:02:09 By - By Maria Recio

Democrats say fight for Senate control could hinge on women

When Patty Murray first won election to the U.S. Senate in November 1992, women were a rarity, holding only two seats. The Washington state Democrat arrived for her new job to discover there was no bathroom for women near the Senate chamber. | 10/17/12 18:06:33 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Romney's 'Binders Full of Women' comment goes viral online

Last time it was Big Bird. This time it was "binders full of women." | 10/17/12 12:39:40 By - Lindsey Wise

First lady Michelle Obama rallies crowd at UNC

Three weeks before Election Day, first lady Michelle Obama sought to inject a sense of urgency into a crowd of college students Tuesday, telling them the presidential race “could all come down to what happens in a few key states like right here in North Carolina.” | 10/17/12 07:24:34 By - John Frank

Campaigns bombard Florida seniors with 'Mediscare' ads

The attack ads arrive in the mailboxes of Florida voters and pierce the television airwaves with the rapidity of tracer bullets. | 10/17/12 07:04:37 By - Mary Ellen Klas

Obama jumps back into campaign with feisty debate

President Barack Obama leaped back into the presidential campaign Tuesday, aggressively challenging rival Mitt Romney in a tense debate likely to reset the contest as it heads into the final weeks. | 10/16/12 23:37:30 By - By Steven Thomma

Presidential debate: Shouting over the 'facts'

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney traded facts and figures from Medicare to the Middle East on Tuesday night in the second of three presidential debates. | 10/16/12 23:29:50 By - By William Douglas

Complete transcript of the presidential debate

Transcript of the second presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, moderated by Candy Crowley. | 10/16/12 23:04:35 By -

In rematch, Obama and Romney get testy over jobs, energy and immigration

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney aggressively challenged each other Tuesday night in their second debate, with more than 90 minutes of sharp attacks, interrupted answers and testy exchanges over the economy, taxes, immigration and energy. | 10/16/12 23:46:23 By - By David Lightman and Anita Kumar

Wealthy Texans are big spenders in 2012 elections

Texas may not be considered a presidential battleground state, but it's still a leader when it comes to campaign contributions. | 10/16/12 07:22:30 By - Maria Recio

Kentucky miners keeping tabs on coal issues during presidential debates

When Ray Lamb got laid off from his job at an underground coal mine in Harlan County in June, he went from making about $1,000 a week to receiving an unemployment check of $415 a week. | 10/16/12 07:01:28 By - Bill Estep

In debate hot seat: Obama, Romney and Candy Crowley

When President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney walk out Tuesday evening for their second debate, they won’t be the only people in the spotlight. | 10/15/12 18:22:02 By - By Sean Cockerham

Obama vs. Romney: Round Two for presidential debates

President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney face off Tuesday in a “town hall” style debate that has the potential to finally break the race’s stubborn tie as their battle roars into its final, decisive three weeks. | 10/15/12 20:53:27 By - By David Lightman

Polls don't matter, Electoral College does in determining the next president

Just one week.

What a difference it has made in the race for the White House between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. Not long ago, pundits and polls were saying Obama was on the verge of pulling away. | 10/15/12 07:35:18 By - Anna M. Tinsley

Farrakhan chides Obama, rips GOP and Romney in Charlotte

Speaking in Charlotte on Sunday, Louis Farrakhan had this advice for President Barack Obama: Fight. | 10/15/12 07:20:42 By - Michael Gordon

Poll: Obama's lead over Romney with Florida's Hispanic voters tightens

Mitt Romney is closing the gap on President Barack Obama among likely Hispanic Florida voters, a majority of whom say they’re not better off than four years ago, according to a new Florida International University/Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald poll. | 10/15/12 06:58:22 By - Marc Caputo and Patricia Mazzei

Charles Koch relentless in pursuing his goals

Charles Koch's wife says there is much endearingly quaint about the man so many now vilify. Yet even Liz Koch's stories about him show a drive and a relentlessness that sometimes scare her. And she's suffered for some of his decisions that have demonized Charles and David Koch in American popular culture. The family now lives night and day with bodyguards. | 10/14/12 19:00:00 By - By Roy Wenzl and Bill Wilson

The Kochs' quest to save America

The Koch brothers' political spending and the network of conservative political organizations and think tanks they fund have sparked protests, condemnation and criticism. In his most extensive interview in 15 years, Charles Koch, along with his family and friends, talked about why he wants to defeat Obama and elect members of Congress who will stop what he calls catastrophic overspending. | 10/13/12 19:00:00 By - By Bill Wilson and Roy Wenzl

Biden comment on Libya feeds 2nd day of debate

Republicans on Friday seized on a debate remark by Vice President Joe Biden that seemed to contradict the Obama administration’s own position about last month’s fatal attack on U.S. diplomats in Libya. | 10/12/12 18:35:13 By - By Anita Kumar and Lindsay Wise

Obama vs. Romney – everyone’s taxes up in the air

Reflecting their political philosophies, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney take sharply divergent paths when it comes to taxing individuals and corporations. | 10/15/12 00:00:00 By - By Lesley Clark

Biden stirs the Democratic base; Ryan does same for GOP

The 90-minute showdown between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican challenger Paul Ryan may be most remembered for Biden’s grinning, laughing and even mocking his younger opponent. But the more lasting impact was reinforcing how this election is an unusually telling referendum on how people want America governed – and a call to arms for each party’s base. | 10/12/12 16:20:54 By - By David Lightman

Analysis: A feisty, lively VP debate

Vice President Joe Biden and his Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, both gave solid, aggressive performances when they met Thursday night at Centre College for their only debate of the campaign. So who won? Your opinion probably depends on which one you liked better before the 90-minute debate began. | 10/12/12 07:12:16 By - Tom Eblen

Campaigns put VP debate in the spin cycle

Minutes before the debate ended, Centre College students holding placards marched into the room, creating a forest of red and blue. The names were familiar in political circles, Van Hollen, McConnell, Strickland. The media descended, and in a moment, Spin Alley came to life. | 10/12/12 07:08:07 By - Linda B. Blackford

In a blur of facts, VP debate strained the truth

In their first and only debate, Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan verbally wrestled over Medicare, Social Security and abortion. But sometimes it was the truth that got tackled. | 10/11/12 23:27:43 By - By William Douglas and Anita Kumar

Poll: Strong debate helps Mitt Romney move ahead of President Obama by 7 points among Florida voters

Republican Mitt Romney has opened a large, 7 percentage-point lead over President Barack Obama in must-win Florida, according to a new poll of likely voters conducted for The Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald and the Tampa Bay Times. | 10/11/12 19:19:00 By - By Marc Caputo

Fiery Biden-Ryan debate turns personal

Vice President Joe Biden and Republican rival Paul Ryan sparred Thursday in often personal terms that exposed their passions and core beliefs over the role of their faith, families, and deeply held views about the role of government in American life and foreign policy. | 10/11/12 23:14:39 By - By Lesley Clark and Steven Thomma

On eve of VP debate, Ryan says he's not asked Sarah Palin for advice

Paul Ryan -- who will face off against vice president Joe Biden tonight in their only debate of the election -- tells CNN he's fond of the veep -- just not his policies. | 10/11/12 09:50:05 By - Lesley Clark

New polls show Obama maintaining slim lead in most swing states

New polls out Thursday showed that despite what many voters found to be a lackluster debate performance Oct. 3, President Barack Obama has not lost ground in key swing states. | 10/11/12 09:47:38 By - David Lightman

Texas native is Romney campaign's top ad man

After a long and remarkable rise to the top of American advertising, Jim Ferguson was back home in Texas in 2011, running a boutique agency in Dallas and making weekend jaunts to his boyhood home, Hico, population 1,300. His brother and parents were there, and so was the six-man-football festival he helped create, as well as the memories of collecting eggs, working on a turkey farm and hanging out with friends at the Koffee Kup Family Restaurant. | 10/11/12 07:32:02 By - Tim Madigan

Romney tests town-hall format on the stump

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney deviated Wednesday from his usual well-choreographed campaign rally for a flying-without-a-net Oprah-style town hall in which audience members asked questions. The question-and-answer session at the Ariel Corp. manufacturing plant appeared to be a warm-up for next week’s presidential debate between Republican nominee Romney and President Barack Obama. The debate will use a town-hall format with an inquisitor audience. | 10/10/12 19:11:38 By - By William Douglas and Anita Kumar

47 (percent): A prime number in politics and a whole lot else

What’s up with the number 47? It’s been a frequent figure in the presidential campaign. | 10/10/12 18:26:45 By - By Curtis Tate

Obama sharpens attacks on Romney’s credibility, but will it work?

The Obama campaign’s relentless effort to paint Mitt Romney as a dishonest, soulless snob is a risky strategy. | 10/10/12 18:21:18 By - By David Lightman

In VP debate, GOP looks to boost momentum, Dems want to steady the ship

Vice President Joe Biden will take the stage Thursday to debate Rep. Paul Ryan in a matchup that Democrats hope will restore some of the momentum they’ve lost since President Barack Obama’s widely panned performance in last week’s debate. | 10/10/12 17:49:28 By - By Lesley Clark

Political ad slams N.C. state Sen. Goolsby on abortion 'wand' law

Incumbent state Sen. Thom Goolsby’s Democratic opponent in the general election, Deb Butler, has chosen a visually frank political advertisement to kick off her TV campaign against the Republican. As her campaign says, it may be the first ever appearance of a trans-vaginal ultrasound wand in a political ad. | 10/10/12 17:17:37 By - Craig Jarvis

Federal judges uphold South Carolina voter ID law

A federal court Wednesday upheld South Carolina’s voter ID law, overturning its rejection by the U.S. Justice Department. | 10/10/12 17:13:44 By - By James Rosen

Paul Ryan hasn’t delivered Wisconsin to GOP ticket

Miles Tooher, a 65-year-old whose patio furniture business is going under in the conservative Milwaukee suburb of West Allis, thinks Republican Mitt Romney could help turn the economy around if he could win the presidency. | 10/09/12 17:13:53 By - By Sean Cockerham

Tiny Danville, Ky., is ready to host Biden-Ryan VP debate

When it hosted a vice presidential debate in 2000, this city of about 15,500 was the smallest to do so. When Danville hosts the 2012 vice presidential debate Thursday night, the city of about 16,200 still will be the smallest to host the nationally televised event. | 10/09/12 07:09:36 By - Greg Kocher

Obama speaks at dedication of Cesar Chavez monument in California

President Barack Obama on Monday dedicated the nation's newest addition to the National Park system, a 187-acre site where labor leader Cesar Chavez lived the last 22 years of his life and where he is now buried. | 10/08/12 20:39:49 By - By John Ellis

Overheated politics cooks up conspiracy theories

In case you missed it, we learned in just the past week that: the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics cooked the unemployment numbers, Mitt Romney cheated in the debate and the liberal media fixed President Barack Obama’s poll numbers a month before the election. | 10/08/12 21:00:30 By - By Curtis Tate

Obama, Romney offer different paths on Medicare, Social Security

They are two of the largest parts of the federal government. They’re growing. And they’re heading toward financial problems that will touch tens of millions of Americans unless something changes. | 10/08/12 15:49:58 By - By Tony Pugh

Journalist Bernard Shaw says 2000 VP debate was successful because of format

When the 2000 vice presidential debate at Centre College received rave reviews for its civility, it was in no small part due to its moderator, CNN anchor Bernard Shaw. | 10/08/12 13:05:45 By - Greg Kocher

Romney foreign-policy speech takes tough tone but proposes few changes

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney slammed his rival’s international strategy as weak Monday in a speech at Virginia Military Institute. But many of the remarks in his critique didn’t pass the truth test, and despite his tough tone, the foreign-policy positions he outlined hewed close to those already held by President Barack Obama. | 10/08/12 18:38:08 By - By Lindsay Wise and Jonathan S. Landay

UNC students use Romney's Big Bird jab to raise money for charity

As thousands raced to social media to turn Mitt Romney’s Big Bird jab into a political point for their party or candidate, two UNC-Chapel Hill students decided to use it to make money for charity. | 10/08/12 07:28:14 By - Kyle Jahner

Centre College has changed since 2000 Cheney-Lieberman VP debate

Much has changed since the last vice presidential debate at Centre College in 2000 — and much hasn't.

The word terrorism was spoken only once in the Danville meeting between then-former Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and Sen. Joe Lieberman. | 10/08/12 07:12:57 By - Greg Kocher

Running for re-election, Denham trumpets bipartisan credentials – but only so loudly

Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., tries to walk a fine line in a hyper-partisan world. | 10/08/12 06:20:51 By - By Michael Doyle

Romney gets group hug in St. Pete

The defining moment of Mitt Romney's first Florida appearance after his consensus triumph in the first presidential debate was, perhaps, not something he said in his upbeat 25-minute speech, but the reaction of the crowd of 5,500, plus about 2,000 standing outside the barriers at St. Petersburg's Pier Park. | 10/06/12 10:22:31 By - Richard Dymond

For the first time in decades, California House races are hot

Millions of dollars in campaign cash are pouring into California this year, but the ubiquitous television ads they’re funding aren’t for the presidential race; the hot ticket is the House of Representatives. | 10/05/12 18:05:03 By - By Curtis Tate

Conservatives finally embracing Mitt Romney

For months, staunch conservatives repeated the same mantra: We’ll vote for Mitt Romney, but we’re not crazy about him. That’s all changed. Thanks to his aggressive performance in Wednesday’s debate, and tough rhetoric Thursday and Friday, the conservative world is embracing a new hero. | 10/05/12 14:55:47 By - By David Lightman

Akin revises financial disclosure form to include state pension payments

Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin on Thursday faced new questions about why he repeatedly failed to disclose federal financial reports of state pension income that now totals nearly $130,000. | 10/05/12 12:38:04 By - Steve Kraske

Millions flowing from outside PACs into Illinois local congressional campaigns

If Jason Plummer, the GOP nominee for the 12th Congressional District seat, wins next month, he might have gambling mogul Sheldon Adelson to thank.

Adelson, the billionaire owner of the Las Vegas Sands casino and many other resort venues, and his wife, Miriam, are the primary nonparty donors for campaign ads. | 10/05/12 12:16:05 By - Mike Fitzgerald

Moderator Martha Raddatz must establish control in VP debate, experts say

There was clear consensus on the day after the first presidential debate that the format fell apart, with moderator Jim Lehrer allowing the candidates to generally ignore the rules and his efforts to steer the conversation. | 10/05/12 07:07:20 By - Linda B. Blackford

Poll: Florida's Hispanic voters back Obama 61-31 over Romney

Hispanic voters in Florida heavily favor President Obama, strongly back his immigration positions and are highly enthusiastic about voting, according to a new poll released Thursday. | 10/05/12 07:00:36 By - Marc Caputo

Romney says 47 percent remark was 'completely wrong'

Mitt Romney Thursday said he controversial remark about the 47 percent who are “victims” was “completely wrong.” | 10/05/12 06:34:07 By - David Lightman

Obama debate stumble might stem from life in bubble

He doesn’t face tough questions from the press very often. He rarely jousts with congressional Democrats, let alone his Republican critics. | 10/04/12 18:45:49 By - By Lesley Clark

Mitt Romney finds his way to ‘Sesame Street,’ but they’re not happy to see him

Republican nominee Mitt Romney triggered a social media firestorm at his initial face-off Wednesday night with President Barack Obama. | 10/04/12 18:45:33 By - By Maria Recio

Both candidates’ tax plans would require some sacrifice

President Barack Obama and his rival Mitt Romney spent a good part of their first debate arguing about the effects of their tax plans on the nation’s gaping deficits. It made for good political theater, but neither man was completely honest about the sacrifices that will be asked of the American public. | 10/04/12 18:29:37 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Romney basks in glow of debate win, Obama looks for comeback

Republican Mitt Romney sought Thursday to use his superior performance at the first presidential debate as a springboard to build momentum for his once beleaguered campaign. | 10/04/12 21:03:51 By - By Anita Kumar, William Douglas and Sean Cockerham

Mitt Romney’s debate performance changes the game

It’s a new race for the White House. Mitt Romney changed it with his aggressive, confident performance in Wednesday’s Denver debate, erasing the specter of doom that had dogged his campaign. | 10/04/12 16:39:17 By - By David Lightman

Todd Akin's abortion provider comment boosts McCaskill in polls

Two new polls Wednesday showed Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill leading Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Akin by six points as Akin faced a new round of questions about four-year-old comments about abortion providers. In a 2008 speech on the House floor, Akin linked abortion providers to terrorists and suggested it was a “common practice” for those providers to give “abortions to women who are not actually pregnant.” | 10/04/12 07:24:22 By - Steve Kraske

Analysis: Romney relaxed, Obama out-of-sync in first debate

The presidential debate hyped as an exercise in meticulously planned zingers had little zing. And President Obama was doubly zinger-less Wednesday night in Denver. | 10/04/12 07:08:25 By - Marc Caputo

Debate shows off facts and figures, but not all of them exactly correct

As President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney rhetorically sparred in Wednesday night’s televised debate, both candidates exhibited a propensity toward misstatements, falsehoods, and exaggerations. | 10/03/12 23:22:28 By - By William Douglas and Lesley Clark

Obama and Romney clash over economy, taxes, health care

With the presidency hanging in the balance, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney clashed sharply Wednesday in their first debate, trying to convince voters they’re uniquely qualified to lead the country to full recovery from the worst economic downturn since the 1930s. | 10/03/12 23:10:54 By - By David Lightman and Anita Kumar

Records: California GOP’s Maldonado raised thousands on day of party family firm deducted from federal taxes

California Republican congressional candidate Abel Maldonado Jr. raised $35,500 for a state re-election race on the same day as a party in his honor that his family’s business later claimed as a business expense on its federal income tax return, state election finance records show. | 10/03/12 16:56:05 By - By Jonathan S. Landay

First-time voters concerned about student debt, getting jobs after graduation

Gone is the cool factor that came with Barack Obama's "hope and change" campaign in 2008, which sent young voters to the polls in huge numbers. | 10/03/12 15:50:02 By - Diane Smith

Strategic Allied Consulting knew of voter registration problems earlier than reported

Nathan Sproul was hardly unknown when his firm, Strategic Allied Consulting, was hired over the summer to register voters for the Republican Party. In 2004, employees with his previous firms were accused of a wide assortment of infractions: destroying voter registration forms of Democrats, duping college students into registering as Republicans, refusing to register Democrats or independents. Nevada, Oregon and Arizona opened investigations but closed them without charging anyone. | 10/03/12 07:09:43 By - Michael Van Sickler

Preserving Medicare is a main concern for some California voters

Bill Schuman, a semiretired 67-year-old management consultant who is active in the Republican Club at Sun City Lincoln Hills, is concerned that the Medicare coverage that he and his wife, Beth, automatically began receiving at age 65 won't be there when his grown children reach retirement age. | 10/03/12 07:02:18 By - Anita Creamer

Biden: Middle class ‘buried’ during Obama-Biden years

Vice President Joe Biden, no stranger to gaffes, said Tuesday at a campaign event in Charlotte, N.C., that the middle class has “been buried the last four years.” | 10/02/12 19:50:11 By - By Lesley Clark

Romneys likely gained from complex offshore deals, tax experts say

Mitt Romney’s former private equity firm used a half-dozen companies and partnerships in the tax havens of Luxembourg, Ireland and the Grand Caymans four years ago to channel $689 million in loans to a U.S. company that it co-owned. | 10/02/12 20:20:14 By - By Greg Gordon

Economy to dominate crucial first debate for Obama, Romney

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney – who has struggled to find momentum – will offer voters two starkly different prescriptions for fixing the ailing economy as they duel Wednesday in their first and perhaps most critical debate. | 10/02/12 18:01:15 By - By David Lightman and Anita Kumar

Republicans likely to keep control of U.S. House

Democrats need to gain 25 seats this year to regain control of the House of Representatives from the Republicans. The prospects are dim. | 10/02/12 14:57:12 By - By David Lightman and William Douglas

Offshore drilling in Atlantic Ocean likely under Obama, Romney policies

After decades of inactivity, drilling off North Carolina’s coast seems more likely than at any time since state authorities blocked an effort by Mobil Oil to drill off the coast of Hatteras in 1990. | 10/02/12 07:24:26 By - John Murawski

Ohio’s auto jobs may help Obama keep his

The road to the White House winds through every corner of Ohio – past the coal mines in the south, the insurance companies in the cities and the dairy farms that dot the countryside. | 10/01/12 17:57:28 By - By Anita Kumar and William Douglas

Aging Supreme Court justices may open seats for next president

Senior citizens dominate the Supreme Court. Some will leave in the next four years, and this year’s election for president will determine who’ll fill any vacancies on the court, President Barack Obama or President Mitt Romney. Whichever party is in charge, a vacancy in the next presidential term seems a foregone conclusion, perhaps more than one. | 10/01/12 15:17:09 By - By Michael Doyle

S.C. has $15 billion-a-year stake in military, defense debate

The military could be in the crosshairs after the November election with the president – whether it is Democrat Barack Obama or Republican Mitt Romney – having to trim the nation’s $1 trillion-plus budget deficit. | 10/01/12 13:07:26 By - Andrew Shain

North Carolina to investigate firm registering GOP voters

A company hired by the North Carolina GOP to register voters is under review by state election officials after the firm was accused of submitting questionable registration forms in Florida. The state GOP has fired the firm and the state may decide this week whether to launch a full investigation. | 10/01/12 07:26:52 By - Elisabeth Arriero

Cost of VP debate at Kentucky college estimated at $3.3 million

Hosting the Oct. 11 vice presidential debate at Centre College could cost about $3.3 million, though the college's students and the public aren't expected to pay most of it. | 10/01/12 07:12:10 By - John Cheves

Intelligence office says it got Libya attack wrong, not White House

Extremists from groups linked to al Qaida struck the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in a “deliberate and organized terrorist attack,” the top U.S. intelligence agency said Friday, as it took responsibility for the Obama administration’s initial claims that the deadly assault grew from a spontaneous protest against an anti-Islam video. | 09/28/12 19:22:50 By - By Jonathan S. Landay and Lesley Clark

Romney facing critical moment at debate

With his fortunes in several battleground states fading, Mitt Romney will step onto the stage Wednesday night to debate President Barack Obama in what could be one of his last opportunities to change the dynamics of the 2012 election. | 09/28/12 17:50:57 By - By Lesley Clark and David Lightman

As Election Day looms, voter ID law critics seek out the unregistered

As legal challenges to voter identification laws slowly wind their way through the courts, opponents of the controversial measures aren’t just sitting around waiting for judicial relief. | 10/01/12 00:00:00 By - By Tony Pugh

Obama claim of cutting spending is not right

THROW THE FLAG ON: President Barack Obama. | 09/28/12 15:38:24 By - By David Lightman

Akin dismisses controversy over 'ladylike' remark

U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin today in Kansas City dismissed the controversy over his use of the word "ladylike" to describe his opponent, Claire McCaskill, as much ado about nothing. | 09/28/12 15:38:45 By - Steve Kraske

Libertarian presidential candidate Johnson backs Florida's medical marijuana initiative

Gary Johnson, whose Libertarian presidential bid has already spooked Republicans, might get a few Democratic voters as well thanks to his support for a sleeper issue in Florida: medical marijuana. | 09/28/12 07:02:58 By - Marc Caputo

Arab Americans show tepid support for Obama, poll finds

While more than half of the 1.6 million Arab Americans expected to vote in November plan to back President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, support among them for the president has dropped 15 percentage points in the past four years. | 09/28/12 06:24:00 By - By Franco Ordonez

Republicans fire firm accused of voter registration fraud

The Republican National Committee on Thursday fired a firm it had hired to register voters in several battleground states after allegations of voter registration fraud. | 09/27/12 19:56:16 By - By Franco Ordonez

Obama, Romney take different tacks on jobs

Perhaps the most important thing President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney can do to win the job of president for the next four years it to show they can help other Americans find a job. | 09/27/12 14:15:27 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Todd Akin confident he’ll prevail over Claire McCaskill in Missouri

More than a month after his comments about “legitimate rape” nearly derailed his campaign for U.S. Senate, Republican Todd Akin said Thursday that it has become clear to him that he will triumph over Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill this fall. | 09/27/12 12:53:25 By - Jason Hancock

Crucial state of Ohio may be slipping away from Mitt Romney

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney barnstormed Ohio on Wednesday amid signs that the battleground state – and perhaps other key battlegrounds as well – is slipping farther from his grasp. | 09/26/12 19:45:29 By - By Anita Kumar and William Douglas

GOP throws support to Todd Akin after withdrawal deadline passes

Republicans in Missouri and across the country started moving back toward supporting Todd Akin's Senate bid as the candidate declared yet again Tuesday that he was still in the race. | 09/26/12 07:08:57 By - Steve Kraske

Obama, Mitt Romney focus on foreign policy in New York

With the United Nations as a backdrop, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney engaged in a de facto debate on foreign policy Tuesday, with Obama defending his record in the turbulent Middle East and Romney vowing to act more decisively in the interests of the U.S. and its allies, particularly Israel. | 09/25/12 18:56:32 By - By Lesley Clark and David Lightman

Senate is a tossup as GOP hopes of a takeover fade

The presidential race isn’t the only unpredictable war for control of Washington this year. Keep an eye on the U.S. Senate. | 09/25/12 15:36:52 By - By David Lightman

S.C. Gov. Haley stumps for Romney in N.C.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley had a simple message Monday for undecided North Carolina women: Jobs and the economy should trump social issues when it comes to deciding the next president. | 09/25/12 07:23:17 By - Rob Christensen

Judges tough on both sides in South Carolina voter-ID case

Federal judges grilled attorneys Monday over South Carolina’s controversial voter-ID law, which opponents said would disenfranchise thousands of minorities but supporters said would have ample protection against discrimination at the polls. | 09/24/12 18:46:33 By - By James Rosen

Obama heads to UN, skipping meetings with foreign leaders

White House officials said Obama would use the speech before the world body to denounce the violence that led to the deaths of four Americans in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, as well as to underscore that the U.S. is united with Israel when it comes to ensuring that Iran not be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon. | 09/24/12 18:05:02 By - By Lesley Clark

South Carolina's voter ID case could close with legal fireworks

Closing arguments Monday about South Carolina’s voter ID law will cap an extraordinary case that already has seen charges of racism directed at the law’s author as well as federal judges’ open frustration over state officials’ changing stances on how they would enact the law. | 09/24/12 11:07:19 By - James Rosen

Voter ID fights continue in presidential battleground states

Six weeks before Election Day, states across the country are still wrestling over new voting laws.

• In Pennsylvania, the state Supreme Court has thrown a tough new voter ID law back to a lower court.

• In Wisconsin, two state courts have blocked a similar law. | 09/24/12 07:22:13 By - Jim Morrill

Guantanamo isn't a campaign issue in 2012

In 2007, Mitt Romney set himself apart from the pack of presidential candidates by staking out an extreme position on the prison camps at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. He said he wanted to “grow them” at a time when both Barack Obama and John McCain were advocating closure to improve America’s standing in the world. | 09/24/12 07:08:18 By - Carol Rosenberg

Romney tries to cut into Obama’s lead among Latinos

Mitt Romney appears to be banking this week on Latinos having short-term memories – unveiling a softer tone on immigration during the Republican presidential candidate’s strongest push yet to cut into President Barack Obama’s commanding lead for the Latino vote. | 09/21/12 18:43:28 By - By Franco Ordonez

Romney looks to this week’s bus trip to re-spark campaign

The presidential campaign hits the road this week, with the stakes particularly high for Mitt Romney as he strives to firm up his image before debates take over the following week. | 09/21/12 17:06:49 By - By David Lightman

Libertarian presidential candidate Johnson asks voters to 'waste their vote' on him

A quick glance at Gary Johnson during his visit Thursday to Duke University was enough to realize the Libertarian candidate for president is no Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. | 09/21/12 07:27:21 By - Austin Baird

President Obama grilled on immigration reform during Univision appearance

President Barack Obama is handily winning the Hispanic vote, but his hour-long Gran Encuentro on the Spanish-language network Univision was anything but easy. | 09/21/12 07:05:16 By - Marc Caputo and Patricia Mazzei

Unscripted moments wound Mitt Romney, but may not be fatal

Unscripted moments matter in presidential campaigns, and a week’s worth of foreign policy controversy and leaked videos has wounded Mitt Romney. | 09/20/12 18:15:48 By - By David Lightman

Nearing end of term, Obama’s snared no big Wall Street fish

Running for re-election, President Barack Obama frequently blames Wall Street and the deep financial crisis it caused for the underperforming economy. He doesn’t advertise that no major honcho of finance has been jailed under his watch for the mess, however. | 09/20/12 17:19:35 By - By Kevin G. Hall McClatchy Newspapers

Michelle Obama spending a lot of time on campaign trail

When First Lady Michelle Obama takes the podium, she is many things – character witness for her husband, defender of the anemic economic recovery, and exhorter-in-chief for the Democratic faithful. Which is why Michelle Obama has become one of the most traveled political spouses in recent memory. | 09/20/12 07:23:20 By - Rob Christensen

Campaigns' debate of redistribution of wealth fuels parties' biggest divide

Mitt Romney moved Wednesday to broaden the presidential campaign into a debate over the redistribution of wealth from one group to another, a move aided by the release of a recording of a young Barack Obama supporting that goal. | 09/19/12 19:06:46 By - By Steven Thomma

Many in GOP voted for forced budget cuts before being against them

Republican congressional leaders are backing away from a trigger system of forced spending cuts that they hailed 13 months ago as a herald of fiscal discipline and for which GOP lawmakers voted by large margins. | 09/19/12 16:11:32 By - By James Rosen

Mitt Romney goes to Texas to raise cash

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney traveled to Texas on a fundraising mission Tuesday, the same day he was confronted with one of his biggest controversies since he won the nomination last month. | 09/19/12 07:38:28 By - Anna M. Tinsley

Romney's 47% remark sparks debate

Republicans and Democrats argued bitterly Tuesday over Mitt Romney's assertion that nearly half of all Americans will vote for President Barack Obama "no matter what" because of their reliance on government. | 09/19/12 07:29:33 By - Dave Helling

Kentucky residents who rely on federal aid expected to vote for Romney

When Mitt Romney told well-heeled donors that 47 percent of Americans don't pay federal income taxes, depend on government assistance and won't vote for him, he was flat wrong when it comes to Kentucky, several observers said Tuesday. | 09/19/12 07:17:22 By - Bill Estep

Poll: Obama widens lead over Romney in California

Bolstered by a bounce from his party's convention and perhaps more confidence in the nation's direction, President Barack Obama has extended his lead over Mitt Romney in California, according to a new poll. | 09/19/12 07:00:01 By - Dan Smith

Mitt Romney on tape: Palestinians don’t want peace

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney dismissed the prospects for an independent Palestinian state coexisting with Israel – a decades-old bipartisan U.S. goal – in a secretly recorded meeting last spring with campaign donors. | 09/18/12 19:01:16 By - By William Douglas and David Lightman

Leaked videos put Romney campaign on the defensive

On a day when Mitt Romney's presidential campaign vowed that he'd provide more specifics on his policies and positions, the campaign found itself responding to some potentially damaging specifics that Romney uttered at a closed-door fundraiser. | 09/18/12 16:33:00 By - William Douglas

Mitt Romney tweaks his campaign to provide more details

Amid complaints that he’s failing to show Americans why they should elect him, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign hit the reset button Monday, declaring that the Republican candidate will give more specifics on his proposals in the weeks leading to November’s election. | 09/17/12 18:29:44 By - By William Douglas

Mitt Romney and Obama embrace coal industry

Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama have wholeheartedly embraced coal on the campaign trail, despite past statements from Romney and Vice President Joe Biden that pollution from coal-fired power plants kills people. | 09/17/12 14:52:00 By - By Sean Cockerham

Barrage of poll numbers creates confusion in presidential race

According to recent North Carolina polls, Republican Mitt Romney is: Winning 30 percent of the African-American vote in opening up a 10-point lead over President Barack Obama; Getting just 8 percent of the black vote and trailing Obama; Leading Obama by a whopping 18 percentage points. Or not.

They’re all part of the barrage of poll numbers – some accurate, some not – that are attempting to keep score on the 2012 election. They’re as much a part of modern politics as TV ads and bumper stickers. | 09/17/12 07:24:11 By - Jim Morrill

Paul Ryan tosses red meat to eager conservative crowd

Paul Ryan gave a cheering, on-its-feet crowd the kind of passionate political oratory it craved Friday as he branded President Barack Obama a weak, failed leader “skilled at striking heroic poses against imaginary adversaries.” | 09/14/12 18:03:24 By - By David Lightman

Anti-Obama film a box office hit, but critics question its claims

Away from the frontlines of political theater, an under-the-radar, controversial documentary on President Barack Obama, “2016: Obama’s America,” has over the last eight weeks quietly surged into the top 10 box office and become the second highest grossing political documentary ever. | 09/14/12 17:20:19 By - By Maria Recio

As climate change crisis looms, presidential campaigns stay quiet

It was just six words, but when President Barack Obama gave a shout-out to global warming in his acceptance speech this month, he reintroduced an issue that had all but disappeared from the political debate. | 09/17/12 00:00:00 By - By Erika Bolstad

President Obama's ballot eligibility explored by Kansas group

Kansas has added a little suspense to the 2012 presidential race.

Is President Barack Obama a natural-born citizen? Can he be on the Kansas ballot Nov. 6? | 09/14/12 07:18:12 By - Brad Cooper

Romney attacks Obama foreign policy but mutes embassy criticism

Mitt Romney dialed back his sharp criticism of President Barack Obama’s handling of the crisis in the Middle East on Thursday, even as he widened his attack on Obama’s stewardship of foreign policy. | 09/13/12 19:31:53 By - By William Douglas and Lesley Clark

Obama-Romney: It ain’t over till it’s over

President Barack Obama is ahead of Mitt Romney with seven weeks to go. But the political environment in 2012 is unlike any in years, making the election’s outcome impossible to predict. | 09/14/12 12:53:30 By - By David Lightman

Hispanic Dems upset about DNC contract that went to Republican leader

Some Hispanic Democrats are angry that one of the few major contracts for minority businesses at the Democratic National Convention went to a leader of North Carolina’s Republican Party. | 09/13/12 17:40:44 By - By Franco Ordonez

Romney blasts at Obama signal a new kind of campaign

Mitt Romney’s stinging blasts at President Barack Obama in the wake of attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts in Libya and Egypt was a vivid illustration of how much American politics has changed. | 09/12/12 18:16:15 By - By David Lightman

Obama, Romney campaigns say they're in North Carolina to stay

After spending $56 million on a TV advertising barrage unprecedented in North Carolina political history, the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are preparing for a two-month sprint for the state’s 15 electoral votes. | 09/12/12 07:26:50 By - Rob Christensen

9/11 marks a break from partisan politics

Tuesday is probably the only day between now and Election Day when politics gets nonpartisan and quiet. To commemorate the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, members of Congress will hold a remembrance ceremony at the Capitol later this morning. Presidential candidates are reportedly running no negative ads. | 09/11/12 10:52:15 By - David Lightman

Obama campaign says it isn't leaving North Carolina

Democrats on Monday dismissed a suggestion by the top pollster for Republican Mitt Romney that President Barack Obama’s campaign is “laying the groundwork for a stealth withdrawal” from North Carolina. | 09/11/12 07:10:35 By - Jim Morrill

Christian believers called on to vote with faith

In front of hundreds of people in uptown Charlotte and thousands across the country, Christian leaders called on believers Sunday night to “pray, prepare and participate” in November’s presidential election. “iPledge Sunday: A Call to Faith, Family and Freedom” asked voters to take a political stand and elect into office those who believe in the same Christian values. | 09/10/12 14:10:54 By - Gavin Off

In tight presidential race, third party candidates could play spoilers

Note to Mitt Romney and Barack Obama: Don't forget about 2000. That was a year that a third-party candidate made a difference in a presidential election, when Ralph Nader drew nearly 3 million votes and helped tip the race toward then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush and away from Democratic Vice President Al Gore. | 09/10/12 07:31:50 By - Anna M. Tinsley

Obama, Romney to focus on swing state Florida

So goes life in a swing state. President Barack Obama — buoyed by higher poll-numbers after his Democratic party’s convention — journeyed to Florida for a two-day swing, bouncing from Tampa Bay to Central Florida on Saturday, and then the Space Coast and West Palm Beach on Sunday. | 09/10/12 07:10:22 By - Marc Caputo and Patricia Mazzei

Obama launches Florida bus tour

President Barack Obama kicked off a bus tour in battleground Florida Saturday, urging voters to back his plan for economic recovery and reject Republican proposals that he said would give tax breaks to the wealthy, gut retiree benefits and put oil rigs offshore. | 09/08/12 16:26:14 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama, Romney open post-convention campaign with barbs

Their conventions behind them, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney bore down Friday on the drive to November, trading barbs from key swing states on a day when a disappointing new jobs report underscored the economic anxiety that punctuates the election. | 09/07/12 17:46:20 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

The fall brawl begins in 10 battleground states

Get ready for an all-out brawl in 10 too-close-to-call battleground states as President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney begin a two-month sprint to Election Day. | 09/07/12 18:19:26 By - By David Lightman

Fact Check: Bill Clinton's 'jobs score' of parties claim rings true

Former president Bill Clinton delivered a 48-minute defense of President Barack Obama during his speech Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention. The address was packed with facts and figures, as well as political claims and arguments. | 09/07/12 07:30:47 By - Dave Helling

DAVE BARRY: Message from the conventions? We're all toilet bound

After many standing ovations and much shouting of "whoo," the Democrats have wrapped up their convention and are heading home, except for Bill Clinton, who is expected to conclude his remarks sometime around Halloween. | 09/07/12 07:01:07 By - Dave Barry

Leonard Pitts Jr.: At the DNC, a nun's wisdom speaks volumes

Let’s talk about the other speech.

Yes, Bill Clinton delivered a 48-minute stemwinder to the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night that was so mesmerizing even Republicans praised it. But after the huzzahs for Clinton fade, save a little nod of affirmation for Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, a Roman Catholic social justice group. She did not speak long — about seven minutes. Her delivery was not particularly powerful. But with the moral authority of her calling, she did something that has sorely needed doing for some weeks now. | 09/07/12 06:55:18 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.

Former Fla. Gov. Crist says Romney, Ryan 'aren't up to the task'

The biggest Florida speaker at the Democratic National Convention wasn’t a Democrat. Yet. After former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist’s speech Thursday night, it’s only a matter of time before he officially joins the party’s ranks in a slow march to running for governor in two years. | 09/07/12 06:49:37 By - Marc Caputo

Full text of Joe Biden's speech at the Democratic National Convention

The full remarks of Vice President Joe Biden at the Democratic National Convention, as prepared for delivery. | 09/06/12 21:42:31 By -

Obama asks for re-election with plea to reignite hope

With his presidency on the line, President Barack Obama on Thursday asked for more time from voters, acknowledging that despite his lofty goals of hope and change, the economy is going to take years to recover. | 09/06/12 23:40:52 By - By Lesley Clark and Anita Kumar

Political conventions end with the truth a casualty

Get ready for 60 more days of half-truths, misstatements, overstatements and sometimes flat-out fibs leading to Election Day. In a back-to-back preview of what’s to come, Democrats stretched the truth at their national convention in Charlotte this week, just as Republicans did at their gathering last week in Tampa, Fla. | 09/06/12 18:56:24 By - By William Douglas and David Lightman

Full text of President Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention

President Obama's remarks at the Democratic National Convention, as prepared for delivery. | 09/06/12 18:32:05 By -

Presidential campaign offers sharpest choice since the 1960s

The 2012 presidential election’s battle lines are now sharper and the choices more vivid than at any time since at least the mid-1960s. Voters will not only select Mitt Romney or Barack Obama, they’ll send a message about the role of government that could reverberate and reshape how people pay taxes, get help when times are tough and manage their health care. | 09/06/12 23:30:45 By - By David Lightman

Looking for Larry Kissell, N.C. Democrat

It was after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday when I pulled up to the small country restaurant with a nine-foot rooster out front. An unhinged semi-trailer sat in the gravel lot. I peered into the window hoping to see perhaps the most elusive Democrat in North Carolina – U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell. | 09/06/12 12:04:44 By - Franco Ordonez

Texas Democrats hope Julian Castro can turn the state blue

LuAnne Leonard hopes the nation is getting a new impression of Texas. For so long, she said, Republican Gov. Rick Perry has been the face of the state, especially during his failed presidential bid that ended early this year. | 09/06/12 07:31:54 By - Anna M. Tinsley

Is Charlotte's DNC the last big convention?

Conventions that once picked presidents have become little more than infomercials, drained of drama and spontaneity along with their original purpose. And they’re expensive. | 09/06/12 07:16:51 By - By Jim Morrill and Tim Funk

Full text of Bill Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention

The full text of Bill Clinton's speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, as prepared for delivery. | 09/05/12 23:07:45 By -

Clinton enthusiastically tells nation it needs Obama

Barack Obama shared center stage at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night with Bill Clinton, an enormously popular predecessor who delivered a powerful endorsement of the president’s record, telling an overflow crowd that he had no doubt Obama could turn the troubled economy around if given a second term. | 09/06/12 00:00:18 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

Democrats have problems with white working class

The Democratic Party’s 2012 convention may be energizing women and minorities, but it may not help them with the white working class. | 09/05/12 17:56:29 By - By David Lightman and William Douglas

Is Obama still a great communicator?

Barack Obama’s soaring 2004 keynote address to the Democratic National Convention sparked speculation about whether he might run for president himself someday. As a candidate in 2008, his speeches brought millions to their feet – and to the polls. | 09/05/12 17:40:36 By - By Lesley Clark

After furor, Democrats change platform position on Israel

In damage control, the Democratic Party abruptly reversed course Wednesday and reinstated language to the party's platform asserting that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. The party also reinstated the word "God" in the platform. | 09/05/12 17:34:22 By - Erika Bolstad and Marc Caputo

Traffic jammin’ officers a hit at DNC

A handful of Clayton County Sheriff’s Office employees are creating quite a reputation for themselves while directing traffic in uptown this week. | 09/05/12 15:53:48 By - By Lukas Johnson

Hillary Clinton? Biden? Speculation starts for ’16 campaign

Most Democrats tell you it’s too soon to start talking about it. Their focus, they say, has to be entirely on re-electing President Barack Obama. | 09/05/12 13:19:08 By - By Erika Bolstad

Kansas Democratic conventioneer dismisses conservative outrage over Hitler comment

A comment by a Democratic National Convention delegate from Wichita likening Republican justification of voter ID to Hitler’s “Big Lie” strategy rolled through the right-wing blogosphere Tuesday, generating outrage from conservatives across the nation. Contacted at the convention in Charlotte, delegate Pat Lehman said she stands by her comment that Republicans are using a Big Lie technique to sell voter identification, which she called a set of “Jim Crow” laws designed to suppress voting, especially among constituencies that generally favor Democrats. The comment was published in Tuesday’s Wichita Eagle and on Kansas.com. | 09/05/12 13:17:08 By - Dion Lefler

Democrats move Obama's convention speech due to rain forecast

The Democratic National Convention announced Wednesday that President Obama's speech Thursday will be moved to a smaller, covered arena because it is expected to rain in Charlotte that day. | 09/05/12 11:08:25 By - Anita Kumar

Democrats work to fire up Latino base

When San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro walked onto the stage Tuesday night and shared the story of his grandmother coming from Mexico to build a life in the United States, Democrats were counting on him to energize the party’s base and electrify Latino voters who could be decisive in the November election. | 09/05/12 07:31:45 By - Franco Ordoñez

Missouri Democrats say McCaskill, Akin Senate race is still close

More than two weeks after Republican Todd Akin stunned Missouri with his comments about rape victims, Democrats are convinced that the Senate race remains so intensely competitive that Claire McCaskill could lose in November. | 09/05/12 07:21:59 By - Steve Kraske and Dave Helling

DNC role for ex-Republican Gov. Charlie Crist upsets some Fla. Democrats

To President Barack Obama’s reelection team, former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist’s high-profile speaking role at the Democratic National Convention is a coup. But to many longtime Florida Democrats, it’s revolting. | 09/05/12 07:06:43 By - Marc Caputo

Michelle Obama: 'We must work like never before'

First lady Michelle Obama headlined the opening Tuesday of the Democratic National Convention, an emotion-charged finale to an opening act designed to build enthusiasm among women and minorities whose votes are critical to re-electing her husband. | 09/04/12 23:13:24 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

Democrats turn left on social issues, widening chasm with GOP

Democrats staked out unmistakably liberal positions on some of the nation’s most volatile social issues Tuesday, notably abortion and gay marriage, planting the party as firmly on the political left as Republicans are on the political right. | 09/04/12 18:56:15 By - By David Lightman and William Douglas

On Labor Day, workers want politicians to know the only word that matters: ‘job’

Politicians the next few days in Charlotte, 23 miles from the kitchen at Jackson’s Cafeteria, will talk endlessly about the economy. The party will be different, but it will sound just like Republicans a week before in Florida. Nobody mentioned any of those politicians or policy advisors or bureaucrats on Sunday, the day before Labor Day, at Jackson’s Cafeteria in Rock Hill. Because the real world that people live in, the workers and even the small business owner, has nothing to do with these politicians who talk about working people but see right past them. | 09/04/12 17:20:22 By - Andrew Dys

Today’s Democrats see major roles for government

President Bill Clinton may have said the era of big government was over in the 1990s. But as their party meets this week for their national convention, Democrats around the country define themselves differently on the role of the government, the key issue in the coming election. | 09/04/12 14:49:22 By - By James Rosen

If re-elected, Obama might face second-term jinx

Barack Obama might want to think twice before accepting his party’s nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Should he win re-election, the thrill of victory could give way the “Second-Term Jinx.” | 09/04/12 13:18:02 By - By Franco Ordonez

Ryan goes on attack against Obama in North Carolina

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan arrived in North Carolina Monday to offer an early rebuttal to the full-throated support for Barack Obama that Democrats are expected to offer up this week in Charlotte. | 09/04/12 07:27:46 By -

Wasserman Schultz says she has developed 'alligator skin' as DNC chair

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz stopped by Tampa last week while Republicans were holding their convention. How could she resist? | 09/04/12 06:36:10 By - Erika Bolstad

Gallup: GOP convention had 'minimal impact' on voter attitudes

No discernable convention bounce for the Republicans. That's the analysis from Gallup."Last week's Republican National Convention had a minimal impact on Americans' self-reported voting intentions, with just about as many saying the convention made them less likely to vote for Mitt Romney as say it made them more likely to vote for him," the pollster reported Monday. | 09/03/12 12:15:30 By - David Lightman

Obama’s 2nd-term agenda: Global warming, immigration, taxes

President Barack Obama says his Republican challenger has the “wrong vision” for the country. So what’s his? | 09/04/12 00:00:00 By - By Lesley Clark

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