2012 Presidential Election

2012 Presidential Election
3:36 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

¡Todos a Votar! Latino Voter Tour Underway

The ¡Todos a Votar! campaign will travel across the country to educate and register Latino voters.
Todos a Votar

A tour to inform and register Latino voters throughout the country kicks off tonight.

The ¡Todos a Votar! (“Let’s Vote!”) tour will travel through California, Nevada, Arizona, Florida and  Colorado, before winding its way to Texas. The group will be in Houston in mid-September but has plans to visit more Texas cities.

Tonight the campaign’s first event, a Twitter town hall with the hashtag #voto12, will allow users to chat online about issues effecting Latino voters.

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2012 Presidential Election
1:06 pm
Sun July 15, 2012

Mitt Romney, Urban Outfitters and the Politics of Cool

A Mitt Romney/KISS-themed T-shirt at the Urban Outfitters website. The shirt is no longer available.
urbanoutfitters.com

Originally published on Mon July 16, 2012 12:49 pm

UPDATE: This blog post was updated on July 16 to include that NPR also sells shirts through Urban outfitters.


It's not difficult to find an Urban Outfitters store these days, but it's understandable that if you don't have a 16-year-old daughter, a penchant for owl-shaped drawer pulls or a belief that you look great in scarves, you may never set foot in one.

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2012 Presidential Election
8:51 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Three Crucial Years Propel Romney's Business Career Back to Center Stage

Thomas Monaghan (left), founder and chairman of Domino's Pizza, signs an agreement to sell a "significant portion" of his stake in the company to Mitt Romney's Bain Capital, in 1998. Romney, then Bain's CEO, maintains that he left the firm the following year.
Scott Gries AP

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 3:00 pm

Three years might not seem like a big deal when looking back over Mitt Romney's two-decade career with Bain Capital.

But a growing number of journalists — and the Obama campaign — think it is.

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2012 Presidential Election
3:06 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Biden Says It, So Obama Doesn't Have To

Vice President Biden addresses the NAACP annual convention Thursday in Houston.
Pat Sullivan AP

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 3:31 pm

President Obama may have disappointed the NAACP by appearing only via brief video message Thursday at the civil rights group's annual gathering — especially after Mitt Romney had personally taken the stage a day earlier.

But sending in Vice President Biden to stir things up, just 24 hours after Romney was booed while delivering a conservative message meant to resonate beyond the walls of the Houston convention center, seemed to work out just fine for Obama.

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2012 Presidential Election
11:44 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Romney To NAACP: If You Knew My Heart, I Would Get Your Vote

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during his address to the NAACP's annual convention this morning in Houston.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 10:53 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People this morning that his policies would be good for all Americans and that those of President Obama have not helped the nation's poorest people.

And, he told delegates to the NAACP's annual convention in Houston, "if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of African-American families, you would vote for me for president."

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2012 Presidential Election
4:44 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Obama Touts Auto Bailout in Ohio Tour

President Obama at a campaign event at the Wolcott House Museum Complex in Maumee, Ohio.
Kevin Lamarque Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 7:02 pm

President Obama began a two-day bus tour of swing states Ohio and Pennsylvania on Thursday and spent part of the time campaigning on his bailout of U.S. automakers.

"My experience has been in saving the American auto industry. And as long as I'm president that's what I'm going to be doing, waking up every single day thinking about how we can create more jobs for your families," Obama said at a rally in Maumee, Ohio.

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2012 Presidential Election
9:21 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Gay Donors Open Wallets on Both Sides of the Aisle

President Obama is introduced by singer Ricky Martin at a fundraiser hosted by Martin and the LGBT Leadership Council at the Rubin Museum of Art on May 14 in New York.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Tue July 3, 2012 7:26 am

In politics, money talks. And money from gay and lesbian donors is talking louder than ever in this election cycle.

That's partly a result of President Obama endorsing same-sex marriage, and it's partly because Republicans are starting to see contributions as well.

That's a huge change from just a few decades ago.

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AM Update 7/2/12
7:35 am
Mon July 2, 2012

AM Update: Last Day to Register for Run-offs, 'Sit and Lie' in East Austin, Longhorns to London

The deadline to register to vote in the July 31 Run-off Election is today.
KUT News

Deadline to Register to Vote in Run-off Elections

Today is the last day to register to vote in the July 31 Primary Run-off election.

You can find a registration form at VoteTexas.gov or at local libraries or post offices. Forms must be post-marked by today.

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2012 Presidential Election
8:21 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Romney's Next Challenge: Woo Skeptical Republicans

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets attendees at the conference of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials in Orlando, Fla., on June 21. The presumptive GOP nominee took knocks from congressional Republicans during the party's presidential primaries.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 10:30 am

The battering Mitt Romney took from Republican rivals during the primary made big news. What seemed less noteworthy at the time — the knocks he took from Republicans in Congress — is now much more significant if there is to be a President Romney.

"He's the least of the candidates running right now that would be considered a Tea Party candidate," Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., told CNN.

After Romney won Florida, GOP Rep. Allen West told CBS that Romney has to do a far better job in "making the appeal as far as being a strong constitutional conservative."

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2012 Presidential Election
12:04 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Ron Paul Says He Won't Have Enough Delegates To Win GOP Nomination

Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul speaks in this February file photo during an event celebrating Filipino veterans at the Leatherneck Club in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 2:13 pm

Rep. Ron Paul, who is still technically in the hunt for the Republican presidential nomination, seems to have finally accepted his fate.

In an email sent to supporters late last night, the Texas congressman said by the time the Republican National Convention comes around, he won't have sufficient delegates to secure the nomination.

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2012 Presidential Election
4:29 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

How Accurate is Obama's Attack on Romney's Jobs Record?

Mitt Romney talks about his plan for creating jobs at a 2011 campaign speech in Las Vegas.
Julie Jacobson AP

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 6:53 pm

A new Obama campaign ad says the Massachusetts economy actually fared poorly during Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's four years as governor, challenging the notion that Romney knows how to fix the nation's ailing economy.

The ad says that between 2003 and 2007, Massachusetts had one of the worst economic records in the country, lost 40,000 manufacturing jobs at "a rate twice the national average, and fell to 47th in job creation."

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2012 Presidential Election
10:23 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Bill Clinton Campaigns as Obama's No. 1 Surrogate

Bill Clinton speaks with President Obama in the White House Briefing Room after a private meeting in the Oval Office in 2010. The former president has become Obama's highest-profile advocate this campaign season.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 10:10 am

Former President Bill Clinton and President Obama used to have a famously rocky relationship. But the days when Clinton tried to help his wife, now secretary of state, defeat Obama in the 2008 primaries are ancient history.

Former Clinton strategist Carter Eskew says the ex-president is almost always an asset for Obama.

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2012 Primaries
2:08 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Early Voting Ends Today, and Time is Running Out

Today is the last day to cast a ballot in early voting for the May 29 Texas Primaries.
Photo by Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

You have just hours left to vote early in the Texas Primaries.

Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir says so far turnout has been disappointing. She believes it’s because the election coincides with prom season, graduations and the beginning of summer vacation.

When the polls opened this morning, just 4.6 percent of registered Travis County voters had cast a ballot.

Election Day is Tuesday. DeBeauvoir thinks the holiday weekend could also keep voters away from the polls.

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2012 Presidential Election
1:04 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Obama Tosses 'Cowpie of Distortion' at Romney. Will it Stick?

President Obama tossed a cowpie charge at Republican Mitt Romney, May 24, 2012, in Des Moines, Iowa.
JEWEL SAMAD AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 10:05 am

We haven't even yet reached the summer before the general election and already the cowpie is hitting the fan.

Actually, it was President Obama who on Thursday rhetorically hit Mitt Romney, the all-but-official Republican presidential nominee. Obama went all barnyard on Romney, accusing the former Massachusetts governor of not only lying about his presidential record but Romney's as well. It was, according to those following the president's re-election campaign, his toughest attack yet on Romney.

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2012 Presidential Election
4:31 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Romney Pivots to Education Platform in Seeking Latino Votes

Mitt Romney speaks at the Latino Coalition annual economic summit Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 3:39 pm

Declaring that a "national emergency" exists in public education, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney shifted from his usual economic message to outline his education platform during a speech to a Latino business group Wednesday.

Romney pledged to provide federal funding for "every" child from low-income families, or those with special needs, to attend the public, public charter or, in some cases, private school of their parents' choice. The proposals are boilerplate Republican Party planks.

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2012 Presidential Election
4:38 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Mitt Romney Vs. Rand Paul In 2016?

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and his son, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., talk at a campaign event for the elder Paul in Des Moines, Iowa, last August.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Tue May 22, 2012 4:07 pm

As sort-of-still-a-presidential-candidate Ron Paul continues to collect delegates at state Republican Party conventions, the question of what the libertarian Texas congressman wants has become more urgent in GOP circles.

A speaking role at the Republican convention, where Mitt Romney is expected to accept the nomination?

A seat at the party's rule-making table to advocate making it easier for non-mainstream candidates to compete in future GOP nominating contests?

Well, yes, as a start.

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2012 Presidential Election
12:29 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Vote Centers OK'd for November Election

Voters will be able to cast a ballot at any Travis County polling location.
Photo by KUT News

At its meeting today, the Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously approved the use of vote centers for the November 2012 Presidential election.

Vote centers, or countywide polling places, give people the option to vote at any polling location in the county.

Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir says that vote centers are more convenient than traditional precincts and eliminate some confusion. She says that’s especially true considering that without the vote centers, the county would be required to add about 30 new polling locations for the November election because of redistricting.  

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2012 Presidential Election
1:14 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Latino Voters: Seen, But Will They Be Heard, In 2012?

Latinos protest Mitt Romney's opposition to the Dream Act, outside his campaign headquarters in Las Vegas on Feb 2.
Michael Thurston AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 3:03 pm

If young voters were the breakout stars of the 2008 presidential election, then Latino voters may take center stage this year.

Every other week or so, it seems, a new poll gauges Latinos' opinions about the candidates, the issues and their level of engagement. Both parties are pouring millions into their Latino outreach. Latino politicians have assumed prominent roles in the conventions of the Republican and Democratic parties. And a Latino senator is on the short list of potential running mates for presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

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2012 Presidential Election
12:02 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Ron Paul Campaign: Still Open for Business

Ron Paul speaks at an Austin rally last month.
Photo by Ben Philpott for KUT News

The Ron Paul campaign spoke with reporters today to make sure everyone understood the campaign's memo released Monday. The bottom line: Ron Paul is still a presidential candidate – even though he no longer plans on spending money to win a state primary.

During the call this morning, National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton told reporters that Paul will still make appearances at state GOP conventions. The campaign believes those efforts will allow Dr. Paul to collect additional delegates heading into the national convention in Tampa.

Benton said that includes speaking at the Texas convention in June.

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2012 Presidential Election
2:04 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Ron Paul to Stay in Race, But Stop Campaigning

Candidate Paul greets supporters at an event last year.
Photo by KUT News

Texas congressman Ron Paul has announced that while he’s not dropping out of the Republican presidential primary, he will no longer be actively campaigning.

“Our campaign will continue to work in the state convention process,” Paul writes on his campaign blog. “We will continue to take leadership positions, win delegates, and carry a strong message to the Republican National Convention that Liberty is the way of the future.”

Indeed, Paul’s delegate strategy – and whether it might create a rift on the convention floor – has been the subject of much speculation.

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