2012 Presidential Election

Politics
7:55 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Tempest in Tampa: Isaac Tests Mitt Romney's Mettle

Mitt Romney, who this week is set to accept the Republican presidential nomination, with wife Ann on Sunday in Wolfeboro, N.H.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 8:12 am

Political conventions are famed for focusing the nation's attention on one name, but at this year's Republican National Convention here in Tampa, that name is not the nominee's.

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Politics
12:06 pm
Sat August 25, 2012

Romney Reboot? Convention Could Be The Ticket

Riggers load nets full of balloons for the Republican National Convention festivities inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Friday in Tampa, Fla.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 4:47 am

Mitt Romney, 65, has spent the better part of a decade running for president. And as the son of a Michigan governor who headed a Detroit auto company, he's been in the public eye much longer.

Yet the former Massachusetts governor has remained an enigma to many voters, his political positions malleable, and much of his business and private life — including his Mormon religion — intentionally obscured.

Or simply declared off limits, like years of his tax returns.

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Politics
8:46 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Lubbock Judge: Obama Re-election Could Prompt Civil War

Lubbock County Judge Tom Head, right.
Texas Tribune

A Lubbock County judge is making headlines after suggesting that President Obama might hand over sovereignty of the United States to the United Nations, possibly igniting in a civil war. 

In an interview with Fox 34 News in Lubbock, County Judge Tom Head said that if re-elected, Obama was "going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the U.N. Okay, what’s going to happen when that happens? I’m thinking worst case scenario here. Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war maybe. We’re not just talking a few riots here and demonstrations. We’re talking Lexington-Concord take up arms and get rid of the guy."

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2012 Presidential Election
11:13 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Does Ryan Pick Help Or Hurt Romney's Chances In Florida?

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., address supporters in Mooresville, N.C., on Sunday. Some pundits predict Ryan's selection will damage Romney's chances of winning Florida.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 9:17 am

Here's the above-the-fold headline on Sunday's Miami Herald: "Ryan could hurt Romney in Florida."

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2012 Presidential Election
9:53 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Paul Ryan Boosts Romney's Conservative Credentials, But Also Mobilizes Opponents

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin shakes hands with Mitt Romney as he's introduced as Romney's vice presidential running mate Saturday in Norfolk, Va. The USS Wisconsin is in the background.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 2:09 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney discarded his increasingly inert better-safe-than-sorry campaign strategy Saturday when he named budget hawk and Democratic bete noire Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate.

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2012 Presidential Election
11:36 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Mitt Romney to Announce Running Mate Saturday

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. introduces Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on April 3, 2012.
M. Spencer Green AP

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 7:17 am

Update at 8 a.m. ET. It's Official:

We're following the story now over at It's All Politics — Romney Picks Wisconsin's Ryan To Be His Running Mate On GOP Ticket.

Update at 1:30 a.m. ET:

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Politics
4:40 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Romney Attacks President on Welfare; Obama Team Alleges Hypocrisy

President Bill Clinton signs welfare reform legislation into law on Aug. 22, 1996.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 5:02 pm

(Revised and updated @ 5:55 pm ET)

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Politics
10:10 am
Tue August 7, 2012

One Clue to Romney's Veep Pick: Whose Wiki Page is Getting the Most Edits?

Wikipedia's entry for Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio. Is today's activity there a clue to Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick?
Wikipedia

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 6:46 am

Tech President reminds us that one way to possibly figure out who will be a vice presidential pick is to watch the various contenders' Wikipedia pages in the days before such an announcement is likely.

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Austin
8:13 am
Tue July 31, 2012

AM Update: Election Day Details, Austin Soldier Killed, San Antonio Mayor Named DNC Keynote Speaker

Sgt. John Hansen of Austin was killed in Afghanistan on July 26.
U.S. Department of Defense

Election Day Arrives

The polls are open this morning for the Primary Runoff Election.

Voters will choose party candidates in the U.S. Senate race. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Solicitor General Ted Cruz have been in a bitter struggle to be the Republican nominee. Former state Representative Paul Sadler and Grady Yarbrough, a retired educator, are in a runoff for the Democratic nomination.

Across the state, several U.S. congressional district seats, one state senate seat, several state representative seats and a spot on the Texas Supreme Court are also in the mix.

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2012 Presidential Election
4:49 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Romney In London: Not a Smashing Success So Far

Mitt Romney leaves London's 10 Downing Street after meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 5:27 pm

The first stop — Britain — in Mitt Romney's foreign tour certainly is starting out rockier than nearly anyone expected.

First there was the kerfuffle over remarks, attributed by a British newspaper to an anonymous campaign adviser, that Romney understood the shared "Anglo-Saxon heritage" between the U.S. and Britain in a way President Obama didn't. Those comments were viewed as racist by some and were disowned by the Romney campaign.

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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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