Politics

4:28am

Fri November 9, 2012
Election 2012

Romney Should Have Campaigned On 'Conservative Issues'

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 12:46 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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4:26am

Fri November 9, 2012
First And Main

Voters In Swing Counties Revisit Election Issues

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 12:46 pm

Now that the election is over, Morning Edition is getting back in touch with some voters we met over the summer for our series First and Main. That's when we visited three political swing counties.

Steve Inskeep talks to Jim Meeks and his daughter-in-law Xiomara in Hillsborough County, Florida. Jim supported Governor Romney and Xiomara, President Obama.

David Greene spoke to voters in Winnebago County, Wisconsin. He catches up with farmer Charlie Knigge, who voted for Mitt Romney, and corrections officer Jason Menzel, who voted for Obama.

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3:18am

Fri November 9, 2012
It's All Politics

'Let Mitt Be Mitt': But Who Was He?

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 10:30 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives onstage early Wednesday morning in Boston, moments before conceding defeat in the 2012 presidential election.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

The postmortems for Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign are rolling in.

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5:20pm

Thu November 8, 2012
It's All Politics

Likely Suspects: Guessing Obama's Second-Term Cabinet

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 6:18 pm

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick introduces President Obama at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser last year. Could Patrick be chosen to replace Eric Holder as attorney general?
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Every second-term president has to rebuild some or all of his Cabinet as high-profile members often time their resignations with the end of the president's first term. President Obama already is expected to receive a number of resignations, which he will have to fill.

With the guessing game under way, here's a look at some of the people who may emerge from a second-term Cabinet shakeup:

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4:37pm

Thu November 8, 2012
It's All Politics

For Religious Conservatives, Election Was A 'Disaster'

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 4:13 pm

Attendees pray during The Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit on Sept. 14 in Washington, D.C.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Many religious conservatives thought this might be the year of an evangelical comeback, when voters would throw President Obama out because of his support of same-sex marriage and abortion, and his health plan's birth control mandate. It didn't work out that way.

"I think this was an evangelical disaster," says Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

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4:25pm

Thu November 8, 2012
It's All Politics

Florida's Most Populous County Finishes Vote Count

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 4:53 pm

A Miami-Dade Elections Department employee tallies absentee ballot reports in Doral, Fla., on Thursday.
Alan Diaz AP

It only took two extra days, but Florida's Miami-Dade County has finished counting votes in the presidential election.

Supervisor of Elections Penelope Townsley said Thursday she was pleased to announce that the state's most populous county, with more than 2.5 million people, was "the first of the large counties to complete its tabulation process."

Townsley was referring to three other large counties — Broward (population 1.8 million), Palm Beach (population 1.3 million) and Duval (population 870,000) — that were still tallying absentee ballots.

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4:23pm

Thu November 8, 2012
World

Foreign Policy Talk On Campaign Trail Mostly Hot Air

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 8:35 am

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

In a presidential campaign that was not long on foreign policy debate, China was one point of contention. Mitt Romney had China on his day one agenda.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED AUDIO)

MITT ROMNEY: And day one, I will label them a currency manipulator.

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4:19pm

Thu November 8, 2012
Politics

'Fiscal Cliff' Will Change Terms Of Debate In Congress

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 6:02 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. The political landscape of Washington, after more than a year of campaigning and billions of dollars in political spending, is stunningly unchanged. President Obama is in the White House. Republicans control the House of Representatives. Democrats hold the Senate.

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4:19pm

Thu November 8, 2012
Politics

'Fiscal Cliff' Was Meant To Spur Compromise

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 6:02 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Speaking of the fiscal cliff, let's take a minute to review what it is and how it all began. Imagine yourself standing on top of a cliff and it's December 31st, New Year's Eve and you're looking down, way down, toward New Year's Day. That's the deadline, the day a lot of fiscal policy will change and nearly all of us will feel it unless Congress acts.

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4:07pm

Thu November 8, 2012
Politics

After Election Day Defeats, What's Next For GOP?

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 6:02 pm

Melissa Block talks with Republican strategist Mark McKinnon about how the Republican Party moves forward, following its defeats on Tuesday. McKinnon has said that the GOP has a problem with its brand.

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