Politics

4:51pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Presidential Race

Romney Adviser: U.S. Should Add Terms To Egypt Aid

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 5:50 pm

Audie Cornish speaks with Richard Williamson, Mitt Romney's senior foreign policy adviser. They discuss Romney's foreign policy positions, Libya and other news.

4:51pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Presidential Race

Paul Ryan Headlines Values Voter Summit

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 5:50 pm

Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan addressed the annual Values Voter Summit on Friday. Audie Cornish talks with Don Gonyea.

4:44pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Presidential Race

Romney's Critiques Of Obama Like Reagan's Of Carter

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 5:50 pm

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says President Obama's foreign policies have sent "confusing messages" to the world. The critique argues that the Obama foreign policy is not muscular enough. It's a message that echoes the presidential campaign of 1980 when Ronald Reagan challenged Jimmy Carter.

3:37pm

Fri September 14, 2012
It's All Politics

What's Behind That White House Door? Just Ask Ann Romney

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 4:11 pm

Ann Romney in New York on Friday tapes an interview with Fox's Neil Cavuto. She also spoke with ABC's Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan.
Richard Drew AP

Along with political agendas and visions for the future, every once in a while along the campaign trail there are potential TMI moments.

Arguably, one occurred Friday when Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, were taping ABC's Live! With Kelly and Michael in New York.

The interview is scheduled to air Tuesday. But notes from a pool reporter traveling with Romney show what happens when an invited White House guest — in this case Ann Romney — decides to do some poking around 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

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3:04pm

Fri September 14, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney Struggles To Find Foreign Policy Footing

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 4:32 pm

Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally Thursday in Fairfax, Va.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Mitt Romney has sought to distinguish his views on foreign policy and the world from positions held by President Obama. So far, it hasn't gained him much traction.

The Republican presidential nominee has insisted that Obama has not done enough to promote America's values and interests, instead "apologizing" and appeasing the nation's enemies.

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2:32pm

Fri September 14, 2012
It's All Politics

Ryan Slams Obama On Social Issues And Foreign Policy

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 4:31 pm

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan speaks Friday at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan used an appearance at an annual gathering of his party's social conservatives Friday to pointedly criticize President Obama's foreign policy record and to testify to his own Catholic faith and opposition to abortion.

"We're all in this together," said Ryan, a representative from Wisconsin, echoing a theme of Obama's convention speech. "It has a nice ring."

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2:15pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Science

Detecting the 'Artful Dodge'

During the Republican debates, Mitt Romney told a moderator "You get to ask the questions you want. I get to give the answers I want." Social psychologist Todd Rogers talks about how likely voters are to notice a subtle dodge. James Fowler joins to discuss whether social media can send more people to the polls.

12:54pm

Fri September 14, 2012
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, Sept. 13, 2012

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In an election that's supposed to be about the economy, tragic deaths overseas push foreign policy onto the political stage in the race between Mitt Romney and President Obama. While Romney seems to have lost the initial battle, questions remain about the administration's Middle East goals.

Join NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin for the latest "It's All Politics" roundup.

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8:37am

Fri September 14, 2012
It's All Politics

Where Political Ads Go To Be Mocked

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 11:27 am

6:34am

Fri September 14, 2012
Politics

Lawmakers Play Blame Game On Defense Cuts

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 11:43 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

At the rate we're going, there may be plenty of news before those debates. Today, the White House is expected to release a list of budget cuts totaling about $100 billion. At the end of last year's debt ceiling battle, Congress voted to either agree on deficit reductions or these big automatic across-the-board cuts known as sequestration would go into affect. They didn't agree, so here we are.

As NPR's David Welna reports, many Republicans who voted for sequestration now oppose it.

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