Politics

1:59pm

Wed October 31, 2012
It's All Politics

In Sandy's Wake, Romney Struggles To Regain Attention

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 3:53 pm

Mitt Romney helps collect and pack donated goods for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, in Kettering, Ohio, on Tuesday.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

It's not yet time to change the subject. That might pose a problem for Mitt Romney.

Media coverage of Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath has been intense in recent days, dominating regular news shows and prompting prime-time specials. With just a few days left before the election, the presidential contest has become an afterthought.

"It interrupted the news cycle at a time when there were favorable horse race stories for Mitt," says Tom Rath, a senior adviser to the Romney campaign. "In a campaign, you don't get to design the racetrack; you play the cards you're dealt."

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11:56am

Wed October 31, 2012
It's All Politics

In Ohio, Teachers Run For Statehouse — And Could Give Obama A Boost

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 3:08 pm

An attendee holds up a button at a speech by President Obama on Sept. 17 in Cincinnati.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Teachers unions in Ohio are supporting President Obama in the race for the White House. But way down the ballot, in races for the state Legislature, it's teachers themselves who want some support on Nov. 6.

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11:15am

Wed October 31, 2012
Political Junkie

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Ken Rudin collection

In the wake of the devastation of the East Coast these past horrific days, this is not the time to be cute or clever. So we'll just cut to the chase and offer this week's ScuttleButton puzzle.

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10:53am

Wed October 31, 2012
It's All Politics

Presidential Race: What If There Are Two Winners?

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 4:10 pm

Kimberly Fisher cast her ballot Wednesday at a polling place at the Wicomico County Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, Md.
Alex Brandon AP

Even before Hurricane Sandy came roaring up the East Coast, political prognosticators were worried about next week's election being thrown into chaos and confusion.

The reason is that with the race between President Obama and Mitt Romney so close, there's a possibility of something other than a clean outcome.

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7:10am

Wed October 31, 2012
It's All Politics

There's No Contingency Plan If Disaster Strikes On Election Day

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 1:36 pm

A crowd listens at a rally with former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden in Youngstown, Ohio, on Monday. President Obama canceled his appearance to return to the White House to monitor Hurricane Sandy. Both campaigns have urged supporters whose states allow early voting to vote as soon as possible.
John Moore Getty Images

Suppose Sandy had struck a week later. With power out across multiple states, how would people be able to vote on Election Day?

"If this were happening next week, we have no provisions for dealing with this in law," says Thad Hall, a political scientist at the University of Utah.

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4:26am

Wed October 31, 2012
All Tech Considered

The Night A Computer Predicted The Next President

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 1:55 am

Walter Cronkite (right) listens as Dr. J. Presper Eckert (center) describes the functions of the UNIVAC I computer he helped develop in the early 1950s.
AP

Some milestone moments in journalism converged 60 years ago on election night in the run between Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower and Democratic Illinois Gov. Adlai Stevenson. It was the first coast-to-coast television broadcast of a presidential election. Walter Cronkite anchored his first election night broadcast for CBS.

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4:25am

Wed October 31, 2012
Election 2012

Sandy Underscores Debate Over Government's Role

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 1:09 pm

President Obama offered thoughts and prayers Tuesday for all those who have been affected by Sandy. He also offered something more tangible: the full resources of the federal government.

"The most important message I have for them is that America's with you," he said. "We are standing behind you, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get back on your feet."

For Obama, the federal government is a critical vehicle for that kind of help. Republicans put more faith in local government, and even voluntary efforts.

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6:41pm

Tue October 30, 2012
It's All Politics

The Political Odd Couple: Jersey Shore Edition

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gives a press conference on Hurricane Sandy in Old Bridge, N.J., on Monday.
Marcus DiPaola Xinhua /Landov

The Tuesday before Election Day was not a day for presidential politics, at least not for Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.

Hours after Superstorm Sandy savagely hit his state, the man who gave the keynote address at the Republican National Convention that nominated Mitt Romney appeared on morning television shows praising President Obama.

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5:23pm

Tue October 30, 2012
It's All Politics

Sandy Could Dent The Vote, But It's Unclear If It Hurts Obama Or Romney More

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 11:36 pm

First responders rescue flood-stranded people in Little Ferry, N.J., on Tuesday.
Craig Ruttle AP

With the death, destruction, flooding, power outages and transportation disruptions caused by Sandy the Superstorm, it may seem crass to ask about the impact on next week's election.

But here's a question: Could the trail of devastation left by the storm in a part of the nation whose states are generally colored blue in presidential races depress turnout in those states, especially among Democrats?

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5:18pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Presidential Race

Romney Blurs Campaigning Line At Ohio Event

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Mitt Romney did not officially campaign today out of respect for those recovering from Sandy or still enduring the giant storm, but he did appear in a crucial swing state before thousands of cheering supporters.

NPR's Ari Shapiro reports on Romney's balancing act one week before the election.

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