Politics

4:19am

Fri October 26, 2012
It's All Politics

Do Political Ads Actually Work?

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 11:31 am

Democrats and Republicans are on track to spend about $1 billion each on television advertising in the presidential race. Most of it is negative, and almost all of it is concentrated in nine battleground states.

If you live in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia or Wisconsin, you cannot get away from the ad blitz being waged by both sides. For the folks who track political advertising at Kantar Media CMAG, these commercials tell a story.

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4:17am

Fri October 26, 2012
Shots - Health News

President Embraces 'Obamacare'; What Would Romney Do?

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 12:22 pm

During a campaign speech at Veterans Memorial Park in Manchester, N.H., Oct. 18, President Obama once again embraced the term "Obamacare" while discussing the Affordable Care Act.
Darren McCollester Getty Images

It's hard to find an issue on which President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney disagree more than health care.

The 2010 Affordable Care Act is considered President Obama's signature legislative achievement, as well as something Romney has vowed to repeal.

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5:52pm

Thu October 25, 2012
U.S.

Assisted Suicide Goes To Vote In Massachusetts

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 5:09 pm

John Kelly and Dr. Marcia Angell are advocates on opposite sides of the issue of physician-assisted suicide.
Jesse Costa WBUR

Two states, Oregon and Washington, have legalized physician-assisted suicide through voter-approved ballot initiatives. Massachusetts will become the third if voters approve the so-called Death With Dignity ballot question. The measure would let terminally ill patients with six months or less to live get a lethal prescription. The outcome of that vote could change the landscape for legalized suicide nationwide.

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5:33pm

Thu October 25, 2012
It's All Politics

Tax-Exempt Crossroads GPS Airs First Direct 'Vote Mitt Romney' Ad

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 5:02 pm

Karl Rove's tax-exempt Crossroads GPS group just months ago said it was interested only in advancing issues, not engaging in electoral politics.

This week, it began running a minute-long ad telling viewers to vote for Republican Mitt Romney — and it doesn't mention at all those very issues it had been saying were central to its mission.

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4:47pm

Thu October 25, 2012
Presidential Race

Romney Pitches 'Big Change' In Swing State Ohio

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 6:51 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Mitt Romney has also been flying all over the country, hitting as many battleground states as he can. But today, the Republican left his plane behind and boarded the big blue Romney bus to focus on just one state, Ohio.

NPR's Ari Shapiro has this story about Romney's tour of one of the most contested states in the campaign.

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4:47pm

Thu October 25, 2012
Presidential Race

Obama The First Sitting President To Vote Early

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 6:51 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THING CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

If you enjoy travel, you might consider running for the White House. Just today, President Obama is visiting not one, not two, not three, but four states and then flying home in time for bed. On his schedule, rallies in Florida, Virginia and Ohio and a trip to Chicago to cast his vote for himself, of course. Early voting is one message the president has been pushing on two-day whirlwind trip across the country.

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4:26pm

Thu October 25, 2012
It's All Politics

Rape Comments Complicate But Don't End GOP Senate Takeover Chances

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 5:00 pm

Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock holds a news conference Wednesday in Indianapolis to address his comments about rape and abortion.
Michael Conroy AP

The enthusiasm with which Democrats seized upon Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's philosophizing about God's plan for unborn children of women impregnated by rape may have suggested the Indiana Republican's election chances had just ended.

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4:06pm

Thu October 25, 2012
It's All Politics

Ad Watch Rematch: 6 Swing States, 1 Half-Hour, 87 Political Ads

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 11:12 am

In recent days, we've been reading about some unusual ways people are trying to get their political messages across in the feverish lead-up to Election Day: Political blimps. Conspiracy-laden DVDs.

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3:05pm

Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Barbara Walters To Donald Trump: 'You're Making A Fool Of Yourself'

The Donald: His old friend Barbara isn't happy.
Slaven Vlasic Getty Images

From one friend to another:

TV icon Barbara Walters turned to the camera on ABC's The View this morning to tell developer/reality TV star/birther conspirator Donald Trump that "you're making a fool of yourself."

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12:28pm

Thu October 25, 2012
It's All Politics

Women Seen As Key In N.H, Both As Voters And As Candidates

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 1:04 pm

President Obama pauses for a photo with supporters after arriving for a campaign stop in Manchester, N.H., on Thursday.
Winslow Townson AP

The decisive role female voters may play in the key battleground state of New Hampshire hasn't been lost on President Obama and his political allies.

If Democrats sweep the swing state's major races on Election Day, New Hampshire would become the first state to have women hold its entire congressional delegation and the governor's office. Obama would also pick up four potentially crucial electoral votes.

"We have held hundreds of events targeting women voters," said Harrell Kirstein, a spokesman for the Obama campaign in New Hampshire.

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