Politics

7:30am

Wed October 24, 2012
Presidential Race

Obama Starts Cross-Country Battleground Tour

With the presidential debates wrapped up, President Obama began a blitz of six battleground states Tuesday.

7:30am

Wed October 24, 2012
Presidential Race

Romney Rides Momentum To Nevada, Colorado

Republican nominee Mitt Romney campaigned Tuesday in Nevada and Colorado.

7:30am

Wed October 24, 2012
Presidential Race

Social Conservatives Track Romney's Move To Center

Mitt Romney appeared to shift his position on contraception in the town hall-style presidential debate last week. And his campaign released an ad, stressing Romney's support for abortion rights under limited circumstances. Social conservatives in Iowa weigh in on whether Romney's shifts on these issues trouble them.

7:20am

Wed October 24, 2012
The Two-Way

'God Intended' A Pregnancy Caused By Rape, Indiana Candidate Says

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 11:57 am

Richard Mourdock, Republican candidate for Senate in Indiana.
Nick Carey Reuters /Landov

After saying during a debate Tuesday night that a pregnancy caused by rape is "something that God intended to happen," the Republican candidate for Senate in Indiana is arguing that it is "twisted" to suggest he thinks God wants some women to be raped.

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6:34pm

Tue October 23, 2012
The Two-Way

59.2 Million Tuned In To Monday's Debate, Smallest Of The Audiences

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 1:52 pm

Watch the wash or watch the debate? This woman was at a laundromat in Manhattan during Monday's debate.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

An estimated 59.2 million people tuned in Monday night to watch President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in their third and final debate before the Nov. 6 election, The Nielsen Company reports.

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5:46pm

Tue October 23, 2012
Politics

Charming, Cold: Does Presidential Personality Matter?

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 9:59 am

With the advent of radio and television, presidential charisma became a more important personality characteristic. Above, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who is rated one of the most charismatic presidents; John F. Kennedy; Bill Clinton.
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As part of NPR's coverage of this year's presidential election, All Things Considered asked three science reporters to weigh in on the race. The result is a three-part series on the science of leadership. In Part 2, Jon Hamilton examined leadership in the animal kingdom.

Charming or cold. Flexible or rigid. Paranoid or impulsive or calculating.

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5:31pm

Tue October 23, 2012
Presidential Race

Romney Hits Ground Running After Final Debate

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 4:18 am

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Governor Romney went straight to Nevada this morning and is now in Henderson for a campaign event. NPR's Ari Shapiro is there and joins us now. Hi there, Ari.

ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Hi, Audie.

CORNISH: So, what does Mitt Romney have to say out there on the campaign today?

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5:30pm

Tue October 23, 2012
Presidential Race

Obama Hits Battleground States In Final Blitz

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 4:18 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

I'm Audie Cornish, and we begin this hour with a sprint. The 2012 presidential debates are now history and today, President Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney begin the two-week race to Election Day. Mr. Obama is widely considered the winner of last night's foreign policy debate, but he didn't spend much time crowing today.

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5:21pm

Tue October 23, 2012
Presidential Race

Radio Ads Still Relevant In Presidential Campaigns

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 4:18 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

You are listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.

This campaign season most of us have been bombarded by political ads on TV. Those ads get the most attention from fact-checkers and opposing campaigns, but the presidential candidates are also running lots of spots on commercial radio stations. It gives them a chance to target particular kinds of people, as NPR's Brian Naylor reports.

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4:24pm

Tue October 23, 2012
It's All Politics

The Race To 270: A Swing State Scorecard

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 10:11 am

From now until Election Day, the U.S. might as well consist of just eight or so states, not 50.

Those are the battleground states where President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, their running mates and spouses will be spending much of their time in what remains of the 2012 race for the White House.

It's all about amassing the 270 electoral votes required to be elected president. NPR's analysis of the race at this point suggests the eight states that are most in play are Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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