Politics

4:35pm

Fri October 19, 2012
It's All Politics

Colorado, A Big Win For Obama In 2008, Now A Harder Sell

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 7:12 pm

Supporters turned out for President Obama's first post-debate rally on Oct.4 in Denver. The president is facing a fierce fight for Colorado after winning it by 9 points four years ago.
RJ Sangosti AP

In Colorado, the presidential race is a statistical dead heat. The state went heavily for candidate Barack Obama in 2008 — but the president is now facing fierce headwinds.

Obama won last time by 9 points, an astounding margin in a state that hadn't gone Democratic since 1992. One Democratic strategist calls 2008 a one-time case of "irrational exuberance," especially among Colorado's large contingent of swing voters.

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4:25pm

Fri October 19, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama Battling To Maintain Women's Vote, Seen As His Key To Victory

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:54 pm

The crowd joins Republican Mitt Romney in singing the national anthem at a rally Wednesday in Chesapeake, Va.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

After President Obama's self-described somnolent first debate performance, his female supporters lit up social media and tagged the campaign with complaints about his failure to talk about their issues, from pay equity to health and reproductive rights.

He's been playing catch-up ever since, focusing on shoring up his party's two-decade-long domination with female voters who are key to Obama's hold on the White House.

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3:54pm

Fri October 19, 2012
Politics

Senate Hopefuls Make Final Pitches

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 7:12 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Candidates in a handful of other close Senate races squared off in their final debates last night. We're going to hear some of what they had to say in three states: Virginia, Connecticut and - first - Missouri.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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3:54pm

Fri October 19, 2012
Analysis

Week In Politics: Presidential Debate, Polls

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 7:12 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Well, now from Biketoberfest to our own hard-riding political commentators, E.J. Dionne and David Brooks. Welcome back to you both.

E.J. DIONNE: Good to be here.

DAVID BROOKS: Vroom, vroom.

BLOCK: We are in the...

DIONNE: I'm counting on David's deep expertise in NASCAR today.

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1:11pm

Fri October 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Saying Moderator Is Prettier Than CNN's Crowley Gets Candidate In Trouble

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 3:11 pm

Democrat Richard Carmona, who is running for the Senate from Arizona.
Ross Franklin ASSOCIATED PRESS

As Republican Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois was courting controversy last night by saying during a debate that the "health of the mother" isn't a reason for an abortion anymore, out in Arizona a Democratic candidate for Senate was stepping in it by telling a male debate moderator that "you're prettier" than CNN's Candy Crowley.

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12:48pm

Fri October 19, 2012
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, Oct. 18, 2012

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 1:07 pm

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Presidential debate No. 2 is in the books, and the consensus is that — unlike debate No. 1 — President Obama came prepared for battle. For all the talk about "binders full of women," and what was said when after the events in Benghazi, Libya, Obama and Mitt Romney both made their cases. Now, they prepare for the third and final debate on Monday. We also bid farewell to former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter.

Join NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin for the latest political roundup.

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11:39am

Fri October 19, 2012
Barbershop

Candidates' Jabs: Funny Or Flat?

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 12:03 pm

In theBarbershop, the guys discuss President Obama and Mitt Romney's comedic commentary at a famed dinner Thursday night. Host Michel Martin is joined by writer Jimi Izrael; civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar; National Review columnist Mario Loyola and health care consultant Neil Minkoff.

11:39am

Fri October 19, 2012
Election 2012

Are Candidates Ignoring the Poor?

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 11:59 am

President Obama and Governor Romney have discussed the middle class a great deal during the debates, but the candidates haven't spent nearly as much time talking about the poor. To get a read on the state of poverty in America, host Michel Martin talks with Irwin Redlener, of the Children's Health Fund and Timothy Noah, a columnist for The New Republic.

11:32am

Fri October 19, 2012
It's All Politics

Redistricting In Maryland Imperils Longtime Congressional Republican

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 1:38 pm

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., at a House Small Business Committee hearing on Sept. 21, 2011. After two decades in Congress, a redrawn district has put his re-election in question.
T.J. Kirkpatrick The Washington Times /Landov

Democrats have an uphill battle to take control of the House of Representatives in November. But one bright spot for the party is in Maryland's 6th Congressional District.

State Democrats redrew the district's boundaries, and now it favors their party. That leaves 10-term Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in trouble.

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8:05am

Fri October 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama, Romney Trade Jokes; Critics Aim At Obama's 'Optimal' Comment

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (left) and President Obama at the 67th Al Smith Dinner in New York City Thursday night.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images
  • Scott Horsley on the NPR Newscast

President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, as predicted, took on the challenge of being funny last night at the annual Al Smith Dinner in New York City — which as we said Thursday has become a quadrennial must-stop on the campaign trail for those seeking the White House.

As NPR's Scott Horsley reports, they "added a laugh track to their campaigns."

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