Politics

9:43am

Thu October 18, 2012
It's All Politics

How Conservatives Learned To Love Mitt Romney

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 10:00 am

Mitt Romney greets supporters at a campaign rally Wednesday in Chesapeake, Va.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

As recently as last month, it was clear that a lot of Republicans were unhappy with their presidential nominee, Mitt Romney.

When I would ask GOP voters how they felt about Romney at campaign rallies or at their doorsteps, many made sour faces, like they were swallowing chalk. They offered their most backhanded endorsements, saying things like, "He wasn't my first choice," or, "He's who we've got."

It was clear they would vote for him, but for many it was not out of love — it was out of disdain for President Obama.

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7:10am

Thu October 18, 2012
Election 2012

Republican Governors Gear Up For Election Gains

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers the keynote address during last month's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Christie's election in 2009 was part of the first wave of Republican gubernatorial victories.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

While the presidential election consumes the nation's attention, the Republican Party is poised to expand its dominance of state politics with this year's contests for governor.

If predictions of strategists in both parties and polling prove correct, the November elections could give the Republicans their highest number of governors in 91 years.

Among the current governors, 29 are Republicans, 20 Democrats and one is an independent. Next month, Republican candidates could take away as many as five governorships from Democrats.

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5:02am

Thu October 18, 2012
Election 2012

Obama Tries To Regain Female Voter Advantage

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 12:11 pm

Transcript

SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: And I'm Scott Horsley, traveling with President Obama, who's eager to regain the advantage he once enjoyed with women voters. The Obama campaign spent much of yesterday taking Governor Romney to task for what some regard as his out-of-date comments about women in the workplace.

Mr. Obama drove the point home last night in front of 14,000 supporters on a college campus in Athens, Ohio.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

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4:51am

Thu October 18, 2012
Election 2012

Romney Reviews Debate Issues During Virginia Stops

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 12:11 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning.

After their lively town hall debate on Long Island Tuesday night, President Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney jetted off in different directions yesterday to rally the faithful and woo the undecided in some key battleground states.

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4:37am

Thu October 18, 2012
Election 2012

Rendell: Obama Needs To Be Specific About 2nd Term

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 12:11 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

President Obama spent part of this week's debate pressing his opponent on the federal deficit. Mitt Romney has promised to cut tax rates by 20 percent, but he's vague about how he would do that without making the deficit even bigger. Mr. Obama promised he would raise taxes on the wealthy.

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3:30am

Thu October 18, 2012
It's All Politics

Negative Ads Reign In Maine Senate Race

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 12:11 pm

Former Maine Gov. Angus King, an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate, greets potential voters Oct. 1 in Bath, Maine.
Joel Page AP

Former Maine Gov. Angus King is convinced that if the math works out he could be the power broker in the U.S. Senate, the independent candidate whose vote will break the political gridlock in Washington. But first he has some explaining to do.

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7:02pm

Wed October 17, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama, Romney Reprise Their Greatest Debate Hits On Campaign Trail

President Obama campaigned at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, on Wednesday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

A day after their second presidential debate, President Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney were in different swing states, reprising some of their greatest hits from Tuesday night.

And "hits" is the exactly the right word because each man energetically repeated attacks he made on his rival.

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6:58pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Shots - Health News

Romney Tries To Soften Birth Control Message

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 7:06 pm

President Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney sparred over birth control, among other things, at the second presidential debate Tuesday in Hempstead, N.Y.
Carolyn Kaster AP

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been firmly anti-abortion during this campaign.

But during Tuesday's debate on Long Island, N.Y., Romney charged that President Obama misrepresented his position on birth control. Here's what Obama said, during what began as a discussion of pay equity for women:

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6:27pm

Wed October 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Politics Might Be In Her Future, Chelsea Clinton Hints

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 7:07 pm

Chelsea Clinton in September at her father's Clinton Global Initiative in New York City.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Though she's dipped her toe into the world of TV journalism, we don't hear a lot from Chelsea Clinton about whether she might one day get into the family business.

But now the BBC has posted an interview in which the daughter of former President Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton doesn't rule out getting into politics herself.

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5:55pm

Wed October 17, 2012
It's All Politics

Want Thousands Of Twitter Followers? Put A Meme On It

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 1:23 pm

An image from the Binders Full of Women Tumblr.
bindersfullofwomen.tumblr.com

It is now clear that we are living in a world of viral memes that take no sides when it comes to spoofing politicians or debate moderators.

So what's a politician to do as the target of a social media parody?

Run with it.

"By kind of winking along with the electorate, you're humanizing, personalizing yourself, authenticating yourself," says Rory O'Connor, author of Friends, Followers and the Future. O'Connor argues that social media will be critical to deciding who is elected as the next president.

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