Washington - Mitt Romney says Barack Obama’s policies will consign the U.S. to an extended period of sluggish economic growth, at best. The president says his Republican challenger’s plans will sow the seeds of another mammoth recession. Both are wrong. No matter who wins the election tomorrow, the economy is on course to enjoy faster growth in the next four years as the headwinds that have held it back turn into tailwinds. Consumers are spending more and saving less after reducing household debt to the lowest since 2003. Home prices are rebounding after falling more than 30 percent from
While Barack Obama abandoned the campaign trail earlier this week and retreated to Washington to oversee the storm-relief effort (doubtless hoping to persuade wavering voters of his leadership qualities in the process), the man who could blow him out of office next Tuesday knew exactly where he needed to be. For more than a month now, Mitt Romney has been virtually encamped in Ohio, the too-close-to-call ‘swing-state’ that history decrees he must win if he is to reach the White House. And it was there I found him — blue-check shirt open at the neck, sleeves rolled up ready for
The last several weeks have not been good for Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock of Indiana. The two-term state treasurer, who beat six-term incumbent Senator Dick Lugar in the GOP primary in May, has fallen back in the polls against his Democratic opponent, Congressman Joe Donnelly. A recent poll, from Brian Howey and Depauw University, showed an 11-point lead for Donnelly. (snip) But despite the media narrative and the Howey/DePauw poll, Mourdock still has a chance of winning the seat, for a few of reasons: 1. Joe Donnelly does not actually lead by 11 points.
Team Obama’s campaign manager is trying to muffle the political impact of President Barack Obama’s call for ballot-box “revenge” by claiming that Gov. Mitt Romney is himself touting revenge. “The Romney campaign’s message today is revenge, ours is the President’s plan for the middle class,” campaign manager Jim Messina tweeted Sunday morning. “I’ll take that contrast any day.” The spin follows Romney’s rapid effort to highlight Obama’s startling Nov. 2 call for revenge on Election Day. “Don’t boo, vote! Vote! Voting is the best revenge,” Obama said Friday at a rally
A crowd that officials estimated was more than 20,000 braved the Bucks County cold Sunday night in hopes that Mitt Romney could loosen Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes that have been frozen in the grasp of Democrats since 1988. Romney took turns highlighting his plans for job creation and bipartisanship while bashing President Barack Obama out in the open fields of Shady Brook Farm in Lower Makefield. "We hoped Barack Obama would live up to his promise to bring people together and solve big problems," Romney said. "He didn't." The crowd often erupted in chants
President Obama ran in 2008 while making big promises on transparency and ethics, including vows to ban lobbyists from working for him, to throw open negotiations on health care legislation, to speed freedom-of-information requests and to let voters have direct input before he signed bills into law. He is making no such promises in this year’s campaign, though, nor is he taking a victory lap on those old vows. That’s because while he made some progress — particularly in making White House visitor logs public — his record on the other promises falls short of what he pledged.
A star-studded list of retired high ranking US military officers is set to shake up the presidential race as the nation heads into Election Day, November 6. GEN Hugh Shelton (USA-ret) and GEN Tommy Franks (USA-ret) are among the military heavyweights who are taking out a full page ad in Monday’s Washington Times, the Tatler has learned. GEN Franks is probably best known as the commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM) from 2000 to 2003, during the war that ended the reign of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. He was appointed to head up
Every time I turn on the television here in the US, the attack ads are absolutely vicious--down in Texas, I saw one accusing a Democrat-leaning judge of abusing animals. Where I am now, in Indiana, there's an almost endless barrage of Democrat attack ads linking Mitt Romney to local Tea Party omnibungling rape-deifier Richard Mourdock. Suddenly, all of our phones beeped simultaneously – we had texts direct from Barack Obama, of all people. All of the American citizens were being asked for a donation to the campaign, four days before the election. The message stressed how much difference a
At a campaign rally for President Barack Obama yesterday in Virginia, former President Bill Clinton talked about bringing "this country together" and crossing "all of its diversity." Then, Clinton added this: "One of the things the decider-in-chief has to do is decide whether he’s going to bring this country together across all its diversity or let it drift apart. Look at how much stronger the American military is because it is less racist, less sexist and less homophobic and we’re just looking for people who can do the job," said Clinton.
Today, speaking in Concord, New Hampshire, trying to look bipartisan, Barack Obama made this incredible statement: “As long as I’m president, I’ll work with anybody.” He can’t be serious. For a start, let’s take a look at immigration reform. In June of this year, Sen. John McCain, who has always championed bipartisanship, said bitterly: “This idea that this president or his people reached out to me is patently false. To somehow allege that I didn’t somehow respond to their overtures, that’s patently false. That’s their narrative, and I understand their narrative, but it’s not substantiated by the facts.”
LAKEWOOD, Ohio- It's not quite a guarantee, but Vice President Joe Biden is predicting he and President Barack Obama will win Tuesday's election - and says he doesn't think it will be close in the Electoral College. Biden, who campaigned in Ohio Sunday, told Chris Matthews of MSNBC that he and Obama would win Ohio, perhaps the most critical battleground in the closely fought election. He said he thought Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa would "hold firm" and he and Obama would "win clearly." Biden also predicted Democratic wins in Nevada and New Hampshire, two other battleground states,
LOS ANGELES- NBC says its benefit concert for Superstorm Sandy victims drew nearly $23 million in donations to the American Red Cross. Friday's hour-long telethon included performances by artists native to the areas hardest-hit by Sandy, including New Jersey natives Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi and Billy Joel of New York's Long Island. Others who took part in the special included Sting, Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Tina Fey and Jon Stewart. The telethon's mood was somber but hopeful, from Aguilera's "Beautiful" to Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer."
A defamation lawsuit filed by a man who made headlines for heckling Bristol Palin in a California bar has been tossed out, her attorney John Tiemessen told ABC News. In September 2011, Palin was heckled at a West Hollywood bar and restaurant by a man who called her mom, 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, a “whore” and made a crude reference about Bristol’s former relationship with Levi Johnston, the father of her 3-year-old son, Tripp . Stephen Hanks’ lawsuit noted that Palin suggested he is a homosexual during their exchange, which occurred while she was shooting a segment
With the New York City Marathon canceled less than 24 hours before its scheduled start Sunday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter reportedly had stepped in with an offer: all 40,000-plus runners could come to Philadelphia instead. George Hirsch, head of the New York Road Runners, which sponsors the run, said Nutter told him Philadelphia was ready to host the marathon Sunday if race participants could make it to the city, Runner's World reported Saturday. Hirsch replied that there wasn't enough time to do that. He described Nutter as having "sounded very sincere."
The Illinois Republican party claims early and absentee voting has precipitously fallen since the 2008 presidential election. According to the numbers, at this point in 2008, there were 260,376 early voters and 304,290 absentee voters. Now, the party maintains, there are 195,064 early voters and 46,232 absentee voters. That's a loss of 57 percent of voters, since the last election. This, the Illinois Republican party says, is a terrible sign for Democrats. "Chicago is the heart and soul of the Democratic Party," says Illinois Republican party chair Pat Brady. "You can't get much more solid blue than Chicago
With earnings of TSX companies down 30% so far in the third quarter, we do not expect a hiring spree anytime soon Canada may have added 1,800 jobs in October, but that number hides the fact that almost all the gains came from government and that the private sector lost more than 20,000 jobs. The 1,800 jobs added was already a disappointment compared with the 10,000 economists had forecast. According to Statistics Canada, that left the unemployment rate unchanged at 7.4%. (Snip) Mr. Arseneau, meanwhile, doesn’t expect the private sector to pick up the hiring baton in the coming months,
Vice President Joe Biden had a couple minor gaffes Sunday in Ohio. He's mistakenly referred to "President Clinton" instead of "President Obama." (Snip) Earlier in the day, in a conversation inside a Cleveland diner, Biden referenced Slovakia and his role in convincing President Clinton to go after former Serbian President Slobodan Milosovic. He was presumably referring to Slovenia, the nation that formed part of Yugoslavia before it broke up into several independent countries. In addition, Biden recently referred to Virginia's Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine as "Tom" and complained to an Ohio audience about TV ads "here in Iowa." Biden,
Nancy Pelosi has spent much of the past two years proclaiming that Democrats had a great shot at reclaiming the House and returning the speaker’s gavel to her hands. But her drive to regain the majority for Democrats is on the verge of a complete collapse. Democrats are expected to pick up five seats at best — a fraction of the 25 they need. On the eve of the election, some party officials are privately worried that Democrats might even lose ground and drop one or two seats to the Republican majority.
As NewsBusters reported Wednesday, late night comedians make fun of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney more than twice as much as they do Barack Obama. CNN's Howard Kurtz defended this on Sunday's Reliable Sources saying, "Obama is just not that easy to ridicule... Whereas jokes about a rich guy with a 1950s lingo -- well, gosh, golly, gee whiz, isn't that hard to make people laugh" (video follows with transcript and commentary):HOWARD KURTZ, HOST: Finally, the favorite sport of late-night comics is mocking Mitt. The Center for Media and Public Affairs investigated
YARDLEY, Pa. - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is promising real change in Washington to a crowd of thousands at a rally in suburban Philadelphia. A large crowd waited several hours in 40-degree temperatures at a farm in the Philadelphia suburb of Yardley on Sunday night, and gave Romney a rousing welcome. Romney told those gathered at Shady Brook Farm that on Day One of his presidency he'll send Congress a bill to cut spending and work to repeal President Barack Obama's signature health care law. The Sunday rally is part of an 11th-hour Republican blitz to win Pennsylvania,
Kevin's covered most of the national numbers; here's a quick rundown of last-minute state polls: Michigan - A Fox 2 Detroit poll has Mitt Romney leading Barack Obama by a fraction of a point, rounded-up to 48/47. The sample is D+9, which is pretty reasonable for the state. A few other polls have shown this race close, but most surveys give Obama the edge. Definitely a heavy lift for the GOP ticket. (Snip) New Hampshire - The final WMUR/UNH poll shows Mitt Romney pulling even with the president, 47/47 -- closing an eight-point gap. Independents are breaking for Romney 54/32.
When, ten minutes into the October 28 Meet the Press, guest panelist Carly Fiorina brought up Benghazi, host David Gregory cut her off, but promised: “We’ll get to Libya a little bit later.” The show proceeded for nearly another 50 minutes without another mention of Libya. A full seven days later -- 168 hours to be precise -- Gregory made good on his belated pledge, raising Benghazi with Obama operative David Plouffe just over ten minutes into the November 4 Meet the Press, but only after trying to discredit administration critics: