Post Politics: May, 2052

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 05/30/2012

Could foreign policy give Romney an opening?

Romney’s camp may sense opportunity, but polls show foreign policy ranks low among voters’ concerns.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:01 PM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 05/30/2012

‘Politiwoops’ Web site archives politicians’ deleted tweets

Politiwoops digs up the tweets that politicians have tried to scrub from their history.

By Felicia Sonmez and Natalie Jennings  |  04:07 PM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 05/30/2012

Obama calls Romney to congratulate him on securing GOP nomination

“President Obama said that he looked forward to an important and healthy debate about America’s future.”

By David Nakamura and Felicia Sonmez  |  03:30 PM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, Mitt Romney

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 05/30/2012

Obama emphasizes campaign message on economy while renewing Export-Import Bank

He hailed the bank as an important tool to promote U.S. exports and tied it to his economic campaign message.

By David Nakamura  |  12:49 PM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Export-Import Bank

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 05/30/2012

Wisconsin recall: RNC ‘very confident’ Scott Walker will win

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said Wednesday that Republicans “feel very good” about next week’s recall election.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:19 PM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 05/30/2012

Romney off after clinching nomination, Michelle Obama promotes book on ‘Live!’ | Schedules May 30

Meanwhile the first lady will continue to promote her new book and Mitt Romney takes the day off after clinching the nomination.

By Natalie Jennings  |  09:09 AM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brief

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 05/30/2012

Mitt Romney’s relationship with Donald Trump: the upside (Wednesday’s Trail Mix)

TRAIL MIX | The former Massachusetts governor isn’t doomed by his association with The Donald.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:47 AM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 PM ET, 05/29/2012

Gingrich says birther claims not racist, are caused by Obama’s ‘radical’ views

Former GOP candidate Newt Gingrich said he doesn’t believe that Donald Trump’s “birther” claims about President Obama are racist.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  11:30 PM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 05/29/2012

Romney on Bain: I sometimes ‘paid other people more than I paid myself because I thought they were doing a better job’

The GOP nominee made the remarks in an interview with Fox News Channel.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:16 PM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 05/29/2012

Presidential Medal of Freedom: Obama honors Bob Dylan, Madeleine Albright and others

President Obama will present the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to 13 men and women.

By Natalie Jennings  |  03:14 PM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 05/29/2012

Romney in Colorado attacks Obama’s job creation record

“He said he was going to create some 5 million green energy jobs,” Romney said. “Have you seen those around here anywhere?”

By Nia Malika-Henderson  |  03:02 PM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  election-2012

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 05/29/2012

Ron Paul Festival, coming to the Republican National Convention

Supporters of Ron Paul are planning a confab of their own in the run-up to this summer’s Republican National Convention in Tampa.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:24 PM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 05/29/2012

Mitt Romney: ‘I’m just a kid that wants to make a difference for America’

Romney made his pitch to voters in an interview on Fox News Channel.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:47 PM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 05/29/2012

Michelle Obama promotes new book on White House garden, ‘American Grown’

The First Lady stopped by “Good Morning America” Tuesday morning to promote the book.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:24 PM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 05/29/2012

Romney’s ‘Latino problem’ similar to alcoholism, says Rep. Xavier Becerra

Rep. Xavier Becerra, a top House Democrat, said that Romney needs to seek help for his “Latino problem.”

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:53 AM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 05/29/2012

Obama to award Medal of Freedom, Romney in Co., Nev. | May 29 campaign schedules

Mitt Romney will likely finally clinch the Republican nomination after Tuesday’s Texas primaries, but he’ll be farther west, holding campaign events in Colorado and Nevada.

By Natalie Jennings  |  09:30 AM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 05/29/2012

Romney, Obama and the white working-class vote (Tuesday’s Trail Mix)

TRAIL MIX | The white working class has typically made up about 40 percent of the electorate in past years. Which way will that group vote this fall?

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:00 AM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 PM ET, 05/25/2012

Obama, Romney stories show there is life beyond high school

Recent stories about misbehavior in their younger days show how far each one has come

By Karen Tumulty  |  07:06 PM ET, 05/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 05/25/2012

Wisconsin recall: DNC’s Debbie Wasserman Schultz sees no national impact if Democrats lose

The DNC chairwoman also dismissed concerns that national Democrats haven’t contributed enough money to the effort to oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:38 PM ET, 05/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 05/25/2012

The Choom Gang: President Obama’s pot-smoking high school days detailed in Maraniss book

Political blogs went to pot Friday with the release of more excerpts from a book on Obama’s past.

By Natalie Jennings  |  03:20 PM ET, 05/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 05/25/2012

Campaign donations by text message: An FEC ruling on legality could come soon

An FEC ruling could come soon on legalizing political contributions made by text message.

By  |  12:56 PM ET, 05/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 05/25/2012

Mitt Romney and the Hispanic vote (Friday’s Trail Mix)

TRAIL MIX VIDEO | The presumptive GOP nominee and his party face a tough road as they try to court Latinos.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:41 AM ET, 05/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 05/25/2012

Biden making West Point commencement speech | Weekend campaign schedule

The presidential candidates will lay low Friday and for most of the holiday weekend, while the vice president has a handful of official events.

By Natalie Jennings  |  09:00 AM ET, 05/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  brief

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 05/24/2012

Mitt Romney to supporters: Dine with Donald Trump

The Romney camp is offering supporters a chance to have dinner with The Donald.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:50 PM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 05/24/2012

Obama to rally supporters at Iowa fairgrounds where Romney defended corporations

By David Nakamura  |  04:08 PM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 05/24/2012

Ron Paul supporters roil Clark County, Nevada, GOP

A quintet of top officials have resigned from the Clark County Republican Party over differences with Ron Paul supporters.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:35 PM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 05/24/2012

Hecklers mar Romney’s visit to inner-city charter school in Philadelphia

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee gets a less-than-warm welcome as he visits an inner-city charter school to promote his education agenda.

By Philip Rucker  |  03:15 PM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 05/24/2012

Marco Rubio: ‘Historic’ reasons for Obama’s wide lead among Hispanics

The Florida senator chalked up the Democrats’ advantage among Hispanics to longer-term factors.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:41 PM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hispanics, Latinos

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 05/24/2012

Ron Barber, former Giffords aide, wouldn’t say in debate whether he would vote for Obama

Former Gabrielle Giffords aide Ron Barber initially declined to say who he would vote for in the presidential election. But he’s clarified his position today.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:45 AM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 05/24/2012

Romney touting education plan in Philadelphia; Obama to Iowa | Campaign schedules

By Natalie Jennings  |  09:12 AM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brief

Posted at 11:47 PM ET, 05/23/2012

Colin Powell criticizes Romney on foreign policy; says he has ‘no problem’ with gay marriage

The former secretary of state had some harsh words for the presumptive GOP nominee on his assertion that Russia is “number one geopolitical foe.”

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:47 PM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 05/23/2012

Romney address to Latinos comes as campaign works to make up ground with key constituency

Polls show Romney lagging Obama among Hispanics by as much as 35 percentage points.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:30 PM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 05/23/2012

Romney accuses Obama of waging a ‘war on job creators’

By Philip Rucker  |  02:37 PM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 05/23/2012

Romney aide: Bain debate welcome because it turns focus on Obama economic record

Romney senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom says Obama’s focus on Romney’s successful business career brings more focus to the president’s economic record.

By Philip Rucker  |  01:10 PM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 05/23/2012

Obama campaign seeks to mobilize LGBT supporters

The roll-out comes two weeks after President Obama’s announcement that he supports same-sex marriage.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:09 PM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 05/23/2012

White House visitors’ logs: How many visits did the GOP hopefuls make?

The newly-launched Washington Post database shows few visits by GOP White House hopefuls.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:50 PM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 05/23/2012

Obama opens two-day trip with commencement address at Air Force Academy

This is the fourth year that the president will mark the graduation at a military service institution. This year, the speech will be in the swing state of Colorado.

By David Nakamura  |  11:04 AM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 05/23/2012

Is the Obama-Romney gender gap narrowing? (Wednesday’s Trail Mix)

TRAIL MIX | New Post-ABC poll suggests that Obama’s advantage over Romney among women is narrowing as the so-called “war on women” has receded from the spotlight.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:57 AM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 05/23/2012

Romney addresses Latino coalition in D.C. and Obama goes to Co., Calif. | Campaign schedules

Mitt Romney will be in Washington on Wednesday, while President Obama will head west; the political classes parse the meaning of the Arkansas and Kentucky Democratic primary results.

By Natalie Jennings  |  08:50 AM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 PM ET, 05/22/2012

Biden: Romney’s Bain experience ‘no more qualifies you to be president than being a plumber’

The vice president said Mitt Romney’s private equity background “no more qualifies you to be president than being a plumber.”

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:03 PM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 05/22/2012

Nine in 10 Americans say contraception is ‘morally acceptable’

The survey is the latest data point in the ongoing contraception debate.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:55 PM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 05/22/2012

Romney was involved in ‘raping’ companies at Bain, top House Dem says

James Clyburn used some provocative language in criticizing Romney.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:20 PM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 05/22/2012

Romney camp on whether government creates jobs: Yes and no

Romney’s campaign says he created jobs as governor — a message that appears to be at odds with a key GOP tenet that government doesn’t create jobs.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:51 PM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 05/22/2012

Rod Paige, other Bush administration appointees named to Mitt Romney’s education advisory group

Mitt Romney announces a team of education policy advisers that includes former education secretary Rod Paige and other top Bush appointees.

By Philip Rucker  |  12:44 PM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education, Mitt Romney

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 05/22/2012

Mitt Romney’s Bain record is fair game taken as a whole, top surrogate says

John H. Sununu said that the Obama campaign should stop “cherry picking” instances from Romney’s Bain record.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:56 AM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 05/22/2012

Is Romney’s Bain tenure fair game for the Obama campaign? (Tuesday’s Trail Mix)

TRAIL MIX | The Obama camp’s focus on Bain carries some risks as well as rewards.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:49 AM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 05/22/2012

Joe Biden heads to New England | Campaign schedule for May 22

Your look at what the candidates and campaigns are focusing on May 22.

By Natalie Jennings  |  09:11 AM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brief

Posted at 06:06 PM ET, 05/21/2012

Iowa GOP takes shot at Obama
with ‘natural-born citizen’ requirement

On the heels of the Arizona secretary of state’s suggestion that Obama may not make the ballot comes a new effort by some Republicans to question the president’s qualifications.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:06 PM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 05/21/2012

Michelle Obama’s campaign strategy and Cory Booker’s walk-back | Weekend #campaignreads

What election coverage generated buzz over the weekend? There was plenty to talk about, even before Cory Booker’s “honest” mistake.

By Natalie Jennings  |  01:32 PM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 05/21/2012

Romney camp: We expected Obama to outraise us ‘four-to-one’

Woody Johnson told donors at a fundraiser that the gap between Romney and the president was not as large as expected.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:21 PM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 05/21/2012

Marco Rubio’s argument: Obama 2012 is not the Obama of 2008

The argument is a new one being made by the freshman senator from Florida. Will it pay off?

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:34 PM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 05/21/2012

Can Obama win Iowa? (Monday’s Trail Mix)

TRAIL MIX | Obama won Iowa by 10 percentage points in 2008. Can he do it again? A lot will depend, as it did then, on voter enthusiasm.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:31 AM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iowa, presidential election

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 05/21/2012

President Obama’s schedule for May 21: NATO summit and a visit to Joplin

Here’s your look at President Obama’s schedule for May 21, from the White House Press office.

By Natalie Jennings  |  08:41 AM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, Mitt Romney

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 05/19/2012

NAACP endorses same-sex marriage

Organization adds its influential voice to a debate that has divided the African-American community.

By Peter Wallsten  |  05:19 PM ET, 05/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NAACP, Gay Marriage

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 05/19/2012

Michelle Obama hosts G-8 spouses at White House

First lady Michelle Obama hosted the significant others of foreign leaders who are visiting the United States for the Group of Eight summit for a tour and lunch Saturday at the White House.

By Krissah Thompson  |  01:23 PM ET, 05/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 AM ET, 05/19/2012

‘Birther’ controversy: Arizona election official says it’s ‘possible’ Obama might not make ballot

Ken Bennett said in a radio interview that there are unanswered questions about the president’s birth certificate. The president released the long form of that document last year.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:15 AM ET, 05/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Birthers, Arizona

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 05/18/2012

Biden on West Virginians’ vote for felon Keith Judd: ‘I don’t blame people’ for frustration over economy

Vice President Biden speculated that some Democratic primary voters backed a felon over President Obama because they are angry and frustrated about the economy.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:36 PM ET, 05/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 05/18/2012

Mitt and Ann Romney each give $75,000 to Romney Victory Fund

The amounts are the maximum that outside individuals are allowed to contribute to Mitt Romney’s campaign, the RNC and four state-level committees.

By Dan Eggen  |  04:43 PM ET, 05/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Campaign finance

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 05/18/2012

Mitt Romney plans restful break after busy week

A few reasons why the GOP front-runner may feel the need for a day or two off.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  04:12 PM ET, 05/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 05/18/2012

Ahead of NATO summit, Mitt Romney argues that bipartisan defense cuts are Obama’s fault

The facts, however, paint a more complicated picture.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:10 PM ET, 05/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 05/18/2012

John Thune hasn’t been contacted yet by Romney vetting team, says report

The Romney team has yet to reach out to the South Dakota Republican, according to The Hill newspaper.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:04 PM ET, 05/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 05/18/2012

Day One redux and where undecideds get their news | #campaignreads

An old #campaignreads pick that deserves a second look after Mitt Romney released his first ad of the general election.

By Natalie Jennings  |  01:02 PM ET, 05/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CampaignReads

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 05/18/2012

Obama hosts world leaders at Camp David, Romney to N.H. | Schedules for May 18

Here’s your look at the candidates’ schedules for May 18.

By Natalie Jennings  |  09:41 AM ET, 05/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 05/17/2012

Americans Elect calls it quits

Group that promoted a centrist third party comes up short.

By Krissah Thompson  |  05:47 PM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 05/17/2012

Jeremiah Wright and Joe Ricketts: Analysis from around the Web | #Campaignreads

Today’s #campaignreads picks are takes from around the Web on the fallout from the New York Times’ bombshell report.

By Natalie Jennings  |  01:28 PM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 05/17/2012

Mitt Romney’s schedule for Thursday

By Natalie Jennings  |  08:43 AM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brief

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 05/16/2012

Romney’s Mormonism could help him in the polls, study finds

A study released by the Brookings Institution suggests Romney’s religion may be a factor in November, but not in the way one might expect.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:44 PM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 05/16/2012

Romney, Obama campaign staffers debate an actual issue on Twitter

By Natalie Jennings  |  04:31 PM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 05/16/2012

Romney, responding to Bain attacks, says Obama responsible for 100,000 auto job losses

The presumptive GOP presidential candidate was responding to attacks from Obama about his time at Bain Capital.

By Philip Rucker  |  03:35 PM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 05/16/2012

On the debt ceiling, student loans and ‘fake fights’

Both parties on Capitol Hill accuse each other of creating “fake fights.” And both sides are right.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:46 PM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 05/16/2012

Herman Cain formally endorses Mitt Romney

The move marks Cain’s third endorsement in the GOP race.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:19 PM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 05/16/2012

Deb Fischer’s surprise win and the most competitive county in Va. | #campaignreads

Here are links to the stories that will bring you up to speed, courtesy of those who tweet it for a living.

By Natalie Jennings  |  01:15 PM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  #CampaignReads

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 05/16/2012

Obama tries to sandwich Republicans on jobs plan, at a Washington deli

The president stopped by a Washington sandwich shop to pick up some hoagies — and to make his latest pitch on his economic agenda.

By David Nakamura  |  11:56 AM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 05/16/2012

Grover Norquist makes the case for Bobby Jindal for veep

Norquist argues that the Louisiana governor is the best choice for Romney because of his record on “bold reforms at the state level.”

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:39 AM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  election-2012

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 05/16/2012

Bain Capital ad buy: Money effectively spent for Obama?

TRAIL MIX | Why the Obama camp’s $83,000 ad buy was worth it.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:53 AM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign advertising

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 05/16/2012

Mitt Romney campaigns in Florida, Obama presses ‘To-Do List’| Schedules for May 16

Here’s your look at the candidates’s schedules for Wednesday.

By Natalie Jennings  |  07:07 AM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 05/15/2012

Obamas’ 2011 assets valued at as much as $8 million; includes up to $1 million in JPMorgan Chase account

The amount includes as much as $1 million held in a JPMorgan Chase checking account.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:49 PM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 05/15/2012

George W. Bush backs Mitt Romney

Through closing elevator doors, the former president told a reporter Tuesday that the presumptive GOP nominee has his support.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:15 PM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 05/15/2012

Mitt Romney on Obama and Clinton: It’s a beef, not a bromance

At a speech in Des Moines, Romney name-dropped Clinton, as if he was a friend of Bill.  

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  04:48 PM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 05/15/2012

In Omaha, Obama campaign works to ‘defend the dot’

Nebraska awards its delegates by district, and Omaha’s one electoral college vote could make a difference.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:20 PM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 05/15/2012

Obama campaign aims for victory in Omaha (Tuesday’s Trail Mix)

TRAIL MIX | Omaha has just one electoral vote. Can Democrats ‘defend the dot’ that Obama won in 2008?

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:48 AM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:08 AM ET, 05/15/2012

Mitt Romney in Iowa, President Obama hosts L.A. Galaxy | Schedules for May 15

Here’s your look at the candidates’ schedules for Tuesday, primary day in Nebraska and Oregon.

By Natalie Jennings  |  08:08 AM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brief

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 05/14/2012

James Clyburn backs same-sex marriage; says ‘national’ approach is needed

The No. 3 House Democrat on Monday appeared to go further than President Obama in his support for a national policy legalizing gay marriage.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:59 PM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 05/14/2012

Obama’s gay marriage move won’t matter in House races: DCCC chair

Steve Israel says most races this year will continue to hinge on the theme of “extremism versus solutions.”

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:21 PM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 05/14/2012

Courting women, Obama gives commencement speech at Barnard College

Commencement address, appearance on “The View” are part of campaign for support from women voters.

By David Nakamura  |  01:49 PM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 05/14/2012

N.M. Gov. Susana Martinez criticizes Romney’s ‘self-deportation’ idea

The criticism is unusual coming from a potential running mate.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:28 PM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 05/14/2012

President Obama’s schedule for May 14

President Obama will spend today in New York, while Mitt Romney’s schedule is clear.

By Natalie Jennings  |  09:25 AM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brief

Posted at 06:49 AM ET, 05/14/2012

Barack Obama: ‘The First Gay President’?

Newsweek bestows provocative title on Barack Obama after he shows support for same-sex marriage.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:49 AM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 05/11/2012

Romney silent on gay marriage in visit to North Carolina, focuses on economy

Romney, who opposes gay marriage but believes same-sex couples should be afforded some rights, continued his careful strategy of staying largely mute on the subject.

By Philip Rucker  |  03:56 PM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Carolina

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 05/11/2012

Romney: Gay marriage stance was ‘not a religious decision’

In a local Omaha TV interview, Romney said that his views on gay marriage are not based on his religion.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:06 PM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 05/11/2012

Stakes raised for Romney ahead of Liberty University address

The visit comes as the same-sex marriage debate is heating up.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:41 PM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 05/11/2012

Obama hangs with Clooney in L.A.

The $40,000-a-head fundraiser is expected to collect up to $15 million for the president’s reelection campaign.

By Amy Gardner  |  01:05 PM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 05/11/2012

President Obama, Mitt Romney schedules for May 11

By Natalie Jennings  |  09:21 AM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  presidential election

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 05/11/2012

Obama’s same-sex marriage announcement stirs buzz on Twitter | @MentionMachine

President Obama’s name was mentioned on Twitter 112,294 times on Wednesday after he endorsed same-sex marriage

By Natalie Jennings  |  08:43 AM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mention Machine

Posted at 06:49 PM ET, 05/10/2012

White House: Biden apologized to Obama for ‘Meet the Press’ comments on same-sex marriage

Vice president regretted saying he supported gay marriage before administration had planned to.

By Scott Wilson  |  06:49 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:29 PM ET, 05/10/2012

Romney: Gay couples should have right to adopt

“In my state, individuals of the same sex are able to adopt children. In my view, that’s something which people have the right to do,” Romney tells Fox Business Network.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:29 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MItt Romney

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 05/10/2012

Obama campaign announces winners of Clooney dinner

Obama campaign announcers the winners of a Clooney dinner sweepstakes.

By Amy Gardner  |  05:08 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 05/10/2012

Romney in Omaha doesn’t comment on gay marriage, high school pranks — sticks to energy, moms

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee avoided discussing either his high school “hijinks” or President Obama’s decision on same-sex marriage.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:37 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Nebraska

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 05/10/2012

Mitt Romney’s high school years: Readers chat with reporter Jason Horowitz

Jason Horowitz will chat with readers on the Washington Post’s Facebook page at 3:30 p.m. ET.

By Natalie Jennings  |  12:10 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 05/10/2012

Obama spiritual adviser Joel Hunter concerned about support of gay marriage

The pastor says he won’t abandon the president but fears the move could prompt laws that could force religious institutions’ hands. Obama says no.

By byPeter Wallsten  |  10:30 AM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 05/10/2012

Romney reaching to gain ground in fundraising race (Thursday’s Trail Mix)

Mitt Romney was Oklahoma City on Wednesday to raise money at the home of billionaire oil tycoon Harold Hamm.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:40 AM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 05/10/2012

President Obama, Mitt Romney schedules for Thursday

President Obama will be in campaign mode a day after he endorsed same-sex marriage , while Mitt Romney has one stop in Nebraska.

By Natalie Jennings  |  08:42 AM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/10/2012

Ann Romney on Mother’s Day: ‘Mitt always brings me lilacs’

The tradition started the year Ann Romney became a mother, she writes.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:27 PM ET, 05/09/2012

As Obama backs gay marriage, Romney maintains opposition, calls it a ‘tender’ issue

In Oklahoma, GOP front-runner declines to use Obama’s shift on same-sex marriage against him.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:27 PM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 05/09/2012

Richard Mourdock: Washington won’t compromise

The Indiana politician who beat out Sen. Richard Lugar in the state GOP primary said that “

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:55 PM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 05/09/2012

Romney in Colorado oil field calls Obama energy policies ‘out of date’

Visiting a Colorado oil field, Romney told supporters that he would lower energy costs and create more jobs in oil, gas and coal production.

By Philip Rucker  |  01:52 PM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Colorado, oil industry, energy

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 05/09/2012

Obama may clarify position on same-sex marriage in interview today

The president has been under intense pressure on the issue since Sunday, when Vice President Biden said he was “absolutely comfortable” with it.

By Peter Wallsten  |  01:20 PM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, Same-sex marriage

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 05/09/2012

Rick Santorum on Jay Leno explains Romney endorsement

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum explained his rationale for endorsing Mitt Romney on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

By Natalie Jennings  |  09:44 AM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 05/09/2012

Mitt Romney, President Obama schedules for May 9

President Obamawill remain in Washington today while Mitt Romney goes west. Here is your look at the candidates’ schedules for May 9.

By Natalie Jennings  |  08:45 AM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brief

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/09/2012

Richard Lugar’s loss and outside spending (Wednesday’s Trail Mix)

What does Lugar’s loss mean for 2012 more broadly?

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:17 PM ET, 05/08/2012

White House issues statement on “retirement” of Richard Lugar

President Obama expresses appreciation for Lugar’s willingness “to reach across the aisle and get things done.”

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:17 PM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 05/08/2012

Marco Rubio: ‘I think I am one of the only senators here who still has a student loan’

The freshman Republican highlights his youth in a statement on the Senate’s student loan vote.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:10 PM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 05/08/2012

Romney says he, not Obama, offers America a path ‘forward'

Mitt Romney accuses President Obama of recycling tired policies of “old-school liberals” and asserts that it is he, not Obama, who offers America a path forward.

By Philip Rucker  |  02:34 PM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 05/08/2012

RNC Hispanic outreach director: Romney is ‘still deciding what his position on immigration is’

Romney is “still deciding what his position on immigration is,” RNC Hispanic outreach director said..

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:40 PM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 05/08/2012

Obama campaign curating songs for Spotify playlist

The Obama campaign on Sunday released its latest Spotify playlist, a compilation of songs suggested by supporters.

By Natalie Jennings  |  12:49 PM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 05/08/2012

Obama to push Congress on ‘to-do list’ in Albany speech

The president will propose a five-point “to-do list” that features job creation and mortgage relief measures at an appearance in Albany, N.Y.

By David Nakamura  |  10:44 AM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 05/08/2012

President Obama and Mitt Romney: May 8 schedules

Here’s a look at where the candidates will spend Tuesday.

By Natalie Jennings  |  08:28 AM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign schedule

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/08/2012

Is same-sex marriage a lose-lose issue for Obama? (Tuesday’s Trail Mix)

TRAIL MIX VIDEO | If he does nothing, he risks being portrayed as a political opportunist who says one thing and does another.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 PM ET, 05/07/2012

Rick Santorum endorses Mitt Romney

In a letter to supporters, Santorum says he is impressed with Romney’s “commitment to economic policies that preserve and strengthen families.”

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  11:47 PM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 PM ET, 05/07/2012

Gay marriage: a ‘very clear distinction’ between Obama and Romney, Axelrod says

The president’s campaign adviser David Axelrod notes a “very clear distinction” between Obama and Romney on gay unions.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:00 PM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 05/07/2012

Romney says he hoped Obama would have been successful

Mitt Romney to Americans who may have supported Obama four years ago but have grown disillusioned with his presidency: I’m one of you.

By Philip Rucker  |  03:52 PM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  election-2012

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 05/07/2012

Romney silent at first when questioner says Obama should be ‘tried for treason’

The former Massachusetts governor and presumptive Republican presidential nominee did not admonish a questioner for suggesting that President Obama be tried for treason.

By Philip Rucker  |  03:23 PM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 05/07/2012

RNC chairman’s criticism highlights risk to Obama of staying mum on same-sex marriage

Chairman Reince Priebus told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell that the president is being disingenuous about his views on marriage.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:07 PM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 05/07/2012

Hillary Clinton: ‘I think that there will be an election that will elect a woman’

In Kolkata, Clinton said she believes the United States will one day elect a woman president.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:45 PM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 05/07/2012

Obama’s $25 million ad buy just the beginning, strategists say

Senior strategists say $25m ad buy is just the beginning of their effort to communicate the president’s “forward-looking” message and Mitt Romney’s “backward” promises.

By Amy Gardner  |  11:55 AM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/07/2012

The battle for Ohio (Monday’s Trail Mix)

TRAIL MIX | The campaign has formally kicked off, and Obama and Romney are focusing their efforts on a perennial swing state.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 05/06/2012

Biden same-sex marriage comments were from the heart, says prominent supporter

Chad Griffin, the incoming chairman of the Human Rights Campaign, said Biden’s remarks represented his true views on the issue.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:52 PM ET, 05/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 05/06/2012

Gingrich: Obama slogan should be ‘Downward,’ not ‘Forward’

The former House speaker dinged the Obama campaign for its new slogan.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:44 PM ET, 05/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 05/06/2012

Rubio defends scaled-back DREAM Act, says it addresses ‘humanitarian issue’

Rubio argued that his proposal is not amnesty but an effort to tackle issue of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:19 PM ET, 05/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 05/06/2012

Biden: I’m ‘absolutely comfortable’ with gay couples having same rights as straight couples

Asked whether the Obama administration in a second term would come out in favor of same-sex marriage, Biden declined to say.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:14 AM ET, 05/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:41 PM ET, 05/05/2012

Obama re-election campaign kickoff: A lot of excitement among supporters, and some nerves, too

As the president moves his re-election campaign into high gear, supporters say they’re ready to be excited again — but they’re nervous, too

By Amy Gardner  |  10:41 PM ET, 05/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 05/05/2012

Dem Senate hopefuls don’t shy away from Obama in Virginia, Ohio

Democrats Sherrod Brown and Tim Kaine appeared with Obama today — a sign that they may view the president as more of an asset than a liability in their Senate bids.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:10 PM ET, 05/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia Senate, Virginia

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 05/05/2012

Obama’s reelection campaign officially starts at Ohio State: Transcript

The full remarks of first lady Michelle Obama and President Obama.

By Terri Rupar  |  05:13 PM ET, 05/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 05/05/2012

David Plouffe on crowd size: ‘We’re happy to have that debate’

Turnout at the Obama event at Ohio State was about 14,000, short of the stadium’s 18,300 capacity.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:56 PM ET, 05/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 05/05/2012

Michelle Obama’s 2008 ‘starburst’ brooch makes appearance at 2012 campaign kickoff

Despite new “Forward” theme, Michelle Obama’s jewelry at campaign kickoff was nod to past.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:54 PM ET, 05/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:37 PM ET, 05/04/2012

Chris Christie urges politicians to treat Americans ‘like adults’ by telling truth

“Don’t tell me the American people are not ready to hear the truth” on economy, he says in speech to Cato Institute.

By Philip Rucker  |  09:37 PM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 05/04/2012

Wisconsin recall: AFL-CIO’s Trumka declares (moral) victory over Gov. Scott Walker

Even if Republican Gov. Scott Walker wins, “he would be a debilitated governor,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says in a C-SPAN interview.

By Peter Wallsten  |  05:53 PM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 05/04/2012

Allen West: Obama’s economic policies are ‘destroying the black community’

The freshman House Republican from Florida seizes on Friday’s disappointing jobs report.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:51 PM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 05/04/2012

Romneys get two more grandchildren, bringing total to 18

Mitt Romney’s eldest son, Tagg, announced Friday the arrival of twin boys, David Mitt and William Ryder, who were born to a surrogate.

By Philip Rucker  |  04:02 PM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 05/04/2012

Romney keeps up attack on Obama over jobs report

Mitt Romney took his attack on President Obama’s economic policies to a Pittsburgh factory Friday, again using the April unemployment report to make his point.

By T.W. Farnam  |  02:42 PM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 05/04/2012

Obama to officially kick off reelection bid with Saturday rallies after campaign-heavy week

The president’s formally launching his reelection bid after a week that was busy with, well, events geared toward his reelection bid.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:33 PM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 05/04/2012

Ahead of campaign kick-off, VCU students say Obama needs to ‘wake up Virginians’

Many students at Virginia Commonwealth University, where the president will address supporters Saturday, are far from reaching their enthusiasm levels of 2008.

By Samra Khawaja  |  01:14 PM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 05/04/2012

The big impact of Ron Paul’s small wins (Friday’s Trail Mix video)

Rep. Ron Paul’s (R-Tex.) efforts to win over delegates may have a noticeable effect on the Republican National Convention.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:46 AM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ron Paul, Republican National Convention

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 05/04/2012

Mitt Romney: Jobs report ‘terrible and very disappointing’

While the country added 115,000 jobs in April, Romney said Friday that in a “normal recovery,” each month would bring some 500,000 new jobs.

By Philip Rucker  |  10:23 AM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Monthly jobs report, Unemploymeht

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 05/04/2012

Romney defends gay staffer who resigned, calls Grenell ‘very accomplished’

The GOP front-runner says Richard Grenell was “capable” and “very accomplished” and that he wanted Grenell to stay in his job.

By Philip Rucker and Felicia Sonmez  |  10:04 AM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  election-2012

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 05/03/2012

Mitt Romney criticizes Obama administration’s handling of blind Chinese activist Chen

Mitt Romney criticized the administration for its dealings with Chen Guangcheng, who made a daring escape from house arrest and then fled to the U.S. embassy.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  03:56 PM ET, 05/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 05/03/2012

Va. GOP chair: Obama ‘calculating Chicago political operator’ — no disrespect meant to city

Under questioning from a Chicago reporter, Virginia GOP Chairman Pat Mullins emphasized that he meant no insult to Chicagoans.

By  |  12:25 PM ET, 05/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Chicago, Republican National Committee, Virginia Republican Party

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 05/02/2012

Newt Gingrich brings campaign to a close, with swipes at Obama, jokes at his own expense

The former House speaker formally exited the GOP race at the Arlington Hilton, with swipes at the president and jokes at his own expense.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:10 PM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 05/02/2012

As Gingrich exits GOP race, Obama camp video highlights his attacks on Romney

The former House speaker will leave the GOP race Wednesday afternoon — and Democrats aren’t letting the event go by quietly.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:36 PM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 05/02/2012

In Virginia visit, Romney says Obama policies are ‘backbreaking’ for small businesses

Mitt Romney says the Obama team is “the most anti-small business administration I’ve seen probably since Carter.

By Philip Rucker  |  01:18 PM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Virginia

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 05/02/2012

Arizona Senate race: Ten questions for Richard Carmona

Excerpts from an interview with Richard Carmona, the Democratic candidate in the race to succeed Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.).

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:34 PM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 05/02/2012

Arizona Senate race: Ten questions for Rep. Jeff Flake

Excerpts from an interview with the GOP front-runner in the race to succeed Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.).

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:30 PM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:16 AM ET, 05/02/2012

Osama bin Laden anniversary: Is the White House overplaying its hand? (Wednesday’s Trail Mix video)

TRAIL MIX | Some say Obama’s seemingly well-timed trip to Afghanistan is a political move; others argue it’s unrelated to the campaign.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:16 AM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 05/01/2012

Romney marks Osama bin Laden anniversary with Giuliani at N.Y. firehouse

GOP presidential candidate reiterated that he would have given the same order as President Obama to kill bin Laden.

By Philip Rucker  |  03:51 PM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 05/01/2012

Mitt Romney: ‘Any thinking American’ would have ordered Osama bin Laden killing

Mitt Romney today accused President Obama of politicizing the one-year anniversary of the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

By  |  02:13 PM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Osama bin Laden

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 05/01/2012

Marco Rubio on Florida GOP credit card: ‘I shouldn’t have done it that way’

The potential VP pick talks about his use of a Florida GOP credit card to make personal purchases.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:39 PM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 05/01/2012

Mitt Romney meets with Michael Bloomberg in New York

The GOP frontrunner held his first meeting with the independent New York City mayor on Tuesday in New York.

By Felicia Sonmez and Philip Rucker  |  12:23 PM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 05/01/2012

Newt Gingrich tells supporters in a video that he’ll end his campaign on Wednesday

The former House speaker announced in a video to supporters that he will end his White House bid on Wednesday.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:55 AM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 05/01/2012

On bin Laden anniversary, Obama, Romney campaigns come out swinging

The presidential campaigns marked the anniversary of the al-Qaeda leader’s death by taking political shots at each other.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:12 AM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 05/01/2012

Will bin Laden’s death translate into political advantage for Obama? (Tuesday’s Trail Mix video)

TRAIL MIX | Polling data suggests that any bounce that Obama got from bin Laden’s death was a short-lived one.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:38 AM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 04/30/2012

Should presidential contenders debate the debt?

A bipartisan think tank is calling on President Obama and Mitt Romney to take up the issue of the $16 trillion national debt.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:17 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 04/30/2012

Bin Laden anniversary: Biden called Obama’s approach ‘naive’ in 2007 during primary campaign

Mitt Romney was not the only critic of Obama’s Pakistan policy in 2007 Joe Biden called it “naive.”

By Karen Tumulty  |  04:53 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joe Biden, Osama bin Laden, President Obama

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 04/30/2012

Michelle Obama visits Arizona as part of four-state western swing

The visit by the first lady is the latest sign that Democrats hope to turn the deep-red state into a battleground come November.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:34 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 04/30/2012

Rep. Jeff Flake wins backing of conservative kingmaker Jim DeMint in Arizona Senate race

The Arizona Senate candidate got a boost in his primary battle against businessman Wil Cardon from the South Carolina senator.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:42 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  congressional races

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 04/30/2012

Romney: ‘Even Jimmy Carter’ would have ordered Osama bin Laden killing

Romney suggested Monday that any president would have ordered the mission to kill Osama bin Laden.

By Philip Rucker  |  12:56 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Osama bin Laden, Jimmy Carter

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 04/30/2012

Ron Paul, Rand Paul to hold Texas rally with Tea Party Express

The father-and-son duo will appear at an event with the Tea Party Express in Austin on Sunday.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:16 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 04/30/2012

Romney hits the trail in New Hampshire with Kelly Ayotte, latest potential VP pick

Kelly Ayotte, a freshman senator from New Hampshire and latest potential VP pick, joins Romney on the trail Monday.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:25 AM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 04/30/2012

Some top Romney delegates don’t make the cut in Mass.

A few top Romney supporters were left high and dry at Saturday’s GOP caucuses and won’t get spots at the GOP convention.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:57 AM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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