1. Politician blurts out something incendiary. 2. The remark goes viral. 3. Fundraisers man the phones.
Both the Obama and Romney campaigns cite the mainstream media to lend credibility to their ads and appeals to voters.
Republicans have long defined themselves in part on their hawkish stance on national security issues and their popularity among the military and veterans. But the makeup of the nation’s armed forces is changing, and Obama hopes to win over veterans by appealing to the same subgroups that propelled him to victory in 2008: women, minorities and young people.
The president seized on some of Romney’s wealth-related campaign-trail missteps as he argued that the former Massachusetts governor is out of step with the middle class.