Posts tagged: 2012 presidential election
Mitt Romney and President Obama spent much of Wednesday battling for the support of women voters — a form of electoral hand-to-hand combat that is likely to persist all the way to Nov. 6. As Time Magazine's Michael Scherer put it, “there was no doubt about the winner of the second presidential debate: Women. Both candidates lurched onto the campaign trail Wednesday with new appeals to shore up support among a key demographic that may decide the outcome in key swing states.” And ABC News political analyst Nicolle Wallace said on “Good Morning America” today that “all women are making trade-offs with both of these guys. I don't think men — but particularly women — were attracted to the nastiness in that debate. Women, more than men, are turned off when it gets below the belt”/Michael Falcone & Amy Walter, ABC News. More here. (AP file photo)
Question: Why does the media and candidates try to focus on women as a monolithic group that can be pidgeon-holed rather than a widely diverse group that simply shares gender?
President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talk at the end of the first presidential debate in Denver Wednesday. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
In a showdown at close quarters, an aggressive Mitt Romney sparred with President Barack Obama in their first campaign debate Wednesday night over taxes, deficits and strong steps needed to create jobs in a sputtering national economy. “The status quo is not going to cut it,” declared the Republican challenger. Democrat Obama in turn accused his rival of seeking to “double down” on economic policies that actually led to the devastating national downturn four years ago – and of evasiveness when it came to prescriptions for tax changes, health care, Wall Street regulation and more. With early voting already under way in dozens of states, Romney was particularly assertive in the 90-minute event that drew a television audience likely to be counted in the tens of millions – like a man intent on shaking up the campaign with a little less than five weeks to run/AP. More here. (AP photos)
Question: Who won the debate?
Five weeks before Election Day and two days before the first presidential debate, a set of new polls shows that President Obama has a slight two-point edge over Mitt Romney nationally. While both campaigns have tried to lower expectations for their respective candidate's debate performance, it's clear that conservatives expect Romney to use the debate to alter the campaign trajectory. The polls, meanwhile, show that there are also high expectations for Mr. Obama to perform well in the first debate. In a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, Mr. Obama leads Romney among likely voters nationally, 49 percent to 47 percent. The poll shows Mr. Obama with a more comfortable lead in swing states, where he leads among likely voters 52 percent to 41 percent/CBS News. More here. (AP photo)
Question: How do you expect the two major candidates to do in Wednesday's presidential debate?
Mitt Romney is trying to be a Southerner. “I am learning to say y'all, and I like grits and things,” he joked with a Mississippi audience last night. “Strange things are happening to me.” Romney, who campaigns today in Mississippi and Alabama before primaries there next week, has acknowledged that the next two states are an uphill climb/USA Today. More here. (Wikipedia photo of grits)
Question: Do you like grits? And/or: Do you like southern cooking?
Christa Hazel reports from Coeur d'Alene Resort: “Reporting that the line into the Resort Caucus sit was out the the front door. A lot of people checking in for what everyone is saying will be a long night.”
DFO: Feel free to use this post for notes/comments about the Idaho GOP caucuses.
Several hundred voters arrived before the doors opened at 4 p.m. for Tuesday's first-ever Idaho GOP presidential caucus. Lines for registration were moving smoothly and participants were given color-coded wristbands to spread them around the Taco Bell Arena at Boise State University. Among the early arrivals was 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, who said he will continue to keep his preference to himself. Labrador said he has supporters who divide their allegiance among all four major GOP candidates. “I have made it a point to not to endorse in this race,” Labrador said. “I don't think the people of Idaho want to know how I'm voting. They're independent and they're going to make up their own minds”/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Ivy Littlejohn, 13, of Pacolet, S.C. watches as Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas speak in West Columbia, S.C. A 76-year-old great-grandfather who gives eye-glazing speeches on monetary policy, displays a crotchety streak and disappears from the Republican campaign trail for days at a time to rest up is captivating young voters. Texas Rep. Ron Paul's libertarian message clicks with young people, who are supplying zest to his stronger-than-expected presidential campaign. Why would young people gravitate to the oldest guy in the field? “Freedom is a young idea,” says one youthful voter. Story here. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
Question: Why is 76YO Ron Paul connecting with today's youth?
A relaxed Mitt Romney quoted from “America the Beautiful” and projected confidence Tuesday in one of his final appearances before tonight’s Iowa caucuses. Leaving no stone unturned in his appeal to the patriotism of Iowan voters, Romney quoting from three verses of “America the Beautiful,” which he described as “one of the hymns that I love.” Romney has been dogged by suggestions that his Mormonism is off-putting to conservatives among the Republican base. But a victory in Tuesday evening's caucuses could deflate some air from that theory and go a long way to delivering the Republican presidential nomination/Niall Stanage, The Hill. More here. (AP photo)
Question: Predict how the candidates will do tonight?
he end is near — or so it seems to a segment of Christians aligned with the religious right. The global economic meltdown, numerous natural disasters and the threat of radical Islam have fueled a conviction among some evangelicals that these are the last days. While such beliefs might be dismissed as the rantings of a small but vocal minority, apocalyptic fears helped drive the antigovernment movements of the 1930s and ’40s and could help define the 2012 presidential campaign as well/Matthew Avery Sutton, WSU associate professor of history, in New York Times. More here. (Wikipedia illustration: Antichrist and the devil. From the Deeds of the Antichrist fresco by Luca Signorelli,)
Question: Do you believe in a literal fulfillment of biblical prophecy re: a future anti-Christ?
After months of flirting with politics, Donald Trump said Monday he won't run for president, choosing to stick with hosting “The Celebrity Apprentice” over a bid for the Republican nomination. The reality TV star and real estate mogul made his announcement at a Manhattan hotel as NBC, which airs his show, rolled out its fall lineup. “I will not be running for president as much as I'd like to,” Trump said/Associated Press. More here.
Question: With Mike Huckabee and now Donald Trump deciding to stay out of the 2012 GOP presidential race, who do you think becomes the frontrunner? Does any of the rest of the field excite you?
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Saturday he won't seek the Republican presidential nomination, choosing to stick with a lucrative career as a television and radio personality over a race that would be both costly and caustic. “All the factors say go, but my heart says no,” Huckabee, the winner of the 2008 Iowa caucuses, said on his Fox News Channel show. Huckabee's decision further muddies the GOP field as the Republican Party seeks a challenger for President Barack Obama/Associated Press. More here.
In a yet to be aired interview, Sarah Palin said she believes it would be possible for her to beat President Obama if she ran for President. During an interview for an upcoming Barbara Walters special, Palin said “I believe so,” when Walters asked Palin “If you ran for president, could you beat Barack Obama?” “I’m looking at the lay of the land now, and … trying to figure that out, if it’s a good thing for the country, for the discourse, for my family, if it’s a good thing,” Palin said. Palin appears to be inching the ball ever slightly toward acknowledging she is seriously thinking about running for president next year/CNN. More here.
Question: Can Sarah Palin beat Barack Obama in 2012, if she gets the GOP nod?