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US Presidential Election Roundup 3/11 – 10/11

US President Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term in office on Tuesday after a close race against Governor Mitt Romney.

Polls in the final days before Election Day suggested ties in the crucial states of Florida, Ohio, Virginia and Colorado with both President Obama and Mitt Romney making final appeals to voters on Monday. President Obama spoke to 20,000 supporters in Iowa, saying, ‘This is where our movement for change began. Right here’, while Mitt Romney rallied with 12,000 voters in New Hampshire, saying that, ‘This is a special moment for Ann and for me because this is where our campaign began. You got this campaign started a year and a half ago at the Scammon Farm.’

Talking to reporters Romney revealed that he had not written a concession speech, saying, ‘I just finished writing a victory speech. It’s about 1,118 words. And, uh, I’m sure it will change before I’m finished, because I haven’t passed it around to my family and friends and advisers to get their reaction, but I’ve only written one speech at this point.’

As exit poll results emerged, both Obama and Romney remained tied for some time in Florida and Virginia, while Obama was said to have a 3% lead in Ohio.

NBC became the first network to call the election for President Obama, with Rachel Maddow confirming that, ‘We have just learned that in the state of Ohio, NBC News has projected that President Obama has won the state of Ohio. President Obama has been re-elected for a second term.’

Despite campaign staff preparing to challenge the result in states they deemed too close to call Romney eventually decided to concede, thanking his wife Ann, his running mate Paul Ryan and his campaign staff in a short concession speech in Boston and stating that, ‘The nation, as you know, is at a critical point. At a time like this we can’t risk partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people’s work, and we citizens also have to rise to occasion.’ He added that, ‘I so wish that I had been able to fulfil your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader, and so Ann and I join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation.’

Advisers later describes the atmosphere in the Romney campaign as the result became clearer,  while Conservative commentators such as Bill O’Reilly were quick to analyse the Republican failure as it emerged. On Fox News, O’Reilly commented that, ‘The white establishment is now the minority,’ adding that, ‘And the voters, many of them, feel that the economic system is stacked against them and they want stuff. You are going to see a tremendous Hispanic vote for President Obama. Overwhelming black vote for President Obama. And women will probably break President Obama’s way. People feel that they are entitled to things and which candidate, between the two, is going to give them things?

President Obama delivered his victory remarks in Chicago, saying, ‘I want to thank every American who participated in this election, whether you voted for the very first time or waited in line for a very long time. By the way, we have to fix that. Whether you pounded the pavement or picked up the phone, whether you held an Obama sign or a Romney sign, you made your voice heard and you made a difference.’ The President also thanked Vice-President Joe Biden, and also said that, ‘I wouldn’t be the man I am today without the woman who agreed to marry me 20 years ago. Let me say this publicly: Michelle, I have never loved you more. I have never been prouder to watch the rest of America fall in love with you, too, as our nation’s first lady.’ The President went on to praise his campaign staff, stating, ‘To the best campaign team and volunteers in the history of politics. The best. The best ever. Some of you were new this time around, and some of you have been at my side since the very beginning. But all of you are family. No matter what you do or where you go from here, you will carry the memory of the history we made together and you will have the lifelong appreciation of a grateful President.’

Meanwhile, in the Congressional elections, Republicans retained control of the House of Representatives, while the Democrats increased their majority in the Senate. In addition, equal marriage propositions were successful in Washington state, Maine and Maryland, leading to speculation as to the implications for the Supreme Court, while recreation marijuana was legalised in Washington state and Colorado.

Following the presidential election results, footage emerged of the newly re-elected President Obama wiping tears from his face as he thanked his campaign staff. The media also picked up on the accidentally published Mitt Romney ‘Victory’ splash page and transition website.

Since the results, ABC News has drawn up a list of economic issues that President Obama will have to deal with in his second term, including the situation in Europe, payroll taxes and unemployment benefits, while Global Post has reported the international reactions to his re-election. The National Journal has scrutinised the accuracy of polling during this year’s election cycle  while the New York Times has investigated shifts in voting patterns, and the Washington Post has looked at what exit polls reflect about the concerns of voters. In addition, the Huffington Post has speculated about the President’s plans for the Supreme Court, suggesting that his re-election may allow him ‘to deepen his liberal imprint’ on the Court’. Meanwhile, the New York Times has also explored Mitt Romney’s post-election plans.

This week, The Risky Shift’s Anastasia Kyriacou wrote a piece questioning the power of the US presidency, David Schaefer explored the ambiguity of recent polling data, and Peter Kelly has analysed the difficulties President Obama may face in his second term.

US Presidential Election Roundup 28/10 – 3/11

This week’s roundup of the US presidential elections…

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Obama leads in Virginia [Washington Post] A new poll has given President Obama a small lead over Mitt Romney in the state of Virginia.

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New York Times endorses Obama [New York Times] The New York Times has published an endorsement of President Obama for re-election.

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Obama campaign halts amid storm [The Hill] The Obama campaign has cancelled events in order to respond to Hurricane Sandy.

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Romney focuses on storm relief [USA Today] The Romney campaign has focused on storm relief in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

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Sandy political implications considered [Politico] Politico explores the potential effects of Hurricane Sandy on the presidential election.

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Susan Eisenhower endorses Obama [MSNBC] Susan Eisenhower, the granddaughter of President Eisenhower, has endorsed President Obama for re-election.

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Early voting continues despite storm [Washington Post] Hurricane Sandy has not affected early voting in Ohio, the Washington Post reports.

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Republicans optimistic about Iowa [CBS News] Romney campaign staff have expressed optimism over Mitt Romney’s chances of winning the state of Iowa.

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Obama ahead in Pennsylvania [Talking Points Memo] A new poll places President Obama ahead of Mitt Romney by 4 points in the state of Pennsylvania.

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Obama campaign optimistic [The Hill] Jim Messina, campaign manager to the Obama campaign, has appeared in a new ad arguing that President Obama is in the ‘dominant position’ in the presidential race.

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Super-PAC targets new states [The Hill] A pro-Romney super-PAC has focused ad campaigns in Minnesota and New Mexico.

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Obama surveys Sandy damage [MSNBC] President Obama has visited New Jersey to survey the damage done to the area by Hurricane Sandy.

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Ohio swings to ‘tossup’ [Washington Post] The Washington Post reports that Ohio has moved from leaning towards President Obama to being a ‘tossup’ according to its ratings.

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New ads attack Obama [CNN] Groups opposed to President Obama have released new ads in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

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Economist endorses Obama [The Economist] The Economist has published an endorsement of President Obama for re-election.

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Romney focuses on CEO endorsements [Wall Street Journal] Mitt Romney has sought to demonstrate the support expressed for his campaign among business executives.

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Romney ad focuses on Obama endorsements [CNN] A new ad from the Romney campaign has attempted to associate President Obama with Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro.

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Obama to conclude campaign in Iowa [CNN] The Obama campaign has said that the President will conclude campaigning at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa on Monday.

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Romney leads in Ohio poll [The Hill] A poll commissioned by the Republican group Citizens United has Romney up by three points in Ohio.

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Obama business proposal criticised [CBS News] Mitt Romney has criticised President Obama’s proposal to introduced a Secretary of Business to the government.

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Romney criticised over auto bailout [Huffington Post] A number of groups will file an ethics complaint against Mitt Romney over his alleged failure to state auto bailout profits, the Huffington Post reports.

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‘I can smell success right now’ [CNN] Republican Vice-President candidate Paul Ryan has said that he believes the Republican ticket can win Wisconsin and Iowa.

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‘Closing arguments’ [Washington Post] President Obama and Mitt Romney have spoken at rallies, offering their closing arguments to Americans in Ohio and Wisconsin.

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Compiled by Patrick McGhee

US Presidential Election Roundup 21/10 – 27/10

This week’s roundup of the US presidential elections…

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Romney ad focuses on executive role [CNN] A new ad from the Romney campaign has focused on the executive roles of Mitt Romney and President Obama.

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Super PAC breaks fund record [Huffington Post] A super PAC that supports Mitt Romney raised nearly $15 million in September, meaning that it has now raised over $100 million overall during the election.

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Romney insists on TV show reference [Huffington Post] Mitt Romney has continued to make reference to the US television programme Friday Night Lights after being asked by the show’s creator to stop.

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‘Romnesia’ causes campaign criticism [The Hill] Members of both the Romney and the Obama campaign have spoken about President Obama’s suggestion that his opponent’s policy shifts are symptoms of ‘Romnesia’.

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Ryan campaigns in Iowa [ABC News] Paul Ryan has spoken at a campaign event in Iowa on the Republican ticket’s chance of victory.

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Poll suggests tie [NBC] A new poll suggests that the presidential election is tied at 47%.

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Obama campaign targets environmental issues [The Hill] An email sent to environmentalists has sought to demonstrate President Obama’s stance on green issues.

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Ohio polls suggest close result [CNN] A new series of polls suggests a close race in the battleground state of Ohio.

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Campaign finances compared [Huffington Post] The Huffington Post contrasts the way in which each campaign has handled its campaign finances.

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Third presidential debate takes place [New York Times] The third presidential debate took place this week with a focus on foreign policy issues.

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Polls suggest Obama debate win [National Journal] Poll results following the third presidential debate favoured President Obama.

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Debate viewing figures released [The Hill] Nielsen Ratings reports that the third presidential debate was watched by around 59.2 million people, fewer than the previous debates.

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Obama comments on close race [NBC] President Obama has said that he is not surprised at the closeness of the presidential race.

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Campaigns tied among women [The Hill] Mitt Romney has a national lead and is tied with President Obama among women, a new poll suggests.

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Ryan reveals Halloween plans [CNN] Republican candidate for Vice-President has shared his plans for Halloween.

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Cheny and George HW Bush campaign for Romney [CNN] CNN reports that former Vice-President Cheney and Former President George HW Bush will attend Romney campaign fundraisers.

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Romney speaks on ‘change’ [The Hill] Mitt Romney has said that if elected, he and Paul Ryan will ‘bring big changes’ and described President Obama’s approach as ‘status-quo’.

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Campaigns confident in early voting [NBC] Both campaigns have expressed confidence over the impact of early voting in Ohio.

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Obama campaign comments on interview [Yahoo News] The Obama campaign has sought to explain remarks apparently made by the President in a soon-to-be published Rolling Stone interview in which he suggests Mitt Romney is ‘a bullshitter’.

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Ann Romney discusses food shopping [ABC News] Ann Romney has appeared on the Rachel Ray Show, where she discussed groceries.

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Obama votes early [The Guardian] President Obama has become the first president to cast his vote early, in an effort to encourage others to do so.

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Washington Post endorses Obama [Washington Post] The Washington Post has publically endorsed President Obama.

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Powell criticised for Obama support [Huffington Post] Senator John McCain has criticised Colin Powell for declaring his support for President Obama.

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Obama leads in Iowa and Wisconsin [Public Policy Polling] New polls suggest President Obama leads in Iowa and Wisconsin.

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Poll suggests close race in Nevada and Colorado [The Hill] A poll has found that President Obama has a three-point lead in Nevada and is tied with Mitt Romney in Colorado.

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Obama campaign reports finances [CNN] The Obama campaign has revealed that it raised around $90.5 million in the first part of October.

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Obama discusses Trump [Huffington Post] President Obama has joked about Donald Trump on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.

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Obama leads early voting [Reuters] Reuters report on the percentage of votes cast early, as polls suggest President Obama leads early voting.

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Compiled by Patrick McGhee.

US Presidential Election Roundup 14/10 – 20/10

This week’s US presidential election round up…

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Ballots misspell President’s name [Huffington Post] Sample election ballots in Oneida County, New York have had to be corrected after misspelling President Obama’s name.

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President prepares for second debate [CNN] CNN reports on the Obama campaign’s preparations for the second presidential debate.

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Romney prepares for debate [Politico] Politico reports on the Romney campaign’s preparations for the second presidential debate.

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Obama has slight lead in polls [NBC] NBC draws together polling data that gives President Obama a slight edge in the presidential race.

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New ad satirises Romney comments [Huffington Post] A new ad produced by Obama-supporting super PACs has criticised Mitt Romney for comments he made at a private fundraiser about Latinos.

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Michelle Obama votes for President [The Hill] Michelle Obama has announced that she has voted for President Obama using an absentee ballot.

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Debate memo revealed [Huffington Post] A ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ has been released detailing a number of agreements relating to the presidential debates.

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Candidates tied in New Hampshire poll [The Hill] A new poll suggests that President Obama and Mitt Romney are tied at 47% each in New Hampshire.

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Planned Parenthood ad attacks Romney [The Hill] A new ad by Planned Parenthood has released a radio ad criticising Mitt Romney’s stance on healthcare.

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Second presidential debate takes place [ABC] ABC summarises some of the key moments of the second presidential debate.

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Biden comments on debate [The Hill] Vice-President Joe Biden has commented on the debate performances of President Obama and Mitt Romney.

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Debate ‘triggers war over women’ [National Journal] The National Journal reports that the second presidential debate has sparked a wider struggle on the part of the campaigns to appeal to women.

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NRA criticises Obama [CNN] The National Rifle Association has renewed its criticisms of President Obama over recent comments on banning assault weapons.

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Online voter registration under threat [Washington Post] Researchers have suggested that online voter registration files in Maryland are vulnerable to infiltration.

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Graham group moves closer to Romney [Washington Post] An evangelical group that previously described Mormonism as a cult has amended its website to remove such claims.

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Obama and Romney tied in poll [Talking Points Memo] Public Policy Polling (PPP) has released a national poll suggesting that President Obama and Mitt Romney are tied.

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Obama logo modified [Washington Post] The Obama campaign has updated the logo on its website to highlight its stance on issues affecting women.

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Springsteen campaigns for Obama [New York Times] Bruce Springsteen has campaigned for President Obama in Ohio.

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‘Aimed at you’ [ABC] Vice-President Joe Biden been criticised by the Romney campaign over comments Biden made about Paul Ryan’s book ‘Young Guns’.

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Early voting in Ohio [CNN] CNN reports on the potential impact of early voting in Ohio on the election result.

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Michigan poll gives Obama lead [Talking Points Memo] President Obama has a 6-point lead in Michigan, according to new polling data.

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Obama leads in battleground states [NBC] New polls suggest that President Obama is leading in Iowa and Wisconsin.

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Obama appears on The Daily Show [New York Times] President Obama discussed the administration’s response to the Libya attack last month in an interview with Jon Stewart.

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Early voting in Iowa [CNN] CNN reports on the potential impact of early voting in Iowa.

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Romney campaign moves focus from North Carolina [National Journal] The Romney campaign has moved staff members from North Carolina.

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Ann Romney on post-election plans [Huffington Post] Ann Romney has commented on her and her husband’s post-election plans.

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‘Romnesia’ [CBS] President Obama has said that Mitt Romney suffers from ‘Romnesia’ in a quip about his opponent’s issue stances.

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Obama ad attacks Romney [CNN] A new ad criticises Romney over his views on the auto industry.

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Compiled by Patrick McGhee.

US Presidential Election Roundup 7/10 – 13/10

This week’s roundup of the US presidential election…

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Obama campaign reveals fundraising figure [The Guardian] The Obama campaign has tweeted that it raised $181m in September.

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Obama campaign enjoys Latino support [Politico] The Obama campaign has strong support from Latino voters.

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Obama campaign clarifies following debate [Huffington Post] The Obama campaign has clarified the President’s debate remark about Mitt Romney’s social security stance.

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Campaigns spar over tax proposals [CBS News] The Romney campaign has released a new ad in response to criticisms from President Obama over the Republican nominee’s tax proposals.

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Romney expresses foreign policy views [The Guardian] Mitt Romney has spoken about arming the Syrian rebels and has criticised President Obama’s approach to the conflict.

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‘Chest-pounding rhetoric’ [Washington Post] The Obama campaign has criticised Mitt Romney’s recent foreign policy speech.

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Romney shifts staff focus to Ohio [CBS News] Staff members have been moved to Ohio from Pennsylvania to focus on early voting.

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Obama ad addresses Big Bird issue [Politico] A spokesperson for the Obama campaign has spoken about a recent ad criticising Mitt Romney for his comments about Big Bird from Sesame Street.

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Romney criticised by DNC chair [The Hill] DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has attacked Mitt Romney over his healthcare stance.

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Ann Romney comments on debate [Washington Post] Ann Romney has been interviewed about her husband’s debate performance.

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Ohio early voting enters last day [New York Times] President Obama has campaigned in Ohio on the last day of early voting in the state.

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Romney discusses debate performance [CNN] Mitt Romney has spoken about debating and the influence of his father.

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Romney clarifies abortion position [Huffington Post] After suggesting that he does not propose limiting abortion, Mitt Romney has said that he would remove funding to Planned Parenthood.

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Obama comments on debate performance [ABC] President Obama has said that he ‘had a bad night’ at the first presidential debate.

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Romney faces complaint over Navy SEAL [Huffington Post] Mitt Romney has been asked not to mention a meeting he had with a former Navy SEAL killed during violence in Libya in September.

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Romney comments on Libya attacks [Talking Points Memo] Mitt Romney has responded to accusations from the Obama campaign that he has politicised the killing of the US ambassador in Libya.

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Romney comments on health insurance [Huffington Post] Commenting on healthcare, Mitt Romney has said that, ‘We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance.’

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Poll suggests partisanship [Politico] A new poll has suggested that Barack Obama is among the most polarising Presidents in recent times.

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Biden and Ryan debate [The Hill] The Vice-Presidential debate took place this week between Vice-President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan.

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VP debate viewing figures revealed [Politico] Nielsen has said that around 51.4 million people watched the Vice-Presidential debate.

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Gunshot at Obama campaign office [Reuters] A single shot has been fired at the Obama campaign’s Denver offices.

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Poll favours Biden after debate [Reuters] A new poll has suggested a win for Vice-President Joe Biden following the Vice-Presidential debate.

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Compiled by Patrick McGhee

US Presidential Election Roundup 30/9 – 06/10

This week’s roundup of the US presidential elections…

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VP candidates campaign [Reuters] Vice-President Joe Biden and Republican challenger Paul Ryan have campaigned in battleground states while President Obama and Mitt Romney prepare for the first presidential debate.

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Impact of debating discussed [CNN] A political communication specialist has discussed the impact of presidential election debates on voters.

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Sponsor disassociates from debate [Politico] Philips Electronics has become the third sponsor of the presidential debates to withdraw its support.

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Romney criticises Obama foreign policy [Huffington Post] Mitt Romney has criticised the foreign policies of the Obama administration.

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Poll predicts close call [Washington Post] A poll by the Washington Post and ABC News has found that President Obama and Mitt Romney are tied across numerous political issues.

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Ryan comments on Medicare plans [The Hill] Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan has commented on the impact of Medicare plans in swing-states.

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Ryan criticises Afghanistan policy [Washington Post] Paul Ryan has accused President Obama of making decisions on Afghanistan based on election politics.

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Biden comment used by Romney [New York Times] The Romney campaign has used a comment by Vice-President Joe Biden on the middle class to criticise President Obama’s first term.

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First debate takes place [New York Times] The New York Times provides a full transcript of the first presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

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Obama campaigns after debate [BBC News] President Obama has criticised Mitt Romney after the first presidential debate.

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Romney job proposals ad airs [CNN] The Romney campaign has aired a new ad focusing on the Republican ticket’s plans for job creation.

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Health care ad attacks Romney [The Hill] The Democratic National Committee has released an online ad in which it accuses Mitt Romney’s health care proposals of neglecting those with pre-existing conditions.

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‘Elmo, you better make a run for it’ [Huffington Post] President Obama has joked about Mitt Romney’s statements on cutting funding for PBS.

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Lehrer faces criticism [CNN] The chair of the first presidential debate Jim Lehrer has been criticised for his handling of the event.

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Romney responds to jobs report [ABC News] Mitt Romney has questioned a new jobs report that suggests a decrease in the unemployment rate.

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Compiled by Patrick McGhee

US Presidential Election Roundup 23/9 – 29/9

This week’s roundup of the US presidential elections…

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Romney campaign font under scrutiny [BuzzFeed] A font used on Romney-Ryan clothing sold on Mitt Romney’s website is under investigation by the campaign.

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Obama comments on change [ABC] The Obama campaign has questioned Mitt Romney’s ability to change Washington.

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Obama ad focuses on Romney’s taxes [Huffington Post] A new ad from the Obama campaign has questioned Mitt Romney over his taxes.

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Ad attacks Obama over party leadership [CNN] A new ad by the Romney campaign has cited a book by Bob Woodward to criticise President Obama’s relationship with Democrats.

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Clinton comments on Romney’s taxes [CBS] Former President Bill Clinton has criticised Mitt Romney over his tax returns.

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Romney campaign faces criticism [The Independent] Mitt Romney has said that his campaign ‘doesn’t need a turnaround’ after difficulties emerged last week.

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Obama responds to foreign policy criticism [Boston Herald] President Obama has responded to Mitt Romney’s criticism of the administration over its handling of violence in the Middle East.

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‘Defiant and realistic’ [Washington Post] The Washington Post looks into the mindset of the Romney campaign.

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Obama speaks on tone in Washington [CNN] President Obama has spoken about his failure to change the tone in Washington.

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Romney struggling with older voters [Reuters] A new poll suggests that the Romney campaign is losing support among voters aged 60 or older.

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Ad attacks Romney comments [Huffington Post] The Obama campaign has released an ad criticising comments made by Mitt Romney at a private fundraiser.

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Fall in undecided voters [Politico] A new poll from Politico has suggested that the number of voters likely to rethink their support of a candidate has fallen.

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Romney campaign tries new angle [The Wall Street Journal] The Wall Street Journal reports that the Romney campaign has tried to focus more on policy details this week.

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‘Overboard’ [National Journal] President Obama has commented on campaign ads in an interview for CBS.

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Swing-state support for Obama [The Hill] Voters in swing-states view the President’s stance on Medicare more favourable than that of his Republican opponent, according to a new poll.

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Obama losing veteran support [Politico] Polls suggest that Mitt Romney has a lead over President Obama among veteran voters in numerous states.

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Romney accused of flip-flop [ABC News] Mitt Romney has been accused of flip-flopping on the question of health insurance by a new Obama campaign video.

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Romney jokes over Clinton welcome [Politico] Mitt Romney has joked about receiving a poll boost after being introduced by former President Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative.

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Obama leads in new polls [CNN] New polls in Ohio, Florida, Iowa and Nevada give President Obama a slight lead over Mitt Romney.

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Obama criticises Romney over teachers [CNN] President Obama has criticised Mitt Romney over his stance on the Chicago teachers’ strike.

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Romney discusses parenthood [The Washington Post] Mitt Romney has spoken about parenthood during a discussion on education with NBC News.

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Romney adviser questions polling [BuzzFeed] An adviser to the Romney campaign has questioned the virtues of public polling.

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Romney suggests union contributions ban [The Washington Post] Mitt Romney has said that teachers’ unions should not be allowed to make political contributions.

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Romney corrected over Obama policies [ABC] A spokesperson for the Romney campaign has had to correct the Republican candidate’s remarks about President Obama’s tax policies.

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Ohio targeted by Romney campaign [National Journal] Mitt Romney has focused campaign attention on the battleground state of Ohio this week.

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Reid comments on Romney’s religion [Huffington Post] Harry Reid has agreed with a Huffington Post blogger that Mitt Romney has ‘sullied’ the Mormon faith.

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Obama ad attacks Romney on education [The Hill] A new ad from the Obama campaign has criticised Mitt Romney over the implications of his education proposals for Hispanics.

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Romney plays down tax cuts [The Hill] Mitt Romney has told voters not to expect ‘huge’ tax cuts to result from his economic policies.

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Early voting starts in Iowa [Huffington Post] Early voting has begun in Iowa, a swing-state where President Obama holds a lead.

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Obama leads in Medicare poll [The Hill] A new poll suggests that President Obama leads Mitt Romney on the issue of Medicare.

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Mormons fast in support of Romney [Huffington Post] The Huffington Post reports that some Mormons are fasting and praying in the hopes of helping the Mitt Romney campaign.

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Poll gives Obama reduced lead [Reuters] Support for President Obama has dipped, according to a new poll.

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Ann Romney in Nevada interview [Reuters] Ann Romney has given an interview in which she discusses her husband’s state of mind if elected to office.

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Registration firm fraud [Reuters] The Republican Party has dismissed a voter registration company amid claims of fraud.

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Compiled by Patrick McGhee.

US Presidential Election Roundup 16/9 – 22/9

This week’s roundup of the US presidential elections….

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Obama focuses on battleground states [Huffington Post] President Obama has focused on the economy in new campaign ads running in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.

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Obama leads in Pennsylvania poll [Politico] President Obama has a lead of 11 points over Republican candidate Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania, a new poll finds.

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Ryan discusses tax proposals [Talking Points Memo] Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Paul Ryan has said that Republican tax proposal details will be devised with Congress.

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Adviser comments on Erickson [Talking Points Memo] An adviser to the Romney campaign has commented on the editor of RedState.com Erick Erickson after he suggesting that President Obama will win the election.

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Anchor criticises Romney riot reaction [Huffington Post] CNN anchor Don Lemon has criticised the response of the Romney campaign to attacks on US diplomatic missions during violence over an anti-Islamic film last week.

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Romney responds to campaign difficulties [Huffington Post] Mitt Romney has attempted to refocus his campaign on economy after facing foreign policy difficulties.

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Romney alters message [Washington Post] Mitt Romney has sought to focus his message on the ‘failed status quo’ of the Obama administration, the Washington Post reports.

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Romney to ‘meet the demand’ for specifics [The Hill] The Romney campaign has said that it plans to explore the specifics of the Republican ticket in more depth.

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‘A special kind of chutzpah’ [Politico] The Obama campaign has spoken about Mitt Romney’s views on Chinese trade.

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McCain analyses Romney’s popularity [Boston Herald] John McCain has commented on support for Mitt Romney among veterans.

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Secret footage damages Romney [Mother Jones] Mother Jones released secret video footage this week in which Mitt Romney is recorded making disparaging comments about Obama voters.

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Ryan reminds voters of Obama comments [Washington Post] Paul Ryan has talked about comments Barack Obama made during the 2008 presidential election about guns and religion.

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Obama campaign discusses debates [Huffington Post] Aides to the Obama campaign have discussed the upcoming presidential debates.

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‘Dear Daughter’ [National Journal] The Romney campaign has tried to appeal to women with a new ad critical of President Obama.

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Romney responds to voter comments [Fox News] Mitt Romney has defended his comments about Obama voters in a press conference and subsequently in an interview with Fox News.

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Obama’s lead narrows [Reuters] A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows President Obama’s lead over Mitt Romney fall to five points from seven points.

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Obama leads in Virginia [Washington Post] A new poll for the Washington Post gives President Obama an 8-point lead in Virginia.

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Obama responds to Romney’s voter comments [Talking Points Memo] President Obama has responded to Mitt Romney’s comments about voters, saying, ‘If you want to be president, you have to work for everyone.’

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Ads focus on women [The Hill] Both the Obama and the Romney campaigns have tried to appeal to women with new ads.

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Footage transcript released [Mother Jones] Mother Jones has published the full transcript of secret footage filmed of Mitt Romney at a fundraiser.

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Obama enjoys increased approval [Huffington Post] President Obama’s approval rating is over 50 percent for the first time since May, according to a new poll from the Associated Press.

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Ryan criticises Obama for ‘redistribution’ remark [The Hill] Paul Ryan has attacked President Obama for his recent comments about the redistribution of wealth.

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Romney loses Pawlenty [NPR] Tim Pawlenty has left his post as co-chairman of the Republican campaign for a job as CEO of The Financial Services Roundtable.

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Poll leads for Obama [Politico] According to NBC/WSJ/Marist College polls, President Obama’s leads in Iowa, Wisconsin and Colorado have reached 50 percent.

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Romney releases tax letter [Reuters] Mitt Romney has released a letter indicating a tax rate of 14.1 percent.

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Compiled by Patrick McGhee.

US Presidential Election Roundup 9/9 – 15/9

This week’s roundup of the US presidential elections…

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Romney discusses Mormonism [Huffington Post] US Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has spoken about how his faith helped get him into politics.

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Romney coin comments criticised [Huffington Post] The White House has criticised Mitt Romney’s remarks about the status of God on United States currency.

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Republican candidates dodge tax specifics [Huffington Post] Both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan struggled to say which tax loopholes they would close if they win the election.

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Obama beats Romney in fundraising [CNN] For the first time since April, President Obama’s re-election campaign has raised more than that of Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

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Romney comments on health care policy [Talking Points Memo] Mitt Romney has spoken about his health care proposals.

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Ad attacks Ann Romney [The Hill] An online ad from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee has criticised Ann Romney for comments about her and her husband’s finances.

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Planned Parenthood in $3.2 million ad buy [The Hill] Planned Parenthood has attacked Mitt Romney’s stance on abortion with new ads.

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Ryan supports Emanuel over strike [CNN] Republican VP-nominee Paul Ryan has said that he agrees with former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s criticisms of a teachers’ strike in Chicago.

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Poll suggests close race [Washington Post] A new poll of registered voters gives President Obama 49% of the vote while Mitt Romney receives 48% of the vote.

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Romney criticises Obama over embassy attacks [NBC] Mitt Romney has accused President Obama of sympathising with individuals who attacked US embassies in Egypt and Libya.

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Christian groups to focus on policy [Huffington Post] Leaders of the Christian right have said they will focus on Mitt Romney’s political agenda rather than on his Mormonism.

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Romney’s response to riots criticised [Huffington Post] Various members of the media have criticised Mitt Romney for his attacks on President Obama over the violence towards US diplomatic missions.

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Ryan campaigns for congressional seat [ABC] The first ad for Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s campaign for re-election to the House of Representatives has been aired.

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Obama expands ad campaign in Florida [NBC] NBC reports that the Obama campaign is making a large ad buy in Florida.

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Romney has ‘ tendency to shoot first and aim later’ says Obama [The Hill] President Obama has criticised Mitt Romney’s response to violence in Egypt and Libya.

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McCain comments on Obama’s foreign policy [Huffington Post] Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain has described President Obama’s foreign policy as ‘feckless’.

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Poll gives Obama slight edge [New York Times] A new poll gives President Obama a lead of three points over his Republican rival.

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Republicans attack Obama [CNN] Mitt Romney and other Republicans have launched a series of attacks on President Obama.

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Ryan comments on foreign policy [Los Angeles Times] Paul Ryan has criticised President Obama’s foreign policy in a speech in Washington.

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Poll gives Obama economy lead [New York Times] A new poll has given President Obama a lead over Mitt Romney with regards to handling the economy.

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Compiled by Patrick McGhee.

US Presidential Election Roundup 1/9 – 8/9

This week’s roundup of the US Presidential elections..

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Romney ‘bounce’ fluctuates [Reuters] After his speech to the Republican National Convention, a brief boost to Mitt Romney’s poll popularity has subsequently deteriorated.

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RNC behind in ratings [Nielsen Wire] Nielsen reports that the last night of the Republican National Convention was watched by around 8.6 million fewer people than in 2008.

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Axelrod criticises Republican platform [National Journal] Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod has said that the Republican platform is ‘locked up in the same vault as Mitt Romney’s tax returns.’

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Obama responds to Clint Eastwood [CNN] President Obama has said that he was not offended by Clint Eastwood’s address to the Republican National Convention.

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North Carolina poll tie [The Hill] The left-leaning Public Policy Polling said this week that Mitt Romney and President Obama are tied at 48% in North Carolina.

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Poor reception for Romney address [NBC] Respondents to a Gallup poll gave Romney’s convention address historically low ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ ratings.

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Obama visits Louisiana [The Guardian] President Obama has visited areas affected by hurricane Isaac this week.

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Ryan goes fundraising [NBC] NBC reports on the Republican VP nominee’s fundraising schedule for the week.

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Obama ad attacks Romney’s tax proposals [The Hill] A new Obama campaign ad has criticised Mitt Romney’s tax proposals, suggesting that they will raise taxes on the middle class.

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Ryan makes Carter comparison [CNN] Republican VP nominee Paul Ryan has suggested similarities President Obama and President Jimmy Carter, who lost the presidency to Ronald Reagan after one term.

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Washington DC voting rights campaign continues [Washington Post] The Washington Post reports that campaigners for congressional voting rights in the District of Columbia will travel to the Democratic National Convention to further their case.

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Obama accuses Romney of distortions [USA Today] In an interview, President Obama has criticised Mitt Romney for ‘creating a fictional Barack Obama.’

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Obama ahead in Michigan and Colorado [Talking Points Memo] Public Policy Polling has found that President Obama is ahead of Mitt Romney by 7 points in Michigan and 3 points in Colorado.

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Romney ahead in North Carolina [The Hill] Despite earlier reports of a tie, multiple polls have suggested that Mitt Romney is ahead in North Carolina.

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Pelosi makes case to women voters [The Hill] Nancy Pelosi has commented on the benefits of re-electing President Obama for women.

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Romney comments on global warming [The Hill] Mitt Romney has said that he believes ‘human activity’ contributes to climate change.

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Romney attacks Democrats for Jerusalem stance [CBS News] Mitt Romney has criticised the Democratic party platform for not acknowledging Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Ryan weighs in on debt [Politico] Paul Ryan has commented on the news that the US national debt has increased to $16 trillion.

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Israel quotes clarified [Fox News] Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, has denied that he described Republican policies as ‘dangerous’.

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Michelle Obama addresses DNC [ABC] First lady Michelle Obama has given her speech at the Democratic National Convention.

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Emanuel to focus on fundraising [Huffington Post] Rahm Emanuel is leaving his post as national co-chairman at the Obama campaign to assist the pro-Obama Priorities USA Action super PAC in raising funds.

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‘Mansion’ used for Romney debate preparations [CNN] CNN reports that the Romney campaign is using a ‘$3.9 million’ property to prepare for the upcoming presidential debates.

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No balloons at DNC [Huffington Post] A change in location due to poor weather conditions means that the traditional convention balloon drop will be absent from the Democratic National Convention.

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Media costs after DNC venue change [Politico] Reports suggest that the change of venue for the last night of the Democratic National Convention will cost media organisations ‘hundreds of thousands of dollars.’

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Convention conflict in Jerusalem vote [Huffington Post] A vote to change elements of the Democratic party platform on Jerusalem after criticism from Republicans has been met with hostility from the floor.

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Clinton addresses DNC [Reuters] Former President Bill Clinton has given his speech at the Democratic National Convention.

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Biden gives DNC address [Huffington Post] The full text of Vice-President Joe Biden’s address to the Democratic National Convention.

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President Obama addresses DNC [National Journal] The full text of President Barack Obama’s address to the Democratic National Convention.

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‘Final campaign sprint begins’ [Reuters] With the party conventions now at an end, the Obama and Romney campaigns enter the final stage of presidential race.

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Romney ‘pounces’ on Obama [Reuters] After the release of disappointing job figures, Obama is challenged by Romney.

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Democrats’ ‘headache over Jerusalem’ [BBC] Obama personally intervenes to ensure that the Democratic Party’s main policy document includes the sentence “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel”.

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Compiled by Patrick McGhee.

US Presidential Election Roundup: 12/8 – 18/8

This week’s roundup of the US presidential elections…

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Ryan gives first speech [Huffington Post] Congressman Paul Ryan has given his first speech after being picked to be Mitt Romney’s running-mate.

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Polls suggest Ryan ‘unknown’ [Huffington Post] Polls have shown that most Americans have either ‘never heard’ of or are ‘unsure’ about Paul Ryan.

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Romney camp saves the surprise [The Guardian] The Guardian details how the Romney campaign kept their choice of Vice-Presidential running-mate a secret.

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Ryan choice boosts donations [The Guardian] The Romney campaign has revealed that it has received $3.5 million in donations after the selection of Paul Ryan.

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Obama criticises Ryan policies [National Journal] President Obama has attacked Paul Ryan’s economic proposals at a Chicago fundraiser.

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Ryan’s legislative history scrutinised [Huffington Post] It has been reported that Paul Ryan only passed two bills during his 13-year period as a Congressman.

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Ryan comments on taxes [The Hill] Paul Ryan has said that he will release two years of tax returns.

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Palin absent from convention [Reuters] Sarah Palin has confirmed in a statement that she will not be speaking at the Republican Convention later in August.

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Does Mitt Romney Want A Third World War? [The Risky Shift] Purav Patel argues that Mitt Romney lacks ‘pragmatism and the ability to negotiate’ on the issue of the Middle East

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Adviser compares Ryan to Palin [National Journal] David Axelrod has commented on Paul Ryan’s energising of his party’s base, saying, ‘I saw that excitement four years ago when John McCain appointed Sarah Palin as well.’

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Ryan rumour ‘debunked’ [Talking Points Memo] Talking Points Memo reports that a rumour suggesting Paul Ryan may have benefitted financially from insider trading ‘doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.’

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Rubio to introduce Romney [CNN] Marco Rubio is expected speak at the Republican National Convention and will introduce Mitt Romney.

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‘Back in Chains’ [New York Times] Vice-President Joe Biden has said that Republican economic proposals would ‘put you all back in chains’ during a speech at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research.

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Obama ‘waging war on coal’ says Romney [CNN] Mitt Romney has accused President Obama of failing to support coal during his presidency.

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Romney attacks Obama in Medicare ad [CBS] The Romney campaign has accused President Obama of cutting $716 billion from Medicare ‘to pay for Obamacare’ in a new ad.

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‘Get real, Mitt’ says college aid ad [ABC] The Obama campaign has released an ad criticising Mitt Romney’s college aid plans.

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Obama leads in Ohio [Talking Points Memo] A new poll suggests that President Obama leads Mitt Romney by 3 points in Ohio.

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Romney interviewed for Fortune [CNN Money] Mitt Romney has discussed his economic plans in an interview with Fortune Magazine.

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Obama ‘running just to hang on to power’ says Romney [Huffington Post] Mitt Romney has accused the Obama campaign of ‘enmity and jealousy and anger,’ adding that the President is ‘running just to hang onto power.’

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Ryan gives ground on Medicare [National Journal] Paul Ryan has dropped $716 billion in proposed cuts to Medicare.

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Republicans advise Obama on Biden [Politico] John McCain has joined Sarah Palin in advising President Obama to replace Vice-President Joe Biden on the Democratic presidential ticket.

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Univision to request presidential debate [Politico] Spanish network Univision has invited President Obama and Mitt Romney to debate.

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Congress breached social media regulations [The Hill] A report has suggested that members of Congress ‘may have broken the rules regulating official use of social media’ after reacting to the selection of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s running mate.

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Romney comments on taxes [Reuters] Mitt Romney has said that ‘over the last 10 years, I never paid less than 13 percent’ tax, adding, ‘I think the most recent year is 13.6 or something like that.’

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International economy poll supports Obama [Reuters] A new poll has found that more business executives favour President Obama than Mitt Romney over the issue of the global economy.

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Compiled by Patrick McGhee.

US Presidential Election Roundup: 05/8 – 11/8

This week’s roundup of the US presidential elections…

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Romney attacks Obama over military voting [The Hill] Mitt Romney has criticised the Obama campaign for attempting to prevent a law that would extend the early voting period for military personnel.

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Obama policies under fire [Huffington Post] Mitt Romney has accused President Obama of ‘an extraordinary series of policy failures’ in the wake of a recent report on jobs.

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‘Apologies are in the air’ [Washington Post] The Washington Post rounds up a series of apologies from both the Obama and the Romney campaigns from the past two weeks.

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Romney supports Senate contender [CNN] Mitt Romney has campaigned in Indiana alongside Republican candidate for Senate Richard Mourdock.

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Obama ad attacks Romney on Planned Parenthood [Political Wire] A new campaign ad has criticised Mitt Romney’s stance on contraception and Planned Parenthood funding.

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Wealthy will ‘do just fine’ says Romney [CBS] Mitt Romney has said that the wealthiest Americans will ‘do just fine’ regardless of the outcome of the presidential election.

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Reid branded ‘liar’ by Republicans [The Guardian] The majority leader of the Senate Harry Reid has been accused of lying after claiming that Romney paid no taxes for ten years.

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Republican convention speakers announced [Huffington Post] The Republican National Committee has confirmed that Senator John McCain and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be among the speakers at the Republican National Convention.

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July sees Romney raise over $100 million [ABC] The Romney campaign raised $101 million in July, it was announced this week.

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Obama predicted to exceed fundraising record [Politico] Although behind his Republican opponent, President Obama is expected to surpass the $750 million raised by his first election campaign.

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Jewish organisation demands Romney apology [The Hill] Jewish Voice for Peace has called on Mitt Romney to apologise to the Palestinians after comments made by the Republican frontrunner in Jerusalem last week.

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More convention speakers revealed [Huffington Post] Rick Santorum and Ron Paul will be among those joining John McCain and Condoleezza Rice as speakers at the Republican National Convention.

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Romney challenges Reid over tax accusation [Fox News] Mitt Romney has requested that Senate leader Harry Reid reveals the source behind his claims about the Republican contender’s tax affairs.

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‘Obamaloney’ [CNN] President Obama’s criticism of Mitt Romney’s tax policies as being ‘Robin Hood in reverse’ has been described as ‘Obamaloney’ by the Republican presidential hopeful.

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Republicans label Obama ad ‘dishonest’ [Telegraph] Republicans have criticised a campaign ad from the Priorities USA Action Super PAC for suggesting that Mitt Romney and Bain Capital may have been responsible for the death of a former employee.

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Obama maintains Colorado lead [Politico] A new poll has found that President Obama’s lead over Mitt Romney in the battleground state of Colorado has remained at around 49% to 43%.

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Obama appeals to women in Colorado [Politico] President Obama has spoken about the benefits of his healthcare reforms for women during a campaign trip to Colorado.

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Spokesperson promotes Romney health law [CNN] The Romney campaign has spoken about the successes of the Massachusetts healthcare law passed by the Republican contender.

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Obama waging 'war on religion' says Romney ad [CBS] A new campaign ad from the Romney campaign has accused President Obama of threatening religious freedom.

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Polls show Obama lead [Political Wire] A poll for CNN shows that President Obama is seven points ahead of his Republican rival, while a Fox News poll gives Obama a nine point lead.

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Democratic National Convention to feature Republicans [Politico] Planning papers for the Democratic National Convention have revealed that the event will feature Republican speakers.

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Romney leading in Iowa poll [Politico] A Rasmussen poll gives Romney a two point lead over President Obama.

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Paul Ryan to be named VP [Reuters] Congressman Paul Ryan is expected to be announced as Mitt Romney’s running mate.

Compiled by Patrick McGhee.

US Presidential Election Roundup: 28/7 – 04/8

This week’s roundup of the US presidential elections…

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Obama campaign takes risks with negative campaigning [New York Times] Campaign advisers and political strategists weigh in on the implications of negative ads.

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Press prohibited from Romney fundraiser [Washington Post] Mitt Romney’s campaign initially banned media personnel from attending a fundraiser in Jerusalem.

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Romney campaign reverses media ban [Washington Post] Following criticism, the Romney campaign agreed to allow journalists to attend and cover the Jerusalem fundraiser.

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Romney sympathetic to potential Israeli attack on Iran [Sky News] An aide to Mitt Romney has said that the Republican contender ‘would respect’ a decision by Israel to attack Iran in order to prevent the country from acquiring nuclear weapons.

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Pelosi accuses Republicans of exploiting Jewish voters [Talking Points Memo] Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader, has faced criticism from Eric Cantor after suggesting that Republicans are exploiting Jewish voters with regard to policies on Israel.

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Jerusalem ‘the capital of Israel’ says Romney [Huffington Post] Speaking in the city, Mitt Romney has described Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Obama adviser attacks Romney after foreign trip [Telegraph] Robert Gibbs has described Mitt Romney’s trip to the UK as ‘embarrassing for our country.’

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Obama leads in new poll [The Hill] President Obama leads Mitt Romney by 4 points overall in a new poll, in addition to a narrower lead on economic issues.

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Palestinians criticise Romney over ‘culture’ remarks [Huffington Post] An aide to the Palestinian president has said that Mitt Romney ‘lacks information, knowledge, vision and understanding of this region and its people.’

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Candidates’ ancestry analysed [ABC] The family history site Ancestry.com has said that President Obama may be descended from the first recorded African slave in America.

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Romney aide criticises press [CNN] An aide to the Romney campaign told journalists to ‘show some respect’ after questions were directed to the Republican candidate as he visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw, Poland.

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Romney accuses Russia of ‘oppression’ [Telegraph] In a speech at Warsaw University, Mitt Romney has said that, ‘In Russia, once-promising advances toward a free and open society have faltered.’

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Obama makes campaign donation [CNN] It was announced in an email this week that President Obama has donated $5,000 to his re-election campaign.

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DNC keynote speaker named [NPR] The mayor of San Antonio Julian Castro has been selected by President Obama as the keynote speaker at this year’s Democratic National Convention.

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Data shows Florida tie [Politico] New poll data suggests a close election race between President Obama and Mitt Romney in the state of Florida.

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Campaign apps unveiled [Politico] Smartphone apps have been made available for both the Obama and Romney election campaigns.

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Reid accuses Romney of avoiding tax [Political Wire] Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, has suggested that Mitt Romney did not pay tax for 10 years.

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New ad associates Romney with Bush [Huffington Post] A new Obama campaign ad has suggested similarities between the policies of former President George W. Bush and Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney.

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Obama leads in battleground states [National Journal] New polls have found that President Obama has a lead over his rival Mitt Romney in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania.

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‘Twitter Political Index’ revealed [Washington Post] Social media site Twitter has released an index in order to measure and analyse sentiment surrounding the election campaigns.

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Clinton takes on support role [ABC] Former President Bill Clinton has begun to take a role in fundraising for the Obama campaign.

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Campaigns react to employment data [Miami Herald] The Obama and Romney campaigns have reacted to data that suggested rises in both job creation and also unemployment.

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Compiled by Patrick McGhee.

US Presidential Election Roundup: 22/7 – 28/7

Right up until the 3rd November 2012, theriskyshift.com will be posting a weekly roundup of the happenings in the US presidential election campaigns of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

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Romney focuses on economy after shooting [Reuters] Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney spoke about the economy in the wake of the shooting in Colorado, saying that his remarks would ‘not be as partisan as normal.’

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Axelrod resumes negative tweeting [Politico] David Axelrod, an adviser to the Obama campaign, tweeted the first negative attack against Mitt Romney since the shooting in Colorado last week.

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Campaigns on the offensive over foreign policy [Washington Post] President Obama has questioned his rival’s foreign policy experience, while Mitt Romney has hit back over negative campaigning.

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Government supported ‘These Hands’ business [ABC] A business featured in a new Romney campaign ad that attacks President Obama over the role of the government in business has been found to have received millions of dollars in government support.

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Blame attributed in economy poll [The Hill] A poll this week has surveyed likely voters about what they think is responsible for the state of the US economy.

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Obama campaign defends lack of presidential Israel visits [Huffington Post] The Obama campaign has hit back at Mitt Romney’s campaign for criticising the President’s lack of visits to Israel in his first term.

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Romney sceptical over gun control [Reuters] Mitt Romney has expressed doubt over whether more stringent gun laws would ‘make a difference’ to US gun crime.

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Obama responds to business attacks [ABC] The Obama campaign has spoken out against Republican attacks over remarks made by the President about the role of government in supporting businesses.

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Attacks on Romney impact polls [Reuters] A Reuters poll suggests that over a third of registered voters now have a ‘less favorable impression’ of Mitt Romney in light of recent criticisms he has faced over his taxes and business affairs.

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Obama administration leaks criticised [New York Times] Mitt Romney has said that the leaking of security information by the White House constitutes a ‘national security crisis’.

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Romney advisers claims ‘Anglo-Saxon’ advantage [Telegraph] Advisers to the Romney campaign have suggested that their candidate would benefit the relationship between the US and Britain more than President Obama because of the Republican contender’s greater appreciation of ‘shared history’.

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Speculation over third party candidate [Fox News] The former governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson could influence the outcome of the presidential election.

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Romney adviser calls for entitlement cuts [National Journal] An adviser to the Romney campaign has said that budget cuts should focus on entitlement programmes father than defence spending.

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Debate dates revealed [MediaBistro] The details of the presidential debates have been announced by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

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Biden addresses fire-fighters in Philadelphia [CNN] Vice-President Joe Biden has spoken about Mitt Romney’s economic policies at the 51st convention of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

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Romney campaign distances itself from ‘heritage’ comments [ABC] The Romney campaign has attempted to distance itself from comments made by anonymous advisers about the Republican candidate’s ‘Anglo-Saxon heritage’.

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Obama calls for bi-partisan ‘consensus’ on guns [Guardian] President Obama has said that he will ‘continue to work with members of both parties and with religious groups and with civic organisations to arrive at a consensus around violence reduction.’

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Democrats take advantage of ‘Romneyshambles’ [Telegraph] The Democratic National Committee (DNC) have produced a video that draws attention Mitt Romney’s criticisms of London 2012.

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Romney to court Jewish voters [Wall Street Journal] Mitt Romney will make an attempt to appeal to Jewish voters in a trip to Israel.

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Compiled by Patrick McGhee.

US Presidential Election Roundup: 15/7 – 21/7

This week’s roundup of the US presidential elections…

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Obama campaign attacks Romney over outsourcing [The Hill] President Obama has increasingly criticised his opponent Mitt Romney over claims that the Republican contender for the presidency would out-source jobs as part of his employment plans.

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Republican Super PACs raise $6.6 million [Huffington Post] ‘Mega-donors’ have helped two super PACs with close Republican ties raise $6.6 million in the second quarter of this year.

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Romney’s VP announcement anticipated [Global Post] A Romney campaign adviser suggested that the Republican presidential contender could announce his running mate this week, but added that he had not yet made a decision.

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Race and religion election implications explored [National Journal] A poll conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post has investigated the implications of race and religion for President Obama and Mitt Romney.

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Bain Capital criticism sparks blog debate [Washington Post] Attacks on Mitt Romney’s tenure at the company Bain Capital has prompted debate over the extent to which the issue will affect his election fortunes.

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Obama’s Iowa lead declines [Talking Points Memo] President Obama’s lead over Mitt Romney in the state of Iowa has fallen to 5 points, down from 10 points in May, a new poll finds.

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Romney adviser hints at campaign ‘counterattacks’ [Political Wire] An adviser to the Romney campaign has said the Republican presidential contender ‘believes it’s time to vet the President’ in light of recent negative campaigning by the Obama campaign.

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Romney criticises Obama’s small business remarks [Talking Points Memo] Mitt Romney has attacked President Obama for a speech the President made last week during which he said that public spending helped to develop small businesses.

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Michelle Obama speaks about immigration [Huffington Post] The First Lady has spoken about President Obama’s immigration record and policies this week.

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Early transition talks underway [Washington Post] The Romney campaign and the Obama administration have engaged in talks to plan for the possible post-election transition of staff should Republicans retake the White House.

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‘I will not cut the military budget,’ says Romney [American Legion] In an interview for American Legion Magazine, Mitt Romney has said that he will not implement any cuts to the United States’ military, adding that he will ‘expand our essential weapons programs and our active-duty personnel.’

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Romney questions lack of Jobs Council meetings [Politico] Mitt Romney has criticised President Obama after it emerged that the President’s Jobs Council has not met in six months.

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Obama appeals to older voters in Florida [New York Times] President Obama has visited the battleground state of Florida, giving a speech in which he attacked Mitt Romney’s healthcare policies.

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Campaign ads suspended in Colorado [CNN] Both the Obama and Romney campaigns suspended election campaign ads in Colorado after a man killed 12 people and injured 59 others in a shooting there on Friday.

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Campaign financing expands [Reuters] Reuters analyses campaign spending by both Obama and Romney, comparing staff increases, salaries and supplies in June and discussing the limitations of both candidates.

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Compiled by Patrick McGhee.