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Entries by Jon Ward from 09/2012

Democratic Split Over Education Reform Tested By Hollywood Movie

Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The most controversial thing to happen at the Democratic National Convention this week may end up being a movie screening. On Monday ...

Jeb Bush Says Education Film Will Be 'Game-Changing' For Reform Movement

Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -– It's been six years since Jeb Bush held political office, but since he left Florida's governorship, he has been working on an iss...

Democrats' Efforts To Reinsert 'God' And 'Jerusalem' Into Platform Met With Loud Opposition (VIDEO)

Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A rare unscripted moment at the Democratic National Convention here Wednesday resulted in an embarrassing moment for the party that...

Randi Weingarten At Democratic Convention: Teachers' Union Leader Seeks Ways To Weather Criticism

Posted 09.06.2012 | Politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It is a soul-searching moment for the teachers' unions. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT)...

Jim Messina Tells 2012 Democratic Convention The Election Is Not About President Obama

Posted 09.06.2012 | Politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- President Obama's campaign manager pressed convention goers Thursday to hand over any personal information they haven't already -- ...

Charlie Crist Tells Democratic Convention Obama 'Saved Florida'

Posted 09.06.2012 | Politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Former Florida Gov. Charlie Christ played the role of a former opposition party politician who has seen the light on Thursday nigh...

President Obama Called Debt Limit Talks 'Bizarro World,' And New Bob Woodward Book Bears That Out

Posted 09.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON – If you'd like to feel ill, read Bob Woodward's new book, "The Price of Politics." The 379-page book, which comes out Tuesday and was...

Election 2012: Mitt Romney Falling Further Behind In Human Relations

Posted 09.11.2012 | Politics

Zeke Miller writes a fun, smart piece over at BuzzFeed, and says that President Barack Obama got "Biden'd" when he was picked up by a pizza shop owner...

Republicans Push Back Against Notion Of A 'Lehman Moment' For Mitt Romney

Posted 09.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Influential Republicans on Wednesday pushed back against the overwhelming perception in the press that Mitt Romney made a significant err...

Mitt Romney Turns Libya Stance To Mourning Diplomats' Deaths, Criticizing Obama's Leadership

Posted 09.13.2012 | Politics

FAIRFAX, Va. -- One day after criticizing President Obama in the hours following the announcement of the deaths of four U.S. diplomats, Republican pre...

Mitt Romney Adviser Criticizes Fed's Third Round Of Quantitative Easing

Posted 09.13.2012 | Politics

FAIRFAX, Va. -- A top adviser to Mitt Romney on Thursday criticized the Federal Reserve's decision to launch a third round of quantitative easing. ...

Mitt Romney Mentions, Ever So Briefly, Teachers Unions

Posted 09.13.2012 | Politics

FAIRFAX, Va. -- It was just one line. But Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney touched, ever so briefly, on the contentious issue of teacher...

Mitt Romney Nicks Leadership Cred With Unforced Errors

Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney faces challenges in convincing undecided voters that his policies would help the middle class, and that he can relate to the...

Mitt Romney Adviser Admits They Are Losing Message War On Taxes

Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A senior adviser to Republican Mitt Romney admitted on Monday that the campaign has not done a good job of explaining how Romney's plan ...

Mitt Romney Week From Hell Prompts Republican Freak-Out

Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Republicans could use a bit of advice from an unlikely source right now: Obama adviser David Plouffe, who in 2010 told Democrats worri...

Mitt Romney Says It's A Compliment To Be Called 'Grandfather of Obamacare'

Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics

MIAMI, Fla. -- Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he considers it "a compliment" for President Barack Obama to refer to him as the "grandfather of Obamac...

The Disappearance Of Mitt Romney: Campaign's Push To Humanize Him Evaporates

Posted 09.20.2012 | Politics

MIAMI, Fla -- Mitt Romney's campaign produced a 10-minute documentary film about the candidate that forced even liberal Democrats, when it was shown a...

U.S. Tariff On China's Tires Set To Expire As Obama Stumps In Ohio

Posted 09.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON - President Obama plans to travel to Ohio for campaign events on Wednesday, the same day that a three-year tariff on the import of Chinese ...

Mitt Romney Adviser Acknowledges Shift In Campaign Message

Posted 09.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A common complaint from Republicans friendly to Mitt Romney's campaign, but outside it, has been that the campaign has been knocked off ...

Obama Talks NFL Refs, National Debt With Des Moines Register

Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics

Those who wondered Tuesday why President Barack Obama did not have time to meet with foreign leaders at the United Nations have their answer. He ha...

Mitt Romney's First Direct-To-Camera Ad Comes At Make-Or-Break Moment In Campaign

Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney's campaign released an ad on Wednesday showing the Republican nominee talking, for the first time in any of his television spots, directly...

As Iowa Launches Early Voting, A Prime Opportunity For Mitt Romney Is Slipping

Posted 09.27.2012 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A few minutes past 8 a.m. on Thursday, Mark Cooper, 57, walked into the Polk County auditor's office with a plastic travel mug in ...

Satellite Voting: Only in Iowa

Posted 09.27.2012 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa –- Jesus said that wherever two or more were gathered, he would be among them. The state of Iowa says that in whatever place 10...

Jim Messina, Obama Campaign Manager, Says Even If Romney Surges, 'We're Going To Be OK'

Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics

CHICAGO – "Let me show you what kind of advantage we have," said Jim Messina, springing out of a chair in his downtown office. Messina, the 42-ye...