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Entries by Jon Ward from 10/2012

Mitt Romney's Quest For Swing Vote An Uphill Battle, Say Republican Pollsters

Posted 10.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The tone on a conference call with Republican pollsters Monday, discussing Mitt Romney's chances of winning over key swing voters, was r...

Presidential Debate Tonight In Colorado, Key State For Mitt Romney If Ohio Gets Away

Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics

DENVER -- When President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney meet in their first debate of the 2012 presidential campaign, they will do so in a hotly contest...

Mitt Romney Campaign Says Tax Deductions Cap Would Not Hit Employer-Provided Insurance

Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics

DENVER -- A comment by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney earlier this week regarding how he would overhaul the U.S. tax code set off a back-...

Mitt Romney Versus Obama: 4 Key Moments From First Presidential Debate

Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

DENVER -- There was no one defining moment on Wednesday night, no knockout punch, as President Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney met for...

Will.i.am Gives Crowd At Obama Rally A Pep Talk After Debate Night

Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

DENVER -- Even rapper will.i.am sounded a little down the morning after the first presidential debate, which was not President Barack Obama's best nig...

Obama Thinks Of A Good Answer To Mitt Romney Morning After Debate

Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

DENVER -- The morning after his debate with Republican Mitt Romney, after he left the stage and the kleig lights, President Obama figured out what he ...

President Obama's Harshest Debate Critics? His Most Loyal Supporters

Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. –- Don't take it from the pundits. President Barack Obama's own supporters roundly panned his performance in Wednesday night's deb...

Stuart Stevens, Mitt Romney Message Man, Answers Critics

Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

DENVER -– Some of the most salient criticisms of Mitt Romney's campaign over the last month have included the Republican presidential candidate's fa...

Obama Campaigns In The Rain, A Long Way From 2008

Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics

CLEVELAND –- President Barack Obama stood under a driving rain here on Friday afternoon, a black trench coat draped over his lanky frame, and looked...

Chuck Todd: Republican Edge In Voter Enthusiasm Is 'Huge Problem' For Democrats (VIDEO)

Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics

The storyline coming out of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. last month was that President Barack Obama -- and former President B...

Why Mitt Romney Was Called A Liar By Obama Campaign

Posted 10.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– When Obama adviser David Plouffe walked into the spin room in Denver last week after the president's poor debate performance, there wa...

RNC Touts 2.5 Million Voter Contacts Made On Saturday

Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics

The Republican National Committee's focus on micro-targeted door-knocking and phone calls continues to ramp up. On Saturday, Republicans in 11 swing s...

Mitt Romney Describes Meeting Glen Doherty, Former Navy SEAL Who Was Later Killed In Libya

Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics

It seemed like a lighthearted, self-deprecating story at first, as Mitt Romney told a crowd of supporters in Van Meter, Iowa, Tuesday that he and his ...

Joe Biden Versus Paul Ryan: Who Will Get The Edge On Tax And Entitlement In VP Debate?

Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Mitt Romney's running mate, only get one shot at each other. They'll face off ...

Biden-Ryan Debate: All About Joe (VIDEO)

Posted 10.12.2012 | Politics

DANVILLE, Ky. –- Joe Biden did everything President Barack Obama did not last week, and a good bit more. The vice president dominated the spotl...

Mitt Romney Benghazi Exchange Allows Obama To Dodge Questions Until Third Debate

Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Obama never directly answered the questions posed to him Tuesday night about the death of a U.S. ambassador in Benghazi. He di...

Bill Clinton In Ohio: 'We're Not Well Yet From This Horrible Thing That Happened To Us'

Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics

WINTERSVILLE, Ohio -– As the doors to the Indian Creek High School gymnasium opened and people began streaming in to wait for former President Bill ...

Tagg Romney Says Stories About Taking Over Father's Campaign Are 'Fairy Tale'

Posted 10.19.2012 | Politics

MARIETTA, Ohio -– There is one thing that Tagg Romney agrees with MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell on: he has an unfortunate name. "People ask me al...

Mitt Romney Looks To Coal Country In Ohio To Peel Off Votes From President Obama

Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics

BELMONT, Ohio -– A few hundred hearty souls stood for more than two hours Saturday, in a sometimes-driving rain and temperatures in the upper 40s, w...

2012 Presidential Debates Viewed As Historic By Republicans, Pedestrian By Democrats

Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The 2012 presidential debates are over. Were they decisive in a potentially historic way, or simply par for the course, with the s...

Obama Campaign Presses Mitt Romney To Fully Disown Richard Mourdock For Rape Comments

Posted 10.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's campaign on Thursday turned up the heat on Mitt Romney, pressuring him to do more than simply disagree with Ind...

Mitt Romney To Make 'Closing Argument' Speech On Friday In Iowa

Posted 10.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney will deliver what his campaign is billing as a "closing argument" Friday in a major speech in Iowa focused largely on the ec...

Mitt Romney Hammers New Phrase For His Campaign: 'Big Change'

Posted 10.25.2012 | Politics

CINCINNATI -- Mitt Romney began a two-day swing through the crucial swing state of Ohio on Thursday by repeating a phrase that got big roars from a ra...

Barack Obama, Mitt Romney Campaigning Furiously In Ohio, A Sign Of Things To Come

Posted 10.25.2012 | Politics

DEFIANCE, Ohio -– As the Election Day countdown neared single-digit territory Thursday, President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney continued ...

Mitt Romney Hope And Change Message Co-Opts Obama, Central To Iowa Speech

Posted 10.26.2012 | Politics

AMES, Iowa -- If you listen closely, you can hear it: Mitt Romney is adopting the same "hope and change" message that President Barack Obama ran on fo...