It was this middle ground that would be the crucial difference between becoming the leader of the free world and being the leader of the guest lecture circuit. You only have to look back to Clinton or Reagan and witness them debating policies to win undecideds as proof.
As Mitt's dad noted, tax returns over a short period can be manipulated. By failing to provide verification of any kind, Mitt is failing to create trust among the electorate that he will ultimately need to govern, if he is elected.
For those of us who are political enthusiasts, the tightness of the presidential campaign should make for a highly engaging contest. Unfortunately, third-quarter fumbles and missed interceptions are making this painful to watch for both sides.
The country I grew up in made it possible for a kid who had no chance in life to climb up and help himself. I'm a product of 40 foster homes, three group homes and finally adopted parents who passed away -- I know the importance and need for social programs.
Each week, the Horse Race asks participants to rate the prior week's performance of Gov. Romney, President Obama and their respective campaigns, and vote on which campaign "won" the prior week or appears to have "momentum" in the race.
Although the idea of presidential candidates spying on your listening habits to send you ads might seem scary, in some way, there's really nothing to be surprised about here. It is, quite literally, politics (and advertising) as usual.