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'Base' Michael Moore Ad Riles Conservatives

Feisty seniors use some salty language

(Newser) - Michael Moore and MoveOn.org put together a pro-Obama ad, and it’s predictably controversial. It features a message from the Greatest Generation to the GOP and Mitt Romney: “If your voter suppression throughout this beautiful country enables Romney to oust Barack Obama, we will burn this motherf***er down,...

Chrysler CEO: No, We're Not Moving Jobs to China

Romney releases controversial ad aimed at Ohio

(Newser) - Sandy can't keep all the politicking tamped down. The latest fuss centers around Mitt Romney's recent comments in Ohio—followed by an ad—about Chrysler and China. "I saw a story today that one of the great manufacturers in this state, Jeep, now owned by the Italians,...

Obama's Problem: He Doesn't Seem to Care

Richard Cohen will still vote for him, but not happily

(Newser) - Richard Cohen does not disagree with the Washington Post’s endorsement of President Obama, he writes in that paper —but when he votes for Obama next week, it will be “with regret.” Because Cohen once mistook Obama for an RFK-like figure, only to be proved very wrong....

Hurricane Sends Partisan Attacks Packing

Softer tone as Obama hunkers down, Romney cancels stops

(Newser) - Unlike much of the East Coast, the presidential campaign hasn't been shut down by Hurricane Sandy. But the dynamics of the race have changed significantly, with President Obama in crisis mode in Washington and Mitt Romney canceling events "out of sensitivity for the millions of Americans in the...

Do Newspaper Endorsements Matter?

Experts, voters doubt it

(Newser) - Both presidential candidates are racking up endorsements as the election draws near, prompting the AP to wonder whether editorial boards' selections do much to sway voters these days. Says a political scientist: "The short answer is no." Still, "at this stage in the campaign, you're looking...

Will Sandy Rain on Campaign?
 East Coast Braces for Sandy 

East Coast Braces for Sandy

Storm could toss election up in the air

(Newser) - Want to hear God laugh? Make a plan in the path of a Category 1 Frankenstorm. Sandy is disrupting lives and presidential campaign schedules all along the East Coast. Here's what's happening:
  • Both President Obama and Mitt Romney have canceled events in Virginia, and Obama today canceled a

McCain: Libya Worse Cover-Up Than Watergate
 McCain: Libya 
 Worse Cover-Up 
 Than Watergate 

McCain: Libya Worse Cover-Up Than Watergate

Political tongues wag over Sandy's effect on election

(Newser) - In a world gone mad over Sandygeddon , at least we can turn on our televisions and find the comforting spectacle of politicians bickering. The looming hurricane, the looming election, and Libya dominated today's political talk shows, with John McCain leading the GOP's charge on the White House's...

60M Will Feel Sandy&#39;s Wrath
 60M Will Feel Sandy's Wrath 

60M Will Feel Sandy's Wrath

East Coast readies for Frankenstorm, as Obama, Romney cancel events

(Newser) - With evacuations in full swing as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the US, officials are predicting big numbers of people will feel her wrath, reports the AP . "We're looking at impact of greater than 50 to 60 million people," says a top NOAA official. A look around...

2 Signs the Race Is Getting Very Serious

Obama adds an exclamation point, Romney backer gets a tattoo

(Newser) - It must be election crunch time:
  • Obama: His campaign has added an exclamation point on signs and banners to make it a slogan of "Forward!" notes the New York Times . "It reflects the energy out there," says the campaign's Stephanie Cutter. The slogan previously had

40% May Vote Early This Year
 40% May Vote Early This Year 

40% May Vote Early This Year

Obama holds sizable advantage so far

(Newser) - A record number of votes will be cast this year before Election Day rolls around, predicts Reuters . It quotes political scientists who think the figure will be somewhere around 35% to 40%—and once again, the trend looks to favor President Obama. He's up 54-39 among early voters so...

Lena Dunham's 'First Time' Obama Ad Causes a Fuss

Conservatives outraged over new video

(Newser) - Lena Dunham released an ad for the Obama campaign yesterday, and it's about as titillating as you'd expect from the creator of HBO's Girls: In it, she talks quite a bit about her first time … voting, of course. "Your first time shouldn’t be with...

Costliest Election Ever: $1B for Each Camp

Obama already hits mark, and Romney is just behind

(Newser) - By the time Election Day rolls around, both President Obama and Mitt Romney will have raised more than $1 billion—making this presidential race the costliest ever seen. Yesterday's financial disclosures reveal that as of Oct. 17, Obama and the Dems had raised $1.06 billion since the start...

Sununu Chalks Up Powell's Obama Endorsement to Race

And then immediately walks it back after TV interview

(Newser) - John Sununu is co-chair of Mitt Romney's campaign and thus not happy that Republican Colin Powell endorsed President Obama. But the former White House chief of staff raised eyebrows last night on CNN with how he dismissed its importance:
  • "When you take a look at Colin Powell, you

Obama Endorses State Measures for Gay Marriage

Backs ballot efforts in Maine, Maryland, Washington

(Newser) - After announcing his support for gay marriage in May, President Obama is putting his weight behind ballot measures to make those unions a reality. Obama is supporting measures in Maine, Maryland, and Washington state to legalize same-sex marriage, the AP reports. "Washington's same-sex marriage law would treat all...

Obama Casts Ballot Early
 Obama Casts Ballot Early 

Obama Casts Ballot Early

President votes in Chicago

(Newser) - President Obama wants to encourage supporters to vote early just in case they run into Election Day glitches, so he provided a first-person example today: He returned to Chicago and cast his own ballot two weeks early, reports the Chicago Tribune . He became the first sitting president to do so,...

In a First, Romney Cracks 50% in ABC/Post Poll

He widens lead among white voters, makes gains on economy

(Newser) - Maybe his momentum isn't slowing after all. A new poll by ABC and the Washington Post puts Mitt Romney up 50-47 on President Obama, which is within the margin of error but marks the first time Romney has hit the 50% mark. Among the reasons for his stronger showing:...

As Mitt Closes Women Gap, Eyes on 'Waitress Moms'

Obama, Romney now even among women: AP poll

(Newser) - As a new AP-GfK poll has Mitt Romney closing the gap among women voters, the New York Times takes a look at a key swing demographic: so-called "waitress moms." The term refers to blue-collar white women without college educations. Unlike "soccer moms" of the 1990s, they're...

Colin Powell Endorses Obama
 Colin Powell Endorses Obama 

Colin Powell Endorses Obama

But says he's still a Republican

(Newser) - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a longtime Republican, is sticking with President Obama in this year's election. He tells CBS This Morning he respects Mitt Romney, but thinks he's been vague on many issues. Speaking of Obama, Powell said the president got the United States out of...

Obama Hits Mourdock: 'Rape Is Rape'

Issues Roe v. Wade warning in Leno appearance

(Newser) - President Obama slammed Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's rape comments on the Tonight Show last night. "I don't know how these guys come up with these ideas," Obama said. "Let me make a very simple proposition. Rape is rape. It is a crime." He noted...

Obama Relents, Releases Off-Record Interview

White House acts after 'Des Moines Register' complains

(Newser) - President Obama got in some hot water yesterday, after the Des Moines Register complained that the White House had insisted on an off-the-record endorsement interview. The 30-minute call "was an incredibly informative exchange" that "would have been valuable to voters," the editors lamented . Obama's critics pounced,...

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