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Romney sees ‘something bigger’

DENVER — After dozens of hours of practice, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney arrived in Colorado on Monday for his first debate with President Barack Obama, telling thousands of voters he thinks the debates will be about “something bigger” than just who appears to emerge the winner. “In my view it’s not so much winning and losing or even the people themselves, the president and myself — it’s about something bigger than that,” Romney told a cheering crowd of thousands.

Economic trend lines, for now, favor Obama

WASHINGTON — For the past year, as the presidential election unfolded, President Barack Obama confronted a dizzying swell of economic news — hiring up, hiring down, a euro crisis abroad, seesawing gasoline prices at the pump, foreclosures dragging down home values. Six weeks before the election, those highs and lows are merging into a straighter line which, while below optimum performance, is moving in a positive direction for the country and for the president in his contest with Republican rival Mitt Romney.

Candidates descend on battleground Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio — President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are pitching to college students and working-class voters in Ohio less than a week before early voting kicks off in this critical Midwestern state. Fresh off a high-stakes address before world leaders at the United Nations, Obama is set to address rallies today at two state universities, hoping to generate the kind of enthusiasm among young voters that helped fuel his victory four years ago. Romney plans three stops in major metropolitan areas of the state as part of a ...

Will we know who won on Nov. 6?

WASHINGTON — The presidential election is Nov. 6, but it could take days to figure out the winner if the vote is close. New voting laws are likely to increase the number of people who have to cast provisional ballots in key states. Tight races for Congress, governor and local offices also could be stuck in limbo while election officials scrutinize ballots, a scenario that would surely attract legions of campaign lawyers from both parties.

Romney tries to seize mantle of change

WASHINGTON — Now it’s Mitt Romney who wants to be the candidate of change. Romney seized on President Barack Obama’s comment that “you can’t change Washington from the inside.” Grasping for a way to right his campaign and appeal to independents, the Republican nominee said he has what it takes to end the nasty partisanship in the nation’s capital.

Poll: Obama job approval rising, race still tight

WASHINGTON — Americans are feeling markedly better about the country’s future and about Barack Obama’s job performance, but the president’s re-election race against Republican Mitt Romney remains a neck-and-neck proposition as Election Day creeps ever closer, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. Buoyed by good mojo coming out of last month’s national political conventions, Obama’s approval rating is back above 50 percent for the first time since May, and the share of Americans who think the country is moving in the right direction is at its highest level since ...
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Romney tries to get back on track

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney sought to get his campaign back on track today after the revelation of a video in which he said nearly half of Americans “believe they are victims,” are dependent on the government and bound to vote for President Barack Obama. The Obama campaign worked to spread the quotes to any voters who hadn’t already heard them. Obama himself headed for New York for an appearance on David Letterman’s TV couch and a fundraiser with Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

Stretch to November

CHARLOTTE, N.C — President Barack Obama’s fall mission: Remind voters why they chose him in the first place, hope the economy doesn’t get worse — and paint Mitt Romney as an unacceptable alternative. “On every issue, the choice you face won’t be just between two candidates or two parties. It will be a choice between two different paths for America,” the Democrat said Thursday as he accepted his party’s nomination.

Fact check: Dems enjoy a bit of stretching the truth

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama laid claim to a peace dividend that doesn’t exist when he told the nation he wants to use money saved by ending wars to build highways, schools and bridges. The wars were largely financed by borrowing, so there is no ready pile of cash to be diverted to anything else.

Clinton sets the table for Obama’s talk tonight

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Barack Obama goes before the Democratic National Convention and the nation tonight for a capstone speech designed not just to persuade undecided voters to swing his way in a tight election but to put fire in the belly of his supporters and get them to come out on Election Day. Obama senior adviser David Plouffe promised the president would give voters “a very clear sense of where he thinks the country needs to go economically, the path we need to take.”
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Democrats ready for their turn

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Democrats open their national convention today in defense of a president who carries both the power and the burden of incumbency, offering President Barack Obama as the best choice to revive the ragged U.S. economy and asking Americans to be patient with incomplete results so far. Michelle Obama’s evening speech will be an early highlight of a three-day schedule that has drawn thousands of delegates to a state Obama narrowly carried in 2008. Although Obama no longer is the fresh-faced newbie who leveraged a short Senate career ...

The Worm column: GOP on camera, medicine in translation

RNC snapshot: Everybody gets on camera at least once at the Republican National Convention. Chelan County Republican Vice Chairwoman Fredi Simpson got her moment in the lens Tuesday, in an image captured by AP photographer David Goldman. The photo of Simpson, who’s also national committeewoman for the state GOP, got big play online in one of the Huffington Post’s clickbaiting slideshows, as well as a less complimentary post on Jezebel. Still, it’ll make a great image for the county GOP’s Christmas card. Sending a message: They’re not doctors, not even ...
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Post-convention, Romney’s talking jobs

TAMPA, Fla. — His convention behind him, Mitt Romney enters the campaign homestretch with a singular goal: convince Americans disappointed with President Barack Obama that the Democrat is to blame for the stagnant economy and that only he can fix it. “You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had, was the day you voted for him,” Romney said, accepting the Republican nomination that eluded him four years ago.

GOP’s gun stance offers opponents plenty of ammo

TAMPA, Fla. — Republicans have strengthened the pro-gun-rights portion of their party platform, including a new call for unlimited bullet capacities in guns, in a defiant response to criticism that followed recent mass shootings at a Colorado cinema and an Arizona congresswoman’s gathering. The 2012 platform, approved this week by GOP convention-goers who nominated Mitt Romney for president, also endorses “stand your ground” rights for gun owners. That legal concept, which says gun bearers don’t have to retreat if they feel threatened in a public place, drew national attention after ...
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Ryan takes some factual shortcuts

WASHINGTON — Laying out the first plans for his party’s presidential ticket, GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan took some factual shortcuts Wednesday night when he attacked President Barack Obama’s policies on Medicare, the economic stimulus and the budget deficit. Sen. Rob Portman, a former U.S. trade representative, glossed over his own problems when critiquing Obama’s trade dealings with China. A day earlier, the convention’s keynote speaker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, bucked reality in promising that GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will lay out for the American people the ...
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Grand Old Party in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. — With the Republican National Convention at last in full-throated roar, nominee Mitt Romney and his team are reaching out in all directions today to connect with key voting groups including veterans, Hispanics and women while gleefully mocking the man he is out to defeat in November. Romney himself was ducking out of his own convention in Tampa to address the American Legion Convention in Indianapolis. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a top Hispanic voice in the GOP, made the round of morning talk shows to defend the GOP ...
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With U.S. watching, Ryan will put focus on personal side

TAMPA, Fla. — Paul Ryan wants to talk policy. Mitt Romney’s team wants his No. 2 to focus more on his immigrant family and small-town values. The top of the ticket is certain to win out as the Wisconsin congressman accepts the vice presidential nomination of his party tonight. Ryan will deliver a speech to thousands of delegates at the Republican convention, and millions of viewers watching from home, that will be unlike most Ryan tends to favor. This one is likely to be heavy on personality and lighter on ...
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Ann Romney, Christie on deck at GOP convention

TAMPA, Fla. — Poised at last to claim the prize he’s been chasing for years, Mitt Romney barreled into his convention city today as Republicans worked to showcase him at the Republican National Convention as a man who understands everyday Americans and a leader who can fix the economy. Ann Romney, the woman who knows him best, said she was tickled that her husband would be on hand for her evening speech to the convention. And tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was ready to make the case in his ...
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GOP upheaval arrives just before Romney convention

TAMPA, Fla. — This is the convention prelude of the Republicans’ dreams — their nightmares, that is. Mitt Romney wanted to preside over a made-for-TV gathering showcasing his economic credentials and GOP unity. Instead, he’s heading to Tampa with the national debate focused on rape and abortion and with the divisions within his party — and with running mate Paul Ryan — on full display.
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How Ryan, Biden tilt the ticket

DENVER — Paul Ryan likes exercise, budget charts and the Green Bay Packers. Joe Biden likes train rides, foreign policy and talking — a lot. In some ways, these presidential ticket No. 2s could not be more different. They are separated in age by nearly three decades, were born to families in different regions of the country and have views on opposite ends of the political spectrum.