Mitt Romney http://kcur.org en Analysis: Romney Debate Strategy Shows He Thinks He's In the Driver's Seat http://kcur.org/post/analysis-romney-debate-strategy-shows-he-thinks-hes-drivers-seat In his third debate with President Obama, Mitt Romney dialed up "cool and cautious" on his mood meter. And that tells you a great deal about where this presidential race stands with two weeks to go.<p>Romney had to know the president would be coming after him in Boca Raton, Fla., but he decided to avoid the aggressive and even angry notes he had struck in the first two debates. He had achieved what he could with this approach in the initial clash in Denver on Oct. 3, when he seemed the more decisive and strong-willed candidate on stage. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:43:00 +0000 Ron Elving 26433 at http://kcur.org Analysis: Romney Debate Strategy Shows He Thinks He's In the Driver's Seat Debate Takeaway: Little Daylight Between Obama, Romney http://kcur.org/post/debate-takeaway-little-daylight-between-obama-romney In at least one sense, the final presidential debate of the year looked a lot like the previous ones between Mitt Romney and President Obama.<p>Regardless of what they were asked, each offered talking points he had prepared and was determined to make. The candidates, not moderator Bob Schieffer of CBS News, set both the tone and the pace of the debate.<p>That included switching gears far from the nominal subject of Monday's debate in Boca Raton, Fla., which was foreign policy. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 04:33:00 +0000 editor 26410 at http://kcur.org Debate Takeaway: Little Daylight Between Obama, Romney In Final Debate: Some Sparks, But Also Points Of Agreement http://kcur.org/post/live-blog-obama-romney-square-final-debate Foreign policy proved to be a subject that kept the tone mostly substantive tonight in the third and final debate between President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney before the Nov. 6 election.<p>While the president was the more aggressive of the two, sometimes interrupting his opponent and several times forcefully challenging things that Romney said, for the most part the discussion was tough but civil. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 23:30:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 26406 at http://kcur.org In Final Debate: Some Sparks, But Also Points Of Agreement Tonight, Obama, Romney Take On Foreign Policy In Third And Final Debate http://kcur.org/post/tonight-obama-romney-take-foreign-policy-third-and-final-debate We've reached an important landmark in the presidential campaign: President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney face off tonight in the third and final presidential debate.<p>As was the case the last two times, the debate starts at 9 p.m. ET. This time, the venue is Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.<p>If you believe the snap polls, the first debate went to Romney, the second went to Obama, which means we have a 1-1 tie with just minutes to go in the fourth quarter. That is to say, we're just two weeks away from Nov. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:55:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 26359 at http://kcur.org Tonight, Obama, Romney Take On Foreign Policy In Third And Final Debate Presidential Debate Spins 'Binders Full Of Women' Meme, Fact Checks http://kcur.org/post/presidential-debate-spins-binders-full-women-meme-fact-checks <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_LQ3eHSZ9c</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:37:00 +0000 editor 26126 at http://kcur.org Presidential Debate Spins 'Binders Full Of Women' Meme, Fact Checks Obama Vs. Romney: The Presidential Candidates Set For Round 2 http://kcur.org/post/obama-vs-romney-presidential-candidates-set-round-2 After a zinger of a vice presidential debate last week, the bosses have a lot to live up to tonight. Just in case you haven't been paying attention: President Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney face off in the second of three presidential debates.<p>It starts at 9 p.m. at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 12:26:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 26057 at http://kcur.org Obama Vs. Romney: The Presidential Candidates Set For Round 2 As Race Tightens, The Electoral Map Still Favors Obama http://kcur.org/post/race-tightens-electoral-map-still-favors-obama Mitt Romney may have seized the advantage in terms of poll numbers and momentum, but there's one area where President Obama enjoys the upper hand.<p>In the end, it's the only area that counts: the Electoral College. Over the past 20 years, Republicans have had a much lower ceiling when it comes to electoral support, while Democrats have had a significantly higher floor.<p>"The Democrats start with a larger number of electoral votes in the bank," says Daron Shaw, author of <em>The Race to 270,</em> a book about electoral strategy. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 19:27:00 +0000 editor 25790 at http://kcur.org As Race Tightens, The Electoral Map Still Favors Obama Romney's Debate Performance Swings Polls In His Favor http://kcur.org/post/romneys-debate-performance-swings-polls-his-favor In the five days since Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was declared by many the winner of the first presidential debate, political watchers have waited to see if polls would shift in response to his performance. And, they did.<p>Not only has the Gallup tracking poll tightened to a tie — 47-47 — but the Pew poll, which last month found President Obama with a strong lead among likely voters — 51-43 — has also seen a huge swing. Mon, 08 Oct 2012 20:25:00 +0000 editor 25684 at http://kcur.org Romney's Debate Performance Swings Polls In His Favor Romney: I Was 'Just Completely Wrong' On 47 Percent http://kcur.org/post/romney-i-was-just-completely-wrong-47-percent Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/09/18/161333783/romneys-wrong-and-right-about-the-47-percent" target="_blank">much-discussed remarks about the 47 percent of Americans</a> who "will vote for the president no matter what ... believe that they are victims ... Fri, 05 Oct 2012 11:45:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 25565 at http://kcur.org Romney: I Was 'Just Completely Wrong' On 47 Percent Five Takeaways From The First Presidential Debate http://kcur.org/post/five-takeaways-first-presidential-debate Mitt Romney may have given his campaign something of a reset with his performance in the first debate against President Obama.<p>He appeared more comfortable on stage than the incumbent, and was able at least to lay the groundwork for a message of bipartisanship that could appeal to remaining undecided voters.<p>Of course, it's not clear yet whether the debate will create enough momentum to offer Romney an advantage heading into the next debate, let alone through Election Day. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 04:59:00 +0000 editor 25499 at http://kcur.org Five Takeaways From The First Presidential Debate Presidential Debate: An NPR Live Chat http://kcur.org/post/presidential-debate-npr-live-chat <p>President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney face off from Denver Wednesday night in their first televised presidential debate. Jim Lehrer of PBS's <em>Newshour</em> will moderate.</p><p>If you're not content to simply yell at the television, join NPR's live chat below to get in your two cents and engage in relevant conversation during the event.</p><p>The discussion starts here at 7:30 p.m. CST and live coverage of the debates begins at 8 p.m. on KCUR 89.3 FM and <a href="http://kcur.org/listen-live" target="_blank">kcur.org/listen-live</a>.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 00:03:00 +0000 KCUR 25494 at http://kcur.org Presidential Debate: An NPR Live Chat OMG! A Deb8! What Young People Really Want To Ask Obama And Romney http://kcur.org/post/omg-deb8-what-young-people-really-want-ask-obama-and-romney Generation Y is asking why.<p>Why is it so hard to find a job? Why is health care so expensive? Smart questions from a smart generation. Their inquiries — and the presidential candidate they think can provide the best answers — could be a decisive factor in the 2012 election. If not the Tipping Point, as least a Tilting Point.<p>For many millennials, economic prospects are murky.<p>Paul T. Wed, 03 Oct 2012 11:37:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 25449 at http://kcur.org OMG! A Deb8! What Young People Really Want To Ask Obama And Romney Romney's Pick Of Ryan Hasn't Changed Race, Polls Signal http://kcur.org/post/romneys-pick-ryan-hasnt-changed-race-polls-signal Two new polls come to much the same conclusion about the <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=135107071" target="_blank">2012 presidential campaign</a>:<p>-- "Heading into next week's Republican convention, Mitt Romney remains within striking distance of President Barack Obama but faces steep challenges in inducing voters to warm up to him as a candidate, <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443713704577603600866054994.html?mod=googlenews_wsj" target="_blank">a new <em>Wall Street Journal</em>/NBC News poll has found</a>. Mr. Wed, 22 Aug 2012 11:11:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 23233 at http://kcur.org Romney's Pick Of Ryan Hasn't Changed Race, Polls Signal One Clue To Romney's Veep Pick: Whose Wiki Page Is Getting The Most Edits? http://kcur.org/post/one-clue-romneys-veep-pick-whose-wiki-page-getting-most-edits <a href="http://techpresident.com/news/22680/how-spot-romneys-vice-president-pick-advance" target="_blank">Tech President reminds us</a> that one way to possibly figure out who will be a vice presidential pick is to watch the various contenders' Wikipedia pages in the days before such an announcement is likely.<p>In 2008, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/29/AR2008082902691.html" target="_blank">as <em>The Washington Post</em> wrote at the time</a>, "just hours before [Sen. John] McCain declared his veep choice of Alaska Gov. Tue, 07 Aug 2012 14:30:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 22333 at http://kcur.org One Clue To Romney's Veep Pick: Whose Wiki Page Is Getting The Most Edits? Romney In London: Not A Smashing Success So Far http://kcur.org/post/romney-london-not-smashing-success-so-far The first stop — Britain — in Mitt Romney's foreign tour certainly is starting out rockier than nearly anyone expected.<p>First there was the kerfuffle over remarks, attributed by a British newspaper to an anonymous campaign adviser, that Romney understood the shared "Anglo-Saxon heritage" between the U.S. and Britain in a way President Obama didn't. Those comments were viewed as racist by some and were disowned by the Romney campaign.<p>Then the candidate himself caused a dust-up by saying he found "disconcerting" security and other glitches in the run-up to Friday's opening ceremony. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 21:38:00 +0000 Frank James 21708 at http://kcur.org Romney In London: Not A Smashing Success So Far Romney Repeats No-New-Tax-Releases Stance, Defends Offshore Accounts http://kcur.org/post/romney-repeats-no-new-tax-releases-stance-defends-offshore-accounts Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney continued Tuesday to push back on calls to release more years of tax returns and defended keeping investments in offshore accounts — both issues that have been dogging his run for the White House.<p>In <a href="http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/309673/romney-tax-returns-i-m-simply-not-enthusiastic-about-giving-them-hundreds-or-thousands">an interview</a> with Robert Costa of the conservative <em>National Review,</em> Romney said he won't release pre-2010 tax returns, despite urging from those within his own party, because he says he believes the Tue, 17 Jul 2012 16:46:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 21174 at http://kcur.org Romney Repeats No-New-Tax-Releases Stance, Defends Offshore Accounts For Romney, The People May Trump The Money In Associating With The Donald http://kcur.org/post/romney-people-may-trump-money-associating-donald The latest variant of the presidential election parlor game we call "What Were They Thinking?" asks why Mitt Romney chose this moment in his quest for the White House to become involved with Donald Trump.<p>Here's a contrarian guess by way of an answer: populism. Bear with me for a moment of explanation.<p>Romney has accepted Trump's support before, but the renewal of their alliance seemed curiously timed. Wed, 30 May 2012 14:19:00 +0000 Ron Elving 18510 at http://kcur.org For Romney, The People May Trump The Money In Associating With The Donald For The Record, Basically: It's Romney http://kcur.org/post/record-basically-its-romney There hadn't been any doubt about it for several weeks, but with his win Tuesday in the Texas primary Mitt Romney has "clinched the Republican presidential nomination," <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/05/29/153956134/mitt-romney-wins-texas-primary" target="_blank">according to The Associated Press</a>.<p>As NPR's S.V. Wed, 30 May 2012 11:37:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 18499 at http://kcur.org For The Record, Basically: It's Romney Endemic Financial Fraud (AKA. Green Slime) http://kcur.org/post/endemic-financial-fraud-aka-green-slime <p>Every president and presidential candidate has an economic advisor, but how influenced are these positions by politics?</p><p> Mon, 21 May 2012 20:15:12 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 18055 at http://kcur.org Endemic Financial Fraud (AKA. Green Slime) Booker, Bain, Romney & Obama: Ad Wars Go Full Circle And Then Some http://kcur.org/post/booker-bain-romney-obama-ad-wars-go-full-circle-and-then-some This is a classic chain of events that never seems to go out of style in an election year.<p><strong>First</strong> one of the presidential campaigns put out videos that it says are informational but critics say are attack ads. This time, it's President Obama's team and the target is Republican rival Mitt Romney. Mon, 21 May 2012 19:54:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 18051 at http://kcur.org Booker, Bain, Romney & Obama: Ad Wars Go Full Circle And Then Some 'President Romney's' First Day In Office: All About Reversing Obama Per Ad http://kcur.org/post/president-romneys-first-day-office-all-about-reversing-obama <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzK3ZX7hvzg</p> Fri, 18 May 2012 16:49:00 +0000 Frank James 17912 at http://kcur.org 'President Romney's' First Day In Office: All About Reversing Obama Per Ad Closed Steel Plant Holds Attention In Presidential Campaign http://kcur.org/post/closed-steel-plant-holds-attention-presidential-campaign <p>About two dozen union men and women, supporters of President Obama&rsquo;s reelection, went to the gates of a closed Kansas City steel plant to attack economic policies of Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney. Thu, 17 May 2012 22:08:48 +0000 Dan Verbeck 17874 at http://kcur.org Closed Steel Plant Holds Attention In Presidential Campaign Romney's $40.1 Million Haul In April Nearly Matches Obama's http://kcur.org/post/romneys-401-million-haul-april-nearly-matches-obamas The campaign for GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney and the Republican Party together <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=152902400" target="_blank">raised $40.1 million in April</a>, just shy of the $43.6 million that President Obama and the Democratic Party took in.<p>This is the first monthly report since Romney effectively wrapped up the Republican presidential nomination. Thu, 17 May 2012 13:56:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17832 at http://kcur.org Romney's $40.1 Million Haul In April Nearly Matches Obama's Obama Ad Attacks Romney For KC Job Losses http://kcur.org/post/obama-ad-attacks-romney-kc-job-losses <p>TV viewers in five swing states will see an Obama ad tomorrow that highlights a bankrupt Kansas City manufacturing firm and hundreds of lost jobs at the hands of Mitt Romney&rsquo;s Boston-based investment firm.</p><p> Tue, 15 May 2012 16:50:57 +0000 Laura Ziegler 17695 at http://kcur.org Obama Ad Attacks Romney For KC Job Losses Romney And Obama: A Tale Of Two Commencement Speeches http://kcur.org/post/romney-and-obama-tale-two-commencement-speeches As close as the general election is expected to be, virtually everything the presidential candidates do from here until November is about maximizing the turnout of voters in their respective bases without repelling independents or moderates.<p>So that's the lens through which to read President Obama's commencement address Monday to the graduates of <a href="http://barnard.columbia.edu/">Barnard College</a> at Columbia University in New York and Mitt Romney's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uT2HAluw63Q">speech Saturday</a> at <a href="http://www.liberty.edu/">Liberty University</a>, th Mon, 14 May 2012 19:38:00 +0000 Frank James 17639 at http://kcur.org Romney And Obama: A Tale Of Two Commencement Speeches Uneven Economy Evens The Field For Obama, Romney http://kcur.org/post/uneven-economy-evens-field-obama-romney As the election year began, conventional wisdom was pretty well set about the outcome of the presidential race. If the economy improved, President Obama would win. If not, he'd be a one-termer.<p>So what does it mean that many big economic indicators are moving sideways?<p>"Obama seems to be in that gray area," says Paul Pierson, a political scientist at the University of California, Berkeley. "The numbers are neither so good nor so bad that they give you a definitive answer."<p>The economy as a whole is growing, but at a tepid pace. Jobs are being added every month, but not terribly many. Mon, 14 May 2012 15:53:00 +0000 editor 17618 at http://kcur.org Uneven Economy Evens The Field For Obama, Romney Romney Declares 'New Campaign,' And Democrats Seem To Agree http://kcur.org/post/romney-declares-new-campaign-and-democrats-seem-agree On Tuesday, as he swept all five Republican presidential primaries — the first held since his last credible opponent conceded the race — Mitt Romney declared "the start of a new campaign."<p>On Wednesday, Democrats engaged that campaign, as a superPAC that supports President Obama and an environmental group launched $1 million in new ads in the swing states of Colorado and Nevada that stress a connection between Romney and big oil, The <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ihUfIrX1d3hbEyjZUguvhjhj6Zqg?docId=a87c5f2cba444af5bbc0b72b45881d0c" target="_blank">Associated Press Wed, 25 Apr 2012 13:04:00 +0000 editor 16549 at http://kcur.org Romney Declares 'New Campaign,' And Democrats Seem To Agree Romney Keeps Hand Hidden On Running Mate Pick http://kcur.org/post/romney-keeps-hand-hidden-running-mate-pick Ahead of Pennsylvania's primary Tuesday, the likely Republican presidential nominee has been campaigning in the state with a man at the center of running-mate speculation — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. But Mitt Romney hasn't said much about whom he might name as his vice presidential choice.<p>Romney <em>has</em> said he appointed a longtime aide to handle the process and that he hasn't yet discussed making a list of potential candidates. But just about everyone else in politics <em>is</em> discussing it. And the men at the top of that list are asked about it a lot.<p>New Jersey Gov. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 07:30:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 16462 at http://kcur.org Romney Keeps Hand Hidden On Running Mate Pick Romney Takes Rubio On The Road, Testing A Potential Running Mate http://kcur.org/post/romney-takes-rubio-road-testing-potential-running-mate Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigned outside of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh on Monday, a day before Pennsylvania and four other states hold their primary contests.<p>Romney isn't concerned about the primary, but Pennsylvania will likely be an important swing state in the general election. And Monday also offered a chance to audition a potential running mate: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.<p>Rubio, a Tea Party favorite, was the main draw for Jane Spresser, who arrived early for a town hall meeting. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 21:04:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 16441 at http://kcur.org Romney Takes Rubio On The Road, Testing A Potential Running Mate Romney Backs Extension Of Student Loan Relief http://kcur.org/post/romney-backs-extension-student-loan-relief Mitt Romney on Monday endorsed the idea of extending a law that curbs interest rates paid by some recipients of federal student loans, a cause that President Obama has made a campaign issue.<p>"Particularly with <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/04/23/151217630/ap-analysis-half-of-recent-college-grads-are-jobless-or-underemployed">the number of college grads that can't find work</a> or that can only find work well beneath their skill level, I fully support the effort to extend the low interest rate on student loans," Romney told reporters before a campaign event in Aston, Pa., Mon, 23 Apr 2012 18:09:00 +0000 editor 16426 at http://kcur.org