Getting It So Wrong: The Republicans And The Presidential Election

I still find it remarkable that Republicans running Mitt Romney’s campaign seemed to genuinely believe that he was winning.

This November article from The New Republic looks at what happened. Read: The Polls That Made Mitt Romney Think He’d Win.

Gwen Ifill of the PBS NewsHour commented on the same bizarre feature of the presidential election in this video piece reviewing 2012:


Here in Australia it’s possible to find people who genuinely believe that the Gillard government is going to be re-elected. Many blogs supportive of the ALP promote the argument that Tony Abbott is unelectable. Equally, there are Coalition supporters who cannot contemplate the possibility. As in the US, one side is going to be very wrong later this year.



Obama And Romney Meet In First Presidential Debate

President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney have met in the first presidential debate in Denver Colorado.

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A lacklustre Obama faced a confident Romney who dominated most of the debate. Whilst neither man stumbled and neither produced a memorable moment, the Republican Party will be buoyed by Romney’s performance.

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Transcript of the first presidential debate between Democratic President Barack Obama and his Republican opponent Mitt Romney.

LEHRER: Good evening from the Magness Arena at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. I’m Jim Lehrer of the “PBS NewsHour,” and I welcome you to the first of the 2012 presidential debates between President Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee.

LEHRER: This debate and the next three — two presidential, one vice presidential — are sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. Tonight’s 90 minutes will be about domestic issues and will follow a format designed by the commission. There will be six roughly 15-minute segments with two-minute answers for the first question, then open discussion for the remainder of each segment.

Thousands of people offered suggestions on segment subjects or questions via the Internet and other means, but I made the final selections. And for the record, they were not submitted for approval to the commission or the candidates. [Read more…]


Obama Ads In Ohio Attack Romney Over Taxes

This is a television advertisement currently being shown in Ohio by the Obama campaign.

It comes days after Mother Jones magazine published video of Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s comments to donors at a private gathering last May.



The Day Mitt Romney Lost The Presidential Election?

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been embarrassed by a video of him making disparaging comments about American voters.

Mother Jones magazine has published details of Romney’s remarks to a private function of wealthy donors last May.

Romney said: “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.”

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Mitt Romney Accepts Republican Party Nomination For President

Mitt Romney has officially accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for President.

Romney delivered his acceptance speech at the party’s convention in Tampa, Florida.

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Obama Campaign Begins Attack On Ryan

Within minutes of the first public appearance by Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential running mate, the Obama campaign unveiled a commercial attacking Ryan’s budget proposals.

For Australians, the attack is reminiscent of Keating Labor’s assault on John Hewson’s Fightback! policies in 1993.

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Mitt Romney Chooses Paul Ryan As Vice-Presidential Running Mate

Mitt Romney and Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan have appeared together in Norfolk, Virginia, just hours after Romney confirmed he had chosen Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate.

Paul Ryan

Ryan, 40, has been a Republican congressman from Wisconsin since 1999. He is chairman of the House Budget Committee where he has encouraged his colleagues to adopt an uncompromising position on fiscal policy.

Democrats have already begun describing Ryan as “the architect of the Republicans’ radical House budget”.

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Romney inadvertently introduced Ryan as “the next president of the United States”:

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Obama Campaign Launches Anti-Romney Bain Capital TV Ad

The Obama campaign has released a new television advertisement targeting Mitt Romney over his record at Bain Capital.

The two-minute ad will run in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Virginia. It features a Kansas City steel plant purchased by Bain Capital which shut it down after making a large profit. “They came in and sucked the life out of us,” one of the plant’s former workers says in the ad.

“If he’s going to run the country the way he ran his business, I wouldn’t want him there,” says another.

The ad signals a concerted attempt by the Obama campaign to define its Republican opponent.

The presidential election takes place on November 4, in just under six months time.

UPDATE – May 16 – The Romney campaign has released this video in response.


Rick Santorum Withdraws From Republican Presidential Contest

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum has announced his withdrawal from the Republican Party’s presidential nomination race. The announcement was made in Gettysburg, in Santorum’s home state of Pennsylvania, where he served as a senator for 12 years until his defeat in 2006.

Santorum made no mention of Mitt Romney and did not endorse him. His decision finally confirms that Romney will run against President Barack Obama in November’s general election.

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Mitt Romney Wins Republican Primary In New Hampshire

Mitt Romney has won an easy victory in the first Republican Party primary of the 2012 election season.

Latest but not final figures show Romney polled 39%, ahead of his nearest rival, the Libertarian Ron Paul on 23%. Jon Huntsman polled 17%, Newt Gingrich 10%, Rick Santorum 9% and Rick Perry 1%.

The victory all but guarantees Romney the Republican nomination, barring upsets in South Carolina next week or in Florida at the end of the month.

Romney claimed victory early in the evening with a prepared speech attacking President Barack Obama.

Mitt Romney’s victory speech in New Hampshire.

Thank you, New Hampshire! Tonight, we made history!

This state has always been a special place for our family. Ann and I made a home here and we’ve filled it with great memories of our children and grandchildren. And this Granite State moment is one we will always remember.

Tonight, we celebrate. Tomorrow, we go back to work.

We remember when Barack Obama came to New Hampshire four years ago.

He promised to bring people together.

He promised to change the broken system in Washington.

He promised to improve our nation.

Those were the days of lofty promises made by a hopeful candidate. Today, we are faced with the disappointing record of a failed President. The last three years have held a lot of change, but they haven’t offered much hope. [Read more…]