Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—As predicted, the last debate would be a time-waster, and it was. It will not reverse the momentum of the race. What mattered the most were the closing statements of the candidates. Again, the contrasts were strong between which of the two candidates had a future plan.
When people drive to work on Tuesday morning and fill their gas tanks, those who believe the gas prices are lower today than they were four years ago, will see the economy as favorable, and vote for a continuation of the current economy.
As for the demeanor of the two candidates, Romney’s handlers said he intentionally restrained himself, because he knew the Obama’s strategy was to get him into a mud fight and paint him as a warmonger. He refused to take that bait by re-litigating the subject. In the end he succeeded in looking presidential and thoughtful when he avoided the petty squabbles throughout the debate.
Obama closed by saying, “…And Governor Romney wants to take us back to those policies: a foreign policy that’s wrong and reckless; economic policies that won’t create jobs, won’t reduce our deficit, but will make sure that folks at the very top don’t have to play by the same rules that you do.
“You know, we’ve been through tough times, but we always bounce back because of our character, because we pull together. And if I have the privilege of being your president for another four years, I promise you I will always listen to your voices, I will fight for your families and I will work every single day to make sure that America continues to be the greatest nation on earth.”
Romney’s last words were, “…One is a path represented by the president, which, at the end of four years, would mean we’d have $20 trillion in debt, heading towards Greece. I’ll get us on track to a balanced budget. The president’s path will mean continuing declining in take-home pay. I want to make sure our take-home pay turns around and starts to grow. The president’s path means 20 million people out of work struggling for a good job. I’ll get people back to work with 12 million new jobs. I’m going to make sure that we get people off of food stamps not by cutting the program but by getting them good jobs.
“We need strong leadership. I’d like to be that leader, with your support. I’ll work with you. I’ll lead you in an open and honest way. And I ask for your vote. I’d like to be the next president of the United States to support and help this great nation, and to make sure that we all together maintain America as the hope of the earth.”
by Anugrah Kumar
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has secured newspaper endorsements in the major swing states of Ohio and Florida. Newspapers in other states have also announced their support for the former Massachusetts governor.
The Columbus Dispatch in Ohio and The Tampa Tribune in Florida on Sunday recommended voting for Romney. The Dispatch endorsed Romney a day after Ohio’s Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper threw its support behind President Barack Obama. Dealer had endorsed Obama also in 2008. Akron Beacon Journal also backed Obama.
In an editorial, the Dispatch wrote that voters trusted the inexperienced Obama in 2008 and elevated him to the White House, but “that faith was not rewarded.”
“This time, voters should place their hopes for change in experience, by electing Romney,” said the newspaper in Ohio, which has 18 electoral votes.
The Dispatch also said the Republican nominee’s “election would be an immediate signal to the private sector that someone who knows what he is doing is managing the nation’s economic policy.”
In Florida – which has 29 electoral votes – Orlando Sentinel also endorsed the GOP challenger, after supporting Obama in 2008. The endorsements for Romney came after Tampa Bay Times said it would back Obama as it did in 2008.
The Tribune wrote, “Just as we warned four years ago, this master orator has pushed America toward a European-style social democracy. We don’t question Obama’s motives. The president sincerely believes in the inviolable ability of the federal government to make all things right. But Americans should see that this top-down approach doesn’t work.”
Comparing the two candidates, the Florida newspaper said Romney would “capitalize on individuals’ ingenuity, not Washington directives.”
The latest Fox poll in Florida had Romney with 48 percent support and Obama with 45 percent. Obama will tour Ohio and Florida for campaign events after the final presidential debate in Florida, to be held on Monday.
Star-Telegram in Texas, The Arizona Republic in Ariz., the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in Pa., and New Hampshire Union Leader in N.H. also endorsed Romney on Sunday. The Tribune-Review wrote that Romney is an “exceptionally good and decent man who is a proven leader, administrator and deft politician.”
“We believe the nation’s best opportunity to escape the compounding woes of spiraling debt and economic stagnation lies with a president who believes in the free market’s capacity to heal its own wound, the Republic said in its editorial.
The Leader wrote that “Romney offers a better way, a realistic way, to restore American prosperity.”
On the other hand, Los Angeles Times in Calif., Arizona Daily Star in Ariz., and Santa Fe New Mexican in N.M. have endorsed Obama.
Newscast Media CHARLOTTE, NC—The DNC concluded its last speech with Barack Obama accepting nomination and affirming that Joe Biden will be his running mate. The main theme of the evening once again had to do with social issues, and there seemed to be so much focus on Osama Bin Laden. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife urged the Democrats to vote for Obama again like they did four years ago.
Not wanting to take any chances in losing the young and more contemporary vote, Obama enlisted Hollywood to help his deliver his message. These included Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington and Scarlett Johansson. It remains to be seen how seriously voters will take the messages from Hollywood, come November. Marc Anthony performed the National Anthem, while Mary J. Blige and James Taylor entertained the crowd at the Time Warner Cable Arena, where the convention was held.
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Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—As the November presidential election draws closer, both the president and his challenger are tackling the question of faith and the role God plays in their lives. Both candidates cleared any lingering misconceptions in an interview conducted by Cathedral Age magazine. The theme of “faith and the election” for the midsummer issue of its magazine is one example of how the Washington National Cathedral lives out its role at the intersection of faith and public life.
Cathedral Age asked the candidates eight questions including: “How does faith play a role in your life,” and “What does a political leader’s faith tell you about him/her as a person?” as well as how each responds to those who question the sincerity of his beliefs. In their revealing answers, the two candidates discuss their personal beliefs, address those who have questioned their faith, and explain their vision for how faith communities can work together with government for the public good.
“First and foremost, my Christian faith gives me a perspective and security that I don’t think I would have otherwise: That I am loved. That, at the end of the day, God is in control,” said President Obama. “Faith can express itself in people in many ways, and I think it is important that we not make faith alone a barometer of a person’s worth, value, or character.”
Governor Romney said, “I am often asked about my faith and my beliefs about Jesus Christ. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of mankind.”
Romney also said, “A political leader’s faith can tell us a great deal or nothing…Perhaps the most important question to ask a person of faith who seeks a political office is whether he or she shares these American values: the equality of human kind, the obligation to serve one another, and a steadfast commitment to liberty. They are not unique to any one denomination.”
One unifying theme between both candidates’ answers was a dedication to the “other” as an expression of the Christian faith. Governor Romney said that he was inspired by the words in the Gospel of Matthew when Jesus said that those who cared for the poor, hungry, the naked and the “least of these,” cared for Christ.
Romney said, “My faith is grounded in the conviction that a consequence of our common humanity is our responsibility to one another—to our fellow Americans foremost, but also to every child of God.”
President Obama discussed a similar theme in his response to a question about the role of faith in public life. “We face big challenges in this country, and we’re coming to the point where we will decide if we’re truly in this together or if each individual ought to just fight for what serves them best,” the president said. “Faith tells us that there is something about this world that ties our interest to the welfare of a child who can’t get the health care they need, or a parent who can’t find work after the plant shut down, or a family going hungry.
Both candidates also addressed the sacred principle of religious freedom and the role that faith can play in unifying the nation and in promoting the common good.
Source: Cathedral Age magazine
by Napp Nazworth
Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C. — A strong majority of Americans say that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s business record, including as head of Bain Capital, would help him make good decisions on economic issues if he were president, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll. The poll results come after President Barack Obama’s campaign has, for months, spent much of its time and money attacking Romney’s business record.
“Would Mitt Romney’s business background, including as head of Bain Capital, cause him to make good or bad decisions as president in dealing with economic problems?” USA Today/Gallup asked 1,030 adults Thursday through Sunday.
Sixty-three percent answered “good decisions” while only 29 percent answered “bad decisions.” The margin of error is plus or minus four percentage points.
The Obama campaign has claimed, through ads, interviews and speeches, that Romney’s record as head of Bain Capital suggests he would make a poor president. Romney was an “outsourcing pioneer,” the campaign claimed, which helped companies employ foreign workers instead of American workers, and Romney made himself rich while stripping workers of jobs and benefits.
“You’ve got to give the voters credit—economic reality trumps campaign rhetoric,” Romney campaign pollster Neil Newhouse told USA Today. “It’s pretty clear that the negative weight of the economy is having more impact on voters than President Obama’s campaign ads distorting Gov. Romney’s record.”
Ben LaBolt, spokesperson for the Obama campaign, told USA Today that other polls suggest that attacks on Romney’s Bain record are working and the arguments will damage Romney more in the long run.
Additionally, a record number of Americans seem to favor Romney’s philosophy of a smaller, less intrusive, government over Obama’s philosophy that government should be playing a larger role in helping Americans. Sixty-one percent say that government is trying to do too many things that should be left to individuals, the highest that number has been since 1992 when Gallup began asking the question.
There is some good news, though, for the Obama campaign in the poll. By two to one, Obama is rated as more likeable than Romney and he holds a double-digit lead when asked which candidate better understands the problems Americans face in their daily lives.
by Paul Stanley
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—Recent fundraising totals for both major political parties and their presumed candidates show the money race is closer than most expected. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, in combination with the Republican National Committee, raked in a total of $40.1 million in April. The
Democratic National Committee and President Obama pulled in a slightly larger amount of $43.6 million.
With a little more than 160 days until voters go to the polls for the presidential and congressional elections, both Republicans and Democrats are trying to gather money from all available sources. And even though Romney still trails Obama in total dollars raised, Democrats are starting to wonder if Romney and the GOP can quickly close the gap.
“We are pleased with the strong support we have received from Americans across the country who are looking for new leadership in the White House,” Spencer Zwick, chairman of Romney Victory, told The Hill. “Along with the hard work of the Republican National Committee, we will continue to raise the funds necessary to defeat President Obama in November.”
Romney, with his own personal connections to some of the party’s most wealthy donors, was expected to raise big bucks but still lag behind the tremendous fundraising advantage of an incumbent president.
At the end of March, Romney reported about $10 million in the bank compared to Obama’s $104 million statement balance.
Romney saw his fundraising total increase in April in large part because his other three rivals stepped aside, allowing him to jointly fundraise with the RNC and to accept checks as large as $75,000 per person. And because he had no opposition in the Democratic primary, President Obama has been able to take advantage of the same arrangement for the past several months.
However, when contributions from super PACs (whose contributions are unlimited) are added to committees that support Romney, reports show the Republicans outraised the Obama backers $402 million to $340 million this cycle. An analysis of recent fundraising reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Sunday show that President Obama’s total take took a slight dip in April. Fundraising experts say this is due in large part to an unenthusiastic Democratic electorate.
What may be the most alarming is that the main super-PAC supporting President Obama saw support fall in April to $1.6 million from the $2.5 million it raked in during March, which was the largest fundraising month to date.
Democratic strategists and party officials have another to worry and that is whether President Obama’s announcement that he supports same-sex marriage will further dampen the spirits of some potential contributors.
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by Anugrah Kumar
Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.— Top Democrats in President Barack Obama’s administration appear to be focusing their attacks on Mitt Romney amid perceptions that the former Massachusetts governor is most likely to be the GOP nominee. Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lambasted Romney Sunday.
“I think Gov. Romney’s a little out of touch,” Biden said in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “I can’t remember a presidential candidate in the recent past who seems not to understand, by what he says, what ordinary middle-class people are thinking about and are concerned about.”
Some believe that front-runner Romney’s main rival, Rick Santorum, might have to retreat if he is unable to win in Wisconsin, one of three states to host Republican primaries Tuesday. Santorum was reportedly planning to leave Wisconsin the day before the primary, which was interpreted as a sign of his withdrawal.
“I think the chances are overwhelming that [Romney] will be our nominee,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “It seems to me we’re in the final phases of wrapping up this nomination.”
The former Pennsylvania senator has won 27 percent of the delegates at stake, while Romney has won 54 percent of the delegates.
However, Santorum dismissed the notion that his chances are grim. He compared his run with the Saturday night’s basketball game between Kansas and Ohio. Kansas was trailing by more than 10 points in the first half, but still managed to win in the second half. “Look, this race isn’t even at halftime yet,” Santorum said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Meanwhile, Biden defended Obama on last week’s conversation with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Seoul, South Korea, in which Obama said he would have “more flexibility” on the contentious issue of missile defense after the Nov. 6 general election, without realizing it was being caught by a microphone. Obama was “stating the obvious,” Biden said.
Romney had called it “alarming,” asking what else Obama would be flexible on if he happened to get re-elected and saying Russia was “our No. 1 geopolitical foe.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also attacked Romney. She said Romney’s comment was “dated.” “I think it’s somewhat dated to be looking backwards instead of being realistic about where we agree, where we don’t agree,” she told CNN Sunday.
Romney’s campaign hit back. “Vice-President Biden appears to have forgotten the Russian government’s opposition to crippling sanctions on Iran, its obstructionism on Syria and its own backsliding into authoritarianism,” Lanhee Chen, Romney’s policy director, said in a statement.