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2012 Elections

2012 Elections

"You know, we already have a Secretary of Business — it's actually called the Secretary of Commerce," Ryan says in Greeley, Co. The VP nominee slams Obama for not filling the post.

The politicians took time off the trail for a charity dinner Thursday night to make fun of themselves and Joe Biden.

"Self-Deportation" isn't as bad, he says, as it sounded. A general election concession.

Vast expansion in insurance for Americans in 2014. Obama avoids catastrophe, but Republicans sharpen their knives.

The campaign's video uses President Obama's reflections on his mother, his grandmother, and Michelle to trumpet his first term accomplishments on womens' issues.

The Romney campaign released a new web video today, "#MothersDay" featuring the five Romney sons praising their mom Ann.

The Republican Senator from Kentucky, and son of Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul, had some "cynical" words to say before a Faith and Freedom Coalition meeting in Iowa.

A new Gallup poll shows a "net minus" for the President's change of heart. If this was a calculated political decision, it isn't working... At least not yet.

On Saturday, Mitt Romney will speak at a university that teaches his religion is a cult. Across the campus of Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, conservative Christians are turning to the Bible to justify voting for a heretic.

Last time they fell in love, volunteered, gave millions, but now "they hate him." Can gay pride and a Clooney bash make his star twinkle again?

Big gay donors are elated, while young people pull out their credit cards and give $1 million in 90 minutes. "This is beyond unifying — it's electrifying," say Sepulveda.

The vote highlights the President's unpopularity in the Appalachian heartland. In 2008, white voters there cited race as a factor.

The guy at the griddle should get the credit, Yost argues. Campaign distances itself from remark.

Obama's campaign says there's no difference between his view and the president's. Gay rights group calls it "encouraging." Gay Republican: "Cynical and political."

Hand-to-hand political combat, as Romney aides show up at Obama's rallies to spin back.

"Welcome to the general election," says Obama campaign manager Jim Messina. David Axelrod dismissive of potential Romney running-mate Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.

"A Tale Of Two Leaders" As they embrace Mitt Romney as their presumptive nominee, Republicans object to Obama cracking jokes about paying for college. "I don’t think America’s laughing…certainly college students shouldn’t be the punch line," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus told reporters. But could Mitt Romney ever slow-jam the news?

Obama-backing Super PAC Priorities USA Action and the League of Conservation Voters allege Romney is "in the tank for Big Oil."

Romney to declare victory, will try to reclaim message of "fairness." But the networks won't carry it.

The wife of Republican Presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney got a warm welcome from the Connecticut Republican Party. "The day is long. The road is hard," she says.

BuzzFeed's survey of Republican National Committee members gathered in Arizona this weekend finds a clear preference for the solid Ohioian. "He was born to be the guy standing next to the guy," says an RNC member.

Most superdelegates pledge publicly and privately that they will back Romney, as the party leadership unifies behind him. Even now, some arm-twisting required.

Just...don't interact with any dogs at all. Thank you, Twitter!

It was notable Romney gaffe from the 2008 campaign. In a speech to the Greenwood, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Romney repeatedly referred to 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden as Barack Obama."

In this segment on NOW with Alex Wagner, former Florida Governor Charlie Crist called President Obama a "centrist" worth of "admiration." Crist, who was elected as a Republican but lost his party's primary in 2010, said he wasn't endorsing Obama — at least, not yet.

It's an promise sure to be revived by the Republicans as the general election looms. Here's an example of Obama in 2008 Washington would have to prepare for tough times by returning to the "fiscal responsibility we had in the 1990s" by streamlining the budget.

In this clip from a 2008 debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, the Senator from Illinois jokes about one $35 million investment that had no return: His 2008 campaign. Romney's aides say he hasn't given his own money this time.

He speaks to the state chairmen in Arizona today. Zeke Miller reports from Scottsdale.

Democratic pollsters find Marco Rubio, Brian Sandoval, and Susana Martinez wouldn't give Romney a big boost.

Latest fundraising gimmick offers donors a chance to attend a high-dollar fundraiser at George Clooney's house.

You can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep.

I always imagined him as more of a "Melrose Place" kind of guy.

DSCC has its best fundraising quarter ever, as Democrats struggle to maintain a majority.

"Twitter is as it happens, and Facebook is the next day, and you optimize everything else for Google the day after," says a Romney aide. Another Republican worries you can win the day, but lose the week.

This is what the Obama and Romney campaigns have been fighting about for the past month. The chart tracks mentions on Twitter.

Romney's 2005 abortion switch sparked mass confusion in Massachusetts. His claim at the time: He hadn't changed positions at all!

Restore Our Future. Is that the sound of one hand clapping?

If the world saw your Facebook page, could you get elected to public office?

Expect more emails with the subject line "A special offer for Newt’s supporters" as Gingrich fights on, while racking up debt.

A delayed endorsement is a gesture of "respect" to Gingrich, Paul, and their supporters.

All that's between her and her old foe: Roseanne Barr.

Gone with Rick Santorum are the regular-guy jeans. Obama also started wearing a tie for the general election in 2008. Here's Romney before, and after.

Obama does it not just abroad, Romney says recycling a frequent campaign line, but at home too.

Women and others will focus on Obama's record up against Romney's. And women will choose Obama, she says.

"If Romney Wins, The Middle Class Loses." Priorities USA Action to air ad in Florida, Iowa, Ohio and Virginia beginning today.

This mini-poster sent out to supporters features a list of the Obama Administration's first-term accomplishments. The ending of the Iraq War is there but getting bin Laden is not.

A cool $50,000 reserves your seat at the "presidential inaugural retreat." Now all Mitt has to do is get elected!

Mitt Romney has come under fire for a comments made at a January 4th New Hampshire town hall unearthed by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes saying mothers without jobs on welfare need to know "the dignity of work." The comments seem to undermine the Romney campaign's attack on Democrats for dismissing stay-at-home mothers. But the focus on the "dignity of work," and on ending old-fashioned welfare, was also championed by both President Obama and Vice President Biden in 2008 when touting Obama's record on welfare reform in the Illinois State Senate.

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