October 13th, 2012
10:06 AM ET
1 year ago

VP candidates lay groundwork for top of ticket on Tuesday

Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential contender Paul Ryan plowed fertile ground in terms of policy and politics during their debate - now the question is whether the presidential candidates can reap what was sown.

Biden aggressively pressed Ryan on Thursday to defend his ticket's positions on everything from Medicare to trimming the nation's debt to the way forward in dealing with Iran.

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Filed under: 2012 • Debate • Joe Biden • New York • Paul Ryan
Who won Thursday's debate? Martha Raddatz
October 12th, 2012
06:39 AM ET
2 years ago

Who won Thursday's debate? Martha Raddatz

Washington (CNN) – At times it seemed as if Martha Raddatz, who moderated Thursday's vice presidential debate, was the third debater.

At other times she was the seasoned ABC News war correspondent who kept the two guys in suits taking snarky swipes at each other in line.

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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Paul Ryan • Presidential Debates
October 9th, 2012
03:36 PM ET
2 years ago

Numbers overload: Polling data hype sways voters

Washington (CNN) - Treating presidential polls as gospel is a little like placing political faith in the lifespan of a fruit fly.

"People tend to subscribe a more durable nature to polling data," said Russ Baker, a political science professor at Rutgers University. "It's more ephemeral."

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Filed under: 2012 • Polls
October 2nd, 2012
07:07 PM ET
2 years ago

In debates, presidential candidates' tics and tells matter

Washington (CNN) – When Mitt Romney is agitated, his arms flail. President Barack Obama has a tendency to drone on and on. Debate experts say both should keep those quirks in check during the upcoming presidential debates.

That's because in the world of political theater, nobody likes a ham or a know-it-all, said Melissa Wade, a debate professor at Emory University.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
September 28th, 2012
04:02 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney debate challenge: High stakes, lowered expectations

Washington (CNN) – He's prepped. His campaign's armed with spin. All that's left for Mitt Romney to do is to step into the proverbial ring and verbally duke it out with someone his own campaign called a "universally acclaimed public speaker."

Romney enters Wednesday's debate in Denver down in swing state polls and trying to recover from his politically damaging comments about nearly half the nation being shoo-ins for President Barack Obama.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Presidential Debate
Dems get boost as both parties seek to leverage conventions
September 11th, 2012
03:54 PM ET
2 years ago

Dems get boost as both parties seek to leverage conventions

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - For Democrats who gathered at their convention in the swing state of North Carolina, the high glitz extravaganza watched by millions on television was a partisan infomercial that has paid off, for the moment, in energizing their voters.

For Republicans who convened in the battleground state of Florida, the impact on the party faithful of their event has waned.

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August 31st, 2012
06:48 PM ET
2 years ago

Upstaged: Why everyone is talking Eastwood, not Romney

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - It was supposed to be Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's night.

But instead of basking in the afterglow of what many called a solid acceptance speech, the Romney campaign is now forced to deal with the aftermath of Clint Eastwood's rambling "empty chair" routine at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night.

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August 31st, 2012
01:23 AM ET
2 years ago

Eastwood, the empty chair and the speech everyone's talking about

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Actor and director Clint Eastwood made the day of the GOP faithful at the Republican National Convention when he gave a surprise speech Thursday night in which he laid out what he sees as the good, the bad and the ugly state of American political affairs.

And he did it all while addressing an "invisible" President Barack Obama sitting in an empty chair. Eastwood, who played the iconic tough guy character "Dirty Harry" during his long career in Hollywood, fired up the party base when he said he cried when Obama was elected and cried even harder years later when millions were out of work.

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For Romney, the speech of his life
August 30th, 2012
04:29 PM ET
2 years ago

For Romney, the speech of his life

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - The challenge for Mitt Romney as he accepts the Republican presidential nomination is to push past the stiff and reserved perception that's been created for him by opponents and comedians and make a heartfelt and profound appeal to the millions of Americans who will be watching his speech Thursday night.

Romney advisers say their biggest goal is to improve his likability and make the case that he understands how Americans are struggling and that he empathizes with the middle class.

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August 29th, 2012
08:41 AM ET
2 years ago

Christie: Romney will 'tell us the hard truths'

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Chris Christie brought his trademark passion to the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, delivering a robust endorsement of Mitt Romney for president and advocating a tough-minded approach for dealing with the nation's economic and political problems.

The New Jersey governor is well known for plain talk and while some edges were softened at times, he mostly stuck to his familiar style in the coveted keynote address aimed at firing up the party faithful and appealing to a prime-time television audience.

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