Campaign Articles

Same Old Obama

5:10 PM, Nov 14, 2012

President Obama the self-proclaimed compromiser sounds the same as Obama the partisan politician running for reelection. At his press conference Wednesday, he harped on what had been a chief talking point of his campaign—raising taxes for the wealthy.

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A Status Quo Election

3:15 AM, Nov 07, 2012

Republicans never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.  In 2010, they failed to win the Senate when it was theirs for the taking. Now they’ve lost the White House to President Obama, despite his poor record and the likelihood things won’t get any better in his second term.  And they failed again to capture the Senate, though a takeover was initially thought to be a cinch.

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Podcast: Kristol on Tomorrow's Presidential Election!

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:05 PM, Nov 05, 2012

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Bill Kristol, hosted by Michael Graham:

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Obama: 'I'm Sort of a Prop in the Campaign'

7:35 AM, Nov 04, 2012

President Barack Obama told a Virginia crowd last night that he's "a prop in the campaign":

"As the campaign goes on, we become less relevant," said Obama. "I'm sort of a prop in the campaign."

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Podcast: Kristol on the State of the Presidential Race, Four Days Out

Hosted by Michael Graham.
1:29 PM, Nov 02, 2012

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Bill Kristol, hosted by Michael Graham:

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Obama Uses Hurricane in Campaign Closing

12:26 PM, Nov 01, 2012

President Barack Obama invoked the destructiveness of Hurricane Sandy--and the ensuing clean-up--in his campaign stop earlier today in Wisconsin.

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First Things First: Obama Off to Campaign Events

5:20 PM, Oct 28, 2012

President Obama is on board Air Force One on his way to Orlando, Florida for campaign events. "[Obama] is bound for Orlando to squeeze in some campaigning before Sandy really bears down," according to the pool report.

Tomorrow, the president is scheduled to hold campaign events in Florida, and then travel to Ohio. As of now, he's scheduled to return to Washington tomorrow night.

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Romney Passed the Test

12:45 AM, Oct 23, 2012

Mitt Romney’s aim was to present himself with the demeanor and grasp of foreign and national security issues of a president of the United States. He succeeded. President Obama sought to make Romney appear unqualified to be president and commander in chief. He failed. And that was the story of the third and final presidential debate.

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Obama Super PAC Adviser: Obama Has Given Up On North Carolina

5:24 PM, Oct 22, 2012

Paul Begala, an adviser to the pro-Obama super PAC, says that the Obama campaign has given up on North Carolina:

"Yes," Begala says when asked by Wolf Blitzer whether Obama's "given up on North Carolina."

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Campaign Rhetoric to Face Reality

11:00 PM, Oct 19, 2012

The good thing about the presidential debates is that they give us a clear idea of where each candidate wants to take the country.

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Romney Raises $170.4 Million in September

2:17 PM, Oct 15, 2012

According to the campaign, Mitt Romney raised $170 million in September alone. That dollar figure includes money raised by the Republican National Committee and various state parties.

From the Romney campaign:

Today, Romney for President, Romney Victory, and the Republican National Committee announced fundraising totals of over $170.4 million in September. The campaign, RNC and state party participants have approximately $191 million cash on hand. ...

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Foreign Policy Matters

10:41 AM, Oct 12, 2012

Watching last night's debate, I'm more struck than ever that Obama may be able to fight the economic policy issues to a draw. Romney-Ryan still haven't answered the blame-Bush narrative, and that combined with scaring people about Romney-Ryan on taxes and entitlements have probably pulled Obama-Biden up to a parity on the economy. And it's hard to see what's going to change that in the final three weeks.

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Report: Shake-Up in Works at Obama Campaign Headquarters

8:12 AM, Oct 09, 2012

NBC's Chuck Todd reports:

"I'm hearing chatter that there's maybe some people from the last campaign that's maybe going to get a little more involved," said Todd.

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The Beginning of the End?

7:15 AM, Oct 04, 2012

Perhaps because Mitt Romney is a Winston Churchill fan and Barack Obama is not, I thought this morning of Churchill's "end of the beginning" remarks, delivered almost 70 years ago, at Mansion House in London, on November 10, 1942.

Here are a few relevant lines:

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Romney Goes Bold, Aggressive

11:29 PM, Oct 03, 2012

If Mitt Romney campaigns over the next month in the bold, aggressive manner he debated Wednesday night, he will be the next president.

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Dems Try a New Tactic to Raise Campaign Cash: Shame

7:04 PM, Sep 29, 2012

Democrats today trotted out a new tactic for raising campaign cash: shame.

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The United States of Obama

10:54 AM, Sep 20, 2012

One of the ways you can tell that Obama's magic is gone is the lack of insane, iconographic art surrounding his campaign this time. In 2008 Obama art was beyond parody. There was an entire meme about The One riding on unicorns.

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Biden and Obama Take Weekend Off While Dr. Jill Biden Hits the Trail

8:22 AM, Sep 15, 2012

With just over 50 days until the presidential election, Joe Biden, the gaffe-prone vice president, is taking the weekend off. "The Vice President will be in Wilmington, Delaware," his public calendar reads. "There are no public events scheduled."

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President to Deliver Statement, Campaign Later Today

8:21 AM, Sep 12, 2012

The White House just announced that President Obama will speak about the events in the Middle East at 10:35 a.m. Hillary Clinton will be by the president's side:

In the morning, the President will deliver a statement in the Rose Garden. Secretary of State Clinton will also attend. This statement is open press. 

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Morning Jay: Did Obama Really Win the Summer?

5:00 AM, Sep 10, 2012

As we wait to see the extent and duration of Barack Obama’s post-convention bounce, it makes sense to do a little analytical house cleaning. In particular, a meme developed over the summer that Barack Obama was a strong favorite to win reelection, thanks to a sustained and substantial lead over his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, particularly in the swing states.

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Obama Gives Beer to Firefighters at Campaign Stop

1:31 PM, Sep 04, 2012

President Obama made a campaign stop to a fire station and hand-delivered a case of beer. Via the pool report:


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Unprecedented: Obama Campaigns During Republican Convention

10:24 AM, Aug 28, 2012

After President Obama's remarks this morning on the tropical storm headed toward New Orleans, a reporter asked whether it's appropriate to continue campaigning. Obama did not answer the shouted question.

But the truth is, the question would be relevant regardless of the storm. For more than three decades, incumbent presidents have resisted campaigning during the opposing party's convention--no matter what party the president was a member of.

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Morning Jay: Why Is Obama’s Fundraising So Weak?

5:00 AM, Aug 22, 2012

Earlier this week, we received final fundraising totals for the month of July – and the numbers were quite a shocker. The Republican side of the campaign (a joint effort between Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee) raised a total of $101.3 million dollars, and has $185.9 million in the bank. Meanwhile, the joint effort of President Obama and the Democratic National Committee raised $75 million and has $95.8 million in the bank.

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Obama National Campaign Co-Chair Donated $10,000 to Paul Ryan

8:08 AM, Aug 21, 2012

A big-time donor to President Barack Obama is also a financial supporter of Paul Ryan. Marc Benioff, a national campaign co-chair for President Obama's reelection campaign, donated $10,000 to Ryan's political action committee earlier this summer, in June,

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The Interview that Started the Spat Between Obama Aides Axelrod and Cutter

8:55 AM, Aug 20, 2012

According to a new ebook by Glenn Thrush, President Barack Obama's top political adviser, David Axelrod, had a spat with Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for the president's reelection campaign. 

 "If there was a flash point, it came in March, according to three people close to the situation," writes Thrush. "Axelrod got wind that a producer at a network morning show had been asking for him to appear – only to be told by a junior staffer that Cutter, who had been conspicuously upping her TV appearances, could substitute."

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Campaign Managers Exchange Emails About Romney's Tax Returns

7:54 AM, Aug 17, 2012

President Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, sent an email this morning to Mitt Romney's campaign manager, Matt Rhoades, asking for Romney to release his tax returns. In an email back to Messina, Rhoades writes, "If Governor Romney’s tax returns are the core message of your campaign, there will be ample time for President Obama to discuss them over the next 81 days."

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Romney to Hit Obama for National Security Leaks: 'Contemptible ... Betrays Our National Interest'

8:23 AM, Jul 24, 2012

Mitt Romney will hit President Obama for high-level national security leaks coming from the White House, according to excerpts of the speech the Republican presidential candidate will deliver later today at the VFW in Reno, Nevada. Romney will call the leaks "contemptible" and a betrayal of "our national interest."

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Obama Has Spent $15 Million on Polling

Since the beginning of 2011.
12:51 PM, Jul 23, 2012

It was earlier noted that the Obama campaign paid a whopping $2.6 million on polling in the month of June alone. It turns out, the president's reelection campaign has spent $15 million on polling--this election cycle alone.

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Obama Paid $93k for Half-Empty Stadium Kick-Off Event

11:35 AM, Jul 21, 2012

According to disclosure forms with the Federal Election Commission, President Obama's reelection team appears to have paid $92,751.50 to rent the Ohio State University's Jerome Schottenstein Center, the site of the campaign's much touted kick-off event in May.

The disclosure appears on records of the campaign's June spending, though the event took place May 5. And of course does not include other costs associated with the event; only the cost of renting the arena.

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HuffPo: 'The Obama Campaign Is Unworthy of a Democratic President'

10:45 AM, Jul 21, 2012

Is the left turning against the reelection campaign of Democratic President Barack Obama? That's the impression one gets from a recent article in the left-leaning Huffington Post

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