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Obama defends Biden on 'chains' comment

Aug 15, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is defending Vice President Joe Biden against criticism of his remarks that Republican repeal of Wall Street regulations would put voters "back in chains."

In an interview with People magazine on Wednesday, Obama said Biden's remarks meant consumers would ...

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Hard hits follow Romney promise to elevate debate

Aug 15, 2012

By KASIE HUNT, Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Just days ago, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stood with newly minted running mate Paul Ryan and promised a campaign focused on big ideas like "a positive governing agenda that will lead to economic growth."

Since then, the GOP ...

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Boehner to House GOP: Play offense on Medicare

Aug 15, 2012

By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker John Boehner is urging rank-and-file House Republicans to go on offense over Medicare as Democrats argue that the GOP presidential ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would end the government-run health care program that seniors have ...

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Back in Iowa, Obama reaches for caucus magic

Aug 15, 2012

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — He is looking for the magic again in all these coffee shops and diners. On the farm pasture scorched by drought, on the state fairgrounds where he got the beer and the pork chop he can't stop talking about. In the school library and the local ...

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Romney seeks to undercut Obama's likability lead

Aug 15, 2012

By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Mitt Romney is portraying the outwardly calm President Barack Obama as a man seething with animosity and power lust as the Republicans seek to undermine one of the Democrat's greatest campaign strengths — his personal likability.

The ...

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Presidential campaigns spar over Ohio election law

Aug 15, 2012

By ANN SANNER, Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It doesn't take much to start a political spat in Ohio, where jockeying for every presidential vote is practically blood sport. The latest pits President Barack Obama's campaign against groups representing military voters, an uncomfortable ...

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Ryan called stimulus wasteful, then sought funds

Aug 15, 2012

By SAM HANANEL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has been one of the harshest critics of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan. But months after Congress approved the nearly $800 billion package, the Wisconsin lawmaker was trying to ...

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Judge Won't Halt Pa. Voter Identification Law

Aug 15, 2012

By MARC LEVY, Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A tough new voter identification law championed by Republicans can take effect in Pennsylvania for November's presidential election, a judge ruled Wednesday, despite a torrent of criticism that it will suppress votes among President Barack ...

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Romney-Ryan light on foreign policy credentials

Aug 15, 2012

By JULIE PACE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time in decades, the Republican presidential ticket has little substantial foreign policy or military experience, a marked shift for a party that has long sought to project strength on those issues.

That may not hurt Mitt Romney, a ...

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Biden: Romney's Etch A Sketch is gone

Aug 15, 2012

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that Republican Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate proves that the GOP ticket stands for the economic ideas championed by House Republicans — ideas Biden and President Barack Obama ...

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Tea party's Yoho wins upset in Fla.

Aug 15, 2012

By ANDREW MIGA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — While two veteran Republicans, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson and Rep. John Mica of Florida, survived conservative challenges in Tuesday's congressional primaries, a veterinarian and political novice named Ted Yoho stole much of the ...

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GOP convention shines spotlight on Fla.

Aug 15, 2012

By MITCH STACY, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa is a hot property for the Republicans this year, and that doesn't just mean the 90-degree temperatures in August that will begin to sauté national convention delegates every time they step outdoors.

There's political heat here, too.

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Veteran Fla. Congressman Stearns loses GOP primary

Aug 15, 2012

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Twelve-term Florida Congressman Cliff Stearns has conceded a tight Republican primary to a veterinarian with scant political experience.

Stearns conceded Wednesday to Ted Yoho, who in a stunning upset won by slightly more than 800 votes — about 1 percentage point.

Stearns had ...

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THE RACE: Good economic data could affect contest

Aug 15, 2012

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

The finger-pointing on Medicare, the personal attacks and the overwhelmingly negative ads now marking the presidential contest are overshadowing the clear No. 1 issue for voters: jobs and the weak economy.

The economy remains President Barack Obama's top ...

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The Other Paul Ryan Plan: $800B in Medicaid Cuts

Aug 15, 2012

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Paul Ryan's plan for Medicare gets all the attention, but the GOP vice presidential candidate has proposed more fundamental changes to medical care for the poor and disabled.

Under the Wisconsin congressman's Medicaid plan, states ...

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Biden draws Romney rebuke with 'chains' remark

Aug 15, 2012

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden sparked a campaign commotion Tuesday, telling an audience in southern Virginia that included hundreds of black voters that Republican Mitt Romney wanted to put them "back in chains" by deregulating Wall Street. He ...

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Former Wisconsin Gov. Thompson wins GOP Senate bid

Aug 15, 2012

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson has won the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat the party is trying to capture for the first time in more than five decades.

The ex-governor and Health and Human Services secretary under President George W. Bush defeated three GOP ...

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Harsh words for Obama mark end of Romney bus trip

Aug 14, 2012

By KASIE HUNT, Associated Press

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday delivered a harsh indictment of President Barack Obama's re-election strategy, accusing the president of running a "campaign of division and anger and hate."

"His campaign strategy is ...

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Protesters greet running mate Ryan on Vegas strip

Aug 14, 2012

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hundreds of protesters greeted Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan outside Las Vegas' Venetian hotel as the Wisconsin congressman prepared for a private meeting with Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson.

Labor unions organized the ...

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Debate joined on Medicare; Romney, Obama go at it

Aug 14, 2012

By DAVID ESPO, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama in person and in TV advertising Tuesday of cutting Medicare "to pay for Obamacare," launching a strong counterattack to Democratic charges that he and running mate Paul Ryan would radically remake the ...

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