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Inside Politics Archive: October 2012


  • Poll: Democrats Obama, Baldwin lead in Wis.

    President Obama has stretched his lead in Wisconsin over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to a poll released Wednesday. Published October 31 2012

  • FEMA head Fugate defends Obama's quick Sandy response

    Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has pushed back at criticism of President Obama's response to Hurricane Sandy from Mike Brown, who headed the George W. Bush administration's much maligned response to Hurricane Katrina. Published October 31 2012

  • Graham threatens Tunisia aid over access to Benghazi suspect

    Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the ranking Republican on the foreign aid appropriations subcommittee, is threatening Tunisia with a possible suspension of U.S. assistance if the country refuses to allow U.S. authorities access to a suspect arrested in connection with the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Published October 31 2012

  • Romney the biggest butt of late-night mockery

    "Late Show" host David Letterman has joked about Republican Mitt Romney five times more often than he has poked fun at President Obama, leading a trend among late-night comics. Published October 31 2012

  • Obama to hit hustings again on Thursday

    After a four-day interruption in campaigning caused by Hurricane Sandy, President Obama will return to the campaign trail Thursday with rallies in three battleground states. Published October 31 2012

  • Gallup: Americans expect Obama to win

    A majority of Americans think President Obama will win re-election next week over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to a poll released Wednesday. Published October 31 2012

  • Axelrod: I'll shave moustache if Romney wins Minn., Mich. or Pa.

    Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod tried to shrug off polls that show the presidential race tightening in states once thought to be leaning or safely in his boss's column by pledging Wednesday to shave his moustache if Mitt Romney wins Minnesota, Michigan or Pennsylvania. Published October 31 2012

  • Poll: Obama up 5 in Ohio; Romney whittles away gap in Va., Fla.

    President Obama holds a 5-point lead in battleground Ohio and narrower 2- and 1-point leads in Virginia and Florida, respectively, according to a new Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS poll released Wednesday. Published October 31 2012

  • Top Arizona Republicans rebuff Democrat Carmona with pro-Flake ad

    Imagine a stampeding herd of angry elephants, and you get an idea of what Democrat Richard Carmona is facing now that he's offended Arizona Republican Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain. Published October 30 2012

  • Obama heads to New Jersey to tour damage with Christie

    In a tour of storm damage heavy with political overtones, President Obama will travel to New Jersey Wednesday afternoon to inspect the destruction with Gov. Chris Christie. Published October 30 2012

  • 'Forward': Obama gets a little electioneering in during FEMA briefing

    President Obama may have suspended his campaign rallies due to Hurricane Sandy, but he managed to squeeze in his campaign slogan — intentionally or not — during a briefing Tuesday with federal emergency officials. Published October 30 2012

  • Obama cancels campaign events, will monitor Sandy aftermath

    President Obama has canceled his campaign events in Ohio for Wednesday to monitor the response to Hurricane Sandy, the White House announced Tuesday morning. Published October 30 2012

  • Romney devotes day to Sandy relief efforts

    While not actively campaigning on Tuesday, Mitt Romney has added a new public event to his schedule — an event meant to draw attention to Sandy, the storm that's lashing the mid-Atlantic. Published October 29 2012

  • GOP ticket cancels campaign events

    With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the Mid-Atlantic, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan followed President Obama's lead and canceled their events slated for Monday evening and Tuesday, Republican officials announced Monday morning. Published October 29 2012

  • Tools for tracking political ads

    If you live in a swing state, thinking about political ads more than you already have may be the last thing you want to do. But broadcast advertising is the most expensive part of any political campaign, and how candidates use it gives clues about what locations and what demographics they deem important. Published October 29 2012

  • Obama cancels Florida rally, heads back to D.C. to monitor Sandy

    President Obama canceled a campaign rally in Orlando, Fla., with former President Bill Clinton on Monday morning and will turn around and head directly back to Washington as weather conditions worsened ahead of Hurricane Sandy's landfall. Published October 29 2012

  • Obama: Second term would be 'mandate' for cuts, tax increases

    President Obama said in an interview aired Monday that his first priority if re-elected would be to push for passage of a debt-reduction plan to cut spending and raise taxes on the nation's highest earners Published October 29 2012

  • McCain slams Obama on Libya: 'Nobody died in Watergate'

    Sen. John McCain said Sunday that the Obama administration's handling of the consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 has been a "debacle." Published October 28 2012

  • Kasich: Romney opening a lead in Ohio

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, predicted Sunday that Mitt Romney will win the Midwestern electoral prize on Election Day — and by a larger margin than many expect. Published October 28 2012

  • Priebus: It's Benghazi and the economy, not Mourdock

    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Sunday that issues such as the economy and the Libyan consulate attack are much more important to the nation's voters than controversial comments made by Republican Senate candidates Rep. W. Todd Akin of Missouri and Richard Mourdock of Indiana. Published October 28 2012