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Inside Politics Archive: October 2012


  • Romney's 'binders full of women'

    Mitt Romney has occasionally had an awkward way of phrasing things, and Tuesday's debate produced another gem for the Internet when he talked about having brought "binders full of women" to his job as Massachusetts governor. Published October 16 2012

  • Philly tickets Scalia's car during speech to conservative lawyers

    The official car of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia got a parking ticket in Philadelphia on Monday while the justice was giving a talk about his latest book. Published October 16 2012

  • Gallup: Romney hits 50 percent, opens up 4-point lead

    Mitt Romney has opened up a 4-point lead among likely voters, 50 percent to 46 percent, in figures released Tuesday by Gallup ahead of the evening's presidential debate, where the Republican will look to continue the momentum that has him surging past President Obama in recent polls. Published October 16 2012

  • Bain Capital is largest NRCC donor

    Bain Capital, Mitt Romney's former firm, was the top employer among donors to the National Republican Congressional Committee in September, underscoring the extent to which Mr. Romney's associates in the financial sector are financing not just his presidential bid, but the gamut of Republican activities. Published October 16 2012

  • King, Chaffetz: Obama should follow Clinton's lead on Libya attack

    Rep. Pete King, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, gives Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton credit for stepping up to take "full responsibility" for the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Libya, but he would be more impressed if President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden would also place the onus on themselves. Published October 16 2012

  • Poll: Kids pick Obama over Romney

    President Obama has long enjoyed strong support from young Americans, and it turns out that even the ones who are too young to vote are in his corner. Published October 16 2012

  • Mass. Senate race poised to become most expensive ever

    The Massachusetts Senate race is living up to its massive fundraising predictions, with incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren raking in a combined $19.5 million from July to September. Published October 16 2012

  • Wisc. Senate candidate Baldwin outraises Thompson in third quarter

    Wisconsin Democratic Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin holds a fundraising edge over Republican opponent Tommy Thompson going into the final three weeks of their competitive race, according to numbers released this week by both campaigns. Published October 16 2012

  • Romney dominates Colo. newspaper nods

    The first Colorado newspaper endorsements of the 2012 presidential race are trickling in, and so far the results favor Mitt Romney. Published October 16 2012

  • Rep. King: Al Qaeda a greater threat now than before 9/11

    U.S. Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican and Chairman of the House's Homeland Security Committee, said Tuesday that al Qaeda is a greater threat now than it was before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Published October 16 2012

  • Ross Perot endorses Mitt Romney

    Ross Perot, the businessman who mounted the last major challenge to the two-party political system, said Tuesday he is backing Mitt Romney for president this year. Published October 16 2012

  • Michelle Obama: Husband comes home as 'Barack,' 'Dad'

    According to first lady Michelle Obama, her husband leaves his work at the office — to the extent that he can — in order to make sure that she and her two daughters are spared any strains of the job of commander-in-chief. Published October 16 2012

  • Healthcare and petroleum lobbyists raise $9M for Romney

    Though Republican Mitt Romney has at times positioned himself as a Washington outsider, 42 federal lobbyists raised a total of $9 million for his campaign over the past three months, disclosures showed Tuesday. Published October 15 2012

  • Disclosures: Romney's Victory Fund has $37M in bank

    Mitt Romney's Victory Fund, a special committee that can collect up to $75,000 from wealthy donors, has $37 million in the bank, disclosures showed Tuesday. Published October 15 2012

  • Crowley says she will 'cull' town-hall questions

    CNN's Candy Crowley, moderator for the second presidential debate, said Monday that she and a small team of assistants will "cull" questions from a town-hall audience in advance to decide which queries are posed to President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Published October 15 2012

  • Auto union gives $1 million to Obama super PAC

    The United Auto Workers gave $1 million to President Obama's super PAC and another million to super PACs working to elect Congressional Democrats last month, filings showed Monday. And the union received more than $5 million from its Detroit affiliate, meaning it has millions more left to spend before election day. Published October 15 2012

  • Akin takes the lead in Missouri in new poll

    A Republican polling firm has GOP Rep. Todd Akin up by four points over Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill in their hard-fought Missouri Senate race. Published October 15 2012

  • Giuliani: Romney is 'problem-solver,' not 'extreme ideologue'

    Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani said Monday that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's purported shifts in his positions on a host of subjects is no longer an issue for him and that Mr. Romney, a "practical businessperson," would not be an "extreme ideologue" if elected president. Published October 15 2012

  • Graham and Issa say White House put politics ahead of safety in Libya

    Two leading Republican lawmakers on Sunday ripped the Obama administration's handling of the aftermath of last month's attacks in Libya, accusing the White House of putting politics ahead of the safety of American diplomats. Published October 14 2012

  • Gibbs: Stop playing politics with Libyan attacks

    Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs on Sunday defended the White House and its handling of the Sept. 11 attack in Libya, dismissing critics of the president as "wingtip cowboys." Published October 14 2012