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  • President Obama addresses a large rally at a Denver park on Oct. 11, 2012, the day after the first presidential debate. (Associated Press)

    Obama a guest at VP debate moderator's wedding

    By David Sherfinski | Published October 10, 2012 Comments

    President Obama attended the 1991 wedding of Martha Raddatz, the ABC senior foreign correspondent who is moderating Thursday night's vice presidential debate, according to the online publication the Daily Caller.

  • President Obama takes the stage on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, during a campaign event at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. (Associated Press)

    Obama campaign aide: We're not 'depressed' or 'under a table'

    by David Sherfinski | Published October 10, 2012 Comments

    A lot of hand-wringing has begun among Democrats after President Obama's widely-panned performance in last Wednesday's debate, and polls that show Republican challenger Mitt Romney gaining ground, but Jen Psaki, the Obama campaign's traveling press secretary, said Wednesday that wasn't the case for their team.

  • **FILE** Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks Oct. 3, 2012, during the first presidential debate with President Obama at the University of Denver. (Associated Press)

    Romney signs defaced with excrement in Va.

    by David Sherfinski | Published October 9, 2012 Comments

    A conservative radio host based in central Virginia, has posted a video on his website of a GOP office with its window smashed in, expletive-laced rants presumably delivered at Republicans, and Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan signs torn down, defaced and smeared with what appears to be human excrement.

  • **FILE** GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney speaks at an event at Horizontal Wireline Services in Irwin, Pa., on July 17, 2012. Pennsylvania is considered a battleground state, even though the state went for the Democrats in 2008. (Associated Press)

    Poll: Romney surges in Pennsylvania

    by Dave Boyer | Published October 9, 2012 Comments

    Mitt Romney's strong performance in the first presidential debate may have put Pennsylvania back in play, and closed the gap with President Obama in other battleground states.

  • Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican (Associated Press)

    McCain mocks Obama's Big Bird attack ad

    by David Sherfinski | Published October 9, 2012 Comments

    Arizona Sen. John McCain on Tuesday was one of a number of Republicans scratching their heads over a new ad from the Obama campaign dripping with sarcasm that plays off GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's pledge, reiterated during last week's presidential debate, to cut federal funding for PBS by portraying Big Bird as a conniving menace to society more dangerous than some of America's most famous financial frauds.

  • **FILE** North Dakota Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp speaks Aug. 11, 2012, in Dickinson, N.D. (Associated Press)

    Dem Heitkamp pulls even in N.D. Senate poll

    by Sean Lengell | Published October 8, 2012 Comments

    Democratic Heidi Heitkamp, once considered a long shot to win North Dakota's open Senate seat, is locked in a dead heat with GOP candidate Rep. Rick Berg, a new poll says.

  • **FILE** Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 29, 2012. (Associated Press)

    Voters say Ryan will stomp Biden

    by Stephen Dinan | Published October 8, 2012 Comments

    If voters are right, Paul Ryan will easily out-debate Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Thursday.

  • President Obama announces the establishment of the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in Keene, Calif. The property is recognized worldwide for its historic link to civil rights leader Cesar Chavez and the farm worker movement. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Obama publicly acknowledges botching presidential debate

    by Susan Crabtree | Published October 8, 2012 Comments

    An Obama campaign spokeswoman on Monday said the president simply was having a "light moment" when he decided to poke some fun at himself the night before, acknowledging at a star-studded fundraiser that he botched the first debate against Republican challenger Mitt Romney last week.

  • **FILE** Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida Democrat (Associated Press)

    Polls vary widely in Florida Senate race

    by Sean Lengell | Published October 8, 2012 Comments

    Two new polls on the Florida Senate race reveal significantly contrasting results, with one showing Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson with a double-digit lead over GOP challenger Rep. Connie Mack, while the other forecasts a dead heat.

  • **FILE** Big Bird is a longtime character on the children's television show "Sesame Street." (Associated Press)

    Save the bird: Voters say PBS deserves taxpayer money

    by Stephen Dinan | Published October 8, 2012 Comments

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's attack on Big Bird and PBS isn't helping him, according to the latest The Washington Times/Zogby Poll, which found that most voters say spending taxpayer money on public broadcasting is a good use of government funding.

  • While Virginia Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine (left) makes notes, George Allen, his Republican opponent, answers questions in the first of three debates on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. The two former governors are vying for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Jim Webb. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    New Allen ad hits on looming defense cuts

    by David Sherfinski | Published October 8, 2012 Comments

    Republican U.S. Senate candidate George Allen is out with a new ad as he prepares to debate Democrat Tim Kaine in Richmond on Monday evening, pointing to an issue that has become a central theme of his campaign — the looming $500 billion in additional defense cuts and, potentially, the loss of hundreds of thousands of Virginia jobs — that resulted from an agreement by Congress to raise the debt ceiling in the summer of 2011.

  • Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney walks out of 10 Downing Street in London after meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday, July 26, 2012. (Associated Press)

    Obama ad bashes Romney on foreign policy ahead of speech

    by Susan Crabtree | Published October 8, 2012 Comments

    In anticipation of a major foreign policy speech by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday, President Obama's campaign released a new ad reminding voters of Mr. Romney's overseas trip in July and media coverage labeling it "amateurish."

  • ** FILE ** Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (center) and his fellow Democrat, Sen. Mark R. Warner, attend a get-out-the-vote rally at George Mason University in Fairfax on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011. (The Washington Times)

    Warner appears with Kaine in new TV ad

    by David Sherfinski | Published October 8, 2012 Comments

    You might have guessed it was coming: Democratic Sen. Mark R. Warner, the self-described radical centrist who has made a name for himself both in Richmond and Washington for bipartisan work on fiscal issues, gives U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine a literal slap on the back and the on-air blessing of Virginia's most popular politician in a new ad for Mr. Kaine in his U.S. Senate campaign against Republican George Allen.

  • Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama wave to the audience during the first presidential debate at the University of Denver on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    Gallup: Romney even with Obama post-debate

    by David Sherfinski | Published October 8, 2012 Comments

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney pulled dead even with President Obama in three days of Gallup polling among registered voters taken after Wednesday's presidential debate, compared with a 5-point advantage for Mr. Obama in the three days leading up to it.

  • Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama shake hands on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, after the first presidential debate at the University of Denver. (Associated Press)

    Romney chips away in Va.; Obama up 3

    by David Sherfinski | Published October 8, 2012 Comments

    President Obama leads Republican nominee Mitt Romney by 3 points in Virginia — slightly down from a 5-point lead three weeks ago — as Mr Romney is set to deliver a major foreign policy speech at Virginia Military Institute on Monday.

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