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Seth McLaughlin

Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com. Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

Articles by Seth McLaughlin

In this Sept. 14, 2012, photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns in the rain at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. President Obama and Romney are embarking on a week heavy with travel through battleground states and appeals key constituencies, with both campaigns wrangling over unrest in the Middle East and who is best equipped to rejuvenate the economy. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama’s convention bounce begins to fade

President Obama came out of his nominating convention surging in the polls, both nationally and in key states he will need to carry to win in the Electoral College — but the high already is beginning to fade, and pollsters said he didn't fundamentally alter what's still a neck-and-neck race. Published September 16, 2012

Fundraisers, not voters, attract nominees to opposition states

Mitt Romney made the more-than-2,200-mile journey last week from Reno, Nev., to Jacksonville, Fla., to appear at the only event he had penciled in for the following day: a fundraiser where guests ponied up as much as $50,000 to see the former governor up close and personal. Published September 16, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns in the rain at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Romney blasts Obama's foreign policy

Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential nominee, challenged President Obama's foreign policy chops on Thursday, telling supporters that the Democrat has sent mixed message to the world and said the United States "must protect the embassies of our nation." Published September 14, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigns at Van Dyck Park in Fairfax on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Romney rips Obama's China policy, shies away from Middle East unrest

A day after blasting the Obama administration's response to the attacks on diplomatic posts in the Middle East, Mitt Romney pivoted back to the economy Thursday, taking particular aim at what he sees as President Obama's soft approach toward China. Published September 13, 2012

Romney: ‘Repair, rebuild’ military

Observing an unofficial Sept. 11 "truce," Mitt Romney didn't directly blast President Obama Tuesday in a speech to the National Guard Association Conference. But the Republican presidential nominee vowed to reverse his Democratic opponent's planned cuts in military spending. Published September 11, 2012

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney stands atop a makeshift stage Monday as he addresses an overflow crowd at PR Machine Works in Mansfield, Ohio. (Associated Press)

Romney warns of looming defense cuts

Seeking to regain the offense in the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney on Monday said President Obama is to blame for the automatic defense-spending cuts looming at the beginning of next year and that those reductions will devastate communities in Ohio and other key political states. Published September 10, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop in Orange City, Iowa, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Obama, Romney trade political blows on the stump

With 60 days to go before Election Day, Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, returned Friday to the campaign trail and launched a television offensive in key battleground states that aimed to chopped away at President Obama's argument for a second term. Published September 7, 2012

Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Both campaigns using Bill Clinton in TV, email ads

Less than 24 hours after Bill Clinton delivered a full-throated endorsement of President Obama at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., the battle for Bubba raged on over the airwaves and in the email in boxes Thursday. Published September 6, 2012

Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign event at the Dallas County Courthouse in Adel, Iowa, on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Ryan: President Obama is no President Clinton

Rep. Paul Ryan, launching a pre-emptive strike ahead of former President Bill Clinton's address to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, said President Obama is no Clinton. Published September 5, 2012

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife Ann take the stage Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 in Jacksonville, Fla. (Associated Press/The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack)

‘You didn’t build that’ was GOP’s spark plug

Within hours of President Obama's "You didn't build that" remark in July, Republicans sensed they had a campaign-defining moment, and the GOP moved quickly to ramp up the attacks that culminated in last week's convention, when the theme of speaker after speaker was, "Yes I did build it. Without the government." Published September 4, 2012

Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee, arrives at a campaign event at the Westlake Recreation Center in Westlake, Ohio, on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Ryan: Obama's record is worse than Carter's

Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee, channeled former President Ronald Reagan at a campaign stop in Ohio on Tuesday, telling crowds that voters are doing worse today than they were when President Obama entered office four years ago and when former President Jimmy Carter was in office. Published September 4, 2012

Secret Service agents stand guard as Republican presidential nominee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney walks to his car after services at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012 in Wolfeboro, N.H. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Romney preps for debate as Democrats convene

After a few whirlwind days that saw him collect the Republican presidential nomination and make a commander-in-chief-like trip to Louisiana to inspect storm damage, Mitt Romney stepped off the campaign trail Sunday to prepare for the upcoming presidential debates with Barack Obama. Published September 2, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a victory rally, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at Union Terminal in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

Back on the stump in Ohio and Iowa, Romney and Obama trade jabs

Mitt Romney on Saturday aimed to keep his post-convention momentum going with a campaign stop in the battleground state of Ohio, while President Obama countered with the start of a campaign march through four swing states that he hopes will inject a jolt of energy into his re-election bid ahead of the Democratic National Convention next week in North Carolina. Published September 1, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, his wife Ann, center, and Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., right, talk with Sen. David Vitter, R-La., back to camera, during a tour of flooding caused by hurricane Isaac, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in Jean Lafitte, La. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Romney changes schedule, visits Louisiana storm damage

Fresh off accepting the GOP presidential nod, Mitt Romney took on more of a presidential posture Friday, reworking his schedule so he could fly to Louisiana to survey the damage from Isaac — beating President Obama to the punch. Published August 31, 2012

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Romney to turn to Reagan playbook for stretch run

Carrying a post-convention glow from his coronation as the Republican Party's standard-bearer, Mitt Romney plans to take a page out of Ronald Reagan's playbook from the 1980 presidential campaign by urging voters to ask themselves: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" Published August 30, 2012

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney checks the teleprompter and sound levels with staff members Aug. 30, 2012, at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./The Washington Times)

Romney erases 'Etch A Sketch' image

Mitt Romney's top strategist ignited a firestorm in March when he suggested that the candidate could "Etch A Sketch" away his campaign from the primaries — but Mr. Romney has yet to do a general-election wipe-down. Published August 29, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks Aug. 29, 2012, at the American Legion National Convention in Indianapolis. (Associated Press)

Romney vows to reverse defense cuts, improve VA

Mitt Romney, speaking at the American Legion's nation convention, vowed to get veterans out of the unemployment lines and to reverse the defense cuts triggered by the ongoing spending standoff on Capitol Hill. Published August 29, 2012

Former Representative Artur Davis addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

For GOP, former Democrat Davis is key to independents' hearts

Four years after seconding Barack Obama's presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention and four months after leaving the Democratic Party, former Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama re-entered the national spotlight Tuesday to vouch for Mitt Romney at the Republicans' convention in Tampa, Fla. Published August 28, 2012