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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan can be reached at sdinan@washingtontimes.com.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (center) greets a supporter as he arrives at the Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Richmond. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Dean Hoffmeyer)

Romney promises to get tough with Iran

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said this weekend that President Obama failed to lessen the risks of a nuclear-armed Iran because he came into office promising to meet with, rather than confront, that nation's leaders — and vowed to impose "crippling sanctions" himself. Published September 9, 2012

Republican presidential nominee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney addresses the audience at a rally with the GOP team at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Va., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Rich-Joseph Facun)

Romney: Obama and GOP erred on defense cuts

Mitt Romney said this weekend that his fellow Republicans erred by agreeing last year to automatic defense spending cuts in lieu of a broader debt dealing, and said as president he'll fight to keep military spending the same portion of the U.S. economy as it is now. Published September 8, 2012

President Obama speaks at a campaign event in Norfolk, Va., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Obama predicts 'barrage of negative ads'

After canceling his stadium-sized speech, President Obama on Thursday told the thousands of supporters who missed out on seeing him that he's still counting on them to do the legwork required to get him re-elected. Published September 6, 2012

President Obama accepts his party's nomination for a second term as President of the United States at the Democratic National Convention in the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Obama appeals to voters for more time

Accepting his party's nomination for re-election, President Obama on Thursday said voters face the most momentous election of a generation and told them they must choose between locking in his vision of a government that works to boost the most vulnerable, or side with Republicans in rolling back his agenda. Published September 6, 2012

President Obama joins former President Bill Clinton onstage Sept. 5, 2012, after Clinton addressed the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C. (Andrew Geraci/The Washington Times)

Clinton returns to back Obama at DNC

Democrats rushed to clean up a party platform mess Wednesday and moved to officially re-nominate President Obama for a second term in office as his predecessor, former President Bill Clinton, said voters this year must choose between Republicans' "winner-take-all" vision of success and his own party's "shared prosperity." Published September 5, 2012

Benita Veliz, a student who had her deportation halted under President Obama's non-deportation policies, addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/The Washington Times)

Young face put on illegal migration at DNC

Democrats broke yet another barrier Wednesday when they invited an illegal immigrant young adult onto the stage at their nominating convention in Charlotte — part of a historic Hispanic outreach program that the party hopes will cement ties to the fast-growing ethnic voting bloc in the country. Published September 5, 2012

Los Angeles Mayor and Democratic Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa calls for a vote to amend the platform the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5, 2012. (Associated Press)

Democrats scramble to restore Jerusalem plank to platform

The White House scrambled Wednesday to alter the Democratic Party platform after they adopted a version that left out references to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and made no mention of God. Published September 5, 2012

Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Abortion issue sets tone 
for attracting women at DNC

Inside the convention hall Tuesday, Democrats affirmed themselves as the pro-choice party, delivering the most detailed discussion of contraceptives and reproductive health in major-party political history and adopting a platform that defends abortion, including taxpayer funding for the procedure. Published September 4, 2012

First lady Michelle Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 4, 2012, its opening night, at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Michelle Obama hails husband as 'man we can trust' during DNC speech

First lady Michelle Obama pleaded with voters Tuesday to reward her husband with re-election, telling delegates at the Democrats' convention that President Obama comes from humble beginnings and was able to reach the White House by taking advantage of the same kind of government assistance he is defending on the campaign trail. Published September 4, 2012

**FILE** Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican (Associated Press)

Immigration agency's chief of staff resigns amid misconduct probe

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's chief of staff has resigned amid allegations of inappropriate behavior and potential sexual harassment, and congressional Republicans have vowed to conduct their own review of the Obama administration. Published September 1, 2012

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday. He had delegates laughing with a his string of one-liners poking fun at both President Obama and Mitt Romney. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Zingers, one-liners punch up speeches

Hitting the right comedic note in a convention speech can be tough, but Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee, had delegates laughing Wednesday night at his string of one-liners poking fun at both President Obama and Mitt Romney. Published August 30, 2012

Puerto Rico delegates cheer for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Spanish-language media 'obsessed' on immigration issue

For most voters, the Republicans' nominating convention has been filled with speeches about jobs, the economy, federal spending and President Obama's record. But for Hispanic voters getting their news from the Spanish-language press, the view is very different — and decidedly unsympathetic to the Republican Party. Published August 30, 2012

Mitt Romney accepts the nomination of the Republican Party for president of the United States at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Romney accepts GOP nomination at RNC, vows leadership, 'lots of jobs'

Mitt Romney on Thursday accepted the nod to lead an ever-more conservative Republican Party against a powerful but politically vulnerable incumbent, telling a national audience that this year’s election comes down to jobs and President Obama’s failure to create enough of them. Published August 30, 2012

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan waves Aug. 29, 2012, before speaking to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. (Associated Press)

Ryan says ticket won't 'duck the tough issues,' will repeal Obamacare

Capping his meteoric rise to the heights of the Republican Party, Paul Ryan accepted the party's vice presidential nomination Wednesday, saying he considered it "a calling" at a time when the country needs to make tough decisions — and pledging that he and Mitt Romney won't shirk from them. Published August 29, 2012

With New Jersey announcing their votes, Mitt Romney receives enough delegate votes to put him over the top as the Republican nomination for the next president of the United States at the Republican National Convention, Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Christie vouches for Romney: 'Solutions will not be painless'

Kicking off Republicans' 2012 nominating convention with a piercing critique of American political life, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday politicians and voters alike have "become paralyzed" by an inability to live within limits, and he challenged both groups to accept that there are some promises government should not make, and cannot meet. Published August 28, 2012

Former President George W. Bush begins his speech, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, during the annual Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center in Columbus, Ga., Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/The Ledger-Enquirer, Mike Haskey)

Republican convention seeks a break from Bush's years

The Republican convention may occasionally dip into the weeds this week, but it will do its best to stay away from the Bushes — as in former President George W. Bush, who still casts a long shadow over the party he led for a rocky eight-year tenure. Published August 28, 2012

** FILE ** Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation. (Associated Press)

Embracers of the Constitution are baffled by what’s really in it

They say they stand for a return to constitutional principles, but it turns out tea party supporters are just as confused as to what rights and powers are in the federal government's founding document, according to the latest The Washington Times/JZ Analytics poll. Published August 27, 2012

** FILE ** In this Aug. 16, 2012, photo Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney writes on a white board as he talks about Medicare during a news conference in Greer, S.C. As they rush towards their party conventions, the rival presidential campaigns are trying to invigorate core supporters while reaching out to a sliver of undecided voters who harbor doubts about President Obama yet aren't sold on Romney. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Seniors boost Obama over fears of GOP Medicare cuts

Voters believe Mitt Romney and other Republicans are more likely to cut Medicare than President Obama and congressional Democrats, according to the latest The Washington Times/JZ Analytics survey, released Sunday. Published August 26, 2012

President Obama steps off the Marine One helicopter upon arrival on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Sunday. His convention is next week. (Associated Press)

Obama, Romney in dead heat as voter bases stick

Heading into their nominating conventions, President Obama and Mitt Romney are dead even — down to a tenth of a percent — in the latest The Washington Times/JZ Analytics Poll, which also shows independents, the critical swing group, beginning to pick sides. Published August 26, 2012