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Dave Boyer

Dave Boyer

Dave Boyer is a White House correspondent for The Washington Times. A native of Allentown, Pa., Boyer worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2002 to 2011 and also has covered Congress for the Times. He is a graduate of Penn State University. Boyer can be reached at

Articles by Dave Boyer

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney waves with his wife, Ann, during a Oct. 7, 2012, campaign rally in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Associated Press)

In battleground states, race is now hand-to-hand combat

Since President Obama's lackluster showing at the first debate two weeks ago, the race has tightened across the board, both in national surveys and where it matters most — in the 11 battleground states that will decide the election. Published October 15, 2012

President Obama does the sign of “The U” as he arrives at a campaign event at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., on Thursday. Mr. Obama tried to explain away his stumble during last week’s debate, which most voters say he lost handily. (The Associated Press)

Romney dogs Obama with response to Libya attack

Mitt Romney on Thursday elevated the Benghazi terrorist attack to the forefront of the presidential campaign, saying President Obama and his campaign are politicizing the issue rather than explaining why the administration botched the initial response. Published October 11, 2012

**FILE** President Obama speaks during a Oct. 11, 2012, campaign event at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. (Associated Press)

Obama ridicules Romney for ‘extreme makeover’

President Obama mocked Republican rival Mitt Romney on Thursday as a candidate who was "kidding" when he proposed large tax cuts and other conservative agenda items in the GOP primary. Published October 11, 2012

White House press secretary Jay Carney arrives to brief reporters at the White House in Washington on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

White House defends initial reaction to Libya attacks

President Obama's spokesman said Wednesday that the White House was not avoiding a politically damaging admission when officials resisted describing the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya that killed four Americans as the work of terrorists. Published October 10, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks Oct. 9, 2012, during a campaign rally in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. (Associated Press)

Obama tries to win back women voters, hits Romney on abortion

With President Obama losing his advantage among female voters, his campaign aides Wednesday resurrected attacks on Mitt Romney over abortion and women's rights, claiming the Republican nominee is hiding his true positions. Published October 10, 2012

At a rally in Wisconsin on Thursday, President Obama said Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney doesn’t “want to go after Wall Street, but he wants to go after ‘Sesame Street.’” (Associated Press)

Reeling from round one, Obama goes back on attack

Reeling from his widely panned performance in the first presidential debate, President Obama and his campaign team Thursday sought to reassure unnerved supporters and to blame the president's difficulties on the shiftiness of Republican rival Mitt Romney. Published October 4, 2012

President Obama speaks at a campaign rally in Denver on Oct. 4, 2012. (Associated Press)

Reeling from round one, Obama goes back on attack

Reeling from his widely panned performance in the first presidential debate, President Obama and his campaign team Thursday sought to reassure unnerved supporters and to blame the president's difficulties on the shiftiness of Republican rival Mitt Romney. Published October 4, 2012

President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney participate Oct. 3, 2012, in the first presidential debate at the University of Denver in Denver. (Associated Press)

Romney attacks Obama’s ‘trickle down government’ in first debate

Claiming he's the true champion of a middle class that's being "crushed" under President Obama, Mitt Romney went straight at the president Wednesday in the first debate of the campaign, saying his four years in office have doubled the deficit and left the economy gasping. Published October 3, 2012

**FILE** With Pennsylvania’s voter-ID law still under scrutiny in state courts, a sign at a Pennsylvania driver’s license center in Butler alerts voters, who can get a qualifying state ID at the center. The voter-ID law, one of the toughest in the country, has become a lightning rod for Democrats who hate it and Republicans who support it. (Associated Press)

Judge blocks Pa.’s new voter ID requirement

Dealing a blow to Republicans' hopes of carrying Pennsylvania in the presidential election, a judge Tuesday blocked the state from enforcing its GOP-backed voter identification law in November. Published October 2, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talks with Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who has also been his debate practice partner, on his campaign charter plane en route Denver, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Fact-checkers will have hands full during Obama-Romney debates

At some point in the first presidential debate Wednesday night, President Obama likely will claim 90 percent of the federal debt that has piled up during his presidency is a consequence of the policies of his predecessor, Republican George W. Bush. Published October 1, 2012

**FILE** Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney meets July 29, 2012, with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. (Associated Press)

Obama, Romney discuss Iran with Netanyahu

President Obama spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by phone Friday, after failing to take the opportunity to meet with him in person during a visit to the U.N. General Assembly in New York earlier this week. Published September 28, 2012

President Obama met last week with Seimone Augustus and other members of the 2011 WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx. The honorary ceremony at the White House was one of the few official duties of the president since he accepted his party’s nomination for re-election. (Associated Press)

Obama focuses on campaigning, fundraising

If not for sports champions and terrorists, President Obama's public schedule for September would be nearly empty of official events, as he devoted most of his time to campaigning for re-election. Published September 27, 2012

President Obama addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 25, 2012. (Associated Press)

At U.N., Obama downplays terrorism in Libya attack

His expected campaign advantage on foreign-policy issues suddenly in doubt, President Obama at the United Nations on Tuesday portrayed the deaths of four Americans in Libya as a result of inflamed tensions over an anti-Islam movie produced in the U.S. rather than a terrorist attack aimed at his policies in dealing with the Arab Spring and Middle East unrest. Published September 25, 2012

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama appear on the ABC Television show “The View” in New York, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, From left are, Barbara Walters, president and first lady, Joy Behar, and Sherri Shepherd. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

GOP rips Obama’s diplomatic ‘View’

As world leaders gathered Monday for the United Nations General Assembly amid heightened anti-U.S. tensions, President Obama raised criticism by shunning one-on-one diplomatic meetings in favor of taping "The View" with first lady Michelle Obama in his hunt for female voters. Published September 24, 2012

** FILE ** President Obama addresses the U.N. General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Events in Muslim world bear on Obama’s speech at United Nations

A year after President Obama largely defused a diplomatic showdown at the United Nations over Palestinian statehood, his difficulties with the Muslim world are multiplying rapidly as he prepares to address the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. Published September 23, 2012

President Obama talks with Emily Young, first-time voter and student at University of Miami, on Sept. 20, 2012, at OMG Burger in Miami. (Associated Press)

Obama, Romney swap barbs on who’s out of touch

President Obama sought Thursday to capitalize on opponent Mitt Romney's rough week, saying the GOP nominee is out of touch if he stands by his caught-on-camera moment calling many voters "victims" who are dependent on government. Published September 20, 2012

President Obama participates Sept. 20, 2012, in a town hall hosted by Univision and Univision news anchor Maria Elena Salinas (left) at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. (Associated Press)

Obama: IG report should end criticism of Holder

President Obama on Thursday called an inspector general's report of the Justice Department's bungled gun-trafficking operation an "independent" investigation that should silence critics of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. Published September 20, 2012

Army SFC David Schopp, of Plymouth, Mich. returns Sept. 16, 2012, from a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan in Lansing, Mich. About 80 troops arrived at Capital City Air International Airport. (Associated Press/The State Journal)

White House: Obama sticking to Afghan pullout plan

Even as NATO forces have halted most joint operations with Afghan troops due to "insider" killings, the White House said Tuesday that President Obama's plans in Afghanistan are still on target to withdraw American forces and turn over security to Afghans in 2014. Published September 18, 2012