Biden dominates with sharp performance

By Niall Stanage – 10/11/12 11:53 PM ET

Vice President Biden was the dominant figure in Thursday night’s vice presidential debate with Mitt Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). But whether that will help or hinder the Democratic ticket in its battle to retain the White House remains to be seen.

A combative, energetic performance from Biden — replete with sharp jabs at Ryan and regular outbursts of dismissive laughter — was the key ingredient of the night and seemed likely to drive the discussion in the aftermath.  Continue reading “Biden dominates with sharp performance”

Jobless rate drops to 7.8 percent; economy adds 114,000 jobs

 

By Vicki Needham – 10/05/12 10:28 AM ET

The unemployment rate dipped below 8 percent in September, to 7.8 percent, shaking up estimations of the presidential race and providing welcome news for President Obama just a month before Election Day.

The economy added only 114,00 jobs, yet the unemployment rate still dropped from 8.1 percent to 7.8.

Total employment rose by 873,000 in September, a significant jump that could help explain the drop in the unemployment rate.

The report revised figures up in July and August, and it showed more people are now entering the workforce. This is also the first report to be released since the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced it had undercounted employment for the previous year by 386,000. Continue reading “Jobless rate drops to 7.8 percent; economy adds 114,000 jobs”

The Hill Poll: Voters switch, saying Obama is set to win second term

By Sheldon Alberts – 10/01/12 05:00 AM ET

A strong majority of likely voters now expect President Obama to win a second term after an abrupt shift in perceptions about the state of the race, according to The Hill’s latest election poll.

The survey found 53 percent of voters believe Obama will triumph on Nov. 6, a huge swing from the 43 percent who held that view immediately before the Democratic convention early last month. Continue reading “The Hill Poll: Voters switch, saying Obama is set to win second term”

Gallup daily poll shows Obama stretching lead to 50-44 over Romney

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By Jonathan Easley – 09/26/12 01:49 PM ET

President Obama has stretched his lead over Mitt Romney to 6 percentage points nationally, according to the Gallup daily tracking poll released Wednesday.

Obama takes 50 percent support over Romney’s 44 percent.

The president has hit the 50 percent mark only twice before in the poll, most recently after the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., earlier this month. Continue reading “Gallup daily poll shows Obama stretching lead to 50-44 over Romney”

Seniors boo Ryan at Medicare speech

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By Sam Baker – 09/21/12 01:25 PM ET

Paul Ryan met loud boos and taunts, as well as deep skepticism, as he attacked President Obama’s healthcare law at an AARP event Friday.

The unwelcome reception was a clear sign of just how big a challenge Medicare poses to the Romney campaign — and a setback for the idea that Ryan can successfully explain away seniors’ concerns.

Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, proposed controversial changes to Medicare in his House budget plan. Democrats, including Obama’s reelection team, have used Ryan’s proposals as bogeyman on the campaign trail and see it as a winning issue for their party. Continue reading “Seniors boo Ryan at Medicare speech”