October 26, 2012 The economy is growing and consumer confidence is rising. But the data are too mixed to point to a robust economy. And it may be too late anyway to change voters' impressions.
October 26, 2012 Mitt Romney's pledge to add 12 million jobs to the economy over four years may sound like a very big number, especially coming out of a deep recession followed by three years of lackluster job growth. But some economists say it's realistic, and even if President Obama wins re-election.
October 26, 2012 The president has been relatively mum during the campaign about what he would do if given a second term. He outlined more specific ideas this week — but he hasn't explained how he would get those ideas through Congress.
October 26, 2012 Democrats and Republicans are on track to spend about $1 billion each on TV advertising in the presidential race — most of it negative and almost all in battleground states. There's little evidence the ads sway voters, but the campaigns are happy to settle for low odds, given the lingering memories of the close 2000 election.
October 25, 2012 In races from U.S. Senate to state attorney general, candidates know their fortunes are largely tied to the respective fates of Mitt Romney and President Obama. Many acknowledge that a strong partisan wave threatens to wipe them away, so they're pushing to run ahead of their ticket.
October 24, 2012 An Obama campaign ad airing in swing states referencing the 2000 Florida recount uses memorable images of the days following the election to encourage supporters to vote. It calls 537 "the number of votes that changed the course of American history."
October 24, 2012 This year's presidential debates may be remembered as much for what the candidates said as for those witty Internet memes that followed. Experts say the rise of the political meme largely blindsided the campaigns.
October 23, 2012 The final presidential debate left many viewers scratching their heads. It's not that the candidates invoked unimportant issues. It's not that the two held so elevated a conversation mere mortals could not understand. It's that they were debating almost entirely in tone rather than content.
October 22, 2012 Neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney spends much time talking about international affairs on the campaign trail. Yet foreign policy, the subject of tonight's debate, can often define a presidency.
October 16, 2012 During tonight's presidential debate, President Obama will want to cast Mitt Romney as an unacceptable, unreliable choice. But Republicans think their man can come close to sealing the deal simply by doing what he in the first debate. Both candidates will need to fire up supporters without coming off as nakedly partisan.
October 15, 2012 Since becoming president, Obama's rhetorical triumphs have been just that: moving speeches delivered on ceremonial occasions. When it comes to policy and attempts to move public opinion, the silver-tongued Obama has largely been absent.
October 12, 2012 With guns blazing, Martha Raddatz took over the reins of Thursday's vice presidential debate and never let go. While Vice President Biden and GOP Rep. Paul Ryan engaged in an intense face-off, Raddatz kept the debate moving, ultimately becoming the one uncontested winner of the evening.
October 12, 2012 Neither Vice President Biden nor GOP Rep. Paul Ryan gave any quarter Thursday night. The two men were pointed and at some points personal in discussing their differences across a broad range of domestic and foreign policy issues.
October 11, 2012 Vice presidential debates are often quickly forgotten, but tonight's matchup — featuring what one pundit calls "probably two of the most substantive vice presidential candidates we've ever had" — will likely be widely watched. Both men are steeped in policy but offer big contrasts in styles.