August 20, 2012 Rep. Todd Akin's rape comment gave Democrats new fodder for their argument that Republicans are out of step on women's issues. In addition to endangering Akin's Senate bid amid GOP calls for him to step aside, it gave Democrats a new way to attack the GOP's White House ticket.
August 15, 2012 At 42, Paul Ryan is the nation's first vice presidential candidate from Generation X. Some college-age Republicans are thrilled to have him on the ticket, but the GOP has a tough challenge ahead if it is to pick up much of the younger vote from President Obama.
August 13, 2012 President Obama and GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan were in Iowa, where they told supporters that the general election would give voters a stark choice between two visions of the nation's future. With Mitt Romney in Florida and Joe Biden in North Carolina, all four candidates worked to energize supporters in key swing states.
August 13, 2012 Medicaid is a campaign issue for the first time in years. Republicans cite studies to say the health care program for those with low incomes has failed, and they want to turn it back to the states. But Medicaid researchers say those studies don't portray Medicaid accurately.
August 11, 2012 Even during his time in the high-risk, high-reward field of venture capital, Mitt Romney had a reputation as being exceedingly cautious. But his choice of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as a running mate shows another side of the Republican who would be president.
July 27, 2012 Beth Myers gave shout-outs to several of Mitt Romney's potential running mates. And then several more.
April 5, 2012 Support for Mitt Romney has surged in Pennsylvania as Rick Santorum's has flagged... Santorum is taking an Easter break from the campaign trail, spurring speculation that he may be considering dropping out... Coca Cola and PepsiCo have dropped their membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council.
April 3, 2012 The president today is renewing his push against "trickle-down economics," which he says has failed the nation.
March 30, 2012 Several polls gave Mitt Romney a healthy lead in Wisconsin... Meanwhile Rep. Paul Ryan, who some wanted to for president and is considered a veep possibility, endorsed Romney... Obama's campaign demanded that Romney make public tax returns going back to the 1980s... Obama, who criticized his predecessor's use of executive power, has become a fan.
March 30, 2012 One day after his fellow Republicans in the House passed his version of a 2013 federal budget, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan throws his support behind Mitt Romney's bid for the GOP presidential nomination.
March 19, 2012 House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, who proposed a budget last year that was controversial because of radical changes it would have made to Medicare, is making another run at his target. This time he has a Democratic ally, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon. But progressive groups were already attacking the plan even before its official release Tuesday.
December 15, 2011 The plan would include a cap on total Medicare spending and feature more private competition than under the current program. Even if the proposal draws support, it won't be introduced as legislation until after the 2012 election.
August 24, 2011 The election of 2012 is now less than 15 months away, and it is clear that elements of the Republican Party have not locked in on a candidate. But it is worth remembering that in the late 1970s, as the GOP sought just the right opponent for incumbent Jimmy Carter, plenty of party people were not satisfied with a field that included Ronald Reagan.