October 16, 2012 Democrats want the president to be more confrontational and show more passion than he did in the first debate with Republican candidate Mitt Romney. But a town hall requires that he also be responsive to questioners.
October 16, 2012 With the election just three weeks away, many voters are still scratching their heads, wondering what exactly the candidates would do to improve the economy. Audience members at Tuesday night's presidential debate could focus on economic topics such as home prices, gasoline, wages, exports and jobs.
October 15, 2012 Most of the TV ads supporting Mitt Romney have come from outside groups, not from Romney's own campaign. And those groups raised more than half of their money from secret donors, a much higher proportion than the secret donors backing President Obama, according to a new analysis.
October 15, 2012 Mitt Romney's style during the GOP debates and the first presidential debate was fact-filled and assertive, as he tried to demonstrate his mastery of data. Expect more of that Tuesday night. It's a style consistent with someone who's made a lot of corporate boardroom pitches.
October 15, 2012 Neither President Obama nor Republican Mitt Romney has focused much attention on the poor. They've talked about creating jobs and opportunity, but mostly for the middle class. Advocates say Obama's stimulus spending has helped, but Republicans argue that government aid helps keep people in poverty.
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 15, 2012 A study of online conversation finds some big differences in geographically distinct parts of Florida around the issue of unemployment. This kind of information could be important to President Obama and Mitt Romney in how they shape their messages while visiting the state, and in advertisements.
October 15, 2012 Catholic voters are an important constituency in the Buckeye State, representing about 26 percent of voters. But different issues bring out different Catholic voters, a theologian explains. Some voters stress the church's teaching on issues like abortion, while others focus on social justice.