2012 elections

  1. Paul Ryan returned Friday to the state where last week he was launched into the political stratosphere as Mitt Romney’s running mate, telling Virginia: “It’s not too late to get this right.”

    On Thursday, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal also visited Virginia to campaign in support of Romney.

  2. campaignmoney:

    Washington Post: “The Federal Election Commission announced Wednesday that it has approved legal guidance that will allow small political donations to be added to cellphone bills when a campaign supporter sends a specific text message.”

    Good. This is a simple step campaigns can take to empower small donors in our elections that are increasingly in the hands of the wealthy few. Reform groups, like Public Campaign, have been pushing this for months.

    campaignmoney »

  3. On the first stop of a bus tour through four battleground states, Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his running mate in Norfolk, Va. Saturday morning.

    The announcement location underscores the importance of the state on the electoral map for the upcoming election. Following the announcement, Romney and Ryan continued their tour of Virginia, making stops in Ashland and Manassas.

  4. Booker campaigned in Detroit on Thursday and will host a roundtable in Flint on Friday. 

    nj.com »

  5. President Obama’s campaign opened six new offices in Virginia this weekend, bringing the total number of offices in the state to 31.

    Republicans, including the Mitt Romney campaign, the RNC and the Virginia Republican party, have a total of 28 offices.

    www2.timesdispatch.com »

  6. Instagram photos by Samra Khawaja

    President Obama on Thursday brought his “middle class” tour to the richest county in the country: Loudoun county, Va.

    Thousands of supporters waited for hours in extreme heat conditions to hear the President speak in front of the oldest high school in the county, Loudoun County High School.  In the neighborhood across the from school, some residents welcomed the president and his supporters by decorating their front lawns with Mitt Romney posters.

    "Virginia, I have a different plan for America," Obama said. "We do not need tax cuts for wealthy Americans. We need it for working Americans."

    Supporters responded as Obama hammered Romney’s “simple idea” economic plans by chanting “four more years.”

    Obama reminded Loudoun County residents and Virginians of their success throughout his speech. Obama even cited recent Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach as an example of the talent in the state.

    Obama won Virginia by about five points in 2008, becoming the first Democrat since 1964 to win the state in a presidential election.

    "We won Loudoun last time; if we win Loudoun this time, we’ll win Virginia," Obama said. "And if we win Virginia, we’ll win the election."

    After the 25-minute speech ended, first time event goers like Mary Yakush and Helen Van Ryan said it was worth the long wait.

    "I think people are going to have to work really hard to ensure that Obama does win," said Yakush. "But I think he can win."

    "People just need to get out there and vote," said Van Ryan. "If those who are eligible to vote, vote, then Obama can win by a landslide again."

  7. From the Richmond Times -Dispatch:

    You’ll soon be seeing something unusual on television: a positive political advertisement.

    After returning from his trip abroad, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney immediately released a "feel good ad" in Virginia and other key states. In the ad, Romney speaks directly to viewers about the challenges he faced in his previous professional experiences: creating a business, running the 2002 Winter Olympics and serving as governor of Massachusetts.

    www2.timesdispatch.com »

  8. thirdwaythinktank:

Independents vs. Moderates: What’s the Difference?
Independents and moderates are the two major groups that make up the center of the American electorate. But they are not synonymous.
For starters, “Independent” is a partisan identification (like Democrat or Republican), and “moderate” is an ideological label (like liberal or conservative). And while they track closely in income, education, religiosity, and a belief that everyone has the power to succeed, they diverge slightly on a few other demographic and attitudinal markers.
By better understanding the similarities and differences of moderate and Independent voters, politicians and pundits can gain a better picture of where these two groups overlap—and where they don’t.
For a deeper look at who, exactly, are “Obama Independents,” read our recent report: 2012 Showdown: The Battle for the Obama Independents.
This infographic appeared in the July 2012 Inside Politics Newsletter. 

    thirdwaythinktank:

    Independents vs. Moderates: What’s the Difference?

    Independents and moderates are the two major groups that make up the center of the American electorate. But they are not synonymous.

    For starters, “Independent” is a partisan identification (like Democrat or Republican), and “moderate” is an ideological label (like liberal or conservative). And while they track closely in income, education, religiosity, and a belief that everyone has the power to succeed, they diverge slightly on a few other demographic and attitudinal markers.

    By better understanding the similarities and differences of moderate and Independent voters, politicians and pundits can gain a better picture of where these two groups overlap—and where they don’t.

    For a deeper look at who, exactly, are “Obama Independents,” read our recent report: 2012 Showdown: The Battle for the Obama Independents.

    This infographic appeared in the July 2012 Inside Politics Newsletter

    thirdway.org »

  9. Mitt Romney’s squad of surrogates hit campaign trails across the country on Monday, including two key regions in Virginia: Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.

    Former GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich campaigned for his one-time rival in Arlington, hammering Obama and taking questions from the press. Gingrich even weighed in on the recent fallout from Romney’s “culture” remarks in Israel.

    "I think it’s fair to say why are some places poor, and maybe it’s not just because they’ve been deprived. Maybe it’s also because they don’t have either the right habits, the right legal structure or the right system of encouragement." 

    John McCain was joined by a trio of U.S. Senators in Norfolk to campaign for Romney. They discussed defense budget cuts and called for a compromise that would cut spending and raise money by eliminating specific tax breaks.

    The Huffington Post »

  10. You’re probably wondering why’s a guy from Virginia out here in Iowa. But Iowa and Virginia have a lot in common. Both are swing states… [ ]…what happens in Virginia, what happens in Iowa could determine who’s going to be the next president of the United States.”

    - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaking to voters in Iowa on Thursday, kicking off a weekend of surrogate events scheduled across battleground states as GOP nominee Mitt Romney is overseas.

    MSN »

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