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Daily Archives: October 3, 2012

Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama during the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver on October 3, 2012 in Colorado.

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Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama during the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver on October 3, 2012 in Colorado.

Obama-Romney: Lasting Impressions

Updated at midnight EDT For all the anticipation of the first presidential debate, the lasting impressions may be few. Republican Mitt Romney scored with a forceful debating stance, but left the stage without a memorable line. President Barack Obama reeled...

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Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama at the University of Denver.

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Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama at the University of Denver.

Obama-Romney Debate: Leadership

Finally, leadership. “I had the great experience of being elected in a state where 87 percent of my legislature was Democrats,” said Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts. “As president, I’ll sit down on Day One, with Democratic leaders as...

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Reporters watch the final minutes of the Presidential Debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

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Reporters watch the final minutes of the Presidential Debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Obama-Romney Debate: Lost Points

Written with Lisa Lerer Mitt Romney says he’ll offset tax cuts with loophole closings. “We don’t know the details,” President Barack Obama said in debate tonight. Romney says he’ll repeal Dodd-Frank financial regulation, but doesn’t explain how, the president said....

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With a broadcast of the presidential debate reflected in a mirror above the bar, customers at the Havana Social Club in Seattle watch President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney debate.

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With a broadcast of the presidential debate reflected in a mirror above the bar, customers at the Havana Social Club in Seattle watch President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney debate.

Obama-Romney Debate: Health Care

“Obama-care,” Republican Mitt Romney said, has made business owners hesitant to hire new people. “Let’s focus on getting the cost down for people,” he said. “We did work on this, alongside of working on jobs,” President Barack Obama said, embracing...

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Moderator Jim Lehrer, center, asks President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to respect the order of speaking during the Presidential Debate.

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Moderator Jim Lehrer, center, asks President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to respect the order of speaking during the Presidential Debate.

Obama-Romney Debate: Wall Street

“Regulation is essential. You can’t have the free market work if you don’t have regulation,” Republican Mitt Romney said tonight. “At the same time, regulation can become excessive… With some of the regulation that has passed during the president’s term,”...

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A waitress at El Rey De Las Fritas restaurant cleans the counter as President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are seen during their televised debate on October 3, 2012 in Miami, Florida.

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A waitress at El Rey De Las Fritas restaurant cleans the counter as President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are seen during their televised debate on October 3, 2012 in Miami, Florida.

Obama-Romney Debate: Taking Charge

Twice now, President Barack Obama has interrupted Republican Mitt Romney in debate. As Romney spoke of tax breaks built into federal law, Obama broke in: “It’s time to end it.” Taking command of the debating platform, in the first of...

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President Barack Obama listens to Mitt Romney during the first presidential.

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President Barack Obama listens to Mitt Romney during the first presidential.

Obama-Romney Debate: Debt

“I think it’s not just an economic issue. I think it’s a moral issue,” Republican Mitt Romney said of the growing federal debt. “The amount of debt we’re adding, at a trillion a year, is simply not moral.” “I want...

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Mitt Romney during the first presidential debate.

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Mitt Romney during the first presidential debate.

Obama-Romney Debate: Taxing the Middle Class and the Wealthy

“The people who are having a problem right now are middle-income Americans. They’re being crushed.” Republican Mitt Romney said early in the debate with President Barack Obama tonight. “The question is how to get ‘em going again.” “Let’s talk about...

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Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama before the first presidential debate at the University of Denver on Oct. 3, 2012 in Colorado.

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Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama before the first presidential debate at the University of Denver on Oct. 3, 2012 in Colorado.

Obama-Romney Debate: Job One Jobs

`Because of the resilience and the determination of the American people, we’ve begun to fight our way back… The auto industry has come roaring back,” President Barack Obama said tonight in debate. “Still, we all know we have a lot...

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Demonstrators costumed as Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama bring attention to campaign finance reform prior to the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver on October 3, 2012 in  Colorado.

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Demonstrators costumed as Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama bring attention to campaign finance reform prior to the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver on October 3, 2012 in Colorado.

Obama-Romney Debate: Prep Yielding to Delight or Disappointment

Along the road to their first debate in Denver tonight, President Barack Obama delivered boxes of pizzas to campaign volunteers in Nevada and Republican Mitt Romney bought a  take-out burrito bowl with pork, rice and black beans in Colorado. Romney...

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