Mitt Romney believes he would be doing better than Barack Obama as president. In his first interview since the election, Mitt Romney spoke about the disappointment of not winning, sequestration and what went wrong with his campaign.
"When I look at what's happening right now, I wish I were there. It kills me not to be there, not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done," Romney said on Fox News Sunday.
Romney believes that the sequester and the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts, also known as the "fiscal cliff," presented a "once in a generational opportunity" to put the nation on a path to prosperity, in which "America could lead the world for the next century." more >>
Brevard Community College in Florida revealed last week that it is seeking to fire a faculty member who apparently pressured students last year to vote for President Barack Obama in November's general elections.
The Brevard County, Florida college said that it contacted 85 students who took a mathematics class with associate professor Sharon Sweet last September, who has been granted leave following the investigation. Of those students, 43 responded to a written survey that revealed Sweet had used several tactics to try and guide the pupils into choosing Obama over Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the presidential elections.
"Professor Sweet strongly encouraged or mandated that students from several classes sign a card that stated, 'I pledge to vote for President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket," Brevard's investigation, released on Friday, revealed. more >>
To the delight of Democrats, the battle over control of the future of the GOP is intensifying, with the Tea Party, establishment and social conservative factions beginning to openly criticize each other for election setbacks.
As Republicans seek to understand and explain their defeats in the 2012 election, the various factions are already gearing up to influence which candidates will be selected to represent the party in 2014 and beyond.
In 2010 and 2012, American Crossroads/Crossroads GPS, headed by Karl Rove, the mastermind behind George W. Bush's election wins, did not get involved in Republican primaries. Rather, it chose to support whichever candidates emerged victorious in those primaries. more >>
President Barack Obama's second inaugural speech on Monday gave lawmakers, pundits and Americans a glimpse of what his second term may look like, but some are asking if his references to a more progressive, liberal America will motivate the public to inspire Washington to get along.
It may not be known for decades if the 19 minute, 2,114 word speech will be recorded as one of the most inspiring of all time, however the president used one paragraph in particular to highlight what he had done and what he wants to do in his second term. "It is now our generation's task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia, to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm."
His specific references to equal pay for woman and his evolving support of gay marriage were most likely intended to remind those groups (who supported him in overwhelming numbers) why they need to stay committed to his cause. But in the latter half of his speech, the themes of immigration reform, gun control and climate change seemed designed as an attempt to give Americans a preview of the coming months. more >>
In his second inaugural speech, President Obama called for the extension of laws that would give gays more protections and benefits under federal law.
"Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well," said Obama.
The president's comments were made while outlining what seemed to be protections for minorities and undocumented immigrants. The speech, which also falls on the federal holiday that celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., appeared to take on similarities to the former civil rights leader's infamous "I Have a Dream" speech. more >>
Former Pennsylvania Senator and 2012 GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum said Sunday that President Obama is a "sore winner" based on how he is handling many key issues and that in the end, he doesn't want immigration reform to pass because it might help the GOP.
"That's the problem with this administration. They don't – they're not very gracious winners. And I always said, you know, there's one thing worse than a sore loser, and that's a sore winner. And the president's a sore winner," Santorum told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week." "He could get something done on deficits and entitlements, but he's got to move his people to do that, instead of forcing Republicans always to come his way. And that's the problem."
Santorum's statements highlight a growing concern among Republican leaders that the president could bring Democrats to vote for some type of compromise budget, but doing so would most likely require the president himself to twist arms for some to vote to decrease or cut entitlement spending. more >>