SANFORD, Fla. – Mitt Romney began his final day of campaigning by addressing a standing room only crowd in an airport hangar in central Florida Monday morning. Chants of "one more day" reverberated from those who arrived in the early morning hours to help give their candidate one extra push to capture the must-win Sunshine State.
Romney took the podium just a couple of minutes before 9 a.m. for the first of five stops before voters go to the polls on Tuesday to end what has been a grueling and hard-fought 16-month campaign.
Romney was introduced by Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) who is hoping to move to the upper chamber in his quest to win one of Florida's two Senate seats. Former governor Jeb Bush, who still gets shouts of admiration and current Gov. Rick Scott warmed up the crowd before Romney took center stage. more >>
A U.N. special report on persecuted religious minorities in Iran has found that the Baha'i faith is the most targeted in the Islamic country, and it has warned that further economic sanctions may make life more difficult also for all people in Iran.
"By and large I would say the Baha'is are the most persecuted religious minority in Iran," Ahmed Shaheed, the U.N. special rapporteur for human rights in Iran said before a seminar at the International Peace Institute in New York on Monday.
As both President Barack Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney made clear in Monday night's foreign policy debate, they plan to impose further sanctions on Iran to make it more difficult for the Middle Eastern country to acquire nuclear weapon capabilities. However, Shaheed has warned that this would also have harsh consequences for everyday Iranians, as they will suffer from a lack of accessible medicine and other basic human needs. more >>
From battleships to bayonets, President Obama tried to give Mitt Romney a lesson in foreign policy in Monday night's final presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. However, just hours before the debate began, the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll found Obama's national security lead over Romney had dwindled to a dead heat at 47-46 percent.
"One of the two candidates was responsible for killing Osama bin Laden and enjoys popularity overseas, while the other one bungled a European trip and has a thin résumé when it comes to international issues," wrote Sean Sullivan in Monday's Washington Post. "But based on the latest numbers, it would be difficult to tell one from the other."
Like in the second debate, Obama came out aggressive from the get-go, spending most of the night attempting to give Romney a lesson in foreign policy. It seemed somewhat of a flashback when four years ago, GOP nominee John McCain, a decorated war hero with years of foreign policy experience sought to school the new Illinois senator with no foreign policy experience. more >>
The final presidential debate featured less drama and less tweets than the previous two. While Mitt Romney and Barack Obama seemed to veer off the topic of foreign policy, which was supposed to be the main focus, those watching the debate and giving their opinions on Twitter appeared less amused.
"Who knew class sizes were a national security / foreign policy issue? #TheDebate" tweeted Ed Stetzer, vice president of Research and Ministry Development for LifeWay Christian Resources.
"Am I the only person who thinks that 'drone' describes this debate in many ways? #TheDebate," Stetzer added in another tweet. Also: "'Friends of Syria.' Is that a Facebook group? #TheDebate" more >>
A new poll released on Monday from Public Religion Research Institute finds that Americans who are unaffiliated in their religious views or who are less religious are less likely to head to the polls this election season. If the findings from this survey hold true, it could spell troubling news for the Obama campaign since voters who are less religious are more likely to support the president.
Americans who identify themselves as religiously unaffiliated are the fastest growing segment in America's religious landscape. The annual PRRI survey found that 19 percent of Americans consider themselves part of this group. However, only 7 percent say they were raised in a religiously unaffiliated household.
Interestingly, President Obama, who has said he is a Christian, has a substantial lead among the religiously unaffiliated with 73 percent of those polled, while only 23 percent of that group say they support Mitt Romney, who is Mormon. more >>
Viewers of the second presidential debate Tuesday night between GOP candidate Mitt Romney and Barack Obama were surprised to see what many have described as the former Massachusetts governor being caught in a lie about the president's response to last month's deadly attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya. However, it seemed that the Republican presidential hopeful was not the one who got the facts wrong.
The Huffington Post called the moment in which Crowley "fact checked" Romney "the debate stumble that will be replayed for years." Harry Blodget, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of The Business Insider, also weighed in, writing on Twitter, "Boy did Romney blow himself up on the Libya 'act of terror' thing."
A video of the exchange between Romney, Crowley and Obama during the presidential debate Tuesday night can be seen here (a transcript is also included below): more >>