After the GOP and Democratic conventions had adjourned by early September, the Romney campaign was growing increasingly concerned about the polling differences that separated them and President Obama. Now after two presidential debates and with Americans starting to pay serious attention to which candidate they're actually going to vote for, Romney's chances are looking better by the day.
The average net favorability for Romney in seven post-debate polls has increased to 5.4 percent with Obama's lagging behind at 5 percent.
On April 1 of this year, the Real Clear Politics average of all major polls showed Obama with a solid lead over Romney, 47.7 percent to 43 percent. Although Romney gained some ground by mid-summer, he fell back to the numbers by Aug. 12, before pulling within .7 percent of Obama at the close of the GOP convention in Tampa. President Obama widened the gap to four points by the end of September. more >>
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday that she, not President Obama, is responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi that killed a U.S. diplomat and three other Americans. The question is, why did she take the fall for the administration and why did she do it the day prior to the second presidential debate?
"I take responsibility," Clinton told CNN in Peru, insisting that President Obama and Vice President Biden knew nothing about the attacks.
"I want to avoid some kind of political gotcha," in what looked like an apparent effort to take pressure off of the president prior to Tuesday night's debate. more >>
A bevy of statistics and accusations of lying characterized some of the heated debate Tuesday between presidential candidates Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. Here is a fact check of three of those exchanges.
The Terrorist Attack in Benghazi, Libya
Obama claimed that he called the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi an "act of terror" in a Rose Garden speech the day after the attack. Romney took exception to that and said that it took 14 days for Obama to call it an "act of terror." The debate moderator, CNN's Candy Crowley, claimed that both were correct -- Obama did call the attack an "act of terror" but Obama also claimed for two weeks that the attack was sparked by an anti-Muslim YouTube video. 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 >>
President Barack Obama clearly showed up for Tuesday night's second presidential debate and Mitt Romney stood toe to toe with the president in such critical issues as the violence in the Middle East and energy policy. But determining the winner has sparked new debate among supporters of each candidate.
A CBS instant poll taken immediately after the debate showed Obama winning with 37 percent and 30 percent claiming Romney won. Another 33 percent called the face-off a tie.
Interestingly, 65 percent of those surveyed in the same poll thought Romney could do a better job handling the economy and taxes. more >>
President Barack Obama showed more punch in his second debate against Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Making up for his lackluster performance in the first debate, he likely re-energized the supporters who worried that another poor debate would end his chances of getting re-elected.
Romney delivered an assault on Obama's record with a litany of statistics. He also complained about following the rules of the debate while also breaking the rule about asking the other candidate questions.
Undecided voters asked the questions in the town hall style debate moderated by CNN's Candy Crowley. Rather than stand behind a podium the whole time, the candidates were able to walk around. At times, both candidates got into a heated back and forth, complete with finger pointing and accusations that the other candidate was not telling the truth. more >>