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  • Obama hopes to meet with Romney before year's out

    November 14, 2012 2:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he hasn't yet scheduled a meeting with Republican Mitt Romney. At a news conference Wednesday, Obama said he hopes to have the chance to talk with Romney before the end of the year. Obama said the election was only a week ago, and that... more »
  • Ryan: Shocked at loss, Obama won fair and square

    November 13, 2012 5:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan acknowledges that he was shocked when he and presidential nominee Mitt Romney lost last week's election. The Wisconsin congressman says President Barack Obama won fair and square. In an interview with ABC News being aired Tuesday, Ryan says he and Romney thought... more »
  • AP: Obama re-elected to 2nd term

    November 6, 2012 10:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - Barack Obama has won re-election to a second term as president, beating back a fierce challenge from Republican Mitt Romney. Obama prevailed despite a weak economy and high unemployment. Democrats have also retained control of the Senate, according to election results in so far. Republicans look... more »
  • Romney blasts Obama despite drop in unemployment

    October 5, 2012 2:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says a drop in the nation's unemployment rate to 7.8 percent "is not what a real recovery looks like." The former Massachusetts governor responded to the September jobs report out Friday by arguing that Obama has a failed record on the economy.... more »
  • Republicans keep up focus on foreign policy

    October 1, 2012 3:12 PM

    DENVER - As the two presidential candidates focus on preparing for Wednesday night's debate in Denver, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is keeping up the GOP attacks on President Barack Obama's foreign policy. Ryan told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham that the Obama administration has been inconsistent on... more »
  • Obama, Romney campaign in Virginia

    September 27, 2012 9:09 AM

    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney's campaign is keeping up its focus on the national debt -- saying that in the two minutes that it takes to view the Obama campaign's new TV ad, the debt grows by at least $5 million. In the new ad, President Barack Obama promotes what... more »
  • Romney: Sept. 11 time to renew resolve

    September 11, 2012 2:03 PM

    RENO, Nev. - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says Sept. 11 is a time to renew the resolve of protecting Americans against "evil" attacks. Romney spoke in Reno, Nev., to a gathering of the National Guard on a day when both presidential campaigns halted, however briefly, their overt politics in... more »
  • Romney: Chicago teachers turning backs on students

    September 10, 2012 12:07 PM

    CHICAGO - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says Chicago teachers are turning their backs on thousands of students and President Barack Obama is siding with the striking teachers. Romney, in a statement released Monday hours before he was set to land in Chicago for fundraisers, says he is disappointed by... more »
  • Storm soaks Charlotte hours before Obama's speech

    September 6, 2012 3:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - The jobs outlook in the U.S. brightened a bit Thursday just before President Barack Obama was to make his case for re-election to the American people. Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, the government reported. And companies boosted hiring in August, according to a private survey.... more »
  • Romney visits area flooded by Isaac

    August 31, 2012 6:11 PM

    JEAN LAFITTE - Mitt Romney says he went to Louisiana today to learn, and to draw attention to the plight of residents who've been flooded out of their homes by Hurricane Isaac. On his first trip after the Republican National Convention, Romney met along a highway with Louisiana Gov. Bobby... more »
  • Obama, Romney both to visit storm-damaged Louisiana

    August 31, 2012 8:56 AM

    LAKELAND, Fla. - Both President Barak Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced plans today to tour damage in Louisiana from Hurricane Isaac. Romney scheduled a last-minute visit Friday to Lafitte, La., where he will tour damage with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Romney is scrapping an appearance in... more »
  • Republicans nominate Mitt Romney for president

    August 28, 2012 6:13 PM

    TAMPA, Fla. - Republicans have nominated former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president, culminating a long primary fight and setting the stage for a close contest against President Barack Obama. In a roll call of states Tuesday, New Jersey put Romney over the top, giving him the prize that eluded... more »
  • Republicans gavel open convention

    August 27, 2012 1:17 PM

    TAMPA, Fla. - Republicans have gaveled open their convention that will culminate with the nomination of Mitt Romney to be president. Party Chairman Reince Priebus banged the gavel on an abbreviated Monday session as the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac forced the GOP to cram four days of speeches and... more »
  • Romney could be nominated early in convention week

    August 24, 2012 8:39 AM

    WASHINGTON - Republican delegates will begin the roll call vote to officially nominate Mitt Romney for president on Monday at the national convention in Tampa, which could allow Romney to accept the GOP nomination earlier in the week than has occurred at previous conventions. Republican officials on Thursday said... more »
  • Romney distances self from 'Anglo Saxon' remark

    July 25, 2012 4:20 PM

    LONDON - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is distancing himself from an unnamed adviser quoted in British media as suggesting that President Barack Obama doesn't understand the "Anglo-Saxon" heritage shared by Britain and the U.S. Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams said Wednesday that if an adviser did say that, the... more »
  • Romney's wife says voters will 'fire the coach'

    July 19, 2012 8:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney's wife is reinforcing her husband's refusal to make public several years of tax returns, saying "we've given all you need to know" about the family's finances. Ann Romney tells ABC News she thinks the Obama campaign's attacks on her husband have been "beneath the dignity... more »
  • Romney pushes Obama attacks into Ohio

    July 18, 2012 6:43 AM

    PITTSBURGH - Mitt Romney plans to stay on the attack in the race for the White House, but growing pressure from across the political spectrum to release his personal tax returns threatens to stunt the Republican's momentum as he courts voters in key battlegrounds. The former Massachusetts governor takes... more »
  • Romney to make pitch to black voters at NAACP

    July 11, 2012 7:38 AM

    HOUSTON - Mitt Romney will talk economics today in a rare appearance before the NAACP, the nation's oldest civil rights group. The black organization has largely backed Democrats, but Romney hopes he can sell a message that his policies would be better for blacks, who have an overall unemployment... more »
  • Romney breaks from vacation for July Fourth parade

    July 4, 2012 6:38 AM

    WOLFEBORO, N.H. - Mitt Romney is taking a break from vacationing at his lakeside estate in New England to march in the local Independence Day parade - and to see and be seen by news media as well as potential voters. Romney and his family plan to parade through... more »
  • Romney wins GOP presidential primaries in 5 states

    June 6, 2012 3:01 AM

    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney has won the California Republican presidential primary, completing a sweep of contests in five states. Romney also won presidential primaries Tuesday in New Jersey, South Dakota, New Mexico and Montana. The victories add to a delegate total that already exceeds the number needed to... more »
  • Roemer: Presidential candidates are "pitiful" Play Video

    June 4, 2012 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Days after his failed attempt at the White House, Former Louisiana Governor and presidential hopeful Buddy Roemer isn't blown away by the remaining candidates for president. "I'm not impressed. I think President Obama has done a terrible job of leading. I think Mitt Romney refuses to... more »
  • Romney promises world's strongest military

    May 28, 2012 3:11 PM

    SAN DIEGO - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is promising to maintain an American military "with no comparable power anywhere in the world." The presumptive Republican presidential nominee faced a San Diego crowd estimated at 5,000 on Monday in what was billed as a Memorial Day service, not a campaign... more »
  • Poll finds nearly three-fifths of vets who were surveyed back Romney

    May 28, 2012 12:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - American veterans seem to be largely in Mitt Romney's camp. That's the indication from a new Gallup poll. Fifty-eight percent of the veterans who were surveyed say they are backing Romney, while 34 percent support President Barack Obama. Several of the closely-watched states in the November election have... more »
  • Romney wants to shift focus back to economy

    May 11, 2012 7:43 AM

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Republican Mitt Romney is trying to return the focus of his campaign to the sluggish economic recovery. The presumptive GOP nominee for president has been restating his opposition to gay marriage and shrugging off a newspaper report that he bullied a gay classmate in prep school.... more »
  • Romney to address key conservative group at NRA event

    April 13, 2012 6:43 AM

    ST. LOUIS - Mitt Romney's speech to the National Rifle Association is a high-profile chance for the Republican presidential candidate to gain the acceptance of wary conservatives. The address in St. Louis on Friday comes at a moment of heightened concern about gun use. Florida officials recently charged a neighborhood... more »
  • Santorum on defensive as race turns to Louisiana Play Video

    March 23, 2012 5:28 PM

    WEST MONROE, La. (AP) - Facing heightened pressure to revive his presidential bid, Rick Santorum was forced to explain another apparent misstep as he courted Louisiana voters Friday, the eve of a critical contest in a Republican nomination battle that increasingly favors Mitt Romney. Santorum said he would support the... more »
  • Jeb Bush backs Romney

    March 21, 2012 11:50 AM

    WASHINGTON - Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is endorsing Mitt Romney for the GOP presidential nomination. Bush said the nation faces huge challenges and needs a leader who understands the economy, favors less government regulation, believes in "entrepreneurial capitalism" and wants to help all Americans have a second chance. Bush... more »
  • Romney pushes GOP presidential race toward a close

    March 21, 2012 8:12 AM

    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney says he's "almost there" in his six-year pursuit of the Republican presidential nomination, having defeated Rick Santorum in the Illinois GOP primary. The GOP front-runner is urging Republicans in a campaign email sent after Tuesday's victory to fall in line behind his bid. Romney... more »
  • La. lieutenant governor backs Mitt Romney

    March 20, 2012 7:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is now steering clear of endorsements in the GOP presidential competition, but Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is jumping into the endorsement game in advance of Louisiana's presidential primary, backing Mitt Romney. Romney's campaign Monday announced the support of Dardenne and Agriculture Commissioner Mike... more »
  • Romney looks for Ill. win while Santorum stumbles

    March 20, 2012 6:28 AM

    PEORIA, Ill. - Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are facing off Tuesday in Illinois, a state that was once home to President Barack Obama. Romney was betting his message of economic proficiency would triumph over Santorum's sharply honed conservatism. Both men were competing for 54 delegates in one... more »
  • Confident Romney calls for unity, looks to Ill.

    March 19, 2012 6:28 AM

    VERNON HILLS, Ill. - Mitt Romney's campaign is intensifying calls for his Republican opponents to concede defeat before the GOP presidential race's next big election, Tuesday in Illinois. Romney extended his delegate lead Sunday in Puerto Rico by trouncing rival Rick Santorum. He scored all of the Caribbean island's 20... more »
  • Romney wins Alaska, his 6th Super Tuesday victory

    March 7, 2012 6:04 AM

    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney is adding one more victory to his Super Tuesday showing - the Alaska caucuses. Romney's final win means that Ron Paul, who hoped for an Alaska win, has finished the 10-state Super Tuesday without a single victory. Romney won Ohio's Republican presidential primary, narrowly... more »
  • Romney calls Santorum an 'economic lightweight'

    February 28, 2012 7:11 AM

    NOVI, Mich. - Mitt Romney is calling Republican rival Rick Santorum "an economic lightweight" as the candidates make last-minute pitches to voters in today's Michigan and Arizona presidential primaries. Romney says voters recognize that November's election will "come down to a race about the economy," and says Santorum is not... more »
  • Romney adds to lead in race for GOP delegates

    January 11, 2012 6:32 AM

    (AP) - His victories in last night's New Hampshire primary and last week's Iowa caucuses mean Mitt Romney has a strong lead in the scramble for Republican presidential delegates. But with 1,144 needed for the nomination, there's still a long road ahead. Romney picked up seven delegates in New Hampshire... more »
  • Romney casts Ron Paul as fringe candidate

    December 30, 2011 3:17 PM

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - The polls suggest that Ron Paul could be the only Republican who could cost Mitt Romney a victory in Tuesday's Iowa caucuses. And Romney is setting out to make sure that doesn't happen. During TV interviews today, Romney said he doesn't think that Paul "represents... more »
  • Gingrich, Romney face tough questions in debate

    December 11, 2011 2:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich's trailing rivals derided the leading GOP presidential contenders as insufficiently conservative in hopes of regaining momentum in the race. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann again combined the two into a "Newt Romney" character during a Sunday interview. Texas Gov. Rick Perry says voters aren't... more »

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