Presidential Campaign

Presidential Campaign

Getting to 270

The electoral college is like the infield fly rule in baseball. Only when it matters do we pay attention to the way it works. From 1888, when Benjamin Harrison lost the popular vote but defeated President Grover Cleveland in the electoral college, until 2000, hardly any American thought too much about how we actually elect a president. Then George Bush pulled a Harrison, and beat Al Gore on points.

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In final stretch, social issues can help Romney

With polls showing the presidential race to be dead even, Mitt Romney would do well to remind voters in key swing states of his position on social issues like marriage, life and religious liberty. They could tip the scale in this election.
 
The Karl Rove wing of the GOP and the Republican elite have succeeded in keeping social issues off the table in this general election, deeming them to be “divisive.” They’ve understandably focused their campaign on the Obama record, especially as it relates to the economy. But Obama also has a record on social issues, and that record puts him at odds with a large majority of voters in key swing states. Unfortunately, voters in those states haven’t heard much about the Obama record on marriage, life and religious liberty, and Romney himself hasn’t done much to make these issues a central part of his messaging. This is a key strategic mistake that he should remedy while he still has the chance.

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Romney will foster a culure of life and opportunity

I was very disappointed to read Stephen Schneck’s recent column, which questioned Mitt Romney’s morals on the basis of his plan to return control of our nation’s Medicaid program to the states. Not only was his column extraordinarily misleading, but it was insulting to me as a fellow Catholic.
 
To be clear, I share Mr. Schneck’s commitment to serving others; after all, our faith does call us to care for “the least of these.” The difference, however, is that I fulfill my responsibility by tithing, volunteering in my community and supporting privately funded charitable organizations; I don’t believe it’s the government’s role to fulfill our responsibilities as Catholics for us.

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Before you vote, take a moment and think

There's an evangelical pastor in Washington, DC, Jim Wallis, who said something that has always stuck with me: we don't need to go further to the left, we don't need to go further to the right, we all just need to go deeper.

With less than two weeks remaining until Election Day, I'd like to ask you to do something radical: STOP. That's right - just stop. A pretty uncommon ask from a politician, eh? Politicians are usually asking us to DO something. I'm asking you to take a few minutes and just stop.

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Obama's new plan is a rehash of old one

With less than two weeks until the election, President Obama has finally released his second term economic plan. His 11-page booklet, The New Economic Patriotism: A Plan for Jobs and Middle Class Security, at once manages to use every campaign buzzword and to answer Mitt Romney’s criticism that there is not, and has never been, a coherent Obama economic plan.

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Aetna's transparency problem

So far this month, the American Action Network (AAN) has poured more than $10 million into ad buys in six congressional districts — part of a last-minute October spending dump explicitly aimed at preserving the Republican majority in the House this election season. AAN is a non-profit, organized under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code. What this means is the group doesn’t have to reveal its donors, or their hidden agendas, and voters have no idea where the $10 million being spent to influence their votes is coming from. It’s clear, though, that at least some of it is coming from publicly traded companies whose leaders want shareholders and customers kept in the dark about their political spending.

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Coal gets short end of stick in energy debate

Presidential debates are known to be little more than televised political theater, and that’s in part why we watch them. However, perhaps at no point would it have been more important for both candidates to skip the theatrics than during this debate cycle - at a time when rising energy prices are leaving a dent in Americans’ wallets already strained by an economy that has been lagging for months.

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Protection from sexual violence is a human right

With the debate season closed and the presidential election near, some commentators have noted the silence from the candidates on issues such as poverty and the war in Afghanistan. Yet, it has gone largely unnoticed that, in the 2012 presidential debates, the word ‘rape’ was never used. Not once. In the only vice presidential debate of 2012, the word ‘rape’ was mentioned, yet only within the context of reproductive rights.

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How Nevada's Asian American vote can swing election

The Nevadan Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) vote is, and will be, the margin of victory in this year's presidential election and the critical vote to re-elect President Obama and move this country forward.

AAPIs of the Silver State are a microcosm of the colors and energy of this country. Even as AAPIs grew the fastest out of all ethnicities -- growing 46 percent from 2000 to 2010 nationally -- Nevada's AAPI community grew at an astounding rate of 116 percent and now comprises 9 percent of the state. Despite our community's impressive growth, however, only 55 percent of AAPIs are registered to vote nationally and one-third of AAPI voters remain undecided.

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Romney's cruelest cut: Medicaid

Missing from Governor Romney’s campaign promises for cuts is needed moral reflection on the future of Medicaid. He plans steep reductions to Medicaid’s with no weighing of the consequences for human life.  Of all the cuts that Romney proposes, what he would do to Medicaid is the cruelest and it would hit Americans hard.

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