Presidential Campaign

Presidential Campaign

Knowing your candidates

Candidate Mitt Romney was born and raised in Michigan by his governor father and senatorial-candidate mother. He was governor of Massachusetts, and summers in New Hampshire. His running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, is a congressman from Wisconsin.

This pair of candidates are behind in all polls in, among other places, Michigan, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Wisconsin. Their opponents are carrying their states, Illinois and Delaware, easily.


Mitt's ‘quiet on Benghazi’ strategy is smart

Since Monday night's debate, I've heard scores of Romney supporters express disappointment and surprise that Mitt Romney did not hammer away at President Obama on growing scandal regarding the attacks in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans.
But it likely wasn't a Romney gaffe — Romney's near-silence on Benghazi was on purpose.


Mitt Romney campaigns for the Nobel Peace Prize!

In the third presidential debate, America was treated to the latest, newest Mitt Romney.

The former neocon sounded like the newborn pacifist. Who was that masked man who kept agreeing with President Obama, and then moving to his left?


Romney, the flip-flopper in chief

For those of us following American foreign policy, last night’s debate provided quite a surprise. Whatever happened to Mitt Romney, the gung-ho neocon challenger who has consistently criticized the president for weak leadership?

Here he was, agreeing with every policy the president had. Syria? Check. Romney agreed that there is no case for military intervention. Iran? Check. Romney agreed that military action against Iran to curb its suspected nuclear weapons program would be “the last resort” and approved of the course of “crippling sanctions.” Afghanistan? Check. Romney agreed that all American troops should be out by the end of 2014.


Foreign territory

Romney was presidential during last night’s debate: He had a staggering number of statistics available off the top of his head. The president didn’t have many of his own (any, actually, that I can recall), and couldn’t challenge Romney’s factual assertions.

The left seems exasperated at how often the two candidates agreed, and are criticizing Romney for agreeing with the president, but they shouldn’t feel that way. Foreign policy has never been a purely partisan issue. Even during the worst months of Vietnam or during the summer of 2007, there were hawkish Democrats and isolationist Republicans. There are ideological divides in foreign policy, but they do not cut evenly between the political parties. This is the one area in which we have not become polarized.


Romney’s human side

At last week's Alfred E. Smith dinner in New York, Mitt Romney further deflated the bogus image of him painted by the Obama campaign’s attack ads. The campaign’s ads almost succeeded in characterizing him as stiff, disinterested, boring and unintelligent. They did, however, forget one thing: They were all lies.
Team Obama actually began to believe their own propaganda until they faced a reality check in the first debate. The Democrats have no contingency plan for a Mitt Romney who continues to prove himself as a normal, compassionate, funny, pleasant individual.


Obama’s crowd shrinkage

In the days of yore, Obama’s appearances caused class cancellations; excited crowds of breathless students lined up early in the morning to just be in the presence of the great man.

Obama’s visit to George Mason University on Friday revealed a new normal that is devastating for his hopes for reelection.

In Northern Virginia, in the heart of the territory that Obama must do well in to have a chance at winning the commonwealth’s electoral votes again, a small, tepid crowd greeted the president on a warm October morning.


To know you isn’t to love you

Speechwriters for President Obama ought to have the following retort ready for the next debate. When Mitt Romney mentions all he did as governor of Massachusetts, the president should smile, look at him and ask, “How come Massachusetts is not voting for you?


Romney recruits qualified women, gets slammed

Washington, D.C.’s professional point-missers are hard at work spinning Mitt Romney’s “binder of women” comment in an attempt to make him look bad. Fortunately, 50 million Americans saw the answer live, reducing the strange “binder” movement into nothing more than a funny sidebar.

Romney did what the people of America expect of a leader when faced with the challenge that he did not have enough female applicants for high-level positions when he was forming his administration in Massachusetts. He reached out to people to make recommendations.

The resulting binder full of the resumes of women allowed Gov. Romney to select from a diverse group of people to help him lead the commonwealth.


Women, Ohio and the Clintons will make the difference for Democrats

If you believe certain Republicans who have anointed Mitt Romney as the next president I have a binder full of reasons they are wrong. First, as I wrote in my last column comparing the American economic comeback under Obama in 2012 to the recovery under Reagan in 1984, America is coming back from the crash President Obama inherited from Republicans. Second, voters in Ohio largely agree with me, often credit Obama and know Mitt Romney attacked Obama's auto recovery program and would return to the policies of George W. Bush. And third, of course, female voters. Barack Obama and I support equal pay for Republican women as much as Democratic women, while Mitt Romney and Republicans oppose equal pay for both!