Presidential Campaign

Presidential Campaign

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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!

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Assigning responsibility

How many of you have awakened the morning following both presidential debates and could actually articulate how President Obama would create jobs, turn around the economy and stop the dramatic increase in healthcare premiums, a promise in which he declared that premiums would never increase under ObamaCare? Instead, all you hear is Obama blaming Romney and attacking his policies that create jobs and lower tax rates.
 
If President Obama were a contestant on “The Apprentice,” he would probably be sitting in a room with the Republican Congress trying to explain to Donald Trump why he should stay in the game as chief executive of this country. However, we as voters are lucky to be put in the position of Donald Trump in the boardroom of America. We are the ones who decide whether Obama should be given a second chance, or whether he should be fired.

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Binders and blinders

Twitter exploded Tuesday night — and the airwaves were filled yesterday – with commentary about Gov. Romney’s “binder” comment, in reference to bringing more qualified women onto his gubernatorial staff. Certainly this is the latest distraction by the Obama campaign, which is desperately trying to hold onto the War on Women narrative, despite its ineffectiveness.
 
The 1950s-style image of Romney is not only disingenuous, but it also misses the far more offensive comment made during the debate (and now being repeated ad nauseam on the campaign trail) by President Obama: “I’ve got two daughters and I want to make sure that they have the same opportunities that anybody’s sons have.”

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War on women

It is interesting that the Obama campaign has decided that there is a war on women, initiated by Romney and the GOP. Early on, this certainly appeared to have traction, with President Obama having a very significant double-digit lead among female voters. However, as women have gotten to know Mitt Romney, they have been able to discern that he's not a fire-breathing dragon that eats babies, as this administration would have you to believe.

The polls now show a virtual dead heat between Obama and Romney among female voters. If one dissects the issue a little more, it's easy to see that what the Obama campaign is doing is trying to paint Romney and Republicans as enemies of any voter demographic that might be able to deliver significant votes.

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The debate aftermath: Mitt Romney doesn’t get it

In September, as authorized leaks from the campaign would have it, the Romney family intervened in the campaign. Let Romney be Romney. As we Washington Caps fans would say, “Unleash the fury!”
 
Well, what we are seeing in these debates is really the same Romney we have seen since he first started running for public office — a Romney who is not comfortable being a candidate, someone who has little in common with everyday Americans.

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