Election 2012


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Why the environment matters in this election

EDITOR’S NOTE - One in a series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

Ann Romney says no more campaigns if they lose

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s wife says her husband will not run again if this race doesn’t turn out the way they hope.

Americans depend on energy for everything they do

EDITOR’S NOTE _ One in a series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

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Second presidential debate a more heated affair

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Two alphas in the fight of their lives, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney sparred with passion and grit in a debate that previewed the closing arguments of a campaign that keeps circling back to bedrock questions about which candidate can do more to strengthen the fragile economy.

Obama out to seize momentum in debate

WASHINGTON — The pressure is on President Barack Obama to deliver a Goldilocks performance in the second debate: Not too cool, as he was in his first, listless encounter with Mitt Romney. And not too hot, as some critics styled Vice President Joe Biden in his faceoff with Paul Ryan.

Gay marriage backers hope for first win at the polls

BOWIE, Md. (AP) — Irene Huskens has the wedding venue picked out: a charming bed-and-breakfast in southern Maryland. But the wedding is no sure thing.

Do African-Americans support Obama because he's one of them?

Surviving slavery, segregation and discrimination has forged a special pride in African-Americans. Now some are saying this hard-earned pride has become prejudice in the form of blind loyalty to President Barack Obama.

Viewers of often-overlooked VP debate say this one matters

Robert Munson has heard the conventional wisdom: Vice presidential debates aren’t supposed to matter. But in an election this close, he and millions of others tuned in Thursday to a candidate faceoff that many said may not have changed their vote, but firmed their resolve about just how much is at stake.

Why does cybersecurity matter in this election?

EDITOR’S NOTE _ One in a series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

Stakes high for battle of No. 2 men

WASHINGTON (AP) — Time running short, Vice President Joe Biden faces the greater burden in his debate with Republican Paul Ryan as he seeks to use the election’s only encounter between presidential running mates to slow Mitt Romney’s momentum and reset the campaign storyline in time for the next Obama-Romney debate.

Why it atters: Labor unions

EDITOR’S NOTE _ One in a series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

Why It Matters: Europe's economic crisis

BEDITOR’S NOTE _ One in a weekday series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

From words to deeds: Why election matters

Editor’s note: In this series, Associated Press writers who cover subjects at stake in the election look at the positions of the candidates, the underlying issues — and why it matters.

Jobless rate falls sharply

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years and giving President Barack Obama a potential boost with the election a month away.

Romney on '47 percent:' I was 'completely wrong'

FISHERSVILLE, Va. — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has described his disparaging remarks about the 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay federal income taxes as “not elegantly stated.” Now he’s calling them “just completely wrong.”


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