Repealing Obama’s health care law won’t be easy
WASHINGTON (AP) — Yes, if Mitt Romney wins the White House and his Republican allies retake the Senate, he could shred most of President Barack Obama’s health care law without having to overpower a Democratic filibuster. But it won’t be as easy as some Republicans portend, and it certainly won’t be quick.
Obama to tout auto bailout, tax policies in Ohio
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is preparing to tell Ohio voters that Republican Mitt Romney’s tax proposals would spur job growth in foreign countries including China. The president also plans Monday to highlight his administration’s 2009 bailout of the auto industry, which saved thousands of jobs in Ohio, according to Democrats. Romney opposed Obama’s use of massive federal loans to keep Chrysler and General Motors afloat while they reorganized under bankruptcy protection.
Obama: DC ‘feels as broken as it did 4 years ago’
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Washington “feels as broken as it did four years ago,” when he took office. He says he’s most frustrated by the inability “to change the atmosphere” in the nation’s capital “to reflect the decency and common sense of ordinary people” who want their leaders to solve problems.
Romney charges Obama’s ad attacks ‘misdirected’
WOLFEBORO, N.H. (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney demanded Monday that President Barack Obama back away from his persistent attacks on Romney’s record at Bain Capital, advising that it would be better “if you spent some time speaking about your record.” ”What does it say about a president whose record is so poor that all he can do in this campaign is attack me,” Romney said in a nationally broadcast interview.
AP NewsBreak: Feds OK Fla. access to citizens list
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for Republicans, the federal government has agreed to let Florida use a law enforcement database to challenge people’s right to vote if they are suspected of not being U.S. citizens. The agreement, made in a letter to Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s administration that was obtained by The Associated Press, grants the state access to a list of resident noncitizens maintained by the Homeland Security Department. The Obama administration had denied Florida’s request for months but relented after a judge ruled in the state’s favor in a related voter-purge matter.
Romney proposed ‘foolproof’ death penalty in Mass.
BOSTON (AP) — As Massachusetts governor, Republican Mitt Romney set himself a daunting challenge: craft a death penalty law that virtually guaranteed only the guilty could be executed, then push it through an overwhelmingly Democratic state Legislature that was leery of capital punishment. Making the task even more difficult, the push by Romney — who is now running for president — came in 2005 at a time of growing national skepticism about the death penalty. Just two years earlier, Illinois Gov. George Ryan had cleared his state’s death row after the death sentences of several inmates had been overturned.
Pentagon sending aircraft carrier to Mideast early
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is sending an aircraft carrier to the Middle East several months early to make sure two will constantly be present in the troubled region. There are two aircraft carriers in the area currently, but one was scheduled to leave before its replacement arrived.
Gov. Jindal rehabs image by focusing on Louisiana
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Bobby Jindal’s rough national debut seems long forgotten. Louisiana’s youthful governor routinely now receives praise in GOP circles across the nation. He’s being cast as a knowledgeable policy wonk with strong conservative credentials who appeals to the Christian right and can claim a long list of accomplishments, such as leading the state through a series of disasters, including the Gulf Coast oil spill.
Is it just the economy? Other issues may play role
WASHINGTON (AP) — As the economy colors and polarizes voters’ attitudes, the Election Day outcome for President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney may be decided on the margins by narrower issues that energize small but crucial slivers of the population. For three months, the economy by most measures has faltered. Yet the White House contest has remained locked in place, with the incumbent holding on to a slight national lead or in a virtual tie with his rival. Analysts from both parties have no doubt that absent a defining, unpredictable moment, the race will remain neck and neck until November.
Campaign focus on Virginia, ‘Mother of Presidents’
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The presidential motorcade, the cordon of Secret Service agents, the sight of a president campaigning on a small-town street. Heady stuff — and new for Virginia during a presidential race. For decades, the commonwealth was one of the 40-something states whose politics were so predictable that they were virtually ignored during presidential contests. Virginia was a sure-fire Republican state — it hadn’t voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1964.