The Times West Virginian


  • Unknowns may decide presidential race

    Flush with cash, Mitt Romney plans to open a new front in the White House race by challenging President Barack Obama in upper Midwest states where he might not have dug in otherwise. Obama is intensifying his efforts to cast his Republican rival as out of touch, which he’s already been working pretty hard at doing.

    September 9, 2012

  • GOP upheaval arrives before convention

    This is the convention prelude of the Republicans’ dreams — their nightmares, that is.
    Mitt Romney wanted to preside over a made-for-TV gathering showcasing his economic credentials and GOP unity. Instead, he’s heading to Tampa with the national debate focused on rape and abortion and with the divisions within his party — and with running mate Paul Ryan — on full display.

    August 23, 2012

  • Romney, Ryan pulled into abortion debate

    Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan found themselves dragged into a debate Wednesday over hot-button social issues and answering for differences between their personal positions on abortion, just days before a national convention aimed at showing a unified Republican party. The discussion lingered while President Barack Obama and Romney tangled from afar over issues like education and the deficit.

    August 23, 2012

  • Missouri congressman defies GOP leaders

    Rep. Todd Akin defied the nation’s top Republicans Tuesday and forged ahead with his besieged Senate bid, declaring the party was overreacting to his comments that women’s bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of “legitimate rape” and by insisting he abandon his campaign.

    August 22, 2012

  • Medicare in focus as Obama, Ryan trade charges

    Who loves Medicare more? President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney’s running mate vied for that distinction Saturday as Medicare became the latest flashpoint in a presidential campaign of flying elbows.
    The issue is dicey for both sides:

    August 19, 2012

  • Romney picks Paul Ryan as running mate

    Republican Mitt Romney anointed Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, an ardent conservative and devoted budget cutter, as his vice presidential running mate on Saturday, and the two men immediately embarked on a tour of campaign battleground states vowing to defeat President Barack Obama and repair the long-ailing U.S. economy.

    August 12, 2012

  • Romney, Obama bemoan attack ads

    Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama both deplored the pervasive presence of televised attack ads in the race for the White House on Thursday, though neither acknowledged being helped as well as harmed. Each blamed his foe.

    August 10, 2012

  • Romney says Obama favors ‘culture of dependency’

    Republican Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama on Tuesday of ditching a long-standing work requirement for welfare recipients, accusing him of fostering a “culture of dependency” and backing up the charge with a new television commercial.

    August 8, 2012

  • Candidates see what they want in jobs report

    Sputtering along, the economy on Friday offered some hope but no illuminating help to voters who are mired in a weak jobs recovery and flooded with familiar promises from President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. The new employment snapshot seemed too mixed and middling to jolt a consistently close race.

    August 4, 2012

  • Candidates trade barbs over economy

    Mitt Romney promised Thursday that his economic program will create 12 million new jobs in the next four years, and likened President Barack Obama to a “dog trying to chase its tail” when it comes to strengthening the sluggish recovery.

    August 3, 2012

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