Wednesday, October 24, 2012
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney was in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday evening speaking at a Victory Rally at Landmark Aviation hours after President Obama spoke in Davenport.
Mitt Romney said Wednesday in Cedar Rapids that the presidential debates have propelled his campaign forward and diminished President Barack Obama's push for four more years. The former Massachusetts governor and GOP nominee for president was in Iowa the same day as President Barack Obama, though in different parts of the state and hours apart. The visits by both candidates -- and the brevity of them -- underscored how close the race is, with national polls showing them virtually tied. Obama spoke for less than 20 minutes in Davenport. Romney exited his plane flanked by Gov. Terry Branstad and Sen. Charles Grassley, gave his speech, shook some hands and hopped back on the plane. Speaking in an airport hanger with the aircraft branded "…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
President Barack Obama spoke Wednesday afternoon in Mount Vernon's Cornell College on Tuesday's debate, Mitt Romney and his policy record.
President Barack Obama spoke to a packed crowd Wednesday at Cornell College, calling out political rival Mitt Romney and touching on Tuesday night's debate. He reiterated criticisms of Mitt Romney’s economic plan in a 25-minute speech and made what seemed to be a tongue-in-cheek admission of his criticized debating skills. "I’m still trying to figure out how to get this thing, debating," he said, with a smile. "I keep on improving as time goes on. We've got one left." The crowd of about 2,000 people noticeably raised the temperature of Cornell College's Richard and Norma Small Multi-Sport Center in Mount Vernon. Audience members seemed torn between waving their bright blue campaign signs and fanning the heat from sweaty faces. For their …
Judging from comments from Iowans, President Obama had a much better showing against Mitt Romney on Oct. 16 than the first presidential debate.
Facing a drubbing even from Democrats in Iowa and across the country for his first debate performance against Mitt Romney, President Obama took the fight back to the former Massachusetts governor Tuesday in a confrontational, finger-wagging, CNN televised town hall session. Consensus on who won the debate -- if there was a winner -- typically takes days to solidify, but there seemed little question both candidates came intending to swing hard to strike their blows with only three weeks to go before the Nov. 6 election. The stakes could not have been higher as polls tighten nationally and in Iowa, whose six-delegates could be key to either candidate winning the election. Debate topics ranged from gas prices to tax policies to immigration, …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Check out a recap of our discussion with including Patch editors and Iowans from both sides of the political divide following the second presidential debate between Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.
President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will go head to head in Hempstead, N.Y. tonight in the second presidential debate. If reaction to the first debate in Denver is any indication, Obama needs to bring his A-game to tonight after what some local political experts called a "sleepy performance." A Red/Blue Iowa survey right after the first debate showed that only half of those Democrats surveyed said Obama helped his chances in Iowa. The Republicans? Fully 95 percent said they agreed that Romney increased his chances of capturing the state. Romney's apparent win in the first debate was followed by a boost in polls. According to Rasmussen Reports, in the 11 swing states -- which include Iowa -- the president …
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Obama to be in Mount Vernon on Wednesday
How important is Iowa in the 2012 presidential election? Important enough for President Barack Obama to visit Eastern Iowa yet again. President Obama will make his fourteenth visit to the state since June on Wednesday, the day after his second debate with Mitt Romney. A Huffington Post average of 21 different political polls put Obama leading in Iowa by about 4 percent. Obama will appear Wednesday in Eastern Iowa, at Armstrong Hall at Cornell College in Mount Vernon. Doors open at 9:15 a.m. The event is free and open to th public, but tickets are required. One ticket per person will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Sunday at 4 p.m. Ticket locations: OFA-Iowa Marion Field Office 119 Marion Blvd. Marion, IA 52302…
Friday, October 12, 2012
Iowa City Patch will be co-hosting a Romney v. Obama watch party Tuesday on the University of Iowa campus.
That's two presidential debates down, two to go. Iowa City Patch, in collaboration with the University of Iowa Student Goverment, will be hosting a watch party Tuesday for the next Mitt Romney v. Barack Obama presidential debate 2012. The debate watch will be held at the Bijou on the University of Iowa Campus. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the debate watch program beginning 30 minutes later and and the debate beginning at 8. All attendees will receive a free "Voting is Sexy" shirt. After last night's debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, attention now focuses to the next debate between the presidential candidates. Iowans are still mulling their choices over. The most recent presidential polls in Iowa, averaged by The …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney was held Oct. 3. Find out when the next matchups are scheduled and what the topics are.
Nearly 60 million people tuned in Oct. 3 to watch the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Click Here: Sponsored by the Number 47 (Percent): 'Big Bird,' Sesame Street Buddies Heckle Romney The race in Iowa remains a toss-up, so the remaining debates could influence who voters choose on the ballot. Many Iowa voters have already decided by participating in early voting, particularly Obama supporters, but there is plenty of time for others to change their minds (again and again). There will be three more debates before election day on Nov. 6. Here's the schedule: Topic: Domestic policy Air Time: 9-10:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Location: University of Denver in Denver, …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Wednesday night's presidential debate in Denver focused on the economy, social programs and the deficit. Iowans tell Patch which candidate they think came out the winner.
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Thursday, October 4, 2012
President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney volleyed ideas on Obamacare, cutting the federal deficit, tax plans and the future of Social Security during a free-for-all debate Wednesday at the University of Denver. The debate, moderated by Jim Lehrer of NewsHour on PBS, drew steady criticism on Twitter feeds nationally and in Iowa for the rowdy exchanges that Lehrer couldn't seem to halt. Neither candidate stuck to the time limits agreed to in advance. Pundits generally gave the "win" to Romney for seeming more passionate, forceful and quick on his feet. Critics said the president looked irritated, looked down too much -- perhaps taking notes -- and even tired. Here's a sampling of reaction from Iowans who watched the …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Join in with the discussion with our editors and a local panel of experts from both sides of the political divide as Mitt Romney debates incumbent President Barack Obama for the first time.
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The market of presidential prognostication developed by the University of Iowa College of Business has Obama with a solid lead. Will Romney be able to gain some ground back with tonight's debate?
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
By Tom Snee Iowa Now President Barack Obama remains a significant favorite on the Iowa Electronic Markets (IEM) over Mitt Romney, and political observers think that today’s first debate between the two is a good chance for Romney to give some momentum to his campaign. Recent history has shown that debates have a mixed record of influencing candidates’ prices on the IEM. As of 8:30 a.m. today, Obama was trading at 77.1 cents, which means traders believe he has a 77.1 percent probability of winning the popular vote in next month’s election. Romney, meanwhile, was selling for 23.1 cents. Both of those prices are in line with their recent trends, although Romney did spike to 27 cents for a time Tuesday before settling back to his current …