2012 Elections

Referendum 74
12:26 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Checking the facts behind both sides of same-sex marriage ads

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Last minute money is pouring into the ballot fight over same-sex marriage in Washington. Those dollars are buying television ads on both sides of the issue. So what claims are the campaigns making?

Gay rights advocates say Referendum 74 is about marriage equality. But the first TV ad from the Preserve Marriage Washington campaign disputes that notion.

Announcer: “Referendum 74 is not about equality. Gays and lesbians already have the same legal rights as married couples.”

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2012 elections
4:12 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Nielsen says 51.4 million watched VP debate

NEW YORK — Paul Ryan debating Joe Biden wasn't quite the same television draw as Sarah Palin versus Biden four years ago.

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Politics
4:07 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Oregon's Battleground House Districts Draw Big Bucks

A graph that depicts the battleground Oregon House races

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 3:26 pm

SALEM, Ore. - Democrats and Republicans have raised more than $12 million combined this year to try to break a deadlock in the Oregon House. Each party holds 30 seats, and the outcome of next month's election will determine who gets to hold the Speaker’s gavel. Most of the big money is pouring into a handful of battleground districts.

In 2010, six Republicans won seats in the Oregon House that were previously held by Democrats. That pulled the GOP into a 30-30 tie and led to an unprecedented power-sharing deal.

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2012 elections
12:02 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

5 takeaways from the vice presidential debate

Vice President Biden and his Republican opponent, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, participate in the vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky., Thursday.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 6:07 am

Neither candidate let his opponent get away with much of anything during the vice presidential debate Thursday night.

The tabletop discussion between Vice President Biden and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin showcased their clear differences over policy. The two disagreed about nearly every issue that came up, whether it was military posture, tax policy or abortion.

Many of these differences were expressed in negative, sometimes surprisingly personal terms.

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2012 elections
11:13 am
Fri October 12, 2012

What's all this malarkey about malarkey?

Vice President Biden thought much of what his opponent said Thursday night was malarkey, and his face often showed what he was thinking.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 9:50 am

"With all due respect, that's a bunch of malarkey," Vice President Biden said during Thursday's debate as he challenged Rep. Paul Ryan's assertion that U.S. foreign policy has unraveled under President Obama.

A little later in the debate, Biden said Ryan's criticisms were "a bunch of stuff" — and when moderator Martha Raddatz asked "what does that mean?" he said, "we Irish call it malarkey."

Biden's use of the word has many asking: Where does it come from?

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2012 elections
9:06 am
Fri October 12, 2012

A milder debate as Wash. governor candidates meet again

Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna faced off in their fourth debate on Thursday. Images via TVW

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 8:12 am

As Election Day nears, the candidates for Washington governor appear to be getting mellower, not feistier. Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee met Thursday night in their fourth formal debate.

Perhaps the candidates are tired of each other or tired of hearing themselves speak -- or just plain tired. Whatever the case, it was a mellower Inslee and McKenna than at past debates. They re-plowed their positions on many hot topics like the budget, education, taxes and Medicaid expansion.

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2012 elections
6:37 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

B-I-D-E-N Or R-Y-A-N? It's debate Bingo

WNYC's vice presidential debate game
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Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 4:28 pm

If you're looking for something else to do while watching or listening to tonight's 90-minute vice presidential debate, there's always debate bingo.

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2012 elections
5:52 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Live blog: Biden vs. Ryan in the vice presidential debate

Vice President Joe Biden (left) and Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan during Thursday's debate.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 9:54 am

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Vice President Biden and his Republican opponent, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, had a lively debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky., this evening — one marked by Biden's aggressive challenges to many of the Republican vice presidential nominee's claims and Ryan's oft-repeated message that the Obama-Biden administration's policies aren't working.

The discussion was steered by ABC News' Martha Raddatz. It's the only vice presidential debate of the campaign.

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2012 elections
3:30 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Group opposed to gay marriage releases TV ads

Screen grab of the new ad by same-sex marriage foes.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The group fighting to overturn Washington's gay marriage law has started running its first TV ads in the state.

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2012 elections
8:15 am
Thu October 11, 2012

It's vice night: Biden, Ryan set for faceoff in only VP debate

Crews put finishing touches on the stage for the vice presidential debate at the Norton Center at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 6:37 am

Tonight, Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan are set for a one-on-one, 90-minute debate in Danville, Ky. It's the one and only VP candidate debate of the campaign and after what has been conclusively deemed a bad performance by President Obama during the first presidential debate, all eyes are on Biden.

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2012 elections
4:40 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Advice For Moderators: Keep Order, Out Of Spotlight

Moderator Jim Lehrer gestures before the presidential debate at the University of Denver last week. Moderators must finagle answers out of sometimes-dodgy politicians and keep control, all without seeming to get in the way.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 4:58 am

PBS' Jim Lehrer came in for widespread criticism last week for failing to control the first presidential debate. Now, moderator Martha Raddatz is confronting partisan criticism in the lead-up to Thursday night's vice presidential debate, the first and only direct confrontation between Republican Paul Ryan and Democrat Joe Biden.

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2012 elections
3:52 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

'I Was Just Too Polite,' Says Obama, Vowing To Hit Hard At Next Debate

President Obama promised to take it to Mitt Romney in future debates.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 2:44 pm

No more Mr. Nice Guy. That was essentially what President Obama told Tom Joyner, the black-radio megahost, to expect at upcoming presidential debates.

On Wednesday, the president explained that his main mistake at last week's debate with Republican challenger Mitt Romney was an excess of gentility.

Obama's self-critique, such as it was, came in response to a Joyner question:

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2012 elections
3:23 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

McKenna, Inslee meeting for high-profile debate

Washington's candidates for governor are preparing to meet in their highest-profile debate.

Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna will discuss the issues Thursday night in Seattle. The event will begin at 9 p.m., shortly after the conclusion of the vice presidential debate.

The latest meeting of the candidates will air live on five Seattle-area television stations, along with several other stations in the region. A final debate will be held on October 16.

2012 elections
3:16 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Wash. state auditor candidate wired millions, linked account to Belize

State Rep. Troy Kelley, a Democrat running for State Auditor, answers reporter questions in August about his private business dealings. Photo by Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 3:12 pm

The job of Washington State Auditor is to root out waste, fraud and abuse in government. But the Democratic candidate for that position, State Representative Troy Kelley, has come under scrutiny for his private business dealings. This includes wiring millions of dollars around to an account that was eventually linked to a bank in Belize. That was key evidence in a lawsuit against Kelley.

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2012 elections
5:23 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Romney shows his soft side; president tightens his pitch

Mitt Romney on a farm in Van Meter, Iowa, on Tuesday.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 4:56 pm

With 27 days until the general election, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was on an Iowa farm Tuesday where he did what he's done for months: criticized President Obama's economic policies, though his critique understandably had an agricultural slant.

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