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Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney addresses the crowd during a rally for Republican Senate candidate Dan Sullivan (Photo: David Ryder/Getty)

Obama was the Republicans’ greatest weapon last night. What will they do without him?

5 November 2014 12:45

Anchorage, Alaska You don’t mean a thing if your state’s not a swing, goes the saying in American elections. But if it is a swing, then a whirlwind of money,… Continue reading

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Senate Chairman Of Transportation Committee Calls For Investigation Into George Washington Bridge Lane Closures

Rumours of Chris Christie’s political death are exaggerated.

8 January 2014 21:35

January 2014, two years before the Iowa caucuses and already Chris Christie, the pugnacious governor of New Jersey, has been handed the Black Spot. His chances of securing the Republican… Continue reading

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Western Kentucky v Mississippi Valley State

Race, gay marriage and modern Conservatism. Lessons for David Cameron from America. - Spectator Blogs

13 November 2012 17:10

So, we’ve had nearly a week to digest the results of the American election and contemplate what, if anything, it might all mean for politics there and, naturally, in this… Continue reading

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The established criticism of George Osborne is that he is influential yet insubstantial, is that fair?

George Osborne, the insubstantial chancellor?

13 November 2012 16:00

George Osborne’s public interventions on issues other than the economy are few and far between, which is why his article in today’s Times merits attention. In it, Osborne analyses some… Continue reading

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Mitt Romney concedes defeat in the US Presidential election. Picture: Getty

The Romney campaign meets electoral reality

9 November 2012 15:23

When I worked in Washington, I was shown round the White House by a junior Bush administration staffer. As our group made it round the building we passed various photos… Continue reading

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Immigration is only part of the problem Republicans have with hispanic voters - Spectator Blogs

8 November 2012 1:24

Lord knows there are plenty of people to blame for Mitt Romney’s defeat. One chap has not been mentioned often enough, however. Step forward and take your medicine Rick Perry!… Continue reading

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Romney Campaigns Throughout Swing States Ahead Of Presidential Election

The View from the Cocoon of Denial and Epistemic Closure - Spectator Blogs

7 November 2012 19:48

William F Buckley has, alas, gone the way of all flesh but his National Review lives on and arguably remains the flagship journal of contemporary American conservatism. It certainly considers… Continue reading

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President Obama Holds Election Night Event In Chicago

Barack Obama is Re-Elected President of the United States - Spectator Blogs

7 November 2012 5:45

Well, I was wrong. I thought Mitt Romney might do rather better than it seems he has. As I type this CNN has just called Ohio for Barack Obama, confirming… Continue reading

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US election 2012: Obama wins Ohio… and four more years

7 November 2012 4:15

NBC has called Ohio for President Obama — enough to guarantee him the 270 electoral votes he needs for re-election. The Democrats are also certain to retain their majority in… Continue reading

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Presidential Predictions: Barack Obama 294 Mitt Romney 244 - Spectator Blogs

6 November 2012 19:37

Asked my prediction a few days ago, I looked at all the possibilities and plumped for Obama 294, Romney 244. This is tediously in the middle of the general range… Continue reading

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Barack Obama Deserves A Second Term - Spectator Blogs

6 November 2012 14:10

No matter the result of today’s Presidential election, it will not be Morning in America tomorrow. Of course the successful candidate will talk of America’s essential greatness. He will promise… Continue reading

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Which candidate does America really love? Photo: Getty Images

US elections 2012: God Bless Negativity

6 November 2012 11:46

Today, says American political journalist Michael Brendan Dougherty, ’120 million Americans will choose who they don’t want to be president.’ Exactly — for all Mitt Romney and Barack Obama’s upbeat… Continue reading

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Would you vote for Mitt Romney or Barack Obama tomorrow? Image: Getty

Why I would vote for Mitt Romney

5 November 2012 16:58

What is the role of a commentator in an election in which he or she cannot vote? And how would I vote tomorrow if I could? The response of many… Continue reading

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President Obama is the strong favourite to win re-election tomorrow. Picture: Getty Images

Sorry, but Barack Obama’s clearly ahead

5 November 2012 16:09

Four years ago, on the weekend before the 2008 presidential election, political commentator John McLaughlin asked the four panellists on his show The McLaughlin Group to predict the winner. As… Continue reading

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Mitt Romney at a rally yesterday in Virginia. Picture: Getty

The real Mitt Romney and why the American right can take heart

5 November 2012 12:56

Iain Duncan Smith last night threw his weight behind Mitt Romney in a manner his colleagues have been reluctant to do. He told Pienaar’s Politics that he was unimpressed with… Continue reading

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Mitt Romney Campaigns Across The Country Four Days Before The Election

Mitt Romney’s narrow paths to the White House

3 November 2012 16:50

Can Mitt Romney win the presidential election on Tuesday? The answer is yes, he can — but it’ll be tough. Although the national polls taken in isolation suggest the race… Continue reading

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Would British voters put up with politicians getting all touchy-feely with them in the wake of a natural disaster? Image: Getty

Sandy exposes another difference between the US and the UK

2 November 2012 17:27

Differences between the US and the UK are often commented upon. But the storm ‘Sandy’ this week has highlighted one in particular. It is no criticism of either President Obama… Continue reading

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Mitt Romney is within touching distance of the White House Photo: AFP/Getty

Mitt Romney is closer than ever to the presidency

23 October 2012 9:57

The presidential debates are over, and Mitt Romney is within touching distance of the White House. Barack Obama was the better candidate – just – in last night’s third and… Continue reading

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US President Barack Obama Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney make their way to greet their wives at the end of the third and final presidential debate. Picture: Getty

Barack Obama tells Mitt Romney: ‘We have fewer horses and bayonets’

23 October 2012 8:53

Whoever wins the US presidency on 6 November will owe little of their success to foreign policy. A recent poll showed that 46 per cent of the electorate regards the economy as… Continue reading

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Barack Obama will be a diminished president, even if he wins re-election. Image: Getty.

The fall of Barack Obama

18 October 2012 18:08

I have a piece in this week’s magazine on the fall of Barack Obama. I’m not saying he may not still win, just that even if he does he will… Continue reading

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Barack Obama wins the second presidential debate - Spectator Blogs

17 October 2012 15:10

Barack Obama won the second of the three Presidential debates last night but he did not beat Mitt Romney as thoroughly as he had been beaten by the challenger in… Continue reading

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Barack Obama and Mitt Romney shake hands after the second presidential debate last night. Picture: Getty

Obama campaigns for Clinton’s third term

17 October 2012 11:32

This debate was never going to be easy for Mitt Romney. After his evisceration of Barack Obama in the first presidential debate, encapsulated by the New Yorker cover of Romney… Continue reading

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The set is prepared for tonight's presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Picture: Getty

The challenges for Obama and Romney in the final 3 weeks of campaigning

16 October 2012 17:50

Ahead of the second presidential debate tonight, it’s worth taking stock of the task facing each candidate in the last three weeks of the campaign. It is clear that Mitt… Continue reading

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Vice-President Biden closes the enthusiasm gap

12 October 2012 7:24

The conventional wisdom dictates that debates between VP candidates are nights that should only interest political anoraks. But the last eight days have not been good for conventional wisdom: remember… Continue reading

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After the first presidential debate, Mitt Romney has closed the gap to Barack Obama in the polls. Picture: Getty Images

Romney narrows the gap, but Obama remains the favourite

9 October 2012 18:41

The question after last week’s presidential debate was not who had won — there was a clear consensus that Mitt Romney had got the better of Barack Obama — but… Continue reading

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