By Dan Balz, James Silberman
4 years in the past, a shiny younger presidential candidate named Barack Obama campaigned on a topic of wish and alter, and made background. at the present time, he unearths himself in one other sour, divisive presidential race yet with no the buzzwords. in its place, an embattled president struggles with a dysfunctionally divided Congress, the arguable healthcare invoice, a decade-long warfare, and a stagnant economy.
Obama’s Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, former company wealthy person and previous governor of Massachusetts, faces his personal controversies within the kind of imprecise regulations, fluctuating positions, and questions on his enterprise practices within the inner most region. Romney’s own fortune and enterprise historical past appeared at odds with the Republican base until eventually he named Wisconsin congressman, Tea celebration darling and financial conservative Paul Ryan as his operating mate.
utilizing resources deep within either campaigns and at the crusade path via fundamental and battleground states, Washington Post correspondent Dan Balz writes with a willing political brain and a professional reporter’s ear. He strains the highs and lows of the Obama presidency in addition to the ruthless Republican fundamental as either laid the basis for the most the most important, contentious elections of our time. Collision 2012 places the race for the White condo in context and explores simply what the election capacity for the way forward for the democratic strategy and America.
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As part of his rambling response, he says, “My job is not to worry about those people. ” In one answer, Romney manages to reinforce all the stereotypes he has been fighting to overcome and sets out a worldview that sounds like the opposite of his opponent’s. Of course, it’s all off the record, or so he believes. Off to the side of the room, unbeknownst to the candidate or his advisers, a small video camera is recording Romney’s words, a political time bomb waiting to explode. The People October 15, 2011 It is a bright autumn weekend in Denver.
Their personalities were different. His father was headstrong and outspoken, sometimes to a fault. Mitt Romney was more cautious and careful—and reserved. In their revealing biography The Real Romney, Michael Kranish and Scott Helman wrote, “A wall. A shell. A mask. There are many names for it, but many who have known or worked with Romney say the same thing: he carries himself as a man apart, a man who sometimes seems to be looking not in your eyes but past them. . Even some of Romney’s closest friends don’t always recognize the man they see from afar.
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus, a native of Columbus, spoke. Governor John Kasich was there too, as was Senator Rob Portman, who had become one of the campaign’s most valuable assets—a vice presidential finalist and the person who masterfully played President Obama in Romney’s debate preparations. And then finally he was in New Hampshire to close his day as Obama was ending his. “This is where the campaign began,” he said. “You got this campaign started a year and a half ago. m. on election day, eighty members of the Obama team got a robo-call: Wake up!