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Obama maintains post-convention lead over Romney  WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama remained ahead of Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney in a Reuters/Ipsos released on Sunday, maintaining a boost in popularity that followed the Democratic National Convention. Of the 1,419 likely voters polled online over the previous four days, 47 percent said they would vote for Obama and 43 percent for Romney if the Nov. 6 US election were held today. The president's margin over Romney in the daily rolling poll was unchanged from Saturday's numbers, turning up the heat on Republican strategists who were hoping for a more muted post-convention "bounce" for Obama in the wake of Friday's release of weak employment numbers. "It means (Democrats) are on good footing going into the rest of the election," Ipsos pollster Julia Clark said. Obama's lead already was more sustained than a smaller and shorter-lived boost that Romney enjoyed after the Republican convention finished in Tampa, Florida on Aug. 30, Clark said. The ...

Romney blasts debt-ceiling deal that Ryan backed  WASHINGTON: Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Sunday denounced last year's bipartisan debt-ceiling deal that helped avert an unprecedented US government debt default even though one of its backers was his running mate, Paul Ryan. Without mentioning Ryan by name, Romney called the agreement between the White House and top congressional Republicans "a big mistake," citing potential big defense spending cuts that could come as part of the deal. Lawmakers reached an 11th-hour deal in August 2011 ...
Fed action would not make a difference: Romney  WASHINGTON: Republican White House challenger Mitt Romney said in an interview broadcast Sunday that a Federal Reserve boost to the economy would do little to create US jobs in the short term.   "I don't think that easing monetary policy is going to make a significant difference in the job market right now," Romney told NBC's "Meet the Press."   "I think what the nation needs is a change in fiscal policy. A different structure to our economic positions. ...
Obama courts Florida voters as Romney thrust religion card ORLANDO: US President Barack Obama was to pursue Florida voters on Sunday after Republican Mitt Romney thrust religion to the centre of the White House race as he sought to underscore the rivals' different approach to traditional values. Obama planned to meet with supporters in Melbourne and West Palm Beach as he pursued his strategy of winning over undecided voters in so-called battleground, or swing, states. Florida, where the president will be spending his second day, is ...
Clinton urges Japan, South Korea to lower temperature VLADIVOSTOK: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday urged US allies South Korea and Japan to "lower the temperature" in a simmering territorial row. Clinton said she raised the tensions during separate talks at an Asia-Pacific summit in Russia with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak, who shunned each other at the event. "I raised these issues with both of them, urging that their interests really lie in making sure that ...
Obama widens lead over Romney despite jobs data  WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama, picking up support following the Democratic National Convention, widened his narrow lead over Republican US presidential challenger Mitt Romney in a new Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Saturday. The latest daily tracking poll showed Obama, a Democrat, with a lead of 4 percentage points over Romney. Forty-seven percent of 1,457 likely voters surveyed online over the previous four days said they would vote for Obama if the Nov. 6 elections were held today, ...
Romney plays God card in swing state struggle  VIRGINIA BEACH: Republican Mitt Romney thrust God to the center of the White House race Saturday, in a culture war strike that prompted Barack Obama's team to brand him extreme and divisive. Romney appeared with televangelist Pat Robertson in the key swing state of Virginia, and seized upon the row at last week's Democratic convention sparked when delegates removed language about God from their platform. After reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, Romney told the crowd: "I will ...


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