Election 2012

Stories on Election 2012 candidates and races, including the Massachusetts Senate race.

A Warning To Future Candidates: Wear Religious Blinders At Your Own Risk

November 08, 2012
Left, U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo. Right, U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, R-IN. (Charlie Riedel, Darron Cummings/AP)

Though we have a way to go before we elect a secular president, extreme religious values will now cost a candidate an election — even in America’s heartland.

When The Worst View Is Actually The Best View

November 07, 2012
If you were following the race, you likely saw Democrat Elizabeth Warren deliver her victory speech after defeating incumbent GOP Sen. Scott Brown – but Meghna Chakrabarti says that which the cameras fail to capture is often the best part. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

That which television cameras fail to capture is often the best part.

Obama Victory Ushers In A Political Realignment

November 07, 2012
Supporters cheer as they wait for President Barack Obama at his election night party Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago. President Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

When voters gave the president four more years, questions about the 2008 election were answered once and for all. It wasn’t a fluke. In fact, it’s paved the way for a new American era.

Election 2012 Roundup: The More Things Changed, The More They Stayed The Same

November 07, 2012
President Barack Obama smiles during his speech at his election night party Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago. President Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. (M. Spencer Green/AP)

Straying very little from his 2008 strategy, Obama pulls off a well-oiled re-election campaign. But the nation remains divided and the Republicans are still left pondering an uncertain future.

It’s Time To Retire The Electoral College

November 06, 2012
Pages carry a box of the Electoral College votes to the House Chamber to be certified, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Susan Walsh/AP)

We deserve a system that is more consistent with our democratic values and less prone to yielding anomalous results.

Vote For Gagi — Or Anyone You Like

November 06, 2012
Women's suffragists demonstrate in February 1913. The triangular pennants read "Votes For Women." (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division)

Just be sure you don’t take the right to vote for granted. Our grandmothers didn’t.

Why I Am Voting For Mitt Romney

November 05, 2012
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign stop at the Wisconsin Products Pavilion at State Fair Park in West Allis, Wis., Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

A vote for Mitt Romney is a vote for real change – change that will get America back on track fiscally and preserve the American Dream for future generations.

Why I Am Voting For Barack Obama

November 05, 2012
President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event at Cheyenne Sports Complex in Las Vegas, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

I want to know that my president is focused on protecting the public interest, ensuring that the people will be heard, and that he, above all else, will work to restore the sense that we are all in this together.

Why I Am Voting For Scott Brown

November 05, 2012
Republican Sen. Scott Brown at a campaign news conference in Boston, Tuesday Oct. 16, 2012. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Scott Brown has a moderate voting record and deserves more time to cement his position as a centrist voice on our increasingly partisan national stage.

Why I Am Voting For Elizabeth Warren

November 05, 2012
Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren campaigning in Medford, Mass., Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Elizabeth Warren has all three of the vital qualities we need in a U.S. senator: conviction, foresight and tenacity.

After The Storm: The Stump Speech Obama Needs To Give

November 02, 2012
In this July 14, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama holds a campaign rally in Glen Allen, Va. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP, File)

Channeling the commander in chief, Steve Almond tries his hand at speech-writing and makes a final pitch to voters.

What The Science Of Human Evolution May Say About Your Choice For President

November 01, 2012
Skeletons of a chimpanzee, left, a modern human, center, and a Neanderthal are displayed during media preview at the Hall of Human Origins of the American Museum of Natural History, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007 in New York. (Dima Gavrysh/AP)

Which works better — rugged individualism or mutual aid? Your answer is a good indication of which candidate you support for president.

Do Disasters Help Incumbents? Survey Says: Yes

October 31, 2012
President Obama meets with a local resident at the Brigantine Beach Community Center in Brigantine, N.J., Wednesday. Obama traveled to the Atlantic Coast to see firsthand the relief efforts after Superstorm Sandy. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

President Obama may benefit politically from Hurricane Sandy, provided his relief efforts are viewed as timely and well-managed.

Advice To The Next President: The Future Of ‘Obamacare’

October 31, 2012
Photo on the left: A portion of approximately 33,500 signed "Defund ObamaCare Petitions," are displayed on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 28, 2012. (Cliff Owen/AP) Photo on the right: Holding a sign saying "We Love ObamaCare" a supporter of health care reform rallies in front of the Supreme Court, Tuesday, March 27, 2012. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

How the next president should deal with health care, and how his decision could affect the way “We the People” understand our relationship with the federal government.

Idiot Wind: Why Sandy Matters To The Election

October 30, 2012
Sadie Stern looks out over the choppy Hudson River from a pier along the Hudson River Greenway, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. (CX Matiash/AP)

Sandy isn’t just some variable in the latest polling data. It’s a category 5 example of the glaring philosophical differences between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

80 CEOs Call For Deficit Action: How The Next President Should Respond

October 30, 2012
(Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

We should take the announcement as an opening offer in a negotiation over how to get the economy going.

Why Can't Politicians Be Honest?

October 29, 2012
(Jose Luis Magana/AP)

From fact-twisting to outright lying, a look at why honesty and politics don’t always go hand-in-hand.

In N.H., Obama Hits Romney’s Record As Mass. Governor

October 27, 2012

Obama tried to sway voters in the anti-tax state by criticizing Romney for backing “cradle-to-grave” tax and fee hikes while Mass. governor.

Door-To-Door Democracy

October 26, 2012
A volunteer for the campaign of former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum distributes campaign brochures door-to-door, in Green Bay, Wis. on Thursday, March 29, 2012. (Steven Senne/AP)

New Hampshire’s nickname is “the Granite State” but there’s nothing solid about its political landscape. Thus, says Bob Massie, the critical importance of door-to-door canvassing.

Campaign Ad Music: It’s All About Emotional Response

October 26, 2012

Music might be the last and least expensive element added to campaign ads but its job is critical.

Advice To The Next President: Foreign Policy

October 24, 2012
In this Wednesday, March 14, 2012 file photo, Maj. Matt O'Donnell of Glenelg, Md. turns away from rotor wash as Osprey aircraft carrying the delegation of U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta leaves from Forward Operating Base Shukvani, Afghanistan. (Scott Olson/AP)

With the Iraq war over and Afghanistan winding down, Iran is the most likely place for a new U.S. military conflict.

With Obama On The Attack, Romney Makes Looking 'Presidential' His Priority

October 23, 2012
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama answer a question during the third presidential debate at Lynn University, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Boca Raton, Fla. (Win McNamee/AP Pool)

In their final meeting before the Nov. 6 election, President Obama and Mitt Romney debate foreign policy — and present stark differences in method and persona.

Obama Wins And Loses Debate By Being Prosecutorial

October 23, 2012

Our analyst writes: Obama’s strategy was to be prosecutorial, and he succeeded. Romney’s strategy was to be reassuringly presidential, and he too succeeded.

Romney’s Stuck In The 1950s, As He Goes In For Tie With Obama

October 23, 2012

It may well be that the Romney strategy was to play for a tie on foreign policy, our analyst writes, because his team felt he has an edge on the domestic economy.

The Final Debate And Mitt Romney’s Weight

October 23, 2012
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, right, and President Barack Obama shake hands with audience members following the third presidential debate at Lynn University, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Boca Raton, Fla. (Eric Gay/AP)

In spite of his best efforts, the Republican Party is dragging Mitt Romney down.

Video, Chat Transcript: Final Presidential Debate

October 22, 2012

Follow along as President Obama and Mitt Romney square off in their third and final debate — on foreign policy.

Can A Third Debate Change Anything?

October 21, 2012
President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, greet each other at the second presidential debate, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

WBUR’s Democratic analyst points out that recent history tells us that the only debate that can affect the presidential race is the first one.

Romney Didn't Build That: His Olympics Were Bailed Out By Taxpayers

October 19, 2012
Mitt Romney holds the Olympic torch during a news conference in Salt Lake City in 2001. (Douglas C. Pizac/AP)

WBUR’s Democratic analyst says the man opposed to an auto industry bailout got a fat federal bailout for the Olympic Games he ran.

Tierney And Tisei Clash In Blistering Debate

October 19, 2012
Democratic Rep. John Tierney, left, and Republican Richard Tisei, right, challengers for the 6th Congressional district seat. (AP File)

Democratic U.S. Rep. John Tierney and Republican challenger Richard Tisei held their fourth debate Thursday night.

Romney’s ‘Binders Full Of Women’ Comment Still Reverberating

October 18, 2012
Republican candidate Mitt Romney participates in the presidential debate Tuesday at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

The quotation, said in Tuesday’s debate, is causing some head scratching among women who were involved in the Romney administration’s appointee search.

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