Election 2012

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

A Note To The GOP From Romney’s Predecessor: Wake Up

November 09, 2012
Former Mass. Gov. Jane Swift's message to the GOP, "It’s the demographics, stupid."  In this photo, Swift, left, speaks to Gov.-elect Mitt Romney in the governor's office during inaugural ceremonies at the Statehouse in Boston Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003. (Matt West/AP, pool)

If the Republican Party wants a future — particularly in Mass. — it needs to repair the rift it’s caused with youth voters, women and people of color.

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.

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.

Scenes From Tuesday’s Aggressive Presidential Debate

October 17, 2012
Both candidates said their tax plans would benefit the middle class and spur job creation, and both suggested their opponent's plan would do the opposite.(David Goldman/AP)

Romney and Obama disagreed about taxes, how to reduce the deficit, energy, pay equity for women and health care.

Debate Didn't Change The Dynamic; Obama More Aggressive, But Not More Persuasive

October 17, 2012
President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney participate in the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. on Tuesday. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

WBUR’s Republican analyst examines two post-debate polls and says the debate was combative, but not conclusive.

Romney Kept Goin' Home To Massachusetts; Obama Wanted To Send Him Home

October 17, 2012
President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speak during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on Tuesday, October 16, 2012. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

WBUR’s Democratic analyst says Romney can’t quite get the word “Massachusetts” out of his mouth, but President Obama is going to clobber him in that state on Election Day.

Mass. Voters Hoping To Register Must Act Fast

October 17, 2012

Wednesday is the final day to register to vote in time for the Nov. 6 election.

Video, Chat Transcript: Presidential Debate

October 16, 2012

Follow along as President Obama and Mitt Romney square off in a town hall-style debate.

Mr. President, Don't Be Yourself

October 15, 2012
President Obama greets people outside a campaign field office Sunday in Williamsburg, Va. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

WBUR’s analyst urges the president to be the person the audience wants him to be in Tuesday night’s debate.

2nd Presidential Debate Seems Pivotal But Unpredictable

October 14, 2012
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney  and President Barack Obama  shake hands before the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Denver. (Charlie Neibergall/AP)

WBUR’s analyst tries to anticipate what will happen Tuesday night.

Biden Upstages Biden In Debate; Ryan Wins By Default

October 12, 2012
Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan shake hands after the vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. on Thursday. (Michael Reynolds/AP)

Last night’s debate raised expectations and pressures for Obama and Romney. You can bet that both will be aware at the next debate that they’re being viewed in split screen.

Biden The Old-School Caring Pol Vs. Ryan The Modern Policy Wonk

October 12, 2012
Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan oshake hands before the vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky on Thursday. (Michael Reynolds/AP-Pool)

Each side should feel good about their standard bearer, says WBUR’s analyst.

Video, Chat Transcript: Vice Presidential Debate

October 11, 2012

Follow along as Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and his Republican challenger, Rep. Paul Ryan, square off in a nationally televised debate.

What Do New Hampshire Voters Really Want?

January 09, 2012
Signs from various candidates are seen planted on a grass covered median on Thursday in Manchester, N.H..

According to the polls, there are still a large number of undecided voters in New Hampshire, and they will have a lot to say about tomorrow’s primary results.

Live From The Airwaves: Political Advertising Packs A Punch

January 09, 2012
A screengrab of a recent pro-Mitt Romney political advertisement. (youtube.com)

With the nation’s first primary only hours away, it should be no surprise that the New Hampshire airwaves are swimming with campaign ads.

Primary 101: New Hampshire’s Fading Tradition Of Retail Politics

December 09, 2011
Former Louisiana Governor, Buddy Roemer campaigning in New Hampshire for president. (Adam Ragusea/WBUR)

In the first installment of Radio Boston’s series “Primary 101,” we discuss how the normal level of retail politics has waned this year.

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