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Obama, Romney prepare for debates as running mates spar

BELMONT, Massachusetts — US President Barack Obama and rival Mitt Romney prepared for Wednesday’s debate this weekend, leaving their running mates to spar over policy and seek votes in key swing states. With the president off the campaign trail just 38 days before Americans vote on November 6, Romney spent…

Biden: I don’t recognize Mitt Romney’s America

Vice-president tells supporters in Florida that Romney’s 47% remarks show a ‘profound misunderstanding’ of America Joe Biden continued his criticism of Mitt Romney on Saturday, telling a 2,000-strong crowd in Florida that does not recognise Romney’s vision of America as a country dependent on government handouts. The vice-president was campaigning…

Black Keys, Foo Fighters and Neil Young rock New York to fight poverty

The Black Keys, Foo Fighters and Neil Young rocked New York’s Central Park with a free concert highlighting efforts to combat extreme poverty around the world. An estimated 60,000 people flocked to the Manhattan park’s Great Lawn on Saturday, for the event organized by the Global Poverty Project. Unlike past…

Paul Ryan to do three-day debate prep in Virginia

Mitt Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan will break off the campaign trail next week for three days of debate preparation ahead of his face-off with US Vice President Joe Biden, a campaign aide said. Ryan will hunker down for “three days in Virginia for debate prep,” campaign aide Brendan Buck…

Obama bucking economic omens as election looms

Barack Obama enters his first presidential debate with Mitt Romney this week apparently winning an election that economic precedent and the weight of political history suggest he should lose. High unemployment, slow growth and polls showing most Americans think their country is on the wrong track would normally doom his…

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