Shortly after U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. dropped out of sight, his office said he was suffering from exhaustion. Then, his condition was described as a mood disorder. Those medically imprecise terms have a long and varied political history.
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney took to the TV networks Friday to rebut news accounts that have questioned his departure date from Bain Capital. Brian Naylor talks to Melissa Block about the unusual round of one-on-one interviews.
Mitt Romney made a personal TV news blitz to insist the timing of his tenure at Bain Capital is a nonstory. Ultimately, what might determine its importance in the presidential race is whether it can be explained in the kind of 30-second TV ad that has come to dominate political messaging.
On one side are tough-talking Republican politicians, including Russell Pearce, the former state Senate president who sponsored Arizona's tough immigration law. On the other are the Mormons who helped vote him out of office.
It's no easy trick for the National Governors Association to get Republican and Democratic chief executives in the same room. After the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act a few weeks ago, it's proving even harder.
President Obama is on a two-day Virginia campaign swing, the airwaves are awash in campaign ads, and there's a veritable who-has-more-campaign-offices arms race under way. It's a situation that astounds lifelong Virginians. Says one political analyst: "It's almost the new Ohio."
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