It's not every day you get to watch a video of U.S. House candidate as he strolls down a long hill telling his story and passing along the way a number of props — including a chess board, a horse and semiautomatic rifle — meant to illustrate parts of his biography and his reasons for running for Congress.
Republican Mitt Romney is running on the strength of his business background. He says he knows how to fix the economy in part because of his success at Bain Capital. But history is not necessarily on Romney's side. Very few businesspeople have made it to the White House.
From the moment he burst on the national scene, Barack Obama has served as a living example of the American dream — proof that in this country, anyone can succeed. But what sets him and other Democrats apart from Republicans is the idea of the American dream as a collective enterprise.
Tuesday night there was another strong Tea Party showing in the Republican Senate primary in Texas. The expected nominee, David Dewhurst, was unable to avoid a runoff because of strong far right support for Ted Cruz. Melissa Block talks with Emily Ramshaw of the Texas Tribune about the result.
The U.S. House colleagues from neighboring congressional districts in northern New Jersey once called themselves friends. But redistricting means Bill Pascrell and Steve Rothman will face off in the Democratic primary on Tuesday for one congressional seat. The race has been anything but friendly.
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