3Qs: The political aftermath of the N.H. primary

…the for­mula as the cam­paign moves into South Car­olina and other states. We’ve already seen that both the Mitt Romney and Newt Gin­grich super PACs are dumping mil­lions into South Car­olina to buy ads. In Gingrich’s, case, they’re largely anti-​​​​Romney ads about Bain Cap­ital, the Boston– based alter­na­tive asset man­age­ment and finan­cial ser­vices firm cofounded by Romney; in Romney’s case, they’re more defen­sive. The cam­paign will move f…

Election 2012: all-​​day analysis

…that will again pre­vent very little from get­ting done. Crotty also noted that the gra­cious, bipar­tisan tone Romney struck during his con­ces­sion speech — rather dif­ferent from the one he took for most of the race — would have served him well in this year’s cam­paign. Romney was clearly caught off guard by the result, but I was really impressed by his con­ces­sion speech and its focus on bipar­ti­san­ship. I think if he had stuck with that t…

3Qs: Economy favors Romney in GOP race

…ff at Monday’s GOP pres­i­den­tial debate in New Hamp­shire, after which most pun­dits voted front-​​​​runner Mitt Romney best in show. William Crotty, the Thomas P O’Neill pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence at North­eastern and expert in pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, explains Repub­li­cans‘ pri­mary cam­paign issues, the tac­tics used by pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates to stand out in a debate and why Romney is leading the GOP field, for now.…

3Qs: Is Romney-​​Ryan ticket a game-​​changer?

Pre­sump­tive Repub­lican pres­i­den­tial nom­inee Mitt Romney selected Wis­consin Con­gressman Paul Ryan as his run­ning mate on Sat­urday, ending months of spec­u­la­tion over who the former Mass­a­chu­setts gov­ernor would choose. We asked William Crotty, North­eastern polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Public Life, to ana­lyze what the selec­tion of Ryan means for Romney’s cam­paign and the presidential race.…

Former Gov. Dukakis Hits Romney On Economic Record

Over the years no one has been more candid about his 1988 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign loss to George H.W. Bush than the can­di­date him­self. Michael Dukakis has been upfront in saying “I blew it.” At one point he even had a 17-​​​​point lead. It gives Dukakis a unique per­spec­tive on what he hopes to hear Thursday night in Char­lotte from Pres­i­dent Obama. And as a former Mass­a­chu­setts gov­ernor, he has a unique plat­form from which to criti…

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Was Mitt Romney a Good Governor?

The Obama campaign’s attempt to make an issue of Mitt Romney’s gov­er­nor­ship quickly descended into spec­tacle Thursday. As the president’s chief strate­gist, David Axelrod, made his case in front of the state house in Boston, he was nearly drowned out by pro-​​​​Romney heck­lers chanting slo­gans. From the side­lines, a clean-​​​​cut young man in a blue tie blew soap bub­bles. “You can’t handle the truth!” Axelrod was reduced to yelling, as he le…

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Romney to ‘loom large’ in Senate debate

…Senate race may be between U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Eliz­a­beth Warren — but GOP pres­i­den­tial nom­inee Mitt Romney could be the one who steals the show, according to pun­dits and party oper­a­tives. “Mitt Romney is going to be looming large,” said Alan Schroeder, a North­eastern Uni­ver­sity polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor who spe­cial­izes in debates. “Warren has a great opening here. One of the things in any debate that you want to do is go o…

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3Qs: Style and statement

…d a uni­versal audi­ence on the bigger, more sub­stan­tive issues of the cam­paign. On the sub­stan­tive issues, Romney seems the most artic­u­late, but they have all heeded the first rule of the art of com­mu­ni­ca­tion: You per­suade insofar as you say the right thing to the right audi­ence at the right time. How does Romney com­pare to Obama? Romney com­pares well to Obama. Both are highly artic­u­late, and both look pres­i­den­tial.  In terms…

Was Obama too relentless with Romney?

The third and final Obama-​​​​Romney debate may not change many minds, but as a study in com­peting strate­gies, it is cer­tain to ignite strong opin­ions all around. Although the two can­di­dates sat side by side, like guests at a dinner party, each man was playing an entirely dif­ferent game. Mitt Romney came ready to float like a but­terfly, while Barack Obama came ready to sting like a bee.…

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The Romney kids’ $100 million trust fund

Mitt Romney’s five sons — Matt, Tagg, Craig, Ben and Josh — are sit­ting pretty with a trust fund worth $100 mil­lion. Get­ting there took invest­ments that pro­duced great growth, according to the Romney cam­paign. It also took smart tax strategies.…

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Will the first presidential debate tip the election scales?

The per­for­mances in the first pres­i­den­tial debate of the elec­tion season may seal the polit­ical fate of Gov. Mitt Romney and Pres­i­dent Barack Obama on Tuesday, according to a trio of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity experts in media and pol­i­tics. “Romney would owe a vic­tory in Tuesday’s elec­tion in large part to his suc­cessful per­for­mance in the first debate,” noted Robert Gilbert, the Edward W. Brooke Pro­fessor of Polit­ical Science.…