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  1. 1 veryslowwriter
    September 30, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Yes, Las Vegas.

    September 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm


  3. 5 desertflower
    September 30, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Bringing this over… http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/09/30/1-dispatch-poll-shows-obama-in-lead.html

    The president is ahead among independent voters by 3 points and is attracting slightly more GOP support than Romney is getting from Democrats.

    That shows up in voters such as poll participant Wayne Butterfass, 70, a retired store owner from Cincinnati who said he has voted Republican for most of his life.

    But not this year.

    “Obama was handed an economy on the skids, after eight years of Bush,” Butterfass said in an email. “All he ever did was think about war. I’m afraid Romney will do the same, especially the trickle-down theory.

    “I don’t know why any woman or gay would ever vote for Romney. All you have to do is look at the Republican platform. I’ve never seen such HATE this year in the Republican Party, national or state.”

    Five percent of Ohio voters said they remain undecided, while the other five candidates on the ballot (who were not included in the first Dispatch Poll) are dividing 3percent.

    Obama is strongly benefitting from Democrats who have come home since the political conventions and the revelation of Romney’s secretly recorded remarks dismissing 47 percent of Americans.

    • 6 desertflower
      September 30, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      And one more little snippet 🙂

      By 8 points — 54 percent to 46 percent — Ohioans say that, regardless of their choice for president, Vice President Joe Biden is more qualified for the No. 2 job than Romney’s running mate, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan.

      Can’t. Wipe. The. Smile. Off. My. Face.

    • September 30, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      I don’t know how any Democrat can be thinking of supporting Romney. How? Why?

    • September 30, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      I spoke with my apolitical friend this morning..

      and she was madder than a mutha about the 47% comments from Willard.

      she reminded me that she was able to keep her grandparents in their home because of the medical assistance that Medicaid gave them.

      I was like, ‘ yes, I remember’.

      ‘ and he was calling them moochers?’

      me: ‘yep’

      her: well, I called to check and see if I was all ok with my voter registration.

      me– (over the phone doing the happy dance): I hear ya.

      one person at a time, people. one person at a time.

  4. September 30, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I am looking forward to get his rally

  5. 11 Cheryllou
    September 30, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Congrats veryslowwriter on being first.

    • 12 veryslowwriter
      September 30, 2012 at 6:35 pm

      Thank you. This is the second time I was first and the second time in which I was unnoted as such. Sigh. (Call the wahhhhhhmbulance)

  6. 13 vcprezofan2
    September 30, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I thought we had several hours to wait. Is it 6:30EST or 9:30EST?

  7. September 30, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I am do exited about Wednesday. I have a feeling President is going to hit Robme hard on economic patriotism. Robme is going to end up a looking like a bumbling stumbling idiot!
    Also, I love the way our President is waking everyone up to how the middle class is being getting robbed the last thirty years.

  8. 22 Cman
    September 30, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Question. Where da heck is Romney? I have not seen nor heard from him for days now. How many days does he need to prepare for one debate? I mean the president is still doing campaign events as he prepares. Romney on the other hand has gone ghost. If he cannot multitask how can he hope to effectively execute the job of the presidency?

  9. 29 desertflower
    September 30, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Our lives DO depend on this election. And our children’s lives, and our grandchildren lives..


    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is not on the ballot in November, but its future direction on issues such as abortion, gay rights, gun rights, voting laws and the role of money in politics depends on who is elected president for the next four years.

    The justices, who open their annual term Monday, are closely split along ideological lines. The current court has four liberals appointed by Democrats, four conservatives appointed by Republicans, and a centrist Republican in 76-year-old Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.

    The court’s makeup means that a President Mitt Romney could tip the court decisively to the right if he were to replace liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 79, with a conservative. Similarly, a reelected President Obama could tilt the court to the left if he were to replace Kennedy or Justice Antonin Scalia, 76, with a liberal.

    “A change in the ideology of only one justice could have a profound impact on the course of constitutional law,” said professor Geoffrey Stone at the University of Chicago Law School, where Obama formerly taught. An Obama win “could bring about a significant — and in my view, healthy — change in the direction of the court,” he said.

    Clint Bolick, a lawyer for the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix, is not rooting for an Obama victory, but he agrees the election could have a lasting effect on a closely split court. “The average justice remains in office nearly 25 years — more than six presidential terms. Supreme Court nominations are one of most enduring legacies a president has,” he said.

    Obama’s two appointees — Justices Sonia Sotomayor, 58, and Elena Kagan, 52 — have generally liberal voting records. Sotomayor was in the minority in the 5-4 decision in the Citizens United case, which freed corporations and unions to independently spend unlimited sums on campaign ads, and Kagan opposed the move when she served as solicitor general.

    Given one more liberal vote, the court would likely switch directions on campaign money and uphold laws that limit election spending and require the full disclosure of donors. With an extra conservative vote, however, the justices on the right are likely to go further and free big donors — including corporations — to give money directly to candidates and parties.

    The law on abortion could also switch with a change of one justice. With an extra vote on the right, the six Republican appointees would likely uphold strict regulation of abortion, and possibly a criminal ban. With an extra vote on the left, however, the liberal bloc could strike down state or federal regulations that limit abortions or restrict abortion doctors.

    This term, the court is being asked to rule for the first time on gay marriage, another issue likely to split the court on ideological lines.

  10. 30 dotster3
    September 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Been calling Iowa voters. Man, it’s tough talking older people into early voting. Only a couple said they were, but most said they are going to vote on election day just like they always have! Period! End of story! Quite a few were not home, even had some phone disconnected numbers this time. But all those I talked with were voting for Obama, except one very cranky ol’ lady. I spent a few minutes trying to tell her why she should reconsider, but she hung up on me. Ungrateful!!! 🙂 But all the rest were nice and polite and enthusiastic Obama voters—-one woman said she was voting for Obama for sure and she was still trying to convince her husband, said he’ll vote for Obama if she has anything to do with it! I said ‘keep threatening him’ in a kidding haha way. She laughed and said maybe she’d threaten him with No Supper! unless he votes for the Good Guy. (I’m from Iowa, and I’m calling towns I’ve never heard of—–and I remember dinner being “supper”)

    • 31 symmetry11
      September 30, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      I keep trying to get my 93 yr old father in law to vote early, but he refuses. He says that he enjoys going on election day because he gets to see people that he hadn’t seen in a while. He likes to catch up with them.

      • 32 dotster3
        September 30, 2012 at 7:30 pm

        That’s what mr. dotster said. People in these small towns like the social aspect of election day—–get to see all their neighbors and acquaintances, get together to chat, may go out for coffee or breakfast/lunch together after voting.

  11. 35 dotster3
    September 30, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    What does this mean???

    • 36 forus50
      September 30, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      It’s about the White Sox. They were in 1st place last week and now are 3 games back of Detroit with only 2 games left to play. Totally blew it.

      • 37 forus50
        September 30, 2012 at 6:27 pm

        Further: The best the White Sox can hope for now is to win all three games in Cleveland, have the Tigers lose all three in Kansas City and play a one-game American League Central tiebreaker on Thursday against Justin Verlander on the Comerica Park mound.

        • 38 forus50
          September 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm

          In related baseball news the big bad overpaid Yankees are in a first place tie with the lowly Baltimore Orioles. Baltimore has been languishing in last place for decades in the Eastern Division — which includes the Yankees, Red Sox and Tampa Bay. I so want the Orioles to win it!! Only 3 games left in the season. Go Baltimore!!

      • 39 dotster3
        September 30, 2012 at 6:36 pm

        OK, whew. Just the White Sox. 🙂

    • September 30, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Ha, they’re referring to the Ryder Cup, Dotster 😆

    • 45 theo67
      September 30, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      They are ridiculous. Are the White Sox promising to destroy the middle class, or start WWIII, or implement hateful policies against minorities, seniors and kids/students? Unless they are – then there’s no lesson to be drawn from two completely different scenarios.

  12. 47 utaustinliberal
    September 30, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    • 48 dotster3
      September 30, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      I’ve been using quick donate all along. Easy/peasy. The ‘big bucks’ just fly out of my grasp. Poof! Good thing it’s for such a worthy cause!

    • September 30, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      Thank you Edwina for bringing attention to that article.

      Chips, EVERYONE – do read the article, asap.

      Final paragraph:

      “Mitt Romney’s mental state is one of the few areas in which Ann Romney is a bona fide subject matter expert, so if she says she’s concerned about his mental well-being, that despite the wonderful qualities she sees in him, she’s not sure he’s emotionally up to the job, it’s up to the media to report on that, and to follow up on it. We already know campaigning is hard; presidenting is harder. When that 3 am phone call comes in, Americans need to know their president won’t be curled up in a fetal ball whispering to himself about lakes and trees and all the pretty clouds.”


      We’ve been warned, everyone, by the guy’s wife …

  13. 53 JER
    September 30, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Coming up at 9:30ET on the CBS LIVE FEED, President Obama holds a campaign rally in Las Vegas.

  14. 54 desertflower
    September 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I’m sending some info to my parents in FL…they don’t have a computer and think that it’s all good if they just watch the news and read a newspaper.

    This is one of the many pieces of info I will be sending them. http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/healthcare/news/2012/07/06/11894/obamacare-is-good-for-medicare/

    Great site…for so many issues.

  15. September 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Do not intend to drop this until someone starts paying attention to how serious the situation it is …

  16. September 30, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Good lord, wifey and I have been lazy slugs today. We didn’t get up until 12.30 this afternoon. And we haven’t been much more active since then. I’m a firm believer in listening to you body, and our bodies were telling us to take it easy today.

    • September 30, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      Very wise, LL, especially given your recent sinus infection – which I hope is fully resolved.

      Take care

    • 59 theo67
      September 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      Excellent, LL. I was pretty lazy yesterday morning – lounging and listening to the radio (of all things) until about 11. Felt wonderful! We rush through so much in life, and miss some of the simple pleasures of just wasting away a weekend or morning.

  17. 61 desertflower
    September 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm


    Romney’s mendacity of the 47 per cent
    Romney’s blaming of “takers” in the name of “makers” invokes more lies and distortions than you can count.

  18. 62 hopefruit2
    September 30, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    HAHAHAHA! So the MSM’s niew memo from the Rove/RNC (to encourage people to watch the debates) is that Romney is still within striking distance, because the polls are “close.”

    So please keep this in mind when reading the latest set of polls (such as the examples below) that are being released between now and Wednesday. They are ALL going to be slanted towards the “Romney comeback” narrative…

    • 63 anniebella
      September 30, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      Didn’t I see a poll from Ohio which had POTUS up by 9. I’m smelling a dirty rat.

    • September 30, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      The columbus dispatch said we were up by 8 this morning, so in 6 hours Robney gained 4 points?

    • 66 99ts
      September 30, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      I have a healthy respect for most polls – noticing that Rasmussen is coming towards everyone else – as he does close to elections. What I can’t understand is why people are supporting R&R to this extent. They are losing everyone except white men – who I have to assume are the main group who say they are definitely going to vote.

      I so hope Romney falls over his feet on Wednesday and proves for the 175th time he is unfit to be President.

      • 67 theo67
        September 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm

        As soon as I heard right wingers calling into various programs after the 47% tape was released, and saying “he wasn’t talking about us”, I knew that there are some people who will just not be moved. The campaign has always been about that 5-7% in the middle. It’s going to be very close, because some people are just blinded – and for them, it’s just a competition. They aren’t even thinking about the consequences to their own lives if they win. They forget that the GOP were in charge when the global economy crashed and burned, and the man they want to remove from the White House is the guy who restored that broken economy. This election has highlighted one thing: half of the American electorate is a disaster – and very dangerous.

      • 68 prettyfoot58
        September 30, 2012 at 8:25 pm

        I am so weary of the polls…they will drive you NUTSOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

      • 69 Jeff
        September 30, 2012 at 9:10 pm

        You can’t trust Rasmussen polling. Some times they’ve been accurate or ‘spot on’ but more and more often they’ve been called out for the inaccuracy or inability to admit when the democrats are ahead. Part of this reason is because Scott Rasmussen is a conservative and former Fox News consultant. His explanation of the reason that his polls tend to be more towards republicans is down right suspicious and reveals a bias. Again don’t look at the polls as the truth though, because they just represent what a certain percentage of what the population is thinking and also realize that some polls do represent a certain bias of of the person conducting the poll.

  19. September 30, 2012 at 7:38 pm

  20. 71 Elly in Maryland
    September 30, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    While I was vacuuming a thought entered my head – I think a good thing for President Obama to say on Wednesday would be something like this, said in a heartfelt, earnest, honest, almost sad way: “Governor Romney, you have changed your positions so many times, nobody knows what you really think.”

    I’ve heard the Obama campaign used to push the flip-flopper line and then abandoned it to push more of the extremist Romney, but I still think this would be a good thing to put out there.

  21. September 30, 2012 at 7:43 pm

  22. September 30, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    People are dropping like flies in Las Vegas in 100 degree heat. So far a dozen people have been treated for heat exhaustion (which happened to me last time PBO was in Vegas). One person was transported to the hospital. A lot are elderly people waiting to hear the President. Why they would hold the event outdoors is beyond me. I had a ticket to go but decided against attending bc of the heat. I didn’t want another incident to happen to me like the previous rally. Took me two days to rehydrate. Scary stuff!

    • 74 Michele
      September 30, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      I heard the event was inside. Also, people are grown and make their own personal decisions about what they can handle and not handle..

      • 75 hopefruit2
        September 30, 2012 at 8:04 pm

        I was about to say the same thing. The campaign rallies are voluntary, and people who live in the area should know the weather conditions and what they are capable of facing. Kari is being overly dramatic(“dropping like flies” “scary stuff”) for reasons that are unclear at this point.

  23. 76 hopefruit2
    September 30, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Okay folks, I have reason to believe that PPP must have been threatened by certain factions/entities to MAKE the polls this week a horse race OR else they will lose financial support from the powers that be. All of a sudden Obama is supposedly losing Independents to Romney in Ohio and his approvals in OH are a net negative, according to PPP. If you believe that I have a bridge under the Brooklyn Bridge to sell you.

    • 77 99ts
      September 30, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Having seen the GOP supporters rewrite the polls because they don’t like them, I try and accept what is published – be it good or bad. Remember the margin of error in all these polls is at least +/- 3, so 49-45 could be anything from 52-42 to 46-48

      Note that Romney appears to have fallen off the planet the last few days and most pundits have been saying the less he speaks – the better is his campaign. The people polled may not have heard an idiot statement from him for a few days.

    • September 30, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      IRS all a big game to pollsters and pundits.

    • 79 forus50
      September 30, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      It’s only off by one as POTUS was at 50 and now 49 so it’s essentially unchanged. On the Independents I wouldn’t trust that ID as far as i can spit. Many Republicans are hugely embarrassed by their party and want to identify themselves as Independent now.

      PPP will have their North Carolina poll results later tonight.

    • September 30, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      A new Dispatch Poll came out today and tells a different story as you suggest hopefruit2 -A new Dispatch Poll shows Romney trailing President Obama in Ohio by 9 points, 51 percent to 42 percent. This is the fourth poll to show President Obama’s lead. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/09/30/1-dispatch-poll-shows-obama-in-lead.html

    • 82 Vicky
      September 30, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      PPP wouldn’t do that. I might not like all polling, but I hope I never get paranoid about them as the Romney supporters have.

      • September 30, 2012 at 9:05 pm

        It all depends on the weight and the sampling. Maybe they just changed their sampling. Either way as one of my favorite sayings go, “Polls don’t vote people do!” We have to GOTV, donate, make phone calls, knock on doors, and keep the media as honest as possible via social networking to produce the results we want to achieve.

  24. September 30, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    So, the Media has changed their talking points from- the debates, the debates, the debates, to- Robney can still win this thing.

    Pure unadulterated propaganda!

  25. September 30, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Iowa here. We turned in our early ballots on Friday and now have a weird feeling – like, why are they still talking about this election stuff? We already voted, so why isn’t it over now? It’s nice to have voted early, but I never expected to have a feeling like this! Similar to Dotster3’s experience, my parents in their 80’s also refuse to vote early, but they are PBO fans at least.

    P.S. Hey, Dotster3, what new Iowa towns did you discover in your calls? I’m always hearing of new ones and I’ve lived here forever! 😆

  26. September 30, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    A friendly reminder, Homeland starts back up tonight, on Showrime!

  27. September 30, 2012 at 8:18 pm

  28. September 30, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Suddenly, since this morning, all independents love Willard. No reason, they just do, dammit.

  29. 90 utaustinliberal
    September 30, 2012 at 8:25 pm

  30. 91 utaustinliberal
    September 30, 2012 at 8:26 pm

  31. 92 hopefruit2
    September 30, 2012 at 8:27 pm


  32. September 30, 2012 at 8:31 pm

  33. September 30, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    FYI: Robney wrote an Op-Ed in the WSJ in Foreign policy.

    • 102 desertflower
      September 30, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      What did it say? Ask Bibi?

    • 104 susanne
      September 30, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      robmey foreign policy:
      1.foreigners can only come to america if they’re rich
      2.foreign countries are good for keeping your money away from the american tax system
      3.foreign languages, si,senor, je parle.
      4.foreign food–is that like tacos?

      • September 30, 2012 at 8:43 pm

        You forgot- it’s the presidents fault that the Arab Spring happened, he is slow to respond, we want action now.
        Nuke them!!! Launch 18 Tridents, do it now, if you don’t, you are weak,

        Or something like that.

      • 107 jacquelineoboomer
        September 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm

        susanne – I’d add something to your #1, if ya don’t mind:

        1. foreigners can only come to america if they’re rich (and the “best and brightest,” which Romney seems to think was why our country was set up and why we were given our … oh, what’s his word … oh, yeah, “freedom”)

        • 108 susanne
          September 30, 2012 at 9:43 pm

          …and they actually need to be white, as well as rich and educated. better yet, they have a nice yacht for parties.

          • 109 jacquelineoboomer
            September 30, 2012 at 10:03 pm

            … and be NASCAR owners or maybe have sons and daughters who are corporations (aka his kind of “people”). Yep.

  34. September 30, 2012 at 8:38 pm

  35. 112 utaustinliberal
    September 30, 2012 at 8:40 pm

  36. 115 jacquelineoboomer
    September 30, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I’ve never been to Las Vegas, but I hear you can “win big” there! Obama-Biden 2012!

  37. 118 jacquelineoboomer
    September 30, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    As we near the first debate between the sane and the insane, it popped into my head how people around the world might be viewing the “silly season” that is our election this year. And then I remembered a couple of years ago, when Sir Paul McCartney was at the White House to receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, and what he said after President Obama presented the award to him, one of my favorite quotes.

    Paul said, in part (@ 1:00:39 at the link): “This is such a fantastic evening for me. I mean, getting this prize would just be good enough, but getting it from THIS president … you have billions of us who are rooting for you.”

    So, to recap, President Obama (still) has “billions of us who are rooting” for him.

    Willard has a few billionaires.

    Yeah, I’m good with that.

  38. 119 whatisworking
    September 30, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Our local OFA spent Thurs – Saturday calling Nevada voters and inviting them to the event. Very rewarding to see the huge turn out.

    Is there a link to the live feed?

  39. 123 Allison
    September 30, 2012 at 8:55 pm

  40. 125 utaustinliberal
    September 30, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    The crowd in Vegas is freaking HUGE.

  41. 126 sabreen60
    September 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm

  42. 127 daisydem
    September 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Got my donation in … now I feel better!

  43. September 30, 2012 at 9:07 pm

  44. September 30, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    LAS VEGAS — President Obama has arrived in Las Vegas for what will be a three-day stay as he prepares for his first debate with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

    Air Force One touched down at McCarran International Airport  just after 12:40 p.m. Obama will hold a public rally at Desert Pines High School at 6:30 p.m.

    Superstar Mexican rock band Manß is set to perform at the event which is part of a larger effort to woo a key Hispanic voting bloc that could sway the election in the swing state of Nevada. Both parties are investing heavily in Spanish-language TV and radio airtime.

    Obama will be staying at the Westing at Lake Las Vegas to practice for his debate in Denver.

    First lady Michelle Obama and Ann Romney will also be back in Nevada in the coming days to try to sway voters in what remains one of the key battleground states six weeks before the election.

    Mitt Romney’s campaign confirmed his wife will speak Monday afternoon at the Henderson Convention Center. She told a crowd of more than 500 at an outdoor rally in Reno on Thursday that Nevada is critical to Republicans’ success.


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