Oct 5, 2012, 12:34 pm EDT
Christmas came early for President Obama in the form of the September jobs report, which might as well have been gift-wrapped and tied in a bright red ribbon.
On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that total nonfarm payroll rose by 114,000 in September, about in line with economists’ predictions and really no great shakes by historical standards.
Still, it will be looked on as a major victory for the president, since the unemployment rate — the true headline number — fell to 7.8%. That’s the first time it’s been below 8% since January 2009, and it puts that critically important number slightly below where it was when President Obama took office. Read
Oct 5, 2012, 10:29 am EDT
When it comes to 7-Eleven and its coffee drinkers, the choice for president is clear: Barack Obama.
For the fourth straight presidential election, convenience store chain 7-Eleven has allowed customers buying coffee to select a cup based on their preferred candidate — blue for Obama, red for Mitt Romney, or a generic cup for undecideds or unpolitical coffee drinkers. Currently, Obama leads with 60% of the “votes.”
Obama has been in the lead since the first day of the promotion, Sept. 6, where he got 57.2% of the cups. Read
Oct 4, 2012, 11:30 am EDT
The verdict is in — from David Brooks on PBS to Charles Krauthammer on Fox News to James Carville on CNN to Chris Matthews on MSNBC: Mitt Romney won the first presidential debate decisively.
The Republican presidential candidate was sharp, prepared and more specific than he has been so far in the campaign. He responded well to the president’s attacks by upping the ante on issues from jobs to deficits to health care to Medicare.
A focus group of Colorado undecided voters led by Republican pollster Frank Luntz on Fox News — half of whom voted for President Obama in 2008 — said Romney was decisive. On the other hand, they called the president’s performance “flat,” “weak” and “not passionate.” Read
Oct 4, 2012, 10:05 am EDT
JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) is offering angry citizens whose preferred presidential candidate loses this November a (temporary) way out of the country: they’re giving away free flights to a select number of those supporters.
The airline announced that it will be giving away 2,012 seats — or 1,006 round trip flights — for customers whose candidate doesn’t get elected president. Travelers just have to visit a website JetBlue set up for the promotion, register who they want to win the election, and select a destination among the various international destinations it services.
These include Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and several Caribbean islands. Winners will be selected among those who supported the losing candidate. Read
Oct 3, 2012, 10:14 am EDT
Add another mistake to the list of gaffes that Vice President Joe Biden has made.
During a campaign speech yesterday in North Carolina, Biden had the following to say about the middle class and claims that Mitt Romney would raise taxes on them: “How they can justify … raising taxes on the middle class that has been buried the last four years?”
Of course, Barack Obama has been the president for the past four years, and sharp Republicans quickly jumped on the statement. Mitt Romney tweeted “Agree with @JoeBiden, the middle class has been buried the last 4 years, which is why we need a change in November #CantAfford4More.” Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, also mentioned the comments at a campaign stop in Iowa. Read