Mitt Romney http://iowapublicradio.org en Former Romney Advisor Says GOP Should Accept Same-Sex Marriage http://iowapublicradio.org/post/former-romney-advisor-says-gop-should-accept-same-sex-marriage <p></p><p>Some high-profile Republicans are saying it’s time to “let go” of one battle in the culture wars — the fight against same-sex marriage.</p><p>David Kochel was an advisor to 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Kochel says he wants to begin a conversation about changing the Republican Party’s idea of family values.</p><p>“I like to think of it as my Republican values, and my conservative values—being pro-marriage, pro-family, and believing in intact families as the best place to give children a hope for the future,” he says.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:06:11 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 14169 at http://iowapublicradio.org Former Romney Advisor Says GOP Should Accept Same-Sex Marriage Photos: The Iowa Campaign Trail http://iowapublicradio.org/post/photos-iowa-campaign-trail <p>Iowa's importance in the 2012 election was arguably more important than ever. IPR's news staff traveled the state and reported on the candidates' messages long before the Iowa caucuses. Here are some of the photos IPR reporters took along the campaign trail.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 22:05:51 +0000 Clay Masters 10372 at http://iowapublicradio.org Photos: The Iowa Campaign Trail President Obama, Paul Ryan, make final pleas to Iowa Voters http://iowapublicradio.org/post/president-obama-paul-ryan-make-final-pleas-iowa-voters <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>After a long and contentious presidential election season, the candidates made their closing arguments Monday. Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan made his last visit to Iowa on behalf of Mitt Romney. And President Barack Obama held the final campaign event&nbsp; of his political career in Des Moines.</p><p>While both men were still trying to drum up every last vote in a close election, they were also here to thank the voters who by now, have grown used to their constant visits.</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 16:13:51 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 10347 at http://iowapublicradio.org President Obama, Paul Ryan, make final pleas to Iowa Voters Obama, Romney Descend on Dubuque http://iowapublicradio.org/post/obama-romney-descend-dubuque <p></p><p>Both President Obama and Mitt Romney descended on Dubuque Saturday in the final days of their campaigns. Both candidates were promoting their own brand of change.</p><p>GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney flew into the Dubuque airport and greeted a crowd of more than 2,000 people in a hangar behind a sign that read “REAL CHANGE ON DAY ONE”.</p><p>Appearing with Romney was his wife Ann and NASCAR legend Richard Petty… who offered a race car driver’s perspective on the economy.</p> Sun, 04 Nov 2012 05:13:42 +0000 Clay Masters 10243 at http://iowapublicradio.org Obama, Romney Descend on Dubuque Praise of Bipartisanship Fades from Campaign Stumps in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/praise-bipartisanship-fades-campaign-stumps-iowa <p></p><p>It’s the last full week of presidential campaigning and here in Iowa, we expected to see the presidential candidates a bit more. But Hurricane Sandy changed things. For the most part we got wives and vice-presidential candidates. Paul Ryan will be in Waterloo today and Vice President Joe Biden made stops in Muscatine and Fort Dodge Thursday.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 06:10:43 +0000 Clay Masters 10158 at http://iowapublicradio.org Praise of Bipartisanship Fades from Campaign Stumps in Iowa Politics Day: The Final Week http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-final-week <p><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin;">Iowa has been in the center of the presidential campaign since mid-2011. In less than a week campaigning will end, and governing will begin. It’s the last politics day before the election. Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and Tim <span class="scayt-misspell">Hagle</span> of the University of Iowa asses where things stand. </span></p><p>-&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:20:32 +0000 Ben Kieffer 10080 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: The Final Week Ron Paul Fans Stay Active in Local Politics, As Some Snub Romney http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ron-paul-fans-stay-active-local-politics-some-snub-romney <p>With the presidential election looming, hardly anyone is paying attention to Ron Paul anymore. The Texas Congressman ran for the GOP nomination, but has not endorsed his party’s nominee. In several places including the battleground state of Iowa, many of Paul’s supporters are still involved in politics – but not on behalf of Mitt Romney. As Iowa Public Radio’s Sarah McCammon reports, they’re keeping the focus close to</p><p></p><p>home.</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:53:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 10065 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ron Paul Fans Stay Active in Local Politics, As Some Snub Romney Fact Check Friday: Obama and Romney Accuse Each Other of Lacking Specifics http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fact-check-friday-obama-and-romney-accuse-each-other-lacking-specifics <p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 12:12:15 +0000 Sarah McCammon & Sandhya Dirks 9866 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fact Check Friday: Obama and Romney Accuse Each Other of Lacking Specifics Presidential Campaigns Focus on Iowa Suburbs http://iowapublicradio.org/post/presidential-campaigns-focus-iowa-suburbs <p>Both President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney will make campaign stops Wednesday in eastern Iowa. Recent polls show the race is still up in the air. Romney has a solid hold on rural counties here. But in a state that’s population is shifting from rural to urban, the candidates will have to take the suburbs to win. Iowa Public Radio's Clay Masters reports.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 06:03:13 +0000 Clay Masters 9748 at http://iowapublicradio.org Presidential Campaigns Focus on Iowa Suburbs Fact Check Friday: Obama on Campus http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fact-check-friday-obama-campus <p>Last week in our Friday Fact Check, we reviewed some of the statements Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney made while he was campaigning in Iowa. This week, President Barack Obama was here on the heels of the second presidential debate. Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon caught up with IPR Reporter Clay Masters who covered the president's campaign stop at Cornell College in Mount Vernon on Wednesday.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 06:23:34 +0000 Sarah McCammon & Clay Masters 9591 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fact Check Friday: Obama on Campus Fact Check Friday: Romney On the Farm http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fact-check-friday-romney-farm <p>With the presidential election campaign wrapping up in less than a month, Iowa continues to get lots of attention. IPR's Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon&nbsp;talks with&nbsp;IPR&nbsp;Correspondent Clay Masters about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's &nbsp;visit to Van Meter, Iowa on Tuesday.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 04:42:23 +0000 Clay Masters & Sarah McCammon 9273 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fact Check Friday: Romney On the Farm Romney Focuses on Farm Policy in Van Meter http://iowapublicradio.org/post/romney-focuses-farm-policy-van-meter <p></p><p>Still riding high off as many saw it, his first presidential debate win, Governor Mitt Romney focused on agriculture policy in a campaign stop at a farm near Van Meter Tuesday. While Romney focused primarily on farm policy, Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports the Republican presidential candidate also got a little personal.</p><p>Flanked by a John Deere tractor sporting the Romney/Ryan campaign’s trademark red, white and blue “R,” Mitt Romney addressed 1200 people on a corn field in windy northern Madison County.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 04:21:06 +0000 Clay Masters 9152 at http://iowapublicradio.org Romney Focuses on Farm Policy in Van Meter Politics Day: The First Presidential Debate http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-first-presidential-debate <p>The first presidential debate kicks off this evening and many voters across the nation&nbsp;will tune in to hear what&nbsp;President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney will discuss. Our political experts talk about the expectations they have for the candidates&nbsp;and listeners say what they want to hear from each candidate.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 18:55:56 +0000 Ben Kieffer 8877 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: The First Presidential Debate Politics Day http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-16 <p>Are you one of the 47 percent&nbsp;of Americans who quote, “don’t pay taxes” and “believe government has the responsibility to care” for you?</p><p>Host Ben Kieffer, joined by our political experts, discuss the&nbsp;fallout from the surreptitiously taped video of Mitt Romney. Then, our experts talk about the impact of the Middle East attacks on the presidential race.</p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 18:21:17 +0000 Ben Kieffer 8191 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day Romney rallies the base and the youth vote in Northwestern Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/romney-rallies-base-and-youth-vote-northwestern-iowa <p><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">It’s the day after the conventions—do you know where you candidate is? If you guessed Iowa, you would be right. While President Obama stops at the University of Iowa, Republican Nominee Mitt Romney stumped at Northwestern College – a private Christian school. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 11:20:31 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 7711 at http://iowapublicradio.org Romney rallies the base and the youth vote in Northwestern Iowa Romney, Obama Differ on Wind Tax Credit in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/romney-obama-differ-wind-tax-credit-iowa <p>President Barack Obama will be in Ames Tuesday. He’s likely to bring up the wind energy tax credit. That federal tax credit is set to expire at the end of <em>this</em> year. And the president’s opponent Mitt Romney opposes extending that credit. It's put Iowa’s top Republicans at odds with Governor Romney.</p><p>Iowa’s top Republicans--from Senator Chuck&nbsp;Grassley&nbsp;to Governor Terry&nbsp;Branstad-- want Romney to reconsider and give the tax credit a little more time.</p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 01:36:30 +0000 Clay Masters 7032 at http://iowapublicradio.org Romney, Obama Differ on Wind Tax Credit in Iowa Romney Pushes Small-Government Solutions in Eastern Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/romney-pushes-small-government-solutions-eastern-iowa <p>Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney made a campaign stop at a manufacturing plant in Bettendorf Wednesday - not far from where President Obama wrapped up his three-day campaign swing through Iowa a week earlier.</p> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 12:43:39 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 6804 at http://iowapublicradio.org Romney Pushes Small-Government Solutions in Eastern Iowa Politics Day http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-13 <p>Iowa is once again at the center of the race for the White House &ndash; President Obama is on a three day bus tour of the state and newly minted Republican V-P pick Representative Paul Ryan was at the Iowa State Fair. This River to River, we&rsquo;ll talk about Mitt Romney&rsquo;s selection of Paul Ryan and what the effect might be in swing states such as Iowa. Our guests are political analysts Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and Tim Dale of the University of Wisconsin &ndash; La Crosse.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 19:55:27 +0000 Ben Kieffer 6415 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day The Politics of Foreign Policy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-foreign-policy <p>This week Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney wrapped up a three-nation international trip – to England, Israel and Poland. Some of his comments abroad sure put him in the media limelight, but will it help or hurt his campaign? Host Ben Kieffer talks with political science professors &nbsp;Lindsay Cohn from the University of Northern Iowa and Jim McCormick from Iowa&nbsp;State&nbsp;University&nbsp;about the politics of foreign policy in this presidential election year.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 14:23:09 +0000 Ben Kieffer 5573 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Politics of Foreign Policy Who are Iowa's Swing Voters, and What are They Saying? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/who-are-iowas-swing-voters-and-what-are-they-saying <p>If you were hoping the political ads would go away after the Iowa caucuses…well, no luck. As you’re probably well aware, Iowa is a swing state in this presidential election.&nbsp; Both President Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney are fighting hard for our six electoral votes in what's looking like a very tight race.</p><p>Reporter Anna Sale of WNYC (<a href="http://www.wnyc.org/">http://www.wnyc.org/</a>) in New York is also a writer for the political blog, “It’s a Free Country.”&nbsp; She's been spending the week in Iowa as part of a tour of key swing states.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 10:54:09 +0000 Sarah McCammon 4986 at http://iowapublicradio.org Who are Iowa's Swing Voters, and What are They Saying? Politics Day http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-11 <p>Recent political ads from both presidential parties have caused hand-wringing on both sides of the isle. This Politics Day we talk with political experts Chris Larimer, associate professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa, and Dennis Goldford, professor of politics at Drake University, about the latest developments on the political stage.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 16:35:21 +0000 Ben Kieffer 4874 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day Raucous Iowa Convention May Signal What's To Come http://iowapublicradio.org/post/raucus-iowa-convention-may-signal-whats-come You know things are going badly when the person at the front of the room has to say, "This is not going well." The fireworks at Iowa's Republican State Convention began even before lunchtime Saturday. At one point during the day, the parliamentarian threatened to kick out the next person who tried to speak out of order.<p>If Saturday's convention is any indication, Mitt Romney may not be in for smooth sailing at this summer's national convention in Florida.<p>Why the rancor in Iowa? Many longtime party activists say supporters of Texas Rep. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 09:41:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 3313 at http://iowapublicradio.org Romney Backers Brace For Paul 'Circus' In Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/romney-backers-brace-paul-circus-iowa While Mitt Romney has a virtual lock on the Republican presidential nomination, fans of Rep. Ron Paul of Texas aren't quite giving up.<p>While they know he won't be president, they're still working to promote Paul's ideas. Fri, 15 Jun 2012 07:35:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 3195 at http://iowapublicradio.org Romney Backers Brace For Paul 'Circus' In Iowa Politics Day: Political Gaffes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-political-gaffes <p>On Politics Day, IPR&rsquo;s Dean&nbsp;Borg talks with two political scientists, Bruce Nesmith from Coe College and Donna Hoffman from the University of Northern Iowa, about the current strategies of President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney including the recent political gaffes and how the incidents may impact the candidates. Later on, Dean talks about the potential influence Ron Paul could have in Iowa&rsquo;s Republican party in light of the coming GOP state convention.</p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 19:07:36 +0000 Dean Borg 3070 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: Political Gaffes