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While publicly calling the stimulus a "wasteful spending spree," Paul Ryan requested stimulus money for his district to fuel job growth.

Ed Rendell to Paul Ryan: ‘Medicare and Social Security made this country the envy of the world’

10/12/12 09:03PM

Up until Thursday’s vice presidential debate, it would have been easy for a voter to believe that both Obama and Romney’s campaigns have similar plans for Social Security and Medicare. Fortunately, Paul Ryan has clarified his argument by doubling down on his ambitions to privatize Social Security. On Friday’s PoliticsNation, Rev. Al Sharpton talked to former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell and The Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne about what that means for the election. They concurred that, as Rendell put it, Romney can “either repudiate his running mate or say privatization is on the table.” read more

What we learned during the VP debate

10/12/12 07:19PM

We’ve learned that the vice president loves to laugh. We learned that Paul Ryan needs to hydrate - a lot! But last night, we also got a revealing look at what life might be like in a Romney-Ryan administration: Social Security outsourced to Wall Street, Medicare becoming vouchercare, abortion illegal... women's rights taking a backseat. Clearly there's so much at stake. Let's not get sidetracked by body language. Let the focus be where it needs to be: on what the Romney-Ryan policies would do to this country. And then let's get to work. 25 days until election day. read more

Vice President Joe Biden reacts to a question during the vice presidential debate. (Photo: Charlie Neibergall/AP)

How we know Joe won: the right rips style over substance

10/12/12 01:35PM

Much of the next-day coverage of Thursday's vice presidential debate is calling the match a draw. Vice President Biden had some good points, Rep. Ryan held his own, so it's all even. But we can't help but notice that the right-wing's biggest talking point today, centers around not what Biden said, but how he said it, and how he reacted. His gesticulations, interruptions, and smiles have people on the right slinging some pretty harsh insults at the vice president. read more

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Ryan drops endorsement of Wisc. lawmaker who said 'some girls rape easy'

10/11/12 06:45PM

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan dropped his endorsement of a Wisconsin state lawmaker who is under fire for controversial remarks he made about rape. State Rep. Roger Rivard recently told a local newspaper that his father told him "some girls, they rape so easy," as a way to warn him that women could consent to sex but then later claim they had not. Ryan's spokesman, Kevin Siefert, said in a statement that the vice presidential candidate believes "there is no place in our discourse for rhetoric such as this" and that Ryan cannot support Rivard "or his indefensible comments." read more

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Romney tailors abortion stance to his audience

10/11/12 01:12PM

Mitt Romney has been modifying his stance on abortion depending on who the audience is, in what the Rev. Al Sharpton on PoliticsNation called "the almost shameless shifting by Romney." It began with Romney's comments Tuesday to the editorial board of the Des Moines Register, which seemed to signify a shift to the middle on abortion. “There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda,” he said. read more

Paul Ryan and Wisconsin Rep. Roger Rivard, who told a local newspaper that his father told him "some girls, they rape so easy."

Ryan drops endorsement of Wis. lawmaker who said 'some girls rape easy'

10/11/12 07:23AM

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan dropped his endorsement of a Wisconsin state lawmaker who is under fire for controversial remarks he made about rape.  State Rep. Roger Rivard recently told a local newspaper that his father told him "some girls, they rape so easy," as a way to warn him that women could consent to sex but then later claim they had not.  Ryan's spokesman, Kevin Siefert, said in a statement that the vice presidential candidate believes "there is no place in our discourse for rhetoric such as this" and that Ryan cannot support Rivard "or his indefensible comments." read more

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Romney family rumored to have held campaign 'intervention' pre-debate

10/09/12 07:17PM

Politico reports that before the first debate, the Romney family held an "intervention" with Mitt to tell him that his campaign strategy wasn't working. Campaign insiders told Politico's Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei that the candidate's image was in need of softening, and that his strategists had privately acknowledged that they were too focused on the news cycle. "When the history of this campaign is written, the family intervention will be among the most important turning points in the Romney saga," wrote Allen and Vandehei. read more

Early voting underway

Early voting underway

10/08/12 08:00PM

California, Arizona, and Indiana kick off early voting this week and join 34 other states that are already voting. Rev. Al Sharpton explains what the early... watch

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Tea Party voter suppression group probed by Dem. lawmaker

10/08/12 06:55PM

Now, the watchdog has got somebody watching it. Rep. Elijah Cummings has launched a probe into True the Vote, a Tea Party group that is under fire for attempting to prevent thousands of registered voters from casting ballots ahead of Election Day, Cummings told Rev. Al Sharpton on PoliticsNation Monday. "Voting is a fundamental right...It is not to be limited to a few as a privilege," said Cummings, who is the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. read more

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Romney's vagueness in the first debate could make Ryan's job harder

10/04/12 08:08PM

Next week, before round two of the Obama versus Romney debates, vice presidential contenders Paul Ryan and Joe Biden will go head to head. On Thursday's PoliticsNation, host Rev. Al Sharpton noted that Romney's decision to move towards the center in Wednesday night's debate could spell trouble for Ryan. Mitt Romney may have won accolades among pundits at Wednesday's debate, but his vagueness on actual policy points is hurting him—and putting more pressure on his running mate. "He's going to have a hard time defending some of the things Mitt Romney said last night," Sharpton said. read more

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