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The Cycle Lineup

09/04/12 01:00PM

We are a few hours away from the official start of the Democratic National Convention but it looks as though the party has already started. read more

S.E. Cupp latest NY Daily News article: Timing is everything: Obama's tricky path through Charlotte

09/04/12 12:02PM

With millions more out of work than President Obama promised would be at the end of his first term, it's an unfortunate timing issue that the Democratic National Convention is bracketed by Labor Day on Monday and a looming jobs report on Friday. One has to wonder if this was the best week to hold a convention meant to insist to voters that they should give this administration another shot at righting the country. An August NBC poll found that 61% of people think the country is on the wrong track. read more

Am I better off now?

Am I better off now?

09/04/12 11:00AM

With the election charging towards us, and both candidates on their respective tour routes - there's a question we're hearing a lot: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" Obama is going to ask you. Romney is going to ask you. msnbc is going to ask you. FOXNews is going to ask you. It's a loaded question. You aren't supposed to know if they mean financially, culturally, spiritually... It isn't specified if gay rights, or health care, or the military are supposed to be considered. Vagueness by design. But for me, it's not really a question at all. read more

Steve Kornacki's latest Salon.com article: The Obama exception

09/04/12 10:25AM

Martin O’Malley, Maryland’s very ambitious Democratic governor, stepped in it a bit on Sunday when he said that Americans aren’t better off today than they were four years ago.It was a dream sound bite for Republicans, who seem convincedthat swing voters will ultimately turn on President Obama if they feel the same way. Not surprisingly, Obama’s team moved quicklyto provide a different answer, and O’Malley has since said that he thinks Americans are “clearly better off” now.This illustrates the tricky spot Obama is in. read more

Are we better off yet?

09/03/12 04:22PM

Are you better off than you were 4 years ago? That is the question most Americans are asking themselves as they watch Mitt Romney and President Obama go head to head over the next 64 days because many believe it is the underlying theme of this year’s election.69% of Americans in the latest NBC News poll say they are the same or worse off than when President Obama took office in 2008 and promised change for America. Politico Chief Investigative Reporter, Ken Vogel, joined the conversation live from Charlotte to answer the question: what is this election about?  read more

Dissecting the relationship between President Obama & President Clinton

09/03/12 04:21PM

As Former President Bill Clinton takes the stage Wednesday it marks his 20 year anniversary of his nomination as the party’s presidential pick. However, just 4 years ago tensions between President Bill Clinton and then Senator Obama, were at an all-time high. According to a recent New Yorker piece Bill Clinton apparently said “A Few years ago, this guy would have been carrying our bags.” But oh how the times have changed.  President Clinton has appeared in ads supporting President Obama and has agreed to participate in several fundraisers. read more

Setting the convention stage

09/03/12 02:14PM

As we draw near to day 1 of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte the balloons are ready to drop, the stage is set, and the speakers are ready to go. After the Republican National Convention last week, the polls are showing little gain for Mitt Romney, when usually the candidate numbers take a jump. However, this is not all good news for Democrats. President Obama’s approval rating took a big hit dropping to 43% thus making his disapproval rating 48%.The Democrats need a huge push for this week to help get the President back on top. read more

The Cycle Lineup

09/03/12 01:44PM

Happy Labor Day! With the DNC kicking off tomorrow the room is set and our own Steve Kornacki is live in Charlotte with a full preview of what we can expect from this week’s  convention. read more

Final preparations being made in advance of the Democratic National Convention

Final preparations being made in advance of the Democratic National Convention

09/03/12 01:27PM

Tuesday marks the beginning of the Democratic National Convention, and preparations are ongoing. Thousands of delegates have already descended on the city of Charlotte, North Carolina in time for its Labor Day parade. In the above photo, taken the day before the convention, a man makes some adjustments to the lighting at Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena, where the convention will begin. President Obama will accept his party's nomination on Thursday, at the Bank of America stadium elsewhere in the city. read more

Steve Kornacki's latest Salon.com article: The GOP convention was a bust

09/03/12 10:54AM

It’s possible, I guess, that a new poll or two will be released today showing significant movement in Mitt Romney’s direction. But barring that, it looks like his convention bounce was minimal, at best.A new Rasmussen poll gives the GOP nominee a four-point lead over Barack Obama, but Gallup’s poll actually shows Obama ahead by one – an improvement on where he was before the Republican convention started. There’s also a new Reuters/Ipsos survey that shows the race tied, indicating a small bump for Romney, was trailed by four points in the same poll last week. read more

DNC rolls into North Carolina, but can Obama hold the state in November?

09/03/12 10:10AM

In 2008, Sen. Barack Obama wrestled North Carolina away from Sen. John McCain by about 14,000 votes, marking the first time a Democrat had won this southern state since Jimmy Carter in 1976. Students and African-Americans helped squeak out that win for Obama.With Democrats rolling into Charlotte, N.C., for their party convention this week, many are asking what the president's chances are to hold the state in this year's match-up with Mitt Romney. read more

Steve Kornacki's latest Salon.com article: A knack for screwing up the easy stuff

09/03/12 09:41AM

Before going any further with this post, it would probably be a good idea to point out that Mitt Romney currently trails President Obama by less than 1 point in the Real Clear Politics polling average and that – even after the whole chair thing – he’s likely to get some kind of post-convention bump in the next few days. In other words, Romney will probably be ahead when the Democratic convention opens next Tuesday. read more

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