Obama Tells US: 'The Best Is Yet To Come'
07 Nov 2012
Obama Tells US: 'The Best Is Yet To Come' --US President Barack Obama tells his supporters he returns to the White House 'more determined and more inspired than ever'. 07 Nov 2012 Barack Obama has won a second term as US President after beating Republican challenger Mitt Romney following a bitter and costly election campaign. The Democrat sealed victory by winning in Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Wisconsin, Virginia and Colorado - seven of the nine key battleground states. With only Florida left to call, Mr Obama has 303 electoral college votes to Mr Romney's 203 and is well over the crucial threshold of 270. The President was also ahead in the national vote, with the country-wide exit poll putting him on 50% - two points ahead of his Republican challenger. [Lest we forget: NDAA, drones, PATRIOT Act renewal/expansion, insurance cartel giveaway aka 'health care' reform, Guantanamo Bay still open (tribunals underway), forgiveness of Bush-era war criminals (heck, even some brand new war crimes), surrender to GOP on debt ceiling (and everything else), Afghanistan until 2014, contractors in Iraq, etc.]
Romney concedes, Obama thanks supporters 07 Nov 2012 Mitt Romney is conceding that his hard-fought presidential bid has ended in failure. He told supporters in Boston that he gave it his all and that he is now praying that President Barack Obama will be successful in guiding the nation. Romney said, "This election is over, but our principles endure." Obama, meanwhile, tweeted to supporters, "This happened because of you. Thank you."
Mitt Romney's concession speech (Full transcript) Wednesday, 07 Nov 2012, 1:10 AM Here's the full transcript from Mitt Romney's concession speech on Wednesday morning, Nov. 7, 2012.
Obama wins a second term as U.S. president 07 Nov 2012 A sharply divided America awarded President Barack Obama a second term Tuesday, choosing him over Republican Mitt Romney to lead the repair of an economy that by far remains the country's biggest concern, the Washington Post projects. The president was poised to narrowly win several tight races in a handful of battleground states. Democrats also held onto their majority in the Senate, picking up two seats in early returns with the possibility of a third. By 11 p.m., Obama had already won the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Iowa and Wisconsin, the home of Romney's running mate Rep. Paul Ryan.
Paul Ryan loses vice-presidential bid but keeps his House seat 06 Nov 2012 Paul Ryan came up short in his vice presidential bid, but his backup plan worked. The Wisconsin congressman easily won re-election Tuesday night to the U.S. House seat he has held since 1998. He also won his previous congressional elections by comfortable margins. Even before he was tapped as Mitt Romney's No. 2, Ryan was seen as a rising star within the Republican Party. As chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee, he gained prominence when he drew up an austere budget blueprint that would reshape Medicare for many people into a voucher-like program. He also attracted attention for wanting to keep tax breaks in place that were set to expire for the wealthy.
Fiery consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren beats Scott Brown in Massachusetts Senate race --Warren makes history as first woman elected to serve as US senator from Massachusetts 07 Nov 2012 Democrat Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard Law professor who promised to battle for a struggling middle class, defeated incumbent Republican Scott Brown tonight in the Massachusetts Senate race, despite Brown's attempts to paint himself as a one of a dying breed, a moderate New England Republican. In other races, President Barack Obama, on his way to victory nationally, beat Mitt Romney handily in traditionally blue Massachusetts, even though Romney is a former Bay State governor and planned to hold his election night party here.
Tammy Baldwin tops Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin 07 Nov 2012 Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin has knocked off former Gov. Tommy Thompson in the Wisconsin Senate race, holding onto the seat for Democrats and making history by becoming the first openly gay member of the Senate. In an acceptance speech, Baldwin said Thompson had called to congratulate her on the race. The AP called the race for Baldwin, 50.3 percent to Thompson's 47 percent. "I am honored, and humbled and ready to get to work. I am well aware I will have the honor to be Wisconsin's first woman senator," she said. "I am well aware I will be the first openly gay member [of the Senate]. I didn't run to make history I ran to make a difference. I know that many of the people listening to the speech tonight may not have voted for me... and I ask you to work with me to move our state forward."
Chris Murphy tops Linda McMahon in Conn. Senate race 06 Nov 2012 Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy handily won the Connecticut Senate race, beating Republican Linda McMahon, even after the former wrestling executive spent more than *42 million of her own money in her bid for the seat. The Associated Press called the race for Murphy shortly after the polls closed in Connecticut at 8 p.m.
Alan Grayson elected to US House District 9 06 Nov 2012 Democrat Alan Grayson has been elected to U.S. House of Representatives. Grayson defeated Republican Todd Long on Tuesday night for the newly carved congressional District 9, which serves Orange and Osceola counties. Grayson, who was beat by Republican Dan Webster two years ago after one term in Congress, raised more than *4.5 million for his campaign this year. Grayson received support from all over the country, many of whom supported his attacks on Republicans, such as his proclamation during the health care debate that "Republicans want you to die quickly."
Pa.'s new voter-ID law caused confusion, voters say 06 Nov 2012 Pennsylvania's new voter-ID law, largely invalidated for the general election, still managed to sow some confusion and controversy Tuesday. Voters were not always asked for photo ID, as was supposed to happen during the so-called soft rollout. Anyone who could not or would not show an ID should have been allowed to vote as usual. But some voters complained that poll workers demanded an ID or tried to force them to submit provisional ballots.
Al Gore: Voter suppression like 'racist Jim Crow tactics' 06 Nov 2012 Al Gore said Tuesday on Current TV that the attempt this cycle to stop people from voting has been "un-American" and a "disgrace," adding that it is a "strategy that is a direct descendent" of "racist Jim Crow tactics." Gore, who co-founded the left-leaning cable channel, said he hopes there will be a "reckoning for these governors and state legislatures that have intentionally tried to prevent people from voting. It is un-American." The problem -- which he said included the long lines facing many voters, particularly in Florida -- must be addressed in a bipartisan way after the election.
Karl Rove had paid a fortune to buy this election for Mitt Romney. Thus, he *demands* the desired outcome: Karl Rove: Fox News Ohio call 'premature' 06 Nov 2012 Fox News has called Ohio for President Barack Obama, but Karl Rove disagreed with that decision Tuesday night, saying the state is far from settled and the call was "premature." Fox News’s Chris Wallace said the Romney campaign does "not believe Ohio is in the Obama camp," noting that he got an email from a top Romney aide who said the campaign disagrees with the network's call. He then asked Rove if he believed Ohio has been settled. "No, I don't," Rove said.
California's Prop. 37 food labeling initiative trailing badly 06 Nov 2012 Proposition 37, the genetically engineered food labeling initiative, was trailing badly late on election day. With just over a fifth of the statewide votes counted, the measure was losing with 42.7% yes to 57.3% no. It was polling strongly ahead five weeks ago, but fell steadily in the polls under a barrage of negative campaign television advertisements funded by a food and biotech industry [terrorists'] war chest of more than *44 million.
Same-sex marriage measures passing in Maryland and Maine 06 Nov 2012 Maryland and Maine appeared poised to become the first states in the nation to back same-sex marriage at the ballot box Tuesday night, and other gay-marriage measures were on the ballot in Minnesota and Washington. The issue had been before voters 32 times and had been rejected every time. But activists say public opinion has shifted since 2008, when California passed a constitutional amendment reserving marriage for heterosexual couples.
Son of Sandy on the Way to New England 06 Nov 2012 Don't look now but... This is just what storm-ravaged areas of the northeast don't need... another large and potentially destructive storm. This one, perhaps some will dub the Son of Sandy, will not be quite so intense or devastating but nonetheless will cause significant coastal problems and perhaps a small preview of winter at some inland locations. The storm will begin to develop tonight off the coast of the Carolinas, move toward New England tomorrow and slowly pass the region by Thursday later afternoon.