US Presidential Election 2012

Briefs: US Election, November 7, 2012

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 November, 2012, 4:10am

Four also-rans make peace

WASHINGTON - The presidential candidates held another animated debate on Sunday night. But it was not Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama sparring, nor was the event broadcast to millions at home. Instead it was four third-party candidates - Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, Jill Stein of the Green Party, Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party and Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party. They sparred at an event moderated by the most famous third-party candidate in recent memory, Ralph Nader. They met at the back of Busboys and Poets, a popular coffeehouse in the U Street neighbourhood of Washington and debated in front of black-and-white portraits of Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King and the Dalai Lama. NYT

Dad's campaign pins a timely gift for Romney

BOSTON - After a campaign rally in Boston, a supporter handed Mitt Romney a Ziploc bag containing six blue George Romney pins from 1968, when Romney's father ran for president. The man had been holding onto the pins, waiting to give them to Romney. And more than four decades after George Romney's bid - he finally found his chance. NYT

It's gonna be an Obama landslide, says Dylan

MADISON, Wisconsin - Bob Dylan thinks President Barack Obama is going to win in a landslide. Dylan made the prediction midway through the song Blowin' in the Wind during a concert in the battleground state of Wisconsin. "Don't believe the media. I think it's going to be a landslide," he said. He then completed the song to the roar of the crowd. AP

Reconciliation for two Jersey guys

NEW JERSEY - Governor Chris Christie said Bruce Springsteen, a staunch liberal, had embraced him after performing at a benefit concert for hurricane victims on Friday. "We hugged and he told me, 'It's official, we're friends'," the governor said. Christie is a wildly enthusiastic Springsteen fan and had always mourned publicly that Springsteen had given him the cold shoulder. As if that were not enough, President Obama called from Air Force One to put the Boss on with the governor. The president, Christie said, "told me in times of difficulty that the only thing better than one Jersey guy is two Jersey guys", referring to Christie and Springsteen. NYT

The Kid rocks it out at final Mitt rally

NEW HAMPSHIRE - He may not be The Boss, but The Kid lent his high-octane rock 'n' roll late on Monday to the final rally of Mitt Romney's 18-month campaign. Kid Rock was the star attraction at an arena in New Hampshire, and several thousand supporters gave him and the Romneys a rousing welcome. Unlike Springsteen, Kid Rock opted not to "talk politics", saying he preferred to "leave that to the professionals". NYT

Anne Romney sets sights on house No 5

VIRGINIA - Romney and his wife, Ann, own three homes. But just on Monday Ann Romney made it known she wouldn't mind taking up residence in a fourth. At a rally in Fairfax, Virginia, a suburb of Washington - home of the coveted 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue address - Ann Romney took the stage and posed a question to the crowd of more than 10,000. "Are we going to be neighbours soon?" she playfully asked. Based on the cheering response, the answer was an unequivocal yes. NYT

Peruvian gods shine on incumbent

LIMA - Using maracas, coca leaves and a hallucinogenic brew, shamans in Peru got down to business using pre-Columbian ceremonies to pick a winner in the US race. "The apus (gods of the hills in indigenous mythology) tell us Obama will be re-elected," predicted Juan Osco, known as the Shaman of the Andes on San Cristobal hill overlooking Lima. AFP