US Presidential Debate

Obama, Romney trade blows in debate on how to deal with China

US President Barack Obama (Right) debates with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on October 22. Photo: AFP

US President Barack Obama, speaking in the third and final presidential debate yesterday, described China as both an adversary and a potential partner as the candidates vowed to get tough on Beijing's trade policies.

Wednesday, 24 October, 2012, 4:31am

Presidential debate breaks no new ground on relations with China

Even the 15 minutes out of a total of 90 devoted to relations with China gravitated back to job losses at home blamed on China. Photo: AFP

The third and last US presidential debate - on foreign affairs - would have disappointed anyone who still hoped that the contest for leadership of the world's most powerful country would be about more than domestic issues. President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney in particular seized opportunities to steer it on to the American economy.

24 Oct 2012 - 2:21am 1 comment

Obama calls the shots in war debate

Obama greets Romney at the end of their debate. By then, Romney seemed eager to leave. Photo: AFP

US President Barack Obama came ready for a fighting finish, deriding Republican rival Mitt Romney as reckless and overmatched in world affairs. Instead, he found a subdued challenger who was eager to agree and determined to show he was not a warmonger.

24 Oct 2012 - 4:31am

US presidential debate unlikely to highlight differing Arab policies

Obama has supported most Arab protesters. Photo: Bloomberg

US President Barack Obama's handling of the Arab spring is likely to crop up when he debates foreign policy with Republican Mitt Romney in their final presidential debate, scheduled for this morning, Hong Kong time.

23 Oct 2012 - 4:31am

US presidential candidates prepare for final debate

Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama seek to win the last debate on foreign policy to spur their campaigns. Photo: AFP, EPA

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney spent the weekend hammering out their foreign policy battle lines ahead of their third presidential debate, their final chance to lay out policy platforms and engage in verbal jousting in front of tens of millions of TV viewers.

Romney is tied at 47 per cent with President Obama in an NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll released yesterday.

22 Oct 2012 - 4:31am

Details demanded on Romney's Bain Capital investments in China

Photo: AFP.

China's far left has begun digging up dirt on Mitt Romney's investments in China, and US President Barack Obama's as well.

18 Oct 2012 - 9:37am

Obama's forceful pitch to women puts Romney in a bind

Mitt Romney's "Binders full of women" comment spawned thousands of humorous reactions online.

With polls suggesting women voters were shifting their support to Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama made an aggressive pitch to them in the latest presidential debate, that yielded awkward moments for the Republican and a new catch phrase on social media.

18 Oct 2012 - 4:04am

Barack Obama fights back in second US presidential campaign debate

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama trade accusations during the second US presidential debate held at Hofstra University in New York. Photo: AP

Fighting for his political life, US President Barack Obama re-emerged in blistering form in an interruption-filled debate rematch, trying to diminish Republican Mitt Romney's rising stature by accusing him of dishonesty and extremism.

18 Oct 2012 - 3:37am

Pizza Hut rethinks presidential debate stunt

Pizza Hut has come under fire for daring the crowd at the second presidential debate to ask Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to reveal their favourite pizza topping. Photo: AP

A pizza chain has been forced to tweak a "free pizza for life" contest after coming under fire for daring the crowd at the second presidential debate to ask Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to reveal their favourite pizza topping.

17 Oct 2012 - 4:55am

Worries over moderator ahead of second US presidential debate

CNN anchor and debate moderator Candy Crowley. Photo: NYT

The second presidential debate may have the look of a town hall, with voters surrounding the candidates and posing the questions.

But the degree to which it is a casual conversation between candidates and voters or a tough grilling on the issues will be largely up to one woman - Candy Crowley.

17 Oct 2012 - 4:55am

China looms large in US presidential debates

A US Secret Service agent behind the stage as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at a victory rally in Ohio. Photo: AFP

US President Barack Obama is plotting to transform his pitch to voters for the next debate with Mitt Romney who has seized upon his administration delaying action on Chinese trade practices until after the election.

15 Oct 2012 - 5:05am

Don't worry, we'll win, Obama assures supporters anxious after debate flop

US President Barack Obama tried to steady panicking supporters, insisting he would win re-election despite a shaky first debate during which he had been "too polite" to Mitt Romney.

12 Oct 2012 - 4:03am

How they see it

1. The New York Times

7 Oct 2012 - 2:09am

Obamas celebrate wedding anniversary with presidential debate

The Obamas on their wedding day in Chicago. Photo: AP

Barack Obama marked his 20th wedding anniversary by squaring off against rival Mitt Romney in their first debate - and First Lady Michelle was less than thrilled.

5 Oct 2012 - 4:18am

Romney puts Obama on back foot in first presidential debate

The massed ranks of reporters watch the first presidential debate in Denver, Colorado, on television screens backstage, with Republican Mitt Romney taking the microphone in the final moments. Photo: AFP

Republican Mitt Romney performed strongly in his first presidential debate, imposing himself on a more passive Barack Obama as he reignited hope in his stumbling campaign.

5 Oct 2012 - 4:50am