White House race

Barack Obama passes on UN meetings to focus on re-election

Barack Obama

Barack Obama will take a mere day out of his bid to be re-elected president of the United States for the UN General Assembly this week, and his flying visit will be shorn of the usual flurry of meetings with world leaders.

Monday, 24 September, 2012, 4:11am

Bill Clinton nominates Obama in speech at Democratic convention

Bill Clinton bows as Barack Obama joins him on stage after his nomination speech. Photo: AFP

As Bill Clinton strode onstage at the Democratic National Convention, his campaign theme song, Don't Stop, blasted through the packed arena.

A more appropriate anthem might have been the oldie, Happy Days Are Here Again as shouts of "We Love You Bill Clinton" echoed in the hall.

7 Sep 2012 - 3:11am

To win, Romney must first show where he stands

For a presidential candidate who has pledged to reassert American global leadership, Mitt Romney had little to say about the rest of the world in his speech accepting the Republican Party's nomination for the White House. He aims to reinvigorate American power by starting at home, speeding up slow economic recovery and getting the jobless back to work.

2 Sep 2012 - 2:33am

Ron Paul supporters mull future of their libertarian cause

Ron Paul

Ron Paul supporters are pondering what next for the libertarian cause and complaining bitterly of betrayal by a party establishment about to crown Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential nominee.

27 Aug 2012 - 6:11am

Power of tweets may set tone for US election success

Will tweets make the difference in the 2012 US presidential election?

Twitter and other social media are being used by candidates to energise supporters, raise funds and shift the focus of the public debate for what some call the nation's first "social election" in November.

27 Aug 2012 - 6:11am

Tropical Storm Isaac casts shadow over Republican convention

A woman puts her name on plywood protecting a storefront in anticipation of Tropical Storm Isaac. Photo: AP

As Republicans bowed to Tropical Storm Isaac, cancelling most of their convention opening night in deference, there was some hurricane history they might have recalled.

Or perhaps wished to forget.

27 Aug 2012 - 6:11am

Party convention to 'define' Romney

A technician prepares balloons to be dropped from the ceiling at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Photo: Reuters

Mitt Romney faces four days that could make or break his bid for the US presidency as delegates gather in Tampa, Florida, for the Republican Party convention.

26 Aug 2012 - 4:59am