When It Comes to Campaign Issues, the Devil Is in the Details

One thing that really bugs me about political campaigns – especially presidential campaigns – is how little the candidates tell us about what, if elected, they would really try to do about specific issues. Take Social Security and Medicare, for example. It’s easy to say – as President Obama, Mitt Romney and many congressional candidates do – that you want to protect these programs for current and future generations. It’s a whole other thing to spell out exactly how you …

3 for 3, Santorum Seizes the Spotlight

Now it’s Rick Santorum‘s turn. Santorum may have been robbed of momentum coming out of Iowa, where his victory was declared after the fact, but last night he may have gotten it all back as he swept Missouri, Colorado and Minnesota. Missouri was a nonbinding “beauty contest,” meaning no delegates were at stake. Those will be chosen at GOP party caucuses in mid-March. But it doesn’t tarnish the bragging rights of going three for three against the Mitt Romney juggernaut, …

Nevada Republicans Place a Heavy Wager on Romney

From the Las Vegas Strip to cowboy country, Nevada Republicans bet heavily on Mitt Romney for president. He snared 48 percent of their caucus vote. The older the voter, the better Romney fared. Among 50- to 64-year-olds, he won 55 percent; among those 65 and older, he won 57 percent. Mormons made up an outsize proportion of the caucus-goers, and 9 of 10 voted for Romney, a Mormon. Still, there was a cautionary note for Romney. His share of the …

Romney Gets Shot of Adrenaline From Florida’s Older Voters

Florida (hearts) Mitt Romney. Especially older voters, who powered a definitive Romney victory over Newt Gingrich in the Republican presidential primary. Seven in 10 Florida primary voters were 50-plus. In the 50-64 age group, Romney won 44 percent to Gingrich’s 34 percent. In the 65-plus group, Romney’s victory was even more pronounced, 51 percent to 34 percent. Maybe Florida primary voters loved what Romney said about Medicare and Social Security, two lifelines in a state where 18 percent of the …

Older voters in New Hampshire close ranks behind Romney

Powered by older voters, Mitt Romney won an unmistakable nod of approval from New Hampshire in the GOP presidential sweepstakes. In a state with a history of primary surprises, the former Massachusetts governor breathed a sigh of relief when the votes were counted. He won 40 percent, comfortably higher than his 31.5 percent showing in 2008 when he was runner-up to John McCain. Fifty-six percent of GOP primary voters were over 50 years old, and 4 in 10 of those …

Older “indies” could be the wild card in New Hampshire

Ah, New Hampshire – home of the flinty independent voter. The “Live free or die” state is one of the few that allows registered “indies” to vote in either the GOP or Democratic presidential primary. But, come next Tuesday, what rational indie would waste a vote in the Democratic primary, a yawner with just President Obama on the ballot, when you could mix things up in the Republican primary? Forty percent of New Hampshire’s registered voters are independent. In a …