Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan went at it in a strong, substantial debate Thursday night. Both men succeeded in articulating their campaign's main talking points, and both likely helped boost the candidacies of their presidential ticket partners.
In one set of polls, conducted by The Wall Street Journal, NBC News, and Marist College, President Obama and Mitt Romney are in a dead heat among likely voters in Florida and Virginia. But in Ohio, Obama is leading.
In the left corner, comedian Jon Stewart. In the right corner, Fox News shout-meister Bill O'Reilly. What might they achieve, besides self-promotion, when they face off Saturday night for a political debate?
Black voters who do go to the polls are near-certain to vote for Obama. But in Virginia and North Carolina, concern is rising that the black voters who sealed the deal for Obama in 2008 will stay home.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan fired up a rally of the faithful Thursday in Virginia, where polls for Romney and GOP Senate nominee George Allen have been dragging. But Mr. Romney's unexpected star turn in Wednesday's debate could change that, if undecided voters get on board, too.
The Monitor watched Wednesday's presidential debate with undecided voter Maggie O'Toole in Ohio – an important battleground state. Why she is still not ready to commit to either President Obama or Mitt Romney.
An anti-sexism group wants CNN to fire conservative commentator Erick Erickson over past remarks about female politicians. It's the latest sign of rising backlash, especially among women, to sexist treatment of women politicians of any political stripe.
Sen. Barack Obama gave a speech to black clergy in 2007 saying the Bush administration's handling of hurricane Katrina "was colorblind in its incompetence." Conservatives now say Obama used racially charged rhetoric.