At their national convention Democrats aim to move the debate from 'are you better off?' to what they see as Romney's shortfalls. Topics such as abortion, gay marriage and health care featured in Tuesday's speeches.
President Obama and the couple's children will watch the first lady's speech at the Democratic Party's national convention from the White House. Mrs. Obama's role in the president's reelection campaign is to defend his character and his policies.
Tens of thousands in Louisiana and thousands more in Mississippi and Arkansas were still in the dark Monday, following last Tuesday's Category 1 hurricane. Many remain housed in shelters as the Federal Emergency Management Agency assesses property losses.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is trying to capitalize on the momentum of the RNC and football season, calling President Barack Obama a failed coach. Obama dismissed the GOP Convention as old-fashioned and said Romney failed to provide policy details.
As the vice presidential debate approaches, the Republicans look to cast doubt on Vice President Joe Biden's effectiveness. Democrats counter that Biden is an capable campaigner and appeals to blue-collar workers.
US District Judge Peter Economus in Columbus issued a preliminary injunction in the case involving state law that cuts off early voting for most residents on the Friday evening before a Tuesday election.