Governor Mitt Romney en For Religious Conservatives, Election Was A 'Disaster' Many religious conservatives thought this might be the year of an evangelical comeback, when voters would throw President Obama out because of his support of same-sex marriage and abortion, and his health plan's birth control mandate. It didn't work out that way.<p>"I think this was an evangelical disaster," says Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.<p>Mohler says white evangelicals moved in lockstep: Seventy-nine percent voted for Republican Mitt Romney, the same percentage as voted for President George W. Bush in 2004. Fri, 09 Nov 2012 11:18:24 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 2423 at For Religious Conservatives, Election Was A 'Disaster' Log Cabin Republicans Endorse Romney <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — A prominent gay Republican group is hesitantly backing Mitt Romney for president, calling it the right decision for the nation even as it slams his opposition to gay marriage and civil unions.</p><p>Log Cabin Republicans says it's supporting Romney to put America and the economy first, but is only offering him a "qualified endorsement." The group says it will focus its efforts instead on House and Senate candidates.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:53:55 +0000 Associated Press and Staff Report 2126 at Obama-Romney, Round 3: What National Commentators Think <p>The third and final presidential debate of the 2012 election featured President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney arguing foreign policy. At least it was supposed to -- the candidates agreed on many goals and approaches, and the discussion often turned back to domestic issues.&nbsp;National commentators have weighed in. Here's a sampling:</p><p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:07:27 +0000 Joseph Lord 2113 at Obama-Romney, Round 3: What National Commentators Think Romney Appears in Ad Supporting Mourdock <p>In a new television ad, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock will be the needed vote in the Senate to repeal President Obama's health care law.</p><p>The 30-second spot features Romney telling Hoosiers that Mourdock worked with outgoing Gov. Mitch Daniels to "balance the budget" and "make government more accountable" adding that his election will keep the Democratic agenda at bay. Romney has <a href="">pledged that eliminating the Affordable Care Act will be one of his first acts if elected president</a>, and the ad anticipates the Senate margin will be close.</p><p>"As Senator, Richard will be the 51st vote to repeal and replace government-run healthcare," says Romney.</p><p>Check it out:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="" frameborder="0" height="360" width="540"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 14:24:40 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2092 at Noise and Notes: Presidential Debate Afterthoughts and Norris Shelton's Pitch for Frankfort <p>The first presidential debate is behind us, and observers are still digesting how President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney performed.</p><p>It was a much <a href="">anticipated discussion that about 67 million Americans watched</a>, but surprisingly both Mr. Obama's critics and <a href="">supporters agreed that the president gave a lackluster performance</a>.</p><p>Romney was more aggressive and forceful, and this could be the turning point his campaign needs less than five weeks until Election Day. For many, this puts added pressure on Vice President Joe Biden in his debate against Congressman Paul Ryan on Thursday in Danville, Ky.</p><p>But the president's supporters point out that while Romney may have won the style of the debate <a href="">his facts do not add up on a number of his assertions</a>.</p><p>I talked to political commentator Stacy Brooks and Louisville Young Republicans Chairman James Young about the debate, Mr. Obama's performance and where the election is headed.</p><p> Sun, 07 Oct 2012 02:30:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1923 at Noise and Notes: Presidential Debate Afterthoughts and Norris Shelton's Pitch for Frankfort Wicker Questions Jobs Report <p><span style="">Republican congressional candidate Brooks Wicker joined a chorus of conservatives who are claiming the <a href="">September jobs report</a> was manipulated </span>by President Obama for political purposes.</p><p>The <a href=";ref=business">report compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistic was released Friday</a> and shows the jobless rate fell to 7.8 percent, which is the lowest since January 2009. According to the report, the U.S. economy added 114,000 jobs last month while other figures were revised from July and August to add another 86,000 jobs.</p><p>But former <a href="">GE CEO Jack Welch and Florida Congressman Allen West quickly denounced the report</a> and accused Mr. Obama of massaging the figures.</p><p><span style="">In a message to supporters, Wicker said he is "sick of political games" being played by the president and his opponent, Democratic incumbent John Yarmuth.</span><br><br><span style="">"The math is simple and the jobs numbers just don’t add up. We deserve better than politicians&nbsp; "revising" numbers, solely concerned about their own re-election. </span><span style="">We need to fix the problem of Washington politicians. I will not compromise my integrity to win an election. We need to govern for future generations, and fix this mess Yarmuth helped create," he says.</span></p><p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 17:40:42 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1911 at Wicker Questions Jobs Report High Anticipation for First Presidential Debate <p>President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are preparing for their first debate this week, and observers are eager to see if it will impact the race.</p><p>Both campaigns have been complimentary of each other and are trying to lower expectations before the televised debate in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday in order to gain an advantage going in. But experts agree that <a href="http://">stakes are higher for Romney</a>, who trails the president according to most polls in battleground states.</p><p>Tiffany Dillard-Knox is acting director of the University of Louisville debate team. She says people are excited to watch the first presidential debate, but that the forums are becoming more of a liability.</p><p>"I think the debates more likely can make you lose a candidacy more so than win one. You can say the wrong things. I don’t think people are really listening for the right things anymore. But I think people are taking into consideration when the candidates are saying the wrong things," she says.</p><p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 17:58:14 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1859 at Yarmuth: Romney Unqualified for Presidency <p>Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., is slamming Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for his hasty comments during the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.</p><p>The raid of the consulate was allegedly sparked by an American video mocking Islam's founding prophet and resulted in the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.</p><p>In a campaign statement released before the killing, Romney accused the Obama administration of sympathizing with protestors who attacked the consulate. The GOP nominee's remarks were referring to a statement from the U.S. embassy in Egypt, which condemned the anti-Islam video.</p><p>Yarmuth says the death of the four U.S. diplomats is disturbing and underscores the volatility of the Middle East, but that Romney’s rush to judgment shows the GOP nominee is intemperate.</p><p>"Governor Romney’s initial reaction, an instinct to turn a tragedy into a political opportunity is despicable and disqualifies him to serve as President of the United States," he says.</p><p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 18:47:29 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1638 at Rand Paul Says It's Unlikely He Would Serve in A Romney Administration <p>Despite speculation of <a href="">greater ambitions</a>, U.S. Senator Rand Paul is likely to stay in his current position if Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is elected this fall.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 16:30:01 +0000 Kenny Colston 1254 at Rand Paul Says It's Unlikely He Would Serve in A Romney Administration Romney Making Indiana Stop to Campaign for Mourdock <p>Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is scheduled to make a stop in Indiana to campaign for GOP Senate contender Richard Mourdock at a fundraiser.</p><p>From the <a href=""><em>Evansville Courier &amp; Press</em></a>:</p> Sat, 04 Aug 2012 00:40:05 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1211 at