Election 2012 November 6, 2012: Election Day: Mitt Romney Still Campaigning, Barack Obama to Play Basketball





Election Day: Romney Still Campaigning, Obama to Play Basketball

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-6-12


The costliest election in United States history is also one of the closest, as polls open Tuesday and the country finally picks its president after a long and divisive campaign.

After spending nearly $1 billion apiece, President Obama and Mitt Romney are today in much the same place they were months ago at the campaign’s outset — the president leads his Republican challenger by so small a margin it is statistically insignificant in most places.

The tightness of the race was expressed at midnight, when the first town to open and close its polls — the tiny hamlet of Dixville Notch, N.H. — evenly split its vote five to five.

On Tuesday, Romney will campaign up to the last minute, holding rallies in Cleveland and Pittsburgh, and doing interviews with radio stations in Ohio and Virginia.

Obama, meanwhile, will remain in his home state of Illinois on Tuesday, doing some satellite television interviews and playing a game of basketball — an Election Day ritual….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines November 5, 2012: ABC News / Washington Post Poll: Slim Edge Opens for Barack Obama Over Mitt Romney As the Closest Contest Concludes




POLL: Slim Edge Opens for Obama As the Closest Contest Concludes

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-5-12

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Barack Obama has inched to a slim advantage in the closing days of the 2012 presidential race, breaking out of a long-running deadlock with Mitt Romney to a 50-47 percent contest in the final-weekend tracking poll by ABC News and The Washington Post.

While still lacking a majority in vote preference, Obama has reached 51 percent job approval, matching his best this year; extended his advantage in better understanding Americans’ economic problems; and moved to within a single point of Romney in trust to handle the economy, reversing a 9-point Romney lead on the central issue of the campaign….READ MORE

See PDF with full results and charts here.

Campaign Headlines November 5, 2012: President Barack Obama: We Have the Votes, But Will They Show Up?




Obama: We Have the Votes, But Will They Show Up?

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-5-12


President Obama says he is entirely confident that a sufficient number of Americans back his bid for a second term, but that motivating those voters to show up at polling places Tuesday remains a challenge that could determine the election’s outcome.

“We have enough voters to win, it’s just a matter of whether they show up,” Obama told syndicated radio talk show host Warren Ballentine in a taped interview that ran Monday morning.

“Obviously there are going to be some voters who at this late date may still be undecided, and if they are, I am making a closing argument,” he said. “But the main thing I want everybody to understand is that the number of undecided voters at this point is much smaller than the number of voters who support me but just aren’t voting.

“If all the people who support me vote, then we’ll be fine,” he said….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines November 4, 2012: Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll: all tied up as Mitt Romney draws even with President Barack Obama on favorability




WaPo-ABC tracking poll: all tied up as Romney draws even on favorability

Source: WaPo, 11-4-12

President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney are once again tied nationally with just days to go in the 2012 campaign, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll.

Among likely voters, Obama and Romney are deadlocked at 48 percent. For the first time this year, the two contenders are also tied among political independents, with 46 percent apiece. Before this poll, Romney had been consistently ahead with these potentially critical voters.

While Obama has evened the score with independents, the challenger has made gains of his own. Heading into Nov. 6, 53 percent of likely voters express favorable impressions of the former Massachusetts governor, right in line with the 54 percent who view the president favorably….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines November 1, 2012: ABC News/Washington Post Tracking Poll: Mitt Romney Leads in Confidence on Recovery – But President Barack Obama Escapes Most Economic Blame




Romney Leads in Confidence on Recovery – But Obama Escapes Most Economic Blame

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-1-12


See PDF with full results and charts here.

More likely voters think the economy would improve under Mitt Romney than under Barack Obama – but they disproportionately blame Obama’s predecessor for its troubles in the first place, an example of the mixed sentiments that undergird the deadlocked 2012 election.

Fifty-four percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll express at least some confidence the economy would improve under Romney; fewer, 47 percent, think the same if Obama’s re-elected. Then again, far fewer in either case are “very” confident of economic gains – 19 percent if Romney wins, 21 percent if it’s Obama – hardly a rousing endorsement of either….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines November 1, 2012: President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney Resume Campaigning after Superstorm Sandy




Obama and Romney Resume Campaigning, No More Mr. Nice Guy


President Obama and Mitt Romney Thursday ended a brief truce for Superstorm Sandy, and made it clear as they returned to the campaign trail that there would be no more Mr. Nice Guy.

Romney stumped in Virginia, hoping to lock up the battleground state in the waning days of the campaign.

Obama began his day in Wisconsin, another key state where a Marist poll released Thursday indicated he had a 49-46 lead on Romney….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines October 31, 2012: Mitt Romney Chooses New Hampshire for Site of Final Rally Before Election Day




Romney Chooses NH for Site of Final Rally Before Election Day

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-31-12

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Mitt Romney will hold his final campaign rally in New Hampshire, the very state in which he launched his bid for the White House 16 months ago.

The “Victory Rally” will be held in Manchester, N.H., at 9:30 p.m. on Monday night, Election Day eve.  Campaign-theme song artist Kid Rock will be the special guest….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines October 18, 2012: Bruce Springsteen Joins Bill Clinton, Rallies Ohio Voters for President Barack Obama




Bruce Springsteen Joins Bill Clinton, Rallies Ohio Voters for Obama

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-18-12

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Bruce Springsteen stepped out of the shadows on the edge of the campaign to join former president Bill Clinton at a rally for President Obama Thursday in Ohio, telling supporters America needs a leader “who has a vision that includes all our citizens, not just some.”

“The forces of our opposition have been tireless,” Springsteen said, before thanking Obama for health care reform, “a more regulated Wall Street,” and the fact that “GM is still making cars.”

“Without them, what would I write about?” he asked with a smile. “I’d have no job.”…READ MORE

Full Text Campaign Buzz October 17, 2012: Paul Ryan’s Speech at a Campaign Event in Berea, Ohio — We Need Proactive, Pro-Growth Solutions To Get Our Economy Turned Around




Paul Ryan: We Need Proactive, Pro-Growth Solutions To Get Our Economy Turned Around

Source: Mitt Romney Press, 10-17-12

“Twenty-six million women are trapped in poverty today. That’s the highest rate in 17 years. We need to get people back to work. We need to get this economy turned around.” – Paul Ryan

Berea, OH
October 17, 2012

Click Here To Watch Paul Ryan

PAUL RYAN: “And look at where we are right now: 23 million Americans struggling to find work.

You know, we had a discussion about how women are faring in this economy last night. Five-and-a-half million women are still struggling for work in this economy. A half-million women more are unemployed today than when President Obama was sworn in. Twenty-six million women are trapped in poverty today. That’s the highest rate in 17 years. We need to get people back to work. We need to get this economy turned around. The American idea is there. It hasn’t gone away. But we have the wrong people and the wrong policies in place, and if we clear the way and go forward with the proactive, pro-growth solutions in the agenda that Mitt Romney is talking about, we will get people back to work. We will get people out of poverty, back in the middle class, we’ll get back onto reaching their vision of the American dream.”

Campaign Headlines October 17, 2012: Internet, Twitter Takes Off with Mitt Romney’s ‘Binders Full of Women’ Remark at Second Presidential Debate




Internet Takes Off with Mitt Romney’s ‘Binders Full of Women’

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-17-12

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Despite all the fireworks over taxes, oil and Libya, the most buzzworthy social media moment of Tuesday night’s presidential debate was Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s comment about “binders full of women.”

The inadvertently funny comment came in response to a question about pay equity for women from a member of the audience of the debate between Romney and President Obama at Hofstra University.

Romney was explaining that as the governor of Massachusetts searching for qualified women to fill cabinet posts, women’s groups brought him “binders full of women” who were good candidates.

“And I said, ‘Well, gosh, can’t we — can’t we find some — some women that are also qualified?” Romney said. “I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks,’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.”….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines October 15, 2012: Mitt Romney Raises $170.4 Million in September, But Is Again Outpaced by Barack Obama




Romney Raises $170.4M in September, But Is Again Outpaced by Obama

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-15-12


Mitt Romney’s campaign announced Monday that it raised more than $170.4 million in September, marking the best fundraising month to date for the Republican nominee.
But Romney’s fundraising loot still came in under that of President Obama and the Democrats, who reported raising $181 million in September, the most an incumbent president has ever raised in a single month before his re-election. The Obama campaign has not released how much they have in cash on hand.

Romney, along with the Republican National Committee and the Romney Victory Fund, reports having $191 million in cash on hand….READ MORE

Campaign Buzz October 12, 2012: Joe Biden v. Paul Ryan: Who Won the Vice Presidential Debate? Both







Vice-Presidential Debate Fact-Checks and Updates

Source: NYT, 10-11-12

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Representative Paul D. Ryan square off on Thursday night in Danville, Ky. in the only vice presidential debate. Live coverage begins at 8 p.m. eastern….READ MORE


Who Won the Vice Presidential Debate? Depends Who You Ask

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-12-12

Partisan Democrats had a lot to be happy about Thursday night’s vice presidential debate.  Vice President Joe Biden turned in an aggressive and energetic performance that they wished they’d seen in President Obama.

And while Republicans have cried foul on Biden’s behavior (GOP surrogates called him “rude”), they argue that Rep. Paul Ryan’s calm, unflustered demeanor and his solid performance on foreign affairs was appealing to swing voters, especially women….READ MORE

Debate watchers split in new poll

Forty-eight percent think Paul Ryan won; 44 percent say Joe Biden won

Source: CNN, 10-12-12

Call it a draw.

Biden Laughs and Calls Ryan’s Statements a ‘Bunch of Stuff’

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-12-12

Vice President Joe Biden came to Thursday night’s debate ready to make up for his boss’ admittedly lackluster performance of a week ago, bringing the fight to Republican Paul Ryan within moments of the debate starting, calling his challenger’s statements “a bunch of malarkey” and a “bunch of stuff.”

Ryan also spared the pleasantries, quickly citing the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens in Libya last month and saying it demonstrated the “unraveling of Obama’s foreign policy.”

“With all due respect, that’s a bunch of malarkey,” Biden shot back. “Not a single thing he said is accurate,” Biden said. He added that Ryan voted for a bill that would cut embassy security by $300 million.

Biden appeared exasperated, laughing at answers he disagreed with, rolling his eyes and calling one of Ryan’s answers a “bunch of stuff.”…READ MORE

Biden comes out swinging at debate, clashes with Ryan

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden leaped to the attack against Republican challenger Paul Ryan in a lively debate on Thursday, aggressively defending the Obama administration’s economic and foreign policies to try to regain momentum in the White House race.Biden was looking for a Democratic rebound after President Barack Obama’s poor debate performance last week. But the younger and less experienced Ryan held his own in a series of testy exchanges.

First estimates of who prevailed at the debate in Kentucky were split. A CBS News survey of undecided voters showed Biden as the winner by 50 percent to 31 percent, while a CNN poll of debate watchers scored Ryan the victor by 48 percent to 44 percent.

The vice presidential candidates in the November 6 election frequently interrupted each other, talking at the same time and sometimes staring at each other in disbelief….READ MORE



* On the fatal assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens:

BIDEN: “I can make absolutely two commitments to you and all the American people tonight. One, we will find and bring to justice the men who did this. And secondly, we will get to the bottom of it, and whatever – wherever the facts lead us, wherever they lead us, we will make clear to the American public, because whatever mistakes were made will not be made again.”

RYAN: “Look, if we’re hit by terrorists we’re going to call it for what it is, a terrorist attack. Our ambassador in Paris has a Marine detachment guarding him. Shouldn’t we have a Marine detachment guarding our ambassador in Benghazi, a place where we knew that there was an al Qaeda cell with arms?

“… What we are watching on our TV screens is the unraveling of the Obama foreign policy.”

* On U.S. policy in the Middle East:

RYAN: “We should not be imposing these devastating defense cuts … When we show that we’re cutting down on defense, it makes us more weak. It projects weakness. And when we look weak, our adversaries are much more willing to test us.”

BIDEN: “With all due respect, that’s a bunch of malarkey … not a single thing he said is accurate.”

* On Iran’s efforts to obtain a nuclear weapon:

RYAN: “When Barack Obama was elected, they had enough fissile material – nuclear material to make one bomb.

“Now they have enough for five. They’re racing toward a nuclear weapon. They’re four years closer toward a nuclear weapons capability.

“The Obama administration says the military option’s on the table but it’s not being viewed as credible.”

BIDEN: “Imagine had we let the Republican Congress work out the sanctions. You think there’s any possibility the entire world would have joined us, Russia and China, all of our allies? These are the most crippling sanctions in the history of sanctions, period.

“So all this bluster I keep hearing (from Republicans), all this loose talk, what are they talking about?”

* On the economy:

BIDEN: “We knew we had to act for the middle class. We immediately went out and rescued General Motors. We went ahead and made sure that we cut taxes for the middle class. And in addition to that, when that – when that occurred, what did Romney do? Romney said, ‘No, let Detroit go bankrupt.’ We moved in and helped people refinance their homes. Governor Romney said, ‘No, let foreclosures hit the bottom.’”

RYAN: “Look, did they come in and inherit a tough situation? Absolutely. But we’re going in the wrong direction. Look at where we are. The economy is barely limping along. It’s growing at 1.3 percent. That’s slower than it grew last year and last year was slower than the year before.

“Job growth in September was slower than it was in August, and August was slower than it was in July. We’re heading in the wrong direction; 23 million Americans are struggling for work today; 15 percent of Americans are living in poverty today. This is not what a real recovery looks like.”

* On Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s videotaped remarks that the roughly 47 percent of Americans who do not pay income taxes are “victims” looking for handouts:

RYAN: “This is a man who gave 30 percent of his income to charity, more than the two of us combined. Mitt Romney’s a good man. He cares about 100 percent of Americans in this country. And … I think the vice president very well knows that sometimes the words don’t come out of your mouth the right way.”

BIDEN: “I don’t doubt his personal generosity. … But you know what? I know he had no commitment to the automobile industry. He just – he said, let it go bankrupt, period. Let it drop out. All this talk – we saved a million jobs. Two hundred thousand people are working today. And I’ve never met two guys (Romney and Ryan) who’re more down on America across the board.”

* On Social Security:

BIDEN: “Let’s talk about Medicare. What we did is, we saved $716 billion and put it back, applied it to Medicare. We cut the cost of Medicare. We stopped overpaying insurance companies, doctors and hospitals. The AMA supported what we did. AARP endorsed what we did. And it extends the life of Medicare to 2024. They want to wipe this all out.

“With regard to Social Security, we will not … privatize it. If we had listened to Romney and the congressman during the Bush years, imagine where all those seniors would be now if their money had been in the market. Their ideas are old and their ideas are bad.”

RYAN: “Here’s the problem. They got caught with their hands in the cookie jar, turning Medicare into a piggy bank for Obamacare. Their own actuary from the administration came to Congress and said one out of six hospitals and nursing homes are going to go out of business as a result of this.”

BIDEN: “That’s not what they said.”

RYAN: “Mr. Vice President, I know you’re under a lot of duress to make up for lost ground but I think people would be better served if we don’t keep interrupting each other.”

BIDEN: “… The bottom line here is that all the studies show that if we went with Social Security proposal made by Mitt Romney, if you’re … in your 40s now you will (get) $2,600 a year … less in Social Security. If you’re in your 20s now, you get $4,700 less.

“The idea of … (cutting) benefits for people without taking other action you could do to make it work is absolutely the wrong way. (Republicans) haven’t been big on Medicare from the beginning. … And they’ve always been about Social Security as little as you can do.”

RYAN: “This is what politicians do when they don’t have a record to run on: try to scare people from voting for you.

“Medicare and Social Security did so much for my own family. We are not going to jeopardize this program but we have to save it.”

* On taxes:

RYAN: “What we are saying is, lower tax rates across the board and close loopholes, primarily to the higher-income people. We have three bottom lines: Don’t raise the deficit, don’t raise taxes on the middle class and don’t lower the share of income that is borne by the high-income earners.”

BIDEN: “Let’s look at how sincere they are. Ronald – I mean, excuse me, Governor Romney on ’60 Minutes’ … was asked, ‘Governor, you pay 14 percent (income tax rate) on $20 million (income). Someone making $50,000 pays (a higher rate) than that. Do you think that’s fair?’ He said, ‘Oh, yes, that’s fair.’”

RYAN: “You can – you can cut tax rates by 20 percent and still preserve these important preferences for middle-class taxpayers.”

BIDEN: “Not mathematically possible.”

RYAN: “It is mathematically possible. It’s been done before. It’s precisely what we’re proposing.”

BIDEN: “It has never been done before.”

RYAN: “It’s been done a couple of times, actually.”

BIDEN: “It has never been done before.”

RYAN: “Jack Kennedy lowered tax rates, increased growth. Ronald Reagan…”

BIDEN: “Oh, now you’re Jack Kennedy?”

* On Afghanistan:

BIDEN: “We went there for one reason: to get those people who killed Americans, al Qaeda. We’ve decimated al-Qaeda central. We have eliminated Osama bin Laden. That was our purpose.

“We’ve agreed on a gradual drawdown so we’re out of there by … 2014. (Ryan and Romney) say (their plan for withdrawal would be) based on conditions, which means it depends. It does not depend for us. It is the responsibility of the Afghans to take care of their own security. We have trained over 315,000, mostly without incident. But we are leaving … And in the process, we’re going to be saving over the next 10 years another $800 billion.”

RYAN: “We want to make sure that 2014 is successful. That’s why we want to make sure that we give our commanders what they say they need to make it successful. We don’t want to extend beyond 2014.”

* On abortion:

RYAN: “You want to ask basically why I’m pro-life? It’s not simply because of my Catholic faith. That’s a factor, of course. But it’s also because of reason and science.

“You know, I think about 10 1/2 years ago, my wife Janna and I went to Mercy Hospital in Janesville (Wisconsin) where I was born, for our seven-week ultrasound for our first-born child, and we saw that heartbeat. A little baby was in the shape of a bean. And to this day, we have nicknamed our firstborn child Liza, ‘Bean.’ Now I believe that life begins at conception.

“That’s why – those are the reasons why I’m pro-life. Now I understand this is a difficult issue, and I respect people who don’t agree with me on this, but the policy of a Romney administration will be to oppose abortions with the exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother.”

BIDEN: “My religion defines who I am and I’ve been a practicing Catholic my whole life. And has particularly informed my social doctrine … With regard to abortion, I accept my church’s position on abortion as a … doctrine. Life begins at conception in the church’s judgment. I accept it in my personal life.

“But I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews, and I just refuse to impose that on others, unlike my friend here, the congressman. I do not believe that we have a right to tell … women they can’t control their body.”

Campaign Headlines October 12, 2012: Vice Presidential Debate Averages 51.4 Million Viewers, Down 18.5 Million From 2008




Vice Presidential Debate Averages 51.4 Million Viewers, Down 18.5 Million From 2008

Source: Zap2it.com, 10-12-12

via nielsenwire:

An estimated 51.4 million people tuned in to watch the sole debate between sitting Democratic V.P Joe Biden and Republican V.P. hopeful Congressman Paul Ryan on Thursday, October 11.

The debate, hosted by Centre College in Kentucky and moderated by ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz, was carried across 12 networks.

While coverage varied by network, 10 networks aired live coverage from approximately 9:00PM to 10:30PM while Univision and Telemundo aired coverage on tape delay. The chart below highlights the sum of the average audience for these networks.

In 2008, the Vice Presidential debate between then Sen. Joe Biden and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin drew over 18 million more viewers than last night’s debate. The 2008 Biden-Palin debate notwithstanding, last night’s political tête-à-tête had the highest V.P. debate viewership since the George H.W. Bush-Geraldine Ferarro debate in 1984. That debate nabbed 56.7 million viewers.

Campaign Headlines October 11, 2012: Joe Biden v. Paul Ryan: Who Won the Vice Presidential Debate? Depends Who You Ask — Both




Who Won the Vice Presidential Debate? Depends Who You Ask

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-12-12

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(DANVILLE, Ky.)

Partisan Democrats had a lot to be happy about Thursday night’s vice presidential debate.  Vice President Joe Biden turned in an aggressive and energetic performance that they wished they’d seen in President Obama.

And while Republicans have cried foul on Biden’s behavior (GOP surrogates called him “rude”), they argue that Rep. Paul Ryan’s calm, unflustered demeanor and his solid performance on foreign affairs was appealing to swing voters, especially women….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines October 11, 2012: Joe Biden v. Paul Ryan: Paul Ryan’s Vice Presidential Debate Performance




What They’re Saying About Paul Ryan: “Proved Himself To Be A Potential President Tonight”

Source: Mitt Romney Press, 10-11-12

NBC News’ Chuck Todd: “Ryan Relentless In Sticking To Their Message…” “Ryan relentless in sticking to their message; It’s a heated Biden; amped up; Ryan’s not over-taking bait. Their plan ‘let Biden be Biden’” (Twitter.com, 10/11/12)

Politico’s Byron Tau: “Reaction Lines WAY Up For Ryan’s Explanation Of His Medicare Reforms.” (Twitter.com, 10/11/12)

The Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis: “Ryan Is Unflappable. He’s Calm. You Can Hear It In His Voice, See It In His Body Language.” (Twitter.com, 10/11/12)

Miami Herald’s Marc Caputo: “Ryan Doing Well…” “Ryan doing well, Biden not doing bad. I’m torn. Obama made things so easy on us by just showing up and losing from the get-go” (Twitter.com, 10/11/12)

CBS News’ John Dickerson: “Ryan Did His Homework.” (Twitter.com, 10/11/12)

Politico’s James Hohmann: “Ryan Is Very CALM And POISED When Talking About Foreign Policy. When You’re Talking About Foreign Wars, That’s What Voters Want To See.” (Twitter.com, 10/11/12)

The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart: “Ryan Did Very Well. He Didn’t Melt Into The Seat And Was Forceful In Expressing His Views.” (Twitter.com, 10/11/12)

CNN’s David Gergen: “On Style, I Think Paul Ryan Won The Debate.” (CNN, 10/11/12)

CNN Post-Debate Poll: “48% Said Ryan Won. 44% Said Biden Won.” “BREAKING: CNN-ORC post-debate poll of Registered Voters: 48% said Ryan won. 44% said Biden won. Sampling error: +-5%.” (Twitter.com, 10/11/12)

CNN’s John King: “Paul Ryan Has To Be Happy That He Proved Himself To Be A Potential President Tonight.” (CNN, 10/11/12)

Politico’s Jim VandeHei: “I Thought Paul Ryan Did A Good Job Of Stepping Back And Saying, ‘This Is What Mitt Romney Would Do’…” (C-SPAN, 10/11/12)

Time’s Michael Scherer: “Ryan Thanks Biden. Biden Didn’t Thank Ryan. Classy.” “Ryan thanks Biden. Biden didn’t thank Ryan. Classy. And he addresses the camera in closing, which is so much better.” (Twitter.com, 10/11/12)

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Craig Gilbert: “Ryan Passed A Personal Test Of His Own, Looking Far From Overwhelmed, Delivering His Shots…” “While Biden delivered the sort of cede-no-ground passion many Democrats felt was missing from Obama’s first debate, Ryan passed a personal test of his own, looking far from overwhelmed, delivering his shots…” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/11/12)

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