<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - ]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/election-2012/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:48:24 -0500 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:48:24 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Props Pass for Fort Worth Schools, Dallas City Services]]> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 08:46:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/school-bus-generic722.jpg

Voters in Dallas and Fort Worth voted to approve seven propositions regarding bonds and taxes in their cities.

In Dallas County, voters in the North Oak Cliff Municipal Management District voted to approve four propositions, three related to the issuance of more than $95 million in bonds and the levy of taxes in payment of the bonds and a fourth for a maintenance tax.

The propositions are to service a defined area while, specifically:

  • Prop 1 included $22,657,189 in bonds for water, sanitary sewer, drainage and storm sewers. Race Results
  • Prop 2 included $27,123,792 in bonds for roads. Race Results
  • Prop 3 included $47,406,020 in bonds for economic development.  Race Results
  • Prop 4, the maintenance tax, is not to exceed $.15 per $100 of assessed valuation. Race Results

In Fort Worth, voters approved three propositions related to the Fort Worth Independent School District and the construction of new schools and the purchase of new buses.

  • Prop 1 included the issuance of $386,555,000 in "bonds for the construction, renovation, acquisition and equipment of school buildings and the purchase of necessary sites for school buildings and the levying of the tax in payment thereof."  Race Results
  • Prop 2 included an additional $73,305,000 for schools, including "the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math School and the Performing & Fine Arts Academy and the levying of the tax in payment thereof." Race Results
  • Prop 3 called for $30,000,000 in bonds for new school buses and building equipment, "and the levying of the tax in payment thereof." Race Results

All seven of the propositions passed.

To see complete results from Election Day, click here.



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<![CDATA[Obama: "The Best Is Yet to Come"]]> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 14:19:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/obama-lead-P1.jpg

President Barack Obama won a second term on Tuesday, emerging from a long, punishing campaign with a new mandate to lead a divided and anxious nation.

"Tonight in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up," Obama said in a victory speech in his hometown of Chicago. "We have fought our way back and we know in our hearts for the United States of America, the best is yet to come."

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Obama said his re-election came with a sense of accomplishment and a new surge of hope.

"Our economy is recovering. A decade of war is ending. A long campaign is now over," he said. "And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you. I have learned from you. And you've made me a better president. And with your stories and your struggles, I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and about the future and life ahead."

But the cold reality is that when he arrives back in Washington, the president will face the same obstacles he did before the election. With Republicans maintaining control of the House of Representatives, the era of political gridlock will likely continue.

That challenge was articulated by one of his most outspoken opponents, Sen. Mitch McConnell, leader of Senate Republicans.

"Now it's time for the president to propose solutions that actually have a chance of passing the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and a closely-divided Senate, step up to the plate on the challenges of the moment, and deliver in a way that he did not in his first four years in office," McConnell said. “To the extent he wants to move to the political center, which is where the work gets done in a divided government, we’ll be there to meet him half way."

Obama's triumph unfolded incrementally Tuesday night, as he racked up a string of victories in crucial battlegrounds. One after another, states that had been deemed competitive swing states before Election Day fell into the president's hands.

Pennsylvania. Wisconsin. New Hampshire. Iowa. Virginia. With each Obama win, the path to victory for his opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, got narrower.

Finally, just after 11 p.m. ET, NBC News projected Obama to win Ohio, his so-called "firewall" and the one state that has sided with the winning presidential candidate in every election since 1960. Obama's win there, thanks in large part to the state's support of his bailout of the auto industry, handed him the Electoral College swing votes he needed.

Romney conceded the race in a phone call to the president just before 1 a.m. ET. He then took the stage at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, telling supporters that he wished the president well.

"This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation," Romney said.

Obama's battleground victories were so authoritative that Florida, which was considered the biggest  prize, wasn't even a factor.

Florida was the only state that remained too close to call as of 6:00 a.m. ET. Its results won't be known until after the start of business Wednesday. 

So many people turned out to vote Tuesday that Ohio, Florida and Virginia kept polls open long after official closing times to accommodate the people waiting in long lines that snaked from the doors of polling places.

Exit polls indicated that Obama was favored among women, young adults, singles and Latinos — the last group by wider margins than in 2008.

"Today is the clearest proof yet that, against the odds, ordinary Americans can overcome powerful interests," Obama wrote in an email to supporters.

The first person Obama called after getting the concession call from Romney was former President Bill Clinton, a campaign official told NBC News.

The former president was one of Obama’s top surrogates, and onlookers credited his speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte with Obama's "Clinton bump" in the polls.

Obama, Romney and their proxies spent nearly $2 billion, a record amount for a presidential campaign.

In his concession speech, Romney said he had no regrets and hoped that the country would move past its partisan differences to solve the nation's problems.

"I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction," he said. "But the nation chose another leader."

Less than an hour later, at about 1:45 a.m. ET, Obama appeared before a roaring crowd at the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago. His wife, Michelle, and their two daughters accompanied him on stage while Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" blasted. Then they left him to deliver his victory speech.

Obama congratulated Romney "on a hard-fought campaign."

“We may have battled fiercely, but it's only because we love this country, we care so strongly about its future," he said.

The president went on to say that the rancor and rift that characterized the campaign was understandable, given the nation's challenges.

"That won't change after tonight. And it shouldn't. These arguments we have are a mark of our liberty, and we can never forget that as we speak, people in distant nations are risking their lives right now just for a chance to argue about the issues that matter, the chance to cast their ballots like we did today."

Obama, 51, the country’s first black president, won election in 2008 on a promise of hope and change, but he triumphed this time with a starkly different message: asking voters to stick with him as he continues trying to fix the economy and improve America’s standing in the world.

He defeated Romney, 65, a wealthy venture capitalist who’d been running for president for the better part of a decade. A win for Romney would have been vindication, of sorts, for his family; his father, George, ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 1968.

The 2012 race highlighted two contrasting visions of the country. Where Romney emphasized the need to lower taxes, relax federal regulations and cut government spending, Obama promised to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans and deploy government’s help in pulling the country out of the economic doldrums.

Despite his image as stiff and disinterested in the plight of the middle class, Romney managed to make the race close by appealing to many voters’ disappointment in Obama and widespread anxiety about the economy. Romney promised to bring a businessman’s sensibility to the job, a point he drove home in the first presidential debate, which he dominated. That performance sparked a surge in the polls that made the race tight right up until Election Day.

But Romney, in the end, was not able to fully convince an edgy public that he could do a better job than Obama. Nor was Romney able to overcome Obama’s image as a more likable guy.

Now Romney may well have run his last race for public office.

Obama will begin his second term no longer a symbol of political catharsis but as a flawed but adaptive leader who took a lot of lumps and learned from them.

The president's re-election means there will likely be no overturning of his signature domestic policy achievement, the 2010 health care reform law. Obama has also promised to raise taxes on those earning more than $250,000 a year.

Obama must also make good on his campaign promises to finally correct America’s economic path by finding ways to add a million more manufacturing jobs, boost domestic energy production, reduce the county’s carbon footprint, shore up Medicare, cut students' college loan costs and slash the national deficit by $4 trillion.

When he returns to the White House, he won’t have much time to savor his victory, because he’ll face the threat of a year-end "fiscal cliff," when a series of tax cuts are set to expire and massive government spending cuts go into effect.

As he noted in his email to supporters Tuesday night: "There's a lot more work to do."



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<![CDATA[Axelrod: There Were a Lot of Tears Flowing]]> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 22:25:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/obama-link-p2.jpg

Between the time Tuesday's presidential race was called and the time Barack Obama took the stage at Chicago's McCormick Place to accept his victory, the president made and received two very important phone calls.

"He spoke with President Clinton. He wanted to call President Clinton after Gov. [Mitt] Romney called because President Clinton was valiant on behalf of this campaign, and, as the president said, [was] our most valuable player," Obama's Chief Campaign Strategist David Axelrod said Wednesday.

"He really wanted to share the moment with him," Axelrod added.

For the most part, Axelrod said Election Night was mostly stress-free.

"The tense time is before the votes start getting counted," he recalled. "As soon as the votes start getting counted, you have models. You can see where the votes are coming in from. We knew very quickly that it was going well."

After a night's sleep at his Hyde Park-Kenwood home, an invigorated and newly re-elected President Obama stopped by his 2012 campaign headquarters in the Prudential Building to meet with the hundreds of volunteers who helped in the effort to secure another four years.

"It was a really emotional visit," Axelrod said. "There were a lot of tears flowing up there and a lot of joy."

Some of the staffers stood on desks to get a better glimpse of the president as he spoke to those who, as Axelrod said, "worked their hearts out."

"He talked about what public service means ... I think the most powerful thing he said was he talked about his own career as a young community organizer and he said to them what inspires him so much is, 'You're so much better than I was. You know so much more,' and he said, 'You give me hope.'"

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For Axelrod, it was his last hurrah in politics.

Back in January, Axelrod announced that he would head to the University of Chicago to create a new Institute of Politics meant to rival the Harvard Kennedy School. The University of Chicago Institute of Politics opens officially in 2013, but began offering preliminary courses in Summer 2012.



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<![CDATA[Davis Credits Victory to Tough Campaigning]]> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 19:26:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/WendyDavis110712.jpg

The race for State Senate District 10 was one of the closest races in North Texas on Tuesday night, and one that was watched across the state.

Incumbent Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) held off Republican challenger Dr. Mark Shelton by 6,402 votes on Tuesday.

The race was significant because Davis, a rising star in the Democratic Party, was able to retain her seat in what remains a mostly Republican district.

Republicans, outside observers and the senator all said they knew it would be a close race, and they all say she won because of how hard she campaigns and works.

"We knew it would be a tough campaign from the start," Davis said a news conference on Wednesday.

Davis said she's thrilled to return to the state Senate for a second term and credited the coalition of voters and working with communities in the district to navigating her to a victory.

"We're working as a community here," she said. "We're working as a family works together; that's what I think those numbers show."

Building coalitions and staying in touch with the district while in Austin and working at home during recesses helped garner her votes, she said.

The Tarrant County Republican Party Chair Jennifer Hall said Davis is a formidable candidate who works very hard to get votes. Hall said the party sees the district as still being very Republican and hopes to retake the seat in 2016.

University of Texas at Arlington associate political science professor Allan Saxe agreed the district is still very Republican and that Davis' campaigning and coalition-building helped win her the election.

"The fact that she was able to make it a close race and become victorious is due to her unbelievably tough political skills and the people she's brought over to her side," he said.

Saxe said he wasn't surprised by how close the race was and that he wouldn't have been surprised if Shelton had won. And Saxe agreed with Davis' Wednesday assessment that her efforts could work on a statewide level for Democrats.

"I think a statewide Democratic candidate that demonstrated that same willingness and built that same type of relationship with communities across the state would have the potential to do the same," Davis said. "What it does is causes people to set partisanship aside. I know -- not just in the state of Texas but across the country -- they're (voters) tired of the divisiveness."

But Davis wouldn't discuss any the possibility of seeking higher office, saying she's focused on the next legislative session.

Saxe said her hard work could very well pay off down the road.

"There's always speculation automatically -- 'Is she going to run for higher office?' I think she will," he said. "I think she is a very politically attractive candidate, and the Democratic Party probably nationally may be looking at her."

Saxe said former Gov. Ann Richards may serve as a good role model for Davis, although he admitted that Davis running for anything else is still several years away.

Hall said she wishes Davis the best for the district's sake but hopes her party takes the seat back in four years.



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<![CDATA[Election Day 2012: By the Numbers]]> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 15:37:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vote-day-P5.jpg

The most important number for President Barack Obama on Election Day was 270, the number of electoral votes needed to clinch his re-election. But for the rest of us, the culmination of the marathon 2012 presidential race provided a host of other fascinating figures.

From the numbers of women elected to the U.S. Senate to the stack of Donald Trump's disgruntled tweets after the race was called for Obama, here is a numerical guide to Election Day 2012:

303 – The number of electoral votes Obama was projected to have won as of Wednesday morning, with Florida still too close to call, according to NBC News. He needed 270 to win reelection.

206 – The number of electoral votes former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was projected to have secured, as per NBC News.

2,625,875 – The number of votes separating Obama and Romney in the popular vote count with 97 percent of results in, according to NBC News.

118 million – The number of Americans who voted in the presidential election, with 97 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press. The number is sure to rise.

131 million – The number of people who cast ballots for president back in 2008, according to the AP.

71 – The percentage of Latinos who voted for Obama in this election, NBC News reported. Latinos represented 10 percent of the electorate.

27 – The percent of the Latino vote that Romney received, the lowest for any Republican in a generation, according to Slate.

89 – The percentage of all votes Romney won that came from whites, compared to 56 percent for Obama.

327,452 –- The peak number of tweets per minute after networks called the election for Obama at 11:19 p.m. ET. Twitter said the moment was its most-tweeted moment of Election 2012 by far.

396,372 – The number of new Facebook "likes" Obama received on Election Day.

20 — The number of women who will occupy the U.S. Senate come January, which will be a record high, NBC News reported.

53 —The number of U.S. Senate seats NBC News projected Democrats held. Another seat was held by Democratic-caucusing Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, and a seat in Maine was won by Independent Angus King, who Democrats were confident would vote with them although he refused to say with whom he would caucus.

12:50 – The time early Wednesday morning that Romney called Obama to congratulate him on his victory, according to the Boston Globe.

43 – The number of applause interruptions during Obama's victory speech, according to a transcript of the president's speech.

1,118 – The number of words in Romney's prepared victory speech, according to the AP.

455,000 (and counting) – The number of people who retweeted President Obama’s "four more years" message with a photo showing him hugging his wife, according to Twitter.

9 – The number of tweets sent by Donald Trump after Obama was declared winner -- that Trump didn't delete later -- starting with "Well, back to the drawing board!" and concluding with "House of Representatives shouldn’t give anything to Obama unless he terminates Obamacare." Trump deleted other tweets alleging Obama lost the popular vote and calling for "revolution," Mashable reported.

4 in 10 – The ratio of voters who said in exit polls they thought the economy is getting better, according to the AP.

10 – The number of defeated Democratic House incumbents, according to Politico.

12 – The number of defeated Republican House incumbents, per Politico.

2 – The number of states (Maine and Maryland) that approved gay marriage by popular vote, bringing the total number of states where same-sex marriage is legal to eight.

0 – The number of states where voters had previously voted in favor of allowing gay marriage.

1 – The number of members of Congress with backgrounds as reindeer ranchers and Santa Claus impersonators, according to the Detroit Free Press.

7.9 – The U.S. unemployment rate on Election Day, according to the Bureau of Labor Standards.

973,759 – The number of Hurricane Sandy victims still without power on Election Day, according to the Department of Energy.

15 – An estimate of the percentage decline in New York voter turnout compared from 2008 levels, according to the AP.

32 million – The number of early and mail-in ballots cast in 34 states and the District of Columbia before Election Day, according to the AP.

$3.46 – The national average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline on Election Day, according to the AP.

Alexandra Ward and Sam Schulz also contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[North Texas Election Highlights]]> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 10:13:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/decision+2012+web.jpg

In addition to the presidential election, North Texans voted in more than 125 additional races that not only determined representatives and senators at both the state and national level, but dozens of local races and propositions as well.

Highlights of some of those races are below, while the latest results for every race can be found here

U.S. President  - Mitt Romney (R), (i)Barack Obama (D), Jill Stein (G), Gary Johnson (L)

U.S. Senate - Ted Cruz (R), Paul Salder (D), John Myers (L), David Collins (G)

Other Popular Local Race Results (All Races)

Collin County - Frisco Beer and Wine
Collin County - Frisco Mixed Beverage
Collin County - Prosper Alcoholic Beverages

Dallas County - Balch Springs Alcoholic Beverages
Dallas County - Sheriff
Dallas County - Tax Assessor/Collector
Dallas County - Cedar Hill Beer and Wine
Dallas County - Richardson Mayor Direct Election
Dallas County - Seagoville Beer and Wine

Denton County - Aubrey Alcoholic Beverages
Denton County - Prosper Alcoholic Beverages
Denton County - Sanger Alcoholic Beverages
Denton County - Tax Assessor/Collector

Tarrant County - Sheriff
Tarrant County - Tax Assessor/Collector

See a complete list of all statewide and local races covered by NBC 5 for Decision 2012 here.

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<![CDATA[Coffee Drinkers Pick POTUS for 4th Straight Time]]> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 11:35:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/7-election-coffee.jpg

For the fourth straight time, drinkers of 7-Eleven coffee have called the presidential election.

Since 2000, the convenience store chain has kicked of election season with 7-Election -- a campaign where customers cast their "vote" for president by grabbing a coffee cup printed with the name of their candidate.

The "unabashedly unscientific, just-for-fun" poll correctly picked the POTUS in  2000, 2004, 2008. In 2012, six million java drinkers voted with their cups -- and President Obama won with 59 percent of the vote.

In Texas, while he didn't win the actual popular or electoral vote, Obama took the 7-Election with 57 percent of the cups sold in the state.

What is interesting about the polling, even if only anecdotally, is that coffee drinkers correctly picked the president in 26 of the 35 states participating (including Washington D.C.) -- that's 74 percent accuracy, y'all, and that isn't too shabby.

That accuracy rating doesn't yet include Florida since they are still, as of this writing, counting ballots. 7-Election awarded Florida to Obama. If the electoral college does the same, the prognosticative prowess of 7-Eleven coffee drinkers will climb to 77 percent accuracy.

**It's also worth mentioning that 14 of the 16 states that didn't participate in 7-Election were won in the real election by Romney. From a comparision standpoint, it would be interesting to see how those states would have voted, coffeewise.

Texas/7-Election Results:

Arlington: Obama 54 percent, 46 percent
Austin: Obama 62 percent, Romney 38 percent
Dallas: Obama 64 percent, Romney 36 percent
Denton: Obama 50 percent, Romney 50 percent
Fort Worth: Obama 56 percent, Romney 44 percent
Grapevine: Obama 38 percent, Romney 62 percent
Hillsboro: Obama 74 percent, Romney 26 percent
Killeen: Obama 55 percent, Romney 45 percent
San Marcos: Obama 62 percent, Romney 38 percent
Temple: Obama 54 percent, Romney 46 percent



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<![CDATA[Obama Thanks Michelle]]> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 07:02:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/obama-gallery-P1.jpg Obama's victory speech included a heartfelt thank you to First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia.

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<![CDATA[Obama Photo Most Retweeted Ever]]> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 01:45:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/obama-tweet1.jpg

As it became clear that President Barack Obama was headed for another term in office, the most digitally savvy leader of the free world took to Twitter.

 "This happened because of you. Thank you," he tweeted, with a photo of him hugging first lady Michelle Obama, captioned "Four more years."

In the minutes that followed, the photo broke the record for most retweets, wrestling the crown from Justin Bieber.

Meanwhile, celebrities, journalists and politicos of all stripes weighed in on Obama's re-election, none with as much unhinged fervor as Donald Trump.

A selection of the night's highlights:

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<![CDATA[Romney: I Pray Obama Will Be Successful]]> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 08:38:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RomneyConcedesLIM_5114461_722x406_6868547627.jpg Gov. Mitt Romney called the president to concede, and prayed for the well-being of the U.S. and President Barack Obama."I wish all of them well, particularly the president, the first lady and their daughters," he said. Romney said, "I ran for office because I'm concerned for America," and added, "Like so many of you, Paul and I have left everything on the field. We have given our all to this campaign."]]> <![CDATA[Elizabeth Warren Wins Mass. Senate Race]]> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 08:51:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ELizabeth+Warren+victory.jpg

Elizabeth Warren took back a U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts for Democrats after beating Republican Sen. Scott Brown, helping her party hang onto its majority in the chamber, according to NBC News projections.

With 95 percent of the vote in, the Harvard law professor and consumer advocate had 54 percent of the vote compared to 46 percent for Brown, NBC News reported.

"For every family that has been chipped and squeezed and hammered, we're going to fight for you," Warren said in a victory speech Tuesday night. "We're going to fight for a level playing field and we're going to put people back to work."

Warren's projected victory came after a tough, contentious battle against the incumbent, who stunned the political establishment in 2010 when he won the seat held for 47 years by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. She will become the first woman to represent Massachusetts in the Senate.

Warren, 63, had the backing of the president, who tapped her to create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and gave her a prime speaking spot at the Democratic National Convention this fall. She cast herself as a champion of consumers, the middle class and women, who overwhelmingly supported her bid, according to The New York Times.

Brown, 53, portrayed himself as a moderate everyman in a state dominated by Democrats.

"You've got no business in politics unless you respect the judgment of people," Brown said in a concession speech Tuesday. "And if you run for office, you've got to be able to take it either way, winning or losing, and I accept the decision of voters."

The race drew national attention for the amount of money poured into it — at least $68 million, according to The Associated Press — and for several flaps that came out of the months-long contest.

It was Warren's speech about the role of government in private sector success that morphed into the "you didn't build that" line Republicans used against the president.

"There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own, nobody," Warren said last August, according to the Los Angeles Times. "You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear: You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for, you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate, you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for."

President Obama riffed on that speech with his own, which became fodder for the Mitt Romney campaign and led to accusations that he was anti-business.

Warren also came under scrutiny after admitting that she had identified herself as a minority, claiming Native American ancestry in a law faculty directory. 



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<![CDATA[Campaign's Top Moments]]> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 19:31:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/obama+romney2.jpg

After many months, countless attack ads and nearly $2 billion raised and spent, the presidential campaign is finally coming to a close. To help put the long slog of a race into perspective, we’ve dipped into the archives and come up with a list of some of the campaign’s most pivotal, and memorable moments.

Rick Perry’s debate brain freeze

There was a time, more than a year ago, when Texas Gov. Rick Perry was considered the front runner among a strong field of Republican primary candidates that included Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, conservative talk radio host Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum. But Perry had a crushing weakness: muddy debate performances. His string of live-action flubs culminated on Nov. 9, 2011, when he tried to name the three federal agencies he’d eliminate if he became president.

"It's three agencies of government when I get there that are gone," Perry said. "Commerce, Education, and the…what's the third one there? Let's see." Nearly a minute passed, as some of the other candidates tried to help him out with suggestions. But it did no good. “The third agency of government I would do away with - the education, the uh, the commerce and let’s see. I can’t the third one. I can’t. Sorry. Oops.” Later, he remembered: the Department of Energy. But it was too late. Perry was dogged by speculation that he would drop out. He vowed to fight on, but by January he was gone.

Cain withdraws from race

Even the most outsider candidates seem to have their surges of popularity, and for a brief time Herman Cain had his with a "9-9-9" tax plan. And then he fell just as quickly, as a series of women came forward with allegations that he had sexually harassed them while he ran the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. Another woman claimed she had carried on a 13-year extramarital affair with him. Cain denied it all, but the charges overwhelmed his campaign, and on December 9, 2011, he dropped out, citing the “continued hurt on me and my family.”

Santorum shocks Romney

Perhaps Tom Brokaw said it best when he summed up Rick Santorum’s dogged candidacy by comparing the conservative former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania to a Hollywood action hero. "He's like a character in a Bruce Willis movie," Brokaw quipped during the head of the primary season. "He just knows how to stay alive.”

Santorum’s insurgency began with a surprising showing in the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3. The Iowa GOP originally announced Mitt Romney the winner by eight votes, but reversed itself less than two weeks later, when a closer count revealed that Santorum had won by 34 votes. The difference was more than just a few votes; it established Santorum as a force to be reckoned with, and he rode that momentum for months, picking up primary victories in February and March. Romney finally got the better of Santorum in April, reeling off three victories that resulted in Santorum withdrawing on April 4.

Biden forces Obama’s hand on same-sex marriage

Vice President Joe Biden is known for his spontaneity, which can catch even his closest allies off guard. At no time was was that more evident than on May 6, when Biden went on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and declared that he was “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex marriage. The statement caught President Barack Obama by surprise, and effectively forced his hand on the issue. Obama had once stated his opposition to same-sex marriage, but had more recently conceded that his stance was “evolving,” and apparently intended to declare his support some time just before the Democratic National Convention in August. Instead, on May 9, Obama gave an interview the ABC News in which he endorsed same-sex marriage. "At a certain point, I've just concluded that, for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married." Biden reportedly apologized to Obama for upsetting the president’s plans.

Romney clinches nomination

The race between President Obama and Mitt Romney officially began on May 29, when Romney clinched the Republican presidential nomination with a landslide victory in Texas. The achievement was largely symbolic, because he was already considered the front-runner, and most of his challengers, including Rick Santorum and Ron Paul, had dropped out. Romney, whose father, George, a Michigan governor, failed in his run for the Republican nomination in 1968, vindicated that loss and became the first Mormon to become a major-party nominee. "I am honored that Americans across the country have given their support to my candidacy,” Romney announced. “And I am humbled to have won enough delegates."

Romney picks Paul Ryan

One of the biggest problems Romney faced as the GOP’s nominee was ambivalence from the party’s conservative wing. His solution was to pick Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate. Ryan, the 42-year-old chairman of the House Budget Committee, was the author of a budget proposal that called for steep tax reductions, aggressive spending cuts, and a reorganization of the way Medicare and Medicaid operate. In short, Ryan was the answer to conservatives’ prayers: he was young, aggressive, well-spoken and, as a photo spread in Time illustrated, was in really good shape.

The choice highlighted the difference between the two campaigns on entitlements, taxes, the role of government in American life, and social issues, such as abortion. “There are a lot of people in the other party who might disagree with Paul Ryan,” Romney said at a rally in which he introduced Ryan. “I don't know of anyone who doesn't respect his character and judgment.” Ryan promised that he and Romney “won’t duck the tough issues. We will lead.”

Eastwood’s empty chair

On paper, Romney was the headliner of the Republican National Convention. But he was nearly outshone by an unlikely political speech-maker: Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood, who was introduced as a surprise guest just before Romney was scheduled to take the stage in Tampa on Aug. 30 and formally accept the GOP nomination. Working without a script or teleprompter, Eastwood, 82, delivered a long, rambling monologue that mocked Obama and Biden. He arranged for an empty chair to be brought on stage with him, and conducted an imaginary conversation with the president. The crowd of delegates roared, but the speech delayed Romney’s by 10 minutes and dominated discussion of the night’s events.

The Big Dog returns

Obama, too, was upstaged at his party’s convention. But unlike Romney’s choice of Eastwood, Obama pretty much knew what he was getting when he asked Clinton to formally nominate him at the Democratic National Convention’s second night in Charlotte on Sept. 5. The president and Clinton had never been close – their rivalry dated back to Hilary Clinton’s primary battle against Obama in 2008 – but they agreed to bury the hatchet in order to keep the White House in Democratic hands. Clinton, out of office for 12 years, clearly relished the opportunity to invoke the fiscal prosperity of the late 1990s that marked his second term as president, delivering a sparkling speech that argued that Obama deserved another four years to fix the economy. Clinton continued stumping for Obama through Election Day.

Romney’s “47 percent” remarks

America got a rare glimpse of an unexpurgated Mitt Romney in September, when Mother Jones released a secretly recorded video of the former governor speaking to wealthy donors in Florida. Taken by a small camera or cell phone resting on a table, the video captured Romney saying how he wasn’t trying to appeal to the “47 percent of the people” who will vote for Mr. Obama “no matter what.” These voters, he said, were “dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them.” The video threatened to upend his campaign, and Romney, who had battled a prevailing image of him as out of touch with middle-class voters, immediately sought to contain the damage. He conceded the remarks were “not elegantly stated” and insisted, “this is a campaign about the 100 percent.” But the quote dogged him for the rest of the race.

Romney dominates first debate

It was the wrong time for the president to take a nap. Just when Obama seemed to be pulling away in the polls, Romney routed him in the first presidential debate on Oct. 3. The Republican aggressively questioned the president’s ability to rescue the economy, but Obama often seemed uninterested in fighting back. Split-screen views of the debate showed Romney castigating Obama while Obama looked down as his lectern, grimly taking notes.

As front runner, Obama appeared to have adopted a strategy of caution, which rapidly backfired. Romney immediately gained ground in the polls, and pulled within striking distance of the president. Later, after he’d had a chance to review a tape of the debate, Obama conceded that he’d screwed up. In an appearance at a charity event with Romney, Obama joked about “the nice, long nap I had in the first debate.”

An unlikely hero to emerge from the first debate was Big Bird, after Romney put the character’s employer, PBS, on his hit list of government subsidies he’d cut. Immediately, supporters of Big Bird took to social media to defend the yellow-feathered victim. That weekend, Big Bird showed up on Saturday Night Live to defend himself.

Obama went on to rally in the second presidential debate, attacking Romney as a wealthy, far-right candidate who was masking himself as a moderate. At one point, the two men got in each other’s faces, appearing as if they might come into contact.

Their third and final debate, limited to foreign policy issues, was more subdued, and this time it was Romney who took a more cautious approach, while the president used sarcasm to mock Romney’s lack of experience in international affairs.

Sandy forces a pause in the race

Hurricane Sandy pummeled the Northeast a week before Election Day, forcing the candidates to briefly suspend their campaigns. As the devastation deepened, both men held off returning to the trail until after the worst was over. Whether the storm affects the race's result is a matter of debate, as questions remain about how millions of people still without power or access to transportation will get to the polls.



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<![CDATA[Election Night Coverage from NBC News]]> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 01:24:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/williams-anchor-elx.jpg

The presidential election between President Barack Obama (D), Mitt Romney (R), Jill Stein (G) and Gary Johnson (L) is top of mind for many voters.  NBCDFW.com will stream NBC Nightly News and NBC News' Election Night Coverage, live from Democracy Plaza in New York's Rockefeller Center, live in the video player above throughout the evening.

Coverage will be anchored by NBC News' Brian Williams who will be joined by Meet the Press moderator David Gregory and Today show cohost Savannah Guthrie.

Nightly correspondents Tom Brokaw, Andrea Mitchell, Lester Holt, Pete Williams, Chuck Todd, Tamron Hall, Kristen Welker and Peter Alexander will contirbute from the Nightly News studio.

Additionally, NBC 5 News will cut-in to national programming at :24 and :54 after the hour, every hour, for local election updates, beginning at 6 p.m.

To see a complete list of up-to-the-minute results for all local and statewide races in Texas, click here.

For other updates to election night coveage, follow NBCDFW on Facebook and Twitter @NBCDFW, or Nightly News @NBCNightlyNews.

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<![CDATA[Google and NBC Team Up for the Election]]> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:02:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/google_448x336.jpg

Barack Obama spends a historic election night in his home town of Chicago, facing political peril should he lose his bid for reelection or soaring heights of jubilance for his supporters if he wins. 

You can watch right along with some of the most knowledgable politicos as they take in the scene in Chicago. 

NBC's Owned and Operated Television Stations have teamed up with the smart folks at Google to ring in election night just a quick 'El' stop from where the President and his folks will be biting their nails and watching election returns. 

A panel of political experts will discuss the implications of the historic 2012 election, take questions from social media submitted to #asktheNBC5panel hashtag on Twitter, Facebook and Google +, and lean on a bevy of Google analytics to try to get perspective on the state of the race hours before the returns come in. 

Our panelists will talk with top politicians -- such as the nation's youngest congressman and Paul Ryan workout buddy, Aaron Schock, -- social media experts, and Google's analytics wizards. And much much more. 

The show begins at 6:30 p.m. central standard time and runs until the polls close in California. 

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<![CDATA[Road to the White House ]]> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 12:47:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/obama-wed-add-P1.jpg It's go time and with the 2012 presidential campaigns comes to a close, president Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney rally for last minute support for their bid at the White House.

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<![CDATA[Where To Vote On Election Day]]> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 09:48:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/0067464cms.jpg

It's Election Day!

If you did not participate in early voting, you will now need to go to an assigned precinct to cast your ballot.

Election workers are gearing up to get polling stations ready for voters with many locations opening at 7 a.m.

Please be advised that some polling station locations have changed due to redistricting. 

For a complete list of where you can vote, visit http://votetexas.gov/voting/where (due to the high volume of traffic to the website it may be slow to load).

All you need is your voter registration card and identification card.

Polls are open until 7 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Obama Mural Ordered Covered at Pa. Polls]]> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 16:08:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MURAL-COVERED2.gif

A Philadelphia court judge ordered poll workers to cover up a mural of President Barack Obama that was inside a polling place at a local school.

The uproar started when upset voters began circulating pictures via social media after voting at Ben Franklin Elementary School Tuesday morning.

The Republican Party quickly took action, filing a lawsuit that claimed illegal electioneering. The Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason issued this statement on PAGOP.ORG.

“Whether it’s blocking Republican Election Day workers form doing their job or violating Pennsylvania law by electioneering in the polling place, it is clear the Obama campaign has taken their campaign in the gutter to manipulate this election however they can.  Based on the Obama campaign’s behavior today, it certainly raises the question: what are Democrats doing in the polls that they are working so hard to shield folks from monitoring this election?”

Judge Milton Younge, Jr. of the Court of Common Pleas ordered that the mural be covered for the rest of election day with "blank paper or similar material" and "in its entirety," according to NBC News' Pete Williams.

As of 2 p.m., the mural was not entirely covered. NBC10 snapped a picture showing three sheets of paper covering the president's face.

In other Pennsylvania election news, a Department of State official told The Associated Press that a voting machine was recalibrated and put back into service after a Perry County voter reported that it had switched his switched his vote from Obama to Mitt Romney.



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<![CDATA[Local Polling Place Problems]]> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 01:38:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rosemeade-Rec-Ctr-110612.jpg

Some voters reported problems at North Texas polling locations from Dallas to Fort Worth on Election Day.

Dallas County said reports poured in all day from people who said their voter registration cards did not match the state's information at the polls.

Patricia Stevens, of Coppell, said the voter ID number on her voter registration card was registered to a woman in Sunnyvale.

"My name was not anywhere on the books even though I had my card," she said.

Poll workers gave Stevens a provisional ballot.

"After about an hour and a half, they told me I could do a provisional ballot, that they would review it after a week and let me know if they accepted it, so that's my situation," she said. "I was very disappointed."

"It will count once we get the confirmation from the DPS office, but they clearly have to tell us on that provision that they did register with DPS," Dallas County Elections Administrator Toni Pippens-Poole said. "We can't just assume that this is how they registered."

More than three hours after the polls closed in North Texas, the line at one polling location in Denton County still stretched out the door.

Voter Banette Sutton said she didn't realize the line at Long Middle School would be so long, saying she didn't expect to still be waiting in line at nearly 8:30 p.m.

Poll workers told voters that anyone who in line at 7 p.m. when the polls closed would be allowed to vote.

At the Rosemeade Rec Center in Carrollton, workers played catch up after the polls opened 45 minutes late because of computer problems.

"I've been in line two hours," voter Mike Goff said. "When you have five booths and one person voting, it's totally inefficient.

An election judge at the recreation center told NBC 5 that the line backed up after the electronic check-in system had a meltdown the first thing in the morning.

"It's all about being prepared," Goff said. "Prepare for the worst; hope for the best.

Some people who tired of waiting left before casting their ballot.

In Dallas, new judges were struggling to learn the job, Pippins-Poole said.

Recent redistricting also caused problems. Philando Cooks, who was first in line at about 6:30 a.m. at Our Redeemer Church and School, wasn't inside long after he was told he was at the wrong polling location.

Cooks then went to the location poll workers told him was his spot -- only to be rerouted back to Our Redeemer.

"I'm not satisfied, but I've got to do my duty, so go stand back in line," he said.

Cooks wasn't alone.

"I've been in Dallas 29 years and always gone to the same place until the last presidential election, which didn't make sense," Debbie Griffey said. "Now they're telling me to go back over there."

The elections department sent out workers to Our Redeemer to help guide frustrated voters.

"It didn't take long -- just a couple minutes to vote," Cade Hamner said. "There's a little bit of confusion sometimes, because this is an early voting location, so you get people in line this isn't their home precinct. That slowed things down a bit."

Griffey said the confusion would not deter her from making her voice heard.

"That's OK," she said. "My vote is still going to count. I'll get it in today."

In Tarrant County, voter Robin Garrison reported that the polling place at Trinity Terrace at 1600 Texas Street was not open at 7 a.m. and had a huge line.

The Tarrant County Elections Administration told NBC 5 that some inexperienced poll workers were opening the site. The elections staff sent another crew to assist, and the location was open by 7:50 a.m.

NBC 5's Randy McIlwain and Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Election 2012: A Look Back]]> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 06:49:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vote-day-P6.jpg It's go time and with the 2012 presidential campaigns coming to a close, president Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney rally for last minute support for their bid at the White House.

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<![CDATA[Decision 2012: Local Voting Under Way]]> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 16:44:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/web_Lyn_1106.jpg

It’s Decision 2012 here in North Texas. 

Workers arrived Tuesday morning an hour before the polling stations opened to get ready for Election Day voters.

The polls opened at 7 a.m., but some voters started showing up at Our Redeemer Church and School on Park Lane in Dallas at about 6:30 a.m. to make sure their votes count.

More than 400,000 people turned out for early voting in Dallas County. The Elections Administrator, Toni Pippins-Poole says that’s down about 10 percent from the 2008 Presidential Election. That could mean it will be an even busier day at the polls on Tuesday.

Pippins-Poole reminds voters to make sure you get to the bottom or the back of your ballot to weigh in on local special election questions.

"Everyone is focused on the national election, rather than what’s happening locally too.  National is important, so is the local election, because that’s really going to affect you," said Pippins-Poole.

Voters need to bring a voter registration card or identification card in order to vote.

Unlike early voting, people have to go to the assigned precinct. 

"Since we had redistricting, that location could have changed. We did mail out notices to over 600,000 registered voters that your location has changed, so we want you to be aware of that," said Pippins-Poole.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. For a complete list of where you can vote visit VoteTexas.gov (due to the high volume of traffic to the site it may be slow to load).



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<![CDATA[Dallas Voting on $642 Million Bond Plan ]]> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 08:22:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Generic-Dallas-Skyline-dayt.jpg

Dallas city leaders want voters to look to the bottom of Tuesday's ballot for three public improvement bond propositions.

The total of $642 million would provide the city with borrowed money for better storm drainage, road improvements and economic development.

The street improvements include $12 million to refurbish the old Houston Street Viaduct between downtown and Oak Cliff and make it ready for a planned streetcar line on Zang Boulevard.

The line would go to Methodist Hospital at first but extend to other parts of Oak Cliff later.

Some bus riders at a proposed stop on Zang Boulevard had not heard about the bond vote, and they had mixed opinions about the investment for a streetcar system.

"Bonds are not exciting, but I would like the trolley," bus rider Ricardo Vargas said. "I think it would be a good thing for the Oak Cliff community."

But rider Constance Morris said the buses are fine and questioned the bond issue investments.

"It should be for people getting more jobs," she said. "I'm looking for a job myself, and it's very competitive, and I think the money should be going toward something else."

Supporters say the economic development proposition is intended to help create jobs by supporting development in vacant areas of Dallas.

"If we want to make Southern Dallas continue to grow, this bond election is critical," Mayor Mike Rawlings said.

Storm drainage is the largest of the three propositions. It includes a project of about $300 million to help solve severe flooding around the Baylor Medical Center.

A March 2006 flood swamped the area, and water has also isolated the hospital's emergency room at other times.

The three propositions at the bottom of the ballot require a yes or no, independent of the party-line votes for candidates that appear earlier.

Rawlings said he is confident that voters will not overlook the referendum.

"I'm always concerned in every election, but I think we're getting the word out and they understand this bond election is there, and I think we've got interested civic voters out there," he said.

Supporters have raised money for a campaign but no large, organized opposition to the propositions has surfaced.



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<![CDATA[Don't Miss Local Props on Election Ballots]]> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 13:24:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/voting4.jpg

Voters who plan to cast a straight-ticket ballot, could miss some important local issues if they don't look over the entire ballot before casting their vote.

Dallas County Elections Administrator Toni Pippins-Poole said that during a presidential election year, sometimes the local issues can get lost at the bottom or on the back of the ballot. 

“We don’t want you to vote on the nation, state, and county, turn around and ask, ‘Where’s that local ballot?’ You’ve already voted, it’s too late after that.  Those are the local issues that affect you daily,” said Pippins-Poole.

If you fill in the oval for a straight-party vote, you still have to weigh-in separately on the proposition questions.

In Dallas, the city is asking voters whether to spend $642 million in bond money on area improvements.  There are three questions about road resurfacing, flood protection and drainage projects, and economic development in south Dallas.

Voters in Frisco, Prosper, Balch Springs, Cedar Hill, Seagoville, Aubrey and Sanger will decide whether to support or oppose changes to alcohol sales. 

Cedar Hill can also sound off about using bond money for school buildings and using more sales tax money for crime control and prevention.

Richardson could change the way it elects the mayor.

Voters have to vote on each election to be heard.

“We don’t want you to miss those, make sure you turn your ballot over,” said Pippins-Poole.

Most counties have a sample ballot on their website that voters can check out before heading to the polls.

Polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.



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<![CDATA[Cruz Rallies Supporters in Houston]]> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 00:45:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ted-cruz-paul-sadler-split.jpg

U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz spent Monday night rallying Republicans in Houston, encouraging them to take their enthusiasm to the polls and vote on Tuesday.

Cruz, who is running against Democratic nominee Paul Sadler to replace retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, told a packed restaurant in Houston that TV campaign ads, signs and polls don't matter anymore.

"What is critical now -- we're at the stage where this election comes down to turnout," he told the Spring Branch Republicans.

Cruz told reporters that getting supporters to vote propelled him from a little-known GOP hopeful to the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.

"By any metric, I should have been roadkill," said Cruz, referring to his primary matchup against the more heavily funded and well-known Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. "I should have been an armadillo by the side of the highway. And we saw an incredible coalition of thousands and thousands of Republican women and tea party leaders, business leaders and grassroots activists. And we went from just 2 percent in the polls to not just winning the primary, but winning by 14 points."

Cruz hasn't only been working on his campaign. He is helping elect other Republicans in swing states.

He said he has helped raise money for other Republicans, including U.S. Senate candidates Josh Mandel in Ohio, George Allen in Virginia and Jeff Flake in Arizona.



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<![CDATA[Jay-Z, Springsteen Hit the Trail With Obama]]> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 19:42:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/obama+springsteen+jay+z.jpg

Someone has to introduce the president.

On Monday, the final day of the presidential campaign, President Barack Obama, however, didn't bring along an opening act. He brought along two main acts.

Bruce Springsteen. Jay-Z. Theirs wasn't an introduction, it was pop culture moment.

The Boss was spending the entire day with Obama, traveling on Air Force One from Madison, Wis., to Columbus, Ohio, and then to Des Moines, Iowa, where Obama planned a coda for his campaign, a finale where his run for the presidency began five years ago.

Jay-Z boomed his way into Columbus's Nationwide Arena, performing a rendition of his hit "99 Problems" with a political twist for a crowd estimated by fire officials at more than 15,000 people. He changed a key R-rated word to make his own political endorsement. "I got 99 problems but Mitt ain't one," he sang.

"They tell the story of what our country is," Obama said of the two performers, "but also of what it should be and what it can be."

Springsteen added a whole new sense of vigor, even giddiness, to the Obama entourage, with many of the president's aides and advisers clearly star-struck by the rocker's presence.

Springsteen, in jeans, black boots, a work shirt, vest and leather jacket, was not wearing the typical Air Force One attire. But the Obama camp has left formality aside; many aides are growing beards through Election Day and ties have been left behind in favor of sweaters for the chilly outdoor events during the last hours of the campaign.

Asked if there was any downside to using celebrity glitz instead of substance to drive voters to the polls in the final days, Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki laughed. "I think Bruce Springsteen might be offended by you calling him glitzy," she said.

"Bruce Springsteen, and some other celebrities who have been helping us, reach a broad audience that sometimes tune out what's being said by politicians," she said.

As Psaki spoke to reporters at the back of the plane, Obama was up front and on the phone with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie discussing the recovery from Superstorm Sandy. Christie, who says he has attended more than 100 Springsteen concerts, said Obama then handed the phone to Springsteen, a New Jersey native whose songs often have been tributes to his youth in the state.

Upon landing in Columbus, Springsteen told a reporter that it was his first trip on Air Force One. Grinning, he said: "It was pretty cool." As for New Jersey, he said "I'm feeling pretty hopeful" that the state's hard-hit shore will recover

In Madison and Columbus, Springsteen serenaded audiences with renditions of top anthems "No Surrender," ''Promised Land," and "Land of Hope and Dreams." But he also has a custom made campaign song named after the Obama motto "Forward" - "Not the best I've ever written."

"How many things rhyme with Obama?" he asked.

Obama, no doubt, didn't mind.

"I'm going to be fine with Bruce Springsteen on the last day that I'll ever campaign," he said above the din of the crowd.

"That's not a bad way to bring it home. With The Boss. With The Boss"



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