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Politics George W. Bush

  • Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

    Romney has said his focus on small business is what distinguishes himself from the last Republican president, George W. Bush. But their approaches to entrepreneurs seem pretty similar, according to the New York Times.

  • KEY IMAGES: The ad uses video from Mitt Romney' town hall-style presidential debate with President Barack Obama in Hempstead, N.Y., to attack the president's performance over the past four years. Median income is down $4,300 a family and 23 million Americans out of work.

  • WASHINGTON-- Sensing an opportunity to keep Maine's Senate seat in Republican hands, a super PAC started by GOP strategist Karl Rove is airing television ads in the state for the first time as part of a $5 million blitz in a handful of states.

  • Debate's Impact on the Independent

    How tonight's debate impacted the independent voter, with Jared Bernstein, Former chief Economist to VP Biden; Sara Fagen, Former Top Aide to President George W. Bush; Keith Boykin, Democratic Strategist; Jim Nussle, Former OMB Director; Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman; and Austin Ligon, co-founder & former CEO of CarMax.

  • Romney's Economic Adviser Reacts to Debate

    CNBC's John Harwood and Larry Kudlow speak to Glen Hubbard, Mitt Romney Economic Adviser, about how Governor Romney differentiated his plans from George W. Bush and President Obama.

  • Obama, Romney on Gun Control

    President Obama addresses his take on assault-weapon policies, saying "My beliefs are to enforce laws we currently have, keep guns out of the hands of criminals, and that weapons designed for soldiers do not belong on the streets." Governor Romney discusses why he changed his mind on an assault-weapon ban.

  • How Romney Differentiates Himself From Bush

    Governor Romney differentiates himself and his policies from George W. Bush and Bush's administration, saying he will "crack down on China." President Obama says Romney is "the last person who is going to get tough on China."

  • NEW YORK-- A Republican-leaning independent group supporting Mitt Romney's presidential bid is spending $11.1 million on new television ads aimed at women. The group planned to air the new ad on national and local cable stations, and in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.

  • KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-- The Knoxville News Sentinel has ended a decades-old tradition of endorsing presidential candidates, saying it no longer has any special access to the candidates.

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio-- Ohio's state watchdog hasn't yet released an investigative report on the investment scandal that engulfed Ohio in 2005 _ and critics want to know why.

  • WASHINGTON-- The U.S. budget deficit has topped $1 trillion for a fourth straight year, but a modest improvement in economic growth helped narrow the gap by $207 billion compared with last year. The Treasury Department said Friday the deficit for the 2012 budget year totaled $1.1 trillion.

  • WASHINGTON-- The United States has now spent $1 trillion more than it's taken in for four straight years. The Treasury Department confirmed Friday what was widely expected: The deficit for the just-ended 2012 budget year _ the gap between the government's tax revenue and its spending _ totaled $1.1 trillion.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 12- The Obama administration said on Friday it has not changed its stance on letting tax rates rise at year-end for high-income Americans, despite comments from Vice President Joe Biden in Thursday night's debate that seemed to suggest a shift.

  • WASHINGTON-- With the outcome of next month's presidential election increasingly hazy, here's a shred of clarity that investors can cling to: The tax rates they pay on investment income like stock profits and dividends are almost certain to change.

  • WASHINGTON-- The federal budget deficit has topped $1 trillion for a fourth straight year. The Treasury Department said Friday that the deficit for the 2012 budget year totaled $1.1 trillion.

  • WASHINGTON-- Fierce and focused, Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan gave voters the kind of substantive showdown that was everything the presidential debate was not. "Not a single thing he said is accurate," Biden shot back when Ryan leveled a charge that President Barack Obama was projecting U.S. weakness.

  • WASHINGTON-- Anyone who paid attention to a hearing in Congress this week knew that the administration had been implored to beef up security at the U.S. Consulate in Libya before the deadly terrorist attack there. But in the vice presidential debate Thursday night, Joe Biden seemed unaware.

  • WASHINGTON-- An old feud and the race for women voters took center stage in a tight Arizona Senate race Thursday, with Republican Rep. Jeff Flake citing the grudge in a new ad alleging that Democrat Richard Carmona lacks the temperament for the job. Richard Carmona should never, ever be in the U.S. Senate. "

  • WASHINGTON-- The end of the 2012 federal budget year is expected to produce the fourth straight annual deficit above $1 trillion. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the deficit totaled $1.1 trillion for the 12 months that ended Sept. 30.

  • Vice President Joe Biden and his Republican rival, Paul Ryan, faced off on Thursday in their only debate before the Nov. 6 presidential election. Here is some fact-checking of claims made by the candidates. RYAN: ECONOMIC GROWTH IS SLOWER NOW.