Normally, a president presiding over 8 percent unemployment and in a country that sees itself on the wrong track wouldn’t stand a chance. But then a candidate with Mitt Romney’s shortcomings, including his failure to ignite much enthusiasm within his own party, wouldn’t stand a chance, either.
Paul Ryan has a reputation as a deficit hawk. Mitt Romney's running mate has proposed budgets that cut non-defense spending significantly, and advocated controlling Medicare costs by making it a voucher program. But critics argue there's a lot in the Wisconsin congressman's record that undermines his deficit-hawk reputation.
Audie Cornish talks to regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the Democratic National Convention.
Too many students opt out of technical training too early in their career. We need to find ways to make technical training more interesting very early on or we will face the technical talent gap for a long time.
Vice President Joe Biden ended up having to play behind Bill Clinton and his speech Thursday won’t get much attention on what is President Obama’s night. But Biden was effective, and at times powerful, speaking as a witness who watched Obama up close. And because of his reputation for saying what’s on his mind, which has often gotten him into trouble, he has a kind of credibility that doesn’t come automatically to those who are always, always on message.