There are less than five days before the American population heads to the polls for what is expected to be an extremely tight race. Here are some of the important campaign moments that have led to a virtual tie between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama
August 30, 2012
GOP Convention Speech
After a rough, seemingly never-ending race to be the GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney finally took the stage on Aug. 31 to deliver his acceptance speech. It seems to signal a turn of the tides, with pundits surprised by the competency, comfort and confidence that came from the newly anointed Mr. Romney.
September 11, 2012
The Benghazi moment
Before the dust had settled in Benghazi, Mr. Romney was already making proclamations about the Obama administration’s poor response to the disaster. He first criticized a statement released by the U.S. embassy in Cairo before accusing the President of apologizing for American values. Some people within the GOP worried this would be Mr. Romney’s ‘Lehman moment,’ and sink him in the polls.
September 17, 2012
The attempt at a turnaround
The Romney campaign tried to relaunch their candidate about a week after the Benghazi statement. Aides promised more specifics on Mr. Romney’s policies in hopes that he could capitalize on voter discontent with the struggling U.S. economy. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much attention paid to Mr. Romney’s reboot because it was overshadowed by the release of some very memorable secret footage...
September 17, 2012 (part two)
The 47-per-cent factor
“Off the cuff” and “not elegantly stated” were Mr. Romney’s best explanations of the now-infamous 47-per-cent remark, when he called nearly half of the American population victims and ‘dependent’ on government. And, while the GOP candidate didn’t plummet in the polls as a result of his comments, it felt like he was losing momentum.
October 3, 2012
The first debate
For many Romney supporters, the first debate was the pivotal moment in the campaign. Mr. Romney appeared friendly and enthusiastic as he argued his points on domestic issues. But it wasn’t solely Mr. Romney’s performance that boosted his support, it was also President Barack Obama’s lacklustre effort.
October 16, 2012
The second debate
This debate saw the awakening of Mr. Obama, but Mr. Romney seemed to hold his own during the town-hall-styled match-up. It was certainly not his best performance, what with his "binders full of women" gaffe. But his strongest moments were during the questions on the economy. He stumbled, though, when he insisted that the President did not use the phrase “act of terror” the day after the Benghazi attack. Moderator Candy Crowley corrected him on the spot, prompting cries of foul play by Republicans.
October 21, 2012
Evening the score
On the eve of the final debate, it seemed Mr. Romney’s poised performances in October were paying off. A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed both candidates in a dead heat at 47 per cent. With less than three weeks until election day, the gap between Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney was also narrowing in some key battleground states, like Ohio and Florida.
October 22, 2012
The final debate
Mr. Romney again held his own in the last debate, which focused on foreign policy. While many pundits gave the win to Mr. Obama, who had much more experience in international affairs, many Romney supporters said their candidate won simply by proving he could be a reliable, level-headed commander-in-chief.
October 23, 2012
The ‘a’ and ‘r’ words
Throughout the campaign, the Republican party suffered from a few ‘rape’ and ‘abortion’ comments that left them looking supremely socially conservative at best, backwards when it comes to women’s rights at worst. But Mr. Romney made an effort to distance himself from the remarks made by long-time GOP senator Richard Mourdoch: “I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”
October 29, 2012
With a week left to go, Mr. Romney matched the President and scrapped his campaign events on Monday and Tuesday as hurricane Sandy battered the eastern seaboard in the United States. He also urged the rest of the country to donate to the Red Cross to help with recovery efforts.