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Obama vs. Romney

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The Inside Story of the 2012 Presidential Campaign

The presidential campaign of 2012 was one of the closest and most fierce, expensive, and unpredictable in our history, and Washington Post senior political correspondent Dan Balz chronicled every twist.

Obama vs. Romney is a collection of 50 dispatches from the campaign trail, by one the preeminent political journalists of our times. Balz recounts the back-and-forth slugfest of 2012 in a single seamless narrative, including his hundreds of interviews with behind-the-scenes players who crafted both Obama’s scorched-earth re-election game plan and Romney’s audacious strategy for unseating a president. The result is a complete inside story of the campaign from the early days in both parties, through the dramatic ending that wasn’t written until the very last hours of the election. 

Table of Contents

  1. Obama vs. Romney: The 'Take' on Election 2012
  2. OBAMA vs. ROMNEY
  3. Copyright
  4. INTRODUCTION
  5. LESSONS FOR OBAMA
  6. GOP KICKS OFF
  7. Obama's team prepares for 2012
  8. For Romney, new campaign, old obstacles
  9. Romney's focusing his bid on one thing
  10. Time for Obama to reassess
  11. The road to the GOP nomination starts
  12. Debt talks show a breakdown
  13. August could be make or break
  14. A month that will shape the presidential race
  15. Another September of Obama discontent
  16. Voters make the real decisions
  17. THE GOP DEBATES
  18. Voter angst clouds the outlook for the election
  19. Republican race breaks with patterns of past
  20. For Gingrich, an opportunity to seize
  21. Will demographic shifts save Obama?
  22. Can Romney prevail if few are excited about him?
  23. The surprising candidacy of Ron Paul
  24. A damaged brand for Republicans
  25. Obama team ready for general election
  26. Romney and McCain bury the past
  27. Romney: Still strong but unable to shake doubts
  28. A last-minute embrace of Santorum
  29. THE PRIMARIES
  30. Romney vs. Gingrich highlights GOP unease
  31. The GOP empire strikes back at Gingrich
  32. Romney's strategy has paid off
  33. A bumpy path for Romney
  34. Santorum slip may get Romney only so far
  35. Romney rivals lacking broad support
  36. Can ideology trump electability?
  37. Can Romney hit reset on his campaign?
  38. Can Labor Day determine a winner?
  39. Obama vs. Romney: Tight race from the start
  40. Gingrich ran notable campaign in his own way
  41. THE CANDIDATES FACE OFF
  42. Obama's rivals
  43. High stakes over Bain
  44. The campaign's missing issue
  45. Obama must do more than attack to win
  46. A bad week for the Democrats
  47. Candidates in tug of war over Ohio
  48. Obama: Then and now
  49. Can Romney survive summer storms?
  50. Will the campaigns change their tone?
  51. Romney has a busy month ahead
  52. Picking Ryan sharpens voters' choices
  53. THE END OF THE TRAIL
  54. Fear and loathing on the trail
  55. Showtime arrives for Romney campaign
  56. Clint Eastwood riff distracts from successful GOP convention
  57. Did Obama change Washington?
  58. Obama would move 'forward,' but then what?
  59. In a Buckeye state of mind
  60. Did past week’s events change Romney’s, Obama’s fortunes?
  61. One week does not a campaign make
  62. A debate that adds up to more
  63. Bitter until the bitter end
  64. The Final Days
  65. After the election, a time to ask, ‘What if?'
  66. Can the same president build a new landscape?
  67. Obama's reelection, by the numbers
  68. More from The Washington Post
  69. Connect with Diversion Books