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NRA's enemies list: Who's left in America that wouldn't be on the list?
February 6th, 2013
02:55 PM ET

NRA's enemies list: Who's left in America that wouldn't be on the list?

The NRA has a list of "National Organizations with Anti-Gun Policies" on its website.  In his latest column for CNN.com, John Avlon discusses how the list of enemies illustrates the organization's divisiveness and isolation and how it will ultimately backfire.

John Avlon is also a CNN contributor and member of the OutFront political strike team. FULL POST

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Filed under: Gun Control • Opinion
October 4th, 2012
05:47 PM ET

The audacity of Romney's Etch a Sketch

The Etch a Sketch was in full effect at the first presidential debate in Denver on Wednesday night.

Mitt Romney put forward a strong performance, transforming back into his 2002 Massachusetts moderate mold, a belated advocate of bipartisan leadership. It would have had a lot more impact if it hadn't contradicted almost every policy statement Romney has made on the campaign trail since he started running for president. This flip-flopping is a force of habit, but it was used to great effect, reflecting a campaign and a candidate finally focused on the general electorate.

President Obama, in turn, had an objectively weak debate. The president was more professor than preacher, a budget wonk getting lost in paragraphs of detail rather than concisely punching back. He fulfilled the political truism that incumbent presidents have bad first debates because they are comparatively unprepared and overburdened by budgets and other details of governing - as President Reagan did in his disastrous first 1984 debate.

The trick of communicating policy is to distill it to memorable concise concepts. That happened far too rarely, and when it did, it seemed to be off the cuff, winning Obama points for authenticity but few for debate prep.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • 2012 Presidential Debate • News • Opinion • Politics
September 26th, 2012
04:07 PM ET

GOP keeps social issues in the closet in 2012

The Obama campaign woke up to good news today with new polls in three swing states that has President Barack Obama exceeding 50% support among like voters. Obama also holds a lead of nine to 12 points over Republican opponent Mitt Romney.

Romney 'my heart aches' for those struggling

In his latest column for CNN.com, John Avlon discusses the absence of social issues from a party that stands for social conservatism, the GOP.

John Avlon is also a CNN contributor and member of the OutFront political strike team.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Opinion • Political Strike Team • Politics
August 31st, 2012
01:48 PM ET

'On presidential policy Romney got an incomplete,' says John Avlon

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney formally accepted his party's nomination Thursday at the Republican National Convention.

Did Romney lose or gain ground with undecided voters after his acceptance speech?

Five things we learned from Day Three of the RNC

In his latest column for CNN.com, John Avlon gave Romney a letter grade of a C for what he called 'positive presidential vision' and an incomplete for presidential policy.

John Avlon is also a CNN contributor and member of the OutFront political strike team.

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'Mitt Romney's missing character narrative should be part of his convention speech,' says John Avlon
August 30th, 2012
01:14 PM ET

'Mitt Romney's missing character narrative should be part of his convention speech,' says John Avlon

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is set to formally accept his party's nomination Thursday at the Republican National Convention. By all accounts, speakers such as his wife Ann Romney, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and running mate Paul Ryan have met their party's expectations.

Romney to conclude GOP convention with defining speech

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, John Avlon notes what he calls Romney's 'missing character narrative.' Avlon says it is time for Romney to share intimate details of his life that helped shape his character so voters may get to know the 'real Romney.'

John Avlon is also a CNN contributor and member of the OutFront political strike team.

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