Ann Romney: biggest fear is for Mitt’s "mental well-being"

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ann Romney told a Nevada television station her biggest concern if her husband, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, becomes president was his “mental well-being.”

Under fire from the right, Romney rigorously preparing for debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Under pressure to regain his balance in the race for the White House, Mitt Romney is going through intense preparation for the first presidential debate next week while his campaign appeals to fellow Republicans to keep faith with their candidate.

Farm law to expire but many programs funded through March

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Expiration of U.S. farm law on October 1, shutting off dairy supports and putting 2013 crop subsidies in limbo, will cause pain for some farmers and frustration for many but programs like food stamps and crop insurance will roll on, analysts said.

Akin defends using term "ladylike" in Missouri campaign

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, who was shunned by fellow Republicans last month over controversial remarks about rape, brushed off criticism on Friday that he was being sexist when he said his opponent Claire McCaskill wasn’t “ladylike” in their recent debate.

Obama’s lead over Romney dips to 5 points: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s lead over Republican Mitt Romney dipped slightly to five percentage points ahead of next week’s first debate in the race for the White House, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday.

Romney campaigns in Pennsylvania despite state slipping away

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Republican candidate Mitt Romney raised money and slammed President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy on Friday in a rare campaign appearance in Pennsylvania, a former swing state that he admitted was now difficult for him to win on November 6.

Obama-Romney debate challenge: handling the off-script moment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If history is a guide, Democrat Barack Obama will have a tough time in the first presidential debate on Wednesday, Republican Mitt Romney will be particularly aggressive, and both will risk committing a damaging gaffe if they wander off their talking points.

Obama, Romney woo military in battleground state Virginia

VIRGINIA BEACH/SPRINGFIELD, Virginia (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney battled to capture the military vote in Virginia on Thursday as they tried to squeeze out an advantage in one of the most tightly contested swing states ahead of the November 6 election.