Timeline

Nov. 9, 2011

Perry’s debate slip-up
During a Republican primary debate, Rick Perry blanked on the federal agency he would eliminate as president: “The third agency of government I would do away with – the education, the uh, the commerce and let’s see. I can’t. the third one I can’t. Sorry. Oops.”

Dec. 3, 2011

Herman Cain exits faster than you can say 9-9-9
Maybe America just wasn’t ready for a Herman Cain presidency. The pizza chain kingpin ended his bizarre rise to the top of the Republican primary after sexual harassment allegations.

April 10, 2011

Rick Santorum drops out
Although the sweater-vest wearing former Pennsylvania senator almost knocked off Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucus, it wasn’t enough to sustain his campaign. Santorum dropped out in April.

April 26, 2011

Biden: Obama “has a big stick”
Joe Biden assured a crowd of college students that the commander-in-chief has a sizeable stick – at least on his strong stance against Iran.

May 9 2012

Obama comes out in support of gay marriage
“I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married,”Obama said.

May 29, 2012

A nominee for the GOP
With a Texas primary win, Romney completed his steamroll through Republican candidates and clinched the Republican nomination.

June 28, 2012

Affordable Care Act upheld
Obama got a political lift when John Roberts, the conservative chief justice, voted to keep the president’s signature legislative achievement intact.

July 26, 2012

Romney’s Olympic flub
The London mayor and British prime minister took issue with Romney’s criticism of Olympic operations.

Aug. 11, 2012

Romney gets a running mate
Paul Ryan, the handsome young congressman with a comprehensive budget plan, invigorated conservative and young Mitt Romney supporters.

Aug. 19, 2012

“Legitimate rape” comment from congressman causes uproar
“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., said.

Aug. 30, 2012

Eastwood’s empty chair moment
Barack Obama wasn’t invited to the RNC, but that didn’t stop actor Clint Eastwood from addressing imaginary Obama in front of millions.

Sept. 4, 2012

First Lady speaks at the DNC
“I have seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are – it reveals who you are,” Michelle Obama said.

Sept. 11, 2012

Obama pushed back after Libya attack
Republicans say the president misled Americans with his response to the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi.

Sept. 17, 2012

’47 percent’ video causes firestorm
“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter waht. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them,” Mitt Romney said.

Oct. 3, 2012

Obama flat-footed, Romney on his game
Romney jumped in the polls after his debate performance that came out hard against Obama (and Big Bird).

Oct 16 & 23, 2012

Memes, not policy, mark debates
From Romney’s “binders full of women” comment to Obama’s “horses and bayonets” retort, the last two debates were remembered for memes.

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