US election: Everything you need to know

2012-11-05 08:38

With Americans just a day away from picking their next president, News24 has compiled a guide to help you make sense of the elections.

Voter profile: A Reluctant Democrat

2012-10-31 11:56

Leanne Roncolato, a 27-year-old American student, voted for Barack Obama in 2008, but is reluctant to do the same this election. She tells News24's Simon Williamson why.

The final debate: foreign policy

2012-10-23 12:39

Barack Obama finished ahead in the final US presidential debate, but it is unlikely to make a massive difference on the outcome, writes Simon Williamson.

Electoral maths isn't pretty for Romney

2012-10-11 15:24

American elections are untypical – they aren't as easy as one person one vote. News24's US correspondent Simon Williamson breaks it down.

Benghazi: Screws to turn for Obama

2012-10-10 11:09

The heat is on for the Obama administration as the Republican-held House of Representatives holds a hearing on US failures in the Benghazi attack, says Simon Williamson.

Beghazi attack could hurt Obama

2012-09-26 08:19

While foreign policy may not make up a big part of this year's electoral toing and froing, dead US ambassadors certainly form part of the public discourse, writes Simon Williamson.

Romney made a bad tactical mistake

2012-09-13 10:19

Mitt Romney accused the president of sympathising with the murderers of Americans, and that shouldn't be permissible no matter which side of the aisle one is, writes Simon Williamson.

Bill Clinton still the king

2012-09-07 12:01

Former US president Bill Clinton has an uncanny ability to speak to people outside party lines, which makes it difficult for his opposition to respond, writes News24's Simon Williamson.

The Democratic Party platform

2012-09-04 11:16

News24's US correspondent Simon Williamson takes a look at the newly-released Democrat party platform.

Abortion politics in the US election

2012-08-24 10:12

In the midst of the "legitimate rape" row, people have all of a sudden remembered a controversial draft of a Paul Ryan-supported bill against taxpayer funding for abortion.

US Senate race: A breakdown - Part2

2012-08-16 12:31

News24's US correspondent Simon Williamson brings you the second instalment of a breakdown of the US Senate race.

Romney's VP pick: The good and the bad

2012-08-11 23:16

Simon Williamson looks at what Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate means for the US election.

Romney’s international waste of time

2012-07-27 08:10

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has turned a zero-gain mission into a personal headache, claims Simon Williamson.

A bad statistic for 'Governor Romney'

2012-07-11 09:05

The charge that Romney presided over one of the worst job-creating states is not entirely accurate, says Simon Williamson.

The US immigration battle

2012-06-26 09:32

Simon Williamson looks at the US Supreme Court's decision on striking down most of Arizona's laws against illegal immigration.

The US election: Why context is important

2012-06-12 13:25

The media's obsession with identifying and maximising gaffes is robbing the US of some serious political debate, says Simon Williamson.

Key swing states: Romney down

2012-05-24 13:55

US elections are won and lost in swing states, writes Simon Williamson, and as things stand, Mitt Romney will not be opening his briefcase in the Oval Office.

Obama backs gay marriage: Political impact

2012-05-10 10:28

With only months left until the US votes, Barack Obama has come out in support of gay marriage. Simon Williams asks, just what is the political impact?

Why Romney is aiming for conservatives

2012-05-02 15:05

Mitt Romney is still running a highly conservative campaign in order to attract the voter base he needs, writes Simon Williamson.

Goodbye, moderates

2012-04-19 07:49

America’s moderate legislators are leaving or being voted out in droves. Simon Williamson mourns the loss of compromise.

Rick Santorum and Pennsylvania

2012-04-12 08:56

Rick Santorum’s divisive relationship with the electorate is no more pronounced than in Pennsylvania, his home state.

Campaign season: Open!

2012-04-04 19:25

Democrat US President Barack Obama has launched into Republicans in his most clear and aimed attack yet, calling out his most likely rival, Mitt Romney, by name.

Accept the gifts that come with rape

2012-02-17 13:36

Women's rights are a focal point within the current US discourse. Although one would be forgiven for thinking this discourse was from the 1940s, says Simon Williamson.

How did Gingrich win South Carolina?

2012-01-23 07:10

Less than a week ago Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was way back in the polls in South Carolina. How did he turn his situation into a storming victory?

Where Jon Huntsman lost it

2012-01-17 14:22

Just how did a candidate with so much potential, brainpower and cross-party appeal perform so badly, asks Simon Williamson?


A Principled Conservative

2012-11-02 11:38

Contrary to popular belief, the USA is not an army of liberals against a similar-sized army of conservatives, says News24's Simon Williamson.

Why I hate the presidential debates

2012-10-26 11:07

Simon Williamson is no huge fan of one of the most celebrated instruments of the US elections.

Romney's Benghazi inability

2012-10-22 12:17

It is quite unbelievable that Mitt Romney is unable to land any punches on President Barack Obama over the 11 September attack in Benghazi, writes Simon Williamson.

US Senate race preview

2012-10-10 15:34

The most important contest outside the US presidential elections.

US Presidential Debate #1

2012-10-04 09:58

By playing safe, Obama didn't give the media anything to work with. Romney, however, dropped sound bite after sound bite, writes News24's Simon Williamson.

Don't count Romney out just yet

2012-09-21 08:25

It may seem the last two months have been a disaster for the Romney campaign. But don't write the Republicans off just yet, writes News24's US correspondent Simon Williamson.

Romney and Obamacare: It could end badly

2012-09-10 09:03

Team Romney's move to the centre on Obamacare is not the best way to gain swing voters. Disrespecting your core voters never ends well, writes News24's Simon Williamson.

An underwhelming convention

2012-09-04 15:26

The Republican National Convention last week, for the most part, went according to plan. But it hasn't quite caused a noticeable bump in the polls, notes Simon Williamson.

The Republican platform

2012-08-29 11:13

The other significant event at the Republican convention has been the adoption of the Republican platform – a document that forms the basis of what the party stands for.

Legitimate rapes and pregnancy

2012-08-20 14:01

Simon Williamson was shocked to hear a US Senate candidate mouth off about pregnancies caused by rape.

US Senate race: A breakdown

2012-08-14 09:10

News24's US correspondent Simon Williamson takes an in-depth look at the state of the US Senate race as the Republicans attempt to regain control.

Senate Republicans continue surge to the right

2012-08-02 11:41

The victory of super conservative Ted Cruz in the Republican primary for an open Texas Senate seat signals the party's continuing surge to the right, Simon Williamson writes.

The only poll where Romney really struggles

2012-07-26 13:43

US President Barack Obama and White House hopeful Mitt Romney are virtually neck and neck in polls. However, there is another less-reported poll, writes Simon Williamson.

Romney caught between tax and constitution

2012-07-06 07:30

What should have been a slam-dunk election issue for Republicans has been complicated by their choice of candidate, says Simon Williamson.

US: A split party could split results

2012-06-20 09:23

With the way Democrats in conservative states are campaigning, it might be hard for the party to win across the board, says Simon Williamson.

Obama conspiracy theories

2012-05-31 11:25

There are plenty of holes to prick in US President Barack Obama's record, but some folks have fallen so far off the realism ladder, writes Simon Williamson.

Republicans hate polls

2012-05-18 07:42

Democrats are the party that is most often accused of creating campaigns around what polls say. And if one compares the two major US parties, this would seem to hold true.

The crazies have won

2012-05-04 07:46

Simon Williamson laments how easily Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is pushed around.

What happened to Newt?

2012-04-26 12:16

Just why did Newt Gingrich decide to suspend his campaign? Simon Williamson has the answers.

Obama, the Buffet Rule, and the repetitive tax debate

2012-04-17 08:37

Opposition to Obama’s Buffet Rule plan has begun to happen in a manner that isn't just hopeless shouting about "class warfare", says Simon Williamson.

US elections: Is Rick Santorum out?

2012-04-05 07:52

In spite of Mitt Romney’s three wins in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, DC, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum is going to cling on.

Mitt Romney’s biggest gaffe

2012-03-23 14:40

Republican candidate Mitt Romney has made numerous gaffes this campaign, but the latest will haunt him for a good long time, says Simon Williamson.

The race arrives in Florida

2012-01-26 09:01

Just what will the Republican presidential candidates be up to when they arrive in the Sunshine State?

Democrats swing into action

2012-01-19 08:07

President Barack Obama’s team begins his re-election effort by going after the favourite for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney.

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