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On assignment: US election trail with Brian Thomson
SBS Senior Correspondent Brian Thomson has been reporting from the US on Obama and Romney's presidential bids.
WHY ROMNEY WAS DEFEATED (November 8)
SBS Senior Correspondent Brian Thomson reports on the importance of the Latino vote in the US election, and on Mitt Romney's failure to be seen as representative of the average American.
Click here to watch the full story: Romney's downfall: Brian Thomson reporting or watch it on YouTube.
OBAMA'S RE-ELECTION SPOOKS INVESTORS (November 8)
US President Barack Obama is back in Washington after celebrating his election victory with his family in Chicago.
But the economic challenges he's facing have been laid bare by a sharp fall in the US stock market. Investors are spooked by the fiscal gridlock in Washington, after the Republicans retained control of the House of Representatives, and the Democrats the Senate. From Washington SBS Senior Correspondent Brian Thomson reports.
Click here to watch the full story: Obama's re-election spooks investors
OBAMA SAYS 'BEST IS YET TO COME' (November 7)
President Barack Obama has told cheering supporters that "the best is yet to come" for the United States as he stormed to a second term by defeating Republican Mitt Romney.
After taking the stage at a raucous Chicago victory party early on Wednesday with wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia, Obama returned to the themes of his re-election bid, vowing to fight for the middle class and the American dream, SBS Senior Correspondent Brian Thomson reports.
Click here to watch the full story: Obama wins the US election
MANY CHALLENGES LIE AHEAD FOR OBAMA (November 7)
Nothing can spoil the Democrats party tonight, but tomorrow President Barack Obama will wake up, with a host of problems and an economic nightmare still to solve, SBS Senior Correspondent Brian Thomson reports.
Click here to watch the full story: What awaits Obama: Brian Thomson reports or watch it on YouTube.
OBAMA, ROMNEY END CAMPAIGNING (November 6)
President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney raced from one battleground state to another in the final day of campaigning before Election Day, as polls suggest President Obama has a slight edge, SBS Senior Correspondent Brian Thomson reports.
OBAMA, ROMNEY MAKE LAST PUSH IN TIGHT RACE (November 5)
President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are engaged in a frenzied cross-country blitz of the remaining toss-up states, with both sides predicting victory in a race that remains too close to call just two days before election day, SBS Senior Correspondent Brian Thomson reports.
Click here to watch the full story: Candidates in campaign-frenzy
WHY OHIO IS CRUCIAL (November 5)
SBS Senior Correspondent Brian Thomson explains why Ohio is crucial in the US election and by when the world is likely to know who is the next US President.
Click here to watch the full report: Why Ohio is crucial: Brian Thomson reports -- or watch it on YouTube:
ROMNEY TURNS FOCUS TO PENNSYLVANIA (November 4)
US presidential contender Mitt Romney has shifted focus, campaigning in Pennsylvania, a state that hasn't voted for a Republican in a presidential election since 1988, SBS Senior Correspondent Brian Thomson reports.
Click here to watch the full story: Romney switches campaign focus
ELECTION ENTERS FINAL COUNTDOWN (November 3)
Special Interest groups, or Super PACs, are spending billions of dollars on television advertising in a final push ahead of the US presidential campaign.
Click here to watch Brian's latest story on how the winner of this week's US election will become the first to spend $1 billion getting elected to the top job.
PUPPETS PROTEST AGAINST ROMNEY (November 3)
Billed as a 'million puppet march', hundreds of people walked alongside Big Bird and Kermit to protest Mitt Romney's threat to cut US public media funding.
WATCH: Brian Thomson was at Capitol Hill and spoke to some of the protestors.
US ELECTION CAMPAIGN RESUMES (November 2)
US president Barack Obama and rival Republican candndate Mitt Romney have resumed campaigning following the devastation left by superstorm Sandy, SBS Senior Correspondent Brian Thomson reports.
Click here to watch the full story: US election campaign resumes
STARK COUNTY IN OHIO 'KEY TO WIN ELECTION' (November 2)
Whoever wins Ohio wins the presidency, and whoever wins Stark County wins Ohio, experts say. With just one exception, the 375,000 people living there have voted for the winner at every presidential election in recent history, SBS Senior Correspondent Brian Thomson reports.
Stark County is a largely rural county and agriculture is still the number one industry. If the yard signs are any indication, US President Barack Obama is in trouble: if he has supporters there, they are not publicly advertising the fact.
But the polls reveal that with just five days to go, Republican candidate Mitt Romney's much needed breakthrough in Ohio is failing to materialise.
Click here to watch the full story: US Election: The importance of Ohio or watch it on YouTube:
WATCH: Extended interview Kay Vaughn, 75
Brian Thomson spoke to 75-year-old Kay Vaughn from Stark county in Ohio, a Republican voter who offers a unique perspective of the election campaign.
ROMNEY SUPPORTERS GATHER IN VIRGINIA (November 2)
As the candidates swing back into fully-fledged campaigning, Mitt Romney supporters gather in Virginia to hear the former governor of Massachusetts speak.
WATCH: Brian Thomson speaks to Romney supporters about the economy, gun laws and where they think Barack Obama has gone wrong.
OBAMA TOURS STORM DISASTER ZONE (November 1)
President Barack Obama toured New Jersey's devastated coastline, vowing to stay with flood victims "for the long haul" as the US toll from superstorm Sandy passed 70.
In New York, the stock exchanges and John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty airports reopened. But more than six million homes and businesses, the majority of them in New York state and neighboring New Jersey, remained without power.
Click here to watch the full story: Obama visits US storm victims
AUTO INDUSTRY BAILOUT AN ELECTION ISSUE (October 31)
When US President Barack Obama made the controversial decision to save the US auto industry with a massive bail-out four years ago, he didn't know that it would become the issue that would in many ways define his presidency.
With the polls neck and neck, and Ohio likely to deliver the presidency, President Obama has made it his central pitch to the electors in the state, but are the voters buying it? From Ohio, SBS Senior Correspondent Brian Thomson reports.
Click here to watch the full story: Auto bailout key to Obama's survival in Ohio or watch it via YouTube here:
WATCH: Brian Thomson has a chat about the election with a barber in Ohio:
US CANDIDATES CANCEL PLANNED RALLIES DUE TO STORM (October 30)
Superstorm Sandy is taking its toll on the race for the White House, with both President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney pulling out of planned rallies in swing states.
Mr Romney made the announcement after another day on the campaign trail in the must-win state of Ohio, from where SBS Senior Correspondent Brian Thomson reports.
Click here to watch the full story: US Candidates cancel planned rallies
'WALMART MOMS' COULD DECIDE US ELECTION (October 30)
The US election could be decided by suburban female voters, known as the 'Walmart moms'.
How they vote could determine whether President Barack Obama or Republican candidate Mitt Romney secure the White House.
Barack Obama has historically appealed to minorities and female voters, while challenger Mitt Romney currently has a lead among white males.
Click here to watch the TV report: Walmart moms could decide election or watch here via YouTube:
EXTENDED INTERVIEW: SBS senior correspondent Brian Thomson speaks with democratic pollster Margie Romero about Walmart mums and why this demographic may be an election decider.
HURRICANE SANDY HALTS CAMPAIGNING (October 29)
US President Barack Obama has taken time out from his re-election campaign to review emergency preparations for Hurrican Sandy.
Changes have been made to the candidates schedules in the vital last few days of campaigning.
Click here to watch the full story: Hurricane Sandy puts halt to campaiging.
BOOST FOR OBAMA AS RACE DRAWS CLOSER (October 27)
United States President Barack Obama has received a much needed boost with the release of the latest growth figures.
The US economy is now expanding at a rate of 2 per cent - higher than expected.
The growth was fuelled by rising consumer confidence, a fledgling recovery in the housing market, and increased government spending.
Watch Brian Thomson's story on growth figures here.
OBAMA CASTS VOTE AHEAD OF US ELECTION (October 26)
With just five hours sleep, US President Barack Obama was back on the campaign trail, casting his ballot near the end of a gruelling 40 hour blitz through the swing states.
Watch Brian's story on Obama's 40-hour campaign marathon.
Republican Mitt Romney has crept ahead in the polls, making the race for the White House closer than ever.
THE RACE FOR VIRGINIA (October 25)
Click here to watch Brian's story on the key state of Virginia.
The state of Virginia was once a Republican bastion, but ironically Mitt Romney needs to win there, to get into the White House.
Because of the electoral college system, President Obama can lose in Virginia - but still return to the Oval Office if he takes Ohio.
WATCH what Obama supporters in Virginia have to say about the President:
OBAMA DECLARED THE DEBATE WINNER (October 24)
A majority of polls have declared Barack Obama the winner of yesterday's debate, but that doesn't look like having any effect on the polls he and Mitt Romney are still running neck and neck.
The President and his Republican challenger are back on the campaign trail hitting the battleground states.
(CLICK HERE to view Brian Thomson's video report from Washington.)
WHO WON THE THIRD DEBATE? BIG PLAYERS WEIGH IN (October 23)
How did Republican candidate Mitt Romney and US President Barack Obama perform in their third and last presidential debate before the election? From the 'Spin Room' SBS Senior Correspondent Brian Thomson asked Senator Robert Jones Portman, Mitt Romney's Chief Advisor, and Robert Gibbs, Senior Campaign Adviser to President Obama, who won.
ROMNEY AND OBAMA CLASH IN FINAL DEBATE: Watch Brian Thomson's TV report on the third and final presidential debate. (October 23)
WHO WON THE DEBATE? INTERVIEW WITH KIM BEAZLEY (October 23)
Australian Ambassador to the US Kim Beazley tells SBS Senior Correspondent Brian Thomson both US President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney "probably came out of the third and last debate with what they wanted".
"Foreign policy does not lend itself to the same level of gut-politics that other issues -- such as the economy --do", he said.
POST DEBATE ANALYSIS: FOREIGN POLICY 'NOT ROMNEY'S STRENGH' (October 23)
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney "has little experience in foreign affairs..., so he wasn't able to deliver a killer-blow on any of the foreign policy issues that were raised in the third and last presidential debate", SBS Senior Correspondent Brian Thomson reports.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE DEBATE - INTERVIEW WITH JOHN McCAIN (October 23)
US Senator John McCain tells SBS Senior Correspondent Brian Thomson Republican candidate Mitt Romney will be addressing the US economyand the Syrian conflict in the third presidential debate, adding that President Barack Obama has been a "total failure on foreign policy".
FOREIGN POLICY KEY TO FINAL DEBATE (October 22)
The third and final presidential debate in Florida will focus on foriegn policy. SBS Senior Correspondent Brain Thomson says discussion will likely cover Iran, Israel and the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi.
BAIN CAPITAL: THE BANE OF ROMNEY? (October 22)
Financial services company Bain Capital was founded in 1984 by, among others, US presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Now, the company could just be the ruin of Romney's bid to become US president, Senior Correspondent Brian Thomson reports.
CLICK HERE to watch Brian Thomson's TV report on Bain Capital, or watch it here via YouTube:
WATCH extended interview with former Bain employee:
WILL OBAMA TAKE FLORIDA?(October 21)
For decades, Florida has been a mecca for Cubans escaping the Castro regime.
The Cuban population has helped deliver victory to the Republicans on successive occasions, but a more recent influx of immigrants has not only changed the demography -- it is also altering the political landscape.
CLICK HERE to watch Brian Thomson's TV report on the Florida Vote (October 21)
INTERVIEW: Former Florida State Legislator Tony Suarez tells Brian Thomson why he thinks Obama will win in Florida (via YouTube):
The importance of the Jewish vote is directly related to the importance of Florida in the 2012 election.
THE JEWISH VOTE (October 20)
Brian Thomson speaks to Jewish democrats who say they're disgusted with the Obama smear campaign being run by some in their community.
CLICK HERE to watch Brian Thomson's TV report on the Jewish vote. (October 20)
INTERVIEW: Brian Thomson speaks to American Jewish Committee representative Brian Siegal about the Jewish vote in Florida (via YouTube):
WHO WON THE SECOND DEBATE?
CLICK HERE to watch Brain Thomson's TV report: reacation to second dabate (October 18)
CLICK HERE to watch Brian Thomson's TV report: post debate wrap (October 17)
INTERVIEWS: Brian Thomson spent some time, after the second Presidential debate, in the 'spin room' talking to the movers and shakers of US politics, seeking their views on who won. (Via YouTube)
LIVE AFTER THE DEBATE (October 17)
Straight after the second presidential debate, Brian Thomson comments on what where the key issues, and on who performed best. (Via YouTube)
PROTESTERS GATHER OUTSIDE DEBATE VENUE (October 17)
As Romney and Obama prepared to meet again for the second US presidential debate, Brian Thomson headed to Hofsra University in New York state, where dozens of protesters gathered ahead of the clash. (Via YouTube):
TOUCHDOWN IN MASSACHUSETTS (October 16)
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's evolving stance on key issues such as abortion and healthcare has left some people wondering what he really stands for.
When Mitt Romney was Governor of Massachusetts, he was a moderate Republican, but he has moved to the right since starting his run for the presidency.
CLICK HERE to see Brian Thomson's TV report from Boston.
INTERVIEW: Democratic Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick (Via YouTube)
INTERVIEW with Fred Bayles, Lecturer at Boston University (Via YouTube)
IN THEIR WORDS: Massachusetts voters comment on who they will be voting for (Via YouTube)